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Gruner Veltliner of Austria

Cabernet Sauvignon
Donna Amabile
Cabernet Sauvignon

Possibly the best known of the unknown wines, Austria's Gruner makes a bold statement and insists on greater attention.

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

Ruttenstock Gruner Veltliner, Weinviertel, '22 **1/2 % GOOD VALUE

(Resembles good sauvignon blanc, with citrus and white pepper notes)

Tergernseerhoff Gruner Veltliner '18 *** $$ WINE OF THE WEEK

(Elegant, refined, almost crystaline, with apricot, peach flavors)

Steininger Gruner Veltliner Reserve Sekt, Langenlois *** $$

(Champagne method, lively mousse, subtle flavors, full bodied)

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.