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|Motif "Touch of Raspberry" California Sparkling Wine ($5.99)|
The distinct raspberry aroma of this inexpensive wine signals that it's another "pop" wine, sweet and fruity, a soft-drink for adults. Like Cananduigua's "Classic" sparkler above, though, it rises above the competition by virtue of being pleasant and lacking obvious flaws. Citric and snappy, its sweet raspberry flavor is fresh and clean, and stays that way even when the wine warms in the glass. (Dec. 19, 2000)
FOOD MATCH: Aperitif.
|Motif "Classic" California Sparkling Wine ($5.99)|
Although sweet and simple for my taste, this "pop" sparkler from the giant Canandaigua Wine Co. is really a credible bubbly without the nasty chemical flavors and sour twang that afflicts many of the sparkling wines at this bottom-end price point. Pale straw in color, with surprisingly persistent bubbles, it offers fresh white-fruit aromas with a slight peachy scent; crisp and quite sweet in flavor, it's clean, not cloying. If you need to bring a bottle to an office party that's not populated by serious wine enthusiasts, this offers a decent, affordable option. (Dec. 20, 2000)
FOOD MATCH: Aperitif.
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