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CalStar: Star of California

CalStar owner/winemaker Rick Davis keeps sending us superb wines sourced from great Central Coast vineyards.

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

CalStar Za Za Zin, old vine, Lodi, '16  **1/2  $

A very well made but informal zin, perfect for a back deck party.

CalStar Sauvignon Blanc, Russian River Valley '18  **1/2  $$

A very good white, solid fruit to go with brisk acidity, dinner wine.

CalStar Pinot Meunier, Ruyssian River Valley '18  *** $$

Little-known Champagne grape, exciting, light, fruity, elegant.

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

Click on the links 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.