Here are some great sparkling wines from France, Italy, USA, Argentina, and South Africa. I drink them all (not at the same time)...and so should you! Philippe Gonet Extra-Brut 3210: Bone-dry on purpose. The label “3210″ means 3 years of aging, 2 terroirs, 1 grape variety, and 0 dosage. About $70 if you can find it. Try! (My favorite Champagne in the world.) Pere Ventura Tresor (Treasure) Cava Brut Rosé: A subtle wine that doesn’t bowl you over with strawberries, nicely dry, made with 100% Trepat grapes. $14-17. Mionetto Prosecco Brut DOC: Dry, crisp and light-bodied. A bargain at $12-15. Champagne Palmer & Co. Brut Reserve: Much more widely available this year than before. $40. Marc Hebrart Selection Champagne Brut…

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This is a grape - and a wine - that few people in North America have heard of, let alone tasted.  But it's well worth your time and taste buds to do so!    Torrontes is widely considered to the the "signature" white of Argentina, and as far as I can tell it's the only country that produces it.  We believe the grape is hybrid of Muscat of Alexandria and Criolla Chica, called the Mission grape in California.   This isn't a white wine for the Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio-drinking set, mind you. It has character, powerful aromatics and real body - delivering up enticing floral aromas and flavors of lime, white peach, and white melon.  Not to step on the toes of Old Spice, but this wine…

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