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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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Thursday
May092013

The First Edition of Our Electronic Newsletter has been Released!

K&L Wine News: May 2013: Rhone Valley. Click to read!

K&L Wine News

Electronic Newsletter First Edition!

May 2013: Rhone Valley 

This edition features the Rhone Valley. Our buyers and experts give you a quick update on three gorgeous vintages from this wonderful region that you can't afford to overlook anymore.

Thursday
Nov292012

Sandwich the Dog Reads K&L Wine News. Do You?

Sandwich the Dog reading K&L's Holiday Buying Guide.Sandwich the Dog (who belongs to Eric Story of K&L San Francisco and Alison Smith of Brack Mountain Wine Company and Texacali Wine Company) loves reading the K&L Wine News. This morning dad caught him on camera getting ready to dive into our annual Holiday Buying Guide, a treasure trove of ideas for holiday gifts and wines for holiday parties. Don't get our newsletter? Find out how to sign up for a K&L account here, and have it sent directly to you!

Monday
Nov012010

Newsletter Correction: Lo Auténtico

Editor's Note: In the next few days, the November 2010 edition of K&L's Wine News is going to show up in your mailbox. But Joe Mankekin's article is actually from November 2009. Go figure. Anyhow, Joe's sent us the following picks for THIS Thanksgiving that we thought you shouldn't miss. Of the wines mentioned in the newsletter, we actually have the new vintage of the Botani Moscatel and a couple of wines from Bodegas Juan Senor de Lesmos. And Joe has offered up fresh picks for this year below.

Lo Auténtico

Over the past few years, I have enjoyed experimenting with many different wines at the Thanksgiving table. As useful as this can be to figure out what works with Thanksgiving food, doesn’t it strike you as a wee bit tedious?  Well, it is.  Thanksgiving is a holiday best enjoyed by those with a hearty appetite for food and drink. Lining up a bunch of different wines and exploring all the possible wine pairings in front of you is a distraction from why we truly cherish this holiday: the abundance of good food and wine, appreciated with family and friends.  

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