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White Rioja

Glasses of white wine/Photo by Christian Scholz via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Glasses of white wine/Photo by Christian Scholz via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Whites in winter isn't a strange as it seems, especially when whites from Rioja can shed a little warmth and sunlight on a cold evening.

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

Bodegas Riojanes Monte Real Rioja Blanca '20 **1/2 $ WINE OF THE WEEK

(Well balanced with notes of dried fruit with a smack of almond)

Ontañon "Akemi" white Rioja '18 **1/2 $

(Designed specifically for sushi, it even comes in a sake bottle)

Ontañon Tempranillo Blanco, Rioja '21 ** $

(Made from the rare white Tempranillo, this is a brisk, fresh white)

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

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.