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Home Winners > Winners 2016 > Prosecco

Winner Details

Prosecco

2016 Gold: 2 Silver: 5 Bronze: 3 Commended: 8
2015 Gold: 2 Silver: 3 Bronze: 8 Commended: 8

Prosecco, interestingly, seems to have achieved what Pinot Grigio hasn’t: it’s loved by consumers but also tolerated by the on-trade, who actually (whisper it) quite like its fun, frothiness and RS-enhanced fruit. A bit like having a soft spot for a lop-eared mongrel.

Moreover, on this evidence, they don’t mind spending a bit extra to get the good stuff. Whereas in past years the prices have tended to top-out at around the £10 mark, this year the Bisol Cartizze was a significant step up in terms of ambition – and universally popular.

Well done to Soligo, by the way, for its second place on the Gold List in two years, with Col de Mez following on from the Valdobbiadene in 2015, and for its By The Glass Trophy.

FROM THE TASTING TEAMS

‘Even in a French restaurant there is still demand for prosecco – especially from ladies at lunchtime.’ Sarah Guignard, The French Table

‘These are simple, happy wines and the medal winners ticked all the boxes. You have to have a prosecco – some people prefer it to champagne.’ Jade Koch, team leader

‘Prosecco is a real alternative to champagne – you see a lot of it at events, especially. It’s a good alternative.’ Joaquin Alba, Aramark at JP Morgan
‘The proseccos from Valdobbiadene were quite consistent – a good flight. They were trying to drive more interest.’ Andrea Briccarello, team leader

‘All of the medal winners were different in style, but still well made technically. In the past I’ve found [a lot of] badly made prosecco, but these are clean and precise.’ Tomasz Kuszneruk, Plateau Restaurant

Award winners

Found 19 wines

Sparkling: Prosecco

Bisol, Cartizze, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, 2014, Veneto , Italy

Gold medal winner

'Interesting,' began team leader Andrea Briccarello, going on: 'Very intense honeyed notes on the palate with lots of flowers, good complexity and a dry finish.' 'Intense fruit, rich peach and light citrus with sweet spice notes,' added Andre Luis Martins of The Cavalry and Guards Club. While good as an aperitif, many recognised its food-matching potential, with suggestions of sashimi and Asian dishes being the most popular.

£20.24 Bibendum Wine

Soligo, Col de Mez, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Extra Dry, NV, Veneto , Italy

Gold medal winner By the glass

'Floral, easy and open, with a well-integrated sweetness, and juicy pear flavours that add texture,' said team leader Hamish Anderson. Not just a Gold Lister, but a By The Glass Trophy holder, too. Meg Ryan of Fox Fine Wines & Spirits said: 'Delicate lemon and grapefruit citrus with stony mineral and green apple notes; highly carbonated but soft bubbles,' and Plateau Restaurant's Tomasz Kuszneruk added: 'Floral, aromatic and expressive.'

£9.10 Eurowines

Botter, Il Caggio, Prosecco, NV, Veneto , Italy

Silver medal winner

'Fresh, persistent apple aromas and a tutti-frutti palate, balanced by freshness on the finish,' began Sarah Guignard of The French Table, with Marcin Oziebly of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn adding: 'Very easy drinking, touch of sweetness, exactly as prosecco should be.'

£5.47 Kingsland

Botter, Vivoli, Prosecco, NV, Veneto , Italy

Silver medal winner

'Chirpy,' said team leader Jade Koch, pointing out its 'marzipan, good firm acidity and pear fruit, with dancing bubbles'. 'Bright nose, vibrant mouthfeel, clean and sprightly finish,' agreed The French Table's Sarah Guignard.

£7.20 Molson Coors

Riondo, Collezione, Prosecco, Extra Dry, NV, Veneto , Italy

Silver medal winner

Enikő Heidenwolf of 67 Pall Mall found the aromas very appealing, with their 'rose, lychee and blossom' character, coupled with 'fine bubbles, good fruit on the palate and fresh finish'. 'Serious prosecco with a bit more texture,' added Marcin Oziebly of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn.

£8.33 Moreno Wines , Try Wines , The Great Grog Company Limited

Paolo Zucchetto, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Extra Dry, 2015, Veneto , Italy

Silver medal winner

Andre Luis Martins of The Cavalry and Guards Club enjoyed its 'fresh, light, aromatic citrus and strong character driven by light tropical notes', while Tomasz Kuszneruk of Plateau Restaurant found it 'attractively aromatic, with melon and apple and a dry, fresh finish'.

£12.67 Wine Traders

Bisol, Jeio, Valdobbiadene Prosecco, Brut, NV, Veneto , Italy

Silver medal winner

Andre Luis Martins of The Cavalry and Guards Club found 'light stone fruit, rose petal notes and elegant toast', while The Sign of the Don's Carlos Ferreira noted its 'pear, apple and light vegetal notes, with peach and pepper and almond hints on the palate'.

£10.96 Bibendum Wine

Mionetto, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, NV, Veneto , Italy

Bronze medal winner

A good appetiser, suggested Tomasz Kuszneruk of Plateau Restaurant: 'Quite refined on the nose, a good mix of floral and fruity characters with a good finish.' 'Floral, citrusy and balanced, with good sapidity,' added team leader Andrea Briccarello.

£9.99 Greene King

Soligo, Prosecco, Treviso, Extra Dry, NV, Veneto , Italy

Bronze medal winner

'Very dry and fresh, with purity and a good finish,' said Enikő Heidenwolf of 67 Pall Mall, while Marcin Oziebly of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn confirmed: 'Light, soft, not complex, but it's all about the freshness.'

£7.34 Eurowines

Ruggeri, Gialloro, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, NV, Veneto , Italy

Bronze medal winner

A little shy on the nose, but 'intense tropical notes of pineapple on the palate', according to team leader Andrea Briccarello, while Carlos Ferreira of The Sign of the Don suggested its 'cooked apple peel and stone fruits' would make it an ideal choice with charcuterie.

£11.98 Enotria&Coe

Bisol, Crede, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Brut, 2014, Veneto , Italy

Bronze medal winner

'Beautiful lemon zest aromas with a good palate that accentuates the acidity, but well balanced and finishing with a sherbet-like freshness,' said team leader Andrea Briccarello.

£12.82 Bibendum Wine

Canevel Spumanti, Valdobbiadene Spumante, Extra Dry, 2015, Veneto , Italy

Commended medal winner

£12.37 Vinum

Cavit , Lunetta, Prosecco , NV, Veneto , Italy

Commended medal winner

£6.90 Boutinot

Montelvini, Asolo, Prosecco, Millesimato, NV, Veneto , Italy

Commended medal winner

Montelvini, Treviso, Prosecco, NV, Veneto , Italy

Commended medal winner

Buckingham Schenk, Chio, Prosecco, 2015, Veneto , Italy

Commended medal winner

£5.89 Molson Coors

Soligo, Cuvée Solicum, Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore, Extra Dry, NV, Veneto , Italy

Commended medal winner

£9.63 Eurowines

San Simone , Il Concerto, Prosecco Spumante, Brut, NV, Friuli-Venezia Giulia , Italy

Commended medal winner

£9.25 Eurowines

Serena, Ville d'Arfanta, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Spumante, Brut Millesimato, 2015, Veneto , Italy

Commended medal winner