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(Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post)

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.)

— D.M.

Domaine du Dragon Grande Cuvée 2015

★ ★ ★

Côtes de Provence, France, $15

This perennial favorite balances the ripeness of the 2015 vintage with perfect acidity. The result is a scintillating wine with strawberry, raspberry and herbal flavors. If you don’t believe a pale rosé can be complex, try this one. Alcohol by volume: 13 percent.

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.

Cantele Negroamaro Rosato 2014

★ ★1/2

Salento, Italy, $13

This wine is a good reminder that we should not ignore the previous vintage. It is spicy, deep-colored and vibrant with woodsy, herbal accents to its tart flavors of Montmorency cherries. It cries out for food, not just patio sipping. Try it with grilled seafood or with vegetable crudités and garlicky hummus. ABV: 12.5 percent.

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.

Boxwood Estate Rosé 2015

★ ★1/2

Middleburg, Va., $17

The popularity of rosé has prompted more local wineries to produce it. Boxwood’s has been a favorite of mine for several years. The new release features bright strawberry flavors and an appealing bitter note on the finish. Delicious. ABV: 13 percent.

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.

Listel Grain de Gris 2015

★ ★

Sable de Camargue, France, $11

The attractive bottle conjures French atmosphere, and the wine does not disappoint. Bright watermelon flavors with a hint of mint make this a warm-weather refresher. ABV: 12.5 percent.

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.

Les Favrières Rosé 2015

★1/2

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.