5 wines to try this week
Franciacorta is Italy’s top sparkling wine, and the best examples offer champagne quality at relatively modest prices. The Barone Pizzini is crisp and delightfully refreshing, with red-fruit flavors that pair well with lighter dishes and salads. And it’s delicious by itself. ABV: 12 percent.
Winebow in the District, Country Vintner in Maryland and Virginia: Available in the District at A. Litteri, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits, Rodman’s; on the list at Tartufo. Available in Maryland at Iron Bridge Wine Co. in Columbia. Available in Virginia at the Italian Store (Lyon Village, Westover); on the list at Assaggi Osteria in McLean.