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#9 on The Washington Post 12 Best Bargain Wines of 2023

 Karl Kaspar Riesling Kabinett 2021

“This wine should help convince riesling skeptics: fruity, beautifully balanced”

EXCELLENT-EXTRAORDINARY! GREAT VALUE!

“This wine should help convince riesling skeptics: fruity, beautifully balanced between sweetness and acidity, and low-alcohol. Try this with spicy food, garlicky dips, grilled seafood — or just about anything. Most of all, don’t worry about sweetness — the key is the balance with the fruit and acidity. Alcohol by volume: 8 percent. Bottle weight: 400 grams (Light).”

Rated #9 in the #12  Best Bargain wines of 2023 by Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post 12.21.2023

first reviewed by Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post 06.15.23

Available in these stores or ask your favorite retailer to order it for you:

WASHINGTON DC

Boom Boom Crab Kings Seafood
Good Ole Reliable Liquors
Irving Wine & Spirits
Morris Miller Liquors
Northwest Liquors
Rodman’s Discount Drugs

DELAWARE

Bayside Wine & Spirits, Selbyville
Deerfield Fine Wines, Newark
Franks Wine, Wilmington
Gilpin Liquor, Wilmington
Hickman’s Package Store, Ocean View
Kwik Liquor, Millsboro
Oak Creek Wine & Spirits, Milton
Suburban Liquor, Newark

MARYLAND

Barrel  & Brew, Parkville
Bradley Wine & Spirits, Phoenix
Bunky’s Charter Boats, Solomons
Castle Liquors – Frederick, Mount Airy
Cheers and Spirits, Arnold
Country Spirits, Cascade
Dunkirk Wine & Spirits, Dunkirk
Eastport Liquors, Annapolis
Edgewater Liquors, Edgewater
Fairwood Cafe Wine & Spirits, Glenn Dale
Fireside Deli & Wine Shop, Swanton
Franklin Liquors, Ijamsville
Frederick Wine House, Frederick
Greenbelt Co-op, Greenbelt
Hillcrest Wine & Spirits, Frederick
Hook & Vine Kitchen and Bar, North Beach
Jerk It, Smoke It, Frederick
Lady’s Liquors, La Plata
Liquor Locker, Hagerstown
Magothy Wine & Spirits, Severna Park
Montego Bay Super Thrift, Ocean City
New Windsor Liquors & Deli, New Windsor
Pipers Wine & Spirits, Manchester
Potomac Gourmet Market, National Harbor
Rosewick Wine & Spirits, La Plata
The Fool’s Lantern, St. Michaels
The Italian Market, Annapolis
Tomanetti’s Pizzeria & Italian Eatery, Oakland
Town Center Market, Riverdale
Walkersville Wine & Spirits, Walkersville
Weaver’s Discount Liquors, Elkton
The Winery, Chester  

 

Lion & Dove Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie 2022

“This $13 gulpable pinot grigio brightens the holiday season”

EXCELLENT – EXTRAORDINARY! GREAT VALUE!

“A Racy, Ripe Pinot Grigio”

“This is delicious, ripe-tasting pinot grigio, with flavors of peaches and apricots and a squirt of citrus to keep it lively. Beware: It’s gulpable. Kosher for Passover. Mevushal. Vegan. Alcohol by volume: 12 percent. Bottle Weight: 495 grams (Light).”

reviewed by Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post 11.25.23

Available in these stores or ask your favorite retailer to order it for you:

DELAWARE

Route 8 Liquors, Dover

MARYLAND

Cheers and Spirits Beer Wine and More, Arnold Country Liquors – Kent, Millington Deep Creek Beverage, McHenry Frederick Wine House, Frederick Joe’s Place, Baltimore Kosher Bite, Baltimore Marlin Market 4, Salisbury Mill Station Wine and Spirits, Owings Mills Pigtown Wine, Beer & Liquors, Baltimore Pratt Liquor & Convenience, Baltimore Quarry Wine & Spirits, Baltimore Slopeside Market, McHenry The Vine on Main, Sykesville U5 Foods – Bethlehem, Preston Urban Cellars, Baltimore Village Spirits, Smithsburg Vineyards Elite, Pikesville Wine Source, Baltimore

Acuma by Ego Bodegas Red Blend 2020

“Top-notch, reasonably priced”

EXCELLENT – EXTRAORDINARY!

“This juicy red blend is based on monastrell, with minor roles for syrah and petit verdot. It has enough heft to match burgers or steaks, offering flavors of tea, olives and sarsaparilla over blackberry and plum. Vegan. ABV: 14.5 percent. BW: 650 grams (Average).”

reviewed by Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post 10.19.23

Available in these stores or ask your favorite retailer to order it for you:

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Giant 1050 Brentwood Road, NE, Washington
Giant 1400 7th Street, NW, Washington
Giant 3336 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington
Giant 300 H Street, NE, Washington
Giant 1345 Park Road, NW, Washington

DELAWARE

Camden Liquor & Wine, Camden
Mr. B’s Super Liquor Warehouse, Dover
Pacific Wine & Spirits, Rehobeth Beach

MARYLAND

Big B Liquors, Bryans Road
Decanter Fine Wines, Columbia
Drinx Market, Capitol Heights
Frederick Wine House, Frederick
JJ’s Corner Liquors, Clear Spring
McHenry Beverage Shoppe, McHenry
Port of Call, Solomons
The Liquor Store, Waldorf
The Wine Rack #2 / Fruitland Sunoco, Fruitland
Town Center Market, Riverdale
West O Bottle Shop, Ocean City  

 

La Fou Els Amelers Garnatxa Blanca 2020 “A splurge-worthy white”

EXTRAORDINARY-SUBLIME!

“fantastic, with aromas and flavors of jasmine, sage, peach blossom, kumquat”

“Let’s face it, this wine is a splurge. But it is fantastic, with aromas and flavors of jasmine, sage, peach blossom, kumquat — trust me, your palate is likely to conjure some other savors from this beauty. Grenache blanc is experiencing a boomlet of popularity in California and elsewhere. This wine could be a benchmark for the variety. ABV: 13.5 percent. BW: 640 grams (Average).”

reviewed by Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post 10.9.23

Available in these stores or ask your favorite retailer to order it for you:

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Available for Sale – request it from your local store!

MARYLAND

Available for Sale – request it from your local store!  

 

Cartuxa Évora Branco 2021

“A white blend of stunning complexity”

EXTRAORDINARY-SUBLIME!

“a mineral-driven wine with flavors of white flowers, citrus and quince and a complex finish that lasts so long your food may get cold waiting for you to take the next bite.”

“This belongs among the top tier of the world’s white wines at this price level.”

“Portugal’s Alentejo region is best known for affordable value wines, but it can climb the wow ladder when it wants to. The Cartuxa wines, including a deep, savory Tinto (red), demonstrate Alentejo’s ability to produce extraordinary wines while maintaining good value for the price. (Though the extravagant bottle most likely adds extra cost without contributing value.) The winery takes its name from a Carthusian monastery dating to the late 16th century, where monks lived a vow of silence. They may have been contemplating wines like these. The Branco is a blend of antão vaz, arinto and roupeiro grape varieties fermented and aged without oak. The result is a mineral-driven wine with flavors of white flowers, citrus and quince and a complex finish that lasts so long your food may get cold waiting for you to take the next bite. This belongs among the top tier of the world’s white wines at this price level.”
ABV: 13 percent. BW: 700 grams (Heavy).

reviewed by Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post 09.21.23

Available in these stores or ask your favorite retailer to order it for you:

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Rodman’s Drugs, Washington

DELAWARE

Available for Sale – request it from your local store!

MARYLAND

Dunkirk Wine & Spirits, Dunkirk  
 

EA Red Blend 2020
“As wine prices rise, this $15 Portuguese red shows bargains do exist”

EXCELLENT! GREAT VALUE!

” “This delicious red blend demonstrates why Portugal, and especially its Alentejo region, is a reliable source of bargain wines. This is good burger wine. Spaghetti wine. Weeknight wine. Alcohol by volume: 14 percent. BW: 415 grams (Light).”

reviewed by Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post 09.07.23

Available in these stores or ask your favorite retailer to order it for you:

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Available for Sale – request it from your local store!

DELAWARE

Available for Sale – request it from your local store!

MARYLAND

Beards Hill Plaza Liquors, Aberdeen
Colonial Liquors, La Plata
Columbia Fine Wine & Spirits, Columbia
Jimmie’s Cut Rate Liquor, White Plains
Jim’s Bottle Works, Bel Air
Magothy Wine& Spirits, Severna Park
Maple Lawn Wine & Spirits, Fulton
Town Center Market, Riverdale
Town Center Wine & Spirits, Hyattsville  

Quarisa Mrs. Q Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
“This fruity $17 cabernet sauvignon is a great intro to Australian wine”

EXCELLENT!

“Coonawarra is one of Australia’s best-known regions for cabernet sauvignon. This wine is a good introduction — sweet blackberry and cherry flavors wrap themselves around a tannic core. This is a wine for burgers or something simple off the grill. Or crack the screw top open when you place the Grubhub order. Alcohol by volume: 14 percent. BW: 530 grams (Average).”

reviewed by Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post 08.24.23

Available in these stores or ask your favorite retailer to order it for you:

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Verified Wine & Spirits, Washington

DELAWARE

Available for Sale – request it from your local store!

MARYLAND

Breezy Point Market & Spirits, Chesapeake Beach
Cambridge Market, Cambridge
Colonial Liquors, La Plata
Country Spirits, Cascade
Deep Creek Lake Art, Wine & Beer Festival, McHenry
Fireside Deli & Wine Shop, Swanton
Frederick Wine House, Frederick
Hermanville C-Store, Lexington Park
JJ’s Deli & Liquors, Chestertown
Liquor Mart & Deli, Annapolis
Lyndwood Square W&S, Elkridge
Marlin Market, Pocomoke City
McHenry Beverage Shoppe, McHenry
North Ridge Wine & Spirits, Ellicott City
Potomac Gourmet Market, National Harbor
Pratt Liquor & Convenience, Baltimore
Town Center Market, Riverdale
Wine Source, Baltimore
Woodmore Wine & Spirits, Lanham  

Casa Natal Malbec Reserva 2018

“Malbec’s blueberry and black raspberry flavors shine through”

EXCELLENT – EXTRAORDINARY!

” “Here’s a sturdy wine, thanks to 10 percent cabernet sauvignon in the blend. Malbec’s blueberry and black raspberry flavors shine through a medium-long finish. ABV: 14 percent. BW: 560 grams (Average).”

reviewed by Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post 08.17.2023

Available in these stores or ask your favorite retailer to order it for you:

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Costco, Washington
District Liquors, Washington
Rodman’s Discount Drugs, Washington

DELAWARE

Costco, Newark

MARYLAND

Eastport Liquors, Annapolis
Pigtown Wine, Beer & Liquors, Baltimore
Cambridge Market, Cambridge
River Hill Wine & Spirits, Clarksville
Absolutely Wine & Spirits, Columbia
Decanter Fine Wines, Columbia
Kings Contrivance Liquor Shop, Columbia
Sandys Spirits, Elkridge
Vlamis Liquors, Elkton
Frederick Wine House, Frederick
Lakefront Wine & Spirits, Frederick
Old Farm Liquors, Frederick
Longmeadow Wine & Liquor, Hagerstown
The Vineyard Wine Bar, Havre De Grace
Gourmet Wine & Spirits, Sykesville
Berry Road, Waldorf  
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Vini Ocone Bozzovich Bianco 2021

A “delightful white wine”

EXTRAORDINARY!

“This is a field blend of Italian white grape varieties, mainly falanghina, fiano and greco. As such, it speaks of ancient winemaking before grape varieties were isolated and bottled alone, even if the art on the label shows a more modern sensibility. Jasmine, hyacinth and lemongrass highlight the aromas, with nectarine and sage filling out the palate. ABV: 13 percent. BW: 625 grams”

reviewed by Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post 07.26.23

Available in these stores or ask your favorite retailer to order it for you:

DELAWARE

CoColo Sushi, Bethany Beach
Deerfield Fine Wines, Newark
Franks Wine, Wilmington
Teller Wines, Lewes
Bakers Liquors, Chester

MARYLAND

Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits, Annapolis
Bel Air Liquors, Bel Air
Cheers and Spirits Beer Wine and More, Arnold
Firefly Farms, Accident
Fireside Deli & Wine Shop, Swanton
Frederick Wine House, Frederick
Hook & Vine Kitchen and Bar, North Beach
Kent Towne Liquors, Chester
Laurienzo Wood Fired Cafe, Mount Airy
Liquor Mart & Deli, Annapolis
Longmeadow Wine & Liquor, Hagerstown
McHenry Beverage Shoppe, McHenry
Pistarros, Frederick
Ristorante Ottaviani, Cumberland
The Wine Post, Glyndon
Tsunami Shushi Bar & Lounge, Annapolis
The Winery, Chester  
 

Lab Vinho Verde Rosé NV

“Here’s a good, simple vinho verde rosé

EXCELLENT! GREAT VALUE!

” Here’s a good, simple vinho verde rosé, slightly spritzy, not particularly sweet, and refreshing with tart strawberry and watermelon flavors. Vegan friendly. Alcohol by volume: 11 percent. Bottle weight: 480 grams (Light).”

reviewed by Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post 06.22.23

Available in these stores or ask your favorite retailer to order it for you:

WASHINGTON DC

Magruder’s of DC
Rodman’s Discount Drugs
S&S Wine & Spirits
Watergate Vitners
Yes Organic Market #9 – Capitol Hill

MARYLAND

Aloha Liquors, Baltimore
Apple Greene Wine & Spirits, Dunkirk
Beverage Depot Liquors, Baltimore
Bottoms Up Wine & Spirits, Hagerstown
Canton Market, Baltimore
Cheers Wine & Spirits, Bel Air
Country Spirits, Cascade
Don Tonio’s, Chestertown
Dunkirk Wine & Spirits, Dunkirk
Federal Hill Wine & Spirits, Baltimore
Fishpaws Marketplace, Arnold
Frederick Wine House, Frederick
Grape & Grain Wine & Spirits, Perry Hall
Hillside Liquors and Deli, Centreville
JJ Liquors, Ellicott City
JJ’s Corner Liquors, Clear Spring
Landover Liquors, Landover
Lime Tree Liquors, Baltimore
New Windsor Liquors & Deli, New Windsor
Oakdale Fine Wines & Spirits, Baltimore
Padonia Liquors, Lutherville
Pratt Liquor & Convenience, Baltimore
Rosewick Wine & Spirits, La Plata
Slopeside Market, McHenry
The Wine Post, Glyndon
Tiger Wine & Spirits, Towson
Town Center Market, Riverdale
Village Pump Liquors, College Park
Woodbine Wine and Spirits, Woodbine
Ye Olde Package Goods, Sykesville  

 

Karl Kaspar Riesling Kabinett 2021

“An ideal summer wine — low in alcohol and bracing with refreshing acidity”

EXCELLENT-EXTRAORDINARY!

GREAT VALUE!

“This wine should help convince riesling skeptics: fruity, beautifully balanced between sweetness and acidity, and low-alcohol. Try this with spicy food, garlicky dips, grilled seafood — or just about anything. Most of all, don’t worry about sweetness — the key is the balance with the fruit and acidity. Alcohol by volume: 8 percent. Bottle weight: 400 grams (Light).”

reviewed by Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post 06.15.23

Ocone Diana Falanghina 2021

“An Italian white to savor as the summer sun slides gently below the horizon”

EXCELLENT-EXTRAORDINARY!

“Lemon drops, lime zest, orange blossoms — this wine captures the aromas of a citrus grove in liquid suspension. It took me a few hours on a noisy day to warm up to it, so don’t simply pull it cold from your fridge as you’re about to sit down for dinner. Take time for a conversation, preferably over seafood. This wine has something to say. ABV: 13.5 percent. BW: 495 grams (Light).”

reviewed by Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post 06.01.23

Vinha da Coutada Velha Red Blend 2020

“This $15 Portuguese red is full of fruity, earthy flavors”

EXTRAORDINARY!

GREAT VALUE!

“Every time I sing Portugal’s praises for producing great quality and affordable wine, another example drives the point home. This is a blend of aragonez (a Portuguese name for tempranillo), trincadeira, syrah and cabernet sauvignon, so it combines native grapes with international standards. The result is a spicy mix of red and dark fruit flavors, anchored by an appealing earthiness. This wine is delicious by itself but really calls for hearty meats and sausages.”

reviewed by Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post 1-12-2023

Confidencial Reserva Tinto 2018
“A Juicy, Spicy Bargain”

#4 WASHINGTON POST BEST BARGAIN WINES OF 2022

EXTRAORDINARY!

GREAT VALUE!

“Every time I open a bottle of Confidencial Reserva Tinto, I feel like I’m greeting an old friend. Juicy, spicy and vibrant, this delicious red wine will bring a smile to your face and a lift to your mood. This wine has made my Greatest Values of the Year list before, and it still delivers outstanding quality and value. Made by Casa Santos Lima, a fairly large winery north of Lisbon that produces an impressive array of high-quality, affordable wines, this wine is a perfect example of the tremendous value Portugal offers. Bravo! “

reviewed by Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post 10.6.22

included in The 13 best bargain wines of 2022 12.22.22

Available in these fine stores or ask for it at your favorite retailer:

DC
Cairo Liquors, Washington
Calvert Woodley Wine & Liquor, Washington
Chevy Chase Wine and Spirits, Washington
Cost Plus 302, Washington
Giant 7th St, Washington
Giant Park Road, Washington
Giant Wisconsin Ave, Washington
Lee’s Tower Market, Washington
Magruder’s of DC, Washington 
Morris Miller Liquors, Washington
Rodman’s Discount Drugs, Washington
S&S Wine & Spirits, Washington
Sherry’s Wine & Spirits, Washington
Watergate Vitners, Washington
Wegmans #143, Washington
Yes Organic Market #5 – 14th St, Washington
Yes Organic Market #4 – 12th St, Washington
Yes Organic Market #9 – Capitol Hill, Washington
Yes Organic Market Cleveland Park, Washington
Yes Organic Market Ga Ave, Washington

MARYLAND
177 Liquors, Pasadena
7 Summers, Upper Marlboro
A&A Wine and Spirits, Gambrills
ABD Liquors, Prince Frederick
Absolutely Wine & Spirits, Columbia
Aloha Liquors, Baltimore
Angel’s Food Market, Pasadena
Angel’s Share, Gambrills
Antietam Spirits, Boonsboro
Apple Greene Wine & Spirits, Dunkirk
Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits, Annapolis
Bay Ridge Wine & Spirits Kent Island, Stevensville
Bay Wine & Spirits, North Beach
Bel Air Liquors, Bel Air
Belair Liquors, Baltimore
Bella’s Liquors, Annapolis
Beverage Depot Liquors, Baltimore
Bristol Liquors, Baltimore
Bryantown Store, Bryantown
Cambridge Market, Cambridge
Caps & Corks Liquor, Elkton
Charles Village Discount Liquors, Baltimore
Chesapeake Wine Co., Baltimore
College Square Liquors, Westminster
Colonial Liquors, La Plata
Colony Liquor Mart, Edgewater
Columbia Fine Wine & Spirits, Columbia
Country Liquors – Carroll, Westminster
Country Side Liquors, New Market
Crackpot Liquors, Towson
Crescent Beer & Wine, Bowie
CT Wine and Spirits, Columbia
Dawsons Liquor, Severna Park
Decanter Fine Wines, Columbia
Deep Creek Lake Art, Wine & Beer Festival, McHenry
District East Beer & Wine, Frederick
Don Tonio’s, Chestertown
Dunkirk Wine & Spirits, Dunkirk
Eastern Discount Liquors, Baltimore
Eastport Liquors, Annapolis
Eastside Liquors, Frederick
Eddies, Baltimore
Edgewater Liquors, Edgewater
Esquire Liquors, Oxon Hill
Fairground Discount Beverage, Timonium
Fairwood Cafe Wine & Spirits, Glenn Dale
Fat Boys, North Crofton
Fishpaws Marketplace, Arnold
Foundry Row Wine and Spirits, Owings Mills
Franklin Liquors, Ijamsville
Franklin’s, Hyattsville
Frederick Wine House, Frederick
Friendship Wine & Liquor, Abingdon
Frisco’s, Frederick
Giant, Easton
Giolitti’s Delicatessen, Annapolis
Glenwood Wine & Spirits, Glenwood
Grand Ritchie Liquors, Pasadena
Greenbelt Co-op, Greenbelt
Hampden Park Liquors, Baltimore
Hops & Vines, Odenton
House of Liquors, Westminster
Howard Wine & Spirits, Elkridge
Hunt Valley Wine, Liquor & Beer, Hunt Valley
Jen’s Place, Baltimore
JJ’s Corner Liquors, Clear Spring
JJ’s Deli & Liquors, Chestertown
Kettering Liquors, Upper Marlboro
Kings Contrivance Liquor Shop, Columbia
Landover Liquors, Landover
Laurel Wine & Spirits, Laurel
Lax Wine, Spirits and Bistro, Beltsville
Leonardtown Wine and Spirits, Leonardtown
Liberty Spirits Wine & Beer, Waldorf
Liberty Wine & Liquor, La Vale
Liquor Locker, Hagerstown
Lisbon Liquors, Woodbine
Little Abners Liquor Store, Baltimore
Lombard Liquors, Baltimore
Longmeadow Wine & Liquor, Hagerstown
Lyndwood Square W&S, Elkridge
Maple Lawn Wine & Spirits, Fulton
Marlin Market, Pocomoke City
Maryland Farms Super Liquors, Beltsville
Mayo Liquors, Edgewater
McHenry Beverage Shoppe, McHenry
Mickey’s Package Liquor Store, Baltimore
Midway Liquors, Joppa
Mill Station Wine and Spirits, Owings Mills
Mills Fine Wine & Spirits, Annapolis
Montgomery Plaza Liquors, Catonsville
Mount Airy Liquors, Mount Airy
Mt Vernon Supermarket, Baltimore
Neall’s Wine & Spirits, Owings
New Market Beer and Wine, New Market
New Team Spirits, Cockeysville
Nick’s of Calvert, Prince Frederick
Nick’s of Clinton / Waldorf, Waldorf
Nikki’s Discount Liquors, Nottingham
North Ridge Wine & Spirits, Ellicott City
Old Farm Liquors, Frederick
Orion Wine & Spirits, Frederick
Patuxent Wine & Spirits, Lusby
Petite Cellars, Ellicott City
Pigtown Wine, Beer & Liquors, Baltimore
Pine Liquors, Fort Washington
Pine Orchard Liquors, Ellicott City
Pitt Stop Beer & Wine, Berlin
Plaza Liquor, Pasadena
Pocomoke Beer & Wine, Pocomoke City
Port of Call, Solomons
Post Road Liquors, Havre de Grace
Pratt Liquor & Convenience, Baltimore
Quarry Wine & Spirits, Baltimore
Quickstop, Westminster
Red – Wine, Beer, Spirits, Clarksville
Reisterstown Wine & Spirits, Reisterstown
Rita’s World of Wine & Beer, Berlin
River Hill Wine & Spirits, Clarksville
Riverside Liquors, Frederick
Roundabout Wine & Spirits, Laurel
Sandys Spirits, Elkridge
Southern Liquors, Solomons
Sunny’s Fine Wine, Sykesville
The Italian Market, Annapolis
The Liquor Stop, Bel Air
The Mart, Catonsville
The Perfect Pour, Elkridge
The Twisted Cork, Elkridge
The Vine on Main, Sykesville
The Wine Bin, Ellicott City
The Wine Post, Glyndon
The Winery, Chester
Total Discount Liquors, Eldersburg
Total Wine & More – Beltway, Baltimore
Total Wine & More – Laurel Corridor, Laurel
Town Center Market, Riverdale
Town Center Wine & Spirits, Hyattsville
Trout Liquor, Frederick
Tubby’s Diner, Laurel
Upperco Fine Wine and Spirits, Upperco
Urbana Liquors, Frederick
Village Pump Liquors, College Park
Vineyards Elite, Pikesville
Vino 2 Wine & Liquors, Charlotte Hall
Walkersville Wine & Spirits, Walkersville
Watkins Park Liquors, Upper Marlboro
Waugh Chapel Village Wine & Spirits, Gambrills
Wells Discount Liquors, Baltimore
Wemyss Liquors, St. Leonard
West O Bottle Shop, Ocean City
Whiskey and Wine River, Essex
Whitey’s Liquors, Linthicum
Wildewood Wine & Spirits, California
Wine & Liquor Depot, Brandywine
Woodmore Wine & Spirits, Lanham
Ye Olde Package Goods, Sykesville

 

Viña Palaciega Cava Brut

“Flavors of ripe peach, lime zest and crystallized ginger lead to a soft finish that can only end with a smile”

EXTRAORDINARY & GREAT VALUE!

“Here’s a bargain bubbly to get any evening off to a good start. Flavors of ripe peach, lime zest and crystallized ginger lead to a soft finish that can only end with a smile. The cava brut designation means it was aged a minimum of nine months on the lees.”

reviewed by Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post 12-08-2022

Champagne Albert Lebrun Grand Cru Brut

“Like a long conversation that takes you down different paths, there’s something new in each sip”

EXTRAORDINARY – SUBLIME!

“The Côte des Blancs in Champagne gives magnificent expression to chardonnay. This delicious example tastes as though age on the lees and in bottle has given it a fuller mouthfeel and richer texture. Classic champagne flavors of brioche, slightly overripe apples and roasted nuts round out the palate. Like a long conversation that takes you down different paths, there’s something new in each sip.”

reviewed by Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post 11-25-2022

Keuka Lake Vineyards Dry Riesling 2021

“a stony dry riesling from the glacier-carved Finger Lakes”

EXTRAORDINARY!

“Here’s another shout out for Finger Lakes riesling to have a place on your table at Thanksgiving — or any time that calls for a dry white with bracing acidity to match a variety of foods. This lovely riesling is on the mineral side — more an impression of stones than citrus fruits.”

reviewed by Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post 11-17-2022

Hierogram Zinfandel Vineyard Block N.8
“impressive wines that combine rusticity — wild sagebrush and a dusty character that suggests warmth — with fine acidity and soft tannins”

EXTRAORDINARY!

GREAT VALUE!

“Lodi may be California’s most underestimated wine region. There are pockets of old-vine zinfandel vineyards producing impressive wines that combine rusticity — wild sagebrush and a dusty character that suggests warmth — with fine acidity and soft tannins. The cranberry and raspberry flavors with herbal accents make this a versatile food-friendly wine.”

reviewed by Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post 11-10-2022

Clos de Napa Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
“A Thought-Provoking Discussion”

EXTRAORDINARY/SUBLIME! GREAT VALUE!

“Savory and rich, this wine’s intensity displays the influence of the volcanic soils in the Stags Leap District, near the southern end of Napa Valley. The traditional black fruit flavors of cabernet are here, unfolding on the palate like an intricate plot line in a psychological thriller, one new revelation after another. The alcohol is a bit high, but the fruit carries it well. And don’t let the vintage scare you off: Though Napa Valley was hit hard by wildfires during the 2020 harvest, the damage was mostly at the northern end of the valley. The bottle I tried showed no hint of the ashy flavors from smoke taint. Given the price cabernet from Stags Leap District can command, this merits a “Great Value” designation. “

reviewed by Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post 9.29.22

Available in these fine stores or ask for it at your favorite retailer:
MARYLAND

Longmeadow Wine & Liquor, Hagerstown
McHenry Beverage Shoppe, McHenry
Old Farm Liquors, Frederick
World of Wine, Towson

Loma Larga Sauvignon Blanc 2021
“a racy sauvignon blanc from Chile to lend verve and energy to your meal”

EXCELLENT-EXTRAORDINARY!
“Chile’s Casablanca Valley stretches inland from the Pacific Ocean, almost like a finger pointed at the capital, Santiago. The maritime influence is ideal for cool-climate grapes such as sauvignon blanc and pinot noir. The Loma Larga sauvignon blanc is racy and refreshing, with guava and kumquat flavors. This would be a great match to nearly any seafood dish, especially if there’s a fruit component.”

reviewed by Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post 9.16.22

Available in these fine stores:
DC
Giant 7th Street, Washington
Giant Wisconsin Ave, Washington
Giant Park Road, Washington
Magruder’s of DC, Washington
Rodman’s Discount Drugs, Washington
Yes Organic Market – Ga Ave, Washington
DELAWARE
Coming Soon!
MARYLAND
A&A Wine and Spirits, Gambrills
Angel’s Food Market, Pasadena
Bethesda Co-op, Bethesda
Cindy’s Skylight Liquors, Elkridge
Colonial Liquors, La Plata
Crescent Beer & Wine, Bowie
Eastport Liquors, Annapolis
Fireside Deli & Wine Shop, Swanton
Fishpaws Marketplace, Arnold
Franklin’s, Hyattsville
Frederick Wine House, Frederick
Giant Easton, Easton
Gina’s Cantina, Millersville
Giolitti’s Delicatessen, Annapolis
Hunt Valley Wine, Liquor & Beer, Hunt Valley
Kings Contrivance Liquor Shop, Columbia
Landover Liquors, Landover
Liquor Locker, Hagerstown
Lisbon Liquors, Woodbine
Longmeadow Wine & Liquor, Hagerstown
Market Tavern, Sykesville
McHenry Beverage Shoppe, McHenry
Old Farm Liquors, Frederick
Pine Liquors, Fort Washington
Quarry Wine & Spirits, Baltimore
Town Center Market, Riverdale
Town Center Wine & Spirits, Hyattsville
Village Pump Liquors, College Park
Vintage 414, Cambridge
Wheaton Winery, Wheaton
The Winery, Chester
Wooden Keg Liquors, Hagerstown

Chateau Saint-Nabor Côtes du Rhône Blanc 2021

EXTRAORDINARY!
GREAT VALUE!

“White wines from the Côtes du Rhône often are flabby and boring, lacking acidity. This rendition from Chateau Saint-Nabor is taut and focused. It offers aromas and flavors of jasmine, honeysuckle, lemongrass, zest and surprising complexity for a wine in this price range. I wrote about this winery’s chardonnay before; the Côtes du Rhône blanc is one to look out for.”

reviewed by Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post 6.9.22

Available in these fine stores:
DC
Classy Corks Wine & Spirits, Washington, https://www.classycorksdc.com/
DELAWARE
Fairfax Discount Liquors, Wilmington, http://fairfaxdiscountliquors.com
Hockessin Liquors, Hockessin, http://www.hockessinwines.com/
Tax Free Liquors, Delmar, https://taxfreeliquor.com/
MARYLAND
Bay Wine & Spirits, North Beach, https://www.baywineandspirits.com
Bella’s Liquors, Annapolis, http://www.bellasliquors.com
Blue Wind Gourmet, Lexington Park, www.bluewindgourmet.com
Bottoms Up Wine & Spirits, Hagerstown, https://bottomsupwinenspirits.com/
Canton Crossing, Baltimore, https://cantoncrossingwine.com
Dunkirk Wine & Spirits, Dunkirk, https://www.facebook.com/DunkirkWineandSpirits/
Eastport Liquors, Annapolis, https://eastportliquors.com/
Eddies, Baltimore, https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100054509798280
Fairground Discount Beverage, Timonium, https://www.fairgroundsliquors.com
Firefly Farms, Accident, www.fireflyfarms.com
Fireside Deli & Wine Shop, Swanton, https://www.yelp.com/biz/fireside-deli-and-wine-shop-swanton
Leonardtown Wine and Spirits, Leonardtown, https://www.yelp.com/biz/leonardtownws-leonardtown
Longmeadow Wine & Liquor, Hagerstown, www.longmeadowwine.com
Marlin Market, Pocomoke City, https://www.facebook.com/Marlin-Market-340903776487876
McHenry Beverage Shoppe, McHenry, https://www.facebook.com/pages/McHenry-Beverage-Shoppe/1686590471570710
Old Farm Liquors, Frederick, http://www.oldfarmliquors.com/
Pratt Liquor & Convenience, Baltimore, https://www.yelp.com/biz/pratt-liquors-baltimore
Sipside Lounge, Oakland, http://sipside.net/
Town Center Market, Riverdale, https://www.towncentermarket.net/
Town Market Basket, Snow Hill, https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100057324713771
Vagabond Taproom, Oakland, https://www.vagabondtaps.com/
Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia, https://www.victoriagastropub.com/
Village Spirits, Smithsburg, https://www.yelp.com/biz/village-spirits-smithsburg-2
Wells Discount Liquors, Baltimore, www.wellswine.com
Wine Shoppe, Waldorf, https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=149748148402194
The Winery, Chester, https://thewineryki.com/

EXTRAORDINARY!
GREAT VALUE!

“White wines from the Côtes du Rhône often are flabby and boring, lacking acidity. This rendition from Chateau Saint-Nabor is taut and focused. It offers aromas and flavors of jasmine, honeysuckle, lemongrass, zest and surprising complexity for a wine in this price range. I wrote about this winery’s chardonnay before; the Côtes du Rhône blanc is one to look out for.”

reviewed by Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post 6.9.22

Available in these fine stores:
DC
Classy Corks Wine & Spirits, Washington, https://www.classycorksdc.com/
DELAWARE
Fairfax Discount Liquors, Wilmington, http://fairfaxdiscountliquors.com
Hockessin Liquors, Hockessin, http://www.hockessinwines.com/
Tax Free Liquors, Delmar, https://taxfreeliquor.com/
MARYLAND
Bay Wine & Spirits, North Beach, https://www.baywineandspirits.com
Bella’s Liquors, Annapolis, http://www.bellasliquors.com
Blue Wind Gourmet, Lexington Park, www.bluewindgourmet.com
Bottoms Up Wine & Spirits, Hagerstown, https://bottomsupwinenspirits.com/
Canton Crossing, Baltimore, https://cantoncrossingwine.com
Dunkirk Wine & Spirits, Dunkirk, https://www.facebook.com/DunkirkWineandSpirits/
Eastport Liquors, Annapolis, https://eastportliquors.com/
Eddies, Baltimore, https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100054509798280
Fairground Discount Beverage, Timonium, https://www.fairgroundsliquors.com
Firefly Farms, Accident, www.fireflyfarms.com
Fireside Deli & Wine Shop, Swanton, https://www.yelp.com/biz/fireside-deli-and-wine-shop-swanton
Leonardtown Wine and Spirits, Leonardtown, https://www.yelp.com/biz/leonardtownws-leonardtown
Longmeadow Wine & Liquor, Hagerstown, www.longmeadowwine.com
Marlin Market, Pocomoke City, https://www.facebook.com/Marlin-Market-340903776487876
McHenry Beverage Shoppe, McHenry, https://www.facebook.com/pages/McHenry-Beverage-Shoppe/1686590471570710
Old Farm Liquors, Frederick, http://www.oldfarmliquors.com/
Pratt Liquor & Convenience, Baltimore, https://www.yelp.com/biz/pratt-liquors-baltimore
Sipside Lounge, Oakland, http://sipside.net/
Town Center Market, Riverdale, https://www.towncentermarket.net/
Town Market Basket, Snow Hill, https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100057324713771
Vagabond Taproom, Oakland, https://www.vagabondtaps.com/
Victoria Gastro Pub, Columbia, https://www.victoriagastropub.com/
Village Spirits, Smithsburg, https://www.yelp.com/biz/village-spirits-smithsburg-2
Wells Discount Liquors, Baltimore, www.wellswine.com
Wine Shoppe, Waldorf, https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=149748148402194
The Winery, Chester, https://thewineryki.com/

Plaimont Rosé d’Enfer 2021
“Keep a bottle chilled for an infernally hot day.”

EXCELLENT-EXTRAORDINARY!

“If you delight in trying wines from obscure grape varieties, here’s one for you: Rosé d’Enfer is 70 percent pinenc, which is more commonly known as fer. The balance is cabernet sauvignon. This hails from the foothills of the Pyrenees. Both varieties are tannic, which gives this rosé a bit of structure to back up the fruit. Keep a bottle chilled for an infernally hot day. Certified Haute Valeur Environnementale.”

reviewed by Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post 05.05.22

EXCELLENT
GREAT VALUE

Hasen Sprung Grüner Veltliner 2020

Niederösterreich, Austria

Quaffable and crisp, with notes of white flowers and quince, this wine is simple, refreshing and best when not too cold. And bonus — it’s a liter! Alcohol by volume: 12 percent. Bottle weight: 429 grams (Light).

Reviewed by Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post 4.28.22

Imported by Scoperta Importing Co., distributed by DMV: Available in the District at Mayfair Liquors, Rodman’s, Yes Organic Market (14th Street, Capitol Hill, Cleveland Park). Available in Maryland at Apple Greene Wine & Spirits in Dunkirk; Bella’s, Eastport Liquors in Annapolis; Edgewater Liquors in Edgewater; Kings Contrivance Liquor Shop in Columbia; Lance’s Beer & Wine in Bethesda; Old Farm Liquors in Frederick; Pour Vino N’ Hops in Rockville; River Hill Wine & Spirits in Clarksville; Snider’s Super Foods in Silver Spring; the Vine on Main in Sykesville; Town Center Market in Riverdale Park; Whitey’s Liquors in Linthicum Heights.

Wine is made from fermented grapes — and grapes are a fruit. Vegan foods are those that do not come from animals. So, it stands to reason that all wine would be vegan, right?

Not necessarily.

Do you really need a reason to attend a wine tasting? It seems like any opportunity to sample great wine and meet others who share your interests would not need much prompting.

It’s that time of year again. Time to look at wine industry trends and determine how they’re likely to impact wine shops and restaurants across the nation.

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“Organic” is a buzzword that’s slowly gaining traction in the food and beverage industry. In 2017, “organic” food accounted for 5.5 percent of retail food sales in the US. Now, organic wine is becoming popular and increasing in global market growth.

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Having a sommelier-created wine list at your restaurant isn’t always doable. The responsibility of curating wine often passes to the restaurant manager or owner. With hundreds of wine and food pairings, it’s difficult to find varieties that complement your dishes and delight your customers.

Wine tasting is so much more than taking a few sips from a glass and swishing it around your mouth. It’s an art that employs tasting skills that are honed over time.

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Talking about wine is pretty intimidating in certain situations, like when you’re at a restaurant with a wine list in hand and the waiter’s standing next to you. Are you ready to make a decision?

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Customers who are new to wine often don’t know what they want to drink. They look at the menu or stare at the bottles and pick what’s obvious, what has the prettiest label, or what everyone else orders.

You can have the best products, most productive employees, and prime location for your store, but if you don’t have a good layout for your floor space, you’re cheating yourself out of some serious profit.

According to BevSpot, a self-proclaimed “all-in-one food and beverage program management software” out of Boston, “Wine…sees its highest on-premise sales in the autumn, with demand dropping off after the December holidays end.”

Throwing your first wine party? Congratulations!

DMV Distributing in Frederick, Maryland, has a few tips on how to impress your guests. From swirling and sniffing to proper food pairing, here’s how to win your friends over.

Today’s cookouts call for more than just a cooler of beer – wine and cocktails are becoming increasingly popular in backyards across the country. From grilled dishes to cool desserts and appetizers, wine and wine cocktails complete the summer menu at every backyard cookout.