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Here’s hoping spring weather arrives soon, or at least someday. After all, the 2013 rosés are arriving. Among this week’s selections are two early ones worth considering as you pine for sunshine and warmth. And don’t forget that your 2012 rosés are doing just fine, too. You’ll need a white and a red for later in the meal, once you fire up the grill.
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Mediterranée IGP, France, $15
Jean-Luc Colombo is a popular producer of syrah in the northern Rhone village of Cornas, but his rosé has been an annual favorite at my table. The new vintage is bracing and refreshing, with strawberry and watermelon flavors. Alcohol by volume: 12.5 percent.
RNDC: Available in the District at Circle Wine & Liquor, Rodman’s, Trader Joe’s (various locations). On the list at Asia Nine, Barcode, the Grill Room, Mari Vanna.
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Rueda, Spain, $15
Star Spanish winemaker Telmo Rodriguez has the Midas touch with his extensive line of wines. This delightful white is ideal for light seafood appetizers or entrees, or sipping by itself on the patio. In texture and flavor it most resembles a sauvignon blanc. ABV: 13 percent.
M Touton Selection: Available in the District at Connecticut Avenue Wine & Liquor, Wagshal’s Deli. Available in Maryland at Highland Wine & Spirits, the Wine Source in Baltimore; on the list at Highland Inn. Available in Virginia at the Wine Outlet in Vienna.
★ ★ 1 / 2
Dolomiti, Italy, $16
I often joke that “pinot grigio is Italian for boring,” but I love anything produced by this winery. The keys are the mountains of northern Italy, skillful viticulture and careful winemaking. This is racy and refreshing, ideal by itself or with light appetizers or pastas. ABV: 12.5 percent.
Country Vintner: Available in the District at Calvert Woodley, Cork & Fork, Rodman’s, Paul’s of Chevy Chase; on the list at Joe’s Stone Crab. Available in Maryland at Georgetown Square Wine and Beer in Bethesda. Available in Virginia at Au Domaine in Alexandria, Wegmans (Fairfax, Lake Manassas).
★ ★ 1 / 2
Vaucluse, France, $10
Sappy, fruity, strawberry flavors with a touch of mint and a splash of summer. ABV: 13 percent.
M Touton Selection: Available in the District at Cairo Wine & Liquor, Capital City Wine & Spirits, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Cork & Fork, MacArthur Beverages, Magruder’s, Rodman’s. Available in Maryland at Decanter Fine Wines in Columbia; Frederick Wine House, Old Farm Liquors, Westridge Liquors, Wine Bin in Frederick; Kelly’s Fine Wine & Spirits, Petite Cellars, Pine Orchard Wine in Ellicott City; Quarry Wine & Spirits, Roland Park Wine & Liquors, Urban Cellars in Baltimore; Silesia Liquors in Fort Washington. Available in Virginia at the Vineyard in McLean.
★ 1 / 2
The retro label signals a wine in the old California style, one where grape varieties in the blend and point scores don’t matter. The lifestyle on display here isn’t the luxury faux Tuscan villa of the wealthy and bored but the sweaty satisfaction of a good day’s work, the loving embrace of family, and a mutt under the dinner table. ABV: 13.5 percent.
RNDC: Available in the District at Barrel House Liquors, Giant (various locations), Harris Teeter (various locations), Manhattan Market, Rodman’s, Sherry’s Fine Wine & Spirits, Trader Joe’s (various locations), Whole Foods Market (various locations), World Market, S&S Liquors. On the list at Bistrot du Coin, Darlington House, Maggiano’s.