Prissy Prosecco

Does anyone share my irritation at the pointless use of sub-standard imported wines when local wines can offer better value?

There’s a wonderful play on at Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney: Mark Colvin’s Kidney. It’s an outstanding play, an original idea, and the acting is terrific – especially by John Howard (the actor, not the pollie), who I’ve been seeing in Sydney theatres for around 30 years and have always thought outstanding. You might remember him as the real estate agent in the TV series Sea Change. He plays Mark Colvin, the ABC radio journalist who is given a kidney by a woman who’d been a victim of the News Of The World phone-hacking scandal.

My companion wanted a glass of fizz at interval and we bought the only one available, an Italian prosecco. It was rubbish. Sweet, flavourless, fizzy water.

What’s wrong with a cheap Australian sparkling wine? I could name several which would do the job much better than this offensive pap.

I’m sure it’s only there because Prosecco is fashionable at this moment in time, no other reason. It’s just a trend.

If I was an Aussie winemaker visiting that theatre I’d be offended.

4 thoughts on “Prissy Prosecco”

  1. Mike Richards says:

    Always look for DOCG On the neck, you can’t go wrong with a good prosecco, but you can if you don’t look for the signs.
    Like a Chablis, there are plenty but you would always opt for a Grand Cru Chablis over everything.
    I know you know this, but maybe this will help some.

  2. John Baker says:

    Huon I suggest that it is not necessarily about taste or quality wine. Consumers ordering Prosecco are rather ‘drinking Italy’, it takes them to that seductive country, Italy. ‘Made in Italy’ is one of the most powerful brands in the world and the ‘made in Italy’ brand masks some pretty ordinary products, but some superb products as well.

  3. Tony Titheridge says:

    The problem with suggesting that an Aussie winemaker would be offended is that so many Aussie winemakers, when given the option, ALSO reach more often than not for an imported wine instead of an Australian one for any number of occasions.

    A check of all the Australian winemakers’ Instagram feeds you can look up shows that winemakers massively skew far more in favour of imported wines than most regular consumers would in their breakdown of casual drinking.

    1. Huon Hooke
      Huon Hooke says:

      Or maybe they’re just the ones they boast about on social media – rare, expensive and imported?

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