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Pink prosecco is coming to the UK next year and we are SO down.
We're a nation of Prosecco lovers, so news that the delicious-sounding variation has been given the go ahead by the Italian government is music to our ears.
Prosecco DOC Consortium - the main producers of the Italian sparkling wine - have been given the green light to start producing the pink-hued tipple, which is essentially a fizzy rosé.
According to the new regulations, the drink - officially named Prosecco DOC Rosé - must be made with a Glera base (prosecco grape) and blended with between 10 and 15 per cent Pinot Nero, with Brut Nature and Extra Dry being the only two permitted styles.
The good news for Brits is that the wines are allowed to go on sale by 1st January 2021 earliest, so you can expect to spend next year sipping cold glasses of pink fizz.
Bosco Viticultori, an Italian wine producer, will be one of the first to launch the drink.
"We will be making pink Prosecco from the 2019 harvest, which will be bottled in December. There is a temptation to get the wines ready in time for Christmas, but it's better to take your time and make a quality product than rush it to market," they told industry magazine, Drinks Business.
"We have to do what the market is expecting and everyone loves pale rosés. Our goal is to make a fruity Prosecco, but not a jammy one.
"Sparkling rosé can often be really heavy and something you're tired of after a few glasses. We want to move away from that and make something super fresh, which has been the secret to the success of white Prosecco."
Bosco Viticultori is looking to produce 1 million bottles from the 2019 vintage, which will have a shelf price of between £10-£12.
January can't come soon enough...
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