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Chenin Blanc

Glass of white wine.
White wine. Photo by Didriks via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

An overlooked noble white grape, chenin blanc is capable of a wide variety of styles and flavor profiles. Hugh looks at three.

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

Chateau De Montfort Vouvray Demi Sec '19 *** $ WINE VALUE OF THE WEEK

An off-dry white, with a full palate, dry with bright acid, forward fruit.

False Bay Chenin Blanc, South Africa '19 ** $ VALUE

Wild fermentation, crisp, dry, with notes of peach and lemon.

Domain a Deux, Touraine **1/2 $ VALUE

An elegant, dry chenin, with mineral and honey notes, sleek.

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.