Pignoletto - An Alternative To Prosecco?

Now, I am a self proclaimed Prosecco drinker and to be honest not much of a Champagne quaffer. On a recent shopping trip as I browsed the wine aisle I came across a bottle of Sainsburys Pignoletto nestled within the Prosecco. I had never heard of it, so, with interest piqued, I picked up a bottle and added it to my basket.

Later that weekend I produced the Pignoletto out of the fridge and announced to the guests that evening we would be trying it. As he had also never heard of it, I had a little look into the background of Pignoletto.

pignoletto glass and bottle on table

Pignoletto is produced in Emilia-Romanga, Bologna, North East Italy. The grape is called Grechetto, unlike the grape used for Prosecco (Glera).

Pignoletto is however, made using the charmat method which is the same as Prosecco.

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Now, on with the tasting….

On popping the cork and pouring, this Pignoletto is gentle on the nose with a faint floral aroma. However this is misleading as the taste is something else.

I can say this particular Pignoletto smacks you in the mouth with ferocious zingy, spirited, green apple. I found it quite sour and rather sharp. There is nothing subtle about the taste. Once you get over the first mouthful it leads to quite a refreshing drink.

I would say Pignoletto makes a refreshing alternative to Prosecco if you want to try something different. It would pair well with a platter of cured meats, Parmesan or mussels.

pignoletto label

In my opinion (on tasting this Sainsburys Pignoletto) the new Prosecco it is not. However, if you like a bit of sour on the pallet then it makes for a vibrant alternative.

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