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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 (, and writing for his wine, food and music blog, Old world Old School (


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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.

2005 Seventy Five Wine Company "Amber Knolls" Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 2-24-2009
Ours is a staff that rarely reaches consensus. We all have different palates, with distinctive flavor preferences, regional proclivities, etc. We absolutely reached a consensus on terrific everyday Cab, however. Here it is, courtesy of the Beckstoffers, long time Cab growers in Napa Valley. Red fruits, the slightest hint of herbal cab savor, great structure and real guts. Here’s an ideal house red for Cab fans.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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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