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On my blog page you will find articles where I share my passion, discoveries and thoughts about the wonderful world of wine, in particularly my special passion Prosecco and sparkling wine.    It would be great to hear your comments


Julia Philips, Owner of Just Perfect Wines

By Julia Phillips, Jan 3 2017 05:32PM

Cirotto Extra Brut Prosecco Superiore
Cirotto Extra Brut Prosecco Superiore

At just 66 calories per 100ml glass, Cirotto’s newest Prosecco Superiore DOCG Extra Brut is possibly the lowest calorie Prosecco you can buy.

The fizz boasts a very low sugar level of only 3g per litre; less than a quarter of most Prosecco at around 16g. At 66 calories, it’s even lower than the “Skinny Prosecco” brand which quotes 67 calories per 100ml glass and 7g of sugar per litre.

Despite the low calories and residual sugar, the aroma, taste and alcohol content (11%) are not comprised. The Prosecco is exceptionally high quality due to the hard work and experience of award-winning Cirotto winery. Every step of the winemaking process has to be perfect, starting with top quality grapes which come from one of the best Prosecco regions, Monfumo in Asolo. As a result, the Prosecco is delightful to drink with beautiful aromas of golden apple, pear and citrus fruits.

Cirotto’s Extra Brut Prosecco is a style which will appeal to those that prefer a very dry taste or for those of us who watch our weight where every calorie counts! The Prosecco allows you to still enjoy your favourite indulgence, yet reduce your calorie and sugar intake at the same time. A perfect way to help with New Year diets.

“ Given Cirotto’s Prosecco has very little sugar and few calories, consumers may think it won’t be pleasant to drink. How wrong can they be! As the Prosecco is very high quality, it is beautiful, easy to drink and not overly dry to the taste. In cheaper, more mass-produced Prosecco, sugar is often added to cover up any imperfections in quality and make it more palatable. With Cirotto’s, they carefully manage every step of the process to ensure there is nothing bad that can adversely affect the taste of their wine” comments Julia Phillips, owner of Just Perfect Wines, UK importer for Cirotto in the Midlands.

The Cirotto Prosecco Superiore Extra Brut is available from retail stores il Gusto in Trentham and Leek, as well as www.justperfectwines.com priced and Amazon at RRP £22.99 per bottle.

J Phillips


By Julia Phillips, Dec 31 2016 12:37PM

Glasses of Prosecco
Glasses of Prosecco

Fewer bubbles in your glass of Prosecco than you might expect is virtually never to do with poor quality fizz. Have you encountered some of the below reasons without maybe realising?

1. Detergent residue on your glass

Any traces of detergent left on the inside of your glass will kill bubbles. Make sure you rinse your glasses well, and then rinse again.

2. Using a cloth laundered in fabric softener

The fabric softener from your drying/polishing cloth transfers on to your glass and kills your bubbles. Avoid using softener at all costs on your cloths, saving money and your bubbles!

3. There’s no nucleation point

Most sparkling wine glasses are manufactured with a tiny laser-etched ring at the bottom of glass. This 'nucleation point' helps bubbles to form. Occasionally, this etched point may be missing or very small meaning none or very few bubbles will form (you should still feel bubbles in your mouth though).

4. The glass is too clean

New glasses may appear to show more bubbles than after being washed. When glasses are washed ‘additional’ nucleation points from specs of dust or flecks of cardboard from packaging will probably not be present, thus creating less places for bubbles to form.

5. No imperfections in the glass

The glass may be perfectly smooth with no imperfections, thus giving no additional nucleation points other than the one purposely etched on the glass. This is particularly seen with high quality glass such as the Riedel Prosecco Superiore glasses. Controlled bubbles from the intentional nucleation point, which is the most perfect way to drink Prosecco, helps to prevent too much of a mousse cap forming which traps some of the aroma and subsequently impairs the taste.

6. The Prosecco is too cold

The Prosecco may have been chilled to below the recommended 6 degrees or the glass has been chilled. If the Prosecco is too cold this will slow down the bubble formation (and impair the aroma and taste).

7. The glass is too wide

Glasses that are too wide, such as a coupe, may make bubbles look great initially but they soon dissipate. The large surface area allows bubbles to escape more quickly. A tulip style glass is best for high quality Prosecco which has enough space to allow the wine's characteristics to develop and then a taper at the mouth concentrating the aromas, but not too wide to allow bubbles to dissipate too quickly.

8. Your Prosecco is a Frizzante style

Frizzante Prosecco is lightly sparkling. It is made to be that way with about 2.5 bars of pressure compared to Spumante (meaning fully sparkling) with about 4.5 bars of pressure.

9. Your Prosecco is a Tranquillo

Tranquillo Prosecco is actually a still wine and is made with no bubbles.

10. There's a non-rinsable residue on your glass

After a long period of use, usually in commercial situations, a non-rinsable residue can build up on your glasses preventing bubbles from forming. Proton, the leading chemical glass cleaning company, produces 'Renovator', a commercial solution to remove this residue.

Julia Phillips

Just Perfect Wines


By Julia Phillips, Sep 23 2016 11:59AM

It’s that time of year again when you might be wondering what Christmas gift to buy for your customers. Well wine is always a good option, albeit a little predictable and you’ve perhaps done that for the last few years. Why not then consider a gift box containing the luxurious Prosecco Superiore, with the option of an additional gift which customers can keep after the Prosecco has been enjoyed.

The majority of consumers love Prosecco, the market figures speak for themselves, with Prosecco being the most popular sparkling wine in the UK. It is preferred generally to Champagne, as Prosecco tends to be a little sweeter and lighter to drink. The Just Perfect Wines Christmas corporate election features Prosecco Superiore from the artisan wineries Furlan and Ca’Salina, both from one of the best areas for Prosecco making, Congegliano Valdobbiadene.

The wooden gift boxes, with sliding lids, can be branded with your logo or Christmas message in a design of your choice, as long as it fits the space. You can also choose a wooden gift tag which can be branded instead of the lid. You have the option of including a branded gift card – which can be anything of your choice – or to make it simple, you can use the suggested template.

To offer something a little bit different, why not consider adding a luxury candle made by The Ceramic Candle Company from Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire. So what makes a candle luxury? Well, the wax is made from 100% soy wax which is a natural product so no risk of toxins like what is suggested from paraffin candles. The candle also burns slower and is cleaning burning, so no bad soot marks. The natural Sandalwood oil fragrance is beautiful and relaxing and lasts throughout burning the candle for up to 35 hours . The holder is made from high quality fine bone china, which is also reusable, allows the light to penetrate giving a soft light. Just perfect for relaxing after a hard day at the office!

For some of your female clients, you might like to consider adding a ‘Prosecco’ ceramic hanging heart made by Dimbleby Ceramics of Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire. Using earthenware (the same clay that Emma Bridgewater uses), the hearts are all handmade and decorated with a ribbon and diamante

jewel. A little something different, which you customers can keep once the Prosecco has been enjoyed.

Once you have chosen your options, it’s all very easy.

Your gifts can be individual packaged and delivered to your customers, or if you prefer delivered to your office. Simple.

Further information can be found on the 'Corporate' page www.justperfectwines.co.uk/corporate or get in touch to discuss the various options and I will help you to decide what is best to meet your requirements.

Tel: 01782 479774

Email: julia@justperfectwines.co.uk

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