Bergevin Lane Vineyards She-Devil Syrah 2016
Rich, flavorful and mellow in texture, this is a ripe New World Syrah with an earthy accent. The flavors of black fruits give way to mushrooms and cocoa on a sweet-ripe finish with supple tannins. Alcohol by volume: 14.6 percent.
Distributed by Global Wines Maryland: Available in the district at Ace Beverage, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Cork & Fork, D’Vines, Metro Wine & Spirits, Schneider’s of Capitol Hill, Streets Market (Connecticut Avenue), Union Kitchen Grocery (various locations), Rodman’s. Available in Maryland at Beer Wine & Co. and Cork 57 Beer and Wine in Bethesda, Downtown Crown Wine and Beer in Gaithersburg, Iron Bridge Wine Co. in Colombia, Silver Branch Brewing Co. in Silver Spring, Wine Bin in Ellicott City.
Union Sacred Belle de Nuit Gewurztraminer 2019
This is not your grandmother’s gewurz. Winemaker Xavier Arnaudin harvests early to avoid the soft, alcoholic wine the grape can give when it’s overripe, then he adds a bit of texture by fermenting the grapes on their skins. The result is a dry, refreshing wine that resembles a pale rosé with understated floral aromas of rose hips and lychees. ABV: 12.8 percent.
Distributed by Le Storie: Available in the District at A. Litteri, Ace Beverage, Flight Wine Bar, St. Vincent, Wardman Wines. Available in Virginia at Brut Champagne & Wine Bar, Grape + Bean, Planet Wine & Gourmet and Unwined (Belleview, Bradlee) in Alexandria; Cellars of the Chain Bridge in McLean; Clarity, Norm’s Beer & Wine and Vienna Vintner in Vienna; Crystal City Wine Shop and Lyon Hall in Arlington; Dominion Wine & Beer at Falls Church; Belmont Food Shop, Blue Atlas, Brookland Park Market, Ellwood Thompson’s Natural Market, Grisette, Oxford Cellars, Second Bottle and Union Market in Richmond; Bottle House, Tilman’s and Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville.
Langlois Brut Crémant de Loire
Loire Valley, France, $ 22
From the same owners as the famous Bollinger champagne house, the Château de Langlois produces fine champagne that approaches the quality of champagne. It’s not the rich style that Bolly fans might recognize, but it’s a crisp, refreshing sparkling wine with impressive depth. ABV: 12.5 percent.
Imported by Vintus, distributed by RNDC: Available in Cork & Fork District, Cuba Libre, Harry’s Reserve Fine Wine & Spirits, Potomac Wine & Spirits, Rodman’s, Rumi’s Kitchen, Yes! Organic Market (Georgia Avenue). Available in Maryland at Citron in Baltimore, Hop & Grape in North Bethesda, O’Learys Seafood in Annapolis.
Paris Valley Road Founder’s Blend 2018
The Paris Valley Road winery is in Paso Robles, and this wine has some of the character of Paso, although the California designation suggests that at least some of the wine comes from elsewhere in the state. Aromas and flavors of black cherries, plums and black pepper linger through a strong finish. There is also an appealing earthy element, although the wine remains oriented towards its fruit. ABV: 14.5 percent.
Distributed by DMV: Available in the District at Magruder’s, Paul’s of Chevy Chase, Riggs Liquor, Rodman’s, S&S Liquors, Yes! Organic Market (Brookland, Capitol Hill). Available in Maryland at Bradley Food & Beverage in Bethesda, Cana Beer & Wine in Germantown, Colonial Liquors in La Plata, Eastport Liquors in Annapolis, Fishpaws Marketplace in Arnold, Frederick Wine House in Frederick, Gilly’s Craft Beer & Fine Wine and Rockville Pike Craft Beer Wine & More in Rockville, Liberty Wine & Liquors in LaVale, Parkway Deli & Restaurant in Silver Spring, Petite Cellars and Wine Bin in Ellicott City, Plaza Liquors in Pasadena, Town Center Market in Riverdale Park, Vintage 414 in Cambridge, Wine & Liquor Depot in Brandywine, the winery in Chester, Wine Shoppe in Waldorf.
Piedmont, Italy, $ 30 for a three-liter can
Here is another great value everyday wine in the box format. That’s the equivalent of four bottles at $ 7.50. The wine is medium-bodied, with tart cherries and an attractive floral aspect that you wouldn’t normally expect at this price. It is quite dry and refreshing, characteristic of the friendly barbera grape. Well done! (Reminder: when you are done with the wine, tear the bag from inside the box, throw it in the trash, and recycle the cardboard box. Then go buy more.) ABV: 13.5 percent.
Imported by USA Wine West, Distributed by Bacchus: Available in the District at Chat’s Liquors, Exotic Wine and Liquors, Sherry’s Fine Wine & Spirits, Paul’s of Chevy Chase, Rodman’s, Wagshal’s (New Mexico Avenue). Available in Maryland at Bay Wine & Spirits in North Beach; Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits, Eastport Liquors and Giolitti Delicatessen in Annapolis; Bradley’s Wine & Spirits in Phoenix; Canton Crossing Wine + Spirits, Charmed Kitchen, Chuck’s Trading Post, Di Pasquale’s Marketplace, Eddie’s of Roland Park, North Charles Fine Wine & Spirits, Off the Rox, Red Brick Station, Spirits of Mount Vernon and Wine Source in Baltimore; Cheers & Spirits to Arnold; College Square Liquors in Westminster; Colonial liqueurs in La Plata; Eastern District in Frederick; Hilltop Wine and Spirits in Bowie; Jason’s Wine & Spirits, Olde Tyme Liquors and Wine Bin in Ellicott City; Kent Towne Liquors in Chester; Alcohol pump in Parkville; Mount. Airy Liquors in Mt. Airy; Nick de Calvert in Prince Frederick; Patuxent Wine & Spirits in Lusby; the perfect casting at Elkridge; Piazza Italian Market in Easton; Thompson Creek Liquors in Stevensville; Vintage 414 in Cambridge.
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