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With the James Bond movie Spectre being released today, no time could be better to drink Bollinger. The most suave spy in the world has been sipping on Bollinger since Moonraker in 1979. While we can’t all drive a fully loaded, customized machine gun having Aston Martin, we certainly can chill down a bottle of Bolli! The 2004 Bollinger "Grande Année" Brut Champagne ($109) is as good as Champagne gets; all barrel fermented and full of masculine, Pinot Noir power and high class elegance. We even have a few bottles of the limited 2009 Bollinger "James Bond 007" Brut Champagne ($195) in stock for the diehard fan of Bond & Champagne!

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What We're Drinking

The K&L staff had fun this weekend. Here's a sampling of what they drank. How about you?

Mulan Chan-Randel, K&L Rhône and French Regional wine buyer: At my friend's house for an outdoor dinner: Grilled salmon in grape leaves, entrecote of beef, assorted grilled vegetables, artisanal cheeses, macaroons and flourless chocolate cake. We paired all that with: 2001 J.J. Christoffel Urziger Wurzgarten Spätlese, 1992 Domaine de Chevalier Blanc, 1981 Palmer and 1962 Palmer. I have very nice friends.

Anne Pickett, Redwood City: I had a glass of the 2008 Julian Chivite Gran Feudo Rosado from Navarra with three kinds of tapas: Garbanzos con Chorizo, papas bravas and pan con tomate. A la Furia Roja!!! Salud!!


David Othenin-Girard, K&L Spirits buyer: I had the 1998 Montfaucon Côte de Rhône - It was ridiculous!!! I also had the Kern River Brewing Company's "Just Outstanding" IPA.  It's so good that no one will be able to find any...

Mahon McGrath, K&L Hollywood: A tuxedo cocktail: Gin, Sherry and Orange bitters. I hadn't tried it with a dry Amontillado Sherry before, Lustau Los Arcos in this case, but it was a much more satisfying drink than when I've had it with Fino or Manzanilla sherry, which always seemed to disappear when mixed. The  nutty, salty sweetness of Amontillado really came through on the finish. The Los Arcos also made a more compelling version of the Bamboo cocktail, too. (That's 1:1 Dry Vermouth and Sherry, with two dashes orange bitters, two drops of Angostura and a lemon twist for a garnish.)

David Driscoll, K&L Spirits buyer: I drank a Vieux Carré cocktail  (Dudognon Reserve Cognac, Rye whiskey, Benedictine, Sweet Vermouth, Peychaud's and Angostura bitters, served up) at the Slanted Door in SF, made by master mixologist Jennifer Colliau.


Last week I was at a beautiful wedding at a farm in Sebastopol. The bride and groom arranged to have a phenomenal bar stocked with sipping quality spirits. Among those was the Zaya Gran Reserva. Over ice, sitting in the sun, watching the kids try to catch the ducklings and the adults congratulate the happy couple, I thought, "This is the perfect flavor to associate with this day."

Their generosity was rewarded with a gift of 12 year Hibiki Japanese Whiskey, which we've already heard is being thoroughly enjoyed.




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I had a shot of rye whiskey. :)
September 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRye Whiskey

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