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Mencia from Spain

Red wine being poured
Red wine being poured. Photo by James Petts via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Mencia can be thought of as the Beaujolais of Spain, a light, refreshing red that is perfect for casual drinking.

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

Pazo de Monterey Mencia, Monterrei '20 **1/2 $

(An aroma of spicy strawberry, with juicy, spicy fruit, light-to-medium body)

Matilda Nieves Mencia, Ribera Sacra '20 **1/2 $

(A delightful, complex nose with fruity, tangy flavors, nicely informal)

Flavium Seleción Mencia, Bierzo '20 **1/2 $ WINE OF THE WEEK

(From it home in Bierzo, a more intense versionof mencia, spicy, compact)

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.