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These rosés will put you in the mood for warm weather. Three are from Provence, one is from southern Italy and one is from Virginia. And one is kosher for Passover. (More rosés to come in the weeks ahead.)
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Côtes de Provence, France, $15
Distributed by Dionysus: Available in the District at D’Vines, Rodman’s, Whole Foods Market (Foggy Bottom, P Street, Tenleytown). Available in Maryland at Balducci’s and Bradley Food & Beverage in Bethesda, Finewine.com in Gaithersburg. Available in Virginia at Balducci’s (Alexandria, McLean), Chain Bridge Cellars in McLean, Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market, J. Emerson Fine Wines & Cheese in Richmond, Unwined (Alexandria, Belleview), Vinocity in Culpeper, Whole Foods Market (Alexandria, Arlington); on the list at Tuscarora Mill in Leesburg.
Salento, Italy, $13
Distributed by Country Vintner in the District and Maryland, Roanoke Valley in Virginia. Available in the District at A. Litteri, Grand Cata, Rodman’s; on the list at Arcuri, Ghibellina, Woodward Table. On the list in Virginia at Il Fornaio in Reston.
Middleburg, Va., $17
Distributed by Roanoke Valley: Available in the District at Calvert Woodley, Potomac Wine & Spirits, Magruder’s, Pearson’s, Rodman’s, Schneider’s of Capitol Hill; on the list at Brasserie Beck, Centrolina, the Source by Wolfgang Puck. Available in Maryland at the Tasting Room Wine Bar & Shop (National Harbor); on the list at Republic in Takoma Park, Urban Butcher in Silver Spring. Available in Virginia at Balducci’s (Alexandria, McLean), the Tasting Room Wine Bar & Shop in Reston, and at the winery in Middleburg.
Sable de Camargue, France, $11
Distributed by M. Touton Selection: Available in the District at Best in Liquors, Capital City Wine & Spirits, Cork & Fork, Harry’s Reserve Fine Wine & Spirits, Martin’s Wine & Spirits, Morris Miller Wine & Liquor, S&R Liquors, Tenley Wine & Liquor, Universal Liquor, Wine Specialist, World Liquors. Available in Maryland at Frederick Wine House, Old Farm Liquors, Riverside Liquors, Rosewick Wine & Spirits in La Plata, Silesia Liquors in Fort Washington, Village Mart Beer & Wine in Frederick.
Côteaux Varois en Provence, France, $20
Anyone looking to add a summery note to the Passover Seders should consider this kosher rosé, with its textbook flavors of watermelon and mint. ABV: 13 percent.
Distributed by M. Touton Selection: Available in the District at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits. Available in Maryland at Old Farm Liquors. Available in Virginia at the Vineyard in McLean.