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Spanish Tempranillo (That's Not From Rioja)



The back bone of many a Rioja, Tempranillo is a fabulous grape that also plays a prominent role elsewhere in Spain.


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




Viña Jaraba Crianza, La Mancha '15  ** $  VALUE

A touch of oak makes this tempranillo classy and complex, but still light

Pago de los Capellanes Joven Roble, Ribera del Duero '17 ***  $$

An important property in RdelD, intense aroma and flavor, but graceful

Valduero Crianza '15, Ribera del Duero  ***  $$

Great example of Tinto Fino (tempranillo), deep, intense, polished, needs big foods, great dinner wine


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.