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The Greatness Of Valpolicella

One of Al's favorite wines, Valpolicella may be built on the light side, but it is packed with flavor and "la dolce vita" character.

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



La Giaretta Valpoliclla Ripasso Classico Superiore '17 **1/2  $$

A spice bomb, loaded with vibrant flavors, smooth and light, café wine.


Tenuta Santantonio Monti Garbi Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso '17 **1/2 $$

Smooth and mellow with deep berry notes, perfect for pizza night.


Secondo Marco Ripasso Della Valpolicella '14*** $$

Very impressive, deep, flavorful, complex, already aged, superb.


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

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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.