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Lion & Dove Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie 2022

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


“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:


Route 8 Liquors, Dover


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

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


“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:


Available for Sale – request it from your local store!


Available for Sale – request it from your local store!  

Lab Vinho Verde Rosé NV

“Here’s a good, simple vinho verde rosé


” 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:


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


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”



“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”


“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”



“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”




“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:

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

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


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.


“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.


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.


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?


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.