Brits across the country were sent into a panic when it was revealed in the press that there may be a shortage of Prosecco coming our way. The fruity Italian fizz has become one of the most popular drinks in the UK, especially when compared to other sparkling wines and it is so loved because it has the fresh and fruitiness of champagne, without the hefty price tag.
Where has the Prosecco gone?
The producers of Prosecco, which is grown and produced exclusively in the North-Eastern Veneto and Friuli-Venezia regions of Italy, have said that the treasured wine is running out. Producers have warned that heavy rains in 2014 have delivered a harvest worse than any seen for more than 50 years and whilst the producers are working hard to make the best of a bad situation, we won’t know for a few more months what the real state of play is. Prosecco release their stock in August so that’s when we’ll truly know how much there is and of course, as there is bound to be less than expect, prices will increase.
When news of the shortage broke, many consumers have already set out panic buying. Some shops reported triple the amount of usual sales. The very concept of running out of Prosecco may be unthinkable to some, but here at The Fine Wine Company we’re here to tell you there are alternatives out there that don’t have to break the bank.
If Italian is the way you want to go then why not try the lesser-known Pignoletto? It is made in a region 200 miles from Prosecco country and has a fruity, sparkling flavour which has the same Italian character, without the price tag of champagne.
The Spanish fizz, Cava, can be hit or miss but when you get a good one, it’s really good. Bad Cava has a flavour little more than sugary water but a good one is rich with fruitiness, has a mass of small bubbles that tingle on the tongue and satisfy your need for fizz.
Why not break from the mould and try something completely different like a sparkling Shiraz? An Australian style wine that is often highlighted as uniquely Australian in flavour, you get all the fizz as well as rich fruity flavours.
This is just the beginning when it comes to bright and vibrant sparkling wines that can fill the gap that Prosecco might leave. You could even go a little more off piste and try something unique like a Chilean Fresita or a sparkling rose.