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So why is the 2012 Ladera Cabernet—made from almost entirely from Howell Mountain fruit, from an incredible vintage—sitting pretty at $34.99? I honestly can't tell you. Maybe it's because no one knows how good the Ladera holdings in Howell Mountain are. Or maybe it's the pride that winemaker Jade Barrett takes in making a serious wine for a reasonable price. Or maybe it's because Ladera is an overlooked gem in a sea of Napa alternatives. For whatever the reason, I'm not going to complain. We tasted the 2012 vintage at our staff training yesterday and I was just floored by the quality of this wine. Dark, fleshy fruit cloaked in fine tannins, bits of earth, and in total balance, with enough gusto to go the long haul in your cellar. It's a whole lotta wine for $34.99, and it's made primarily from Howell Mountain grapes, harvested during a great vintage. 

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Champagne Extravaganza Comes to Hollywood

Forty-plus-year-old bottles of Champagne Philippe Gonet resting in the cellar. Photo courtesy of Champagne Philippe Gonet.If you go to just one wine event all year, it should be the upcoming Champagne Tent Event at K&L Hollywood. A more lounge-y version of our already-sold-out event in San Francisco, this year's Champagne extravaganza will undoubtedly be our best yet. This year's line-up includes nearly 100 exceptional bubblies, from non-vintage Bollinger to 2002 Dom Perignon and Cristal to 1988 Veuve-Clicquot "Rare" Vintage Champagne, plus tasty treats from Cube Marketplace. But what really makes this tasting extraordinary is that, in addition to the dozens of Grand Marque Champagnes being poured, a number of the artisanal grower/producers exclusive to K&L will be flying in to pour and talk about their own wines. Our special guests will include, among others, Isabelle Destouches of Champagne Franck Bonville, Chantal Gonet of Champagne Philippe Gonet, Paul-Vincent and Caroline Ariston of Ariston Aspasie and Eric de Brissis of Champagne Baron Fuente. This is a rare opportunity to meet these charming individuals in such an intimate setting and to talk to them about their spectacular, unique wines. Tickets are $75 per person and selling fast--that's the cost of a single glass of the $499 2002 Cristal (if it were sold by the glass).

K&L Hollywood's Champagne Tent Event

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

4-7 p.m. at 1400 Vine Street, Hollywood (map)

Buy your tickets here or call 877-KLWINES.



Free Corkage! Buy a bottle of Champagne at our Hollywood Tent Event and get free corkage on that bottle that night at the Hungry Cat (323.462.2155), the Mercantile (323.962.8202) and the District (323.962.8200), all in Hollywood.

 Leah Greenstein

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