When it comes to determining the differences between champagne and prosecco, you probably already know the basics. Although they are both effervescent wines that taste dry rather than sweet, champagne can only be produced in the Champagne region of France, while prosecco must be made in the Veneto region of Italy — the region's capital and largest city is Venice.
Check out PersonalWine's infographic, which includes the different flavor profiles that each of these sparkling wines brings to the table and which also highlights the price difference between the two:
But just because champagne is more expensive than prosecco does not mean it's the better or even fancier choice. You can score a $10 bottle of regular red wine, for example, that tastes nicer than a pricier $40 bottle.
According to WiseGeek, part of the fermentation process in prosecco doesn’t occur in the bottle, which means the wine can be produced quicker. It can also be enjoyed soon after bottling, whereas champagne tends to be better the longer it's bottled.
Think of it as champagne's lighter, less fussy cousin.
Considering how comparable these two are taste-wise, it seems prosecco is the clear winner for those who want to enjoy a fine glass of fizzy goodness without breaking the bank.
On July 4, Unesco — the United Nations' cultural arm — decided that the vineyards, wine cellars and sales houses where champagne is produced and sold were culturally significant and granted them world heritage status.