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Honorable 2017 Mentions

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Al and Hugh revisit wines they tasted in 2017 that deserve a mention. 

The Wines

Gallo Signature Series Chardonnay RRV '15 *** $$

(Skip the jokes, this is serious juice)

Raeburn Chardonnay RRV '15 **1/2  $

(Great VALUE for good California chardonnay)

Ferrari-Carano Reserve Chardonnay , Carneros '13 **1/2  $$

(Big, powerful chardonnay with great complexity)

Il Bruciato Bolgheri DOC red blend, Tuscany  '14  *** $$ 

(Cab sauv, merlot and syrah in a full flavored red blend )

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.