Here’s a gulpable red wine, suitable for washing down steaks, burgers, pizza or salami. I suggest pouring a glass and setting glass and bottle aside for a half-hour to let the flavors unfurl while you sip a rosé and make dinner. According to the label, “Rios de Tinta” translates as rivers of ink, and this wine is, indeed, inky dark. The grape is tinta del pais, a local name for tempranillo. The wine offers meaty aromas and flavors, with a hint of dark berries and tobacco leaf. ABV: 14 percent.
Imported by Grapes of Spain, distributed by Elite: Available in the District at A-1 Wines & Liquors, Paul’s of Chevy Chase, Rodman’s, Uptown Market. Available in Maryland at Beers & Cheers Too in Gaithersburg, the Happy Grape and Wine Source in Baltimore, Jason’s Wine & Spirits in Ellicott City, Knowles Station Wine & Co. in Kensington, Richburn Discount Liquors in Columbia. Available in Virginia Arrowine and Cheese in Arlington, Unwined in Belleview.
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