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SPBIS141September brings many wedding anniversaries and plenty of other occasions to celebrate with bubbly. But please, not Prosecco!

Well, if that’s your reaction, maybe it’s time to try a good one. Bisol is an important producer of Prosecco in the prime region of Valdobbiadene in Italy’s Veneto region. They produce a wide variety of categories ranging from $15-$70. If $70 strikes you as a bit high, get in closer to the ground floor and taste what a quality product, one that actually refreshes and tantalizes, can offer.

Bisol ‘Crede’ Valdobbiadene, Prosecco Superiore DOCG Non-Vintage $23-$25 srp

Almost clear, lightly greenish tint. A small, clean bubble greets you with fresh impressions of apple, pear and a lemony-almond-floral mix. There’s good mineral cut on the bouquet vibrantly drawing you in. Flavors are refreshing, suggesting peaches. The mouth feel is creamy but finely etched acids on the finish invigorate. (Predominantly Glera, with smaller amounts of Pinot Bianco and Verdiso grapes.) Drink now.

89/100 points

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Arturo Ciompi

Trained as a classical clarinetist and conductor, Arturo plied his trade for many years in New York, performing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, the American Symphony and countless chamber music groups. While living in Durham, Arturo became the wine manager at two iconic gourmet stores: Fowler’s in Durham and Southern Season in Chapel Hill. He had a wine spot on NPR in the ’90s and has been a continuously published wine journalist since 1997. He has won national awards for his work and is currently writing for Durham Magazine and its weekly blog, “Wine Wednesdays”. In addition, he loves teaching the clarinet. Read more on his website.

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