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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
May282010

Caipirinha: The National Cocktail of Brazil

We have a national bird; the Brazilians have a national cocktail: Caipirinha. Perhaps this explains why they seem to know a lot more about having fun than we do. 

But we can try, right?

In San Francisco, Memorial Day weekend is celebrated with a Latin flare.  For three decades running, the Mission District - the historical and cultural "heart" of San Francisco - hosts one of the largest Latin Carnival festivals in the country over Memorial Day weekend.  Its a weekend of vivid colors, live performance, and non-stop dance.

A distant cousin to Cuba's Mojito, Caipirinha is made from cachaça (pronounced "ca-cha-za"), an alcoholic beverage distilled from fermented sugar cane juice.

Can't find your headdress? No worries, you can still samba in the streets and celebrate life with this easy to make summer cocktail!

Brazilian Caipirinha:

Ingredients:

2 oz Cachaça (try Ypioca Silver Cachaca)
1 quarter fresh lime
1 oz lime juice
1 bar spoon sugar

Directions:

Muddle spoon sugar and lime for 5 seconds. Add Cachaça and 1 oz lime juice. Shake the mixture and strain into a rocks glass over ice.  EASY!

Caipirinha with Basil (Created by Michael Waterhouse of Devin Tavern, NYC and courtesy of Beleza Brazil)

2 oz Beleza Pura Cachaça
1 quarter fresh lime
1 oz lime juice
1 bar spoon sugar
10 basil leaves
1 bar spoon white pepper corns
Garnish: Sprig of Basil

Muddle 1 bar spoon of white pepper corns - add sugar, 1 lime quarter and basil leaves – muddle for 5 seconds. Add Beleza Pura Cachaça and 1 oz lime juice. Shake the mixture and strain into a rocks glass over ice. Garnish with sprig of basil.

Tin Tin!

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Chiara Shannon

Head Sommelier

Personal Sommelier Service | Tastings

email: sommelier@klwines.com