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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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Wednesday
Jan122011

Wine of the Week: Hellocello Limoncello di Sonoma

Last week, stomach still rumbling from weeks of holiday gluttony, I declared January to be "Digestivo" month here on Uncorked. Within the category, which can include some of the most bitter, medicinal tasting concoctions anyone has thought to drink for pleasure, there is one liqueur that stands out as a fresh, approachable crowd-pleaser: limoncello. 

Traditionally served as an after-dinner drink on Italy's Amalfi Coast, where Sorrento lemon trees trained into canopies that stretch longer than than the Lincoln tunnel line the steeply terraced hillsides. The lemons are macerated in a high proof distillate that is then proofed down with water and sugar, for an electric yellow, sweet, citrusy spirits that tastes like a Mediterranean holiday with the natural digestive benefits of lemon's essential oils . And while "traditional" limoncello comes from Italy, one of the best we've found is actually produced right in our own backyard. Hellocello Limoncello di Sonoma (375ml $24.99) uses organically grown lemons with similar aromatic and flavor characteristics as Sorrento lemons, plus local organic grappa made from biodynamically grown grapes, organic agave sweetner and reverse osmosis cleaned water, to create a limoncello that is pure, bright and energizing. A single sip transports me to my favorite restaurant in the Amalfi town of Minori, Ristorante Libeccio, where the homemade scialatielli with fresh-from-the-sea clams and mussels was one of the best dishes I ate on my honeymoon.

For an authentic experience, drink Limoncello di Sonoma out of a grappa glass, like the one in  Riedel's Vinum line, after a meal full of the freshest seafood you can get your hands on. If you're feeling fiesty, trying mixing it into a cocktail, like the Limoncello Champagne Cocktail with Mint from Bon Appetit.

Cin Cin!

Leah Greenstein