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A West Coast Mixed Bag

Every now and then we like to look back at some old friends of ours to see how they're doing these days.  Hugh takes a look at this mixed bag. 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

Matanzas Creek Sauvignon Blanc, Alexander Valley '17  ***  $$

Spectacular, aromatic, balances lush fruit with taut structure

Willakenzie Estate Pinot Grigio, Willamette Valley '17 **1/2  $$

Classy version of PG, aromatic, fleshy, yet light, great for seafood

Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon, Knight's Valley '14  ***1/2 $$$

Text book high end Cab Sauv from the winery that wrote the book

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.