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Affordable Bordeaux - 12/2/15

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

Chateau Coustaut Graves Blanc '13 **1/2  $ VALUE
(A big round, floral white Bordeaux, very food friendly wine)

Chateau Lauduc "Tradition" Bordeaux Superieure '12 ** $$  VALUE
(A well-structured red Bordeaux, with balance, spicy fruit)

Chateau Lusseau Graves Rouge '10 ***  $$
(A very good wine from an important region, polished, intense, mellow)

Chateau  Franc Lartigue Saint-Emilion Grand Cru '10 *** $$    
(A grand-cru for under $40?  Here it is and it's superb.)

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.