I love Prosecco. I love potato chips and pork skins. I thought it would be a match made in Heaven….not so much…
I enlisted the help of my Cousin Catherine, who has no problem getting her opinion over in a direct manner (remember she said a wine tasted like wet dog?) and my friend Teri who worships Prosecco.
We tasted 4 Proseccos and 3 kinds of potato chips and a bag of pork skins.
The 4 Proseccos:
Presto: It is a Whole Foods brand. Catherine was the first to declare it undrinkable. It smelled and tasted like a barnyard. We all wondered if it was “corked”. Teri & I tried to analyze it a bit more, but it was just too painful so we dumped it.
Mionetto: This was recommended by Carol who works at my local Whole Foods. It had a slight petrol and citrus smell. The taste was mineral, very light lemon and apple. We all liked it. I even think Teri found a new Prosecco to fall in love with.
Voveti: The smell was more flowery than the others. The taste was citrus, assorted apples and white flowers. We thought this one was nice, but not outstanding.
Zardetto: This has always been my “go to” Prosecco. The smell is light perfume and apples. The taste is baked apples, bread and a light mineral finish. We all liked this one.
The tasting results with the chips:
Cape Cod Kettle Cooked Reduced Fat Chips:
Mionetto brought out a herbaceous taste that we all liked.
Voveti made the chips bitter
Zardetto brought out a slightly sweet flavor that we liked.
Lay’s Potato Chips:
Mionetto brought out a green herb quality in the chips. It was good.
Voveti tasted weird and earthy. Not good.
Zardetto just tasted flat. Not good.
Ruffles Potato Chips:
Mionetto made the chips taste fresh, light and zesty. Awesome!
Voveti – bitter
Zardetto gave the chip a weird baked flavor.
Baken-ets Pork Skins:
Mionetto was well-balanced with the pork skins. Awesome!
Voveti brought out an earthy, dirt flavor that we did not like.
Zardetto amplified the bacon goodness, but it was not the palate cleanser I was looking for, but we all liked the pairing.
Afterwards we found out that you need a cast iron stomach to handle lots of bubbles and salty, oily chips.
I had a headache and stomach-ache. The next day we kept texting each other and sharing our misery. I will never do this again!
By the way, we found out that Voveti is very good with raspberries and probably should have stuck with that…
Your Twisted Sommelier, Lori