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Party Wine

It's party season, and most of us like to bring along something nice for the crowd to enjoy. Here are three sure-fire winners that you and your friends will love!

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

Rhino Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles '16 ** $

Big juicy flavors in an easy to understand red, complement to party food

Monte Volpe "Primo Rosso", Mendocino '14  ***  $  VALUE

Delicious, full bodied blend of big red grapes, very spicy, very versatile

La Crema Chardonnay, Monterey '17  **1/2  $  VALUE 

Totally reliable, consumer friendly, very tasty chard, perfect for a party

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


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.