Adesso 2006 Cagnina di Romagna ($11.00)
Very dark purple with a distinct reddish hue. Grapey, juicy raisins, a hint of something minty and herbal on the nose; fresh wine-grape and dried-fruit flavors follow the nose, quite sweet but not sticky, with sufficient acidity to keep it from cloying. It doesn't really resemble Coca-Cola, but the sweet, dark fruit character inspires comparison, and quite frankly, I find this much more palatable than Coke. An ice cube adds structure and mutes the sweetness a bit. Not an everyday item for wine "geeks," but an excellent answer to the frequently asked question from those aching for a sweet red wine. US Importer: John Given Wines Co., Manhasset, N.Y. (Oct 7, 2007)

FOOD MATCH: It makes a surprisingly appealing match with the flavors of Cantonese-style stir-fried beef and green peppers.

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