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Piedmont on a Budget

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You don't have to shell out $80 or more to enjoy a good Piedmont wine. 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

Carlin de Paolo Terre Alfiere DOC Nebiolo '15  ** $$

(Sort of a junior varsity Barolo, many nebbiolo traits, lighter)

Ca' Del Sarto Barbera d'Alba '15 ** $ VALUE

(Soft, round texture, tart tasty fruit, great pizza wine)

Vinchio-Vaglio "Li Griso" Rorero Arneis '16 **1/2  $

(Viognier-like, very good fruit, balance, great dinner wine)

Ferraris Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato, "Bric di Bianc"  '15 ***  $  VALUE

(Highly exotic, unheard of grape, unique complex nose and flavor)

Bricco dei Guazzi Gavi '15  *** $$

(Super white, Alsatian craftsmanship, crisp, deeply flavored, 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.