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New Year's Eve Bubblies - 12/24/14

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60
Quality key:  * = good decent wine  ** = very good wine   *** = superb wine

Gruet Blanc de Noir *1/2  $  
(Surprise value from New Mexico!)

Gloria Ferrer Va de Vi  ** $  
(A touch of muscat makes for a lucious bubbly.)

St. Hillaire Blanquette de Limoux ** $
(Tremendous value at the price.)

Clara C Fiore Rosé Prosecco ** $
(Lovely rosé, easy drinking, and classy.)

Kila Cava * $
(See why cava is Spain's number one wine of celebration.)

Roederer Estate Brut **1/2  $$  
(Dead ringer for true Champagne, from California.)

Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc ** 1/2  $$  
(One of California's first bubblies.)

Laurent Perrier Brut *** $$
(Elegant, crisp, formal, very fine.)

Pol Roger Brut *** $$$
(Winston Churchill's favorite Champagne.  'Nuff said.)

Moet et Chandon Rosé  *** $$$
(A true splurge for someone very special.)

All of these fine wines can be purchased at Wine World.

Al Spoler, well known to WYPR listeners as the wine-loving co-host of "Cellar Notes" has had a long-standing parallel interest in cooking as well. Al has said, the moment he started getting serious about Sunday night dinners was the same moment he started getting serious about wine. Over the years, he has benefited greatly from being a member of the Cork and Fork Society of Baltimore, a gentlemen's dining club that serves black tie meals cooked by the members themselves who are some of Baltimore's most accomplished amateur cooks.
As General Partner of Clipper City Brewing Company, L.P., Hugh J. Sisson is among Baltimore's premier authorities on craft brewing and a former manager of the state's first pub brewery, Sissons, located in Federal Hill. A fifth generation Baltimorean, Hugh has been involved in all aspects of craft brewing.