Rotari "Arte Italiana" Talento Trento Metodo Classico ($12.99)
This clear, straw-color Italian sparkling wine is fully carbonated with a fine and persistent bubble stream that lasts for a full hour in a glass left untouched as a curious experiment. Clean apple and light toast aromas lead into a creamy and full flavor, tart apples nicely balanced by fresh-fruit acidity, fresh and long. A very fine sparkling wine made by the traditional fermented-in-the-bottle process used in Champagne, it's made from a Champagne-like blend of 90% Chardonnay and 10% Pinot Noir ("Pinot Nero" in Italy). US Importer: Prestige Wine Imports, NYC. (Nov 27, 2006)

FOOD MATCH: Bearing out the principle that quality sparkling wine matches well with just about everything, I paired it with great success with a spicy, Sichuan-style stir-fry of tofu with green peppers and onions ... and a cross-cultural dose of chipotles en adobo to add complexity to the heat.



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