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2000 Labégorce, Margaux $39.99

A great value in Bordeaux! This bottle is mature enough to drink now, but has time in hand if you want to keep it in the cellar for the future. We love it for its laid back elegance and classic balance. A must try for your next nice steak dinner.

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Tuesday
Jan082013

Blind International Sparkling Wine Tasting Challenge: And the Winner Is...

 

#5) 2007 Huet "Cuvée Huet" Vouvray Petillant Sec ($29.99)

K&L Notes: Maison Huet has been a leading force in the Vouvray appellation for quite sometime now, and today is regarded as one of the premier producers of Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley, if not the world. Founded in 1928, the estate now covers 35 hectares, which are divided up between three properties - Le Mont, Le Haut-Lieu and Le Clos du Bourg - all that have been farmed biodynamically since 1990. These wines are stunning and are worth being in your cellar. In addition to its famous vineyard-designated wines, Huet also produces this delightful sparkling Pétillant, a blend of fruit from the aforementioned 'big three' vineyards with other small parcels on the estate.

Last Friday, K&L customers and staff put their palates to the test and tasted through a blind lineup of a whopping thirteen sparkling wines from all over the world. This was the third installment in our series of Blind Tasting Challenges in Redwood City, events that have become very popular with our customers! K&L's Ryan Woodhouse carefully chilled, numbered, and wrapped each bottle in aluminum foil so the wines could be kept on ice without the covers getting soggy (clever thinking!). Tasters were presented with a blank, numbered tasting sheet on which to make notes and invited to guess country and region of origin for each wine. At the end, each taster had to submit a vote for his/her overall favorite wine before receiving the key to the tasting.

The winning wine, the 2007 Huet "Cuvee Huet" Vouvray Petillant Sec  (100% Chenin Blanc), beat out some serious contenders, including three Champagnes, two popular domestic producers, and some of our best-selling sparklers from other style categories such as Cremant de Limoux, Cava, and Prosecco. The Huet sure stood out in the lineup as distinctive, with its combination of sweet and savory aromas and flavors and obviously richer body as compared to the others - it's not your "typical" sparkler! Because of its unique profile, K&L staff admit to being suprised the Huet emerged as the most popular in the tasting, but then again, K&L attracts a pretty sophisticated and adventurous bunch of customers, so it's really no surprise at all!

Here is the complete lineup:

1. Silvano Follador "Dosaggio Zero" Prosecco, Italy ($24.99)

2. 2009 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Brut Sparkling, Napa/Sonoma, CA ($28.99)

3. Quartz Reef "Methode Traditionelle", Central Otago, New Zealand ($21.99)

4. 2008 Can Mayol Loxarel "Refugi" Reserva Brut Nature, Penedes, Spain ($17.99)

5. 2007 Huet "Cuvee Huet" Vouvray Petillant Sec, Vouvray, Loire Valley, France (29.99)

6. Louis Roederer "Brut Premier" Champagne, France ($38.99)

7. 2008 Argyle Willamette Valley Brut, Oregon $24.99

8. Ariston Aspasie Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne, France $38.99

9. Graham Beck Brut Sparkling Wine, Western Cape, South Africa ($14.99)

10. 2010 Antech "Cuvee Eugenie" Cremant de Limoux, Limoux, France ($13.99)

11. 2007 Marguet Pere et Fils Brut Rose Champagne, France ($49.99)

12. Jansz Brut Rose, Tasmania, Australia ($19.99)

13. Mas Codina Cava Brut Reserva Penedes, Spain ($12.99)

 

Stay tuned for the next Blind Tasting Challenge!

Monday
Jul052010

What We're Drinking

Time for another installment of "What We're Drinking." There are sure to be more stories as our staff recovers from the holiday, so drink these picks in, then check back later today for fresh reports from the frontlines of the drinking class.

 

Michael Jordan, K&L's San Francisco Domestic wine buyer not the legendary pro basketball player:

While having a great steak at Harris Steak House last week, mine a 12oz petite New York strip and Sommelier Jon Tennenbaum with his Fillet Mignon Rossini, we had the following to Cabernets.

1998 Vineyard 29 Cabernet Sauvignon – The best Vineyard 29 I have ever tasted. Bright, balanced with beautiful integration of fruit, oak and earthiness. A finish that went on forever. Extraordinary! The 1998 vintage was much maligned by the press on release. Many of these wines are now showing brilliantly. This wine is at the top of my list.

2004 Philip Togni – Admittedly a bit young, but this wine opened up beautifully after two hours in the decanter. Cassis and plum fruit, with beautiful layers of tobacco, olive, cedar and a touch of vanilla. Togni will always be my favorite Cabernet producer. I have never had a less than extraordinary bottle of wine from him.

Christine Cartwright, K&L Hollywood: 

Bubbles Bubbles Bubbles!!! I can't think of a better day to celebrate with some of our finest sparklers than on the 4th of July! Everyone drinking beer will be jealous!! I'm thinking some Launois Blanc de Blancs, a lil rosé bubbly from Lucien Albrecht...and of course some Antech Cremant de Limoux for my sparkling cocktails with St. Germain!

Keith Mabry, K&L Hollywood's Southern Hemispere wine buyer:

I went to the Hungry Cat’s annual Blue Crab Fest last weekend – multi courses of crabby dishes consummating with a pile of blue crabs that you crack, eat and suck dry.  We drank the 2008 Gerard Boulay "Monts Damnés" Sancerre Chavignol, which had great richness and focus, followed by the 2008 Lucien Crochet Sancerre, which was precise and superbly classic.  Great citrus and grass notes. We also had several of their Cat cocktails and several cans of Maryland’s Natural Bohemian.

Bryan Brick, K&L Redwood City's Beer and Domestic wine buyer:

Miller High Life with Nathan’s Hot Dogs and cheap frozen hamburgers on the grill for the 4th.

USA! USA!

 

Me, Leah Greenstein, K&L's writer and editor: Beer! Good friends came up from San Diego and we sampled a wide variety of beer's including Lost Abbey's Angel's Share, which tasted like a Tawny Port and was perfect with homemade blueberry pie made with the blueberries we picked at Underwood Family Farms in Somis. We also had Lost Abbey's Framboise de Amorosa, which was like drinking carbonated raspberry juice splashed with beer, and the Bruery's Hottenroth, a clean and bright Berliner Weisse. Super low in alcohol, with a lactic overtone to the citrusy fruit and an awesome puckering sourness from just a bit of brett.

 What did you drink?