As you can see from my first photo, I put a bottle in the snow to chill, while unexpected guests showed up at our house. Thanks to Mr. Winter and the Artic Vortex that has settled in the northeast, it literally takes less than ten minutes to chill a bottle of Bellussi Prosecco. Add a few grilled shrimp on the stove and in ten minutes the party can begin.
Bellussi Prosecco uses the Charmat method of vinification, known as 'Autoclave' in Italy. The Charmat method was invented in the early 1900's by Eugene Charmat in Bordeaux. The method focuses on wines that do not require the intensive and costly aging process, as Champagne does. A second fermentation takes place in a tank rather than in the bottle.
The result of this process and especially Bellussi is an elegant, dry wine with an extremely delicate bouquet with hints of pear, white peach and yellow apple.
So, if you have 'cabin fever' this winter, why not do as I did and chill your bottle of Bellussi Prosecco in the snow, add a couple dozen shrimp to the scenerio (oysters if you an find them) and let the winter blues slide away.
Philip S. Kampe