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Although the best Riesling may grow in Germany, other regions are having great success with the ultra-classy varietal. Click the links below to purchase Al and Hugh's recommendations at Kenilworth Wine & Spirits.

The Wines

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60

Quality key:  * = decent wine   ** = very good wine   *** = superb wine   ****= elite

Alkoomi Riesling, West Australia '16  **1/2  $

(Flavor-packed but delicate, steely, with apricot, peach, mineral notes)

Efeste Riesling, "Evergreen Vineyard" Washington State '15  *** $ 

(Amazing VALUE, bright, taut white with intense flavor, complexity)

Mader Riesling, Hunnawhir, Alsace '16   ** $$

(Subtle entry level Alsatian riesling, with great balance)

Schumann Nagler Riesling Rheingau '16 *** $     

(Fabulous VALUE in a crisp, aromatic, semi-dry, balanced white)

Joh J Prum Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett '15  *** $$

(A complete riesling:  taut, flavorful, impeccably balanced, very classy)

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.