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Whites with fish on Friday
Just as the old Levy's Rye Bread commercials pointed out that "You don't have to be Jewish" to enjoy it, a crisp white wine makes a mighty fine dinner with fish, whether you personally skip meat on Ash Wednesday and Fridays during Lent or not.

These two items - one a relatively pricey California Viognier and the other an affordable Italian white - both score high on the aromatic meter and made fine partners with grilled fresh yellowtail snapper.

Alban Viognier Alban Vineyards 1997 Alban Estate Vineyard Edna Valley Viognier ($22.99)
Clear, light gold, with delicious floral scents and oaky vanillins surrounded with a marked smokey note, complex and appealing. Crisp, fresh and full, round and tart flavors are consistent with the nose. Yes, it's great with fish. (March 8, 2000)

Villanova Villanova 1997 Isonzo del Friuli Tocai Friulano ($9.99)
Clear straw color, with earthy and caramel aromas, tropical fruit and lime, and an odd but pleasant "damp wool" element that I often find in aromatic whites. White fruit flavors, fresh if simple, with a light bitter finish. U.S. importer: VIAS Import Ltd., NYC (March 8, 2000)

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