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Cellar Notes
Wednesday at 4:44 pm and Friday at 5:44 pm

Al Spoler and Hugh Sisson discuss their favorite wines, beers and spirits on Cellar NotesCellar Notes is sponsored by Kenilworth Wine & Spirits.

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Latest Episodes
  • Spanish Reds(Al likes nothing more than staying in touch with some of his favorite red wines in the entire world, the tintas of Spain.)Price key: $=less than $20 $$= $20-40 $$$=$40-60 $$$$=above $60Quality key: * = decent wine ** = very good wine *** = superb wine ****= eliteVALUE = exceptional quality for the moneyLes Mines Priorat '17 *** $ WINE OF THE WEEK(A garnacia dominated blend, deep flavors, velvety texture, complex)Finca Sobreño Toro Reserva '16 **1/2 $$(A shade under full body, quite elegant, and packed with flavor)Viñas Elias Moro, Toro '17 **1/2 $ VALUE(A pleasantly rustic take on Toro, with smooth refined flavors)All of these wines can be purchased at Kenilworth Wine and Spirits.Click on the bottle for direct ordering and home delivery.
  • Al revisits his old favorite and finds some very nice wines to write home about.
  • If you like Italy's pinot grigio, you'll be fascinated by the pinot gris of the Pacific Northwest; same grape but with a different approach.
  • Once lean and green and easy to pass up, Italian pinot grigio has changed its tune and has become a very user friendly wine.
  • Importer Mary Taylor finds wines from important regions that taste the way they are supposed to, given the region. A fine guide for learning new wine territories.
  • Al tries out several new wines from southern central California including a highly unusual Italian white variety.
  • The distilling industry in Maryland is small but growing like crazy. Lyon Rum in St. Michaels is producing an outstanding line of quality sipping rum that Al loves.
  • For a long time travelers have been coming back from upstate New York bearing tales of the wonderful wines growing there.
  • Sometimes you just want that beer flavor with none of the alcohol. Al has found several very convincing beers that fill the bill.
  • Al explores these intriguing wines from a forward looking Italian cooperative.