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Wine List Recommendations - 1/7/15

 The Whites:

Keuntz Bas Alsace Blanc  ** $    
(Dry, light, supple with fresh slightly woodsy notes.)

Martinsancho Rueda Verdejo  ***  $
(A wine of great classiness, ultra-smooth, rich, food friendly.)

West Cape Howe Unwooded Chardonnay  **1/2  $
(No oak?  Really?  It tastes so lush and rich, it's hard to believe.

Ecole No. 41 Semillon  ** 1/2  $        
(Thank goodness someone is still doing semillon:  delicious!)

The Reds:

La Giaretta Valpolicella Super Ripassa    ***  $$
(A sleek Ferrari of a wine, racy, full of flavor, yet lean and sassy.)

Qunita do Crasto, Douro   **1/2 $
(Rustic but refined, dense but youthful, great with a seafood stew.)

Domaine La Garrigue Cuvée Romaine, Cotes du Rhone    **1/2  $
(Vibrates with the aromas and flavors of Provence, great Cotes du Rhone.)

Sean Minor Napa Valley Red Blend  ** 1/2  $$
(Great value in a Saturday night dinner wine, true Napa flavors and class.)

Many 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.