Garnacha (the Spanish name for grenache) from Campo de Borja has been Spain’s cash-flow wine for several years. It tends to be effusively grapey and almost sweet; impressive and fun for the money, if one-dimensional. The Legado del Moncayo adds a bit of complexity, as it features spicy boysenberry and blueberry flavors, some black olive and tea, with a hint of exotic herbs crushed underfoot. (Would that be grass? Thyme? Sage?) ABV: 14 percent.
Elite: Available in the District at Calvert Woodley, Paul’s of Chevy Chase, Rodmans; on the list at Batch 13, Beuchert’s Saloon, Marcel’s, Rappahannock Oyster Bar, Woodward Table. Available in Maryland at Beer Wine and Co., Cork & Fork and Georgetown Square Wine and Beer in Bethesda; Bethesda Co-op and Captains Market in Cabin John; Chesapeake Wine Co., Wells Discount Liquors and Wine Source in Baltimore; Enchanted Forest Wine & Spirits in Ellicott City; Finewine.com and Grog Beer, Wine & Deli in Gaithersburg; Grosvenor Market in Rockville; Wine Cellars of Annapolis; Wine Harvest (Gaithersburg, Potomac); Wisteria Beer & Wine in Germantown; World Gourmet Wine & Beer in Potomac. Available in Virginia at Arrowine and Cheese and Twisted Vines in Arlington, Cheesetique (Alexandria), Foods of All Nations in Charlottesville, Todo’s Supermarket in Woodbridge, Unwined (Belleview), Vino Market in Midlothian.