Vale dos Pombos Vinho Verde 2020
Almost as clear as water, this refreshing blend of Loureiro, Arinto and Trajadura grapes is like a nectarine spritz with a slice of lime. Moderate in alcohol, it will allow you to welcome spring by nibbling an aperitif on the terrace. The same producer also produces a tasty rosé. Alcohol by volume: 9.5 percent. Body weight: 425 grams (light).
Imported by Red Wolf Imports, Distributed by Global Wines of Maryland: Available in Calvert Woodley District, Chacho, D’Vines, Exotic Wine & Spirits, LeDroit Park Market, Metro Wine & Spirits, Oasis Gourmet Deli, Old City Market and Oven , Sara’s Market, Serv-U Liquors, Sherry’s Fine Wine & Spirits, Sohal Wine and Spirit, Streets Market & Cafe (various locations), U First Mart, U Street Wine & Beer, Union Kitchen Grocery (various locations), Verified Wines & Fine Spirits, Wardman Wines, Wines & Butter. Available in Maryland at 6-Twelve Convenient Mart in Darnestown, Absolutely Wine or Spirits, Iron Bridge Wine Co. in Colombia; the Beer & Wine Cellar, Beer & Wine International, Belby Discount Beer & Wine, Gilly’s Craft Beer & Fine Wine, Grosvenor Market, Pour Vino N’ Hops, Rollins Beer-Wine-Deli, T&T Wine Shop, Village Beer & Fine Wine in Rockville; Bradley Food & Beverage, Capital Beer & Wine, Georgetown Square Wine and Beer, Lance’s Beer & Wine in Bethesda; Catonsville Discount Liquors in Catonsville; Crestmount Wine & Spirits in Jessup; Downtown Crown Wine and Beer, Finewine.com, Vine Alley in Gaithersburg; Friendship Food Market at Chevy Chase; Greenbelt Co-Op at Greenbelt; Hops and vines at Odenton; the Silo Falls Mansion in Brookeville; M&L Canton Discount Liquors in Canton; Pennyroyal Station in Mount Rainier, Preserve Wine & Spirits in Hanover; liquors from Putty Hill in Baltimore; Takoma Beverage Co. in Takoma Park; Upcounty Fine Wine & Beer in Clarksburg; Wine Bin in Ellicott City.
Montecappone Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico 2020
Crafted in a non-oxidative style, this verdicchio is fresh and crisp, with aromas of peach blossom and wild herbs. Delicious on its own, it goes wonderfully with lighter pasta, shellfish or other seafood dishes. ABV: 12.5%. Body weight: 490 grams (light).
Imported by Banville Wine Merchants, distributed in the District and in Virginia by Banville, in Maryland by Artisans & Vines: available in the District at A. Litteri, Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits, Grand Cata (Shaw), Magruder’s, Radici, Rodman’s , Toscana Market, Wagshal’s Deli. Available in Maryland at Bradley Food & Beverage in Bethesda; Downtown Crown Wine and Beer in Gaithersburg; Knowles Station Wine & Co. in Kensington. Available in Virginia at Ashburn Wine Shop in Ashburn; Dominion Wine and Beer at Falls Church.
Montecappone Rosso Piceno 2020
Wow. The label describes this tasty blend of Montepulciano and Sangiovese as “a typical Italian wine”. I don’t know if any wine could be called typical in a country that offers such variety, but I wish there were more wines like this in the world. Rich and ripe, savory with flavors of black cherries, berries and chocolate, this is a great red for pizza or grilled meats. As a friend of mine likes to say, “This wine is stupidly good.” ABV: 14.5%. Body weight: 415 grams (light).
Imported by Banville Wine Merchants, distributed in the District and in Virginia by Banville, in Maryland by Artisans & Vines: available in the District at A. Litteri, Grand Cata (Shaw), Magruder’s, Radici, Rodman’s, Toscana Market. Available in Maryland at Downtown Crown Wine and Beer in Gaithersburg. Available in Virginia from Arrowine and Cheese in Arlington; Ashburn Wine Shop in Ashburn; Dominion Wine and Beer at Falls Church.
Luis Seabra Vinhos Xisto Ilimitado Branco 2020
White wines (branco) are rare in the Douro Valley, devoted to blends of fortified port and dry red. At higher elevations and cultivated with care, Douro shale soils can produce taut, concentrated whites that seem to express the spirit of the rock itself. Luis Seabra tries to bring us this expression of the Douro in all his wines, through minimalist vinification and low or no sulfur additions. This Branco is a blend of Rabigato, Godello, Codega and Viosinho grapes. ABV: 12%. Body weight: 475 grams (light).
Imported by Olé & Obrigado; distributed in the District and Maryland by Bacchus, in Virginia by Salveto: Available in the District at Ace Beverage, Albi, Bourbon Steak, Grand Cata (Shaw), Magruder’s, Pearson’s, Rumi’s Kitchen, Schneider’s of Capitol Hill, St. Vincent Wine, Verified Wines & Spirits, Yardbird. Available in Maryland from French Paradox in Stevenson; Opened in Towson; Source of wine in Baltimore. Available in Virginia at Cafe Frank, Tavola, Wine Guild of Charlottesville, Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville; Crudo Nudo in Norfolk; Dominion Wine and Beer at Falls Church; Libbie Market, Red Salt, Second Bottle in Richmond; Unwined (King Street, Belleview) in Alexandria.
Viticoltori Storici Amarone della Valpolicella 2018
Amarone is made using the appassimento method, in which the grapes are partially dried before pressing and fermentation to concentrate the color and flavors of the wine. The result is a deep purple wine with considerable weight and power. Pair it with meat or pasta dishes with bold flavors. If you can afford to age a few bottles for a few years, it will reward your patience. ABV: 15%. PC: 650 grams (average).
Imported by Caput Mundi Wine Import, distributed by Impero: Available in the District at A. Litteri, Lot 13, New H Wine & Spirits, Rodman’s, Salumeria 2703, Salumeria NoMa. Available in Maryland at CuVino Trattoria Pizza Enoteca in Timonium; Di Pasquale Market in Baltimore; District East, Orion Wine & Spirits, Spin the Bottle Wine Co. in Frederick; Downtown Crown Wine and Beer, Finewine.com, Gemelli’s Italian Market in Gaithersburg; Edgewater Liquors in Edgewater; Fenwick Beer & Wine in Silver Spring; Giolitti Delicatessen in Annapolis; Riverdale Park Town Center Market. Available in Virginia at Bon Vivant in Smithfield; Branch & Vine, Oxford Cellars, Strawberry Street Market, Yellow Umbrella Provisions in Richmond; Dolce Vita in Fairfax; Gvino Enoteca in Leesburg; the Italian store (Lyon Village, Westover), Pentagon City Wine in Arlington; Marchese Italian Market, Yiannis Wine Shop in Virginia Beach; Market 2 Market in Alexandria; Sal’s by Victor, a wine seller in Williamsburg; Viennese Winegrower in Vienna; the winery at Clifton; Wine styles in Montclair.