Zardetto Prosecco Brut ($11.99)
This is a clear, very pale greenish-gold wine that pours up with a frothy fizz when the Champagne-style cork is popped; it quickly settles back to a lasting stream of bubbles in the glass. Apples, a whiff of clover honey and a delicate hint of wildflowers mingle in an exceptionally pleasant aroma. Crisp and dry tart-apple flavors are near bone-dry, with a frothy, prickly mouthfeel and mouth-watering lemon-squirt acidity in a long finish. Bright and refreshing, it's an appealing summer sipper, but good balance and crisp acidity make it a fine food wine, too. Marketed (at least in the U.S. and Canada) with the English word "bubbly" all over the neck label, it's made in the Prosecco village of Canegliano. US Importer: Winebow Inc., NYC; Leonardo Locascio Selections. (Jun 28, 2005)

FOOD MATCH: A simple pilaf-style chicken-and-rice dinner seasoned with lots of tarragon, ginger and garlic made a spendid match, enlivened by a splash of fresh lemon juice stirred into the dish at serving time.

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