Impero Collection Mon Amour Rosé
Yes, I’m the type to give rosés to my love, rather than roses. Especially a rosé as cheap and delightful as this one. It smells of strawberries and melons, and tastes of springtime. It’s a great wine for a light lunch or for sipping before dinner. There is no vintage on the label, because the wine does not match the appellation laws for the Abruzzo region, where the grapes are grown. The lot number indicates it was bottled on the 217th day, or Aug. 5, of 2019. Who cares? It’s delicious. Vegan. Alcohol by volume: 12.5 percent.
Imported by Caput Mundi, distributed by Impero: Available in the District at A. Litteri, Batch 13, MacArthur Beverages, Rodman’s. Available in Maryland at Beer, Wine & Co. in Bethesda; Dawson’s Market in Rockville; Downtown Crown Wine and Beer, Finewine.com and Gemelli’s Italian Market in Gaithersburg; Frederick Wine House and Orion Wine & Spirits in Frederick; Giolitti Delicatessen in Annapolis, Off the Rox Wine and Beer in Baltimore; Old Town Market in Kensington; Rodman’s in White Flint; Snider’s Super Foods in Silver Spring. Available in Virginia at Market 2 Market in Alexandria, the Italian Store (Lyon Village, Westover) in Arlington, City Vino in Fredericksburg, Crystal Palate in Norfolk, Grapevine in Warrenton, Marchese Italian Market and Yiannis Wine Shop in Virginia Beach, the Wine Attic in Clifton, WineStyles (Montclair, Chantilly).
Cantine Pellegrino Gibelè 2018
Sicily, Italy, $18
This lovely white wine is made from a rare grape called zibibbo, so it’s another variety to cross off your list. It features soft acidity, scents of jasmine and wild herbs, and flavors of apples and Meyer lemon. It’s a grand partner to anything from the sea. ABV: 12 percent.
Imported by Caput Mundi, distributed by Impero: Available in the District at A. Litteri, Batch 13, MacArthur Beverages, Rodman’s. Available in Maryland at Downtown Crown Wine and Beer and Gemelli’s Italian Market in Gaithersburg, Giolitti Delicatessen in Annapolis, Orion Wine & Spirits in Frederick, Rodman’s in Kensington. Available in Virginia at the Italian Store (Lyon Village, Westover) in Arlington; Market 2 Market in Alexandria; Vienna Vintner in Vienna; the Wine Attic in Clifton; Branch and Vine in Richmond; City Vino in Fredericksburg; Crystal Palate in Norfolk; Grapevine in Warrenton; Marchese Italian Market, Rigoletto Italian Bakery & Cafe and Yiannis Wine Shop in Virginia Beach; WineStyles (Montclair, Chantilly).
Sean Minor Sauvignon Blanc 2018
Sean Minor makes a line of good-quality wines at a reasonable price. The sauvignon blanc offers classic flavors of lime and apricot without the grassy aggressiveness of the grape that often shows in New World wines, while tasting fleshier and less mineral than Old World examples. ABV: 13 percent.
Distributed by Winebow: Available in the District at Chat’s Liquors, Streets Market (various locations), Rodman’s. Available in Maryland at Bel Pre Beer & Wine, Fenwick Beer & Wine, Snider’s Super Foods and Woodmoor Supermarket in Silver Spring; Bradley Food & Beverage and Georgetown Square Wine and Beer in Bethesda; Downtown Crown Wine and Beer in Gaithersburg; Oakdale Fine Wine & Spirits in Catonsville; Port Of Call Liquors in Solomons; Rodman’s in White Flint; Travilah Oak Market in Potomac. Available in Virginia at Balducci’s in Reston, Classic Wines in Great Falls.
Rough Day Unoaked Chardonnay 2019
Thracian Valley, Bulgaria, $12
This certainly seems like a wine made for guzzling during a pandemic. Mouth-filling flavors of green apples and Asian pear lead to a soft, clean and slyly sweet finish that leaves you ready for more. More of what? Anything that brightens your rough day, such as almonds, a slightly funky brie or another glass of wine. The importer has launched a social media campaign with the hashtag #roughdayathome to try to spread some of the comic relief that was behind the label idea. There is also a nice Rough Day cabernet sauvignon, but it’s this chardonnay that is the standout of the line. ABV: 13 percent.
Imported by G&B, distributed by Global: Available in the District at Cordial Craft Wine, Beer & Spirits at the Wharf; Lion’s Fine Wine & Spirits; Rodman’s; Streets Market (various locations); Union Kitchen Grocery (various locations); Yes! Organic Market (various locations). Available in Maryland at 5 O’Clock Wines & Spirits in Owings Mills; Downtown Crown Wine and Beer and Finewine.com in Gaithersburg; Georgetown Square Wine and Beer in Bethesda; Lakefront Fine Wine & Spirits, Old Farm Liquors and Wine Districts in Frederick; the Market at River Falls in Potomac; Old Town Market in Kensington; Rodman’s in White Flint; Snider’s Super Foods in Silver Spring. Available in Virginia at select Giant and Safeway stores.
Rios de Tinta 2018
Ribera del Duero, Spain, $16
Here’s a gulpable red wine, suitable for washing down steaks, burgers, pizza or salami. I suggest pouring a glass and setting glass and bottle aside for a half-hour to let the flavors unfurl while you sip a rosé and make dinner. According to the label, “Rios de Tinta” translates as rivers of ink, and this wine is, indeed, inky dark. The grape is tinta del pais, a local name for tempranillo. The wine offers meaty aromas and flavors, with a hint of dark berries and tobacco leaf. ABV: 14 percent.
Imported by Grapes of Spain, distributed by Elite: Available in the District at A-1 Wines & Liquors, Paul’s of Chevy Chase, Rodman’s, Uptown Market. Available in Maryland at Beers & Cheers Too in Gaithersburg, the Happy Grape and Wine Source in Baltimore, Jason’s Wine & Spirits in Ellicott City, Knowles Station Wine & Co. in Kensington, Richburn Discount Liquors in Columbia. Available in Virginia Arrowine and Cheese in Arlington, Unwined in Belleview.
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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