The holidays are here, and when going to a party, or get together, or having people over your place, you’re never wrong to have sparkling wine on hand. Sparkling wine makes every day feel like a celebration.
I was fortunate to taste four sensational Proseccos from Valdo Valdobbiadene, Italy, at the world-famous Sylvia’s Restaurant, “The Queen of Soul Food,” in Harlem.
Started in 1962 by Sylvia Woods, the iconic restaurant is still family owned and a much-loved staple in the neighborhood. And its reputation has reached well beyond New York, with many people travelling far to have some the world renowned comfort food. I don’t want to name drop, but I will anyway, celebrities diverse as Russell Simmons, Gayle King, Doug E. Fresh, Jennifer Lopez and the late New York City Mayor Ed Koch all have appreciated Sylvia’s exceptional home cooking.
Whatever you decide to order, definitely get the collard greens and the Three Cheese Baked Macaroni to go along with it. Tren'ness Woods-Black, granddaughter of Sylvia, and VP of Communications said, “Once you eat here, you are family.”
While the Proseccos of Valdo Valdobbiadene and Sylvia’s food each stand on their own, pairing the two for a luncheon was both genius and delicious.
The first prosecco we enjoyed was Valdo Numero Uno Cuvee Extra Dry. This might actually be my favorite prosecco. Soft, round, delicate and floral. It’s a beautiful expression of Garganega, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. This prosecco is a complete steal at only $10 a bottle. I was told it also makes a great mimosa, but I found it perfect on its own.
The second prosecco we sampled was the classic Valdo Brut DOC. Made from 100% Glera grapes, this is a more assertive prosecco and would pair well seafood and Asian dishes. Average price is about $13.
The third prosecco, the Valdo Cuvee 1926 made from 90% Glera and 10% Chardonnay, is an elegant food friendly blend with a stunning gold label. With an average price of $14, this prosecco makes a nice gift that looks and tastes much more expensive.
The last prosecco, for those who love pink bubbles, was the very yummy Valdo Numero Uno Rose Cuvee Brut. A Blend of Garganega, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Nerello, Mascalese and Rabosso, it’s pretty in pink and was delicious with dessert. Retails at most places for about $13.