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Hugh Sisson

Host, Cellar Notes

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.

In the mid-eighties, Hugh Sisson saw the potential for a small brewery in Baltimore, an historically "big beer" town. After researching the industry at its heart - in Germany, England, and the U.S. west coast - Hugh, with the help of Senator George W. Della, Jr., successfully lobbied the Maryland General Assembly to pass legislation required to open a brew pub in Maryland.

After the inception of craft brew in Baltimore, Hugh immersed himself in the development and market recognition of both Sisson's and its beers.  He is a member of the Master Brewers Association of America, the Institute for Fermentation and Brewing Studies, and sits on the Executive Committee for the Brewers Association of Maryland.  He has served as President of the Cross Street Irregulars Home Brew Club and along with Al Spoler, he has been co-hosting Cellar Notes since 1992.

Zinfandels

Nov 6, 2017
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Al and Hugh revisit some trustworthy Zinfadels. 

Back to Chile

Nov 2, 2017
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One of the first wines outside of Europe and the U.S. to make a splash were from Chile. So, Al and Hugh revisit the wines of this South American country. 

Veneto Reds

Oct 25, 2017
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Al and Hugh give their picks for wines from the Northeastern Italian region. 

Oktoberfest Beers

Oct 18, 2017
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Click  on the image for Al and Hugh's brew picks. 

Grab Bag of Bottles

Oct 12, 2017
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This week, Hugh and Al talk about wines produced by folks who are known for something else.

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Al and Hugh discuss some of the winning wines in the Maryland Governor's Cup Competition. Click on the image for the list. 

Odds and Ends

Sep 27, 2017
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Languedoc is in the southwestern region of France. Al and Hugh say the quality of wines from this area is increasing. Click on the image for the recommendations. 

Viognier

Sep 13, 2017
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Long Meadow Ranch

Aug 30, 2017

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Every time you bring in something off the grill this summer, you end up asking yourself, "what am I going to put on that?"  The answer is some sort of condiment, of course.  And as Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola Cooking School will tell you, it's all to easy to reach for you store-bought mayo or catsup, but it can be very rewarding to whip up your own versions of your favorite condiments.

-Al

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Odds and Ends

Aug 3, 2017
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Rosés From France

Jul 26, 2017
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Zinfandels

Jul 12, 2017
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Al and Hugh investigate what's shakin' in the world of zinfadels.  

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Market Inspirations

Jul 11, 2017
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It's probably pretty easy to figure out where we get a lot of our ideas for Radio Kitchen. All it takes is a visit to a weekend farmers market and we walk away with topics galore. Jerry and Al made their regular visits to Baltimore's farmers markets recently, and came away inspired. Click on the picture for some ideas they culled from the market.

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Al and Hugh return to one of their tried and true friends--Rioja. Al recently visited Marques de Murrieta in Spain, where modern Riojas started, and he and Hugh share some suggestions for riojas you can find in stores. 

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In the cellar this week: Tempranillos, which refers in Spanish, to the grape's tendency to ripen early. 

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The Radio Kitchen food for thought: Who says French wines can't be paired with Spanish cuisine?

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Albariño Wines

Jun 14, 2017
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Albariño is a white grape grown in Spain and Portugal. The grape produces varietal, light colored wines. Click on the picture for the wine list.

Sweet Vermouth

Jun 7, 2017

Click on the picture for the wine list. Radio Kitchen food for thought: The Market Report.

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Radio Kitchen food for thought: Something smoked

Alsace Overview

May 24, 2017
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Al and Hugh give their picks for wines from the Alsace region in France. If you want some dessert to pair with these wines, Radio Kitchen has a great recipe for Maryland strawberry shortcake. Click on the picture for the wine list. 

Al and Hugh share their picks for chardonnay wines with affordable price points. Click on the photo for the list. 

Fancy some food with your wine? Check out the latest episode of Radio Kitchen

Al and Hugh give some additional picks for South African wines. Click on the photo for the list of recommendations. 

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Boschendal, "The Rose Garden" Rosé, Coastal Region '16

Bright berry aromas, with spice notes, off-dry.

★★

Price Range: less than $20

Simonsig Chenin Blanc '14

Incredible VALUE in very good chenin blanc, dirt cheap.

★★★

Price Range: less than $20

Fleur du Cap Merlot, Stellenbosch '08

OUTSTANDING VALUE in very well made merlot, dirt cheap.

★★★

Price Range: less than $20

Fleur du Cap Pinotage, Stellenbosch,  '14

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