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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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Wednesday
Dec292010

Wine of the Week: 1999 Tarlant "Rosé Prestige"

Just because it's almost 2011 doesn't mean you can't still party like it's 1999. Of course, this time around you don't have to worry about Y2K or any other millennium fear-mongering, all you need is our Wine of the Week, the 1999 Tarlant "Rosé Prestige" Extra Brut Chamapgne ($79.99).

Champagne Tarlant is an exceptional house in the Marne Valley, established in 1687. Their vines are planted to a combination of limestone, chalk, sand and pebbly soils, which lend the wines their distinctive character. The 1999 Rosé Prestige is a blend of 85% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot Noir, and it smells like summer--something all of us could use a little of after all this rain and snow. Strawberries, cherries and muskmelon dominate the nose and palate, complemented by a subtle hint of roasted almonds. Its mousse is wonderfully delicate, carrying pearls of minerals across your tongue. Try it with oysters, paté or other charcuterie. It would also be delicious with traditional Italian cotechino and lentils or black-eyed peas and greens.

Happy New Year!

Leah Greenstein