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Here are five delicious wines that will complement your Thanksgiving feast — or any dinner party for that matter: We have two outstanding sparkling wines from Oregon, a delightful pinot blanc from Michigan's Old Mission Peninsula, a surprising pinotage from Mendocino and a rich syrah from California's Central Coast.
Willamette Valley, Ore., $66
This is a splurge-worthy sparkling wine from Rollin Soles (the RMS of the wine's name), the winemaker who established Argyle as Oregon's leading bubbly producer before launching his own winery. The RMS Brut is bright, fruity and complex, with its structure suggesting it will age well, if you can keep your mitts off it. Alcohol by volume: 12.5 percent.
Distributed by M. Touton Selection: Available in the District at Cairo Wine & Liquor, Rodman's, Sherry's Fine Wine & Spirits. Available in Maryland at Old Farm Liquors in Frederick, the Wine Harvest (Gaithersburg, Potomac).
Willamette Valley, Ore. $26
The standard-bearer of Oregon bubbles is still going strong. This wine is bursting with berry and red currant fruit, and a focus that establishes it as one of the best U.S. sparkling wines. ABV: 12.5 percent.
Distributed by Country Vintner: Available in the District at Ace Beverage, D'Vines, MacArthur Beverages, Paul's of Chevy Chase, Pearson's, Rodman's, Schneider's of Capitol Hill, Whole Foods Market (P Street); on the list at Bangkok Joe's, Bistro Bis, District Distilling, Eat Bar, RPM. Available in Maryland at the Bottle Shop in Potomac, Georgetown Square Wine and Beer in Bethesda, Wine Source in Baltimore; on the list at Black's Bar & Kitchen in Bethesda, the Grilled Oyster Co. in Potomac, Parkway Deli in Silver Spring, Republic in Takoma Park. On the list in Virginia at Evening Star and Hummingbird in Alexandria.
Mendocino County, Calif., $19
Here's pinotage, South Africa's signature red grape, making an extraordinary California wine. This tastes rather like a cross of pinot noir and zinfandel, and it is simply outstanding. This would be a great California wine for your Thanksgiving feast. McNab Ridge is the latest winemaking incarnation of the Parducci family of Mendocino fame. ABV: 14.4 percent.
Distributed by M. Touton Selection: Available in the District at Connecticut Avenue Wine & Liquor, Rodman's. Available in Maryland at Bethesda Co-Op in Cabin John, Bradley Food & Beverage in Bethesda, Old Farm Liquors in Frederick. Available in Virginia at Chain Bridge Cellars in McLean, Department of Beer and Wine in Alexandria, Wine Outlet in Great Falls.
Central Coast, Calif., $20
Opulent, ripe and sweet with blackberry and cherry fruit flavors and a velvety texture, this syrah calls for rich foods. The alcohol is a bit high, but the fruit balances it well. This wine actually tastes better the day after it has been opened, so I suggest decanting it a few hours before dinner. ABV: 15 percent.
Distributed by Salveto: Available in the District at Central Liquors, Chat's Liquors, S&R Liquors; on the list at Sonoma. Available in Maryland at Dunkirk Wine & Spirits in Dunkirk, Old Line Fine Wine, Spirits & Bistro in Beltsville, Potomac Gourmet Market in National Harbor. Available in Virginia at Leesburg Vintner, Organic Butcher in McLean, Planet Wine & Gourmet in Alexandria, Unwined (Alexandria, Belleview), Wine Cabinet in Reston, the Wine Outlet in Great Falls; on the list at Sonoma Cellar and Brabo Tasting Room in Alexandria.
Old Mission Peninsula, Mich., $22
I love this winery, which shows Michigan's Old Mission Peninsula at its best. The pinot blanc is racy and vibrant with an electric balance of fruit and acidity. It's delicious by itself and pairs well with seafood and white-meat dishes. ABV: 13 percent.
Distributed by Siema: Available in the District at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Wagshal's Deli. Available in Maryland at Cranberry Liquors in Westminster, Old Farm Liquors in Frederick, Wishing Well Liquors in Easton; on the list at Parts & Labor in Baltimore. Available in Virginia at Department of Beer and Wine in Alexandria, Little Washington Winery Tasting Room in Washington, Unwined (Alexandria, Belleview), Wine Outlet (Great Falls, McLean, Vienna); on the list at Columbia Firehouse in Alexandria.
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