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Prices are approximate, and the wines listed below may be available at additional locations. Check Winesearcher.com to verify availability, or ask a favorite wine store to order through a distributor.
Here are selections from France, Austria, California and Washington that will slake your thirst this summer. In recent weeks I’ve recommended rosés from Spain and Greece. You can also find tasty rosés from Virginia, Maryland and elsewhere; remember, rosé may have a traditional home around the Mediterranean, but good rosé can be made anywhere.
Cotes de Provence, France, $15
Pale and translucent, this is a traditional Provence rosé. We are conditioned to think that depth of color equals depth of flavor, and vice versa. But this wine will disprove that theory. Subtle and complex, it will command your attention and will reward it, as well.
Dionysus: Available in the District at Cork & Fork, De Vinos, Whole Foods Market (Foggy Bottom, Tenleytown), Wagshal’s Market. Available in Maryland at Balducci’s, Bradley Food & Beverage, Cork & Fork, Georgetown Square Beer & Wine in Bethesda; the Bottle Shop in North Potomac; Finewine.com in Gaithersburg. Available in Virginia at Balducci’s (Alexandria, McLean), Cellar to Table in Richmond, Chain Bridge Cellars in McLean, Foods of All Nations and Wine Guild in Charlottesville, Unwined (Alexandria, Belleview), Whole Foods Market (Alexandria, Arlington, Charlottesville, Vienna); on the list at Hamiltons’ at First & Main in Charlottesville.
★★1 / 2
Sonoma Coast, Calif., $23
M Touton Selection: Available in the District at Ace Beverage, Cork & Fork, MacArthur Beverages, Morris Miller Wine & Liquor; on the list at Equinox. Available in Maryland at Old Farm Liquors in Frederick; on the list at Acacia in Frederick. Available in Virginia at Foods of All Nations in Charlottesville, the Vineyard in McLean.
★★1 / 2
Neideroesterreich, Austria, $14
KW Selection; Simon N Cellars in the District and southern Virginia; Prestige in Maryland; Select in Northern Virginia. Available in the District at Calvert Woodley; on the list at Vidalia. Available in Virginia at Balducci’s (Alexandria, McLean); Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market and J. Emerson Fine Wines & Cheese in Richmond; Grateful Red Wine & Gift Shop in Arlington; the Wine Shop at J’s Gourmet in Front Royal; Le Tastevin Fine Wines in Alexandria; Market Street Wineshop and Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville; Red, White & Bleu in Falls Church; Unwined (Alexandria, Belleview); various Wegmans and Whole Foods Market locations; Wine Cabinet in Reston.
Cotes de Provence, France, $12
M Touton Selection: Widely available in the District, Maryland and Virginia.
Columbia Valley, Wash., $13
Republic National in the District; Roanoke Valley in Virginia: Available in the District at AB Liquors, Circle Wine & Liquor, De Vinos, Lion’s Fine Wine & Spirits, Manhattan Market, Rodman’s, Yes! Organic Market (Petworth). Available in Virginia at Aldie Peddler; Ashburn Wine Shop; Grand Cru and Grateful Red Wine & Gift Shop in Arlington; Red, White & Bleu in Falls Church; Out of Site Wines in Vienna; Whole Foods Market (Alexandria, Arlington, Vienna). On the list at Fire Works Pizza (Arlington, Leesburg); Lyon Hall and Screwtop Wine Bar in Arlington; Monroe’s in Alexandria; Quattro Pizza Shop in Aldie.