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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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K&L's Super Bowl Picks

I always love listening to the sports pundits when they announce their Super Bowl picks. Not everyone, of course, is as enthusiastic as the guys on PTI (Pardon the Interruption, or the "ding ding show" as I like to call it), but they're all nearly as opinionated. I, on the other hand, generally choose who I'm rooting for (if the Pats aren't playing) by the more sportsmanlike team--who's got more heart and team spirit--rather than who's more capable. But today I'm going to ask YOU to pick the winner of the Super Bowl based on something that has NOTHING to do with athletic skill, heart or, well, football. We're going to pit two spirits, one from Wisconsin, one from Pennsylvania (sort of), in a head-to-head match, and you'll all vote. The winner, at the end of the day, will be K&L's unofficial pick for the Super Bowl.

From Wisconsin: Death's Door Gin

Death's Door Spirits, named for a menacing strait between Lake Michigan and good ol' Green Bay Wisconsin, hails from the tiny, 22-square mile Washington Island. And while the island only boasts 700 year-round residents, a school, a rec center, a grocery and a gas station, and not much more, they also happen to produce one of the finest gins in the in the United States. Death's Door Gin uses herbicide- and pesticide-free wheat grown on Washington Island to produce an exceptionally pure base spirit for this London Dry gin, then they combine it with locally-grown juniper berries and coriander, and work diligently to develop a clean citrusy character with a hint of licorice-y spice. This gin is wonderfully crisp and clean, perfect for drinking in a martini to savor its classic gin flavor, but not too assertive, so as to make it a friendly mixing gin, too.

From Pennsylvania (originally): Rittenhouse Rye

Okay, the Rittenhouse isn't actually made in Pennsylvania anymore, but they deserve the credit for this original Colonial American whiskey, which is considered a "Pennsylvania-style Rye" and still carries its famous Philly name. (Yes, I know that the Steelers are from Pittsburgh and NOT Philly, relax.) If you've never had rye, this affordable bottle is a great introduction. And if you already love rye, then there's no excuse you shouldn't have a bottle of this on your bar. Perfect for Manhattans, Sazeracs and any other cocktail that calls for a real, spicy rye. From a single producer, stored at least four years in wood barrels. 90-95 points Wine Enthusiast: "Intensely woody aromas and succulent marshmallow, bakery and lanolin scents spring forth. The fat palate entry oozes butter cream, dark caramel, and brown sugar tastes; the midpalate focuses more on the grain aspect as the flavor becomes toasty, fruity and honeyed. Ends honey sweet, decadent and maple-like. An unbelievable bargain."

So cast your votes by leaving a comment below. And in the meantime, here's our last Super Bowl-related recipe, an awesome Hefeweisen Beer Cheese Dip by Bridgette Jackson posted to Craftbeer. A pure dish of gooey awesomeness that would be delicious with this week's beer of the week, the Victory Brewing "Prima Pils."

Leah Greenstein