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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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Friday
Feb142014

Rose for Valentine's Day!

My lineup for tomorrow's tasting- Scott will pour the same in SF!

Cinnamon and I can’t stand the “amateur night” atmosphere in restaurants on Valentine’s Day, so we always cook in and use our budget for better wine. Lots of folks put Valentine’s Day down for being a Hallmark holiday, but I am not ashamed to celebrate love for the silliest of reasons. This year Cinnamon is cooking a special surprise for me, since I get off work late, but one thing is for sure- we will be having a great bottle of Champagne. I have the Bruno Michel "Les Roses" Brut Rosé Champagne ready to go!

Just like every year, we will be featuring rose Champagne in the tasting bar for Valentine’s Day. Since it has fallen on a Friday (today!) we are having the tasting on Saturday the 15th, so as to keep the spirit rolling for one more day. Scott and I will be pouring the same wines in both San Francisco and Redwood City. Here is the list:

NV Laurent Perrier, Tours Sur Marne-$64.99 (750 ml) and $149.99 (1.5L)

NV Marguet, Ambonnay-$89.99 (1.5L)

NV Billecart-Salmon, Mareuil Sur Marne-$74.99 (750 ml) and $169.00 (1.5L)

NV Michel Arnould, Verzenay-$39.99 (750 ml) and $79.99 (1.5L)

NV Fleury, Courteron-$49.99 (750 ml) and $109.99 (1.5L)

NV Bruno Michel, Pierry-$89.99 (1.5L)

NV Bruno Michel “Les Roses”, Pierry-$49.99 (750 ml)

Mari is going to pour a little bit of a different set in Los Angeles, including some of the red wine that makes so much Champagne pink:

NV Baron Fuente "Dolores" Brut Rose
NV Billecart Salmon Brut Rose
NV Michel Arnould Verzenay Brut Rose
NV Fleury Brut Rose
NV Louis Sostene "Cuvee LSR" 1er Cru Brut Rose
NV Michel Loriot "Theodorine" Brut Rose
NV Pierre Paillard "Acte 1" Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut
NV Pierre Paillard "Acte 1" Grand Cru Blanc de Noir Brut
2002 Daniel Ginsburg "Cuvee Prestige Louis XVII" Brut
2008 Pierre Paillard Bouzy Rouge Coteaux Champenois

The events are all walk in, and all cost $20 to taste. The hours are noon to 3pm in SF, 1pm to 4pm in RWC and 3pm to 5:30pm in LA. I hope you can make it!

A toast to you- and hopefully with you!

Gary Westby

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