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International Malbecs

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Argentina made malbec famous. But its origins are in central France, where the deep and brooding grape first was turned into wine.  It also grows extensively in California. Click the link to purchase Cellar Notes 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

Ch. Lagrezette "Purple" Cahors '16 **1/2  $

Dark, brooding, tannic and powerful, the real deal

Clayhouse Wines Malbec, Paso Robles '14 **1/2  $

Lighter, fruitier, but still a big mouthful of wine

Tinto Negro Malbec, Uco Valley, Argentina **1/2  $

Classic Argentine Malbec with a good deal of refinement VALUE

All of these wines can be purchased at Kenilworth Wine and Spirits.

Click on the bottle 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.