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La Spinetta La Spinetta 1999 Vigneto Biancospino Moscato d'Asti Low-Alcohol White Wine ($12.99)
Fresh and just slightly fizzy (the Italians call it "frizzante") this light wine comes in at 5.5% alcohol, a little less than half the strength of traditional table wines, making it a good candidate for a thirst-quenching aperitif or a companion with picnic fare. Its tight-fitting standard cork comes out with a pop and reveals a pale greenish-gold wine that foams up briefly in the glass before falling back to just a few tiny bubbles that line the glass. Its delicious scent of fresh peaches invites a taste; and the flavor is light and crisp, definitely sweet but not cloying. U.S. importer: Vintner Select, Cincinnati; A Marc de Grazia Delection. (May 28, 2000)

FOOD MATCH: It worked well enough to wash down turkey breast roasted with Asian spices, but it's probably best as an aperitif (before dinner) or served ice cold like a cocktail on a hot summer day.

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