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Here are some delicious wines to fuel your experiments with different wineglasses.
Domaine Sainte Cécile du Parc Notes Franches 2010
Languedoc, France, $16
Firstvine.com: Available in the District at DCanter; available online from Firstvine.com.
Calmel & Joseph Vieux Carignan 2011
★★1 / 2
Languedoc, France, $19
Margaux: Available in the District at Cork & Fork, Wide World of Wines. Available in Virginia at Arrowine and Cheese in Arlington; Clifton Wine Shop; Grape + Bean and Unwined in Alexandria; In Vino Veritas in Keswick; Market Street Wineshop, Wine Warehouse and Wine Made Simple in Charlottesville; Libbie Market and Once Upon a Vine in Richmond; Vintage Wines in Harrisonburg; Wine Cabinet in Reston.
Botani Moscatel Seco 2011
Sierras de Málaga, Spain, $19
Fans of moscato should enjoy this delicious dry wine made with the same grape; it shows the appealing floral fruitiness without the sugar. Moscato haters should enjoy it, too, for the same reason. ABV: 13.5 percent.
Country Vintner: Available in the District at Calvert Woodley, Cordial Fine Wine & Spirits, Rodman’s; on the list at Estadio, Jaleo. Available in Maryland at Balducci’s (Bethesda), Pine Orchard Wine in Ellicott City. Available in Virginia at Arrowine and Cheese in Arlington, Balducci’s (Alexandria, McLean), Total Wine & More (McLean); on the list at Tuscarora Mill in Leesburg.
J. Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay 2012
★1 / 2
Arroyo Seco, Monterey, Calif., $15
The full retail price is $15, but this widely available wine is often on sale for under $10. That makes it a terrific value, especially if you like a full-bodied, oaky style of chardonnay. (And it’s even better if you have a Riedel Montrachet glass to enjoy it in.) ABV: 13.5 percent.
RNDC: Widely available.
Castaño Monastrell 2011
★1 / 2
Yecla, Spain, $11
ABV: 14 percent.
Country Vintner: Available in the District at D'Vines, De Vinos, Rodman’s. Available in Maryland at Choice Wine & Beer in Wheaton, Roundabout Fine Wine & Spirits and Total Wine & More in Laurel, Village Beer & Fine Wine in Rockville. Available in Virginia at Balducci’s (Alexandria, McLean), Total Wine & More (all locations), Wegmans (Fairfax, Woodbridge).