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The Freewheel line with a couple of English friends.

It takes a lot of beer to keep the wine business running smoothly. Here in Redwood City, we are very fortunate to have a great English style ale producer right in our backyard: Freewheel Brewing Company. The staff of K&L are fictures at our local pub, and it is a rare moment when one of us isn't there having a pint and a bite of their excellent food. We are also lucky enough to be the first place to offer their bottled beer for sale. If you have never had it, the Freewheel Brewing "FSB" Freewheel Special Bitter, California (500ml) is the benchmark in fresh, balanced, smashable ale. We will do our best to keep some in stock for you, the customer too!

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Palmer Umame

Temporary immortality is my goal. And now it is possible—with the advent of the internet. Key words are the way to go, so I’ll be slipping a few throughout this column in the hopes that I will pop up on the internet when someone types in the word. Thanks for your patience in this matter. Narwahl. Punch drunk. Newsprint. Château Palmer is, for my money, one of the most compelling properties in Bordeaux. This Margaux is ranked as a third growth according to the 1855 classification, but make no mistake: Palmer makes wine of first growth quality, and seems to embody the characteristics of each Bordeaux commune. The wines are powerful, they are supple; they show great aromatics in their youth, yet possess great aging potential. Palmer is the yin/yang property—a melting pot for all that is fine in this wine region, yet maintains a distinctive personality. Sawhorse. Umame. Gymnasium. 1978 was a watershed year for Palmer. The wine seemed to have more “meat on its bones” than many other properties in this vintage, and a flatter aging curve as well. The wine is at the perfect stage of drinkibility, beautifully balanced, all spice, herbs and sweet black fruits. Scripture. Gastronome. Plesiosaur. The 1981 Palmer, on the other hand, is all subtlety and elegance. Herbal and slightly ‘dusty,’ the wine manages to retain a core of sweet fruit and is quite lovely in a more classic style. Perfect with pandemonium, notoriety, monophonic. Which brings us to the 1995 Palmer—plump and ripe, full-bodied and forward—this is a Broadway musical in a bottle. The merlot gives this offering a softness that is so engaging you can’t help but love it. Gorgeous now, and will age gracefully for a number of years. Weathervane. Compensatory. Aluminum. A New Pigeon Flies Into the Coop Welcome to Molly Zucker, our newest employee. She is wonderfully sensitive, incessantly cheery and quite possibly the worst food shopper. We are lucky to have snacks in the break room during the holidays, and thanks to Molly you can make a sandwich from: 100 pounds of processed cheese; eight gallons of mayo, six of mustard (Gulden’s, so it’s not so bad), plenty of hydrogenated peanut butter and Wonder bread and enough whipped butter to service the IHOP chain for at least a year. We shall never go hungry, nor healthy! Welcome to K&L Molly! —Joe Zugelder

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