Wine Recommendations From the Pros

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

These wines were suggested by the sommeliers and retailers interviewed for today's column.

From Cecile Giannangeli:

Bibi Graetz Casamatta Bianco 2006
Tuscany, Italy, $14

"Vermentino with a splash of Malvasia, sourced from vineyards just outside Florence. Yes, it's soft, round and easygoing, but there is a lot going on in the glass. Wild herb honey, minerals, white peaches and spices emerge from this stunning value white. A crisp, long finish makes it difficult to resist a second glass."

Siema: available in the District at Whole Foods Market Tenleytown and P Street; available in Maryland at Finewine.com in Gaithersburg, Di Pasquale's in Baltimore, DiWine Spirits in Pikesville; available in Virginia at Whole Foods Market Tysons Corner, and the Wine Cabinet in Reston.

El Arte de Vivir 2007
Ribera del Duero, Spain, $15

"100 percent tempranillo sourced from 20- to 60-year-old vines in La Horra. It was aged for six months in tank prior to bottling. Dark ruby-colored, it features racy aromatics of mineral, spice box, black cherry and blackberry, with just enough acidity and tannin to lend structure and definition. This wine is all about purity and poise."

Elite Wines: available in the District at MacArthur Beverages, on the list at Taberna del Alabardero; available in Maryland at Finewine.com in Gaithers- burg; available in Virginia at Arrowine in Arlington.

From Nicole Saladyga:

Francois Mikulski Bourgogne Chardonnay 2006
Burgundy, France, $22

"A steal of a deal for those interested in young, fresh, bright Burgundies. There is a slight oak character to the wine, and it has a very creamy and nutty texture followed by notes of citrus on the finish."

Elite Wines: available at MacArthur Beverages in the District, Arrowine in Arlington; on the list at BLT Steak.

R. Pouillon & Fils Brut Rosé NV
Champagne, France, $60

"Made entirely of pinot noir grapes from premier cru vineyards, it oozes bright red fruits. There is not much of it, but in quality it is comparable to big names like Billecart, and it costs much less."


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