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Cotes du Rhone: Part One

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

Saint Cosme CDR '13  * 1/2 $
(Very basic CDR, humble, rustic, peasant wine, perfect for café food)

Domaine Paul Autard CDR '11  **1/2 $
(An old friend, classic CDR with notes of field herbs, rustic tannins)

Andezon CDR '11 **1/2 $
(Fruity, deeply flavored, fine grained tannins, first rate bistro wine)

Chapoutier "Belleruche" CDR '11 *** $ GREAT VALUE!
(Very elegant, refined CDR with true regional character, super buy!)

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.