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2000 Labégorce, Margaux $39.99

A great value in Bordeaux! This bottle is mature enough to drink now, but has time in hand if you want to keep it in the cellar for the future. We love it for its laid back elegance and classic balance. A must try for your next nice steak dinner.

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Monday
Jan242011

Thinking on Drinking: Inexpensive Wines

Last Monday I kicked off the week with a question, and I so enjoyed reading all the responses posted here, on Facebook and Twitter that I wanted to start this week off in similar fashion. Still bleary-eyed and clinging to my cup of Cafecito I pulled a card from the stack of Tabletopics wine conversation starters on my desk.

"What's your favorite inexpensive wine?"

As a member of the K&L family, answering this question is harder than you might think. This is NOT because I drink a lot of expensive wine. Or because I think expensive wine always tastes better. On the contrary, it's because working here I've been exposed to so many incredible, affordable wines that I have favorites in almost every category. I know that wine doesn't have to be expensive to have the balance and complexity I seek. I rarely buy wine that costs more than $15 a bottle, and with my husband and I poised to buy our first house, I think this trend will continue for quite awhile. 

That said, I love discovering new inexpensive wines to add to my arsenal. Last week, K&L's Southern California Italian wine liaison Chris Miller poured a lot of great values for the staff (including the wonderful 2009 Marchese di Gresy "Martinenga" Nebbiolo, which drinks like a Barolo three or four times its price), but the wine that surprised us all the most was the 2007 Mezzacorona Cabernet Sauvingon at just $6.99! Let me start by saying that I'm not usually a fan of Cabernet Sauvignon, especially at this price point, because it's usually overpowered by oak flavors and is flabby at best. I am also not usually a fan of French varietals grown in Italy, preferring instead the myriad of native grapes the country has to offer. But the Mezzacorona, from one of Italy's biggest producers, won me over with its varietal character. It displayed aromas and flavors of smoke, black pepper, cassis and anise that were wonderfully precise, buoyed by a soft structure and a juicy, drink-a-bottle acidity. It's exactly the Cab I'd want on hand if I were grilling burgers or making meatballs and spaghetti for dinner. 

What's your favorite inexpensive wine?

Leah Greenstein

Monday
Jan172011

Thinking on Drinking: Mediocrity

Here at K&L we love great wine. We love to drink it and we love to share it. But if you ask any of us what makes a wine "great," you'll probably get 50 different answers, which is why I love question above from the deck of wine Tabletopics conversation starters that my neighbor gave me for Christmas. 

"Would you rather drink a mediocre wine with incredible people or an incredible wine with mediocre people?"

Personally, I think who you drink your wine with directly affects your perception of the wine, for better or for worse, and so I think I would rather drink okay wine with incredible people because I'd actually enjoy both the company and the wine more. What you think?

Leah Greenstein

 

Wednesday
Dec222010

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