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The Freewheel line with a couple of English friends.

It takes a lot of beer to keep the wine business running smoothly. Here in Redwood City, we are very fortunate to have a great English style ale producer right in our backyard: Freewheel Brewing Company. The staff of K&L are fictures at our local pub, and it is a rare moment when one of us isn't there having a pint and a bite of their excellent food. We are also lucky enough to be the first place to offer their bottled beer for sale. If you have never had it, the Freewheel Brewing "FSB" Freewheel Special Bitter, California (500ml) is the benchmark in fresh, balanced, smashable ale. We will do our best to keep some in stock for you, the customer too!

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Hanukkah Gifts for the Wine Lover

Holiday shopping is rarely easy, especially when you throw Hanukkah into the mix. Last year, it seemed the Festival of Lights came hot on the tail of Thanksgiving. But this year, it's so close to Turkey Day that you could have practically browned the bird over a Menorah flame. So without further ado (seriously, there are only two shopping days before the first candle gets lit), here are some of our Hanukkah gift picks for your favorite wine lover:

Glassware: Wine, of course, is the best gift for your favorite wine lover, but recommending buying wine is as obvious as suggesting an umbrella on a rainy day. That said, the right glassware can improve the everyday drinking experience. More than just a vessel, the size and shape of a glass can enhance or accentuate different characteristics in different wines. Riedel is, perhaps, the best known wine glass maker here in the US, and they have an incredibly diverse portfolio of glasses for every varietal and aesthetic. I'm also a big fan of the Schott Zwiesel lines, which are fortified with titanium instead of lead, making them a great bargain for style and durability. We also recently started carrying the lead-free, mouthblown glasses from Zalto of Austria. These glasses are elegant and lightweight, the angles based on the tilt angles of the earth and believed by the Romans to maintain freshness and improve taste.

Wine Clubs: Hannukah might be eight nights, but a subscription to a K&L Wine Club is a gift that can keep giving. Know someone just getting into wine? Try the Best Buy Club. An Italophile? Try the Italian Wine Club. Champagne? Red Wine? Premium wines? We've got you covered. And if your favorite wine lover has made their particular tastes abundantly clear ("I only drink Pinot." "I'm a Rhone slut." try the Personal Sommelier Service and set the price, number of bottles, regions and varietals.

Is your favorite wine lover a little impatient? The Vinturi "Aerator" ($35.99) is a time machine for wine, quicker than a decanter and definitely faster than stuffing wine into the cellar to age. Perfect for unwinding young, tannic wines that are hard to stay away from, and a quick way to smooth the edges on some of our favorite, affordable Bordeaux.

If the Vinturi is the perfect gift for the wine lover in search ofinstant gratification, the Durand Corkscrew ($124.99) is what you should buy for the person who's stocked their cellar and sat on wines like they were the goose with the golden egg. Even perfectly stored, old wine corks can be unbelievably stubborn. The Durand is a handmade wine opener that combines an Ah-So opener and a worm to gently remove a fragile cork from the bottle rather than sending it for a swim.

For more gift ideas, check out K&L's Holiday Gift Guide, which should be arriving in-home any day now, search our site or call toll free 877-KLWINES. Happy Hanukkah!

Leah Greenstein


Like Having Your Own Personal Sommelier...

My husband and I were out to dinner last night with a couple of friends who live in a small town in upstate New York, and who are just getting interested in wine. Well, technically they live in a village. It's the kind of place where everyone knows who you are before you've signed the last of the loan docs on your home and it's crucial to stay on the right side of the plow guy. It's charming and safe and probably a whole host of other complimentary things, but it's not exactly the best place to live if you want to start exploring wine past Woodbridge Chardonnay. And let's not even start in on their busy lives, which makes the four-hour trip to Manhattan for a better selection as likely as a trip to the moon, and the "spare time" to read wine magazines and books to learn more about as common as a three-headed baboon.

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Getting to Know: Alex Pross, Wine Club Director


K&L's Wine Club Director, Alex ProssWhat’s your position at K&L and how long have you been with the company?

I’m the Wine Club Director and Customer Service Manager. I have been with K&L for a little over a year.


What did you do before you started working here?

I began my wine career in 1989 as a 16-year-old bagger at a grocery store called Falletti’s in San Francisco. By the age of 23 I was running the wine section for the store and had moved to help at other various store locations. From there I went onto manage Coit Liquors in North Beach, the Wine Club Santa Clara and, finally, the Wine Club San Francisco until I accepted the position here.


What do you like to do in your spare time?

My spare time is spent either watching sports(SF Giants, 49ers, Warriors), going to the gym or going trying out the many new and great restaurants in SF.


What’s your favorite movie?

That’s a tough one, I think it needs to be broken down by genre. Star Wars (the original) would be my Sci-Fi choice because it represents my childhood and has withstood the test of time. Tommy Boy as a comedy because I can watch it everyone time it is on and still laugh and then in the drama category either the Fugitive or Shawshank Redemption because they are so well made.


What was your “epiphany wine”—the bottle or glass that got you interested in wine? Is there a current wine that you consider the equivalent?


I think the first two wines that truly sparked the thought that this was something beyond just fermented grape juice were 1994 Staglin Cabernet Sauvignon and 1970 Mouton Rothschild, both wines were sublime. Lately a few wines that have really resonated with me have been a 1929 Montrose, which was super cool because of how old it was and how amazingly it showed there was still ample life—the wine was delicious! Another standout I had recently was the 1990 Krug; I love champagne and this bottling was outstanding.


Describe your perfect meal (at a restaurant or prepared at home). What wine(s) would you pair with it?

My perfect meal would be at home with my family because both my mother and her boyfriend are great cooks, the latter having run several restaurants. The meal would start off with his potato leek soup, which I would pair with a nice Vouvray or Champagne and then we would have a fish course of poached salmon or ceviche followed by beef Wellington with potatoes and vegetables that I would pair with either an aged Bordeaux or nice bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. For dessert it would be crème brulee or a fruit crisp/tart paired with a nice Sauternes or dessert wine from Alois Kracher.


How do you think your palate’s changed over the years?

I think my palate has changed and evolved in much the same ways as it has for most people in the wine business. I started out drinking big California wines that were high-octane— losts of oak, sugar, alcohol and flavor—that tended to be great as a first glass but quickly lost their appeal as I got to the second glass. Plus, these wines don’t seem to pair well with food. Now I drink mostly French wines, whether from Champagne, Alsace, Rhône or Burgundy. I sprinkle in some German, Italian, Spanish and a few choice American wines that still resonate with me.


What do you like to drink?

I love wine but don’t drink it as frequently as you might think. As a single guy, most of my meals consist of a burrito on the run, not exactly wine-friendly dining, so I only drink wine about once every two weeks when I go out to a nice dinner. Luckily for me I am more curious than thirsty, so getting to taste wines everyday is part of what I love about my job. I look for balance, complexity, purity and a wine that is both true to its place of origin and year. I want a wine to taste different vintage to vintage and producer to producer, because if wine doesn’t have these variations we might as well drink Coca-Cola for mindless consistency.


What words of advice do you have to offer people just getting into wine?

If you decide to get into the wine business realize that you will never be able to retire at a young age, however our work (travel, dinners and drinking great wines) is what many people aspire to do when not working.


If you could have dinner with any three people in history, who would you invite? What wine would you serve each of them?

I would choose Theodore Roosevelt, the most underrated United States president in our history and a man who was far ahead of his times in both environmental and economic ideas. Joe Montana the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL, he oversaw the greatness of the 49ers when I was a teenager and, last, my maternal grandfather who died when I was two. I’ve heard so many wonderful stories about him I would love to have a chance to get to know him over a nice dinner. I think I would serve a nice bottle of vintage Champagne to start, maybe the 1990 Krug and follow it up with a 1989 Pichon-Baron (one of my favorite Bordeaux of all-time) and finish up with a vintage Port, possibly the 1963 Croft, which I was lucky enough to taste when I was in Portugal on a trip in 2007.