March 3, 2024

Esperance’s Prosecco & Panettone

Bottoms Up
By Lynda Wheatley | Dec. 5, 2020

Full disclosure: We once bought a panettone from a CVS. It was still delicious.

But if you want to up your game substantially, consider splurging on this perfect pairing from Charlevoix’s longtime purveyor of some of the most lovely local and international food and wine available in northern Michigan.

This classic panettone — a buttery, tender, golden-vanilla dome, dotted with raisins and candied fruit — hails from Abruzzo, Italy. It’s gift-wrapped and partnered with a bottle of Ruggeri Prosecco (Ruggeri, mind you, is one of the five founding fathers of Prosecco, established in 1950 in Santo Stefano), a fresh and utterly elegant wine with intense apple and light flowery aromas and a full fruity finish.

Indulge in both for a special holiday dessert for two, and if by some wild chance there’s any panettone left, use it to make French toast in the morning. $75 for the pair under the “Shop” category at


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