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Buying ready to drink 1er cru Burgundy is not easy. For a couple of years I did the Old and Rare wine buying here at K&L and found it easy to find California Cabernet and even Bordeaux from collectors. But Burgundy… Forget it. They had to die, get a divorce or have doctors orders to part with the king of all Pinot Noir! This bottle of 2007 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Nuits St-Georges 1er cru Les Boudots ($99) comes direct from the property from our friends at Atherton, and like most of the 2007’s, drinks fabulously right now. This wine showed excellent sweet beet fruit, savory depth, and incredible finesse and length. The tannins are completely resolved, and went perfectly with duck crepinettes from the fatted calf in San Francisco. This is the kind of Burgundy that gets people hooked- you have been warned!!!! –Gary Westby

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Food-Pairing Friday: Pumpkin!

It's Halloween weekend and you know what that means...pumpkin guts! But rather than toss the pulpy orange innards of this season's jack-o-lantern, why not cook it? Pumpkin is sweet and earthy and as much a part of autumn as falling leaves. If you've already carved your pumpkin, but still want to eat something festive, try picking up some sugar babies--smaller, sweeter, more flavorful pumpkins--from the farmers' market. And the best part? There are dozens of wines to complement pumpkin in every iteration, from sweet to savory to spicy. I asked around K&L for some of our staff's suggestions, and this is what they came up with. These recipes would all be at home on next month's Thanksgiving table, too. Happy Halloween!

"Pumpkin pie a la mode with the Kuchan Juglans Nigra Black Walnut Liqueur ($29.99)," says Chiara Shannon. "It would be SUPERB with pumpkin pie. So aromatic, full of candied nut, caramel and baking spice notes. Great viscosity and depth of flavor." 

Of course, finding a pumpkin pie recipe that uses REAL pumpkin can be difficult. If you're ambitious, try tweaking the recipe for Pumpkin Pie with Pepita Nut and Ginger Topping from Bon Appetit or the Black Walnut Pumpkin Pie from Saveur to replace the canned pumpkin and let us know how it turns out.

Eric Story suggests Hungarian Tokaji, the original dessert wine--famous long before d'Yquem's Sauternes--which would bring out all the honeyed apple and spice notes of the Apple and Pumpkin Upside Down Cake from La Tartine Gourmande.

You don't have to use the squid ink in Tony Tahhan's Witch Hat Pumpkin Ravioli, but they're so darn festive you might just want to. Anne Pickett suggests pairing the ravioli with a Friulano and our offerings from Ermacora and Blason are among the best.

Spice up Martha Stewart's Harvest Pumpkin Soup and Steve Greer thinks you'd have a match for Vouvray that's as natural as witches and broomsticks. One of our favorites? The 2009 Pierre et Catherine Breton "La Dilettante" Vouvray Sec.

What's your favorite pumpkin and wine pairing?

Leah Greenstein

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