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Bruno Michel "Blanche" Brut Champagne $34.99One of our best non-vintage Champagnes, this organically grown blend of half each Chardonnay and Meunier comes entirely from Bruno Michel's estate. It has been aged for six years on the lees and shows wonderful natural toasty quality as well as incredible vibrance! This was the big hit of our most recent staff Champagne tasting and we think you will love it too.

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Entries in Green Bay Packers (4)

Friday
Feb042011

K&L Picks the Steelers to Win the Super Bowl

While it pains me to say it, K&L unofficially officially picks the Pittsburgh Steelers to win the Super Bowl on Sunday. Why? Because more of you voted for the Rittenhouse "Pennsylvania-style" Rye than the utterly delicious Death's Door Gin from Wisconsin, but not by much. It was three votes to two. (Perhaps the outcome, as someone rooting for the Packers, would have been more to my liking had more people weighed in, but even my husband shut me down so who knows.) 

So there you have it. The game will be close, but the Packers will take it. And it least I'll have a Sazerac with one of the best ryes on the market to drown my sorrows in. 

Leah Greenstein

Friday
Feb042011

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

Wednesday
Feb022011

Wine of the Week: Victory Brewing "Prima Pils"

Sunday is Super Bowl XLV--the Green Bay Packers versus the Pittsburgh Steelers--and as much as I've tried to delude myself into thinking I (or you) might pop the cork on a bottle of wine during the game, chances are the beverage of choice in your house, as it is mine, is beer. But not just any beer will do. It has to be low enough in alcohol to drink a few without falling asleep before halftime, and it has to be crisp enough to pair well with all of the salty, savory snacks like pulled pork sliders and spicy Sriracha Buffalo wings spread across your coffee table like a Roman feast. Without taking sides in this match (loyal readers will know that I'm actually going to be rooting for Green Bay), the best beer for the job is, as sure as Aaron Rodgers is in the pocket, Victory Brewing Company's "Prima Pils" (12oz $1.49) from Pennsylvania. 

The Prima Pils is what Brits like to call a "session" beer. According to the BeerAdvocate, the term used to refer to a beer style preferred by shell production workers during World War I, which was light enough for them to drink copious amounts in the 4-hour off "sessions" between shifts without getting arrested for being drunk and disorderly. In modern parlance, it generally refers to a beer that's lower than 5% ABV, that's balanced, finishes clean and is inveritably gulpable. That's the Prima Pils to a tee. The beer uses German pilsner malts and Czech and German whole flower hops, creating a beer that's hoppy but smooth, with floral and citrusy aromas, round biscuity malt flavors on the mid-palate and a super clean finish. At just over 5% ABV, it reminds me of the utterly quaffable Czech beers I drank at breakfast, lunch and dinner (they were cheaper than a bottle of water) touring around the technicolor Czech town České Budějovice, where the original Budweiser (Czechvar here in the states) is from. 

Learn more about the making of Prima Pils with this fun little video below. And stay tuned for our Super Bowl pick on Friday.

Leah Greenstein