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Buying ready to drink 1er cru Burgundy is not easy. For a couple of years I did the Old and Rare wine buying here at K&L and found it easy to find California Cabernet and even Bordeaux from collectors. But Burgundy… Forget it. They had to die, get a divorce or have doctors orders to part with the king of all Pinot Noir! This bottle of 2007 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Nuits St-Georges 1er cru Les Boudots ($99) comes direct from the property from our friends at Atherton, and like most of the 2007’s, drinks fabulously right now. This wine showed excellent sweet beet fruit, savory depth, and incredible finesse and length. The tannins are completely resolved, and went perfectly with duck crepinettes from the fatted calf in San Francisco. This is the kind of Burgundy that gets people hooked- you have been warned!!!! –Gary Westby

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Premier Napa Valley Wine Auction: Part I

Friday February 24th, Napa Valley The weather is absolutely gorgeous up here. Chip Hammack, Martin Reyes and I are roughing it up in Napa. Today is the start of the Premier Napa Valley Wine Auction. Premier Napa Valley is a mid-winter barrel auction for the trade. This is one of the two auctions put together by the Napa Valley Vintners Association (The other, the Napa Valley Wine Auction, is held in the summer). It’s amazing how many people are in town. Retailers, wholesalers and restaurateurs are here from all over the county. The auction itself is actually on Saturday, but many of the wineries have open houses, tasting events and parties on the days leading up to the auction. The three of us got a head start yesterday. Our first appointment was a lunch at Redd restaurant, with Bob Roux of Caymus. Redd is the new hot spot in the Valley. Located in the restaurant heavy town of Yountville, Redd is sleek and modern and is run by Chef Richard Reddington. We were joined by some nice folks from New York, which brought the total for lunch to 10. We were lucky enough to enjoy a nice glass of Sancerre to start and then worked our way to the 1991 Caymus Special Select, which was served out of a 3 Liter. The 1991 Special Select blew us away. Its aromas were reminiscent of a Right Bank Bordeaux. The wine was developed but still fresh and loaded with fruit. After lunch our next appointment was at Opus One. We had a nice little private tasting, which included 1993, 1997 and the current 2002 vintage. The 2002 was showing great! If you purchased some from us recently, hold on to it. Our next appointment was a quick tasting at Flora Springs, which was highlighted by the 2002 25th Anniversary Cabernet. Since we hadn’t eaten for several hours, we decided to have an early 7 p.m. dinner at Bouchon in Napa, one of my favorite restaurants in Napa. Bouchon is a classic French Bistro. We went light, with a first course of Fois Gras followed by a delicious steak and frites. I brought a magnum of ‘75 Poujeaux , which showed great and paired with the steak nicely. It was an easy first day. Lots more to do tomorrow…More to come! —Trey Beffa Addendum: If the weather stays this nice Trey and I are going to scrap plans for opening a store in L.A., and we’re going to open a Martini Bar/Health Spa called BeffHams here in Yountville. We’ve been in talks with Thomas Keller to do the food. The concept revolves around a kind of gorging and purging scenario (very big these days in Hollywood). From what we’ve seen so far, we think it could really work. We also have plans to expand to a miniature golf/wine tasting contest. We think it would be an ideal way for Anne to study for her MW exam. —Chip Hammack

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