Rounding out this week’s spring selection, we have two rosés from the south of France and an impressive inexpensive pinot noir from California.
Fossi White Garganega 2020
Peach, honeydew melon and lemon zest highlight this refreshing white, made from garganega, the Soave grape. This wine is excellent on its own or with light meals and antipasti. Fossi also makes a non-vintage Rosso that’s great for pizza night. Alcohol by volume: 12 percent. Bottle weight: 370 grams (Light).
Imported and Distributed by Elite Wines: Available in the District at A. Litteri, Best World Supermarket, D’Vines, Odd Provisions, Rodman’s, Sane Wine & Spirits, Wagshal’s Deli, Yes Organic Market (Brookland, Capitol Hill). Available in Maryland at Di Pasquale’s Marketplace, Fleet Street Spirits, Mt. Washington Wine Co. in Baltimore; Friendship Food Market at Chevy Chase; Germantown Beer & Wine in Germantown; Glenmont Beer Wine & Deli, Lenox Beer & Wine, Snider’s Super Foods, Tg Silver Spring Mart, Woodmoor Supermarket in Silver Spring; Howard Wine & Spirits in Elkridge; the Annapolis Italian Market; More Mart at Frederick; Shawan Liquors in Cockeysville. Available in Virginia at Euro Market & Cafe in Arlington; Fastop, Kroger (North Chesterfield) in Richmond; Slaters Market in Alexandria; Wine styles in Montclair.
Domaine Raissac Les Lys Rosé 2021
Bright strawberry and currant flavors highlight this zesty rosé, made from Syrah grown near the Mediterranean coast. It is ideal for taming the heat of a hot day or a spicy dish. Certified High Environmental Value. ABV: 12.5. Body weight: 420 grams (light).
Imported and distributed by Baron François: Available in the District at the Bottle Shop, Imperial Wine & Spirits, Irving Wine & Spirits, Morris Miller Wine & Liquor, Old City Market and Oven, Rodman’s, S&S Liquor, U Street Wine & Beer, Wardman Wines, Wines & Butter. Available in Virginia at Norm’s Beer & Wine in Vienna; Planet Wine & Gourmet, Slaters Market in Alexandria; Swirl and sip in Fairfax.
Pointe de Sable Pinot Noir 2019
Inexpensive Pinot Noir often tastes like candied fruit. In contrast, this Sand Point beauty is all black cherry, root beer and black tea flavors with a hint of aromatic spice. Certified Lodi Rules Sustainable. ABV: 13.5%. Body weight: 490 grams (light).
Distributed by Baron François: available in the neighborhood at the Bottle Shop, Chat’s Liquors, Imperial Wine & Spirits, Irving Wine & Spirits, Morris Miller Wine & Liquor, Sav-On Liquor, Rodman’s, U Street Wine & Beer, Verified Wines & Fine Spirits, Wardman wines, wide world of wines. Available in Virginia from Arrowine and Cheese in Arlington; Classic wines in Great Falls.
Plaimont Rosé d’Enfer 2021
If you like tasting wines from obscure varietals, here’s one for you: Rosé d’Enfer is made from 70% pinenc, more commonly known as iron. The rest is Cabernet Sauvignon. This one originates from the foothills of the Pyrenees. Both varieties are tannic, which gives this rosé a bit of structure to support the fruit. Keep a bottle cool for a hellishly hot day. Certified High Environmental Value. ABV: 12%. PC: 585 grams (average).
Imported by Tri-Vin, Distributed in District and Maryland by DMV, in Virginia by Republic National: Available in District Cairo Wine & Liquor, Classy Corks Wine & Spirits, Mayfair Liquors, Michigan Liquors, Morris Miller Wine & Liquor, Rodman’s, Yes Organic Market (14th Street, Capitol Hill, Cleveland Park). Available in Maryland at A&A Wine & Spirits at Gambrills; Bethesda Co-Op in Cabin John; Bradley Food & Beverage, Capital Beer & Wine at Bethesda; Carrolltown Liquors in Sykesville; College Square Liquors in Westminster; Dawson’s Liquors in Severna Park; Eastport Liquors in Annapolis; Frederick Wine House, Old Farm Liquors in Frederick; Friendship Wine & Liquor in Abingdon; Greenbelt Co-Op at Greenbelt; Hunt Valley Wine, Liquor & Beer in Cockeysville; Mt. Airy Liquors at Mt. Airy; Mt. Vernon Supermarket, Urban Cellars in Baltimore; Parkway Deli & Restaurant, Snider’s Super Foods in Silver Spring; the perfect casting at Elkridge; Riverdale Park Downtown Market; Wine Bin in Ellicott City. Available in Virginia at Wegmans (various locations).
This wine is similar to Fossi Bianco in flavor, as it is also made from garganega. But it packs more punch with vibrant acidity, some grassy notes to give the flavors extra complexity, and a slightly oily texture for the body. Delicious, and as prices have risen for Soave in recent years, it’s good value. ABV: 11.5%. PN: 400 grams (light).
Imported and distributed by Elite Wines: Available in the District at A. Litteri, Apéro, Chat’s Liquors, D’Vines, Exotic Wine & Spirits, Irving Wine & Spirits, Mood District, Radici, Rosebud Liquor, Rodman’s, Sherry’s Fine Wine & Spirits , Vitis Fine Wine & Spirits, Yes Organic Market (Petworth). Available in Maryland at Di Pasquale Market in Baltimore; Howard Wine & Spirits, the perfect pour in Elkridge; Shawan Liquors in Cockeysville; Wine Bin in Ellicott City. Available in Virginia at Arrowine and Cheese, Grand Cru, the Italian Store (Lyon Village, Westover), Pentagon City Wine Merchant, Westover Market in Arlington; Beer and Wine Department, Planet Wine & Gourmet, Slaters Market, Sonoma Cellar, Unwined (King Street), Wine Gallery 108 in Alexandria; Kroger (Staples Mill, Willow Lawn), Yellow Umbrella Provisions in Richmond; Wine styles at Montclair; Yiannis in Virginia Beach.
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