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Holiday Reds

Sometimes you want to spend an extra buck or two for really nice dinner wine.  May we suggest these four winners for your consideration. 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


Wilson Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, '17**1/2 $$  VALUE FOR THE QUALITY

15.6 abv, but well hidden in smooth fruit forward, balanced zin, super

Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara '17**1/2 $$

Delightful pinot noir, light, deeply tasty, aromatic, silky

Chateau Gaillard Morgon, Beaujolais Cru '17  **1/2 $

Classic gamay fruit, bright acidity, substantial body, full mid-palate

Grand Clos "Les Mines" Priorat, Spain '15 ***  VALUE

A stunning red wine, drinkable now, very age-worthy, deep, powerful

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.