Nino Franco "Rustico" Prosecco di Valdobbiadene ($11.99)
Clear, pale straw color, this non-vintage sparkler pours up with a frothy mousse that falls back fast, leaving a prickly carbonation that's cleansing but a bit less bubbly than Champagne. Yeasty white fruit and a light fresh-milk scent reminiscent of ricotta cheese add aroma interest, and its flavor is clean and snappy, with tingly carbonation that works well to wash down food. US Importer: Vin DiVino Ltd., Chicago. (May 15, 2002)

FOOD MATCH: Prickly carbonation and crisp dry fruit make a surprising match with a "gourmet-style" Thai chicken pizza with spicy peanut sauce.



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