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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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Thinking on Drinking: Collecting

At last count, which was just a couple of weeks ago, I'd lived in 26 different houses/apartments in seven states (some duplicates) over the past 11 years, not including places where I'd been for just a couple of months. My lifestyle wasn't exactly an ideal pairing for collecting wine, but for half that time I toted around a bottle of 1997 Limerick Lane Zinfandel given to me by a fellow wine-loving friend when I graduated from Sonoma State University. I was supposed to drink the wine when I published my first book of poetry. After a few years and a few states I downgraded that requirement to the publication of my first book, period. I finally opened the bottle in 2006 when I published my first big article in the San Francisco Chronicle; it was on pomegranate cocktails. The wine, a bit rusted at the edges, was just starting to decline, but it had lovely (and appropos) pomegrante fruit notes, plus earthy tones and hints of violet and lavender that were buried beneath the bold fruit upon release. 

"Do you have a wine you're saving for a particular occasion?"

Leave a comment below and tell us what you're saving and what for!

Leah Greenstein


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Reader Comments (7)

A 2006 Monks Gate Willamette Valley Pinot Noir hand signed by owner/winemaker Ron Moore. The bottle was a gift to me and my wonderful wife, Chris on our wedding day. I was planning to open it on March 8, 2011, to celebrate three years of blissful marriage, but alas will have to wait until 2012 since I just found out we are expecting- and it would be rude to drink it alone!
February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMark Tippery
Congrats on the baby-to-be, Mark! And I'm sure you're wife will appreciate your waiting for your fourth wedding anniversary to drink it. :)
February 28, 2011 | Registered CommenterUncorked Blog Administrator
I have a 1982 Mouton Rothschild that I picked up when our twins were born. As the years go by, the temptation to open it gradually increases. At this rate, however, I'm not sure if we can wait until they reach 21... :-)
-Robert / Half Moon Bay
February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Fish
I've been saving a few bottles of great Rioja that I smuggled back from a trip to Madrid in '06 - opened one on Valentine's Day, and it was smashing. Also have a great petit syrah that I've had for a little longer...
February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer Dowling
@Robert--I'm assuming that means your twins weren't born in 1982 and it's birth year wine, huh? Fortunately, with that wine, the wine will hold as long as your patience does. @Jennifer I heard about the Rioja. Drink some of that Rioja on your wedding day (and don't forget to share).
February 28, 2011 | Registered CommenterUncorked Blog Administrator
A 2004 Louis M Martini Monte Rosso Cabernet Sauvignon. Was given by a colleague at LMM for working on a special project. Have been saving for years for the right "wine by the fireplace" moment - the bottle has logged more air miles (in a well protected carrier) than some people!
February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJody T
2005 Leoville Las Cases given to me for Christmas by my wife. This one will have to hang around for a while, maybe an anniversary or something like that, 10 years from now?
February 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDan

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