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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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Wednesday
Nov102010

Wine Wednesday: Antech Blanquette de Limoux

Every year it seems like the distance between Halloween ghosts and Thanksgiving turkeys gets shorter and shorter. And this year, Hanukkah Harry is hot on the bird's tail, with the Festival of Light starting on December 1st! Before you know it Christmas music will be playing in every store you walk into. It's enough to make you want to crawl back under the covers (it's pitch black at 6 a.m. now anyway).

To take the edge of the impending and inevitable holiday madness, I'm stocking up on the Antech "Brut Nature" Blanquette de Limoux ($12.99) and suggest that you do too. Made in the method ancestrale, which is the same spontaneous way another of my favorite sparklers Bugey Cerdon is made, from Mauzac (90%) and 5% each Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay from Carcassonne and Limoux in the Languedoc. 

This is a sweeter style bubbly that delivers tangy Gravenstein apple and D'Anjou pear flavors and a fine, steady stream of delicate bubbles. It reminds me of a Moscato d'Asti with more intense sparkle. And while it could take on your Thanksgiving pumpkin pie like Pacquiao in the ring, I think it would also be delightful with savory latkes smothered in sour cream and apple chutney or salty sweet bacon-wrapped dates stuffed with Manchego cheese and Marcona almonds.

Leah Greenstein

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