Recommended recession buster wines
Here are Dave McIntyre's monthly recommendations of wines that are friendly to the palate and to the wallet (under $15):
Col des Vents 2007
Corbieres, France, $9
This wine is so beautifully aromatic and floral that it triggered my spring allergies. In January. It is light in body and refreshing.
Kysela: available in the District at Calvert Woodley, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Magruder's, Paul's of Chevy Chase; available in Virginia at Arrowine and Curious Grape in Arlington, Fern Street Gourmet and Unwined in Alexandria, various Whole Foods Market locations, Leesburg Vintner, Aldie Peddler, Salute! Wine Market in Winchester, Paeonian Grocery & Gourmet in Paeonian Springs.
Mission La Caminade 2006
Cahors, France, $11
This provides a nice contrast with the more familiar wine of Mendoza, Argentina, emphasizing earthy forest flavors over lush fruit.
Wine Traditions: available in the District at Whole Foods Market Tenleytown. Available in Virginia at Arrowine in Arlington; Au Domaine, Rick's Wine & Gourmet and Whole Foods Market in Alexandria; the Vineyard in McLean; and on the list at Mediterranee in Alexandria.
Rosenblum Cellars Cuvee XXXI Zinfandel
At full price, this wine doesn't qualify as a Recession Buster, but it is frequently found on sale in the Washington area. Rosenblum blends zinfandel from choice areas around California to produce this consistently good non-vintage-dated wine that serves as an excellent introduction to zinfandel and a good partner to basic meat or pasta fare.
Washington Wholesale: available in the District at Calvert Woodley, Schneider's of Capitol Hill, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Rodman's; on the list at Clyde's, Cafe Deluxe.