Okay, so it’s actually Thursday, and deadlines and baseball intervened. But here are some wine recommendations to help you slake your summer thirst. Rosé of course, including a top-notch Sancerre and a fun one from Italy, plus three delicious whites – two from Italy, one from Spain.
Kevin et Christian Lauverjat, Moulin des Vrillères Sancerre Rosé 2016
Loire Valley, France, $23
This rosé of pinot noir is textbook Sancerre, with bright cherry and strawberry fruit and a core of minerality familiar to fans of the region’s more famous sauvignon blanc. Just delicious – and with wide availability in the region. Alcohol by volume: 12.5 percent.
Distributed by Elite: Available in the District at Batch 13, the Bottle Shop, Burka’s Wine & Liquor, Chat’s Liquors, Connecticut Avenue Wine & Liquor, Gallagher & Graham Fine Spirits, Georgetown Wine & Spirits, Harry’s Reserve Fine Wine & Spirits, Mac Market, Magruder’s, Metro Wine & Spirits, Morris Miller Wine & Liquor, Sara’s Market, S&R Liquors, Streets Market, Tenley Mini Market, Wagshal’s Deli, Whole Foods Market (various locations), Wine Specialist; and on the list at many restaurants. Available in Maryland at Annebeth’s in Annapolis, Bradley Food & Beverage in Bethesda, College Square Liquors in Westminster, Cranbrook Liquors in Cockeysville, Dawson’s Liquors in Severna Park, Finewine.com in Gaithersburg, Fairgrounds Discount Beverages in Timonium, Graul’s Wine & Spirits and Wine Source in Baltimore, Highland Wine & Spirits in Highland, Landover Liquors in Landover, Old Town Market in Kensington, Red Run Liquors in Owings Mills, Shawan Liquors in Hunt Valley, World Gourmet Wine & Beer in Potomac. Available in Virginia at Balducci’s (Alexandria), Cheesetique (Ballston), Culpeper Cheese Co. in Culpeper, Dominion Wine & Beer in Falls Church, the Grapevine and the Town Duck in Warrenton, Libbie Market and Shields Market in Richmond, Norm’s Beer & Wine in Vienna, Streets Market in Alexandria, Whole Foods Market (Alexandria, Arlington, Pentagon City, Reston).
Fantini Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo 2016
** 1/2 GREAT VALUE
Abruzzo, Italy, $10
This amusing wine is lively with acidity, a little unusual for Italian rosés, which often are a bit heavy. Cerasuolo means “cherry,” referring perhaps to the bright, light pink hue the wine earns from spending six hours on the grape skins after pressing. The variety is Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. This wine is gulpable by itself but will pair well with seafood dishes or light appetizers. ABV: 12.5 percent.
Distributed by Bacchus: Available in the District at Burka’s Wine & Liquor, Gallagher & Graham Fine Spirits; on the list at Centrolina, Dino’s Grotto, Fig and Olive, Il Canale, Urbana. Available in Maryland at Bay Wine & Spirits in North Beach, Ceriello Fine Foods (Brewer’s Hill) in Baltimore, Giolitti Fine Italian Deli & Market in Annapolis; on the list at Grano Emporio in Baltimore, Scossa in Easton, Touch of Italy in Ocean City.
Valdrinal de Santamaria Rueda Verdejo 2015
** GREAT VALUE
This delicious white wine is an ideal way to start a meal or to accompany light fare such as seafood salad. It tastes like just-ripe peaches and a hint of citrus. ABV: 13 percent.
Distributed by Stefano Selections: Available in the District at Calvert Woodley, Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits, Connecticut Avenue Wine & Liquor, Potomac Wine & Spirits, Sheffield Wine & Liquor Shoppe; on the list at Silo. Available in Maryland at Bristol Wine & Spirits, Hampden Park Liquors, the Happy Grape, Mt. Vernon Supermarket and Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore, Decanter Fine Wines in Columbia, Dulaney Wines & Spirits in Towson, Eastport Liquors in Annapolis, Fireside Deli & Wine Shop in Swanton, Liquor Pump in Parkville; on the list at Deep Creek Seafood in Oakland. Available in Virginia at Grand Cru in Arlington, Planet Wine & Gourmet in Alexandria.
La Mesma Gavi 2015
Light and slightly floral, this delicate white wine makes a nice match for salads and lighter pasta dishes.
Distributed by Elite: Available in the District at Broad Branch Market, Paul’s of Chevy Chase, Quincy’s Liquor Store; on the list at Centralina, Lapis, Oval Room, Radici, Salt Line, Urbana. Available in Maryland at Beards Hill Liquors in Aberdeen, Frederick Wine House in Frederick, Mt. Washington Wine Co. in Baltimore, State Line Liquors in Elkton, the Wine Bin in Ellicott City, on the list at Gnocco in Baltimore, Pure Wine Café in Ellicott City, Viniculture in Frederick. Available in Virginia at Arrowine & Cheese in Arlington, Bottle Stop in Occoquan, Cheesetique (Ballston), Ellwood Thompson’s Local Market in Richmond, Streets Market & Café in Alexandria, Whole Foods Market (Fair Lakes, Tysons); on the list at Bistro 360 in Arlington, Sefton Coffee in Richmond, Trattoria Villagio in Clifton.
Indigenous Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi 2015
This white wine is medium-bodied and full of ripe tree-fruit flavors. The vintage was riper than usual, so it doesn’t have the marine salinity verdicchio typically offers, but it makes up for it with extra fruit. ABV: 13 percent.
Distributed by Hop & Wine: Available in the District at Cork & Fork, Rodman’s. Available in Virginia at Altura Wine & Gourmet in Alexandria, Oakton Wine Shop in Oakton.
Originally posted on washingtonpost.com on July 8, 2017.