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charles ninotJust in time for Mother’s Day, a sparkling wine that won’t break the bank.

Connoisseurs will object but for the price this is fine. Fruity, with quite a bit of varietal character, but dry, it shows, apple,  white peach, and wet stone minerality with a pleasant, bread aroma in the background.

Active mousse with medium bead, the midpalate is soft almost plush for a sparkling wine. The finish is charming and simple.

Produced via the Charmat method, it’s a cut above some of the insipid Cava and Prosecco at the lower price ranges.

To pair with sparkling wine you want music with a pop in the rhythm and a smile in the voice. For that you can’t do better than Ella and the Duke, “It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing”

Score: 86

Price: An average of $9 at Bevmo’s 5-cent sale.

Alc: 12.5%

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