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Excellent! Great Value!

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

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  

 

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

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/