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If you like zinfandels, you should try primitivo. Al and Hugh share some of the "treasures" they've found.  

Click the links to purchase their 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

Antica Masseria Primitivo di Manduria '15 **1/2  $    VALUE

Dry Amarone look-alike, powerful, soft, rich, deep and powerful

Antica Masseria "Jorche" Primitivo di Manduria '12 *** $$

Brunello/Gigondas cross, very complex, huge wine for huge food

Antica Masseria "Jorche" Riserva Primitivo di Manduria '12  ***1/2  $$

Like the biggest Chateauneuf du Pape you could imagine, regal, rich

Masseria Altemura Primitivo "Sasseo" '14  **1/2  $  VALUE

Very zinfandel-like, classic California flavors, not at all old-world

Menhir Quota 31 Primitivo, Salento '13 ** $

Vacqueyras look-alike, lots of field herbs and wildness, jammy, simple

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.