A delicate yet substantial sparkling wine. After the first fermentation, this wine is finished in the bottle, as they do in Champagne. The wine is also made with chardonnay grapes only, as is Champagne’s “blanc de blancs.” But this sparkler is produced in the north of Italy, in the Dolomites; it’s a product of the (relatively) new region devoted to sparkling wine called Trento DOC. On the chardonnay spectrum, this wine tends toward zinginess with a bit of rounded fruit. The wine has a very good medium-small, persistent mousse, with some toast and a bit of fruit on the nose, along with a hint of yeast. It’s apple-y on the palate and peachy with a hint of tangerine in the finish: very concentrated, a mixture of tartness and sweetness. It was disgorged in 2016. Lovely.

Drink as aperitif or with delicate seafood or very light white meat entrees.

Highly recommended — BSE

WHO: Mezzacorona

WHAT: 100% chardonnay

WHERE: Trentino, Alto Adige, Italy

HOW MUCH: $16 (media sample)

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Becky Sue Epstein

An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, Becky Sue's work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, www.wine-pages.com and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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