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New Reds From South Africa

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Once spurned because of apartheid, the South African wine industry is a leading promoter of black African participation. These wines will show their progress. Click the links 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

Remhootge "Soaring Eagle" red blend, Stellenbosch '17  **  $ VALUE

Merlot, shiraz and cab sauv blended, light bodied, flavorful, likeable

Remhootge Vantage Pinotage, Stellenbosch '17  *** $$ 

May make you change your mind about pinotage; fabulous wine

Natte Valleij Cinsault '17  ** $

Rhone varietal, known for tasty lightness, wild herb flavors.

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

Click the links 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.