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Wine of the Week: 2009 Venica & Venica Collio Sauvignon Blanc 'Ronco delle Mele'

2009 Venica & Venica Collio Sauvignon Blanc " Ronco delle Mele"

A single sip of this stunning Sauvignon Blanc from northeastern

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Italy

immediately gets your attention. The 2009 Venica & Venica "Ronco delle Mele" is one intense mouthful, ripe yet fresh, with an overlay of citrus and flowers and a lingering finish.

At the holiday table, it makes a great alternative to Chardonnay, and it's a wonderful foil for chilled shellfish, lobster or spicy Thai or Szechuan dishes.

— S. Irene Virbila

Region:

Friuli, Italy

Price:

$28 to $35

Style:

Rich and spicy

What it goes with:

Shellfish, lobster, seafood risotto, Asian food

Where to find it:

Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949) 650-8463,

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; Wally's Wine & Spirits in

West Los Angeles

, (310) 475-0606,

; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454,

; and the Wine House in West

Los Angeles

, (310) 479-3731,

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