We are currently working with experts on site in Italy to select the perfect sparkling wine to use for anointing Seabourn Odyssey when she is named in Venice in June. The consensus seems to be a prosecco, since that varietal is grown extensively in the area of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene in the Veneto-Treviso near where Odyssey’s sleek hull was constructed at San Giorgio di Nogaro. That region is in the foothills of the Alps, and the cooler weather seems to create ideal conditions for the prosecco grapes. Prosecco wines are one of the oldest varietals in Italy, and were the original sparkling wine ingredient in the popular Bellini cocktail. They are made in various styles, which are categorized along the model of Champagnes as brut (driest), extra dry or dry (sweetest). They also come in different intensities of sparkle, from tranquillo or calmo (still) to frizzante (slightly fizzy) to the most sparkly: spumante. Prosecco does not ferment in the bottle, like Champagne, so it should be drunk young, preferably less than two years old. We will be looking for a fine prosecco spumante brut, and we will need a case of magnums (we need to practice to be sure the bottle will break when we give Odyssey her name.) Frizzante prosecco is even sold in cans like soda pop in Italy, but of course those won’t work for our purpose!
Have you ever tasted prosecco? What did it taste like?