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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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An Oregon Experience...

OregonClockwise: The Maresh Red Barn Tasting Room, Josh Bergstrom, Mt. Hood reflecting on Trillium Lake and the Columbia River Gorge.

After a successful week in Washington, Bryan Brick and I headed down to the beautiful state of Oregon. If you get a chance, visit the Columbia Gorge area. It is one of the most beautiful places I have seen in my life with breathtaking views of the Columbia River and Mt. Hood. There are a couple very nice wines from this area that most people aren’t aware of. In The Dalles, the Erin Glenn Tasting Room & Bar is a great place to visit. They have a fantastic wine selection and live music on Friday evenings from 6-9 p.m. If you get hunger pains or just want a quick drink, check out Zim’s Brau Haus. Good food with good beer and pool tables, what else can you ask for? Farther south is the Wy’east Vineyards tasting room in the beautiful little town of Hood River, just minutes from Mt. Hood. The wines are beautiful and the view is stunning. There are a number of great Bed & Breakfasts in town to spend the night. Continuing south, we made our way to the jewel of Oregon Wine Country, the Willamette Valley. This was the first time I had visited the area after nine years in the business. Our main goal was to find great wines that were not being sold in California. Our second reason for being in the area was for Oregon Pinot Camp. We stayed at the “NutHouse” on the property of Argyle Winery for the first two days. In that time we tasted some very nice wines and had one memorable dinner. Only a few of the wines we tasted were not available in California, but they were incredible. Maresh is a direct-to-consumer winery that makes fantastic wines. Their 2007 Pinot Gris and 2006 Archery Summit Pinot Noir were outstanding. We begged and pleaded but in the end, we couldn’t get the wines for K&L. You will have to visit the Red Barn to get the wines. Next up was Bella Vida Vineyards. The winery has beautiful vistas, excellent wines and fantastic proprietors. All their offerings were outstanding, but the two that stuck out for me were the 2007 Gris-Ling and the 2006 Tardy Pinot Noir. Jean Tardy from Burgundy makes this wine so its Oregon fruit with a French soul. With the limited amounts made, we could possibly get some wine but we will see. Anderson Family Vineyards in the Dundee hills. It’s a very small vineyard, on top of a hillside with an amazing view of the whole valley. The Andersons were very hospitable and spent two hours talking and tasting with us. The wines were phenomenal. The true standouts were the 2006 Chardonnay and the 2006 Pinot Noir. This is a great Oregon Boutique winery. And yes, they will be selling us wine. We hope to have it in stock by August. Argyle winemaker Rollin Soles was very helpful while we were in the Valley (place to stay, where to eat and visit). He tried to help us track down the Holy Grail of Oregon wines, Thomas Vineyards. A very small producer, he is hesitant to sell to many retailers. Many of our staff are big fans of the wine and demanded that we acquire a little bit. Rollin called Mr. Thomas twice and Josh Bergstrom called him once. No luck…. Rollin reckoned we needed a great meal and said we must go to the Back Room at Nick’s. Nick’s Italian Café is legendary in McMinnville but this is a little place behind the restaurant. You walk through the alley, by the trash cans and open the door to a room with a bar and a pool table. Surrounding the room are bottles of empty classic Oregon wines. We sat down with the menu and on the wine list was the 2005 Thomas. We had to get it. Bryan had had it before, but I never had the opportunity. Wow! What a wine. I now know what the hubbub is all about. Beautiful red fruit, hints of clove, mushroom, forest floor and structure and acidity that will keep this in my cellar for at least five years. We enjoyed that bottle with pasta, salad and probably one of the most amazing things I have ever eaten—Bryan ordered it and made me try it—the “Pork Twinkie”. Braised pork belly breaded and than deep fried. Yes, I know… I thought the same thing. It happened to be amazing and I would recommend it to anyone who visits McMinnville. Oregon Pinot Camp next week… —Mike Jordan

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