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.

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Cellar Notes
8:18 am
Wed July 1, 2015

Rioja - 7/1/15

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60
Quality key:  * = decent    ** = very good    *** = superb   **** = elite

Lan Rioja Riserva '08  ** $   VALUE
(Great in true reserve qualtiy Rioja)

Marques de Caceres Rioja Riserva '09 **1/2 $
(Well aged, subtle but powerful red, autumnal quality)

Marques de Riscal Rioja Riserva '09 *1/2  $
(Lean red that shows much more with food)

Baron de Ley Rioja Riserva '09 *** $$
(Very complex, dense deep wine, special occasion wine)

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11:25 am
Wed June 24, 2015

Hugh Odds and Ends - 6/24/15

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60
Quality key:  * = decent    ** = very good    *** = superb    **** = elite

Josh Cellars Merlot, California '13  ** $  VALUE
(Great buy in lush flavorful merlot, soft and approachable)

Josh Cellars Pinot Noir, California '13 ** $  VALUE
(As good as entry level Pinot Noir can get)

Barrymore Pinot Grigio, Monterey '13 **1/2 $    
(Drew Barrymore's wine, a fleshy melon flavored PG with class)

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3:55 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

Al's Odds and Ends 6/17/15

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60
Quality key:  * = decent    ** = very good    *** = superb    **** = elite
 

Tablas Creek Vineyards, Patelin de Tablas Blanc, Paso Robles '13  **1/2 $ VALUE
(Viognier dominated crowd pleaser, big body, off dry flavors)

Vignobles d'Azur Rosé, Cotes de Provence '13 *** $   VALUE
(Full bodied but delicate rosé, distributed by Washburn Wine Co. in Balto)

La Rioja Alta "Alberdi" Reserva, Rioja '08 ** $$
(A lovely, mature, ready to drink older Rioja with style and class)

Ravenswood Zinfandel "Old Vines" Napa County '12  ** $  VALUE
(Big enjoyable red zin that touches all the bases)

D'Arenberg "Darry's Original" Shiraz Grenache, McLaren Vale '10 **11/2 $ VALUE
(Aussie take on big Cotes du Rhone, powerful and fun)

Many of these fine wines can be purchased at Reds Wine, Spirits, Deli & Meats.
Visit them at www.redswinenspirits.com

Cellar Notes
5:30 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Loire Valley Wines - 6/10/15

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60
Quality key:  * = decent    ** = very good    *** = superb    **** = elite

Domaine des Herbauges Unoaked Chardonnay, VDP loire, 2013  ** $ VALUE
(A delightful well-made chardonnay for around $15)

Domaine de Saint Just  Saumur Blanc "Les Perrieres" '13  ** $
(Bone dry, but loaded with fruit flavors, 100% chenin blanc)

Domaine Cedrick Bardin Pouilly-Fumé '14 ** $
(Tasty sauvignon blanc, round, fruity with lemon notes)

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5:48 pm
Wed June 3, 2015

Beringer: Part 2 - 6/3/15

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60
Quality key:  * = decent    ** = very good    *** = superb    ****= elite

Beringer Chardonnay "Luminus"  Oak Knoll, Napa '13 *** $$
(A superb Napa chard, made with restraint, textbook and delicious)

Beringer "Quantum" Red Blend, Napa Valley '12 *** $$$$
(Expensive, but worth it, Bordeaux and Rhone style together, superb)

Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon, Knight's Valley '12 ** $$    
(Very nice presentable cab, young now, can age)

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