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Bargains For The New Year

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A lot of us have invested heavily in the holiday season, and now it's time to cut back a little bit.  But you don't have to give up your favorite wine. Here's four bargains.

The Wine List

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

Casa Santos Lima "Red Blend Portugal", Lisboa '17  ** 1/2 $  HUGE VALUE

Light but deeply tasty, a crowd pleaser, fruity, spicy flavors

Bodega Hinojosa Malbec, Mendoza '17 ** $  VALUE

Lighter than most, easy drinking, mild tannins, surprising complexity

Amalaya Torrontes/Riesling Blend, Argentina '18  **1/2 $  WONDERFUL VALUE

So easy to like, dry, lively, crisp, sweet citric flavors

Aichenberg Premium Gruner Veltliner '18 *** $  CRAZY GREAT VALUE

Astonishing flavors, big round mouthful of taste, buy by the case

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.