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Good Values in Chardonnay


Al and Hugh share their picks for chardonnay wines with affordable price points. Click on the photo for the list. 

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Domaine des Herbauges Chardonnay, Loire Valley '15

Unusual source, very sophisticated, delicate, nuanced, minerally

Quality: ★★

Price Range: Less than $20 (VALUE)

Martin Ray Chardonnay, Russian River Valley '13

Oaky chard, with tropical fruit, earthy notes, everyday chard

Quality: ★1/2

Price Range: Less than $20

William Hill Chardonnay, North Coast '14

Textbook basic California chardonnay at a great price

Quality: ★★1/2

Price Range: Less than $20 (VALUE)

Newton Chardonnay, Sonoma and Napa '14   

Very good entry level chard from a great maker

Quality: ★★1/2

Price Range: $20-$40



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.