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French Café Wines

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If you can't get to France this year, at least you can replicate the pleasure of sipping wine in a French café.

 

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.

Berthier Sancerre, Vielle Vignes '18  **1/2  $$

Bone dry sauvignon blanc, with stealth richness and obvious class,

Domaine du Bois Malinge Muscadet de Sevres et Maine, Sur lie '18  **1/2  $

A very subtle, complex wine, perfect match for seafood. GREAT VALUE

Domaine de Font Mars "Clemence" Rosé, Pays d'Oc '19  **1/2  $  VALUE

Big, explosive rosé with powerful syrah flavors and body.

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

Click on the link 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.
Executive Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Corks restaurant is fascinated by food and wine, and the way they work in harmony on the palate. His understanding of the two goes all the way to the molecular level, drawing on his advanced education in molecular biology. His cuisine is simple and surprising, pairing unexpected ingredients together to work with Corks' extensive wine offerings.