Durello is the new prosecco, says Boutinot

Location: Italy, UK

Boutinot claims to have discovered the next prosecco… a, er, sparkling wine from the Veneto.

Durello, made from the grape of the same name, has been repackaged and revamped and has gone from a standing start to 2,000 cases in the last year.

The wine is a single varietal, made (like prosecco) using the tank method and is described by the company as a fairly typical Italian sparkler… just one that didn’t hit the heights of its more famous peer.

‘It’s perfect for good gastropubs where prosecco is starting to get to the £30 price point,’ said Boutinot’s Kevin Pollard. ‘People are sometimes slightly worried because it’s not prosecco, but once they taste it it works really well on the list.’

The wine is £6.90 ex VAT and is crisp and dry with good bubbles.

‘It holds its fizz better than prosecco,’ said Pollard. ‘So for summer drinks and summer cocktails it’s a no-brainer.’


About Author

Chris Losh

After five years working on My Weekly magazine (during which time he learned how to write horoscopes and make things out of mince) in 1995 Chris Losh entered the world of drinks writing and, despite all advice from his doctor – and the wishes of most South African winemakers – has stayed there ever since. He began on Wine and Spirit International, editing it for several years before moving on to edit Wine Magazine. Both publications have since gone the way of the Dodo, but he claims to have nothing to do with their demise, and his alibi appears solid, since he was freelance writing for anyone who would pay him at the time. In 2007, he helped to set up both Imbibe magazine and the Sommelier Wine Awards, and has spent much of the last three years eating, drinking, and listening to French sommeliers talk about minerality. In 2009 he was shortlisted for the Louis Roederer Feature Writer of the Year, but didn’t win. Perhaps he should have stuck to horoscopes. And mince.

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