Introducing Mionetto Prosecco!

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Photo credit (for all images): Laura AMINI

Bubbles typically get reserved for special occasions, but there’s really no reason you can’t drink them anytime, especially with Mionetto Prosecco’s recent launch into the Canadian market.

If you’re not familiar with it, Mionetto has been around since 1887 and is one of the leading brands of prosecco in Italy, as well as the States. They use only the best grapes, which makes for a light, easy drinking glass of bubbles. Fun fact (because if you know me at all, you know my love for obscure, nerdy facts) – the Mionetto label actually sits at a 27 degree angle to pay homage to the grade of their vineyards.

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Mionetto Canada recently had their launch party into the SAQ in Quebec. Held at Fiorellino, it was a night filled with fun entertainment, tasty bites, and of course, the Mionetto Prosecco poured freely.

I really appreciate that Mionetto is not too sweet. The Prestige Prosecco Treviso AOC Brut “Orange Label” has a fruitiness to it, but it’s also crisp and clean. It’s perfect for sipping on its own, but also paired wonderfully with Fiorellino’s succulent porchetta and handmade gnocchi.

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The evening was also supplemented by entertainment, including a live DJ, photobooth, and what I found especially unique, the opportunity to contribute to an abstract painting that represented the Mionetto brand’s colours.

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It’s difficult to say what was more memorable, the event, the prosecco, or the combination of both. I would say it’s likely the latter but regardless, I wouldn’t be surprised to find myself reaching for a bottle of Mionetto the next time I feel the need for prosecco.

*Mionetto is available at the SAQ in Quebec ($18.95).

Cranberry Pomegranate Spritzers

Cranberry Pomegranate Spritzers
I have an uncanny knack for liking ingredients that most people find repulsive.
Blue cheese. Really any cheese that smells more like feet than it does food.
Chocolate so dark that it is basically unsweetened.
Mushrooms that look like they were plucked straight out of an enchanted forest.
But if there’s one thing that I struggle to wrap my head around, it’s wine. I want to like it, I really do. I understand the virtues of pairing it with foods to make them taste even better. Except that in my mind, it still makes them taste worse.
Lately I’ve changed my tune a bit. White and rosé I can tolerate, red, not so much. Consistent with most of my other tastes, the sweeter the better. Did someone mention sangria? I’m in.
These spritzers are a more “wintery” take on sangria. Pomegranate, cranberry and pear are all flavours that scream “holidays!” to me. Christmas; it’s the ultimate time for consuming alcoholic beverages and it’s less than 2 months away. You could totally make a non-alcoholic version too using half cranberry juice and half sparkling water. But let’s face it, even the kids get into the wine at Christmas. Who are we trying to kid? Ha that pun was totally unintended.
Ginger would be awesome in these too. You could even substitute the sparkling water for ginger ale. Wine + juice + fruit + sparkling drink = endless possibilities.
Just like other acquired tastes, I think that if you gradually condition yourself, you can gain an appreciation for wine. Add in some fruit and you pretty much have me convinced. I may still be a long way from appreciating the tannins in a nice cabernet sauvignon but I will get there eventually. Or at least one can hope.
Cranberry Pomegranate Spritzers
Cranberry Pomegranate Spritzers

Cranberry Pomegranate Spritzers
Makes 2

Ingredients

1 cup white or rosé wine
1/2 cup cranberry pomegranate juice
1/2 cup sparkling water, such as Perrier or club soda
1/2 pear, small dice
1/2 pomegranate, seeded

Instructions

In each glass pour 1/2 cup wine and 1/4 cup each cranberry juice and sparking water. Adding 2 heaping tablespoons of both diced pears and pomegranate seeds to each. Drink up!

Cranberry Pomegranate Spritzers
Cranberry Pomegranate Spritzers