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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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Jul072011

Wine of the Week: Poochi Poochi Sparkling Sake ($15.99)

It's Sake Time! Taste our pick of the week - the Poochi Poochi Sparkling Sake - and Melissa's other favorites this Friday 7/8 at K&L RWC!  Details

Pick up a bottle of this irresistable Sake for your next sushi or creative food pairing endeavor. In stock NOW at KLWines.com!Looking for something different to pair with your next experiment in molecular gastronomy? Our Sake buyer (and professional chef) Melissa Smith swears by the Poochi Poochi Sparkling Sake (330ml $15.99), a new arrival to our expanding Sake collection. One of her favorite sparkling sakes, this little bottle of joy is made from Gohyaku-Mangoku Rice by the Suehiro Sake Brewery in Fukushima.  It is drier than most other sakes, but has a hint of sweetness, making it better suited to more adventurous food pairings than regular sparkling wines.  "Its got the honeydew notes and the yogurty flavor that I commonly associate with these sparkling sakes," writes Melissa, "a great light body, and fine bubbles. I am VERY excited about this sake (and love saying the name)!"

And we have to admit, the label is pretty cute, too.

Sake Tasting with Melissa Smith

Taste 10 spectacular Sakes for $10!

When: 5pm-6:30pm Friday July 8

Where: K&L RWC

Details:  on facebook  on K&L Local Events