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Wines by Domaine Ricard Le Petiot, Chestnut Oak, La Capuccina and Les Brebis. (Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post)

Chestnut Oak is a young winery north of Charlottesville that is in distribution and showing promise. The whites are better than the reds, including a crisp, refreshing bottling of vidal blanc and a richer, tropical fruity petit manseng. Also this week, a lovely, delicate red from northern Italy, a minerally sauvignon blanc from the Loire Valley and a tasty Oregon pinot at a reasonable price.

La Capuccina Vespolina Colline Novaresi 2015

Piemonte, Italy, $26

Vespolina is a red grape that produces a light, aromatic and expressive wine. The La Capuccina is the antithesis of the inky, brawny and powerful modern ideal of a red wine. Instead, it floats across your palate like the scent of a rose bush on the other side of a garden wall. Alcohol by volume: 13 percent.

Distributed by Le Storie: Available in Virginia at Chain Bridge Cellars in McLean, Crystal City Wine Shop, Grape + Bean (Old Town Alexandria, Rosemont), Oakton Wine Shop in Oakton, Tastings of Charlottesville, Union Market in Richmond, Vino Market in Midlothian; on the list at Rowland in Richmond.

Chestnut Oak Vineyard Alba White Table Wine 2016

Monticello, Va., $17

This crisp and delicate white wine is made from vidal blanc, one of the French American hybrid grape varieties that helped viticulture thrive in the eastern United States before European vinifera varieties became the fashion. But if you think hybrids are inferior, this delicious wine should convince you otherwise. ABV: 12.5 percent.

Distributed by Hop & Wine: Available in the District at Glen’s Garden Market (Dupont, Shaw), Rodman’s, S&R Liquors. Available in Virginia at Altura Wine & Gourmet and Market 2 Market in Alexandria.

Chestnut Oak Vineyard Petit Manseng 2015

Virginia, $26

Petit manseng has become a darling of Virginia’s vintners and wine lovers because of its delightful tropical fruit flavors and its ability to carry both acidity and sweetness. The Chestnut Oak is a dry version, with a rich mouthfeel that makes it a good partner for substantial seafood dishes or cheeses. ABV: 13.5 percent.

Distributed by Hop & Wine: Available in the District at Glen’s Garden Market (Dupont, Shaw), Rodman’s, S&R Liquors. Available in Virginia at Altura Wine & Gourmet and Market 2 Market in Alexandria.

Domaine Ricard Le Petiot 2016

Touraine, Loire Valley, France, $15

This is a tight, minerally sauvignon blanc reminiscent of Sancerre or Pouilly-Fumé, the more prestigious and expensive Loire appellations. ABV: 12.5 percent.

Distributed by Simon N Cellars: Available in the District at Calvert Woodley, MacArthur Beverages; on the list at Brasserie Beck, Siren. Available in Maryland at Wine Cellars of Annapolis; on the list at Grapes Wine Bar in Annapolis. Available in Virginia at Foods of All Nations and Tastings of Charlottesville, Leesburg Vintner in Leesburg, Unwined in Alexandria, the Wine Outlet in Vienna; on the list at Bizou in Charlottesville.

Les Brebis Pinot Noir 2016

Willamette Valley, Ore., $20

This is solid, good-quality Oregon pinot noir, at a reasonable price. What more needs be said? Oh yeah, the label’s cool. ABV: 13.6 percent.

Distributed by Well Crafted Wine & Beverage Co.: Available in the District at Batch 13, Crown Liquors, Paul’s of Chevy Chase, Wardman Wines. Available in Maryland at Chester River Wine & Cheese Co. in Chestertown, Fairgrounds Discount Beverages in Timonium, Pinehurst Wine Shoppe, Spirits of Mt. Vernon and Wine Source in Baltimore; on the list at Ava’s Pizzeria & Wine Bar in St. Michael’s. Available in Virginia at the Bottle Stop in Occoquan, Cheesetique (Alexandria, Ballston, Shirlington), Grapevine in Warrenton, Leesburg Vintner in Leesburg, Locke Store in Millwood, Market Salamander in Middleburg, Union Market in Richmond, Unwined (Alexandria, Belleview), Vino Market in Midlothian.

Availability information is based on distributor records. Wines might not be in stock at every listed store and might be sold at additional stores. Prices are approximate. Check Winesearcher.com to verify availability, or ask a favorite wine store to order through a distributor.

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