In baking heat like we’ve got this week my friends all go nuts for prosecco. The Italian fizz is so light and gentle many of them actually prefer it to champagne – which is very handy as it’s much cheaper. There are a couple of good ones in the supermarket and almost as if they knew the hot weather was coming and you’d want to buy some, you can pick up both for a good price this week.
Waitrose have the invigorating, green, almost crunchy Prosecco San Leo NV (Waitrose, £6.66 down from £9.99 from tomorrow, Wed 25th July to 14th Aug). I’m a fan but my favourite is Finest* Bisol Prosecco NV Italy (Tesco, £9.99 – but from tomorrow for a week you can get 25% off if you’re buying 6 mixed bottles or more in stores, taking it to £7.50/bottle – see below) which is floaty almost to the point of invisibility, just slightly, revivingly sweet and tastes of pear-skin.
I took a bottle round to dinner with two friends the other day.
Georgie said she’d had “double-swimming – a lesson with each under-4-year old” and needed a drink. Alex had had a sleepover for eight 6-year olds (is she mad?) which all went fine except that one wet the sofa-bed and when she tried to clean it another wanted to know, “Wouldn’t you be better off using Harpic?” So she needed a drink too. Can’t say I’d tackled anything quite so shattering but I was quite keen to get the bottle open and it didn’t disappoint. Alex had stopped by a deli counter and brought the most incredibly scented truffled salami, a hunk of parmesan and transparent sheets of prosciutto: all perfect with prosecco which might explain why we got to the bottom of it so very quickly.
It might also be because Finest* Bisol is the wine equivalent of designer diffusion ranges like Marni at H&M. Bisol is a superb producer of prosecco. I particularly like the one they call Crede which has more definition – but it also costs twice as much (£15/16) and the version they sell as supermarket own-label successfully preserves the floaty house style. I first tried Bisol sitting in a bar at the bottom of the Spanish Steps in Rome and even with the Tesco version in my mind I’m back there with every feather-light sip. Yummy.
* I don’t know why Tesco put a little asterisk after Finest* like that. It makes it look as if there’s going to be a disclaimer somewhere on the label.
Such as Finest* – *but only if there’s not much competition.
Or Finest* – * terms and conditions apply.
Anyway, my own footnote is that, as I said, from tomorrow, Wednesday 25th July to Tuesday 31st Tesco have 25% off all wine when you buy 6+ bottles in stores in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. They don’t all have to be the same so if you don’t want six of prosecco I’ll have a second Tesco recommendation for you on Thursday.