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The list of recommended "Recession Busters" wines in the Food section on Wednesday gave an incorrect vintage for the Memo Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. It is from 2007, not 2008. It has been corrected.

Dave McIntyre's Recession Busters

Look to these Italian options for some recession-busting wine.
Look to these Italian options for some recession-busting wine. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)
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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

This month's selected wines, priced at $11 and under and chosen by Dave McIntyre, all hail from Italy.

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Bricco Dei Tati Cortese, 2008
* 1/2
Piedmont, Italy, $9
(Great Value)

Treat this terrific little white wine like a red: Don't chill it too much, then let it open for a half-hour to develop its enticing tropical fruit flavors. It's dry, but the fruit gives an appealing illusion of sweetness. Great as an aperitif or with light seafood dishes.

Siema: Available in the District at Windows Cafe & Market, all Whole Foods Market locations; available in Maryland at Finewine.com in Gaithersburg, Di Pasquale's Marketplace in Baltimore, Mills Fine Wine and Spirits in Annapolis; available in Virginia at Cecile's Wine Cellar in McLean, the Italian Store in Arlington, Rick's Wine & Gourmet and Daily Planet in Alexandria, Wine Cabinet in Reston, all area Whole Foods Market locations.

Banfi Centine Bianco, 2008
* 1/2
Tuscany, Italy, $10
(Great Value)

This blend of sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio and chardonnay is a startling contrast to the typical tart and boring Tuscan white wine. Because the blend defies convention, it also flouts stereotypes. It isn't complex, to be sure. But it is fun, unusual and delicious: a fine aperitif.

Republic National: Available in the District at Circle Wine & Liquor, Magruder's, Yes! Organic Market, various Whole Foods Markets; available in Maryland at Eastport Liquors in Annapolis, Lyndwood Wine and Spirits in Elkridge; available in Virginia at various Harris Teeter and Wegmans locations.

Toscolo Chianti, 2008
* 1/2
Tuscany, Italy $11
(Great Value)

Modern in style and crafted by famed Italian winemaker-consultant Franco Bernabei, this wine is solid, ripe and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser at a moderate price.

Empson/Bacchus: Available in the District at Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits, Connecticut Avenue Wine & Liquor, Marvelous Market on Capitol Hill, Metro K Supermarket. Available in Maryland at Eddie's Market and the Wine Market in Baltimore, Hair o' the Dog in Easton; on the list at Amicci's, Della Notte Ristorante and Italian Bistro in Baltimore, Giolitti Deli in Annapolis. Virginia Imports in Virginia: On the list at Kora in Crystal City.

Casata Monticello Dolcetto d'Asti, 2008
*
Piedmont, Italy, $9

It's a nice, light-bodied red with bright fruit.


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