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Here are four whites and a rosé to see you through the end of summer.
Argillae Orvieto 2011/2012
Umbria, Italy, $18
Country Vintner: Available in the District at Paul’s of Chevy Chase; on the list at Pearl Dive. Available in Maryland at Finewine.com in Gaithersburg, Silesia Liquors in Fort Washington, Wine Source in Baltimore; on the list at Assaggi Mozzarella Bar in Bethesda.
Nasiakos Moschofilero Mantinia 2012
Peloponnese, Greece, $19
Nickolas Imports in the District: On the list at Kellari, Zaytinya. Reliable Churchill in Maryland: Available at Total Wine & More (Laurel); on the list at Ikaros, Kali’s Court Mezze and Ouzo Bay in Baltimore, and Myconos in Rockville. Select Wines in Virginia: Available at various Total Wine & More locations; on the list at Nostos in Vienna, Taverna Cretekou in Alexandria.
Château Grande Cassagne Rosé 2012
★★1 / 2
Costières de Nimes, France, $11
Kacher/Charmer-Sunbelt: Available in the District at Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits, MacArthur Beverages, Safeway (Georgetown), and Whole Foods Market (P Street). Available in Maryland at Bin 201 Wine Sellers in Annapolis, Cranberry Liquors in Westminster, Edgewater Liquors, Wells Discount Liquors and Wine Source in Baltimore.
Philippe Portier Quincy 2012
Loire Valley, France, $20
Quincy (CAN-see) is a minor appellation in the Loire Valley that specializes in sauvignon blanc. At its best, as here, it shows minerals, but with less intensity than the more famous Loire savvies from Sancerre or Pouilly-Fumé. Look for delicacy, not power, and serve this with simpler foods, such as a light lunch salad. Or by itself. Alcohol content: 13 percent.
Kacher/Charmer-Sunbelt: Available in the District at Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits, MacArthur Beverages, Safeway (Georgetown), Whole Foods Market (P Street). Available in Maryland at Bin 201 Wine Sellers in Annapolis, Cranberry Liquors in Westminster, Edgewater Liquors, Wells Discount Liquors and Wine Source in Baltimore.
Cantina di Gambellara i Basalti Soave 2012
★1 / 2
Veneto, Italy, $10
Kysela: Available in the District at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Fresh & Green’s, Magruder’s, Paul’s of Chevy Chase, Rodman’s. Available in Virginia at Aldie Peddler, Arrowine and Cheese in Arlington, Grapevine in Warrenton, Merry Moo Market in Flint Hill, Once Upon a Vine in Richmond, Virginia Wine Experience in Fredericksburg, Wine Made Simple in Charlottesville.