Velenosi Prope Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2019
I used to find Montepulciano d’Abruzzo a nice and cheaper alternative to Chianti. Some of the ones I’ve tried recently have impressed with their depth of flavor, savory texture and energy that makes me want to explore them further. This fine wine should pair well with all sorts of dishes, but wild mushrooms come to mind first. Velenosi also makes an outstanding trebbiano, also called Prope, for white wine lovers. Alcohol by volume: 14 percent. BW: 415 grams (lightweight).
Imported and distributed by Baron François: Available locally at Chat’s Liquors, Rodman’s, U Street Wine & Beer, Wardman Wines. Available in Maryland at Beers & Cheers in Germantown; Sal’s Italian cuisine at John’s Cabin. Available in Virginia at Arrowine and Cheese stores in Arlington.
Hess Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Hess Select has long been a line of delicious and affordable cabernet sauvignon and chardonnays that I always look for in a restaurant list when asked to pick a wine for a crowd. This booth showcases aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry and cherry varieties, but no flavor, like it was made from a recipe. Fortress: 13.5%. Bottle weight: 580 grams (medium).
Distributed by Breakthru Beverages: Widely available.
Flannery Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2020
Marlborough, New Zealand, $18.
Pink grapefruit, orange peel and wildflowers characterize this energetic and savvy drink from Marlborough, on the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island. There is only a hint of peppery spice in the middle of the palate before it gives way to a long fruity aftertaste. Fortress: 13 percent. MT: 425 grams (light).
Imported and distributed in the county and Maryland by Artisans & Vines, distributed in Virginia by LK Wine Tours & Sales: available in the county at Broad Branch Market, Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Dawson’s Market, MacArthur Beverages, Michigan Liqueurs , Mimi’s Convenience Store; Old Town Market and Oven, Rodman’s, Streets Market (Adams Morgan), Timber Pizza, Vitis. Available in Maryland at Airpark Beer & Wine, Downtown Crown Wine and Beer in Gaithersburg; Arrowhead Market in Deep Creek Lake; Bella’s, Full On Craft Eats & Drinks, Annapolis Italian Market; Beer, Wine & Co., Bradley Food & Beverage in Bethesda; Blue Wind Gourmet in Lexington Park; Crescent Wine & Spirits in Bowie; Dawson’s Liquors in Severn Park; Dawson’s Market, Gilly’s Craft Beer & Fine Wine, Grosvenor Market, Rollins Beer-Wine-Deli in Rockville; District East Beer & Wine, Winefront Fine Wine & Spirits, Old Farm Liquors, Riverside Liquors, Viniferous in Frederick; Dulaney Wines & Spirits in Towson; Discounted drinks at the trade fair center in Timonium; Franklins Restaurant, Brewery, and General Store in Hyattsville; Fulton Wine and spirits in Fulton; The Greenbelt Cooperative at Greenbelt; “Dog hair” in Easton; JJ Liquors, Village Green Spirit store in Ellicott City; Locavino, Parkway Deli & Restaurant, Snider’s Super Foods in Silver Spring; Nick from Calvert in Prince Frederick; Old Town Market in Kensington; Perfect Pour in Elkridge; Potomac Grocer in the Potomac; Sal’s Italian cuisine at John’s Cabin; State Line liquor in Elkton; Wise Liquors in Dundalk. Available in Virginia at Aldie Peddler at Aldie; Kimberley in Winchester; Oxford cellars in Richmond; Planet Wine & Gourmet in Alexandria.
L’Escarelle June 21 Rosé 2021
IGP Méditerranée, France, $18.
Watermelon, red berries, wild herbs and a breath of fresh sea air come to mind with every sip of this delightful rosé. Fortress: 13 percent. MT: 585 grams (medium).
Imported and distributed in the county and Virginia by Banville Wine Merchants, distributed in Maryland by Artisans & Vines: available in the county at the Bottle Store, Cairo Wine & Liquor, Magruder’s, Metro Wine & Spirits, Mac Market, Morris Miller Wine & Liquor. , Rodman’s, Toscana Market, Wagshal’s Deli. Available in Maryland at Beer, Wine & Co. in Bethesda; Wine and Beer Downtown Crown, FineWine.com in Gaithersburg; Knowles Station Wine & Co. in Kensington; Lokavino in the Silver Spring. Available in Virginia at Aldie Peddler at Aldie; Bonnie Blue Southern Market & Bakery, Kimberly’s, Murphy Beverage, Saloon Willie Sutton’s in Winchester; Great Falls Classic Wines; The beer and wine section of Unwined (Belle View, King Street) in Alexandria; Dominion wine and beer in Falls Church; Norm’s Beer & Wine in Vienna; PaveMint Smokin’ Taphouse in Front Royal; Swirl & Sip in Fairfax.
Château les Valentines Rosé 2021
Côte de Provence, France, $26.
This 50-50 blend of grenache and cinsot, two common red grapes in the south of France, produces an expressively aromatic rosé with wildflowers and herbs, accompanied on the palate by an abundance of citrus, melons and berries. Certified organic. Fortress: 13.5%. MT: 700 grams (heavy).
Imported and distributed by Baron François: Available locally at Pursuit Wine Bar & Kitchen, Rodman’s, U Street Wine & Beer, Wide World of Wines. Available in Virginia at Arrowine and Cheese stores in Arlington; Cellars of the Chain Bridge at McLean; Cafe Evening Star, Planet Wine & Gourmet in Alexandria.
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