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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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Monday
Apr162012

Steak & Claret Night at the Westbys

By: Gary Westby | K&L Champagne Buyer

Cinnamon and I are on a very strict diet, and one of the most important parts of that diet is eating steak and drinking claret on Friday nights. Bordeaux is magic with steak. I know that many of you might think it is less than cutting edge, but this pairing is a classic for a reason. Recently we picked up ¼ of a steer from Fred Manas at Double Bar O ranch in Esparto, CA, and this past Friday we indulged in a T-Bone from our haul. We gave it four days of dry age in the fridge, added salt and pepper and tossed it in the cast iron pan. We let it rest with a dab of black truffle butter on top and made some fries and a salad to go with it.

"The 1997 Potensac is one of the most youthful 1997s I have tasted..."The 1997 Potensac, Médoc ($26.99) is one of the most youthful 1997s I have tasted and needed the hour that we gave it in the decanter. It is very, very dark, and if I had tasted it blind I am positive I would have missed the vintage. That being said, I think the wine has a lot of charm now as well as power. This is a virile wine with plenty of strict tannin and acidity, but with plenty of black currant fruit to balance it out. It was perfect with the steak, but I would not trifle with this wine with finger food. It got better and better as the night went on and by the last glass was quite layered and complex.

This is a steal and $26.99. If there is a steak in your future, don't miss it!

Gary Westby

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Dinner at the Westby's, never a disappointment! Wish I'd been there to enjoy. My best to you and Cindy.
April 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRyan Owen

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