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Tempranillo

Two bunches of grapes on vines.
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Bunches of grapes on vines. Angela Llop via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The premier red grape of Spain changes its nature depending where it's planted. Al discusses three different examples.

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

Camina Tempranillo, La Mancha '20 * * $ SUPER VALUE

A fun-loving party wine, with bright flavors in a lighter format.

Señor Le Lesmos, Rioja Crianza '17 *** $ WINE VALUE OF THE WEEK

Dark and earthy with stewed cherry and vanilla flavors, full bodied.

Elias Mora Toro DOC '17 *** $$

A lot of wine for the money, deep and powerful, yet quite graceful.

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.