This Valentine’s Day, if you’re cooking at home or heading out to a BYOB for dinner, I have a great bubbly for you to toast the one (or ones) you love. La Marca Prosecco is the bottle I keep in my refrigerator in case I need to have sparkling wine for an impromptu celebration, and it’s the bottle I bring with me when I’m asked to bring sparkling wine.

LaMarca prosecco bottleProsecco is a sparking wine from Italy. La Marca Prosecco is slightly sweet, and I taste honeysuckle, peach and a little citrus in it. It’s wonderful to use in cocktails like my Cranberry Prosecco. It’s a good value, too. I pay between $12 and $15 for it, depending on where I’ve shopped.

La Marca is an Italian sparkling wine, but it’s owned by E.&J. Gallo Winery in California. I contacted them to find out about the sustainability initiatives. The company sent me some information about its commitment to sustainability. The first principle of conservation for the company is land conservation, setting aside one acre of property to help protect and enhance wildlife habitat for every acre of vines planted in its Sonoma County, California vineyards.

It makes waste recycling a top priority, too, with programs implemented for glass, packaging, pruning cuttings, grape skins, wash water, electronic equipment and more.

E. & J. Gallo Winery was the first in the country to receive the International Organization of Standards ISO 14001 certification which was created to assist companies throughout the world to reduce their impacts on the environment.

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What to drink this weekend: La Marca Prosecco
Toast those you love with this pleasing Prosecco that won’t break your budget.