A full complement of whites for warm-weather sipping fills out our list this week, featuring two offbeat but fun, unpretentious wines from Lakewood Vineyards in the Finger Lakes. A racy Loire Valley sauvignon blanc, a low-calorie chardonnay from California and an organic viognier from Australia complete the package.
This zippy blend of vidal blanc and cayuga white, with a splash of riesling, delivers a lot of delicious fun for the price. Alcohol by volume: 11.7 percent. BW: 450 grams (Light).
Distributed in the District and Maryland by Artisans & Vines, in Virginia by LK Wine Tours & Sales: Available in the District at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Rodman’s. Available in Maryland at Beer & Wine Co., Bradley Food & Beverage, Capital Beer & Wine in Bethesda; Bethesda Co-Op in Cabin John; Canton Crossing Wine + Spirits, Off the Rox Wine & Beer in Baltimore; District East Beer & Wine, Old Farm Liquors in Frederick; Downtown Crown Wine and Beer in Gaithersburg; Maryland Discount Beverage Center in Cumberland; Greenbelt Co-Op, New Deal Café in Greenbelt; JJ Liquors, Wine Bin in Ellicott City; McHenry Beverage Shoppe in McHenry; Old Town Market in Kensington; the Perfect Pour in Elkridge; Snider’s Super Foods in Silver Spring; Sterling Liquors in Dundalk; Town Center Market in Riverdale Park.. Available in Virginia at Aldie Peddler in Aldie; Murphy Beverage, Union Jack’s in Winchester; PaveMint Smokin’ Taphouse in Front Royal; Rio Hill Wine & Beer in Charlottesville.
Domaine Bellevue Touraine Sauvignon 2021
Loire Valley, France, $15
This is a perennial favorite of mine — minerally Loire Valley sauvignon blanc, tight and focused, with just a hint of peppery spice. ABV: 12.5 percent. BW: 450 grams (Light).
Imported and distributed by Elite Wines: Available at nearly 100 outlets in the District, Maryland and Virginia.
Kendall-Jackson Low Calorie Chardonnay 2021
Think of this as a slimmed-down cousin of Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve, one of the country’s favorite chardonnays. It’s got the same pineapple and peach flavors, but only 85 calories per 5-ounce serving. Compared to what? Well, we don’t have that on the label, but most wines tend to be around 110 to 120 calories, depending on the alcohol level. By reducing the alcohol to 9 percent, the winemakers have lowered the calories without a dramatic loss of flavor. Some stores may still have the 2020 vintage, labeled with the proprietary name Avant. ABV: 9 percent. BW: 450 grams (Light).
Distributed by RNDC: Available in the District at AB Liquors, Argyle Market & Deli, Classy Corks Wine & Spirits, Daily 14, McReynold’s Liquors, Palisades Deli, Riggs Liquor, Safeway (Fourth Street SW), Target (14th Street NW), Washington Wine & Liquor. Available in Maryland at Angels Cut Wine & Spirits, Pine Orchard Liquors in Ellicott City; Bel Air Liquors in Bel Air; Cranberry Liquors in Westminster; Eastport Liquors in Annapolis; Faze 4 Liquors in Dundalk; Montgomery County Wine & Liquor Stores (various locations); Total Wine & More (Laurel, Towson); Ye Old Spirit Shop in Frederick.
Lakewood Vineyards Bubbly Candeo 2021
Finger Lakes, N.Y., $18
When you want to turn a simple weekday into a celebration without busting out an expensive sparkling wine, reach for Bubbly Candeo. It’s made of cayuga white, a hybrid variety developed in the Finger Lakes. Slightly off-dry, it’s crisp and refreshing, with fruity flavors that pair well with sunshine and a smile. ABV: 10.1 percent. BW: 485 grams (Light).
Distributed in the District and Maryland by Artisans & Vines, in Virginia by LK Wine Tours & Sales: Available in the District at Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits, King Street Oyster Bar, Old City Market & Oven, Rodman’s, Streets Market (14th Street), Vitis. Available in Maryland at All Set, Snider’s Super Foods in Silver Spring; Beer Wine & Co., Bradley Food & Beverage in Bethesda; Blue Wind Gourmet in Lexington Park; the Bottle Shop in Potomac; Canton Crossing Wine + Spirits in Baltimore; Chestnut Ridge Gas & Liquors in Grantsville; Crescent Wine & Spirits in Bowie; Downtown Crown Wine and Beer in Gaithersburg; Faze4 Liquors, Sterling Liquors in Dundalk; Firestone’s, Lakefront Fine Wine & Spirits, Old Farm Liquors, Viniferous in Frederick; Friendsville Discount Liquors in Friendsville; Greenbelt Co-Op in Greenbelt; Grosvenor Market in Rockville; JJ Liquors, Wine Bin in Ellicott City; Market at the Charles in La Plata; Maryland Discount Beverage Center in Cumberland; McHenry Beverage Shoppe in McHenry; No Thyme to Cook in Solomons; Ristorante Ottaviani in Cumberland; Shortcake Bakery in Hyattsville; Town Center Market in Riverdale Park Available in Virginia at Aldie Peddler in Aldie; Murphy Beverage, Union Jack’s in Winchester; PaveMint Smokin’ Taphouse in Front Royal; Rio Hill Wine & Beer in Charlottesville.
Yalumba Viognier Made With Organic Grapes 2021
South Australia, Australia, $20
Yalumba is a prolific producer of viognier, from its introductory Y Series up through the top-of-the-line Virgilius, meant to echo the benchmark wines of Condrieu in France’s Rhône Valley. They are all good. This organic bottling is redolent with aromas of jasmine and honeysuckle, backed up by flavors of peaches, apricots and ginger. Australian Certified Organic. Vegan. ABV: 13.5 percent. BW: 545 grams (Average).
Imported and distributed by Winebow: Available in the District at Rodman’s, Schneider’s of Capitol Hill; Sherry’s Fine Wine & Spirits. Available in Maryland at Green Valley Wine & Spirits in Monrovia; Harbour Wine & Spirits in Severna Park; Harvest Thyme Tavern in Davidsonville; Jason’s Wine & Spirits in Ellicott City; Maryland Discount Beverage Center in Cumberland; Mills Fine Wine and Spirits in Annapolis; Patuxent Wine & Spirits in Lusby; Ye Old Spirit Shop in Frederick. Available in Virginia at Arrowine and Cheese in Arlington; Cheesetique (Alexandria, Shirlington); Dominion Wine and Beer in Falls Church.
Availability information is based on distributor records. Wines might not be in stock at every listed store and might be sold at additional stores. Prices are approximate. Check wine-searcher.com to verify availability, or ask a favorite wine store to order through a distributor.