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Joe Manekin
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Joe arrived at our doors in February 2007 from far away, Washington, DC to be exact. Just so no one gets the wrong idea, though, he was merely earning a living in DC; Joe’s cultural identity, as well as his professional sports allegiances and, when he has a few drinks in him, his accent, are all Baltimore through and through. After working on the wholesale side of the business for nearly 4 years, Joe decided that he wanted to work wine retail with the best, so he emailed Cindy Westby at K&L and the rest is history. While Joe is well versed in a number of wine regions, he most enjoys the wines of Europe, though he is growing increasingly interested in the great wines of the Santa Cruz mountains. When he is not at K&L, Joe enjoys cooking, traveling, catching up on The Wire, doing occasional PR, booking and recording work for reggae band JohnStone (www.johnstonemusic.com), and writing for his wine, food and music blog, Old world Old School (www.oldworldoldschool.blogspot.com)


Reviews

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Bruno Michel Premier Cru Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 7-6-2009
I love all Bruno Michel Champagnes, but the Blanc de Blancs really distinguished itself from the pack when I last tasted it. Bright clementine aromas and a real sense of freshness and brightness characterize the nose. This follows through to the palate - full of pure, intense and amazingly persistent fruit. Delicious.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Franck Bonville Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 7-6-2009
Very easy to like - soft textured, citrus and cream flavors. Plump, round and delicious. For someone who usually goes for a bit lean and austere, I'm always surprised I like this as much as I do. It's just delicious stuff.

Glenrothes Select Reserve Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 3-4-2009
There is probably not a single better value single malt in our store. This would be the equivalent of a 10 year. Very classic Glenrothes, with a round texture, fairly rich, malty character on the mid-palate, and impeccable Glenrothes mellow, balanced character. Just a wonderful house single malt, and a terrific introduction to the joys of Speyside whisky!
Price: $38.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Springbank 10 Year Old Campbeltown Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 3-4-2009
If I'm in the mood for a bit of peat, this is one of my favorites. Scottland's oldest independent, continually-operated distillery, Springbank's 10 year is a great balance of judicious peaty smoke, malty, nutty flavors, a hint of sweetness, and an amazing saline tang on the finish, which lingers a while and then seems to dissolve effortlessly. Powerful and elegant, Springbank is a true original, and every bit as elegant as people say it is.
Price: $54.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2006 Acustic "Brao" Montsant
Review Date: 2-24-2009
If this "Acustic" wine were a music venue, it would be Washington D.C.'s 9:30 Club - best sound in America! Corny analogy aside, the name acustic refers to the winery's devotion to producing authentic, natural expressions of Montsant, not the overly-extracted or manipulated versions you, unfortunately, see these days. This is the bigger brother to the "basic" bottling (which hopefully some of you have, as it's currently sold out), and it shows intense, jammy dark fruit aromas, with similar flavors, but real typicity and balance as well. This is a warm climate region, and the wine reflects that -it's rich, but genuine - and a real treat to drink.

Caveau du Mont July Bugey Cerdon Rosé
Review Date: 4-20-2008
If you love rosé champagne (and who doesn’t), if you enjoy adventurous wine pairings (you know you do) and if you love raspberries (mmm…rasbpberries), then this is your wine. This pink-colored, off-dry (read: slightly sweet) sparkling wine from the Savoie region of Eastern France is made by spontaneous fermentation, otherwise known as methode ancestrale using poulsard and gamay. Enjoy this delicious sparkler as an aperitif, with cheeses, jamon Serrano or even spicier Asian cuisine like Thai or Burmese
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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