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So why is the 2012 Ladera Cabernet—made from almost entirely from Howell Mountain fruit, from an incredible vintage—sitting pretty at $34.99? I honestly can't tell you. Maybe it's because no one knows how good the Ladera holdings in Howell Mountain are. Or maybe it's the pride that winemaker Jade Barrett takes in making a serious wine for a reasonable price. Or maybe it's because Ladera is an overlooked gem in a sea of Napa alternatives. For whatever the reason, I'm not going to complain. We tasted the 2012 vintage at our staff training yesterday and I was just floored by the quality of this wine. Dark, fleshy fruit cloaked in fine tannins, bits of earth, and in total balance, with enough gusto to go the long haul in your cellar. It's a whole lotta wine for $34.99, and it's made primarily from Howell Mountain grapes, harvested during a great vintage. 

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Wednesday
Nov072012

Sake Tasting this Friday 11/9! 

 K&L's expanding Sake offering features some of the most sought-after Sakes. Come taste new arrivals with us this Friday at K&L Redwood City!

Join K&L's very own Certified Sake Professional Melissa Smith in Redwood City on Friday, November 9th for a special tasting of our newest Sake arrivals. You will learn about this fascinating drink while enjoying some the most sought-after Sakes at a range of price points. Melissa is also a trained chef and will be offering food and sake pairing tips, not to mention lots of other helpful information about Sake. This is a great opportunity to develop your palate while expanding your drinking horizons!

Event Details:

Nanbu Bijin "Ancient Pillars" Junmai Daiginjo Sake ($69.99)Sake Tasting at K&L Redwood City

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Friday November 9th, 5pm-6:30pm

Cost to Taste: $10

 

Here is the expected lineup with links to featured Sakes:  

1. Hakutsuru Excellent Junmai $14.99

Polished to 70%

2. Dewatsuru Habataki Junmai Ginjo $29.99

Akinosei Polished to 55%

3. Chokaisan Junmai Daiginjo $49.99

Miyama-Nishiki Polished to 50%

Naba Shoten Minato "Harbor" Yamahai Futsuu-shu Nama Genshu Sake ($34.99)

4. Nanbu Bijin "Ancient Pillars" Junmai Daiginjo $69.99

Yamadanishiki Polished to 35%. Pasteurized once, and Genshu.

5. Naba Shoten Minato "Harbor" Yamahai Futsuu-shu Nama Genshu $34.99

Akita Komachi Polished to 67%. Undiluted and Unpasteurized

6. Sawa Sawa Sparkling $6.99

Polished to 70%

7. Kikusakari Taru Sake  $21.99  

Polished to 60%

8. Rihaku "Dreamy Clouds" Tokubetso Junmai Nigori $30.99

Gohyakumangoku Polished to 59%  

 

Walk in only. Final lineup and pricing subject to change.

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Friday
Jul232010

Sake 101: Junmai

There are five kinds of premium Japanese sake, which come from all over the island chain, but the one we're going to focus on for our first Sake 101 post are the most common: Junmai, which literally means pure rice. These are not the sakes you drink hot in cheap sushi bars to drown out the taste, but subtle beverages made from fermented rice with the complexity of some of the world's best white wines.

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