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Vouvray Allias Père et Fils 1996 "Clos du Petite Mont" Vouvray Moelleux ($18.99)
The French word Moelleux means, literally, "marrow-like," a mellow metaphor for the delicious richness of Vouvray in the medium-sweet style. This appealing rendition is a clear straw color, with aromas of ripe white fruit -- pears and pineapple -- with pleasant nuances of the organic, almost "ripe cheese" quality of Vouvray. Crisp yet rich in flavor, it offers ample acidity to balance the wine's natural sugars. A distinct fresh pineapple flavor lingers in a very long finish. U.S. importer: World Shippers & Importers Co., Philadelphia. (Aug. 23, 1999)

FOOD MATCH: Following a food-matching whim that proved surprisingly successful, I put this rich, off-dry white up against a bowl of New Zealand green mussels steamed in white wine and butter.

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