Col di Luna NV Rosé di Valmonte ($15.00)
Pretty pink color with an attractive salmon hue; pours up with a white froth that settles back to a lasting bubble stream. Fresh, delicate berry scent adds a distant, elusive fresh-herb note. On the palate it's crisp and dry, good creamy texture on the palate, fresh red berries and an attractive, subtle earthy character. An exceptional sparkling wine, and a real attitude-shifter for anyone who thinks of pink bubbly as something too frivolous to deserve notice. US Importer: John Given Wines Co., Manhasset, N.Y. (Sep 22, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: This crisp, delicate sparkler would fare very well with a broad range of dishes across the "white-meat" spectrum from richer seafood and fish dishes to veal, pork or poultry. It was very good indeed with a braised turkey dish made after the fashion of a Northern Italian veal glassato, bite-size chunks of meat "glazed" with a long-simmered pan reduction, which I'll feature in a coming edition of The 30 Second Wine Advisor FoodLetter.



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