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In hopes of warm, sunny weather and meals on the patio, here are two rosés and a crisp white to drink with appetizers, and two reds for when the meat comes off the grill.
★ ★ 1 / 2
Paso Robles, Calif., $21
This is an elegant red blend from a winemaker confident enough not to name the grapes on the label. At least one website says it’s mostly merlot, but who cares? It’s darn good.Distributors are now transitioning to the 2014. Alcohol by volume: 13.9 percent.
Distributed in the District and Virginia by Roanoke Cellars, in Maryland by G&B: Available in the District at D’Vines, Harry’s Reserve Fine Wine & Spirits, Streets Market and Café; on the list at Momofuku and Milk Bar. Available in Maryland at Cindy’s Spirits in Elkridge, Cranbrook Liquors in Cockeysville, Fairgrounds Discount Beverages in Timonium, Finewine.com in Gaithersburg, New York Mart in Rockville, Total Wine & More (Laurel, Timonium), Urban Cellars and Wine Source in Baltimore, Wine Harvest (Gaithersburg, Potomac); on the list at Grapeseed in Bethesda. Available in Virginia at Streets Market and Café in Alexandria, Vienna Vintner and the Wine Outlet in Vienna.
★ ★ 1 / 2
Côtes de Provence, France, $19
Bright and refreshing, with lovely watermelon and raspberry flavors, this wine successfully captures rosé’s attraction in an appealingly ripe vintage. ABV: 13 percent.
Distributed by Bacchus: Available in the District at A. Litteri, Cairo Wine & Liquor, Rodman’s, Wide World of Wines; on the list at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Stoney’s on L. Available in Maryland at Bin 201 Wine Sellers in Annapolis; Bin 604 Wine Sellers, Eddie’s of Roland Park and North Charles Fine Wine & Spirits in Baltimore; State Line Liquors in Elkton.
★ ★ 1 / 2
Paso Robles, Calif., $27
This pale pink, savory blend of grenache, counoise, mourvedre and syrah is a California echo of top-notch Rhone Valley rosé. Great verve. ABV: 13 percent.
Distributed by Bacchus in the District and Maryland, Country Vintner in Virginia: Available in the District at Whole Foods Market (Georgetown, P Street); on the list at Chesapeake Room. Available in Maryland at North Charles Fine Wine & Spirits in Baltimore, Wine Harvest (Potomac). Available in Virginia at Norm’s Beer & Wine in Vienna.
Loire Valley, France, $15
Distributed by Potomac Selections: Available in the District at Cordial Fine Wine & Spirits, New H Wine & Spirits; on the list at Bourbon. Available in Virginia at Arrowine and Cheese in Arlington, Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market in Richmond; on the list at Garnett’s Cafe in Richmond, Pizzeria Orso in Falls Church.
Côtes du Roussillon, France, $17
This is a rustic red from southern France, ripe, brambly and spicy in a rough-and-tumble sort of way. Try this when fun is on the menu. ABV: 13.5 percent.
Distributed by Hops & Vine: Available in the District at Cork & Fork. Available in Maryland at the Bottle Shop in Potomac, Fenwick Beer & Wine in Silver Spring. Available in Virginia at Altura Wine & Gourmet in Alexandria, J. Emerson Fine Wines & Cheese in Richmond, Oakton Wine Shop.