Pine Ridge 2006 Clarksburg Chenin Blanc-Viognier ($15.99)
This blend of mostly (86 percent) Chenin Blanc with 14% Viognier is a pale, straw-color wine. It shows hints of both varieties on the nose, honeydew melon attributable to Chenin and light, delicate wildflowers suggesting Viognier. Fresh, lively flavor, a hint of prickly, barely carbonated "petillance" adds a refreshing vibe. Crisp white fruit and zippy lemon-lime last and last in a long, clean finish. A wonderful summer sipper, pleasantly slurpable at just 12.2% alcohol; it shows more than enough complexity and character to lift it well above the ordinary. US Importer: (Jul 20, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with seafood, poultry or pork, it served delightfully with spaghetti aglio e olio tossed with sauteed bites of mixed cod, sea bass, grouper, tilapia and tuna.

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