By Emma Shacklock published
It seems that M&S have once more got us covered as we look ahead to the festive season this year. With December on the horizon, there’s never been a better excuse to treat yourself to a little something special. When it comes to a celebratory bottle, prosecco and rosé are always popular choices. Perfect for everything from a relaxing evening in, to a Zoom catch-up with friends or even a thoughtful gift, the difficulty is choosing which to go for.
But now we no longer have to, as M&S’s brand new launch brilliantly combines the two.
What is Rosé Prosecco?
With the same floral and fruity notes as traditional prosecco, M&S Rosé Prosecco also has delicate red berry flavours which is sure to delight fans of both. Rosé Prosecco is made from the prosecco grape Glera with an addition of at least 10% Pinot Noir which gives the wine its blushing pink colour.
However there are strict regulations set out by the ‘Consorzio di Tutela’ which must be followed before the final sparkling rose can be called rose prosecco.
The wine must come from one single harvest to produce a vintage wine. This is followed by 60 days of slow fermentation to increase complexity.
And if that wasn’t strict enough, only one grape will do. Pinot Noir as the only red grape variety allowed to give the delicate pink colour and red fruits aroma.
Where is Rosé Prosecco made?
Traditionally rose sparkling wine has always been produced in the north east of Italy. Though despite this region being the home of prosecco, it was not allowed to be called that. But after the astonishing success of regular prosecco around the world, crafting a Rosé under the prestigious D.O.C denomination made perfect sense. This requires that a wine satisfy a defined quality standard, and be produced within the specified region.
The M&S Rosé Prosecco is made by producer Masottina, owned by the Del Bianco family. The family has already worked closely with M&S over the years to blend their exclusive prosecco in their state-of-the-art winery.
BREAKING PROSECCO NEWS: this year's must-try fizz, our first EVER Prosecco Rosé. With delicate aromas of strawberry and raspberry, straight from Northern Italy's finest producers, and only £10. Grab a bottle in store now to kick off the festive season 🍾 M&S
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Where can I buy Rosé Prosecco?
The M&S Rosé Prosecco is available in 75cl standard sizes and is priced at just £10. That's an M&S bargain if ever there was one. Keep a look out the next time you’re browsing the shelves as this delicious new launch is now available in all stores nationwide and online in a case of 6 bottles.
And if you find yourself developing a taste for it, never fear as later this month, M&S have announced they will also be introducing a range of sizes in store.
Looking for a Christmas 2020 gift?
From 17th November, customers will also be able to purchase mini 20cl bottles and 1.5L magnums.
M&S Wine Buyer Dror Nativ is incredibly proud of their new release, saying: “We’re so delighted to get this in stores ahead of Christmas so our customers can enjoy it over the festive season.”
He adds, “We know our customers will absolutely love this delicious new prosecco variety.”
So if you know a prosecco or rosé fan that it’s in need of a Christmas surprise this year, don’t forget to head down to M&S!
Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.
Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.
In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for womanandhome.com.
After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!
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