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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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Thursday
Feb142013

Just in Time for Valentine's Day: The New Cocchi Americano Rosa!

     Just arrived! From Cocchi with love on Valentine's Day, the new Cocchi Aperitivo Americano Rosa is in stock now at K&L!

By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Head Sommelier - Personal Sommelier Service

Happy Valentine's Day from K&L!

Whether you're into wine, spirits, cocktails, amari, or simply like to be in-the-know when it comes to the latest must-have products in the booze world (or all of the above!), we have the perfect V-Day treat to share with you. From the House of Cocchi, responsible for Cocchi Americano and Cocchi Vermouth di Torino (and by extension all those wonderful revival cocktails like the Corpse Reviver #2) comes a brand new rosé version made from a base wine of native Italian varietals typically used for sparkling wines -Brachetto d'Acqui and Malvasia di Castelnuovo Don Bosco - aromatized with gentian, cinchona and citrus. Released just last month, this just arrived this week and has been tested and approved by staff with raving reviews.

K&L Spirits Buyer David Driscoll writes: "...the Cocchi Americano Rosa ($18.99) has the lush mouthfeel and weight of a sweet vermouth, the fruit of a sangria, and the spice of a mulled wine, finishing with a tingle of bitterness on the tongue. It's absolutely delicious. Time to make a rose-colored gin martini!"

K&L Champagne Buyer Gary Westby says: "If you are a fan of bitter aperitivos, the Cocchi Americano Rosa can't be missed. This bottle was open in the K&L tasting bar at the same that I was doing the staff Champagne seminar, and between groups I could not resist making a little Champagne cocktail with it. It was spectacular mixed with half good quality blanc de blancs, and also quite tasty on its own. I am going to buy a bottle today and try it at home in a black (or shall I say Rosa?) Manhattan with Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon ($24.99) and a Luxardo Maraschino cherry!"

And notes from Yours Truly: "Lovely stuff! A brand new offering from Cocchi, this is a fresher, lighter in body, and a fruitier version of their Vermouth de Torino with subtle aromatic suggestions of Chinato. Red and blackberries, earth flowers, and woodsy, spiced herbs meld for a similarly fruity yet sweetly bitter style of Vermouth. Serve on the rocks (with or without soda) with a lemon or lime twist or top with Champagne (got an open bottle of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs sitting around?) for a sparkling aperitif. Not to heavy, not too sweet, there is a lot of potential for creative cocktail-making here...from martinis to Sangria! Served chilled after dinner, this would also make a delicious pairing with a strong spicy blue cheese (like cabrales, gorgonzola, or roquefort) accompanied by a side of spiced chutney, candied citrus peel, or quince paste."

It won't be long before you start seeing this pop up at certain drinking holes in town - now you can be among the first to get mixing at home.

Cheers,

-Chiara

Now in stock! Cocchi Aperitivo Americano Rosa 750ml ($19.99)

 

Friday
Jun252010

Foodwoolf's Master Cherry Cocktail

Photo by Brooke Burton from FoodwoolfMaster Cherry Cocktail

It's peak cherry season! If you're anything like me, you've been looking for every possible way to incorporate Raniers, Brooks and Bings into your diet, from yogurt topping to sorbet to clafoutis. But there may be no better way to enjoy them than mixed with the ne plus ultra of vermouths, the Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth ($25.99) and the distinguished Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon ($24.99). My dear friend Brooke over at Foodwoolf combined these two spectacular sprits into the Master Cherry Cocktail, which is sure to take the edge off a bad day, and make watching the US play Ghana this weekend even more fun.

Is your mouth watering yet? Get the recipe here...

Leah Greenstein