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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.
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.
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)
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!