Danube Plain, Bulgaria, $12
Rough Day wines are the product of G&B Importers, based in Beltsville, Md. Chardonnay made my annual list of greatest values. This new 2021 rosé, made from the native gamza grape, is bright with berry flavors and floral aromas, a welcome thirst-quencher on hot days. Alcohol by volume: 13 percent. Bottle weight: 415 grams (Light).
Imported by G&B Importers, distributed by RNDC, Virginia Imports: available in the district at Barmy Wines & Liquors, Cafe Deluxe, Capitol Hill Supermarket, Capitol Supreme Market, Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits, Classy Corks Wine & Spirits, Daily 14, District Liquors , Foxtrot (various locations), Franklin Liquor & Market, Good Ole Reliable Liquors, Hop, Cask & Barrel, LeDroit Park Market, Lion’s Fine Wine & Spirits, Mac Market, the Market at Columbia Plaza, McReynold’s Liquors, Metro Supermarket, Metro Wine & Spirits, Mimi’s Convenience Mart, Riggs Liquor, Rodman’s, Sherry’s Fine Wine & Spirits, Streets Market (Cleveland Park), U First Mart, Watergate Vintners & Spirits, Zoo Wine & Spirits. Available in Maryland at Aria Beer Wine & Deli, Beer Wine & Co., Bethesda Bazar, Capital Beer & Wine, Georgetown Square Wine and Beer, Shuvam Beer and Wine, Talbert’s Ice & Beverage Service at Bethesda; Bel Pre Beer & Wine, Bottlegonia, Convenience Express, Lenox Beer & Wine, Parkway Deli & Restaurant, Spring Beer & Wine, Snider’s Super Foods, Veridian Market & Wine, Woodmoor Supermarket in Silver Spring; Bo Brooks Lighthouse Liquors, New Samy’s Liquors in Baltimore; Clarksburg Beer and Wine in Clarksburg; Classic Beer & Wine, Dawson’s Market, Downtown Beer & Wine, Grosvenor Market, Pour Vino ‘n Hops, Village Beer & Fine Wine in Rockville; Downtown Crown Wine and Beer, Finewine.com in Gaithersburg; Discounted drinks for fairgrounds in Timonium; Fulton Wine & Spirits in Fulton; the River Falls Market in Potomac; Mays Chapel Wine & Spirit Shop in Lutherville; Old Town Market in Kensington; Padonia Liquors in Lutherville; Safeway in Olney, Scott Brothers Wine & Spirits in Annapolis; Takoma Park-Silver Spring Co-Op at Takoma Park; Wheaton Winery in Wheaton. Available in Virginia from Foxtrot in Alexandria; Safeway (various locations).
Rough Day Pinot Noir 2020
Light, fresh, aromatic and beautifully balanced, this Pinot Noir is a bargain for the price. Think of eating fresh berries in a blooming garden on a warm spring day and you’ll get a sense of the flavors and aromas wafting from the glass. ABV: 13%. Body weight: 390 grams (light).
Imported by G&B Importers, Distributed by RNDC, Virginia Imports: Available in District Capitol Hill Supermarket, Capitol Supreme Market, Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits, Classy Corks Wine & Spirits, Daily 14, District Liquors, Good Ole Reliable Liquors, Franklin Liquor & Market, Hop, Cask & Barrel, Lion’s Fine Wine & Spirits, Mac Market 7 Deli, the Market at Columbia Plaza, McReynold’s Liquor, Metro Supermarket, Metro Wine & Spirits, Mimi’s Convenience Mart, Morris Miller Wine & Liquor, Sherry’s Fine Wine & Spirits, Riggs Liquors, Watergate Vintners & Spirits. Available in Maryland at Absolutely Wine or Spirits in Columbia; Catonsville Discount Liquors, Jen’s Place, Putty Hill Liquors in Baltimore; Chesapeake Liquors in Glen Burnie; the Dawson Market in Rockville; Discounted drinks for fairgrounds in Timonium; Georgetown Square Wine and Beer, Meridian Market and Wine in Bethesda; Howard Wine & Spirits in Elkridge; Maple Lawn Wine & Spirits in Fulton; North Ridge Wine & Spirits, Small Cellars in Ellicott City; Scott Brothers Wine & Spirits in Annapolis; Padonia Liquors in Lutherville; Tonic Wine & Spirits in Marriottsville; Village Beer & Wine in Poolesville; Woodmoor Supermarket in Silver Spring. Available in Virginia at Food Lion (various locations); Fredericksburg Food Cooperative in Fredericksburg; Wine seller in Williamsburg.
Enio Ottaviani Mada Chardonnay Rubicone 2020
Emilia-Romagna, Italy, $16
Make all the puns you want about crossing the Rubicon, but this chardonnay is worth throwing caution to the winds and mixing in metaphors. Zesty notes of citrus and tropical fruits highlight a refreshing wine, fermented and aged in concrete barrels rather than oak. Ideal for shellfish and fresh cheeses. ABV: 13%. PC: 540 grams (average).
Imported by Wine Emporium, distributed by Impero: Available in the District at A. Litteri, Rodman’s. Available in Maryland from Cuvino in Timonium; Di Pasquale’s Marketplace, Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore; Downtown Crown Wine and Beer, Finewine.com, Gemelli’s Italian Market in Gaithersburg; Edgewater Liquors in Edgewater; Giolitti Delicatessen in Annapolis; Orion Wine & Spirits in Frederick; Simpatico Italy’s Finest in St. Michaels; Riverdale Park Town Center Market. Available in Virginia at Balducci (Alexandria, McLean), Bon Vivant in Smithfield; Branch & Vine, Oxford Cellars, Strawberry Street Market, Yellow Umbrella Provisions in Richmond; Dolce Vita Wine Bar in Fairfax; Gvino in Leesburg; the Italian store (Lyon Village, Westover), Pentagon City Wine Merchant in Arlington; Market 2 Market in Alexandria; Viennese Winegrower in Vienna; the winery at Clifton; Wine styles at Montclair; Yiannis in Virginia Beach.
Georgiev/Milkov Why not? Misket red 2020
Thracian Valley, Bulgaria, $20
A white wine from a red grape variety? Why not? After all, a lot of champagne could be described that way. Because the color of most red grapes is in the skin, you can make a white wine by separating the juice and the skins immediately upon pressing. (Waiting for a few minutes or hours produces rosé.) This white is racy and thirst-quenching, with aromas of red wine (red fruits, currants) but not the tannin or weight that also comes from the skins. It would be a fun wine to trick people into serving it in a black glass to see if they think it’s a red wine. ABV: 12.5%. Body weight: 480 grams (light).
Imported and Distributed by Bohemish: Available in the District at Ace Beverage, Calvert Woodley, Classy Corks Wine & Spirits, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Connecticut Avenue Wine & Liquor, Cork & Fork, Equinox, MacArthur Beverages, Magruder’s, Maxwell Park (Shaw ), Metro Wine & Spirits, Michigan Liquors, Nido Wine Shop + Market, Pearson’s, Reveler’s Hour, Rodman’s, Sherry’s Fine Wine & Spirits, Wine & Butter.
Baron Ermengaud Faugeres 2019
This Syrah-based wine, with Grenache, Mourvèdre and Carignan, is deep and savory, with sun-baked flavors of black cherry and wild herbs and garrigue. The texture is velvety. To decant a few hours before dinner, or to taste over a few days to let the flavors develop. The wine should also improve with a few more years in the bottle. ABV: 14%. PC: 645 grams (average).
Imported and Distributed by Kysela: Available in the District at Ace Beverage, Grape Intentions (online), Rodman’s. Available in Maryland at Balducci’s, Georgetown Square Wine and Beer, Maple Beer & Wine in Bethesda; Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits, Mills Fine Wine and Spirits in Annapolis; Bo Brooks Lighthouse Liquors, The Old Vine, Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore; Downtown Crown Wine and Beer, Finewine.com in Gaithersburg; Knowles Station Wine & Co. in Kensington; Maple Lawn Wine & Spirits in Fulton; Petite Cellars, Pine Orchard Liquors in Ellicott City; River Hill Wine & Spirits in Clarksville; Ronnie’s beverage warehouse in Forest Hill; Snider’s Super Foods in Silver Spring; Wishing Well Liquors in Easton. Available in Virginia from Arrowine and Cheese, Pentagon City Wine Merchant in Arlington; Balducci in Alexandria; Dominion Wine and Beer at Falls Church; Big Bottles in Suffolk; Kroger (various locations); Locke’s store in Millwood; Norm’s Beer & Wine in Vienna; the Puck Market in Henrico; Sperryville Corner Store in Sperryville; Swirl & Sip in Fairfax; the Town Duck in Warrenton; Wine Market in Midlothian; Wine Mill in Winchester.
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