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Spain's great seafood wine is achieving a great audience around the world. Click the links 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

Paloma de Plat  Albarino, Rias Baixas '16 **1/2  $

Fleshy, soft texture, notes of lychee nuts

Licia Albarino, Rias Baixas '16  ** $

Light bodied, delicate, all the classic flavors

Hendry Albarino, Napa '16  ** $$

Heavier, viognier-like, but well-made

Burgans Albarino, Rias Baixas '16  ** $

Rich, medium body, classic flavors

Serra de Estrella Albarino, Rias Baixas '15  **1/2  $  VALUE

Textbook flavors, delicate and supple body

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.