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Aveleda of Portugal

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Get a taste of Portugal with these Cellar Notes selections. 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  VALUE = exceptional quality for the money

Aveleda Alvarinho, Vinho Verde '16  **1/2 $

Relatively intense, pure flavors, great balance

Aveleda Vinho Verde '16  ** $

Very nice, fresh, floral, crisp

Casal Garcia Rosé NV  ** $    VALUE

Light, fresh with distinct red berry notes, serve chilled          

Casal Garcia Vinho Verde NV  *1/2 $

Good everyday white, slightly petillant, crisp, very light

Casal Garcia Tinto, Douro Valley NV  **  $  VALUE

Four classic port grapes in a dry table wine of good complexity

All of these wines can be purchased at Kenilworth Wine and Spirits. Click on the name of the wine for direct ordering and home delivery.

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.