Lamberti Rosé Sparkling Wine NV
$13, Southern Wine and Spirits
Juicy and off-dry like a Prosecco, redolent of cherry blossom and strawberry patch, this lovely Italian sparkling wine practically bursts with springtime character. At its best when served well chilled, this bubbly is the perfect pick for a picnic trip to Sherwood Gardens.
Manoir de la Tête Rouge Bagatelle Saumur 2011 $16, Potomac Selections
In the ancient seabed soils of France’s Loire Valley, Cabernet Franc yields a bright, peppery red with a cool demeanor. From the town of Saumur, Manoir de la Tête Rouge’s version bursts with electric red currant and pomegranate tones that are bolstered by an earthy meatiness and a whiff of black pepper.
Auka Torrontés 2011
$12, Elite Wine Merchants
Torrontés is prized for its floral aromas, and the Auka is a great example. Orchid, peach blossoms, and a hint of almond are present in this attractive, full-flavored white wine. Serve it with cheese and fruit, or use it with lightly oiled and grilled fish.