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Cold Weather Cabernets, and Friends

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Hugh and Al share their picks for some great wines to quench your thirst this winter.

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Ch. Pasquet, Bordeaux Rouge '15 ** $ VALUE

(Tremendous value for a very well made Bordeaux)

Ch. Lauduc, Bordeaux Superieur Tradition '14 **1/2  $

(Velvety, smooth, gentle tannins, very good complex fruit)

Kiona Vineyards, Cabernet Sauvignon '13 **1/2 $$

(A big but well-crafted wine, perfect for a dinner party)

Bodega Monteviejo Festivo Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina '14 ** $

(Good VALUE in big dense chewy malbec)

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

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REDS 12037 Belair Road Kingsville, MD 21087

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.