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Gift Wines For The Holidays

Heather Katsoulis via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Bottles of wine make great holiday gifts, and we have a great shopping list for you. Print it up and head out to your favorite wine merchant.

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

Party Red: Cote Mas "Rouge Intense" 1 liter bottle   **1/2  $   GREAT VALUE

Al's favorite red wine bargain of the year!

Party White: La Vielle Ferme White '19  **1/2  $  VALUE

One of the most reliable jug wines out there, very likeable.

Bargain Red: Pierano Petite Sirah '16  **1/2  $  VALUE

A big tasty red with crowd-pleasing deep fruit.


Bargain White: Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier '19  **1/2  $  VALUE

The old reliable white blend that never fails to impress.


Special Gift Red: Buena Vista Cabernet Sauvignon '17  *** $$

One of Napa's oldest wineries is still cranking out brilliant cabs.


Special Gift White: Louis Latour Pouilly-Fuissé '18 *** $$ 

A great Burgundy producer and a great source for fine chardonnay.

VIP Gift Red: Cain Five Meritage, Napa  ***  $$$$

One of the original Napa Meritage wines, super-respected.


VIP Gift White: Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Napa Chardonnay '18 ***  $$$$

Classic Napa chard at its best, sourced from Carneros fruit.

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.