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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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Entries from April 1, 2007 - April 30, 2007


K&L Wine Buyer Anne Pickett, Direct from Spain

Day 2 in Spain: Jeres, the breakfast of champions! Day 2 of MadWine, begins with a 10 a.m. sherry tasting. The wines were phenomenal. The Palo Cortado VORS Capuchino, the Oloros VORS Covadonga, and a sherry from yesterday, the oloroso from Rey Fernando de Castillo were all wonderful. These rare wines are difficult to buy…just ask Gary our sherry buyer. They are rare wines sometimes even in Spain. The monastrell tasting from the wines of Murcia, the large region which is home to Yecla, Bullas and Jumilla, was a great revelation with high quality wines from all of the entries…many of which are favorites with you K & L’ers. Pancho Campo led a discussion on the impact of global warming on the business of wine. Some Spanish wine makers are extremely concerned about this subject because Spain may very well be left wine-less if the problem is not solved. Finally, the superstar tasting at the end of the day featured famous wines from Spain with a famous moderator, Serena Sutcliffe, MW. The 1996 Unico from Vega Sicilia was a classic elegant beauty that will live for a long time. The Pingus, El Nido, and Termanthia were an homage to modern Spanish wine making. The Clos Erasmus shone as an example of great modern winemaking that respects the terroir and the fruit. Even this 2003 showed style, elegance, and grace in addition to power. Kudos to Daphne Glorian and her assistant winemaker Ester Nin! Tomorrow…on the road

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Chip’s Quips: Qupe

2004 Qupe Roussanne Bien Nacido Hillside Estate ($34.99) This is 100% roussanne, a difficult varietal with which to work. But in the capable hands of winemaker/viticulturist Bob Lindquist it is a beautiful wine. This is confirmed by the 90 points given to the wine by Robert Parker and the 91 points bestowed by Stephen Tanzer. Orange rind and honeysuckle lead you straight away to rousanne. Minerals and white flowers give it complexity. The pears and pineapple aromas and flavors are an added bonus. It’s hard to imagine a better domestic Rousanne. The wine is fermented and aged in Francois Frere Burgundy barrels. This gives it a rounder and richer texture than your average California white, while its mouth watering freshness gives it perfect balance. Only 550 cases were made, so buy it now while the vintage lasts. Drink it now and over the next 10 years. 2003 Qupe Syrah Hillside Estate ($34.99) The Z block of the Hillside Estate where this 100% Syrah comes from is one of the most famous sites connected to the Bien Nacido Vineyard. Loaded with crème de cassis, blackberries and a tell-tale pepperyness that lets you know its Syrah, there’s a smokiness that adds another layer of complexity. The wine expands out as it hits your tongue and slides down your throat. The 2003 is more approachable than previous vintages of Hillside Estate. This is a dense chewy Syrah without being over extracted. Scoring 92 points from Robert Parker and 92+ from Stephen Tanzer, this limited production Syrah is very pleasurable to drink now and over this next decade. —Chip Hammack

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Boutique Corner

This is a great month for great wines at great prices. Many small-production wines can be a little on the pricey side. This month I have three wines showing that small production doesn’t necessarily mean expensive. 2003 Willow Brook Cellars Dutton Ranch Chardonnay ($19.99) Yes, a Dutton Ranch Chardonnay for under $20. The fruit for this wine comes from the Old Rome Block of Chardonnay located at Dutton Home Ranch on Graton Road in Green Valley. It was a former apple orchard. Aromas of honeysuckle, pear, and green apple with hints of pineapple. On the palate, this wine is rich and full bodied with lively fruit, sweet vanilla, butterscotch flavors and a refreshing long crisp finish. 2004 Sawbuck Yolo County Malbec ($9.99) Look out Argentina, Malbec is starting to make its presence felt in California. This wine is big and rich with an abundance of bright fruit. A blend of 77% malbec, 9% cabernet sauvignon, 7% syrah, 6% graciano, 1% tempranillo. If Malbec is your love, this is not to be missed. 2004 Sawbuck Yolo County Malbec ($9.99) Tempranillo is a varietal I love. A good Rioja is always a pleasure. This wine will remind you how good tempranillo is. A rich, spicy wine with flavors of blueberry and black cherry. 76% Tempranillo, 10% Malbec, 7% Syrah, 7% Petit Verdot. –Mike Jordan

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