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This week’s wines include a lovely pinot noir from one of my favorite producers, plus refreshing whites and a rosé to get us thinking about escaping to the shores of the Mediterranean.
Willamette Valley, Ore., $30
Anyone who thought Adam Lee was selling out when Jackson Family Wines bought his Siduri winery in early 2015 should taste this pinot noir from his first post-sale vintage. Fans will note the simplified label that suggests a marketing guru wanted more visual pop in the packaging, but the real impact is in the wine. It is savory, sophisticated, mouth-filling and downright delicious. Alcohol by volume: 14.3 percent.
Distributed by Monument: Available in the District at Calvert Woodley, Dean & DeLuca, Harris Teeter (various locations), Wagshal’s Deli; on the list at 1789; Bistro Bis; BLT Steak; Capital Grille; Due South; Equinox; Floriana; Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab; Oceanaire; RIS; Woodward Table. Available in Maryland at Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits in Annapolis, Montgomery County Liquor Stores (various locations), Pine Orchard Liquors in Ellicott City, Waugh Chapel Wine & Spirits in Gambrills, Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore; on the list at Lewnes’ Steak House in Annapolis, Magdalena and Oceanaire Seafood Room in Baltimore, Persimmon and Suma in Bethesda, Ruth’s Chris Steak House (Bethesda, Gaithersburg). Available in Virginia at Arrowine and Cheese in Arlington, Harris Teeter (various locations), Wegmans (various locations).
Willamette Valley, Ore., $16
Quirky white blends are a hallmark of Oregon winemakers. Wineries plant a number of grape varieties to see what works in their vineyards and climate. Then they experiment with creative blends that follow no Old World paradigm — just the winemaker’s palate. The Anne Amie Amrita combines Riesling, Muller-Thurgau, pinot blanc, viognier, gewurztraminer and chardonnay into a bright fruit-basket of a wine. A slight effervescence makes it more refreshing. It is delicious by itself, but should pair well with a variety of seafood or spicy dishes. Alcohol by volume: 12.6 percent.
Distributed by Country Vintner: Available in the District at Cork Market; on the list at Slate Wine Bar & Bistro. Available in Maryland at Fenwick Beer & Wine in Silver Spring; General’s Wine & Spirits in Crownsville; Red: Wine, Beer & Spirits in Clarksville. Available in Virginia at Cheesetique (Ballston), Unwined (Alexandria).
Cotes de Provence, France, $14
Vermentino, called rolle in France, is the grape behind this delightful white. The attractive embossed bottle adds to a sense of sunshine to the wine’s scent of white flowers and flavors of ripe peaches.
Distributed by M. Touton Selection: Available in the District at Ace Beverage, Capital City Wine & Spirits, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Connecticut Avenue Wine & Liquor, Morris Miller Wine & Liquor, Rodman’s. Available in Maryland at Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits in Annapolis, the Bottle Shop in Potomac, Bradley Food & Beverage in Bethesda, Downtown Crown Wine and Beer in Gaithersburg, Hillandale Beer & Wine and Quench! Beer-Wine-Deli in Silver Spring, Wine Harvest (Gaithersburg, Potomac), Wine Source in Baltimore. Available in Virginia at Chain Bridge Cellars and the Vineyard in McLean, Crystal City Wine Shop, Mom’s Apple Pie in Occoquan, the Wine Outlet in Vienna.
Alpes de Haute Provence, France, $15
Who doesn’t dream about escaping to the Cote d’Azur in the summertime? Provence rosés can be our spiritual ticket to the Mediterranean. This one offers juicy melon and strawberry flavors with a ripe sweetness to take the edge off your workday. ABV: 12.5 percent.
Distributed by DMV: Available in the District at Paul’s of Chevy Chase. Available in Maryland at Beer Wine & Co., Lance’s Beer & Wine and Montgomery Gourmet Beer & Wine in Bethesda; Airpark Beer & Wine and Gaitherstowne Beer & Wine in Gaithersburg; Beers & Cheers in Germantown; Chevy Chase Supermarket; Fenwick Beer & Wine, Seminary Beer Wine & Deli and Snider’s Super Foods in Silver Spring; the Happy Grape in Baltimore; Italian Market in Annapolis; Lakefront Wine & Spirits and Old Farm Liquors in Frederick; Port of Call Liquors in Solomons; Urbana Liquors.
Mosel, Germany, $15
Riesling can be a great warm-weather wine (though I’ll drink it any time of year). This one is bright and fruity, with appealing sweetness balanced by acidity. Its low alcohol makes it extra attractive for summer. Drink this by itself or with salty, spicy appetizers. Smoked fish comes to mind. ABV: 9 percent.
Distributed by Global Wine: Available in the District at Cork & Fork, Odd Provisions, Rodman’s. Available in Maryland at Belby Discount Beer & Wine in Rockville, Beer Wine & Co. in Bethesda, Fenwick Beer & Wine in Silver Spring, Finewine.com in Gaithersburg, Kings Contrivance Liquor Shop in Columbia, Old Town Market in Kensington, Rodman’s (Wheaton, White Flint), Takoma Park-Silver Spring Co-op.
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