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    A Festive Italian Duo That Dazzles With Style

    By Leslie Sbrocco–

    The holidays are here and that means fizz, fun, and food. The Italian duo featured in this issue is an ideal pairing for festive meals, cocktails, and cozy nights by the fire.

    Zardetto Prosecco Brut DOC, Italy $18

    Sparkle with style this holiday season by stocking up on Zardetto’s affordably delicious prosecco. Producing wine in the heart of the northern Italian prosecco region since 1936, the Zardetto family now has its fourth generation at the helm. As a true bubble lover, I can tell you this sparkling is one of the best values on the market. It overdelivers in quality and taste with crisp, juicy flavors capped by a dry finish. It’s ideal to pour at holiday meals from appetizers through dessert. Also, try it before or after a meal paired with a splash of bitters in a festive spritz style.

    Nardini Bitter Aperitivo, Italy $42

    Just gazing at the garnet hue of this Italian amaro makes for a festive moment. Amaros—or bitters—are famed across the world and are used in aperitifs, cocktails, and for sipping after a meal. Each one has a unique mix of alcohol and botanicals, which make them distinct. This historic beauty hails from the Veneto region and has appealing aromas of orange and Roman absinthe, giving a fruity, earthy blend to the drink. I like it with a dash of prosecco before the meal and then to sip and savor after a meal to soothe the tummy and the soul.

    Author, speaker, wine consultant, and television host Leslie Sbrocco is known for her entertaining approach to wine and food. She has won multiple Emmy Awards for her work on PBS, which includes hosting the series “Check, Please! Bay Area,” “Check, Please! You Gotta Try This!” and “100 Days, Drinks, Dishes & Destinations.”

    Sbrocco Sips
    Published on December 21, 2023