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A few of Dave McIntyre's picks for hot-weather wines that are easy on the wallet. (James M. Thresher for The Washington Post)
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Here is Dave McIntyre's monthly list of Recession Buster wines, ideal for hot-weather enjoyment and easy on the wallet at $12 or less. All represent a great value.

Domaine Bellevue
Touraine Rosé, 2009
Touraine, France, $10

This excellent rosé is crisp and refreshing, with flavors of strawberries and watermelon. Not complex or refined, but it delivers where it counts for a summer wine: in the fun quotient.

Elite: Available in the District at Rodman's, various Whole Foods Market locations. Available in Maryland at State Line Liquors in Elkton. Available in Virginia at Planet Wine & Gourmet in Alexandria; on the list at Restaurant Eve in Alexandria.

Monte Velho Branco, 2009
* 1/2
Alentejo, Portugal, $10

A blend of native Portuguese grapes -- Roupeiro, Antao Vaz and Perrum -- this is a must for anyone trying to taste 100 grape varieties for the Wine Century Club. More important, it is bright, crisp and delish, on its own or with lighter seafood dishes.

Dionysus: Available in the District at A. Litteri, Rodman's, Whole Foods Market Tenleytown; on the list at Nando's Peri-Peri. Available in Maryland at Bradley Food & Beverage in Bethesda, in Gaithersburg; on the list at Tavira in Chevy Chase. Available in Virginia at Unwined in Alexandria and Belleview, Wegmans in Leesburg; on the list at Cheesetique in Alexandria, and Espresso Portuguese American Grill and Columbus Grill in Manassas.

Quinta do Alqueve Fernao Pires, 2008
* 1/2
Ribatejo, Portugal, $10

Considering this wine and its delightful flavors of quince and pear, I am surprised Fernao Pires is not being planted in other countries.

Kacher/Washington Wholesale: Available in the District at Calvert Woodley, Rodman's, Pearson's, various Whole Foods Market locations; on the list at Tabac Bistro. Available in Maryland at the Wine Source in Baltimore, Wishing Well Liquors in Easton, the Perfect Pour in Elkridge.

Conti Speroni Gavi, 2009
* 1/2
Piedmont, Italy, $9

Redolent of white flowers and herbs, it's nice by itself but even better with lighter dishes such as seafood salad.

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