Having a rough day? Try a $10 wine from Bulgaria.

By Dave McIntyre

Sometimes a wine just seems appropriate for the situation, rather than for first course or an entree. I was in the mood for Rough Day Cabernet and Rough Day Chardonnay when I tried them, and I wished I had a case of each — not just for the cute name or the adorable dog on the label, but because the wines are actually rather good. They are examples of high-value, low-price wine from Eastern Europe, in this case Bulgaria. Now, until someone comes out with a wine called Rough Week, we can supplement with a delicious gruner veltliner from Austria and two inexpensive beauties from France.

GREAT VALUE
Rough Day Cabernet 2014
2 stars – Excellent
Thracian Valley, Bulgaria, $10

What more could you ask for in an inexpensive cabernet sauvignon? This wine offers blackberry fruit with rich, supple sweetness and a hint of mocha on a well-balanced finish. It’s a smooth wine to smooth out the edges of a rough day — and it lasts well into the next day as well. ABV: 13.5 percent.

Distributed by G&B: Available in the District at Calvert Woodley, Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits, Georgetown Wine & Spirits, Streets Market and Cafe, Wagshal’s Deli, Watergate Vintners & Spirits, Yes! Organic Market (various locations); on the list at Bacio Pizzeria. Available in Maryland at Capital Beer & Wine and Georgetown Square Wine and Beer in Bethesda, Chevy Chase Supermarket, Downtown Crown Wine and Beer and Finewine.com in Gaithersburg, Fenwick Beer & Wine in Silver Spring, Takoma Park-Silver Spring Co-op in Takoma Park, the Wine Harvest (Gaithersburg, Potomac). Available in Virginia at Streets Market (Alexandria, Arlington).

GREAT VALUE
Rough Day Chardonnay 2014
1 1/2 stars – Very Good
Thracian Valley, Bulgaria, $10

This chardonnay is quite textbook, with apple and peach flavors, plus some oak influence. Enjoy this with parties, while cooking dinner or with simple poultry and seafood dishes. ABV: 13 percent.

Distributed by G&B: Available in the District at Calvert Woodley, Chevy Chase Wine & Spirits, Georgetown Wine & Spirits, Streets Market, Wagshal’s Deli, Watergate Vintners & Spirits, Yes! Organic Market (various locations); on the list at Bacio Pizzeria. Available in Maryland at Capital Beer & Wine and Georgetown Square Wine & Beer in Bethesda, Chevy Chase Supermarket, Downtown Crown Wine & Beer and Finewine.com in Gaithersburg, Fenwick Beer & Wine in Silver Spring, Takoma Park-Silver Spring Co-Op in Takoma Park, Wine Harvest (Gaithersburg, Potomac). Available in Virginia at Streets Market (Alexandria, Arlington).

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