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New Zealand Pinot Noir

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There’s more to New Zealand that powerful Sauvignon Blancs; their efforts at Pinot Noire are showing distinct signs of progress.

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

Villa Maria Pinot Noir, Marlborough ’20 ** $$
(A very good basic p.n., great aroma, good flavors, entry level wine)

Yealands Pinot Noir, Marlborough ’19 **1/2 $$
(Very Burgundian in character, classic aroma, deep quality flavors)

Rock Ferry “Third Rock” Pinot Noir, Marlborough ’21 ** $$
(Entry level pinot with breeding, supple, light bodied, tannic)

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.