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Buying ready to drink 1er cru Burgundy is not easy. For a couple of years I did the Old and Rare wine buying here at K&L and found it easy to find California Cabernet and even Bordeaux from collectors. But Burgundy… Forget it. They had to die, get a divorce or have doctors orders to part with the king of all Pinot Noir! This bottle of 2007 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Nuits St-Georges 1er cru Les Boudots ($99) comes direct from the property from our friends at Atherton, and like most of the 2007’s, drinks fabulously right now. This wine showed excellent sweet beet fruit, savory depth, and incredible finesse and length. The tannins are completely resolved, and went perfectly with duck crepinettes from the fatted calf in San Francisco. This is the kind of Burgundy that gets people hooked- you have been warned!!!! –Gary Westby

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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