Bernardi "Camauro" Cagnina di Romagna ($12.00)
This dark garnet wine offers fresh and appealing aromas of berries and plums. On the palate it's light and sweet, not overly acidic, fairly low in alcohol at 9 percent. Its soft flavor is gently sweet, not sticky-sweet but beyond off-dry, more akin to the crisp sweetness of fresh fruit than candy. US Importer: John Given Wines Co., Manhasset, N.Y. (Sep 24, 2006)

FOOD MATCH: Perhaps better as an aperitif than a food wine, but following one of the rules discussed in the recent Wine Advisor article, Fire Extinguishers, its soft sweetness worked well enough to soften the punch and complement the flavors of Ma Po To Fu, a fiery Sichuan tofu and pork dish.



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