Two rosés and two whites, perfect for patio sipping and light meals, highlight this week’s list. For good measure, we add a stellar Lodi zinfandel for those burgers and steaks off the grill.
★ ★ ★
Lodi, Calif., $20
Zinfandel has become so risky in recent years that I often shy away from it: Too many examples are hot with excessive alcohol and ripeness, with sheer power masquerading as quality. This fine example reminds me why I love zin: raspberry and cranberry flavors, with hints of smoke and earth. It carries its high alcohol well (and 14.8 percent is moderate compared to some zins that crack 15.5 percent or higher). Best of all, if you don’t finish the bottle, you might be rewarded the next night with even more-vibrant fruit flavors. Alcohol by volume: 14.8 percent.
Distributed by G&B: Available in the District at Paul’s Wine & Spirits, Cleveland Park Wines, Lion’s Fine Wine & Spirits, Dixie Liquor, Magruder’s, S&R Liquors, and Sportsman’s Wine & Liquors. Available in Maryland at Finewine.com in Gaithersburg, Old Farm Liquors in Frederick, Wine Harvest in Potomac, Urban Cellars & Chase Wine & Spirits in Baltimore, and Fairgrounds Discount Liquors in Timonium; on the list at Grapeseed in Bethesda, 7 West Bistro Grille in Towson. Available in Virginia at Abyssinia Mart and Planet Wine & Gourmet in Alexandria, The Wine House in Fairfax, The Vineyard and Chain Bridge Cellars in McLean, The Wine Outlet and Vienna Vintner in Vienna, and Ashburn Wine Shop in Ashburn.