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With the James Bond movie Spectre being released today, no time could be better to drink Bollinger. The most suave spy in the world has been sipping on Bollinger since Moonraker in 1979. While we can’t all drive a fully loaded, customized machine gun having Aston Martin, we certainly can chill down a bottle of Bolli! The 2004 Bollinger "Grande Année" Brut Champagne ($109) is as good as Champagne gets; all barrel fermented and full of masculine, Pinot Noir power and high class elegance. We even have a few bottles of the limited 2009 Bollinger "James Bond 007" Brut Champagne ($195) in stock for the diehard fan of Bond & Champagne!

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Craft Your Own Cocktails with Slanted Door's Jennifer Colliau

Jennifer Colliau of Small Hand FoodsHow are you doing on those New Year's resolutions? Need a little help? If, like me, you resolved to craft better cocktails at home this year (whether to save a little money or to be a better host), have we got a shortcut for you! K&L's Melissa Lavrinc Smith is teaming up with Jennifer Colliau of San Francisco's Slanted Door and pre-Prohibition cocktail ingredients company Small Hand Foods, for a little cocktail college this Thursday night at Urban Legend Cellars in Oakland. Jennifer will demonstrate how to make five classic cocktails with a modern twist, focusing on basic techniques, ingredients and, of course, a little dash of history. Tickets are $65 per person and available through Brown Paper Tickets

Thursdays class is just the first in a series of classes centered around food, wine, spirits and beer in the Bay Area scheduled for 2011. Future cocktail classes will center around Farmers' Market ingredients, pre-Prohibition cocktails and Absinthe. Stay tuned for more info.

What: Classic Cocktails with Jennifer Colliau

Where: Urban Legend Cellars, Oakland

When: Thursday, January 13 from 7-9:30 p.m.

Leah Greenstein


Stocking Stuffers

If you're anything like me, you're spending these last few days before scrambling for little treats to stuff into stockings on the mantel. (As someone who didn't grow up celebrating Christmas, I always forget this part.) The trick to stuffing stockings, I've been learning, is to put together fun, less expensive smaller items. If you're still trying to figure out what to stuff your favorite wine lover's stocking with, here are a few ideas from K&L's Melissa Lavrinc Smith:

My favorite part of Christmas gift giving and receiving are the stockings. My picks for things I will be putting in loved ones stockings (and will hopefully end up in mine) are:

Jennifer Colliau's Small Hand Foods gum syrups and orgeat. These fantastic pre-prohibition cocktail ingredients are hard to find and will be celebrated by all of your cocktail nerd friends. 

A bottle of Le Sorcierre's Absinthe Verte in the cute little 375ml bottle may come in handy on Christmas day, or in a Corpse Reviver #2.

Or you could treat your friends and family to an amazing vermouth from Dolin, did someone suggest a Manhattan? 

If you can get your hands on one (or 6), Pliny the Elder even comes in Christmas colors! This beer has a cult following making it nearly impossible to get your hads on, but add yourself to the waiting list for first dibs!

Bethel Heights Estate, is a Burgundian-style Pinot Noir producer from the Willamette Valley perfect for a winter getaway. And the half bottle of their sumptuous "Estate" may be just what you need to stay cuddled up by the fire. 

If you are a coastal native, this baby bottle of Hippolyte Sancerre can be the perfect excuse to visit an oyster farm for an indulgent field trip. 

On second though, maybe I need a bigger stocking?

Looking for a few more ideas? Try one of the Scrappy's Bitters Gift Packs. One has mini bottles of chocolate, cardamom, grapefruit and orange bitters, while the other has lime, lavender, celery and orange bitters. Perfect for your favorite at-home bartender.

And if you're in the mood to splurge a little, the Tequila Rack "Micro Tequila Tasting Kits" (which usually retails for $200) is a very generous way to treat a tequila fanatic to some pretty incredible rare, aged sipping tequilas.

The Vinituri "Aerator" is an ideal stocking stuffer for someone who's just a tad impatient. And the "Label Off" wine label removers will help the collector keep track of their favorite bottles.

Happy stocking stuffing and Merry Christmas!

Leah Greenstein


Crafty Cocktails and Japanese Whiskey

Photo of Jennifer Collaiu courtesy of Small Hand FoodsAfter a fantastic couple of days indulging in the city I have much to report, from cocktails at the Slanted Door to an open bar at our hotel, I experienced the full gamut of San Francisco tippling at my disposal.


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