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Sunday
May292011

Heaven Hill Here We Come...

Hollywood & VineK&L Hollywood's first spirits tasting in over a year went off last night.  We finally found a great partner to host our events in their beautiful new restaurant Wood&Vine.  Despite the holiday weekend, we had a nice intimate crowd and some America's finest Bourbon and Rye.  The restaurant is lovely and we packed into the courtyard to taste as the sun was setting.  I think there were definitely a couple of surprises for the guests in the line up.  First, about 90% of the guests LOVED the Old Fitzegerald 100 Proof, which is the wheated bourbon brother of the infamously popular Rittenhouse 100 Proof.  It's out of stock at the moment, but represents one of the best values in bourbon.  It's easy going wheat based bourbon and bottled in bond.  Anyway, for $15 its a silly deal and nice to have something around that you don't feel guilty going through quickly or experimenting with.  Other highlights were more obvious.  Both the Rittenhouse Rye 25 Year and the Parker's Heritage Collection 27 Year showed incredibly well, as was expected.  These two bottles are considered legendary for a reason and anyone who loves american whiskey needs to try them.  We're on the last few bottles of the 27 Year and its sold out in distribution, so please don't wait.  Finally, something that I personally fell back in love with was the Parker's Heritage Collection 10 Year Wheated Cask Strength. We decided this was our bourbon of the year, but I have not touched my bottle in a few months and having a refreshly was very welcome.  Bourbon does not need to be 20 or 30 years old to be great.  In fact, for most bourbon 10 years is the sweet spot.  Parker Beam really shows of that fact with this lovely, complex, and viscerally pleasurable.  We should have our next tasting announcement in a week or so and we'll be ramping up the tastings significantly in the coming months.  We've got two GREAT new locations to work with, so hopefully we'll be doing AT COST TASTINGS, spirits dinners, and standard spirits tastings at three different locations throughout Hollywood  Thank you to everyone who came and thank you to Wood&Vine for being such great hosts. 

-David Girard

Friday
May272011

Thusday Tasting Review #2

This Rare Malt Edition of Auchroisk seemed to go over quite well.  The heavy, dense textures of the whisky were a hit amongst the tasters I spoke with and I think we all appreciated the chance to taste something we'd never usually purchase.  My new goal may be to taste every single distillery and move down a list, finding unique expressions from each one.  Not next week, though.  Next week we're at the K&L San Francisco store tasting wine-based spirits i.e. vermouth, Chinato, Amari, etc. 

-David Driscoll

Thursday
May262011

Thursday SF Notes

Another busy day of appointments in the SF store.  I finally got around to meeting Kiki from Pür Spirits aus Deutschland and we went through her fascinating line up of liqueurs and "Geiste." We always get asked about our selection of German spirits (which amounts to zero) and we always apologize for our lack of schnapps.  I'm proud to say that we will now be carrying the whole Pür line up and I couldn't be more excited.  The Pear Liqueur is subtle, delicate, and pure - not at all like Clear Creek or J Pear which are much more viscous and hearty.  This is a slightly sweet elixer that could turn sparkling prosecco into a heavenly cocktail.  The elderflower liqeuer will prove to be St Germain's worst nightmare.  This is the real deal folks and it's amazing - huge sales projections.  The Bierschnapps is always quite special - aged in chestnut wood - and reminiscent of Bock Bier.  Our beer guys are going to wet their pants.  Should be in stock by next week.

My call for real tequila continues to be answered.  I'm going to take a chance and bring in the Piramide tequilas because they are "el autentico."  These guys grow the 100% organic agave, they harvest it, they distill it, they import it, they distribute it.  It's all them every step of the way.  The bottle design leaves a bit to be desired, but these guys aren't about image.  It's about pride.  We had to do half the tasting in Spanish because they're not used to presenting in English.  I found that endearing.  What a difference between these producers and the suits that usually come into the store with their flashy brand logos.  This is the tequila company you want to root for, so I'm going to bring it in.  The tequilas are clean, tasty, and peppery, which I think people will appreciate.  All estate!

-David Driscoll

Thursday
May262011

Thursday Tasting Tonight

Auchroisk 20 Year Diageo 2010 Rare Malt Edition.  $180 per bottle.  $9 a glass tonight including your tip!  This was the best reviewed of the 2010 Diageo releases that also saw an ancient Glenkinchie, Glen Elgin, and Cragganmore.  Looking forward to seeing you all there.  Gitane in downtown SF.  5:30 PM sharp.  25 glasses available.

-David Driscoll

Thursday
May262011

Things You Need To Know #2

You need to know where Little China Kitchen is in San Mateo.  Why?  Because it's delicious, simple, fresh, and value-priced Chinese food and, if you let them know you shop at K&L, they won't charge you a corkage fee.  That means you can load up on Riesling and Pinot Noir without shelling out $50 for fees.  LCK has become K&L tasting night headquarters for that reason.  Tonight, my man Jimmy C and I headed over to wine and dine.  I thought I'd give you a preview because you need to get over to LCK and enjoy yourself.

First course: German Riesling.  Off-dry and really drinking well with the apps.

Veggie potstickers here are the best.  Get them steamed and then they're healthy.  Really doughy and full of cabbage with tofu. 

Bring some Burgundy for the entreés. 

Green beans are perfectly cooked. Slightly soft with a bit of crunch.  Garlic and savory sauce.

Scallion beef is lean and mean.  We got some fish too, but I got too busy eating to take a picture.

Little China Kitchen is at 215 East 3rd Avenue in downtown San Mateo.  They do NOT charge corkage if you tell them you know me.  Honest.  I asked Christine if she would be down with that and she said "Yes!" TYNTK #2 is an important one.  Make LCK your wine tasting hangout for dinner.  The owners are incredibly nice and you'll be very surprised at the quality.  The Chong Qing specials are their strong point, so make sure and check out the specials!

-David Driscoll