From left, Troupis Winery Hoof & Lur Moschofilero Wild Ferment 2019; Powell & Son Riverdale 2017; Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio 2019; Tiefenbrunner Pinot Grigio 2018 and Casa Santos Lima Quid Pro Vinho Tinto 2019. (Mark Gail for The Washington Post)
By Dave McIntyre
Oct. 30, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. GMT+2
There are wines for every mood. This week’s great value is an exhilarating pinot grigio from the mountains of northern Italy, paired with another that’s a bit more conventional though hardly boring. If you plan on having steak one night, we’ve got a big jammy Aussie red to wash it down. And we have an unusual skin-contact white from Greece for when you need something to jolt you out of your comfort zone, as well as a slightly sweet red for those nights when a warm blanket is called for.
Troupis Winery Hoof & Lur Moschofilero Wild Ferment 2019 (Extraordinary)
Arcadia, Greece, $23
What a quirky wine! Iridescent orange in color, it looks sort of like a rosé but has considerable heft on the palate. Moschofilero is a white grape with purplish skin, and the color comes from leaving the juice on the skins for a time after pressing. The result is a spicy, aromatic wine with scents of lemongrass, orange peel and cardamom, plus ample mouthwatering acidity to make you come back for more. Fans of natural wine should check this one out. Alcohol by volume: 12.5 percent.
Imported by T. Elenteny Imports, distributed by Salveto: Available online at uncorkedgreeks.com. Available in the District at Anxo, D’Vines, Emilie’s Market, MacArthur Beverages, Modern Liquors, Odd Provisions, Reveler’s Hour, Schneider’s of Capitol Hill. Available in Maryland at Wine Source in Baltimore. Available in Virginia at Department of Beer and Wine, Grateful Kitchen Co. and Unwined (King Street, Belleview) in Alexandria; Foods of All Nations and the Wine Guild of Charlottesville in Charlottesville; Libbie Market and Saison Market in Richmond; Norm’s Beer & Wine in Vienna; the Spot on Mill Street in Occoquan; the Wine Attic in Clifton; the Wine Outlet (Great Falls, McLean, Vienna); Whole Foods Market (Alexandria, Ashburn, Arlington, Tysons Corner).