Santa Margherita Prosecco Celebrates Independence Day

I did fly my flag on July 4th.

That’s probably the most traditional thing I did on our nation’s celebration of Independence.

I didn’t grill a burger.  I didn’t go to a parade.

I did, however, go to a big Farmer’s Market where we purchased farm-grown vegetables, bakery-made breads and shimmering fruit tarts.  We shook hands with our friend Jordan who raised the fresh garlic and potatoes, (Grade A Gardens) and talked with the owner/breeder of the goats from whose sweet milk she makes nationally-sought goat cheeses (Reichert’s Dairy-Air).  We chatted with Marcus and Tami who create and market those glorious fruit tarts, as they paused for a moment in their busy stand to say a quick hello (Tami’s Tarts).

We brought it all home and, since the 4th is a day of celebration, popped the cork on an Italian Sparkling Wine.

Bubbles say it in their exuberant dance–“Let’s Celebrate!”

The Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore comes from the famed Valdobbiadene region in Italy’s Veneto region.  Prosecco grapes, now known as Glera, are fermented to make a base wine, which is then placed in pressurized tanks creating the lively bubbles.  Santa Margherita allows the wine to sit on the yeast for at least a month, adding a bit of complexity to their Prosecco.

A light golden color pours a full, frothy mousse into the glass.

The bubbles are active and long-lasting. (Note, the blue flute; Independence Day being the only day I might use a colored glass, in a nod to the red, white and blue!)
The aromas are light and fresh with citrus notes and a hint of yeast.
The palate is delightful, filled with lively citrus and delicate peach and pear fruits.  Hints of yeasty brioche mingle in between the fruit and bubbles.

The Prosecco was a wonderful partner to all our Farmer’s Market finds, from the salty olive ciabatta to the lightly sweet cookies, and the fresh goat cheese.

And so on this American Independence Day I flew my flag from my front porch.
I nibbled on a chewy Italian loaf, spread with Iowa-made artisan goat cheese. 


I enjoyed a sweet American-flag-decorated cookie made by a French bakery in DesMoines.

And I celebrated with a pop of the cork of an Italian sparkling Prosecco!

It all made perfect sense in this country that sought out and continues to thrive on diversity.

Pairing with Farmer’s Market finds;
Anyone who likes a dry, fruit-focused sparkling wine!

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