Spigots and Other Outlets

Wine in a box is something we wine geeks
love to hate. (Remember those boomerang hangovers in college that drove
us back to beer?) But there’s something to be said for wine by the
spigot, and more wineries are vying for our attention and our palates
with better juice in a box. So it pays to check them out from time to
time. That’s what I did for the Sunday Source section in The Washington Post.

And my new outlet is with Washingtonian magazine, the leading
monthly in the D.C. region. My debut column on rosé ran in the July
issue, now on newstands. I’ll post a link to it when it goes online at
the end of the month. In the meantime, however, I’ll be contributing to Washingtonian.com’s “Best Bites” blog every Thursday. I kicked off this new feature with a couple of dynamite summertime “house white” picks:
Santa Julia Torrontès 2006, Mendoza, Argentina, $8.
Torrontès is an obscure grape from Argentina that is becoming more
prominent on our shelves. Yet no winery hits the value/quality quotient
quite like Santa Julia, a winery known for value in all its wines. The
Torrontès features exotic fruitiness like a Gewürztraminer without the
flowery sweetness. A delightful quaff or appetizer wine with patio
nibbles. (Imported by Winesellers Ltd, Chicago.)
Tegernseerhof T26 Grüner Veltliner 2006, Austria, $14. A
deceptive wine €“ light and refreshing as water, but just as you want
to shrug it off there comes an echo of mango, lime and spice with the
backbeat of a steel drum and the flicker of a bonfire on the beach.
(KWSelections, Select Wines, Chantilly, Va.)

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