Over the last six years Prosecco has seen a meteoric rise to the top of the sales chart for sparkling wines. This huge increase in popularity has, of course, led to many wine producers jumping on the band wagon and trying to get in on the action. It will come as no surprise to discover that not all bottles of Prosecco are equal. With so many new brands popping up left, right and centre, it is becoming increasingly difficult to identify a great tasting, good value Prosecco. So, with this in mind, let's take a look at a few ways in which we might be able to source a good quality Prosecco at a great price.
Finding Out About Prosecco - Where To Start
If you like Prosecco but you don't know much about it, the internet is always a good place to start to do a little research. There are a great many product reviews out there for you to consider, on a great many wine specialist and sommelier (professional wine tasting) websites. However, everyone's tastes are different and what pleases another individual may not please you. There are many very different Proseccos available, many of which are of high quality and have had very positive reviews but, to find one that suits you, you really need to taste them for yourself. So, how do you go about tasting different Proseccos?
Wine Tasting Groups and Short Wine Courses - There are groups of wine enthusiasts in every town all over the UK and most of them have websites. They have regular wine tasting events and many offer private wine tastings, whether it's for a celebration or just because you have enough interested parties involved to make it worthwhile. If you are keen to learn a little more about different wines as well as Prosecco, you can enrol yourself on a short course with a wine tasting group that offers such courses or with many local colleges, large or small.
Supermarkets - If you're only after a bottle or two of Prosecco, then check the big supermarket and shop chain websites to see if they stock any of the products on your shortlist. Prosecco is incredibly popular at the moment and most supermarkets are stocking a wide range to cater for the sales surge among UK wine buyers, with many stocking their own Prosecco brand. It is highly likely that one of them will be selling a product on your shortlist and you may even be able to find the same brand available at a few different stores which will allow you to see who has the best Prosecco deal for you.
Wine Fairs and Wine Industry Shows
Prosecco is not the cheapest wine and committing to a whole bottle that you might not enjoy just to test them out seems rather an expensive way to find a bottle that you like and removes some of the fun out of Prosecco. If you'd like to taste a whole range of different Proseccos, just do a quick internet search and find a wine fair or show at a venue close to you. These fairs are very popular and happen regularly throughout the year all over the country at venues big and small. Just search for a wine tasting events calendar online and you will be spoilt for choice in terms of venue location and product range. As well as the big, dedicated wine festivals and shows, many of the larger events happening at the NEC in Birmingham or the Olympia in London have a large wine producer presence, such as the BBC Good Food Show or the National Wedding Show. At these events you can sample to your heart's content and you may get to speak to some experts as well.
Once you've made yourself a shortlist, you can go about finding a supplier and the best Prosecco deals.
Independent Wine Suppliers - A quick internet search will turn up a large number of wine dealers and suppliers; individuals who make their livings by sourcing wine for their clients. Whether you're looking to place a regular order or you need to source a bulk order for an event such as a wedding or a birthday, most reputable independent suppliers will be more than happy to assist. You can look at their profiles online and many will have references or publicly available customer feedback for you to refer to. There are also qualifications that you can look out for such as the "Master of Wine" title, held by experts who have passed the course offered by the Institute of Masters of Wine, and the range of qualifications awarded by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust headed by the Level 4 Diploma in Wines and Spirits. There is, of course, also good old knowledge garnered through experience and travel which doesn't come with an official piece of paper but can usually be backed up by references. If you pass your shortlist on to a few independents they will respond to let you know which Prosecco brands they can source and what their best deal is depending upon the order quantity. If you get more than one offer on a particular variety of Prosecco then negotiate to get the best deal for you.
Wine Subscriptions - If you are planning to, or already drink Prosecco quite regularly, you can usually get a great deal by subscribing to a regular bulk delivery. If you look for your subscription on-line, you can usually find product reviews from fellow subscribers. Very often, if you ask the supplier if they can send out a sample they may well surprise you and oblige, particularly as many Prosecco producers are now offering miniature single glass bottles. This is a great tactic to use if you have ordered from a supplier before as they can see that you are prepared to spend money with them and, with competition being hot for online wine suppliers, they will be unlikely to want to risk potentially losing your custom.
A subscription is a great way of getting a great deal on your Prosecco if you know others who may be interested in a regular order of Prosecco. As with most products, the more you order, the cheaper the unit price becomes.
High Street Wine Outlets and Off Licences - If you would rather not order your Prosecco online, try speaking to your local high street wine outlet or off licence manager. If you know which product you would like to order and they can get that product from their supplier, then they may be willing to provide you with a regular supply at a better price than buying single bottles. Also, many high street shops will hold regular tasting sessions as competition is hot among high street wine retailers and they host events such as these to draw in the customers. Ask the manager if and when their next tasting session is being held and if you ask specifically about Prosecco and you can drum up some interest amongst your friends or family, then they may well be willing to provide a few samples for you to try before you commit to a regular order. Once again, the more Prosecco that you order, the better the price will be per bottle.
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