Last week's "What We're Drinking" post garnered some many responses from our staff that I couldn't fit them all. So here are the rest. I'm sure no one will mind. By the looks of it, many of them are likely still recovering!
Bryan Brick, Redwood City's Beer and Domestic wine buyer had: "a triple B-Day kegger with the amazing trinity of Coniston Bluebird Bitter, Lost Abbey Carnevale Dry Hopped Saison and De Ranke XX Bitter. It was a ruling B-Day jam! All the beers went great with the sun and the 30 pounds of meat (leg of lamb, pork butt, brisket and spare ribs) I smoked."
Steve Bearden, San Francisco's Bordeaux specialist drank 1996 Haut Pontet at my place in the Russian River Valley, outdoors under the Redwoods. The wine was much better that it should have been. Lots of dark, round fruit, good acidity and a touch of tannin. Fairly substantial with no hard edges, a bit of smoke and mineral. It went well with grilled chicken."
Chiara Shannon, K&L's Personal Sommelier has been celebrating her 30th birthday since June 7th, and has drank some incredible wines along the way:
At Heaven’s Dog Restaurant: 2007 Scholium Project Naucratis "Lost Slough Vineyard" Verdelho and 2007 Moric Blaufränkisch.
At Terroir Wine Merchant: A little red Anjou and the 2006 Philippe Pacalet Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Bel Air."
In SF, with friends, with cake: 2009 Saracco Moscato d'Asti, the 2009 Tierra de Luna Torrontes-Chardonnay Mendoza, the 2005 Vincent Girardin Bourgogne Rouge "Emotion de Terroirs", the 2006 Red Lion California Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2008 Antech "Cuvee Eugenie" Cremant de Limoux.
In LA, with family for Asado Dominguero feast: Ariston Aspasie "Brut Prestige" Champagne (1.5L), the 2009 Gurrutxaga Bizkaiko Txakolina Rosé, the 2009 Valleclaro Rosé Valles de Benavente, the 2008 La Montagnetta Il Ciaret Freisa Chiaretto, the 2008 La Madrid Bonarda Mendoza, the 1998 Château de Montfaucon "Baron Louis" Côtes du Rhône (1.5L) x2 and the 1970 Graham’s (1.5L).
Back in SF (at home with husband, after catching a matinee performance of "Brooklyn Heights," with slow-braised short ribs): Fleury "Carte Rouge" Brut Champagne and the 1980 Lopez de Heredia "Viña Tondonia" Gran Reserva Rioja.
San Francisco's Mike Barber was also celebrating his 30th, last weekend, which he did in Sonoma County and at Lake Mansion on Clear Lake.
We hopped two wineries, Joseph Swan and Acorn (I love the '06 Medley from acorn, a field blend Zin with 10 different kinds of Muscat. This is an only-in-California kind of wine and very delicious). Then we went to the Lagunitas and Mendocino Brewing Company breweries. (My buddy bought me a 2-liter growler of my favorite at Lagunitas: "Little Sumpin' Wild," a special release spicy and golden ale of theirs.)
Also consumed (with 13 friends to help me): 1 bottle Embajador Reposado Mezcal, 2 bottles Buffalo Trace K&L exclusive, 1 bottle Wild Turkey rye, 1 bottle Citadelle gin (all fantastic bottles for the money), 2 bottles stoli vodka, and 10 cases of really cheap beer (Hamms!)
Gary Westby, K&L's Champagne and Sherry buyer left the Champagne and Sherry behind this weekend. Instead, "I had the 1999 André Brunel "Les Cailloux" Châteauneuf-du-Pape this Saturday night with venison sausage. It was the second to last bottle of a half case that I bought on pre-arrival years and years ago. It has turned silky now that it is 11 years old, but the nose is still full of tar, game and black fruit. It went great with the venison sausage! It was a big wine, but maintained its balance and had enough grace notes for the food. I bought more of the 1998 the year before (like 18 bottles!) and would be pleased to trade what I have left of that more famous vintage for the 1999!
Michael Jordan, K&L San Francisco's Domestic wine buyer busted a few bottles out of the cellar. He had the: 1980 BV Latour (1.5L) He described that as, "Amazing and vibrant wine. Full of fresh blue fruit and amazing structure. The wine still had time to age. With a mushroom risotto. I also drank the 1998 Antinori Solaia, which came out of the gate a little rough. Two hours into dinner the wine came out of its shell and showed its beauty and finesse with great with House-made egg pappardelle with veal, pork and porcini mushroom Bolognese, rosemary and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Christie Cartwright from K&L Hollywood: I drank a magnum of 2006 Seasmoke Southing at the Gold Rush Steakhouse (at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo) this past Father's Day with some family/friends. It was showing very nicely and was juicy enough to stand up to my filet mignon and baked potato with all the fixins! Yummy.