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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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Getting to Know: Keith Mabry

Editor's Note: This was supposed to publish last Thursday while I was on the road, but due to a computer glitch, we're getting it up today.

What do you do at K&L?

I am the Assistant Manager in Hollywood. I was hired in February 2007 to help open the sexiest and most exciting wine store in the Los Angeles area!

What did you do before you started here?

I was the manager of the Los Angeles Wine Company for six years and I was a manager at Wally’s for two years before that.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love to cook for my friends, dance Argentine tango and excessively watch movies and TV.

What’s your favorite movie?

About a Boy starring Hugh Grant.

What was your “epiphany wine?”

It was a Dr. Fischer Kabinett I tried at a wine class in college. When I tasted it everything came into focus for me. The wine was probably a little flabby, the sweetness appealing to my soda pop palate, but the romance of wine shined through and it definitely spoke to me. Each time I taste the Franck Bonville Cuvée Les Belles Voyes I have the feeling that I got when I tried the Fischer.

Describe your perfect meal. What wine(s) would you pair with it?

I would love to have dinner at Urusawa in Beverly Hills with lots of Champagne and Burgundy. Otherwise, I’d love a homemade cheesesteak with red peppers, onions and mushrooms served with the 1991 Chateau Montelena Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.

How do you think your palate has changed over the years?

I definitely started out loving bold flavored, New World wines, but I have become much more of a Francophile over the years. I love Bordeaux, Champagne, the Loire and Rhône Valleys.

What do you like to drink?

A little bit of everything. I enjoy beer, cocktails and wine, of course. I love Loire Valley whites and German Rieslings for my daily drinking.

What words of advice do you have to offer people just getting into wine?

Don’t be intimidated. It seems like you need vast knowledge to truly enjoy wine, but you don’t! My experience started with a $10 wine.

If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would you invite?

Abraham Lincoln—something solid and well built like Bordeaux, maybe a Latour. Billy Wilder—something precocious and charming like a Donnhoff Riesling. Ernest Hemingway—single malts and rye whisky (and lots of it!)

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