Cotes du Ventoux, Provence, France, $11
Here’s a classic Provencal rose: pale salmon in color with riveting flavors of currant, cantaloupe and watermelon.
M Touton Selection: Available in the District at Best in Liquors, Cairo Wine & Liquor, Central Liquors, Circle Wine & Liquor, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Harry’s Reserve Fine Wine & Spirits, Paul’s of Chevy Chase, Rodman’s, Sheffield Wine and Liquor Shoppe, Sherry’s Fine Wine & Spirits; on the list at Montmartre. Available in Maryland at Belby Discount Beer & Wine in Rockville; Capital Beer & Wine and Georgetown Square Beer& Wine in Bethesda; Franklin’s Restaurant, Brewery and General Store in Hyattsville; Old Farm Liquors in Frederick; Rosewick Wine & Spirits in La Plata.
Rioja, Spain, $12
This rose is juicier and fuller-bodied than the Domaine le Murmurium. It is playful and food-friendly, juicy without being overly sweet.
Bacchus: Available in the District at Ace Beverage, Rodman’s; on the list at Bistro Bis, Proof, Zengo. Available in Maryland at Chesapeake Wine Co. and the Wine Market in Baltimore.
Alentejo, Portugal, $15
A rich and fruity white, this wine shows the promise that Portugal is developing in this category. The exotic fruit flavors and nice acidity make it an ideal partner for various seafood dishes.
Dionysus: Available in the District at Schneider’s of Capitol Hill. Available in Maryland at the Bottle Shop in Potomac, Cork & Fork in Bethesda, Finewine.com in Gaithersburg, Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore. Available in Virginia at Chain Bridge Cellars in McLean, Vienna Vintner, Whole Foods Market locations in Alexandria and Vienna; on the list at Tuscarora Mill in Leesburg.
Sicily, Italy, $15
Grillo is a grape indigenous to Sicily that produces crisp, refreshing wines with nice structure and alluring fruit flavors that keep the wine alive, bouncing along your palate. This one cries out for seafood: grilled squid or shrimp, or spicy mussels.
Potomac Selections: Available in the District at Ace Beverage; on the list at Palena. Available in Maryland at the Wine Source in Baltimore, Wishing Well Liquors in Easton. Available in Virginia at Town Duck in Warrenton, Twisted Vines Bottleshop in Arlington, the Vineyard in McLean, Whole Foods Market in Alexandria; on the list at Bilbo Baggins in Alexandria.
Peloponnese, Greece, $12
This delightful blend of Aghiorgitiko (St. George) and cabernet sauvignon is great for casual foods off the grill, and it’s a nice introduction to the red wines of Greece.
Constantine: Available in the District at 1 W Dupont Circle Wine & Liquors, Broad Branch Market, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Cork ’N Bottle, De Vinos, D’Vines, Rodman’s, Schneider’s of Capitol Hill, Whole Foods Market P Street; on the list at Kellari Tavern. Available in Maryland at Flower Hill Beer & Wine in Gaithersburg; Olney Beer & Fine Wine and Roots Market in Olney; on the list at Yamas Mediterranean Grill in Bethesda. Dionysus in Virginia: Available at Au Domaine and Fern Street Gourmet in Alexandria, Unwined in Alexandria and Belleview, Wegman’s locations in Fairfax and Gainesville.
Sicily, Italy, $12
It’s a juicy, fun red that will match well with grilled meats. This label is consistently good value.
Country Vintner: Available in the District at Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits, Rodman’s; on the list at Graffiato, Potenza, Primi Piatti. Available in Maryland at Cork 57 Beer and Wine in Bethesda, Finewine.com in Gaithersburg, Wine Cellars of Annapolis.
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Here are my monthly recommendations of wines priced at $15 and under that provide extraordinary value. This month’s selections include two roses that illustrate the different styles of this popular summer wine.