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Wine review: René Barbier Mediterranean White, Spain

White blend

The sunny label image of a chair and table by the azure sea is a case of honesty in marketing. This is sunshine wine, a light and crisp-bright blend from northeast Spain. The grape trio here is the same as for most of the region's cava sparkling wines: xarello, macabeo and parellada. And like most sparkling wines, there's no vintage date on the label because, presumably, it includes juice from more than one harvest to help establish consistency from year to year. It's clean and lean, with an almost spritzy citrus character and nuances of chalk and flint. And, laudably, it registers just 11.5-per-cent alcohol. Think of it as a spritzer that needs no soda; $8.99 in New Brunswick.

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