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Loire Valley Wines - 6/10/15

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

Domaine des Herbauges Unoaked Chardonnay, VDP loire, 2013  ** $ VALUE
(A delightful well-made chardonnay for around $15)

Domaine de Saint Just  Saumur Blanc "Les Perrieres" '13  ** $
(Bone dry, but loaded with fruit flavors, 100% chenin blanc)

Domaine Cedrick Bardin Pouilly-Fumé '14 ** $
(Tasty sauvignon blanc, round, fruity with lemon notes)

Domaine Gouron Chinon, Cuvée Domaine '13 **1/2 $
(100% cab franc, light, fruity,  and very aromatic)

Domaine de Saint Just Saumur-Champigny "Yves Lambert" '13 **1/2 $
(A very lively medium bodied red with complexity and character)

Ch. de L'Aulée Brut (sparkling wine) Touraine NV **1/2  $  VALUE
(Excellent sparkling wine value, subtle, classy, rich)

Domaine Cédrick Bardin Snacerre '14 **1/2 $$
(Lively, flinty flavors with hints of citrus and apple)

Many of these fine wines can be purchased at Reds Wine, Spirits, Deli & Meats.
Visit them at www.redswinenspirits.com


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.