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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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A Rhone Good Time

Last month K&L had the pleasure of hosting several of its favorite Rhone-area producers for a packed tasting of their delicious wines at the San Francisco store. For me it was particularly special since I spent two glorious days tasting and touring with two of these vintners last summer in France. The tasting marked the first time I'd seen them in almost a year and was just a wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon. My two pals - Jean Baptise Meunier (pictured second with an American friend) of Moulin de la Gardette in Gigondas and Rodolphe de Pins of Chateau de Montfaucon outside Chateauneuf du Pape (pictured third avec moi) - spent much of the tasting meeting new friends there to taste their wares and catching up with old acquaintances from the times they'd spent stateside learning about wine. It was a totally jovial gathering and more than a little packed in K&L's tasting room! "JB" and "Rudi" were joined at the event by a third vintner, the charming Cecile Chassagne, who produces a wonderfully approachable and fantastically priced Cotes du Rhone red under her own name along with a tasty Chateauneuf du Pape that at $20 a bottle is a great deal! Cecile is pictured above with me showing off one of her dynamite reds. Among my favorite wines of the day was JB's absolutely delicious 2004 Moulin de la Gardette "Cuvee Ventabren," which packs tons of the goodies we love so much in Rhone reds: provencal herbs, lavender, baking spices and lovely concentrated fruit. Yum! And Rudi's 2000 Chateau de Montfaucon "Baron Louis" - available in limited quantities in magnum - is a total delight: notes of caramelized oak, smoke, herbs and roses harmonize alongside terrifically suave tannins, making the Louis the perfect match for your herbed lamb roast this weekend. To Cecile, JB & Rudi: we hope you'll be back soon, and in the mean time keep sending us your wonderful wines! --- Courtney Cochran, aka Your Personal Sommelier, provides personalized wine services to adventurous wine collectors, purveyors and enthusiasts, making wine accessible and fun for those who think outside the mainstream wine box. Visit her site at

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