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Here are five delicious wines to drink any way you like, though I especially recommend them with food.
Swartland, South Africa, $28
This rich, unctuous blend of chenin blanc, clairette blanche and viognier is fragrant with peach blossom and honeysuckle, followed by ripe tree fruit flavors over a mineral core that somehow keeps it in (soft) focus. Alcohol by volume: 13.5 percent.
Kysela: Available in the District at Circle Wine & Liquor, MacArthur Beverages, Magruder’s, P&C Market, Paul’s of Chevy Chase, Rodman’s. Available in Maryland at Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits in Annapolis, Longmeadow Wine & Liquors in Hagerstown. Available in Virginia at Forlano’s Market in The Plains, Out of Site Wines in Vienna, Unwined (Alexandria).
★★1 / 2
Swartland, South Africa, $16
Country Vintner: Available in the District at Calvert Woodley, Circle Wine & Liquor, Cork & Fork, Cordial Fine Wine & Spirits, DCanter, Dean & DeLuca, Lion’s Fine Wine & Spirits, Rodman’s. Available in Maryland at Georgetowne Square Wine and Beer in Bethesda. Available in Virginia at Arrowine and Cheese in Arlington, Chain Bridge Cellars in McLean, Norm’s Beer & Wine in Vienna, Wine Cabinet in Reston.
Languedoc, France, $13
Margaux & Co.: Available in Virginia at the Clifton Wine Shop, Grape+Bean in Alexandria, Tastings and Market Street Wineshop in Charlottesville, Wine Cabinet in Reston.
★1 / 2
Central Coast, Calif., $8 to $10
RNDC in the District: Available at Rodman’s and various locations of Giant, Safeway, Harris Teeter and Trader Joe’s. Select in Virginia: Available at various locations of Total Wine & More and Trader Joe’s; on the list at Paramount Cafe in Arlington.
★1 / 2
Beaujolais, France, $13
M Touton: Available in the District at Calvert Woodley, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Morris Miller Wine & Liquor, Paul’s of Chevy Chase. Available in Maryland at Bin 201 Wine Sellers in Annapolis; Bin 604 Wine Sellers, Well’s Discount Liquors and Wine Source in Baltimore; the Bottle Shop and Wine Harvest in Potomac; Edgewater Liquors; Franklin’s Restaurant, Brewery and General Store in Hyattsville; Old Farm Liquors in Frederick.