Terlan 2006 Alto Adige Terlaner Classico ($19.99)
A traditional blend of Pinot Bianco (60 percent), Chardonnay (30 percent) and Sauvignon Blanc (10 percent) from the Alpine Alto Adige in Italy's northeast, this is a clear, very pale straw color. Pears and apples, fresh and crisp, on the nose and palate; a hint of perfumed, floral honey lies behind the fruit. Full-bodied and rich flavors of pears, apples and meyer lemons; perhaps just a homeopathic touch of sweetness more than amply compensated by firm, steely acidity. Fruit-forward but by no means a "fruit bomb," with a sturdy structure and long, clean finish. US Importer: Banville & Jones Wine Merchants, North Bergen, N.J. (Aug 29, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: The back label suggests enjoying it as an aperitif or "with greens and fish dishes." It served well with a big summer salad of crisp lettuce, sweet onions and fresh tomatoes, turned into light summer evening meal with garnishes of crisp bacon and sharp Cheddar.

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