When it comes to decadence, nothing sets the bar higher than gold, so what better way to garnish a glamorous glass of Valdo Prosecco?
Adding a special touch of sophistication to this indulgent drink, The Merchant Hotel now hold a stunningly designed 24-carat gold leaf shaker, reserved exclusively for customers who purchase a magnum of Valdo’s flagship prosecco, Valdo Marco Oro. This shaker contains fine gold flakes, which are shaken over the glass of Valdo Marco Oro, causing the glass to shimmer, creating a magical and captivating effect.
This concept was developed to complement Valdo’s prosecco, Valdo Marco Oro, with the word ‘oro’ translating as ‘gold’ in Italian. But when did gold leaf become a form of edible luxury? It is in fact an extremely well-established practice, dating back to the Renaissance era and made popular in the Middle Ages, when it was used by the houses of Medici and Gonzaga to decorate their meat and desserts for grand banquets and feasts. Carrying on the tradition to the present day, it is now a popular and decadent way to add the finishing touches to an exquisite dessert, a short and sophisticated cocktail or, in this case, a glimmering glass of Valdo Marco Oro.
Valdo prosecco itself derives from the Valdobbiadene region of north east Italy, a cut of land that is flooded with light, whilst sheltered by the impressive Dolomites to the north, overlooking the Adriatic Sea to the south. Valdo, established in 1926, are one of the leading wine producers in the area, creating unique sparkling wines designed to appeal to the most refined palates.