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Prosecco & Champagne: did you know?

The Festival of Prosecco will present an array of events to celebrate one of the nation’s favourite tipples.
The Festival of Prosecco will present an array of events to celebrate one of the nation’s favourite tipples.

As The Merchant Hotel’s Festival of Prosecco returns this September, Marco Marro, food and beverage manager for The Merchant Hotel shares seven lesser-known facts about the world’s most popular fizz:

1. The Prosecco region in north-eastern Veneto, Italy was recently added to the Unesco World Heritage list (July 2019).

2. A Prosecco is only a Prosecco if it’s made with white grapes (so, technically, you can’t call a Rosé Prosecco a Prosecco!)

3. That may soon change, however.

Following years of rumours, Prosecco Rosé may be close to getting the seal of approval; recently the majority of Consorzio Prosecco Doc (The Prosecco DOC Protection Consortium) members voted to officialise the pink expression. It now just needs the all-clear from regional and national Italian governments.

4. In September 2019, during its Festival of Prosecco, The Merchant Hotel predicts it will sell more than 5,000 glasses of the bubbly stuff.

5. Pressure in a Champagne/Prosecco bottle is the same as what would be in the tyre of a bus. When a cork pops it travels with the same velocity as a bullet in a rifle!

6. To open a bottle of Champagne/Prosecco, you turn the bottle not the cork. Hold the cork and turn the bottle infinitesimally.

7. The longer the cork, the more expensive the wine.

The Merchant Hotel’s Festival of Prosecco takes place throughout the month of September. A full list of events is now available to view at www.themerchanthotel.com

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