Mastro Attends Vino 2010 at the Waldorf Astoria and Finds His First “7” of the Year!

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Tom Mastrianni, Host of Wine & Dine with Mastro makes his way through the many featured Italian Chianti's and Sangiovese wines and observes a wine that has not had too much recognition in the United States. The gem in the rough is "Primo Franco Prosecco".

I rate this Nino Franco Winery, 2008 Primo Franco, Prosecco - A “7” on the Mastro Scale - Salute!

Tom Mastrianni, Host of Wine & Dine with Mastro makes his way through the many featured Italian Chianti's and Sangiovese wines and observes a wine that has not had too much recognition in the United States. The gem in the rough is "Primo Franco Prosecco".

After interviewing with Giancarlo Vetterello director of the Prosecco DOC Consortium about the origin and current DOC vs. DOCG classification of the wines, Tom made his way over to where the Prosecco room was and tasted a glass of “Primo Franco”

Choosing the “best” is certainly subjective, but after years of tastings his pallet has become quite acute. So when confronted with a Prosecco named after the owner, Primo Franco of Nino Franco wines, his initial tasting stopped him cold. He had to step back, clear his head, have a piece of bread and give it a second taste. Wow! The sky had opened and visions of grapes with wings floated down. Primo kept looking at him, waiting patiently, with a big smile on his face, almost predicting Tom's response. Tom resisted trying to make a premature review and stared him down a bit until the finish had dissipated, one more taste… The mousse with many tiny bubbles was very soft and clean; the feel was smooth and silky, the flavors of fresh peaches, apples and pear were all well balanced and refined, not too sweet. He couldn’t hold out any longer “Ok, You Won” he said, and his smile turned to an almost laugh with a hint of relief. “This is the best Prosecco he had ever tasted!” And you guessed it; he found his “7”. He recommends this for any occasion, any meal of chicken or fish without a red sauce. He had it with a porterhouse steak and it also worked well. It would be amazing for brunch. By itself chilled to 50 degrees, it’s a great finale to a romantic evening with chocolates, fresh strawberries and pineapple; throw in a few pieces of cheese to contrast the sweetness.

Nino Franco Winery, 2008 Primo Franco, Prosecco - Rated : “7” on the Mastro Scale - Salute!

The Nino Franco Winery is located in the upper reaches of Veneto, a province of Venice. The winery only produces Prosecco, therefore allowing them to do only what they do best--create a delightful, deliciouos sparkling wine to be enjoyed by wine lovers and aficiionados around the world. Next time you even think of having any sparkling wine, try this one first.

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