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This week’s recommendations include a delicious, incredibly inexpensive red from Spain and two selections — a sauvignon blanc from Australia and a cabernet sauvignon from Italy — that remind us to explore outside the traditional wine regions for exciting quality and value.
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Ribera del Duero, Spain, $10
Dionysus: Available in the District at A. Litteri, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, De Vino’s, Rodman’s, Wagshal’s Deli. Available in Maryland at Bradley Food & Beverage and Montgomery Gourmet Beer & Wine in Bethesda, Fireside Deli and Wine Shop in Swanton, Hops & Vines in Odenton, Iron Bridge Wine Co. in Columbia, McHenry Beverage Shoppe in McHenry. Available in Virginia at Angels Vineyard Wine Shop (online), Whole Foods Market (Reston, Vienna); on the list at La Fromagerie in Alexandria, Peter Chang’s China Cafe (Fredericksburg, Williamsburg).
Adelaide Hills, Australia, $21
Australia is not known for its “savvy,” being overshadowed in that category by New Zealand. Its expression of the grape is distinctly different from its neighbor’s, emphasizing tree fruit flavors more than tropical fruits. This version is slightly underripe to emphasize the acidity, giving it a sleek feel. ABV: 13.5 percent.
Winebow: Available in the District at Connecticut Avenue Wine & Liquor, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Kogod Liquor; by the glass at Range.
Tuscany, Italy, $16
M Touton: Available in the District at Calvert Woodley, Morris Miller Wine & Liquor, Rodman’s. Available in Maryland at
Bradley Food & Beverage in Bethesda, Quench! in Silver Spring.
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Penedes, Spain, $8
Dionysus: Available in the District at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, De Vinos, Rodman’s, Wagshal’s Deli; on the list at Cava. Available in Maryland at Bradley Food & Beverage and Cork & Fork in Bethesda, Chesapeake Wine Co. in Baltimore, Rodman’s in Wheaton, Snider’s Super Foods in Silver Spring; on the list at Sushiko in Chevy Chase. Available in Virginia at Chain Bridge Cellars in McLean, Fern Street Gourmet in Alexandria, Prime Gourmet in Ashburn, Unwined (Alexandria, Belleview), Whole Foods Market (Alexandria, Vienna); on the list at Cava Mezze in Clarendon.