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Italian Wines Pt. 2 (Lanterna Distributors)

jenny downing

Part II of Cellar Notes' rundown on the best Italian wines.   

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

Lunae Colli de Luni Vermentino '15  **  $$

(Big full-flavored wine that pairs very well with seafood)

Tenuta Sant'Anna Pinot Grigio Classico '15  *1/2  $

(A pleasant soft pinot grigio for everyday drinking)

Tenuta Sant'Anna Proseco, Extra Dry NV  ** $  VALUE

(Fruity, fine moussed, over-delivers for the money)

Mesa  Vermentino de Sardegna  Giunco '14  ** $$

(Textbook Vermentino, big, flavor-filled, lots of citrus notes)

Massanoti Custoza, Veneto '15  *** $  VALUE

(Simply a fabulous, lovely wine, soft, tons of flavor, great balance)

Many of these fine wines can be purchased at Reds Wine and Spirits.  

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.