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Sparklers - 12/23/15

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

Ferrari Brut (Italian sparkling wine) ** $
(100% chardonnay, harmonious and well-balanced)

St. Hillaire "Coté Mas" Crémant de Limoux, Languedoc ** $
(Wonderful sparkler from the south of France)

Bouvet-Ladubay "Excellence" Brut Rosé, Loire Valley ** 1/2 $
(Tasty rosé bubbly made from cabernet franc)

Maschio Prosecco Brut, Treviso ** $
(A classy Prosecco made from the traditional glera grape)

Poema Cava, Penedes * 1/2 $
(Fresh, clean minerally bubbly, splendid as an aperitif)

André Jacquart "Brut Expérience" 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs, Champagne **1/2 $$
(All chardonnay, and all class, a great true Champagne)    

André Jacquart "Mesnil Expérience, Brut Nature" Grand Cru *** $$$
(From one of Champagne's most prestigious chardonnay vineyards)

André Jacquart "Rosé Expérience" 1er Cru Rosé de Saignée, Champagne *** $$$
(Pinot noir based, a true luxury experience)

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.