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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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2007 Rustenberg John X Merriman Stellenbosch
Review Date: 5-24-2011
If you're in the market for a very well made cab blend, something to decant and enjoy now or to cellar for north of 10 years, here's your bottle. Featuring terrific purple fruited purity, a subtle leafy savor and overall sense of balance similar to good Pauillac, Rustenberg's John X Merriman is, yet again, on point. Serious stuff for the price, and dare I say our best value cab blend in the store right now? Yes, I think I will. This is the best value cabernet blend in the store right now.

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: $44.99 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

Hidalgo Pastrana Manzanilla Pasada Sanlucar de Barrameda
Review Date: 7-14-2008
The difference between this and Hidalgo's other bottling of manzanilla (La Gitana) besides the fact that it is in a 750ml (not a 500ml) bottle, is that the Pastrana comes from Hidalgo's best vineyard. It is also aged longer before bottling and retains a greater degree of richness and fuller mouthfeel. An amazing wine, especially for food pairing. For those who are adventurous/geeky enough to try this wine then surely you can come up with some creative pairings.

2006 Ferreira "Moore Vineyard" Russian River Pinot Noir
Review Date: 7-10-2008
According to Bryan Brick, “This is the best Russian River Valley pinot in the store right now.” I agree. It is also the most exciting domestic pinot I have had since selling the 2002 Santa Cruz Mtn Vineyard pinot last summer. Like that wine, this one is not for the timid. A beautiful, high-acid wine produced from perfectly ripe (not overripe) grapes. In other words, old school, gutsy CA pinot noir for people who know the score. Pinot noir for purists. If you like wines from Cronin, Calera, and Swan, then this might be your new favorite. A real knockout, 105 pts.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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