This energetic blend of vidal blanc and cayuga blanc, with a touch of riesling, offers plenty of delicious enjoyment for the price. Alcohol by volume: 11.7 percent. PN: 450 grams (light).
Distributed in the District and Maryland by Artisans & Vines, in Virginia by LK Wine Tours & Sales: Available in the District at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits. Available in Maryland at Beer, Wine & Co., Bradley Food & Beverage, Capital Beer & Wine in Bethesda; Bethesda Co-Op in Cabin John; Canton Crossing Wine + Spirits, Off the Rox Wine & Beer in Baltimore; District East Beer & Wine, Old Farm Liquors in Frederick; Downtown Crown Wine and Beer in Gaithersburg; Maryland Discount Beverage Center in Cumberland; Greenbelt Co-Op, New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt; JJ Liquors, Wine Bin in Ellicott City; McHenry Beverage Shoppe in McHenry; Old Town Market in Kensington; the perfect casting at Elkridge; Snider’s Super Foods in Silver Spring; Sterling Liquors in Dundalk; Riverdale Park Town Center Market. Available in Virginia from Aldie Peddler at Aldie; Murphy Beverage, Union Jack Pub & Restaurant in Winchester; PaveMint Smokin’ Taphouse at Front Royal; Rio Hill Wine & Beer in Charlottesville.
Domaine Bellevue Touraine Sauvignon 2021
Loire Valley, France, $15
This is one of my perennial favorites – mineral sauvignon blanc from the Loire Valley, tight and concentrated, with just a hint of peppery spice. ABV: 12.5%. PN: 450 grams (light).
Imported and distributed by Elite Wines: Available at nearly 100 outlets in the District, Maryland and Virginia.
Kendall-Jackson Low Calorie Chardonnay 2021
Think of it as a lighter cousin to Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve, one of the country’s favorite Chardonnays. It has the same pineapple and peach flavors, but only 85 calories per 5-ounce serving. Compared to what? Well, we don’t have that on the label, but most wines tend to be around 110-120 calories, depending on alcohol content. By reducing the alcohol to 9%, the winemakers reduced the calories without a dramatic loss of flavor. Some stores may still carry the 2020 vintage, labeled with the Avant brand name. ABV: 9%. PN: 450 grams (light).
Distributed by RNDC: Available in the District at AB Liquors, Argyle Market & Deli, Classy Corks Wine & Spirits, Daily 14, McReynold’s Liquors, Palisades Deli, Riggs Liquor, Safeway (Fourth Street SW), Target (14th Street NW), Washington Wines & Spirits. Available in Maryland at Angels Cut Wine & Spirits, Pine Orchard Liquors in Ellicott City; Bel Air Liquors in Bel Air; cranberry liqueurs at Westminster; Eastport Liquors in Annapolis; Faze 4 Liquors in Dundalk; Montgomery County Wine & Liquor Stores (various locations); Total Wine & More (Laurel, Towson); Ye Old Spirit Shop in Frederick.
Lakewood Vineyards Sparkling Candeo 2021
When you want to turn a simple weekday into a party without breaking out an expensive sparkling wine, go for Bubbly Candeo. It’s made from white cayuga, a hybrid variety developed in the Finger Lakes. Slightly off-dry, it’s crisp and refreshing, with fruity flavors that pair well with sunshine and a smile. ABV: 10.1%. Body weight: 485 grams (light).
Distributed in the District and Maryland by Artisans & Vines, in Virginia by LK Wine Tours & Sales: Available in the District at Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits, King Street Oyster Bar, Old City Market and Oven, Streets Market (14th Street), Vitis. Available in Maryland at All Set, Snider’s Super Foods in Silver Spring; Beer, Wine & Co., Bradley Food & Beverage at Bethesda; Blue Wind Gourmet at Lexington Park; the bottle store in Potomac; Canton Crossing Wine + Spirits in Baltimore; Chestnut Ridge Gas & Liquors in Grantsville; Crescent Wine & Spirits in Bowie; Downtown Crown Wine and Beer in Gaithersburg; Faze 4 Liquors, Sterling Liquors in Dundalk; Firestone’s, Lakefront Fine Wine & Spirits, Old Farm Liquors, Viniferous in Frederick; Friendsville Discount Liquors in Friendsville; Greenbelt Co-Op at Greenbelt; Grosvenor Market in Rockville; JJ Liquors, Wine Bin in Ellicott City; Market at Charles in La Plata; Maryland Discount Beverage Center in Cumberland; McHenry Beverage Shoppe in McHenry; No thyme to cook in Solomon; Ristorante Ottaviani in Cumberland; Shortcake Bakery in Hyattsville; Downtown Market at Riverdale Park Available in Virginia at Aldie Peddler at Aldie; Murphy Beverage, Union Jack Pub & Restaurant in Winchester; PaveMint Smokin’ Taphouse at Front Royal; Rio Hill Wine & Beer in Charlottesville.
Yalumba Viognier Made With Organic Grapes 2021
South Australia, Australia, $20
Yalumba is a prolific producer of Viognier, from its introductory Y series through to the high-end Virgilius, meant to echo the benchmark wines of Condrieu in France’s Rhône Valley. They are all good. This organic bottling exudes aromas of jasmine and honeysuckle, supported by flavors of peaches, apricots and ginger. Certified Australian Organic. Vegan. ABV: 13.5%. PC: 545 grams (average).
Imported and Distributed by Winebow: Available in the District at Rodman’s, Schneider’s of Capitol Hill; Fine Wines and Sherry Spirits. Available in Maryland from Green Valley Wine & Spirits in Monrovia; Harbor Wine & Spirits at Severna Park; Harvest Thyme Tavern in Davidsonville; Jason’s Wine & Spirits in Ellicott City; Maryland Discount Beverage Center in Cumberland; Mills Fine Wine and Spirits in Annapolis; Patuxent Wine & Spirits in Lusby; Ye Old Spirit Shop in Frederick. Available in Virginia from Arrowine and Cheese in Arlington; Cheesetic (Alexandria, Shirlington); Dominion Wine and Beer at Falls Church.
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