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Wine: Simple, affordable ‘picnic wines’

McClatchy Newspapers
Modified: June 28, 2012 at 4:29 pm •  Published: June 28, 2012

Another summer wine, Mionetto’s “Il Spritz,” is a semi-sparkling white wine with citrus flavors and herbs added. It’s inspired by the famous “Spritz” aperitif of the bars of Venice, where it was made of white wine, sparkling water and a mixer like Aperol, Campari or Cynar). One blogger called it “the national drink of Venice.” Mionetto makes its Spritz of white prosecco grapes, citrus and a few drops of red wine from tempranillo, the famous grape in Chianti.

What do they go well with? Whatever’s in your picnic basket.



—2010 Opera Prima “Mimosa” Wine, by J. Garcia Carrion Winery (airen grapes, 7 percent alcohol), La Mancha, Spain: sweet and fizzy, with orange aromas and flavors; $8.

—2010 Opera Prima “Bellini” Wine, by J. Garcia Carrion Winery, La Mancha, Spain (airen grapes, 7 percent alcohol): sweet and fizzy, with peach aromas and flavors; $8.

—Nonvintage Opera Prima “Sparkling Moscato,” by J. Garcia Carrion Winery La Mancha, Spain (moscato grapes, 7 percent  alcohol): the label says it “presents an intense aroma of fresh grapes,” and it’s true. It’s also sweet and fizzy; $8.

—Nonvintage Opera Prima “Pink Moscato” Wine, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla,” Spain (97 percent moscato, 3 percent tempranillo, 7 percent alcohol): sweet and fizzy, with red berry flavors from the addition of tempranillo, the red grape famous in Rioja; $8.

—Nonvintage Mionetto’s “Il Spritz” Semi-Sparkling White Wine (prosecco grapes with citrus and herbs), Valdobbiadene, Italy (8 per cent alcohol): Neon orange in color, lightly fizzy and lightly sweet, with citrus and herb flavors; $10.                           


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