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One of the most serious English Sparkling producers. This historic estate has been in the Goring family since 1743. The tiny 16-acre vineyard is close-planted on a steep south-facing chalk escarpment described as 'similar to the Côte des Blancs' in Champagne. The fruit is picked very selectively with quality being the absolute focus. The grapes are pressed gently using a traditional Coquard press. After three years on the lees this wine, composed of 45% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay & 22% Pinot Meunier, is hand disgorged and balanced with a minimal dosage of just 4g/L. It has a fine counterbalance between toasty richness and power from the wines élevage in Burgundian French Oak barrels, with racy acidity, tension and a focused chalky minerality.

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Thursday
Jan062011

Beer Tastings This Weekend

Attention beer fans: Set your DVRs to record Saturday's first NFL playoff games and come down to K&L Hollywood or K&L Redwood City for a beer tasting extravaganza! Our beer guys, Steve Greer and Bryan Brick, have each put together a tasting to highlight some newly-arrived wintry brews that promise to warm you up from the inside out. If you can't make it, click on the links below, invite some buddies over and set up your own tasting at home.

In Hollywood (3-5:30 p.m.) - selections are subject to change

Einbecker Schwarzbier, Germany

Amager Bryghus "Julebryg" Danish Holiday Ale, Denmark

Telegraph Brewing Company Winter Ale Brewed with Spices and Chili Peppers, California

Stone "Lucky Bastard" Strong Ale, California

2001 George Gale & Company Ltd "Gale's Prize" Old Ale, England

2005 George Gale & Company Ltd "Gale's Prize" Old Ale, England

Oy Sinebyrchoff Ab "Sinebrychoff" Baltic Porter, Finland

Grand Teton Brewing Cellar Reserve "Black Cauldron" Imperial Stout, Wyoming

Brouwerij De Dolle "Special Extra Export" Stout, Belgium

Avery Brewing Company "The Beast" Grand Cru, Colorado

Aecht Schlenkerla "Oak Smoke" Rauchbier, Germany

 

In Redwood City (1-4 p.m.) - selections are subject to change

North Coast Brewing "Old Stock-Brewers Reserve" Old Ale, California

De Struise Brouwers "Tsjeeses Reserva" Belgian X-Mas Ale, Belgium

Hair of the Dog "Doggie Claws" Barleywine, California

Nøgne-Ø/Jolly Pumpking/Stone "Special Holiday Ale"

Mikkeller "From/To" Christmas Porter, Denmark

Mikkeller "From/Via/To" Christmas Porter, Denmark

Brouwerij De Ranke "Pere Noel" Strong Pale Ale, Belgium

RCH Brewery "Ale Mary" Winter Seasonal Ale, England

Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe "Monk's Christmas" Bock, Germany

Midnight Sun "Cohoho" Imperia IPA Brewed with Brown Sugar and Honey, Alaska

Firestone Walker "XIV" Anniversary Ale

Leah Greenstein

Monday
Jun212010

What We're Drinking

It was a busy drinking weekend for the staff at K&L. Here's just a smattering of what we imbibed and where.

Keith Wollenberg, K&L's Burgundy buyer just wound up a trip to Chablis on Saturday, and it sounds like the visit ended on a high note:

Saturday, June 19th at Hostellerie des Clos, Chablis

1996 Domaine René & Vincent Dauvissat Chablis 1er Cru "Vaillons" Initially very square on the palate, it opend up to show classic wet stone and oyster shell notes with crisp acidity and just a touch of honey. Still very youthful, and a terrific match with shellfish and then some seared white fish and baby spring vegetables.

2000 Domaine Michel Lafarge Volnay 1er Cru "Clos des Chenes" Lovely and very "Pinot" in character, with a bit of minerality and very fine tannins. Open and lovely with Charolais beef rib steak in a Pinot Noir reduction. Terrific Volnay, perfumed aromatic and long on the palate.

Sunday, June 20th at home on the patio in California

2007 Domaine Ramonet Bourgogne Aligoté ($23.99) This wine's lovely acidity is counterbalanced by a bit of Cote d'Or richness and a hint of oak. A refreshing and rich white Burgundy that I drank to accompany a big tossed green salad with scampi grilled with pepper and lemon, while sitting in the sun trying to figure out what time of day it really was after 17 hours in transit by car and plane.

 

Trey Beffa, K&L's VP and domestic wine buyer in Los Angeles, had a fun-filled weekend starting with a closing bash at Grace in Los Angeles on Saturday night. (The restaurant will reopen next year downtown). He started with the 1996 Arnauld Ente 1er Cru Volnay "Les Santenots de Milieu" "The wine was okay, with ripe upfront fruit. Earthy in the back, but a bit simple. I've been opening a few '96 Burgundies lately and have not been happy. I might get rid of them all. I wish I bought more '99s.

1995 Clerico "Arte" "This wine was delicious, with sweet black fruit and a spicy, long finish. The Arte is a blend of Nebbiolo and Barbera that's barrel aged. All in all, Italy beat France on Friday.

On Sunday, it was Stella Artois and Don Julio Silver Tequila at the House of Blues with Ozzy Osbourne. It was pretty cool seeing him perform in a 1,000-person venue. More Advil needed this morning than on Sunday morning."

 

I had a pretty mellow weekend overall, heading to down to visit some friends in Orange County on Friday night with my hubby. I brought along a bottle of the 2008 Domaine Anne & Arnaud Goisot Bourgogne Côte d'Auxerre Rosé ($11.99), which matched nicely with the prosciutto-wrapped asparagus apetizers my friend served, as well as the sumptuous salmon with dried cranberries and pistachios. I could have drank this all night. 

For Father's Day we opened the bottle of 1991 Palmer, Margaux ($189.99) that we gave my dad for his birthday last week. We served it with grilled lamb chops dusted with herbs d'Provence, asparagus and baby red, purple and sweet potatoes. The wine was phenomenal, darkening in color with air. It started off with a a meaty, curranty nose, which gave way to plummy fruit, blackberries, smoke and graphite. The tannins were totally resolved and the wine was just seamless! Oh, and my dad liked it too.

 

David Othenin-Girard, L.A.'s spirits buyer, drank one of my favorite beers over the weekend, the Jolly Pumpkin "Bam Biere" Farmhouse Ale (750ml $9.99). David says, "This brew from the boys in Michigan tasted like tangerine soda. The sour element goes really citrusy, it's very easy to drink but full flavored. This is definitely for the adventurous. Loved it."

 

Keith Mabry, Assistant Manager at K&L Hollywood: 

Friday night was Oyster night.  A friend picked up oysters from Carlsbad Aquafarm at the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market.  Local oysters from down near San Diego that are bright and plump with a slight grassy note.  After shucking them, he prepared them two ways.  We had raw oysters with a light squeeze of lemon and a slight dusting of fresh cracked pepper.  Then Oysters Rockefeller.  A sliver of fried bacon in the bottom of the shell, the oyster on top of that, a drizzle of hollandaise and fresh buttermilk bread crumbs then under the broiler for 3 minutes.  Pure heaven. I opened two wines that night.  First we drank the 2008 Domaine Gerard Tremblay Chablis "Vieilles Vignes" ($18.99), which was showing beautifully.  It had pear fruit and wonderful mineral notes.  This is the third time I have had this wine and I want to keep going back for more.  The second wine was the 2003 Brokenwood "ILR" Semillon from Hunter Valley ($37.99).  If you have never had aged Semillon from Hunter, you must try it.  It has a vibrant lemongrass quality and as they age they pick up richer nuances. This wine was still youthful and needed about 20 minutes to start showing its best stuff.  This is what the Aussies drink with their oysters and we should too.

I was at another friend’s house on Sunday for a HUGE start of summer rosé party.  We had about 25 different rosés, including bubbles.  Standouts include: 

2009 Adegas Cooperativos de Moncao "Muralhas" Rosé Vinho Verde ($11.99) Slightly bubbly, sweet fruit, like fresh cut cantaloupe with a soft breeze of raspberry.  Hot weather here we come! 

2009 Château Pradeaux Bandol Rosé ($29.99) One of the stars of summer.  A richly flavored wine of great complexity.  Still deftly balanced and not cloying.  Can’t wait to see how this develops over the year.

2008 Chateau Simone Palette Rosé  Dense texture and vibrant notes of anise, cinnamon, cherries and wet stones.  Longest finish and highest price.  A stunner in my book.

Bruno Michel "Les Rose" Brut Rosé Champagne ($49.99) Like drinking a Gevrey-Chambertin with bubbles.  Not your average Champagne, but fascinating.

Food was provided by the World Fare bustaurant.  Curried chicken and the braised short ribs were stars, but no one will ever forget the truffled macaroni and cheese balls.  Be on the lookout for one of the best food trucks I have yet visited in LA.

Hollywood's Chris Miller was also at the rosé party. Here's what he remembered: 

Went to a rosé party last night where there were dozens of still and sparkling rosés to try.  Despite my best efforts, probably only got to about 15 or so (remember, this is a party, not a "tasting." Spitting be damned!)  Two standouts were the very lovely Domaine de la Petite Marie Bourgueil Rosé ($15.99), which was spicy, balanced and super delicious.  And our own Ariston Aspasie Brut Rosé (32.99).  Super fruity, but lots of lip-smacking, refreshing acidity.  Both wines are steals at $14 and $33 respectively.  Then a shot of Averna, as there was no Fernet.  You know you're in L.A. and not SF when THAT'S the case.

 

Leah Greenstein

Tuesday
Jun082010

What We're Drinking

The thing about writing is that sometimes it interferes with doing. At my last job as a writer/editor for an online outdoor sports magazine called MountainZone, I penned stories about rock climbing and mountaineering, kayaking and snowboarding, adventure racing and mountain biking, most of which I used to do, too. Until I didn't. The better I got at my job, the less time I spent with my hands wedged into the seams of giant granite boulders or shredding through the tree-studded backcountry on a powder day.

Fortunately, that's not the case with wine writing or working in a wine shop. Which is why I'm introducing this new feature to the K&L blog called, simply, What We're Drinking.

What We're Drinking is about just that. What. We. Are. Drinking. Of course, that includes me, K&L's writer/editor, but I'll also interview other K&L team members to find out what they're imbibing when they're not on the clock, whether it's at their local watering hole or on their back porch at a Father's Day barbecue.

To start us off, here's a round-up of some of my highlights from the last week:

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales "Bam Noire" Dark Farmhouse Ale (750ml $9.99) I've been on a Belgian-style Farmhouse Ale kick for the last year, ever since I sampled my first bottle of Saison Dupont. From the folks at Jolly Pumpkin in Michigan. We drank a bottle of this with homemade turkey burgers last Thursday (use dark meat ground turkey and they won't be bland or dry, by the way) and its earthy, plummy fruit went perfectly.

At Waterloo & City, Culver City: 2008 Etz Grüner Veltliner ($11.99) I had forgoten how much I love the Etz for its bright acidity and delicate spice until I saw it on the by the glass list at Waterloo & City, one of my new favorite haunts, Friday night. It went perfectly with the seared scallop and English pea ravioli appetizer, and even better with Philly's win in the Stanley Cup Finals. Yeah, more hockey!

At Corkbar, Downtown Los Angeles: 2008 Cep Russian River Sauvignon Blanc ($19.99) Cep is the second label from the folks at Peay Vineyards in the Russian River. I've had their Syrah and Pinot Noir before, which is what they are known for, but was thrilled to discover this refreshing Sauvignon Blanc on the wine list at Corkbar late Saturday night. I didn't see the label, but since Cep doesn't make much Sauvignon Blanc (they don't even mention it on the Peay website) I'm guessing what I drank was this wine, from Hopkins Ranch in the Russian River Valley. Citrusy, minerally and low in alcohol, I think this would have been great with food, but it wasn't too bracing to drink on its own.

At Taste of the Nation, Culver City: 2008 Quivira "Fig Tree" Sauvignon Blanc ($16.99) It was pretty hot out during Sunday's Taste of the Nation bonanza in Culver City (a giant, decadent food-festival organized to raise money for Share our Strength, a charity organization to help children facing hunger and to provide them with healthy food) and the Quivira booth was a welcome site. Their Sauvignon Blanc is done entirely in stainless and is made with 100% certifed organic and biodynamic fruit. It matched the amazing handmade tortillas with squash blossoms pressed into them and topped with a spicy Indian avocado butter from Rivera perfectly.

Also at Taste of the Nation, I had a tasting of the 2008 Husch Mendocino Sauvignon Blanc ($9.99) -- Are you detecting a theme yet? To me, sunshine equals Sauv Blanc. I tried the Husch SB with Akasha's Niman Ranch pulled pork with pickles and slaw and was in heaven.

So now that you know what I drank, tell me what you had...

Leah Greenstein