Chile claims carmenère the way Argentina claims Malbec, though not with the same commercial success. This wine is excellent for weekday meals, such as burgers or pizza, or as a house red at a casual party. ABV: 13.5 percent.
Elite: Available in the District at Broad Branch Market, Chat’s Liquors, D’Vines, Irving Wine & Spirits, Modern Liquors, Rodman’s; on the list at Afghan Grill, the Royal. Available in Maryland at Cork & Fork and Georgetown Square Wine and Beer in Bethesda, Fenwick Beer & Wine Silver Spring, Fishpaws Marketplace in Arnold, JP’s Fine Wine & Spirits in Jessup, Old Farm Liquors in Frederick, the Perfect Pour in Elkridge, Rodman’s in Wheaton, State Line Liquors in Elkton. Available in Virginia at Cheesetique (Alexandria); Clifton Wine Shop; Euro Market & Cafe, Gallery Market & Cafe and Grateful Red Wine & Gift Shop in Arlington; Hop & Wine in Fredericksburg; Once Upon a Vine (MacArthur Avenue) in Richmond.