Ruggieri & C. Prosecco di Valdobbiadene

Those of us happy to ring in a new decade are still celebrating. And for that, more bubbly is in order. For my money, a good Prosecco is better than a mid-level nonvintage brut. Italy's Veneto region produces some excellent sparkling wines from the Valdobbiadene appellation. Ruggieri is one of the most reliable producers there. The current release is dry and fresh, elegant for a Prosecco. And very good with food.

Bring out some bottles as an aperitif or add a splash of Campari and pink grapefruit juice to make a refreshing cocktail. Prosecco also works with steamed clams or mussels, clams casino, peel 'n' eat shrimp, indeed, with most kinds of seafood.

-- S. Irene Virbila

Region: Veneto, Italy

Price: About $16

Style: Dry and crisp

What it goes with: steamed shellfish, shrimp, seafood.

Where to find it: Beverage Warehouse in Marina del Rey (310) 306-2822,; Liquorama in Upland (877) 981-9044,; Red Carpet Wine Merchants in Glendale (818) 247-5544,; Wine Exchange in Orange (714) 974-1454,; the Wine House in West Los Angeles (310) 479-3731,; and Wine and Liquor Depot in Van Nuys (818) 996-1414,