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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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May242007

Pure Wine: Varner

The whole natural wine movement is pretty clearly established in France, but what about in the U.S.? It’s not a unified movement like it is overseas, but there are definitely people doing the right thing. Bob and Jim Varner planted their vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the ’80s. They’d heard that vines planted on their own rootstock produce better wines, so that’s what they did. In the late 19th century an epidemic spread throughout the vineyards of Europe; a root parasite called phylloxera decimated the vineyards of France and then made its way throughout the rest of the continent. A solution to the problem was found in the roots of native American grape vines. When the classic European wine varieties were grafted on American rootstock, they were able to resist phylloxera. The epidemic was cured, but many people claim that the quality of the wine was affected. Two of the Varner’s vineyards have been producing Chardonnay from vines growing on their own roots for 23 years. These vines are still healthy and produce wines that are distinctive and speak of the vineyards where they grow. Farming is non-interventionist; the Varners let the microbial life of the soil do its own thing. Wine making is simple and relatively hands off. Fermentation is done by wild yeast, sulfur is only added at bottling. The resulting wines are delicious and distinctive, crisp and lively expressions of Chardonnay with healthy acidity and individual character. The 2005 Varner Ampitheater Block Chardonnay ($27.99) is crisp and citrusy, while the 2005 Varner Home Block Chardonnay ($29.99) is pleasantly nutty with a touch of earthiness. The vineyards are adjacent, but they each have a unique flavor—and that is the goal of natural winemaking. —Paul Courtright

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