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Have You Heard of Verdicchio?


From the Adriatic coast of Italy comes one of their most popular wines: verdicchio. This dry, classy white is a mainstay in cafés across the country.

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

Garafoli "Serra del Conte" Verdicchio Castelli di Jessi, '20 *** $ WINE OF THE WEEK

( Grapefruit notes, generous flavors, refreshing acidity, classy)

Tenuta Pieralisi, "Villaia" Verdicchio Castelli di Jessi, '20 **1/2 $$

(Pricy, but very much worth it, single vineyard, well-rounded, full)

La Monacesca Verdicchio di Matelica, '21 **1/2 $$

(a full bodied, distinctive, concentrated, lemon and anise notes)

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.