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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
Nov172010

Wine Wednesday: Turkey on the Brain

I have a love/hate relationship with Thanksgiving. I love the concept--an entire day devoted to gratitude, friends and family --and I love the food...mostly. You see, for me the problem with Thanksgiving is that there's too much food. Don't get me wrong, I love a big family feast, but the modern Thanksgiving meal often seems a little disjointed, a bunch of random dishes made to satisfy one person or another, all piled on a plate, but not always complementary. That makes finding the right Thanksgiving wine as hard as proving what the Pilgrims actually ate. Too bad America's best known historic oenophile Thomas Jefferson never weighed in on the subject.

So that brings us today's wine, which, incidentally isn't American, but has the capacity to please nearly everyone at the table--from Aunt Sally dropping ice cubes into her glass to cousin Phil, who seems to think everything he does is better or more interesting than everyone else. The 2009 La Hitaire Blanc "Les Tours" Vin de Pays des Cotes de Cascogne ($9.99) comes from Southwestern France is is made from Ugni Blanc, Colombard and Gros Manseng, similar to the composition of Cognac. Citrus-scented, the wine has hints of orange blossom, tangerine and nectarine on its nose. In the mouth, it's like biting into a sweet, juicy ripe nectarine, with hints of lime and mineral filling in. It's balanced and clean on the finish, with plenty of acidity throughout to add succulence to the driest turkey and a sprightly bounce and sweetness to cranberry sauce. Most importantly, it's priced so that you can enjoy bottle after bottle, slowly drowning out everything your cousin Phil seems to be blathering on about.

Check back tomorrow for more Thanksgiving picks, as well as some Turkey Day recipes from some of our favorite wineries.

Leah Greenstein

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