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New From Italy


The world of Italian wine offers endless surprises and Al encountered a pair of delicious wines that we new to him plus an old friend.

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

Cieck Erbaluce di Caluso , Piedmont '21 ** $$

(Intriguing white I hadn't heard of; seet/tart/bitter notes throughout)

Zenato Pinot Grigio delle Venezie '21 **1/2 $ WINE OF THE WEEK

(Lean and dry but with rich deep fruit, lemons and minerality)

Colle Corniano Cerasuolo d'Abruzzio '22 ** $ VALUE

(A dark rosé with sweet fruity flavors, a perfect picnic wine)

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.