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To many, summer season means making good use of your smoker or grill, in addition to some refreshing, mild sipping. This week, we now have two excellent reds to pair with grilled or smoked meats: a top-notch zinfandel from Lodi in California and an thrilling purple mix from South Africa. We even have a wonderful rosé from southern France and a refreshing spritzy vinho verde from Portugal supreme for lighter fare. And in the event you’re grilling seafood, we now have a top-notch sauvignon blanc from Northern Virginia.
Hierogram Zinfandel Winery Block No. 8 2018
Lodi, Calif., $15
Juicy cranberry, strawberry and currant flavors, with a touch of tobacco and dried grapes — a.ok.a. raisins — characteristic on this beautiful zin. Pair it with any grilled purple meat or spicy poultry. Alcohol by quantity: 15 %.
Distributed by DMV: Obtainable within the District at Paul’s of Chevy Chase, Rodman’s, Sure! Natural Markets (numerous areas.) Obtainable in Maryland at Friendship Wine & Liquor and Wine World Beer & Spirits in Abingdon, West-O Bottle Store & Bar in Ocean Metropolis.
Badenhorst Household Wines Secateurs Cinsault-Shiraz-Grenache 2016/2018
Swartland, South Africa, $17
Adi Badenhorst produces some terrific values from outdated vineyards in South Africa’s Swartland area. His Curator white wine, based mostly on chenin blanc, made my best values record of 2018. The Secateurs line, named for the shears winery employees use to reap grapes, features a chenin blanc, a rosé and this purple based mostly on the Cotes du Rhone mix of grapes. The wine is juicy and electrical, with scrumptious savory notes of black fruits and spices. I tasted the 2018, which is simply coming to market; the 2016 continues to be to be discovered on retail cabinets. Don’t fear in regards to the classic. That is one producer to belief — and to purchase at any time when and wherever you see the wines. ABV: 13.5 %.
Imported by Broadbent Alternatives, distributed by Winebow: Obtainable within the District at MacArthur Drinks, Rodman’s, Complete Meals Market (Foggy Backside, H Road NE). Obtainable in Maryland at Balducci’s, Bradley Meals & Beverage and Lance’s Beer & Wine in Bethesda; Bel Pre Beer & Wine in Silver Spring; Downtown Crown Wine and Beer and Finewine.com in Gaithersburg; Maple Garden Wine & Spirits in Fulton; Quarry Wine & Spirits and City Cellars in Baltimore. Obtainable in Virginia at Arrowine and Cheese in Arlington, Balducci’s (Alexandria, McLean, Reston); Complete Meals Market (Crystal Metropolis).
Boxwood Property Sauvignon Blanc 2019
Middleburg, Va., $22
Sauvignon blanc would be the sleeper white grape right here within the Mid-Atlantic, the place it appears to be growing a particular expression. Boxwood’s stands out partly as a result of its mix contains sauvignon gris, a associated grape. Don’t assume grassy savvie right here. This wine is ripe and mouth-filling, with hints of quince and white flowers. Simply scrumptious. ABV: 13 %.
Distributed by the vineyard: Obtainable on the vineyard, on-line at Boxwoodwinery.com, and at greater than 60 Virginia ABC shops.
Figuière Méditerranée 2019
Vibrant strawberry and melon flavors spotlight this classic-style rosé. Take pleasure in it with garlicky or spicy dishes as a part of a predinner nosh or a summer season patio brunch. ABV: 13 %.
Imported and distributed by Winebow: Obtainable within the District at Cairo Wine & Liquor, Cork & Fork, Glen’s Backyard Market, Grape Intentions, Trendy Liquors, Paul’s of Chevy Chase, Rodman’s, Union Kitchen Grocery (Third Road NE, Ninth Road NW), Vast World of Wines, World Liquors. Obtainable in Maryland at Bel Pre Beer & Wine and Woodmoor Grocery store in Silver Spring; Bradley Meals & Beverage in Bethesda; Downtown Crown Wine and Beer and Finewine.com in Gaithersburg; Takoma Beverage Co. in Takoma Park; the Vineyard in Chester. Obtainable in Virginia at Cheesetique (Del Ray, Shirlington); Grape + Bean and Unwined (King Road, Belleview) in Alexandria; Locke Retailer in Millwood.
Tiroliro Vinho Verde 2019
This can be a pleasant, easy summery white wine, with zesty flavors of lemon and lime and a slight, refreshing spritz. Maintain a number of bottles in your fridge (make room amongst your sourdough starters), and get the social gathering began the minute you shut down your laptop computer on the finish of the work day. Vegan. ABV: 11 %.
Imported by Artisans & Vines; distributed by Artisans & Vines within the District and Maryland, by LK Wine Excursions and Gross sales in Virginia: Obtainable within the District at Chat’s Liquors, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Dupont Market, Every Peach Market, Rodman’s, Schneider’s of Capitol Hill. Obtainable in Maryland at Apple Greene Wine & Spirits and Dunkirk Wine & Spirits in Dunkirk; Bethesda Co-Op in Cabin John; Bradley Meals & Beverage and Capital Beer & Wine in Bethesda; Cindy’s Spirits in Elkridge; Decanter Fantastic Wines in Columbia; Di Pasquale Market and Wine Supply in Baltimore; Fenwick Beer & Wine in Silver Spring; Franklins Restaurant, Brewery and Common Retailer in Hyattsville; the Woman & the Vine and Takoma Park-Silver Spring Co-Op in Takoma Park; Greenbelt Co-Op in Greenbelt; Grosvenor Market in Rockville; Hops & Vines in Odenton; Jason’s Wine & Spirits and Wine Bin in Ellicott Metropolis; Knowles Station Wine & Co. in Kensington; Rodman’s (White Flint); Montpelier Liquors in Laurel; City Middle Market in Riverdale Park. Obtainable in Virginia at Aldie Peddler in Aldie; Bonnie Blue Southern Market & Bakery, Crush Wine Bar and Wine Mill in Winchester; Mt. Ethereal Farm Market in Boyce; Classic Wines in Harrisonburg.
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