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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.
Jardesca California Aperitiva 750ml
Review Date: 7-2-2014
Looking for a lighter, fresher alternative to a "Bloody Mary Bar"? Serve this little beauty over ice with a few pretty bowls of herb and citrus garnish at your next brunch, BBQ, book club or pool party - and watch it disappear!
Lehmann 'Jamesse Reference' Grand Champagne glass
Review Date: 5-21-2014
What do our kitchen cupboards absolutely NOT need? Another wine glass. But I have to give credit where credit is due. This is a lovely glass for champagne. A hybrid in-between flute and white wine glass, the tulip shape allows the wine even more expression and yet still shows off the beautiful bubbles. I am so taken by this new glass I'm worried my flutes might get a bit dusty!
2012 Château de Maligny Petit Chablis
Review Date: 4-4-2014
Right out of the bottle, this is a crisp little unoaked Chardonnay. But with a few minutes and some air, this wine becomes MUCH more interesting and really shows its limey, mineraly terroir. I enjoy Chablis as a sipping wine/aperitif, but it would also be wonderful with a spring risotto of leeks, asparagus, peas and Parmesan.
2005 Launois "Spécial Club" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne (ships as 1.5L)
Review Date: 10-16-2013
After one sip (which frankly was all that was left after our staff tasting) - I knew this would be my go-to champagne for the holiday season. Out-classing many $100+ bottles, this Special Club from Launois has loads of generous old-vine fruit with the precision and backbone of Grand Cru Mesnil terroir. I can think of two perfect pairings for this wine: Alone, or with loved ones.
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 "Excellence" Brut 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!
2013 Blason Isonzo Bianco (3L Bag-in-aBox) (cannot ship)
Review Date: 6-11-2009
The bag-in-a-box has risen again! Cast your shame aside, and just enjoy the wine. Having a fresh and friendly Italian white in your fridge for the summer is pure joy. And having 3 liters of it in an air-tight container is even better. Many of us at K&L are huge fans of the Blason wines - and I am so excited to have this format back in stock.
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.
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!