Time for another installment of "What We're Drinking." There are sure to be more stories as our staff recovers from the holiday, so drink these picks in, then check back later today for fresh reports from the frontlines of the drinking class.
Michael Jordan, K&L's San Francisco Domestic wine buyer not the legendary pro basketball player:
While having a great steak at Harris Steak House last week, mine a 12oz petite New York strip and Sommelier Jon Tennenbaum with his Fillet Mignon Rossini, we had the following to Cabernets.
1998 Vineyard 29 Cabernet Sauvignon – The best Vineyard 29 I have ever tasted. Bright, balanced with beautiful integration of fruit, oak and earthiness. A finish that went on forever. Extraordinary! The 1998 vintage was much maligned by the press on release. Many of these wines are now showing brilliantly. This wine is at the top of my list.
2004 Philip Togni – Admittedly a bit young, but this wine opened up beautifully after two hours in the decanter. Cassis and plum fruit, with beautiful layers of tobacco, olive, cedar and a touch of vanilla. Togni will always be my favorite Cabernet producer. I have never had a less than extraordinary bottle of wine from him.
Christine Cartwright, K&L Hollywood:
Bubbles Bubbles Bubbles!!! I can't think of a better day to celebrate with some of our finest sparklers than on the 4th of July! Everyone drinking beer will be jealous!! I'm thinking some Launois Blanc de Blancs, a lil rosé bubbly from Lucien Albrecht...and of course some Antech Cremant de Limoux for my sparkling cocktails with St. Germain!
Keith Mabry, K&L Hollywood's Southern Hemispere wine buyer:
I went to the Hungry Cat’s annual Blue Crab Fest last weekend – multi courses of crabby dishes consummating with a pile of blue crabs that you crack, eat and suck dry. We drank the 2008 Gerard Boulay "Monts Damnés" Sancerre Chavignol, which had great richness and focus, followed by the 2008 Lucien Crochet Sancerre, which was precise and superbly classic. Great citrus and grass notes. We also had several of their Cat cocktails and several cans of Maryland’s Natural Bohemian.
Bryan Brick, K&L Redwood City's Beer and Domestic wine buyer:
Miller High Life with Nathan’s Hot Dogs and cheap frozen hamburgers on the grill for the 4th.
Me, Leah Greenstein, K&L's writer and editor: Beer! Good friends came up from San Diego and we sampled a wide variety of beer's including Lost Abbey's Angel's Share, which tasted like a Tawny Port and was perfect with homemade blueberry pie made with the blueberries we picked at Underwood Family Farms in Somis. We also had Lost Abbey's Framboise de Amorosa, which was like drinking carbonated raspberry juice splashed with beer, and the Bruery's Hottenroth, a clean and bright Berliner Weisse. Super low in alcohol, with a lactic overtone to the citrusy fruit and an awesome puckering sourness from just a bit of brett.
What did you drink?