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High End Oregon Pinot Noir

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Radio Kitchen food for thought: Something smoked

Gran Moirane 2014 Yamhill Carlton Pinot Noir

Well layered, elegant.  Notes of herbs and mushroom

Quality: ★★1/2

Price Range: $20-$40

Zena Crown Vineyard 2013 “Slope” pinot noir

Focused notes of cherry, leather, mushroom and slight gaminess – fairly spectacular

Quality: ★★★

Price Range: $40+

Zena Crown Vienyard 2013 “The Sum” pinot noir 

Soft and expressive cherry fruit with undertones of anise and earth – well layered

Quality: ★★★

Price Range: $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.