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With Thanksgiving coming, it's time to stock up on a variety of wines for the holiday table. This week's tips include a "nouveau" spumante of Maryland, a frothy way to toast at the end of the rainy harvest of 2018. We also have a delicious beaujolais and a cotes-du-rhone that offer an impressive quality for their price, and two delicious great values of California.
Laurent Martray Brouilly Combiaty 2016
Beaujolais, France, $ 24
Beaujolais is often associated with its popular liberty version of the recent harvest in November, but the region offers indeed a variety of wines that reward aging for a few years. The Beaujolais is a famous house wine in the French bistros for its versatility with a wide range of foods. Brouilly is one of the "crus" of the Beaujolais, or upper level neighborhoods that have their expressions, and 2016 was a fantastic vintage throughout France. This wine is delicious, with intense aromas of cherry and berries around a mineral core, and an ending that stays for several seconds. Alcohol by volume: 12.5 percent.
Imported and distributed by Elite: Available in the Calvert Woodley district, Streets Market (14th Street), Wardman Wines, Whole Foods Market (various locations); in the list of DBGB Kitchen & Bar, Raw Bar Grill by Dyllan, ICI Urban Bistro, Montmartre. Available in Maryland at Hop N Grape in North Bethesda, Frederick Wine House in Frederick, Wells Discount Liquors in Baltimore; on Marie Louise Bistro's list in Baltimore. Available in Virginia at Arrowine and Cheese in Arlington, Balducci in McLean, Whole Foods Market (Alexandria, Arlington, Charlottesville, Vienna).
Clos du Mont-Olivet Vieilles Vignes Cotes-du-Rhone 2016
Rhone Valley, France, $ 20
This is a cotes-du-rhone of a popular writer of chateauneuf-du-pape, and shows. This wine has almost the weight of the most prestigious and expensive denomination, with a good depth of its flavors of dark fruit and wild herbs. ABV: 14 percent.
Imported and distributed by Dionysos: available in the Circle Wine & Liquor district, MacArthur Beverages, Rodman & # 39; s, Whole Foods Market (P Street). Available in Maryland at Balducci & # 39; s and Bradley Food & Beverage in Bethesda, Wine Source in Baltimore. Available in Virginia at Arrowine and Cheese in Arlington, Balducci (Alexandria, McLean, Reston), Chain Bridge Cellars in McLean, Foods of All Nations in Charlottesville, J. Emerson Fine Wines & Cheese in Richmond, Unwined (Alexandria, Belleview), Whole Food market in Alessandria.
Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier 2017
California, $ 14
This wine is a perennial favorite of California and often available at a price below the list price. The chenin blanc gives a slightly sweet citrus note, while the viognier contributes with floral aromas and a soft palate. ABV: 12.5 percent.
Distributed in the district by Winebow, Maryland by Bacchus, Virginia by Country Vintner: available in the Ace Beverage district, Calvert Woodley, Circle Wine & Liquor, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Kogod Liquor, MacArthur Beverages, Magruder & # 39; s, Morris Miller Wine and Liqueurs, Rodman & # 39; s Safeway (Wisconsin Avenue), Wardman Wines, Whole Foods Market (H Street, P Street, South Capitol Hill, Tenleytown), World Market, Yes! Organic market (Georgia Avenue); in the list of Kramerbooks and Afterwords, McCormick and Schmick, the pig, Sakerum. Available in Maryland at Total Wine & More (Laurel, Timonium), Wells Discount Liquors and Wine Source in Baltimore, World Market in Rockville. Available in Virginia at Arrowine & Cheese in Arlington, Balducci & # 39; s Safeway in Alexandria, Dominion Wine and Beer in Falls Church, Total Wine & More (various locations), Wegmans (various locations), Whole Foods Market (various locations); on the Blue Door Kitchen & Inn list in Flint Hill, Chart House and Warehouse Bar & Grill in Alexandria, Foxfire Grill in Annandale, King Street Oyster Bar in Middleburg.
Pinot Noir Fairfax Wine Company 2017
California, $ 18
Who can resist a delicious California pinot noir under $ 20? They are hard to find, but this offers classic flavors of pinot of sour cherry and spices with a nice velvety consistency. I recommend opening it (and maybe decanting) about an hour before drinking. It is also a chardonnay for lovers of white wines. ABV: 13.8 percent.
Distributed by Elite: Available in the district at Mimi's Convenience Mart, New H Wine & Spirits, Rosebud Liquor, Wagshal & # 39; s Deli, Wine Specialist; in the list of Addis Paris Cafe, Birch & Barley, Et Voila, Fabulous Market & Cafe, La Vie, Mintwood Place. Available in Maryland at Allview Liquors in Ellicott City; Cranbrook and Shawan Liquors liqueurs in Cockeysville; Crescent Beer & Wine in Bowie; Dad & # 39; s Beer & Wine, Grosvenor Market and Rollins Beer-Wine-Deli in Rockville; Franklins Restaurant, Brewery and General Store in Hyattsville; Iron Bridge Wine Co. in Columbia; Landver liquor so Cheverly; the perfect pour into Elkridge; Pinehurst Wine Shoppe in Baltimore; Potomac Gourmet Market in the National Harbor; Quench! Beer-Wine-Deli in Silver Spring; Wine merchant in Lutherville. Available in Virginia at Aldie Peddler in Aldie, Arrowine and Cheese and Westover Market in Arlington, Beer Run and Foods of All Nations in Charlottesville, Cheesetique and Streets Market in Alexandria, Lokl Gourmet at McLean, Shields Market and Strawberry Street Market in Richmond, Town Duck in Warrenton; on the list at the Columbia Firehouse in Alexandria, at the restaurant in Patowmack Farm in Lovettsville, at the Thai Noy in Arlington.
Piquette of old Westminster Winery 2018
Maryland, $ 20
This is a fun wine, a "nouveau" of Maryland to celebrate the recent harvest, very difficult and rainy. It also adapts to the pétillant natural trend of slightly sparkling wines, without added sulphites. If you've visited a winery in the fall, this wine might remind you of the raw smell of fermenting wine. This is red, so enjoy it as you could with a lambrusco. The label says "Serve cold, open slowly." I heard about some bottles that gushed when the crown cap was removed, but mine only hissed, the wine had only a gentle foam. The approval of the Virginia label is still underway, but wine should be available there in the coming weeks. ABV: 7 percent.
Distributed by Siema in the district and in Virginia, from the winery in Maryland: available in the Domestique district, in the Glen's Garden Market, Wagshal's Deli; on the Centroline list. Available in Maryland at the Downtown Crown Wine and Beer in Gaithersburg, French Paradox Wines at Stevenson, Wine Source and Wine Works in Baltimore; on the Clavel and Fadensonnen list in Baltimore.
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