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Staff Favorites - Cindy Westby
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In her current incarnation as K&L Human Resources wizard, Cindy spends her time managing management and making the most of our talented staff. Her previous lives include: HR generalist at Cisco Systems, sommelier at the Village Pub and retail sales at Ridge Vineyards. She's the real sparkle in Champagne buyer Gary Westby's eye and enjoys drinking more than her fair share of traditionally styled wines from the classic wine regions of the world. Her long term goals include: figuring out how to use her iPhone, growing a decent tomato, and adding as many Westbys as possible to the K&L staff.
2005 Elisabeth Goutorbe Brut Champagne
Review Date: 3-15-2013
Recently, Gary was kind enough to slip me a bottle of the 2005 Elisabeth Goutorbe as I was heading to the spa at Rosewood, Sand Hill to meet some friends. So let me be the first to tell you that this champagne pairs PERFECTLY with fluffy robes, fashion magazines and girlish giggles. Really though, a wine of massive concentration and freshness, I highly recommend letting it warm up just a little to fully appreciate its complexity.
Krug Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 2-13-2012
Back at home after a particularly rough day my husband went on his nightly expedition to the wine cellar in our garage. When he returned with this wine - my jaw dropped. "Sometimes you've got to live a little", he said. Live a little indeed! A spectacular champagne with lots of everything, but not too much of anything. Black and red fruited nose,candied blood orange, toasted nuts, rose petals on the palate - velvety but vivacious. Balanced and luxurious, this was a special treat I will not soon forget.
Gosset "Brut Excellence" Champagne
Review Date: 1-17-2012
While it's common to start with a bone-dry wine as the aperitif, I favor wines with a little more "oomph" for companionship as I get dinner on the table. A glass of the Gosset Brut Excellence keeps my hunger pains at bay with exotic freshness and a round, supple texture. A special value right now at $25.99 - you'll have to race me to the shelf!
Krug "Grande Cuvée" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 6-11-2009
Because you can never be too rich...or have too many bubbles! This Grand Cuvee is truly grand - very concentrated, with a silky smooth texture and length for days. Drink it on your private island, while sitting on your treasure chest and eating a foie gras cheeseburger! (tasted 6/10/09)
Elisabeth Goutorbe "Cuvée Eclatante" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 6-10-2009
Medium body, gobs of dark red cherry Pinot fruit. Satisfying and delicious alone - or paired with something on the earthy, savory side.
Rittenhouse Rye 100 Proof, Bottled in Bond 750ml (3 bottle limit)
Review Date: 5-20-2009
Adding a couple of ice cubes to this 100 proof spirit really tames the beast, bringing out the sweetness and rye-bread aromatics. A wonderful digestif after dinner - with a very reasonable price tag.
Michel Arnould Verzenay "Brut Reserve" Champagne
Review Date: 5-19-2009
This Champagne has big style! I love to treat myself to a glass on a Sunday afternoon, read a good book - and pointedly ignore the laundry.
Ariston "Aspasie Brut Prestige" Champagne
Review Date: 4-9-2009
Fun fact about Ariston: their winemaker Paul-Vincent uses the best juice from his younger vines for the Vintage champagne...and the best juice from his older vines for the'Aspasie'! I popped a bottle last night and was instantly transported to Brouillet. Mature old vine flavor, dry and classy! Drink it cool but not ice-cold to capture all the flavors...
Ariston Aspasie Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 4-9-2009
It blows my mind. $32.99, really? Small production grower rose champagne, aged on the lees for 5 years?? Are you sure, only $32.99? Beautiful to behold with its tawny pink color - and a joy to consume with layers of flavor and aroma. Enjoy alongside baked ham, herbed quiche - or even smoked almonds as an afternoon treat!
Collard-Picard "Cuvee Selection" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 12-29-2008
I love the family resemblance between the Rene Collard and the Collard-Picard wines! Still the earthy and savory meunier flavor, but with a lighter hand and more zing! This wine is a great choice when you want that mature champagne flavor, without the wait!