★★★Exceptional ★★Excellent ★Very Good
Prices are approximate. Check Winesearcher.com to verify availability, or ask a favorite wine store to order through a distributor.
I recommend these wines totally on their own merits, without knowing or implying whether they contain Brettanomyces . Or not.— D.M.
Tuscany, Italy, $30
Winebow: Available in the District at Calvert Woodley, Rodman’s; on the list at Filomena, Fiola.
★★1 / 2
Rhone Valley, France, $19
Vintage 59/Country Vintner: Available in the District at A.M. Wine Shoppe; on the list at Bistro Francais. Available in Maryland at Silesia Liquors in Fort Washington. Available in Virginia at Out of Site Wines in Vienna, Slaters Market in Alexandria; on the list at Ashby Inn in Paris.
★★1 / 2
Ribero del Duero, Spain, $18
Grapes of Spain/Elite: Available in the District at Bell Wine & Spirits, Calvert Woodley, Cordial Fine Wine & Spirits, Cork & Fork, De Vinos, Rodman’s; on the list at Boqueria, Farmers Fishers Bakers, Maple, Mio, Taberna del Alabardero. Available in Maryland at Crush Winehouse in Annapolis; on the list at La Tasca in Baltimore and Rockville.
★★1 / 2
Toro, Spain, $20
Grapes of Spain/Elite: Available in the District at Calvert Woodley, Cordial Fine Wine & Spirits, Connecticut Avenue Wine & Liquor, MacArthur Beverages, Rodman’s, S&R Liquors, Whole Foods Market (Glover Park, P Street, Tenleytown). Available in Maryland at Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits in Annapolis; Mt. Airy Liquors; Old Line Fine Wine, Spirits & Bistro in Beltsville; Wine Cellars of Annapolis; Wine Source in Baltimore. Available in Virginia at Arrowine and Euro Market & Cafe in Arlington, Balducci’s in McLean, Wine House in Fairfax, Wine Styles in Dumfries, Vino Volo at Dulles International Airport.
Amyndeon, Greece, $14
Here’s an excellent rosé for summer, better than many French rosés from 2012. This one is ripe yet racy, with good acidity to balance the fruit flavors. But enough about the wine; how are you feeling this fine warm day?
Dionysus: Available in the District at Ace Beverage, Calvert Woodley, MacArthur Beverages, Rodman’s, Wagshal’s Market, Whole Food Market (Tenleytown); on the list at Cava, Kellari, Morayo, Nostos. Available in Maryland at Balducci’s, Bradley Food & Beverage and Cork & Fork in Bethesda; the Bottle Shop in Potomac; Finewine.com in Gaithersburg. Available in Virginia at Balducci’s and Whole Foods Market in Alexandria, Chain Bridge Cellars in McLean, Unwined in Alexandria and Belleview.