Hugh Sisson | WYPR

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.

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

Juan Gil Muscat, Jumilla '14  **  $
(A dry, fruity, light white with abundant spice)

Juan Gil "Silver Label" Red, Jumilla '12 **1/2 $ VALUE
(100% monastrell, aged in French oak, delicious)

Juan Gil "18" Red, Jumnilla '10 *** $$
(Full bodied red blend, with 18 months oak aging)

Klinker Brick Winery Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi '12 **1/2  $

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

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

Peter Lehman "Clancy's" Cab/Shiraz/Merlot, Barossa '11 ** $
(Big and blowsy Aussie red with a boatload of flavor)

House Swine Cellars Zinfandel, Paso Robles '11 **1/2 $
(Surprisingly good zin, lively and nuanced, look for the pig on the label)

Charles Smith Wines "Boom Boom" Syrah, Washington State '13  *1/2 $
(A big obvious red that has little varietal character, but works anyway)

Ancient Peaks Winery "Renegade", Paso Robles '12 ** $$
(Mostly syrah, with hidden nuances, deep tangy flavor)

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

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

Bourgozone Cabernet Sauvignon, Bulgaria '11 *1/2 $
(From Bulgaria?  Yeah, and it tastes like cab sauv)

Doña Paula Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza Argentina '13 * $
(Good straight-ahead cab from the pampas)

Ch. St. Jean Bijou Chardonnay , California '13  ** $
(Very crisp, light, slightly oaky entry-level chard that over-delivers)

Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi '13 **1/2  $
(My favorite bargain red this year; great quality for the price)

Marietta Old Vine Red Lot #62, North Coast NV **1/2 $
(Latest offering in a series of big brawny reds with lots of character)

Crios Malbec, Mendoza '14  ** $
(Bright and lively with deep flavors, drinks way above its price point)

Yalumba Viognier, South Australia '14 **1/2 $
(Are you serious?  Very good viognier at bargain basement price)

House of Mandela Chenin Blanc, South Africa '13 ** $
(Yes, that Mandela; very classy chenin blanc that touches all the bases)

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

Micro-breweries From Maryland:

Calvert Brewing "Flapjack Maple Milk Stout"
(available at the farm)

Falling Branch "Old Leaf" Belgian amber ale
(available at brewery)

Evolution "Rise Up" Russian Imperial Stout
(limited distribution, available at brewpub)

Stillpoint Farm, Milkhouse Brewery Black Sour Cherry Porter
(available at the farm)

Antietam Brewery Campaign '77 Winter Ale
(available at the brewery)

Independent Brewing Co. "Saison de Solstice" spiced Belgian Saison
(available at the brewpub)

Frey's Brewing Co. "Jenny's Sister" barley wine
(available at the brewery)

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Quality key:  * = decent    ** = very good    *** = superb    **** = elite

Ferrari Brut (Italian sparkling wine) ** $
(100% chardonnay, harmonious and well-balanced)

St. Hillaire "Coté Mas" Crémant de Limoux, Languedoc ** $
(Wonderful sparkler from the south of France)

Bouvet-Ladubay "Excellence" Brut Rosé, Loire Valley ** 1/2 $
(Tasty rosé bubbly made from cabernet franc)

Maschio Prosecco Brut, Treviso ** $
(A classy Prosecco made from the traditional glera grape)

Poema Cava, Penedes * 1/2 $
(Fresh, clean minerally bubbly, splendid as an aperitif)

André Jacquart "Brut Expérience" 1er Cru Blanc de Blancs, Champagne **1/2 $$
(All chardonnay, and all class, a great true Champagne)    

André Jacquart "Mesnil Expérience, Brut Nature" Grand Cru *** $$$
(From one of Champagne's most prestigious chardonnay vineyards)

André Jacquart "Rosé Expérience" 1er Cru Rosé de Saignée, Champagne *** $$$
(Pinot noir based, a true luxury experience)

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

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

Unoaked Chardonnay:  Four Vines Naked Chardonnay '13  ** $
(Really nice clean chardonnay flavor, for peanuts)

California Chardonnay:  Beringer "Luminus" Chardonnay '13 *** $$
(At $25 this is a huge steal; great classic California chard flavors)

Bargain Cabernet Sauvignon:  Sean Minor Cabernet Sauvignon '13 **1/2 $    
(From Paso Robles, a very well blended cab with great flavor)

Splurge Cabernet Sauvignon:  Croze Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon '11 *** $$
(Classy, concentrated Napa cab, covered with Rutherford dust)

Bargain Pinot Noir:   Angeline Reserve Pinot Noir '13 ** $
(Surprisingly good pinot for the money; authentic and rewarding to drink)

Splurge Pinot Noir:  Dutton-Goldfield Pinot Noir, RRV '12 *** $$$
(Sourced from one of the best pinot vineyards in California)

Spanish Red:   La Rioja Alta Alberdi Reseva '07 **1/2 $$
(Good value for very mature Rioja, a crowd pleaser)

Italian Red:    Produttori del Barbaresco Barbaresco '10 *** $$
(Pricy, but totally worth it; great Barbaresco with tons of character)

French White:  Chateau de la Raz Bergerac '14 **1/2 $
(Super value in white Bordeaux; intense, concentrated, likeable wine)

Maryland Wine:  Bordeleau Merlot NV ** $
(This has become a very steady quality merlot from the Eastern Shore)

Dessert Wine:  Ferreira Ruby Port *** $
(As simple ruby ports go, this is as good as it gets.  Fabulous)

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

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

Chateau Le Raz Bergerac Blanc '14  **1/2   $  VALUE
(Racy, bracing, sauv blan and semillon blend, great buy.)

Chateau Rouillac Les Dadas de Rouillac '13 ***  $$
(An absolutely superb white Bordeaux, on par with white Burgundy.)

Chateau de Marjolet Cotes du Rhone-Villages Cuvee Traditionelle '12 **1/2  $
(A thoroughly likeable CDR, flavorful, silky smooth, lots of character.)

Chateau Lusseau Graves Rouge '10 ***   $$    
(Totally ready to drink red Bordeaux, tons of flavor and class.)

Kiona Vineyards, Cabernet-Merlot Blend '12, Columbia Valley  ** $ VALUE
(A great party wine, with lots of varietal character.)

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

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

Chateau Coustaut Graves Blanc '13 **1/2  $ VALUE
(A big round, floral white Bordeaux, very food friendly wine)

Chateau Lauduc "Tradition" Bordeaux Superieure '12 ** $$  VALUE
(A well-structured red Bordeaux, with balance, spicy fruit)

Chateau Lusseau Graves Rouge '10 ***  $$
(A very good wine from an important region, polished, intense, mellow)

Chateau  Franc Lartigue Saint-Emilion Grand Cru '10 *** $$    
(A grand-cru for under $40?  Here it is and it's superb.)

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

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

Vier Jahreszeiten Durkheimer Schenkenbohl, Gewurtztraminer, Pfalz Kabinet '12  *1/2  $
(Well made sweet gewurtz, could work with apple pie)

Husch Gewurtztraminer, Anderson Valley '12 * $
(A modest gewurtz, dry fresh citrus fruit, varietal notes)

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

Les Pouches Saumur Blanc 2009 ** $
(A light fruity chenin blanc, pear and honey notes, refreshing)

Le Haut Vignot Anjou Blanc  **1/2  $   VALUE
(A very complex, spicy, crisp chenin blanc, incredible value)

Les Fosses d'Harengs Vouvray **1/2  $
(The classic expression of chenin blanc, off-dry, classy, food-friendly)

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

Novy Family Winery Zinfandel, Russian River Valley '12  ** $$
(A sweet, jammy zin with tons of flavor, complexity)

Seghesio Zinfandel, Sonoma County '13 **1/2   $$
(Great young zin, big friendly, graceful, but full flavored)

Frei Brothers Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley '13  **1/2  $  VALUE
(Explosive aroma and flavor, reminds of Cotes du Rhone)

Folie à Deux Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley '12 **1/2  * VALUE
(Classic Dry Creek zin, supple tannins, abundant fruit, lush)

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

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

Chateau de Marjolet Cotes du Rhone '12 **  $  VALUE
(Classic, rustic style CDR, with deep grenache character)

Chateau de Marjolet Cotes du Rhone-Villages, Laudun '12 **1/2 $ VALUE
(A slick and elegant upgrade, shows how classy CDR-Villages can be)

Aureto Cuvée Maestrale, Ventoux, Red Blend '11 *** $$
(A Syrah heavy blend of old vines, big and wonderful)

Chateau Raspail Gigondas '12 **1/2  $$
(A little pricey, but this is a wonderful red from one of the Rhone's best)

Domaine Galivan, Combe Latour,  Vin de Pays Vaucluse '14 **1/2 $  VALUE
(60% grenache, from one of Hugh's favorite producers, solid value)

Domaine Galivan Chateauneuf du Pape '13 *** $$$
(A superb example of this prestigious red blend from very old vines)

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

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

Saint Cosme CDR '13  * 1/2 $
(Very basic CDR, humble, rustic, peasant wine, perfect for café food)

Domaine Paul Autard CDR '11  **1/2 $
(An old friend, classic CDR with notes of field herbs, rustic tannins)

Andezon CDR '11 **1/2 $
(Fruity, deeply flavored, fine grained tannins, first rate bistro wine)

Chapoutier "Belleruche" CDR '11 *** $ GREAT VALUE!
(Very elegant, refined CDR with true regional character, super buy!)

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

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

Stonestreet Chardonnay, Alexander Valley '12   ** $$
(This is what you think when you think California chardonnay)

Stonestreet Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley '12 **1/2  $$
(Dense, full bodied, elegant cab sauv from a great cab sauv appellation)

Stonestreet Sauvignon Blanc, Alexander Valley '14  ** $$
(Pear, citrus flavors, bright acid, full flavored)

Mount Brave Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Veeder, '11  *** $$$$
(Very expensive, but close to ideal Napa cabernet blend)

Fortress Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma '12 *** $$
(Cab blend with some syrah, lush, approachable, Saturday night wine)

Bootleg Red Blend, Napa '12 **  $$
(Off-the-wall blend with merlot/petit sirrah, but delicious)

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

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

Lido Bay Viognier, Paso Robles '11  *1/2  $
(Simple, autumnal, a perfect foil for anything with butternut squash)

Little James Basket Press Viognier, Vid de pays d'Oc '12 ** $
(A blend of viognier and sauv blanc, a well made all-purposed white)

McManus Family Vyds. Viognier NV, California *1/2 $
(Entry level viognier, every day white, good introduction to the grape)

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

Jean Perrier & Fils "Abymes" Cuvée Gastronomie White '14  **  $ VALUE
(Jacquère grape, delicate, crisp, good as aperitif, cheap price)

Lionel Osmin Cahors '12 * 1/2  $
(Good value for a malbec based wine)

Lionel Osmin "La Réserve" Cahors '11 **  $ DIRT CHEAP
(A better malbec than the regular Cahors, and very inexpensive)

Chateau La Bastide Corbières '13 ** 1/2 $  EXTREME VALUE
(80-20 Syrah/Grenache, dynamite wine, fine tannins, lively fruit)

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

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

Old Westminster "Greenstone" '14 *** $$
(A super white blend of sauvignon blanc and viognier, firm and crisp)

Sugarloaf Mountain Reserve Chardonnay '14 *** $$
(One of the best chards ever made in Maryland, smooth, polished, classy)

Black Ankle "Feldspar" NV *** $$
A cabernet sauvignon dominated blend, deep flavors, refined structure, texture)

Big Cork Petit Verdot '13 *** $$
(A big bruiser of a wine, loaded with great flavors, density and class)

Turkey Point Late Harvest Vidal Blanc '14 *** $
(Essence of white peach and apricot in a bottle, sweet, balanced, impressive)

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

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

Carmel Road Chardonnay "un-oaked", Monterey '14  *1/2  $
(Subtle, understated, everyday chardonnay)

Carmel Road Pinot Noir "Drew's Blend", Monterey '13 ** $$
(Drew Barrymore helped design it, light, bright pinot)

Carmel Road Pinot Grigio "Barrymore", Monterey '13 ** $ VALUE
(A wonderful, loveable pinot grigio at a great price)

Carmel Road Pinot Noir, Monterey '12 **1/2 $$
(Sleek, stylish, classic, well-structured, a lot of pinot for $21)

Carmel Road Pinot Noir "Panorama Vineyard", Monterey '11 *** $$
(A tad pricy, but very much worth it, intense flavors)

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

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

Schloss Rheinharthausen, Erbacher Honhenrain "Old Vines" Riesling '12 *** $$
(A superbly crafted wine at a very attractive price...buy and keep)

S.A. Prum Riesling, Mosel River '13  * 1/2  $
(A good maker turns out a reliable everyday riesling)

S.A. Prum Riesling "Prum Blue" Kabinett, Mosel River '13  ** $
(A soft but full-flavored off-dry riesling from Germany)

Pacific Rim Riesling, Columbia Valley '12 **1/2 $ VALUE
(Good value in riesling, a nice enjoyable wine)

Mercer Canyons Riesling, Yakima Valley, * $
(Good simple riesling for a bargain price)

Ch. Ste. Michelle Riesling, Columbia Valley '13  ** 1/2  $  VALUE!
(Masters at crafting great affordable riesling)

Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Riesling, Alsace '12 *** $$
(One of the great wine makers turns out quality riesling again)

Trimbach Riesling, Alsace '12 ** $$
(Lean, mineral, tart approach to dry riesling)

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

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

Hullabaloo Zinfandel, Lodi '12  **1/2  $
(An easy drinking, flavorful, youthful zin with tons of flavor. VALUE)

OZV Zinfandel, "Old Vines" Lodi '13 **1/2   $
(Dignified, powerful, with sweet, complex fruit flavors.  TREMENDOUS VALUE)

Klinker Brick Winery Zinfandel, "Old Vines" Lodi '11 ** $
(A jammy, almost shiraz like approach to zin, dense and tasty.)

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

House of Mandela Sauvignon Blanc, Western  Cape, '14 * $
(A very nice good simple suav blanc, easy drinker)

House of Mandela Cabernet Sauvignon, Western Cape '12 * 1/2 $
(A somewhat scaled down cab with good flavor)

House of Mandela Shiraz, Western Cape '12 ** $
(Delightful scaled down shiraz with character) VALUE

House of Mandela Chenin Blanc, Vusani Series, Western Cape '14 *** $
(A very impressive chenin, with classic flavors and classy presence)

House of Mandela Pinotage, Vusani Series, Western Cape '14 ** $
(Surprisingly good version of this checkered grape, very likeable)

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

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

Old Westminster  Greenstone, white blend, South Mountain '14  *** $$
(A first class blend of sauvignon blanc and viognier)

Old Westminster Viognier, South Mountain '14  **1/2  $$
(A very nice, crisp, firm viognier with a ton of class)

Old Westminster Albariño, "Two Vineyards" '14    ** $$
(Very well made wine, great acidity, modest fruit)

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

Price key:  $=less than $20  $$= $20-40   $$$=$40-60  $$$$=above $60
Quality key:  * = decent    ** = very good    *** = superb    **** = elite
  
Torres Mas la Plana Cabernet Sauvignon, Penedes '10 *** $$$$    
(A great wine, inheritor of the old Black Label Gran Coronas)

Torres Pazo das Bruxes Albariño, Rias Baxias '13 ** $  VALUE
(A very good albariño for the money, elegant and pleasing)

Torres "Salmos" Priorat '12 ** 1/2 $$
(A tad pricey at $35, but a very good wine from a great Spanish region)

Torres 10 Gran Riserva Brandy ** $$
(Classic Spanish brandy at an affordable price)

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

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

Torres Coronas Tempranillo '12 ** $  VALUE
(Classic tempranillo with a bit of cab thrown in, delcious)

Torres Altos Hibericos Crianza , Rioja '12 **1/2  $  VALUE
(Pure tempranillo, aged in American oak, very classy)

Torres "Celeste" Ribero del Duero '12  *** $$
(A tad pricy, but worth it... this is Da Bomb!...great quality)

Torres "Atrium" Merlot, Penedes '12  *1/2  $
(Decent value for straightforward merlot.)

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

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

Wallace Brook Cellars Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley '11 * $
(Sketchy at first, but opened and came around nicely.)

Meiomi Pinot Noir, California, '13 ** $ VALUE
(As solid as it is popular, very good example of affordable pinot noir.)

Baileyana Pinot Noir, "Firepeak", Edna Valley '13 **1/2  $$
(An outstanding California pinot noir, impressive flavors and character.)

Cartlidge & Brown Pinot Noir, North Coast '13 **1/2 $  VALUE
(These guys always seem to deliver nice straightforward wine.)

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

Corn Season

Aug 4, 2015

August 4, 2015 - Radio Kitchen - Corn Season

In case you haven't noticed, we'd better point out that Maryland sweet corn is in the market in a very big way.  Keeping in mind that whatever kind of weather we get during a summer, it's always good for at least some kind of crop... this has been a great year for corn.  It just doesn't get any better than this for corn lovers. Here are some of Jerry's thoughts on corn, plus recipes for flavored butters that will add to your pleasure.

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

 Jackson Estate Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley '13 **1/2 $$
(Silky, intriguing pinot with lush cool country fruit flavors)

Jackson Estate Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley '13
(Creamy tropical fruit, with complexity and fine structure)

Jackson Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley '12 **1/2 $$
(Affordable high quality Alex Valley cabbernet blend)

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

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

Martel Blanco Verdejo, Rueda '12 ** $ VALUE
(This is why Rueda is Spain's most popular white.)

Quinta do Casal Monteiro, DO Tejo, Portugal '13 *1/2 $
(Made from Arinto, perfect with seafood, a lovely easy drinking white.)

D'Arenberg "The Hermit Crab" McLaren Vale '15 ** $
(Reliable Aussie winery, a solid white made from Rhone varietals.)

Husch Chenin Blanc, Mendocino County '13 ** $
(A quality off-dry chenin blanc, perfect for spicy Asian cuisine.)

Fairview Goats do Roam, South Africa '14 *1/2 $  VALUE
(Inexpensive, loveable, unusual, a crowd pleaser.)

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

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