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Portuguese Sampler

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Super values from one of Europe's hottest travel destinations.  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

Adega do Salvador, Portal da Calcada Vinho Verde '16  ** $

(Delicate, floral, very easy to enjoy, summer sipper)

Adeda do Salvador, Red blend,  "Lago Cerqueira", Douro '14 **1/2 $ VALUE

(Made from 4 Port grapes, easy drinking red with tons of character)

Beyra Tinto, Beira Interior '15 **1/2 $

(Fruity, medium bodied wine, indigenous grapes, supple and complex)

Beyra Bianco, Beira Interior '16  ** $

(A crisp, flavorful white, very aromatic, mineral and fruit flavors)

Quinta do Mondego, Red blend Mondeco 2012 *** $  GREAT VALUE

(Blend of local grapes, medium bodied, drenched with flavor)

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.