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The ancient French region of Languedoc is home to some of the best bargains around.

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

Domaine de Courbissac, Les Traverses, Minervois '16  ** 1/2 $

Red blend of syrah, grenache and mourvedre, big forward, but restrained

Domaine Auriol "La Capele", Minervois '16  *** $ KILLER VALUE

Jam-packed with flavor, concentrated dense wine with garrigue notes

Domaine Gilles Troullier "De-Là" Cotes Catalanes '16  *** $$

100% syrah, full bodied but graceful, poor man's Cote Rotie

Maison Vialade "Marselan" Cuvée Vegan, Pays d'Oc  '16 ** $

Designated "vegan", cabernet and grenache blend,  soft ripe tannins

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.