Bro-secco, anyone?

by Stoves and Bros


This is my first wine review! Well, more like a wine suggestion. I am definitely not a wine connoisseur but I did grow up with one (shout out: Papa Bear Bro Hazday). As a student, when I am looking for something to drink it tends to be on the cheaper side of the spectrum. However, that does not mean it needs to be 2 buck chuck and gross to drink! 

I discovered La Marca prosecco at Whole Foods when they were having a giant sale for sparkling wine and, oh my goodness, I am so glad I found it. Prosecco is essentially champagne but anything not from the region of Champagne in France cannot be called champagne. 

Cost: $15 (tip: if you buy a half case or case at Whole Foods, they will give you 15% percent off; another instance of more wine being better)

Taste: Bubbly deliciousness with hints of apple, grapefruit, and peach, according to my father. For me, I did taste a lot of fruit but it was not overly sweet (dry, as the experts say).

This beverage is great to bring over to a friend's apartment for a party or dinner. People will think you're sophisticated because there's not a footprint on the bottle. Sparkling wine is a particularly good choice because it's one of the few drinks that is tasty and easy to drink without being labeled "girly"; perfect for my guys out there. Also, a lovely bottle to break open on a date before going out to a meal or to sip while cooking. 

Additionally, because my favorite meal is brunch, its always on my mind. Next time, you have friends over, you can make bellinis or mimosas while you and your guests munch on your Sunday bagels.  

Recipes: 

French 75: 

  • 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) gin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons (3/4 ounce) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) simple syrup (or just a little sugar)
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces)

Shake it up and pour in a tall glass. 

Bellini: 

Fill a champagne glass with 2/3 prosecco and 1/3 peach juice (Cipriani makes a great mix: http://www.italco.com/index.php/san-benedetto-cipriani-bellini-mix.html)

Mimosa: 

Fill a champagne glass 2/3 prosecco and 1/3 orange juice