Recommended New York wines
Here are some of the best New York wines available in the Washington area, with additional information on how to find others. The best location for one-stop shopping is Wegmans, which features New York wines at each of its Northern Virginia locations. In the District, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits carries several wines from the East Coast, including some from New York.
Hermann J. Wiemer Dry Riesling, 2008
Finger Lakes, N.Y., $21
This is a classically styled Riesling with a rich, oily mouth feel, zesty lime flavors and impressive complexity. Available primarily in restaurants.
Bacchus: Available in the District at Cork Market; on the list at BlackSalt, Cashion's Eat Place, Firefly, Johnny's Half Shell, Komi, Restaurant Nora, the Source.
Dr. Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling, 2008
Finger Lakes, N.Y., $20
It begins as racy and full-bodied, and then the structure emerges and takes control. Excellent wine from the pioneers of European vinifera grape varieties in New York.
Boutique Vineyards in Maryland/Suprex International in the District and Virginia: Available in the District at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits; on the list at Charlie Palmer Steak. Available in Maryland at Calvert Wine & Spirits in Hunt Valley, Grand Cru and the Wine Source in Baltimore; on the list at Mr. Rain's Fun House in Baltimore, Shab Row Bistro and Wine Bar in Frederick. Available in Virginia at Red White & Bleu in Falls Church, various Wegmans locations.
Pumphouse Red, 2007
North Fork of Long Island, N.Y., $17
This is a juicy, fruit-forward blend primarily of merlot, with some cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot and syrah. It went down so easily, it seemed to evaporate as soon as the screw cap was opened. There is also a very nice Pumphouse White.
Premium Wines Portfolio: Available in Maryland at Fenwick Beer and Wine, Lenox Beer and Wine, Snider's Super Foods and Spring Beer and Wine in Silver Spring; Dunmor's Beer & Wine and World Market in Bethesda; the Bottle Shop in Potomac; Belby's Discount Beer & Wine, King Farm Beer & Wine and Talbott Beer & Wine in Rockville; BJ's Beer and Wine, Grape Expectations and Magruder's in Gaithersburg; Beers & Cheers in Germantown; Olney Beer & Fine Wine; Rodman's in Wheaton; UpCounty Fine Wine & Beer in Clarksburg.
Jamesport Vineyards East End Series, "Cinq," 2007
North Fork of Long Island, N.Y., $20