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Al will be going to Spain later this spring, and he is boning up on some of the lesser known regions. For this week's program he is looking at Alicante, Jumilla, Bierzo, and Calatayud.

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Cuatro Paso Mencia, D.O. Bierzo '10  

Strikingly similar to California merlot, a soft, opulent flavor-filled red.

Quality: ★★1/2

Price Range: Less than $20 

Tarima Hill Monastrell D.O. Alicante '11 

Spanish mourvedre, big, deep and loaded with flavor.

Quality: ★★1/2

Price Range: Less than $20 

Carchello Jumill '13  

Drinks and smells like a lower alcohol Amarone, rich, decadent and up-to-date.

Quality: ★★1/2

Price Range: Less than $20

Breca Old Vines Garnacha, Calatayud '11

A big brawny wine, everything you could ask for in garnacha/grenache.

Quality: ★★★

Price Range: Less than $20; VALUE

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.