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Today's Wine Tasting Note

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Two tasty and affordable Italian reds
Monte Antico Monte Antico 1995 Red Tuscan Table Wine ($9.99)
Very dark ruby in color, this bargain red breathes ripe sour-cherry fruit and a distinct but pleasant whiff of "barnyard," the scent of country lanes on summer nights. A load of tart but juicy red fruit graces the palate, firmly structured with lemony acidity, earthy and lasting. A gift from friends in Boston who took pity on me because I haven't been able to find this one at home, it's widely available for well under $10, making it a best buy. U. S. importer: Empson (USA) Inc., Alexandria, Va. (April 13, 1999)

FOOD MATCH: Red wine with seafood? This fruity-tart treat went surprisingly well with a spicy Cajun shrimp barbecue.

Begali Begali 1997 Valpolicella Classico ($9.99)
Clear ruby. Fresh red-fruit aromas with floral hints of violets and aromatic new oak. Ripe and very tart, flavors follow the nose; there's a clean, pleasant bitter-almond quality in a long finish. U.S. importer: Pellegrini Family Vineyards, South San Francisco, Calif. (April 14, 1999)

FOOD MATCH: Fine with pan-grilled strip steaks.

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