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With the James Bond movie Spectre being released today, no time could be better to drink Bollinger. The most suave spy in the world has been sipping on Bollinger since Moonraker in 1979. While we can’t all drive a fully loaded, customized machine gun having Aston Martin, we certainly can chill down a bottle of Bolli! The 2004 Bollinger "Grande Année" Brut Champagne ($109) is as good as Champagne gets; all barrel fermented and full of masculine, Pinot Noir power and high class elegance. We even have a few bottles of the limited 2009 Bollinger "James Bond 007" Brut Champagne ($195) in stock for the diehard fan of Bond & Champagne!

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Give that One Three Stickies!

Happy May everyone. Jim Barr here, taking over for Joe Z., as he is on vacation. I have been chosen to write his column. With my selections, of course. In lieu of my usual barking dogs scoring system (though I know you all love it) I will use Joe's stick men, or “stickies” as he likes to call them. After all of the abuse I’ve taken from Joe, it will be fun to “sticky” it to him! I made a joke hahahah! Joe Zebra head thinks he is way funny when he makes fun of me. Like HE hasn’t mistaken a water pitcher for a spit bucket. Like HE’S never said to Robert Mondavi “I thought you were dead?” Like HE hasn’t asked a winemaker what percentage of red wine and white wine did he use to make his rosé! 1975 Poujeaux (1.5L $169.99). Poujeaux is French for “Joe is an idiot!” Haha! I’m stone deaf but funny as a doorknob, you bet I am. Poujeaux is a small-production, high-quality wine from Moulis, which is not a cow town. (Moo-lis! A great play on weirds!) Anyway, the 1975 Poujeaux (French for… oh, did that one already) is showing beautifully, at once sturdy and evenly balanced with ripe fruit flavors that dance between layers of earth and cedar. My next selection, the 1910 Barbeito Sercial Reserva Madeira ($189.95) is a lovely old soul. Sercial is considered a very dry style, with a quality of almonds (and a hint of bittersweet chocolate with extended age). The dry side is represented by crisp notes of orange peel and a refreshing tangy acidity. Madeira wines are tremendous values and guaranteed to serve up a unique wine experience. Also in stock is the 1933 Justino’s Malmsey Madeira ($179.95), which shows more richness and chocolate/fudge notes as well as orange essence. They are different. They are lovely. Hard to believe that wine makes an appearance in Joe’s column! I see that Joe bought the 1970 Graham Port ($199.00) as well. Once in a while he gets it right. This is a full-flavored 1970, as befits the Graham’s style. Over a decade ago, Michael Broadbent described the wine as having… “lots of fruit, grip, length, tannin and acidity.” That was true, but that was then. This now mature. This is a wonderful, complete, stately wine that deserves top ranking. Now, I would like to tell a mean-spirited story about Joe, just as he does every month at my expense: On April first of last year I came to work at the usual time. Everything seemed normal, or as normal as it can be for K&L. I hung up my coat and reached for my clipboard, without which I cannot function. And then all heck broke loose. The clipboard had Superglue on it, and it became cemented to my hand. Someone called out “April Fools!” as I ran about the shop flapping my arm. With all of the flapping I could not see where I was going and POW! I ran right into a floor stack of Bloody Mary mix and went butt over teakettle. Now covered in tomato mixture, I walked by the checkout counter on my way to the washroom and a customer screamed “Call an ambulance! This man is bleeding to death!” I was tackled by fellow employee Susan Purnell, who held on to my back. I hate people on my back, and so I ran into the parking lot, still all red. Customers screamed. Employees laughed. Before I could open my mouth the paramedics had strapped me onto a stretcher and were about to close the ambulance doors. That’s when I saw it: Joe getting out of his car… with mismatched socks! Take that, Joe Zebra head! Ah, revenge is sweet. —Joe Zugelder

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