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Wine in cans is definitely a niche product, but you can find it in the Washington area. Field Recordings winery, in California’s Paso Robles region, offers a red and a white at $11 for a 500-milliliter can and several more wines under its Alloy label (distributed by Free Run). Underwood winery, in Oregon, markets several wines in cans as well (distributed by Constantine).

Here are four other wines, available in traditional 750-milliliter bottles, to enjoy during your patio parties once the sun comes out.

— Dave McIntyre

E. Guigal Crozes-Hermitage 2012

★ ★ ★

Rhone Valley, France, $23

Wrap an organic blueberry in a strip of artisanal bacon, then smoke it over hardwood embers — or just decant this beauty at least an hour before dinner to reveal its seductive flavors of, well, you get the idea. Alcohol by volume: 13 percent.

Distributed by M. Touton: Available in the District at Calvert Woodley, MacArthur Beverages, Morris Miller Wine & Liquor, Paul’s of Chevy Chase, Rodman’s, Whole Foods Market (various locations); on the list at Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar, Nora. Available in Maryland at the Breadery in Catonsville; Columbia Palace Wine & Spirits and Kings Contrivance Liquor Shop in Columbia; Downtown Crown Wine and Beer in Gaithersburg; Hunt Valley Wine, Liquor & Beer in Cockeysville; Jason’s Wine & Spirits and Pine Orchard Liquors in Ellicott City; Montgomery County Liquor Store (Potomac); Old Farm Liquors in Frederick; the Perfect Pour in Elkridge; Rodman’s (White Flint); Roundabout Fine Wine & Spirits in Laurel; Total Discount Liquors in Eldersburg; Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore. On the list at La Ferme Restaurant in Chevy Chase, Tersiguel’s French Country Restaurant in Ellicott City. Available in Virginia at the Wine Cabinet in Reston.

Zudugarai Antxiola Getariako Txakolina 2015

★ ★ ½

Spain, $14

This white wine from Spain’s Basque regions is a favorite of sommeliers because of its low alcohol and searing acidity. Taste it alone, and you might pucker up and complain that it’s sour. But try it with food, especially spicy dishes, and the acidity abandons the diva role to become a supporting player for the wine’s abundant fruit. ABV: 11 percent.

Distributed by Dionysus: Available in the District at D’Vines, Rodman’s; on the list at Compass Rose, Tico. Available in Maryland at Balducci’s and Bradley Food & Beverage in Bethesda. Available in Virginia at Barrel Thief Wine Shop & Cafe and Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market in Richmond, Chain Bridge Cellars in McLean, Leesburg Vintner, Swirl & Sip in Fairfax, the Wine Cabinet in Reston.

Alexander Valley Vineyards Dry Rosé of Sangiovese 2015

★ ★  1/2

Sonoma County, Calif., $15

This refreshingly juicy rosé is one of my perennial favorites, and it’s so widely available now in the District and Maryland that the word seems to be out. This vintage does not disappoint. Its vibrant red color stands in contrast to the current vogue for a lighter shade of pale in rosé — a reminder that color may indicate style but not quality. ABV: 13.2 percent.

Distributed by Bacchus in the District and Maryland, Select in Virginia: Available in the District at Batch 13, Bell Wine & Spirits, Burka’s Wine & Liquor, Cairo Wine & Liquor, Calvert Woodley, Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits, Circle Wine & Liquor, Eye Street Cellars, Harry’s Reserve Fine Wine & Spirits, Kogod Liquor, Magruder’s, Modern Liquors, Paul’s of Chevy Chase, Pearson’s, Potomac Wine & Spirits, Rodman’s, Safeway (Georgetown), Sheffield Wine & Liquor Shoppe, S&R Liquors, S&S Liquor, Whole Foods Market (Foggy Bottom, P Street, Tenleytown). Widely available in Maryland, including at Montgomery County Liquor Stores (Darnestown, Potomac, Silver Spring); Old Line Fine Wine, Spirits and Bistro in Beltsville; Rodman’s (White Flint). On the list at the Daily Dish in Silver Spring, Republic in Takoma Park.

Es Lo Que Hay Garnacha Viñas Viejas 2013

★ ★

Calatayud, Spain, $19

Garnacha from Spain has become a popular cheap red in recent years. Its spicy, fruity expression contrasts with the earthier character the wine has in France, where the grape is known as grenache. The Es Lo Que Hay has that racy Spanish character, with some nice depth and structure to add interest. ABV: 14.5 percent.

Distributed by Kysela: Available in Maryland at Bay Ridge Wine and Spirits in Annapolis; Beards Hill Liquors in Aberdeen; Lighthouse Liquors, Roland Park Wines & Liquors, Wells Discount Liquors and Wine Source in Baltimore; Dawson’s Liquors and Goska’s Liquors in Severna Park; Friendship Wine & Liquor in Abingdon; Halfway Liquors in Hagerstown; the Perfect Pour in Elkridge; State Line Liquors in Elkton; the Wine Bin in Ellicott City. Available in Virginia at Norm’s Beer & Wine in Vienna; on the list at Bistro Bethem in Fredericksburg, Taqueria Guadalajara in Winchester.

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