Tag Archives: prosecco

  • Make it at home with Ruggeri

    Make it at home with Ruggeri


    - 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
    - 2/3 cup finely chopped shallots
    - 3 garlic cloves, minced
    - 1 1/3 cups uncooked Carnaroli or other medium-grain rice
    - 1 cup prosecco or other sparkling white wine, divided
    - 3 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
    - 2 ounces fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided
    - 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
    - 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
    - 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


    Heat a 6-quart pressure cooker over medium-high heat. Add butter to cooker; swirl until butter melts. Add shallots; sauté 2 minutes. Add garlic; sauté for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add rice; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add 1/2 cup prosecco; cook 1 minute or until liquid is absorbed, stirring constantly. Stir in remaining 1/2 cup prosecco and broth. Close lid securely; bring to high pressure over high heat. Adjust heat to medium or level needed to maintain high pressure; cook 8 minutes. Remove from heat; release pressure through steam vent, or place cooker under cold running water to release pressure. Remove lid. Grate 1 3/4 ounces cheese; stir in grated cheese and remaining ingredients. Let stand 4 minutes to thicken. Shave remaining 1/4 ounce cheese, and top with shavings.

    Match with Prosecco, Ruggeri, Vecchie Viti DOCG 2015

  • Wines In The Press

    Wines In The Press

    The independent on Sunday praises Crossroads:

    The Independent on Sunday’s Terry Kirby selected his wine of the week for Sunday lunch, Crossroads Winemakers Selection Cabernet Franc 2012. The wine is currently on offer as part of our New Zealand Promotion, so get it while you can...

    “A superlative offering from a small, carefully managed concern in New Zealand's Hawke's Bay, using grapes grown on the fabled, ancient Gimblett Gravels riverbed. Fresh, blackberry fruits, a touch of mint and some spice: satisfying and elegant. Goes well with all lighter roast meats.”

    Parker Points for Prosecco....Ruggeri style:

    Robert Parker has given top scores to Ruggeri for two Proseccos from the current 2013 vintage - a sure sign that high quality Proseccos are starting to be appreciated for their unique style and finesse:

    “The excellent 2013 Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Giustino B. Extra Dry is dedicated to Giustino Bisol, the man who founded Ruggeri in 1950. Fruit is sourced from some of the highest altitude vineyards in the appellation and consequently shows an extra degree of crispness and bright sharpness. The aromas are clean and fragrant with white flower and sweet citrus in center stage. I have experimented [with] the aging capacity of Giustino B. and have found that the wine does remain intact for three years or more. As it ages, it gains more aromas of candied orange and butterscotch.”

    92 points.  Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    “The 2013 Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Vecchie Viti Brut is made from the oldest vines (some more than a century old) found in the Valdobbiadene territory. This is a fantastic expression that boasts an outstandingly high level of brightness and definition. Drying mineral notes create contours for mildly fragrant layers of peach and blanched almond. The wine should hold for a few more years although it is best consumed in the immediate term.”

    91 points. Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

    By Chris Penwarden

  • Italian fizz to put a spring in your step

    Italian fizz promotion

    With the days getting longer and the weather getting warmer, it’s the ideal time to explore the world of Italian fizz. The quality and diversity of Italian bubbles makes it easy to discover a whole new spectrum of flavours, textures and aromas.

    Not only that, these are wines that can be matched with all kinds of foods, and drunk at all kinds of occasions. With Easter just ‘round the corner it would be crazy not to try these wines with the season’s canapés, starters, fruit puddings, chocolate and even cake – the list is almost endless!

    Prosecco Extra Dry, FIOL


    The discerning gentleman can impress his guests this Easter by choosing a smartly packed fizz like Fiol Prosecco Extra Dry NV. With its cool, shimmering black bottle, this Prosecco is a step up in the fashion stakes. But most of all its ripe pear and apple flavours pair well with a vast range of foods, from spicy snacks and nuts to soft fruit crumbles and cakes.

    Prosecco, Ruggeri, Vecchie Viti DOCG


    Ruggeri take Prosecco to an even higher level with their Vecchie Viti Prosecco Superiore 2013. This ‘old vine’ vintage Prosecco is seen as one of the region’s benchmark wines and, according to Richard Baudains in his recent Decanter article, the ‘Superiore’ name does indeed offer “a genuine step up” in quality and character. He went on to award the wine 93 points, remarking on its “biscuit crust and mineral nose, delicate herby nuances” and “slightly spicy, aromatic note.”

    If your tastes are for a more Champagne-like experience, then look no further than Ferrari’s Perle Nero. This is the Blanc de Noirs version of the award winning Chardonnay-based Ferrari Perlé - a wine which recently won the title "World Champion Sparkling Wine”, seeing off competition from 650 labels and 16 countries. Blanc de Noirs is a rare sparkling wine made with just red grapes - in this case 100% Pinot Noir. The golden bubbles give way to a rich, sumptuous palate that is akin to Bollinger’s famous Grande Année, but is half the price!

    The best wines to go with food are sometimes those that have been unfairly left on shelf in favour of others that can be drunk on their own. Two cracking examples are top quality Lambrusco or a light and frothy Moscato d'Asti from one of the best Barolo producers in Piemonte.

    Cantina Cleto Chiarli, Vecchia Modena Lambrusco di Sorbara PremiumCleto Chiarli’s  Vecchia Modena Lambrusco di Sorbara Premium NV is a wine made to pair with the local foods of Bologna – balsamic, parmesan and salami. But don’t just take our word for it: The Telegraph’s Suzy Atkins was singing its praises at the end of last summer, so why not get in their early to start the trend this year?

    “The wines of Cleto Chiarli (available from Great Western Wine) are the ones to try and include my current favourite lambrusco. Bright ruby-pink, with lively red cherry fruit, tangy and properly dry on the finish. A softly sparkling wine that’s great with charcuterie.”  Suzy Atkins, The Telegraph


    Fontanafredda are one of Barolo’s best producers, receiving 92 points for their Barolo di Serralunga d'Alba DOCG 2010 in this month’s Barolo tasting in Decanter magazine. It might come as a surprise then that they make a Moscato d'Asti, a style often derided for its light, spritzy mouthfeel and grapey, peachy fruits. However Decanter themselves applauded Fontanafredda’s Moscato d'Asti 'Moncuccoin their 100 Great Wines Under £20, writing, “this has pure, zingy, grapey aromas followed up by notes of peach and elderflower in the mouth. Delectable and long – what’s not to like?”

    This is the perfect wine with fruit tarts and other puddings, and at under 6% alcohol it is simply moreish.  It will also go down a treat as a spring spritzer with a dash of soda and ice – a refreshing, low alcohol aperitif to accompany your nibbles.

     By Chris Penwarden


  • Three must-try festive bubbles

    Fancy a change from the big brands dominating the Christmas shelves? Then try these traditionally made wines, brought to you by the little guys....

    All three of these wines are made by the Champagne method, but have an artisan touch that sets them apart from the crowd.

    Champagne J-M Gobillard, Brut Grande Réserve Premier Cru NV

    Known as a ‘Grower Champagne’, this is the work of one of the region’s first grape-growing families to blend and sell their own Champagne, rather than selling the grapes to the big boys.  85 years later, the family are still doing what they do best – crafting sparkling wines of character from their top Premier Cru vineyard plots. The wine has a scrumptious nose of baked Bramley apples, spiced with a hint of star anise, and a crisp, refreshing palate full of greengage and honeyed, crumbed biscuits. 

    Ridgeview, Grosvenor Cuvée Merret (Blanc de Blancs) 2010

    This English sparkling wine is named after the British scientist Christopher Merret who, in 1662, wrote about an ingenious method that could make wine sparkling. His presentation to the Royal Society in London came 30 years before the technique was documented in Champagne region! Nowadays, Ridgeview’s multi award winning Blanc de Blancs is renowned for being the equal of Champagne’s top wines, with its deliciously fine bubbles accenting the flavours of lime, brioche and white peach. Treat yourself with the best of Blighty this Christmas.

    Torelló Brut Reserva Cava Special Edition, NV

    They say beauty is only skin deep, but this exquisitely dressed Cava has as much style, taste and refinement on the inside, as out. Made like a Champagne, this wine will remind you why good quality Cava once ruled the waves, pre-Prosecco. The soft, apple scented palate is balanced by a mouth-watering bite and subtle hints of almonds and vanilla - perfect for any party, from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day.

  • Canapés & Fizz

    Top pick for bubbly | Taittinger Comtes de Champagne was  £130 now £99

    It’s always about this time of year that I start planning ahead for the weeks leading up to Christmas and New Year.  Calendars get booked up quickly, work dos begin to fill up the weekends and before you know it you’re nursing a fuzzy head with the faint ringing of Auld Lang Syne in your ears.   My favourite thing to do in this build up to the festive season is put a big dinner on at the weekend, with everyone squeezing round the table preparing for a Christmassy feast, but this year I wanted to do something a little different, so I started looking at a canapé and fizz alternative.

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  • The Weekend Edit | Treat Yourself

    Treat Yourself This Weekend - Luxury CocktailsThings to do | Treat Yourself

    If you’re anything like me, then you’ll enjoy the benefits of treating yourself from time to time.  If it only happens once every so often then it makes it all the more worthwhile, and you don’t have to go overboard to reap the benefits either.  A little bit of luxury can go a long way, so this week definitely calls for a bottle of Ruggeri Prosecco, an award winner at just £16.95 per bottle.

    There’s something relatively simple in the fact that a glass of fizz creates an element of occasion, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that an occasion has to be had in order to enjoy a glass of fizz, does it?  Do we need a better excuse than the weekend?

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