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(Goran Kosanovic/For The Washington Post)

These selections from Andrew Stover’s Vino50 portfolio represent the variety of wines now being produced all across the United States. “Wine country” is not just California anymore. It’s everywhere.

— D.M.

Galen Glen Stone Cellar Grüner Veltliner 2014

★ ★ ★

Lehigh Valley, Pa., $20

Galen Glen’s flagship wine is textbook grüner, by which I mean delicious. It features the classic flavors of lemon grass, white flowers and stones, with a limpidity that makes it easy to drink while disguising the refreshing acidity. Galen Glen also produces a reserve grüner veltliner available only from the winery, and, yes, it is even better. Alcohol by volume: 13 percent.

Distributed by Siema: Available in the District at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Wagshal’s Deli. Available in Maryland at Grand Cru, Wine Source in Baltimore, Lakefront Wine & Spirits in Frederick, Wishing Well Liquors in Easton, Wooden Keg Liquors in Hagerstown; on the list at Brew D Pub in Frederick, Out of the Fire in Easton. Available in Virginia at Little Washington Winery Tasting Room & Shop.

Galen Glen Stone Cellar Zweigelt 2014

★ ★ ★

Lehigh Valley, Pa., $20

I had tasted Galen Glen’s grüner before, so I knew it was good. But I was skeptical of the zweigelt because even many examples from its native Austria are under-ripe, giving the wine a pronounced flavor of caraway seed. But this zweigelt is silky and ripe, with blueberry and cherry flavors. It brings out my antisocial side, because I don’t want to share it. ABV: 13 percent.

Distributed by Siema: Available in the District at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits. Available in Maryland at Grand Cru, Wine Source in Baltimore, Lakefront Wine & Spirits in Frederick, Wishing Well Liquors in Easton, Wooden Keg Liquors in Hagerstown; on the list at Brew D Pub in Frederick. Available in Virginia at Little Washington Winery Tasting Room & Shop.

Breaux Vineyards Jolie Blonde Seyval Blanc 2014

★ ★  1/2

Virginia, $15

Anyone who has been following local wines as long as I have will recognize seyval blanc as one of the French-American hybrid grape varieties the East Coast wine industry was built upon while winegrowers were trying to figure out how to ripen the classic vinifera varieties. Breaux’s Jolie Blonde gives us reason to celebrate those varieties and be glad they haven’t all been planted over to chardonnay. This is crisp and bright, with flavors of stone fruits and white flowers. Lovely, indeed. ABV: 13.9 percent.

Distributed by Siema: Available in the District at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits. Available in Maryland at Cranberry Liquors in Westminster, Cork 57 in Bethesda, Fenwick Beer & Wine in Silver Spring, Hair o’ the Dog in Easton. Available in Virginia at Breaux Vineyards in Purcellville, Locke Store in Boyce, on the list at Bastille in Alexandria, Wine Kitchen in Leesburg

Old Westminster Winery Andrew Stover’s Somm Cuvée 2012

★ ★

Maryland, $35

Old Westminster has been gaining acclaim since its debut releases in 2012. Stover crafted this blend of merlot, syrah, cabernet franc and petit verdot with winemaker Lisa Hinton. It’s a stylish, savory wine with dark fruit flavors and a hint of herbs on the finish. ABV: 13.5 percent.

Distributed by Siema: Available in the District at Centrolina Mercato, Wagshal’s Deli, on the list at Ankara, BOE, Radius Pizza. Available in Maryland at Old Westminster Winery. Available in Virginia at Little Washington Winery Tasting Room & Shop, Planet Wine & Gourmet in Alexandria, Unwined (Alexandria, Belleview).

Sawtooth Vineyards Riesling 2014

★ ★

Snake River Valley, Idaho, $15

Riesling thrives in the Pacific Northwest, especially the Columbia River Valley in Washington, the Willamette Valley in Oregon and the Okanagan Valley in Canada’s British Columbia. Add Idaho’s Snake River Valley to that list, as Sawtooth’s ever-so-slightly-off-dry version attests. ABV: 13.3 percent.

Distributed by Siema: Available in the District at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Whole Foods Market (Foggy Bottom); on the list at Charlie Palmer Steak, Provision 14. Available in Maryland at the Bottle Shop in North Potomac, Cranberry Liquors in Westminster, Cork 57 in Bethesda, Fenwick Beer & Wine in Silver Spring, Highland Wine & Spirits, Pinky & Pepe’s Grape Escape in Gaithersburg, Scott Brothers Wine and Spirits in Annapolis, on the menu at Friscos in Frederick. Available in Virginia at Bon Vivant Market in Smithfield, Little Washington Winery Tasting Room & Shop, Whole Foods Market (Arlington, Fairfax, Tysons); on the list at Fish Market, Geranio, Union Street Public House in Alexzandria, Market Table Bistro in Lovettsville.