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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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Entries in Thanksgiving (8)

Wednesday
Nov102010

Wine Wednesday: Antech Blanquette de Limoux

Every year it seems like the distance between Halloween ghosts and Thanksgiving turkeys gets shorter and shorter. And this year, Hanukkah Harry is hot on the bird's tail, with the Festival of Light starting on December 1st! Before you know it Christmas music will be playing in every store you walk into. It's enough to make you want to crawl back under the covers (it's pitch black at 6 a.m. now anyway).

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Tuesday
Nov022010

Thanksgiving 2010: Make Your Own Rules

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We try to hide it, but even the best of us foodie folk squirm with anxiety at the prospect of Thanksgiving dinner.  All those competing ingredients piled together on a single plate! There's no hope for a wine - any wine - to resonate.  In past years I have been known to shut off completely and focus on other projects like reorganizing the glassware cabinet, sorting through old photos, and cleaning out the area under the bathroom sink just to distract myself from the somber task of sentencing a wine to Thanksgiving. 

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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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