Midsummer rosés: Pink is good

Columnist July 7
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Dave McIntyre is the wine columnist for The Washington Post. He also blogs at dmwineline.com. View Archive

Following up on my list of April 17, here are five more rosé wines to guide you through summer. Remember, real men do drink pink. Pink is good. And no one has yet marketed a Hello Kitty rosé. At least that I know of.

Christian Lauverjat Moulin des Vrillères Rosé 2013

★ ★ ★

Sancerre, Loire Valley, France, $22

A rosé made entirely of pinot noir, this is refreshing yet more than just a fun quaff: It needs food. In fact, Sancerre rosé is an excellent match for wild salmon on the grill. Alcohol by volume: 12.5 percent.

Elite: Available in the District at Ace Beverage, Batch 13, Burka’s Wine & Liquor, Connecticut Avenue Wine & Liquor, Mac Market, Pearson’s, Rodman’s, Sheffield Wine & Liquor Shoppe; on the list at Et Voila, Kafe Leopold Konditorei, Macon Bistro & Larder, Nopa, Streets Market & Cafe. Available in Maryland at Cork & Fork in Bethesda, Finewine.com in Gaithersburg, Frederick Wine House, Graul’s Wine & Spirits in Baltimore, Wine Bin in Ellicott City. Available in Virginia at Arrowine and Cheese and Grateful Red Wine & Gift Shop in Arlington, Cheesetique (Shirlington), Grape+Bean (Rosemont), Slater’s Market in Alexandria, Whole Foods Market (various locations).

La Remise de la Mordorée 2013

★ ★ 1 / 2

France, $16

This blend of merlot and marselan, a grape indigenous to southwestern France, makes a delightful rosé, with bright acidity and good fruit to balance it. Domaine de la Mordorée is a noted producer from the Rhone Valley, and its Tavel rosé is also worth seeking out. ABV:13.5 percent.

Kysela: Available in the District at Bell Wine & Spirits, Cork & Fork, Dcanter, De Vinos, D’Vines. Available in Maryland at College Square Liquors in Westminster, State Line Liquors in Elkton. Available in Virginia at Ashburn Wine Shop, Curious Grape in Arlington, Grapevine in Warrenton, Vienna Vintner; on the list at Bizou in Charlottesville.

Les Dauphins Reserve Rosé 2013

★ ★

Côtes-du-Rhône, France, $10

With classic rosé flavors of strawberry and watermelon, it has crisp acidity to keep it vibrant and refreshing. ABV: 12.5 percent.

M Touton Selection: Available in the District at Ace Beverage, Batch 13, Best in Liquors, Bloomingdale Liquor, Capitol Hill Wine and Spirits, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Eye Street Cellars, Rodman’s, S&J Liquor, Universal Liquor, Yes! Organic Markets; on the list at BLT Steak. Available in Maryland at Old Farm Liquors and Spin the Bottle Wine Co. in Frederick, Petite Cellars in Ellicott City, River Falls Seafood Market in Potomac, Silesia Liquors in Fort Washington, Cindy’s Liquors in Elkridge. Available in Virginia at Altura Wine & Gourmet in Alexandria, Crystal City Wine Shop, Once Upon a Vine in Richmond, the Vineyard in McLean, Unwined (Belleview).

Mittelbach Zweigelt Rosé 2013

★ ★

Austria, $13

This has excellent flavors of strawberry, melon and peach. This producer also makes a terrific red blend. ABV: 12.5 percent .

Siema in the District and Maryland: Available in the District at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Cork & Fork, Wagshal’s Market, Whole Foods Market (P Street, Tenleytown). Available in Maryland at Fenwick Beer and Wine in Silver Spring, Fishpaws Marketplace in Arnold, Wine Bin in Ellicott City, Edgewater Liquors. Siema and Select Wines in Virginia: Available in Virginia at Balducci’s (Alexandria, McLean); D’Vine Wines in Winchester; Oakton Wine Shop; Foods of All Nations and Market Street Wineshop in Charlottesville; Red, White & Bleu in Falls Church; Thyme Market in Culpeper; Unwined (Alexandria, Belleview); Wine’ing Butcher in Ashburn.

Wildlife Pinotage Rosé 2013

★1 / 2

Swartland, South Africa $7

Simple and straightforward, it has just a tad of sweetness to appeal to anyone still hankering for the old days of white zinfandel. This is a private label available exclusively at Sheetz stores, made by Riebeek Cellars. There is also a delicious and more classic (ie., drier) pinotage rosé under the Riebeek label. ABV: 13 percent.

Kysela: Available at Sheetz stores in Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

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