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Barone Montalto 2016 Pinot Grigio 

IGT Terre Siciliane $9.60 (73148) 12.0% alcohol

Harvested from a single vineyard beside the winery, this offers appealing aromas—fruit notes of citrus, melon and yellow plum with hints of mineral. Dry, light-mid weight, the juicy fruity flavours replay on the palate. Early harvest of the fruit ensures a fresh texture and a lively finish tasting of grapefruit zest. Sip or serve with fish or seafood. (Susan Desjardins)

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Viticoltori Acquiesi Brachetto d'Acqui Sparkling Non-Vintage

DOC Piedmonte $13.50 (375667) 6.5% alcohol

This sweet fizz is produced by the Mondodelvino group and deserves a mention for its light floral aromas and flavours of sweet red cherry/berry fruit, accented on the palate by a hint of rhubarb. The light spritz of the wine helps balance the sweetness of the fruit and provides a pleasing light finish. Serve this well chilled on its own or with fruit and soft cheese. (Susan Desjardins)