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So why is the 2012 Ladera Cabernet—made from almost entirely from Howell Mountain fruit, from an incredible vintage—sitting pretty at $34.99? I honestly can't tell you. Maybe it's because no one knows how good the Ladera holdings in Howell Mountain are. Or maybe it's the pride that winemaker Jade Barrett takes in making a serious wine for a reasonable price. Or maybe it's because Ladera is an overlooked gem in a sea of Napa alternatives. For whatever the reason, I'm not going to complain. We tasted the 2012 vintage at our staff training yesterday and I was just floored by the quality of this wine. Dark, fleshy fruit cloaked in fine tannins, bits of earth, and in total balance, with enough gusto to go the long haul in your cellar. It's a whole lotta wine for $34.99, and it's made primarily from Howell Mountain grapes, harvested during a great vintage. 

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Jan062011

Beer Tastings This Weekend

Attention beer fans: Set your DVRs to record Saturday's first NFL playoff games and come down to K&L Hollywood or K&L Redwood City for a beer tasting extravaganza! Our beer guys, Steve Greer and Bryan Brick, have each put together a tasting to highlight some newly-arrived wintry brews that promise to warm you up from the inside out. If you can't make it, click on the links below, invite some buddies over and set up your own tasting at home.

In Hollywood (3-5:30 p.m.) - selections are subject to change

Einbecker Schwarzbier, Germany

Amager Bryghus "Julebryg" Danish Holiday Ale, Denmark

Telegraph Brewing Company Winter Ale Brewed with Spices and Chili Peppers, California

Stone "Lucky Bastard" Strong Ale, California

2001 George Gale & Company Ltd "Gale's Prize" Old Ale, England

2005 George Gale & Company Ltd "Gale's Prize" Old Ale, England

Oy Sinebyrchoff Ab "Sinebrychoff" Baltic Porter, Finland

Grand Teton Brewing Cellar Reserve "Black Cauldron" Imperial Stout, Wyoming

Brouwerij De Dolle "Special Extra Export" Stout, Belgium

Avery Brewing Company "The Beast" Grand Cru, Colorado

Aecht Schlenkerla "Oak Smoke" Rauchbier, Germany

 

In Redwood City (1-4 p.m.) - selections are subject to change

North Coast Brewing "Old Stock-Brewers Reserve" Old Ale, California

De Struise Brouwers "Tsjeeses Reserva" Belgian X-Mas Ale, Belgium

Hair of the Dog "Doggie Claws" Barleywine, California

Nøgne-Ø/Jolly Pumpking/Stone "Special Holiday Ale"

Mikkeller "From/To" Christmas Porter, Denmark

Mikkeller "From/Via/To" Christmas Porter, Denmark

Brouwerij De Ranke "Pere Noel" Strong Pale Ale, Belgium

RCH Brewery "Ale Mary" Winter Seasonal Ale, England

Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe "Monk's Christmas" Bock, Germany

Midnight Sun "Cohoho" Imperia IPA Brewed with Brown Sugar and Honey, Alaska

Firestone Walker "XIV" Anniversary Ale

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Reader Comments (1)

Sounds incredible, Steve. Hope we can make it. Any chance you can set up a TV in the tasting room?
January 6, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNeal

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