Staff Picks: Summer Wine Down

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‘Tis the season for barbecues, beaches, boating, parks and festivals in Washington. What better way to celebrate the hot days of summer than with a refreshing glass of vino? The Georgetowner team has our list of favorite libations to help wind you down.

MAIPE MALBEC ROSÉ

Mendoza, Argentina | $16

Maipe Malbec RoséDry finish, yet mildly sweet and crisp. Great for red wine lovers seeking a chilled alternative. The screw top makes it a perfect picnic companion.

LA PROMENADE ROSÉ

Côtes de Provence, France | $10

La Promenade RoséMade with grapes grown in hillside vineyards around the villages of Cabasse sur Issole and Flassans sur Issole. This delicate rosé has soft floral notes and fruit-forward, crisp flavors.

MARTELLOZZO PROSECCO

Venetto, Italy | $7

Martellozzo ProseccoBubbly, fruity and so refreshing. A light indulgence ideal for the wine novice. Easy to enjoy for extended relaxation, without the giddiness.

FAUSTINO VII (2014)

Rioja, Spain | $10

Faustino VII (2014)A summertime wine that pairs perfectly with tapas and red meat. Beginning with a berry taste, and ending on an earthy note, allow yourself to taste the literal fruits of the earth with this wine pick.

VINHO VERDE

Portugal | $6*

Vinho VerdeAside from cold lemonade, iced Champagne or a friend’s quick fruit frappes, a favorite summer wine is Vinho Verde, meaning “green or fresh wine.” Totally refreshing and easy on the alcohol content, this slightly fizzy wine from northern Portugal bears hints of grapefruit, apple and honey — it is a combination of grapes. A bottle costs a little more than $10. So, hold a special place in the fridge or ice bucket for these bottles of summer’s young wine.

* Best price in town at Potomac Wines & Spirits

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