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WASHINGTON, DC - Wines for Jan. 17 photographed in Washington, DC. (Deb Lindsey For The Washington Post).

This week's selection includes two delicious rieslings — one dry, the other medium dry — from one of Michigan's top wineries. They illustrate two styles the grape can achieve, with the level of sweetness defining the difference. Two reds from Spain and a refreshing pinot grigio from Italy fill out the list.

Protos '27 2014

Ribera del Duero, Spain, $30

Modeled after the first wine of the Ribera del Duero region, this beautiful, savory wine is made exclusively from tinto fino, another name for tempranillo. It shows deep flavors of black fruit, tobacco leaf and mushroom. It's an ideal wine for winter stews or other braised dishes. Alcohol by volume: 14.5 percent.

Distributed by M. Touton: Available in the District at Capital City Wine & Spirits, Eye Street Cellars, MacArthur Beverages, Rodman's. Available in Maryland at Arundel Mills Wines & Spirits in Hanover, Old Farm Liquors, Riverside Liquors and Viniferous in Frederick; on the list at Volt in Frederick. Available in Virginia at Chain Bridge Cellars in McLean, Crystal City Wine Shop in Arlington, Leesburg Vintner in Leesburg, the Wine Outlet in Great Falls.

Left Foot Charley Riesling 2016

Old Mission Peninsula, Mich., $21

This is a textbook Riesling from one of Michigan's best producers. Marked as "medium dry," it displays noticeable sweetness, but the acidity keeps the sugar in balance. I prefer it to the dry Riesling, which is also delicious, simply because it shows better balance. Left Foot Charley is one of the wineries demonstrating Michigan's excitement. The wines are worth seeking out, or asking your retailer to get some. ABV: 11.8 percent.

Distributed by Siema: Available in the District at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits. Available in Maryland at Cranberry Liquors in Westminster, Wine Source in Baltimore. Available in Virginia at Little Washington Winery Tasting Room in Washington, Williamsburg Pottery in Williamsburg.

Left Foot Charley Dry Riesling 2016

Old Mission Peninsula, Mich., $21

The choice between Left Foot Charley's dry Riesling and the regular Riesling, with its perceptible sweetness, is really one of taste. The dry version has a little more citrusy character, but it doesn't quite feel as harmonious as the other version. Together, they provide an interesting case study on how a little bit of sweetness can make a wine better balanced and complete. ABV: 12.1 percent.

Distributed by Siema: Available in the District at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits. Available in Maryland at Cranberry Liquors in Westminster, Wine Source in Baltimore. Available in Virginia at Little Washington Winery Tasting Room in Washington, Williamsburg Pottery in Williamsburg.

GREAT VALUE
Pilgrim Mencia 2016

Bierzo, Spain, $15

Pilgrims traveling the Camino de Santiago travel through the scenic wine region of Bierzo, where red mencia grapes thrive in terraced vineyards. This is rich and medium-bodied, ideal for roast or braised meat dishes. ABV: 14 percent.

Distributed by Well Crafted Wine & Beverage Co.: On the list in the District at Tabard Inn. Available in Virginia at Corks & Caps in Norfolk, J. Emerson Fine Wines & Cheese in Richmond, Lubo Wine Tasting Room in Virginia Beach, Olde Towne Butcher in Fredericksburg, Williamsburg Pottery in Williamsburg, Swirl & Sip in Fairfax, the Town Duck in Warrenton, Vino Market in Midlothian; on the list at Vintage Tavern in Suffolk.

GREAT VALUE
Perfectus Pinot Grigio 2016

Veneto, Italy, $14

So many Italian pinot grigios merely "get the job done," washing down light appetizers and taking the edge off the day. This sprightly wine does more, adding citrus scents and melon flavors that suggest an alfresco luncheon of salads or light pasta dishes. Hey, we can dream, can't we? ABV: 12 percent.

Distributed by Artisans & Vines: Available in the District at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Rodman's, Streets Market & Cafe; on the list at Pizzeria Vetri. Available in Maryland at Bethesda Co-Op in Cabin John, Bradley Food & Beverage, Georgetown Square Wine and Beer, Geste Beer & Wine in Bethesda, Chevy Chase Supermarket in Chevy Chase, Fenwick Beer & Wine, Parkway Deli & Restaurant and Woodmoor Supermarket in Silver Spring, Greenbelt Co-op in Greenbelt, Grosvenor Market in Rockville, Old Town Market in Kensington, Rodman's in (White Flint), Takoma Park-Silver Spring Co-op in Takoma Park. Available in Virginia at Cheesetique in Shirlington, Planet Wine & Gourmet in Alexandria, Streets Market & Cafe (Alexandria, Arlington); on the list at Courthaus Social in Arlington, Lake Anne Coffee House & Wine Bar in Reston.

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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