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Here are five of my favorite local wines among all those I’ve tasted this year, including some I’ve written about for the Food section. These wines are available primarily at the wineries, with limited distribution in retail shops and restaurants.
This flagship merlot-based blend won the Virginia Governor’s Cup competition this year and was released to the market in late summer. It is the best version yet of winemaker Luca Paschina’s effort to forge an iconic Virginia wine. Supple and elegant, yet powerful and refined. Alcohol by volume: 13.5 percent.
★★1 / 2
Such a good debut — in a vintage marred by heavy and persistent rains during harvest — signals good times ahead for this new Maryland star. Definitely a winery to watch. ABV: 12.5 percent.