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Staff Favorites - 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)
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2005 Valrose "Cuvée Alienor" St-Estèphe
Review Date: 8-12-2008
Long time without reviewing any BDX (that's industry abbreviation for Bordeaux) so here's the first of a few reviews of some recently arrived wines. This is a terrific value in '05 St-Estephe. Pure, classic dark cherry fruit, with a real lively quality in the mouth and good structure as well. An early front-runner for my favorite value '05 St- Estephes, this wine should have many years ahead of it should you wish to cellar some bottles.
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.
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
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