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Valentine’s Day means roses and romance, so why not rosé bubbly? Here are my picks of the week, including two champagnes, a California cousin and a sweet Greek charmer, to set the holiday mood.
★ ★ 1/ 2
Champagne, France, $75
I raved about this champagne grower’s brut nature cuvée in December. The rosé is softer and fruitier, though quite dry. The frosted bottle adds a whiff of mystery. Alcohol by volume: 12 percent.
J.W. Sieg: Available in the District at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits; on the list at Rappahannock Oyster Bar and West End Bistro. Available in Virginia at Cork & Fork in Gainesville, Foods of All Nations and Tastings in Charlottesville, Unwined in Alexandria, the Vineyard in McLean; on the list at Osaka Sushi & Steak in Richmond.
Champagne, France, $38
M Touton Selection: Available in the District at AB Liquors, Ace Beverage, Burka’s Wine & Liquor, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Morris Miller Wine & Liquor, Paul’s of Chevy Chase. Available in Maryland at the Bottle Shop, River Falls Seafood and the Wine Harvest in Potomac; Franklin Liquors in Ijamsville; Frederick Wine House, Old Farm Liquors and Spin the Bottle Wine Co. in Frederick; Georgetown Square Wine and Beer in Bethesda; Rollins-Beer-Wine-Deli in Rockville; Silesia Liquors in Fort Washington; Veridian Market & Wine in Silver Spring; Victoria’s Fancy Foods in Severna Park. Available in Virginia at Chain Bridge Cellars and the Vineyard in McLean, Whole Foods Market (various locations), Wine Lovers in Richmond, Wine Seller in Williamsburg.
RNDC: Available in the District at Calvert Woodley, Circle Wine & Liquor, Continental Wine & Liquor, Lion’s Fine Wine & Spirits, MacArthur Beverages, Pearson’s, Potomac Wine & Spirits, Rodman’s, Towne Wine & Liquors; on the list at Charlie Palmer Steak, Del Frisco’s, Graffiato, Firefly, Ici Urban Bistro, Rogue 24. Available in Virginia at Curious Grape in Arlington, Galloping Grape in Warrenton, Planet Wine & Gourmet in Alexandria, Total Wine & More (various locations), Vienna Vintner, WineStyles in Dumfries; on the list at Liberty Tavern in Arlington, Lightfoot Restaurant in Leesburg.
★ 1 / 2
Naoussa, Greece, $15
This fun sparkler is made from agiorgitiko, a native Greek grape. It should appeal to anyone who favors sweeter wines, and its strawberry and raspberry jam flavors will pair well with fruit-based desserts. ABV: 12 percent.
Dionysus: Available in the District at Virginia Market; on the list at Catch 15, Doi Moi, Kapnos, Zaytinya. Available in Maryland at Capital Beer & Wine in Bethesda, Rodman’s (White Flint); on the list at Parkway Deli in Silver Spring. Available in Virginia at Planet Wine & Gourmet in Alexandria; on the list at Basil Mediterranean Bistro in Charlottesville.