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Don’t Be Shellfish 2022 Muscadet

“…perfect for patios…”

“The untraditional marketing buries the muscadet appellation on the back label, preferring to tout this wine as “perfect … for oysters and seafood.” Muscadet is made with the melon de Bourgogne grape (which has nothing to do with melons or Burgundy), and is known for its affinity to oysters. This charming example rounds out muscadet’s sharp acidity with soft fruit. They might want to add “perfect for patios” to the label. Alcohol by volume: 12 percent. Bottle weight: 410 grams (Light).”

reviewed by Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post 05.23.24

Available on the shelf in these stores or ask your favorite retailer to order it for you:
DC
Rodman’s Discount Drugs, Washington
 
DELAWARE
Cape Wine & Spirits, Lewes
Gilpin Liquor, Wilmington
Kwik Liquor, Millsboro
Lewes Wine & Spirits, Lewes
Liquor World, Dover
Long Neck Dispensary, Millsboro
Oak Creek Wine & Spirits, Milton
Oneill’s Liquors, Milford
Pacific Wine & Spirits, Rehoboth Beach
 
MARYLAND
ABC Liquors, California
ABD Liquors, Prince Frederick
Assawoman Ale House, Ocean City
Bay Wine & Spirits, North Beach
Beer, Wine & Co., Chevy Chase
Big B Liquors, Bryans Road
Bob’s Sunoco, Callaway
Broadway Discount Liquors, Baltimore
Buddy’s Liquor, Indian Head
Cambridge Goose Creek, Cambridge
Cambridge Market, Cambridge
Cheers and Spirits Beer Wine and More, Arnold
Choice Beer & Wine, Wheaton
Colonial Liquors, La Plata
Cork & Bottle, Trappe
Corwell Liquors, Severna Park
Dunkirk Wine & Spirits, Dunkirk
Eastport Liquors, Annapolis
Fairwood Cafe Wine & Spirits, Glenn Dale
Finewine.com, Gaithersburg
Fireside Deli & Wine Shop, Swanton
Gilly’s, Pikesville
Greenbelt Co-op, Greenbelt
Greensboro Tiger Mart, Greensboro
Harbor Wine & Spirits LLC, Havre de Grace
Harbour Spirits, Severna Park
Hot Shot Liquors, Parkville
How Sweet It Is, Eden
JB Liquor, Forrestville
Kellers Market, Accokeek
Landover Liquors, Landover
Lenox Beer & Wine Gourmet Mkt, Silver Spring
Lex Wine & Spirits, Lexington Park
Mardela Goose Creek, Mardela Springs
Montgomery County Alcohol Beverage Servic, Gaithersburg
Mt Vernon Supermarket, Baltimore
Naylor Food Mart, Salisbury
Oxford Market, Oxford
Pasadena Wine & Spirits, Pasadena
Patuxent Wine & Spirits, Lusby
Pipers Wine & Spirits, Manchester
Princess Anne Goose Creek, Princess Anne
Riverside Food & Spirits, Pasadena
Rosewick Wine & Spirits, La Plata
The Wine Rack, Ocean City
The Winery, Chester
Town Center Market, Riverdale
Westover Goose Creek, Westover
Wildewood Wine & Spirits, California
Willetts Discount Liquors, White Plains

Excellent!

Lion & Dove Chardonnay 2023

“an affordable kosher wine from Chile that hits the right notes for the grape variety”

“Soft and round, with flavors of peach and a hint of sweetness on the finish, this is basic, good chardonnay. Lion & Dove has been a consistent brand, delivering quality at an affordable price. Kosher for Passover, Mevushal. Vegan. Alcohol by volume: 13 percent. Bottle weight: 440 grams (Light).”

reviewed by Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post 03.21.24

Available on the shelf in these stores or ask your favorite retailer to order it for you:
DC
Magruder’s, Washington
Rodman’s Discount Drugs, Washington
 
DELAWARE
Fairfax Discount Liquors, Wilmington
Liquid Assets, Seaford
Nylon Package Store, Seaford
 
MARYLAND
Eastport Liquors, Annapolis
Pinky’s West Street Liquors, Annapolis
Cheers and Spirits Beer Wine and More, Arnold
Accents Liquor, Baltimore
Aloha Liquors, Baltimore
Bmore Lounge, Baltimore
Charles Village Discount Liquors, Baltimore
Parkside Liquors, Baltimore
Quarry Wine & Spirits, Baltimore
The Happy Grape, Baltimore
Wine Source, Baltimore
The Green’s Wine & Spirits, Bel Alton
Capital Beer & Wine, Bethesda
Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge
Breezy Point Market & Spirits, Chesapeake Beach
Queen City Liquors, Cumberland
The Perfect Pour, Elkridge
North Ridge Wine & Spirits, Ellicott City
Pine Liquors, Fort Washington
Cugino Forno – Frederick, Frederick
Frederick Wine House, Frederick
Hola Beer & Wine, Gaithersburg
People’s Convenience, Hillcrest Heights
McHenry Beverage, McHenry
Slopeside Market, McHenry
Verona Pizzeria, Middletown
Liquor Depot- Belair Rd., Nottingham
Root’s, Olney
Mill Station Wine and Spirits, Owings Mills
Dugan Discount Liquors, Pikesville
Elite Wine & Spirits, Randallstown
Gilly’s Craft Beer & Fine Wine, Rockville
Kings Craft Beer & Wine Deli, Rockville
Moti’s Market, Rockville
Twinbrook Deli Beer Wine, Rockville
Kings Court Liquors, Rosedale
Sniders Super Foods, Silver Spring
Wine Cellar at Deep Creek, Swanton
The Vine on Main, Sykesville
Giant Foods, White Oak

Excellent/Extraordinary!

“This $19 merlot is kosher for Passover and ripe with berry flavors”

Syndey Back Merlot 2021

“a kosher merlot from South Africa that echoes old-style Bordeaux”

“Classic merlot in a bordeaux style, with flavors of dark plums and berries accented by an aroma commonly described as “pencil shavings.” There’s structure here without the wine tasting as though it were propped up by oak. Kosher for Passover, Mevushal. Alcohol by volume: 13.5 percent. Bottle weight: 425 grams (Light).”

reviewed by Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post 03.07.24

Available on the shelf in these stores or ask your favorite retailer to order it for you:
DC:
Chevy Chase Wine and Spirits, Washington
Lion Fine Wine & Spirits, Washington
Rodman’s Discount Drugs, Washington
DELAWARE
Fairfax Discount Liquors, Wilmington
Outlet Liquors, Rehoboth Beach
MARYLAND
Accents Liquor, Baltimore
Bella’s Liquors, Annapolis
Blue Wind Gourmet, Lexington Park
Frederick Wine House, Frederick
Hair O’The Dog, Easton
Liberty Spirits Wine & Beer, Waldorf
McHenry Beverage Shoppe, McHenry
Odenton Liquors, Odenton
Ottaviani’s Tasting Room, Cumberland
Quarry Wine & Spirits, Baltimore
Sunny’s Fine Wine, Sykesville
The Wine Loft, Baltimore
Urban Cellars, Baltimore
Village Wine & Liquors, Baltimore
Vineyards Elite, Pikesville
Ye Old Spirit Shop, Frederick

Extraordinary! Great Value!

 Backsberg Blueberry Row Pinotage 2020

“The name may be suggestive, but there is a hint of baking spices and dark berry fruit in this medium-to-light-bodied wine. Decant it for an hour to let the fruit aromas unfurl before pairing it with kebabs or grilled chicken. Sustainable. ABV: 14 percent. BW: 480 grams (Light).”

 

reviewed by Dave McIntyre in the Washington Post 02.15.24

Available in these stores or ask your favorite retailer to order it for you:
MARYLAND
Cranberry Liquors, Westminster
Town Center Market, Riverdale

#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

“Delicious, ripe-tasting pinot grigio”

EXCELLENT – EXTRAORDINARY! GREAT VALUE!

“Beware: It’s gulpable”

“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  

 

 

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  

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  

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

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