Thank you to Riondo Prosecco for sponsoring this post. As always all opinions expressed here are my own.
Enjoy this summer with Riondo Prosecco and a chilled bowl of Watermelon Gazpacho which is bursting with fresh summer flavors. Gluten Free and Vegan
Having just returned to the US after spending three months in Europe, two food and drink favorites stand clearly in my mind and need to make in an appearance in my American life daily; Prosecco and gazpacho.
For those not familiar with it, Prosecco is a white sparkling wine from Italy. Like champagne, prosecco refers to a specific region and grape, the glera grapes grown in the north east Veneto region of Italy. Prosecco is light, fruity, bubbly, and perfectly summery. This is not just a special occasion beverage – which my family can clearly vouch for since we love to start our weekends with chilled glasses of prosecco.
I first traveled to Italy in 2006 with my then high school boyfriend (soon to be husband). We traveled all over the country and this was my first independent unchaperoned international trip. It’s safe to say Italy ignited my passion for food, dining, and celebrating life daily.
I loved seeing couples, friends, families all getting together over a chilled glass of prosecco and spending quality time together, laughing, chatting, eating. This is what life is all about, these little magical moments, which I first got a glimpse of during that trip to Italy back in the summer of 2006. Naturally, my mom was already on to prosecco, and had been enjoying this beverage for years, since her first business trip to Italy. It’s safe to say if you go to Italy, and try the authentic prosecco there, it will forever become your sparkling beverage of choice. It’s absolutely true for my family.
My latest Prosecco of choice is Riondo Prosecco, a vino frizzante, if you will, that boasts fresh aromas of apple, pear and acacia blossoms. You’ll feel that crisp clean finish after every sip.
And if we’re having prosecco we want to have some light tapas to follow too. Lately, I’ve been obsessed with Gazpacho, a traditional cold tomato soup. But I wanted to give it a bit of a different spin, so meet my new favorite Watermelon Gazpacho.
With near hundred degree temperatures already in the Northeast US, hot soups are out, and if you know me, you know I cannot live with soup. So cold soup is in, especially this watermelon gazpacho recipe. You only need a handful of ingredients to make this watermelon gazpacho; namely watermelon, tomatoes, parsley, cucumber, garlic, olive oil and apple cider vinegar.
Nothing too complicated, and the whole cooking process happens right in the blender. Serve the watermelon gazpacho drizzled with a bit of olive oil and topped with chopped cucumbers, red onions and green onions. Since it’s summer and hosting outdoor get togethers is key, make sure to get out some pesto, crackers, olives and adorable bambino (mini) bottles of Riondo Prosecco and invite your friends and family over for the ultimate outdoor festa (party in Italian). Did I mention the Riondo Prosecco bottles come with twist off caps? Super convenient. Having witnessed multiple sparkling beverage opening mishaps, I for one can really appreciate a twist off cap.
I loved treating my parents and their friends to this fun tapas style spread right on their back patio. My mom and I have been prosecco fans for years, and not a single family get together can go by with a prosecco bottle making an appearance so I’m already hooked on this Italian sparkling wine. prosecco can be enjoyed by itself, around noon time on a Saturday preferably with friends or loved ones (looking at you mom), or for an evening casual meet up. I mean to me, prosecco equals mom daughter bonding time, but it can mean all sorts of different things for everyone!
Since Riondo is the #1 prosecco in Italy, and National Prosecco Day is coming up this summer, on Monday August 13th, make sure you stock up to host a fun summer prosecco and tapas party! I mean you just can’t celebrate National Prosecco Day without the official prosecco brand of Italy right?
You can always make a Riondo Prosecco Cocktails, with pomegranate, grapefruit or other citrus fruits, but if you ask me, I prefer to just enjoy it by itself.
A chilled bowl of Watermelon Gazpacho which is bursting with fresh summer flavors. Gluten Free and Vegan
- 4 cups watermelon cubed
- 3 whole tomatoes choppped
- 1 whole cucumber
- 1/4 cup parsley chopped
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- salt/pepper to taste
- 1/2 whole cucumber finely diced
- 1 whole green onion diced
- 2 tbsp red onions diced
Combine all ingredients in the blender. Blend until smooth. Serve topped with garnish ingredients.