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An Italian White Made Even Better by Good Service

Cantina del Taburno Falanghina Taburno 2008
Thomas Matthews
Posted: December 4, 2009

The day after Thanksgiving, we needed to get out of the house and eat something besides turkey. So we headed to Meg and Watty’s, a new American bistro in Cobble Hill, near our home in Brooklyn.

The place was packed, and our harried waiter admitted they weren’t expecting such a crowd, when he finally got to the table with the bottle of Rhône white I ordered. I must have shown my disappointment as I tasted it, because he asked if there was a problem. I said, “It’s not flawed, but it’s heavy and dull. Let’s try it, though; maybe it will be better with the food.”

But he refused. He asked me to pick something else and went straight to the cellar for the Falanghina I ordered ($42 on the list). Made by the producer Cantina del Taburno, this bright, fruity white, from Campania in southern Italy, was refreshing and food-friendly, just what we needed to perk up our jaded taste buds. I rated it 88 points, non-blind, and the excellent wine service made it taste even better.

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