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Staff Favorites - Christie Cartwright
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I was first introduced to the fabulous world of California wine in Napa where I spent weekends bike riding and wine tasting with my parents up and down the Silverado Trail. Growing up in the East Bay Area it was only a hop...skip...jump away from wine country where my family would venture to relax and play every possible moment. It wasn't until my senior year at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo that I realized I had a passion for the wine industry. My first encounter with the working world of wine was my volunteer internship at Edna Valley Winery where I traveled to a number of tasting events with the marketing manager for the winery and realized I needed to get in the business. I added a minor in wine and viticulture to my communications studies major and ended up writing my thesis on the differences in wine marketing throughout a choice number of Paso Robles wineries. My first "real job" in the wine industry was at the smallest tasting room with the biggest personality in Paso Robles named Four Vines Winery. I worked there for almost three years while going to school and fell in love with not only central coast wines, but also with the business of sales and all those who loved, appreciated, and enjoyed our fruitful product. After graduation in 2007 I loved the central coast so much I decided to make a go for it and stay in this blissful paradise of beach and vines. I became fond very fond of making trips to Los Olivos and Santa Ynez valley quite often and in the mean time also became employed at Tolosa Winery in San Luis Obispo and 15 degrees wine bar in Templeton. In the summer of 2009 I decided to take a chance and move to Hollywood for more opportunity. Being from northern California I wanted to expand my horizons and see what the LA lifestyle was all about. I knew this was where I belonged the moment I stepped into this oasis of wine and cuisine. Never had I been to a place where I could find so many restaurants, bistros, wine bars, and the like within a 4 mile radius, and I don't have to get on the freeway! I'm in heaven. When I walked into the infamous K&L Hollywood Store it was love at first sight! I'm thrilled to be working here doing what I love, and love the incredible people here who share this passion and commitment with me.
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2011 Michel Delhommeau "Symbiose" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
Review Date: 7-24-2013
If you like the "Harmonie" Muscadet then you'll LOVE the Symboise Muscadet! From the same producer the only difference is the soil the fruit comes from. The Symboise is a touch more intense and mineral on the palate while the Harmonie is a bit more of an "easy drinker". So if you need a porch pounder get the harmonie and if your pairing with oysters do the Symboise!
2012 Michel Delhommeau "Harmonie" Muscadet Sèvre et Maine Sur Lie
Review Date: 6-21-2013
It's back and just as refreshing as ever! Always a favorite of mine, weather I'm relaxing on the deck, or cooking up a storm, Harmonie is always there to keep me cool, calm, and feeling like I'm on vacation in the Loire Valley! Super fresh and clean with high acid and minerality on the palate. Perfect for salads, oysters, or just on its own!
2012 Geyser Peak Sauvignon Blanc
Review Date: 5-22-2013
Well I have to be honest...usually a California Sauv Blanc for under $8 is hard pressed to be drinkable, innocuous at best. But when I tasted the 2012 Geyser Peak SB I was very pleasantly surprised! It has a wonderful intensity to it. Lots of bright aromatics, crispy, great core of acid and citrus notes with a clean and fresh finish. Super Value here!!!
2008 Terra Valentine "Wurtele Vineyard" Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 4-24-2013
Terra Valentine is a tiny boutique producer that's sits high on the steep hillsides of Spring Mountain. The wines are meticulously hand crafted and they spare no expense on the sorting table. This I know because I went to visit them during the harvest of 2012, and they put me to work on the sorting table for a few hours, and I couldn't believe all the fruit they tossed aside because it wasn't "perfect"! After that experience I swore I would never subject myself to the sorting table again, it is truly some of the most back-breaking work you can do, but it sure does help make the wine damn fine!
2010 Antech "Cuvée Eugenie" Cremant de Limoux
Review Date: 2-9-2013
My absolute favorite bubbly or "Champagne for half the price"! This Staff Favorite French Sparkling Cremant is elegant, dry, crisp, with stone fruit and citrus notes, and a touch of toasty creaminess that will keep you sipping all day/night long!
Bruno Michel "Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-4-2012
This is my quintessential Holiday Party Champagne, and it aims to please! Not too big and over-the-top, and not to light and lean either, its just right! Made from almost half Chardonnay and half Pinot Meunier graps giving it lots of depth and great texture on the palate. This is the bell of the ball as far as I'm concerned. This lovely bubbly is feminine yet sexy and bold at the same time. Its bright and fresh character gives it a friendly quality that can be sipped on and enjoyed all day and all night long! This is heaven in a flute!
Deligeroy Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé
Review Date: 9-28-2012
This is one of my all time favorite Bubbly Rose and a fraction of the price of Champagne.I love the new cuvee of my Deligeroy Rose. Its much softer and more feminine that the last cuvee which was a touch herbaceous. This Cab Franc based blend is aimed to please this holiday season! Its the perfect party wine that will please a crowd instantly. Subtle fruit with balanced acid and a clean, dry finish! You wont believe your wallet! It has subtle red berry and sweet herb undertones with its racy acid and minerality keep it refreshing but still full on the palate. Perfect for any gathering or romantic date, or just sip and savor alone! Its that good
Michel Dervin Brut Champagne
Review Date: 9-28-2012
My absolute favorite deal in Champagne! I will be sad when it sell out because when its gone its gone, until the next boat comes over! This is the most friendly and elegant style of bubbles you can get for an unbelievable price!
2010 Alta Maria Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir
Review Date: 8-3-2012
From one of the most amazing winemakers and Santa Maria Valley's 9th Generation Farmer James Ontiveros comes this exquisite and affordable cool climate Pinot Noir that carries itself above and beyond what you would expect from a central coast Pinot! Layers upon Layers of delicate yet intense dark cherry fruit, bright acidity and even a floral and spice component that mimics Burgundy. It's the most food-friendly, balanced Pinot I've ever tasted from the region and its really going places!
San Venanzio Prosecco Brut
Review Date: 12-14-2011
A delightful Prosecco from Italy which is dry but still very soft and elegant on the palate. Perfect Party bubbles for the Holiday season!
Graham's "Six Grapes" Port
Review Date: 11-10-2011
The best value I've tasted for a full 750ml bottle of Ruby Port! Dark and deep in color with loads of black fruit, spice, and chocolate on the nose. Richly intense with a creamy mid-palate with plenty of good acidity to balance it out. I'll be definitely buying some for the holiday season!
2009 de Macard, Bordeaux Supérieur
Review Date: 8-17-2011
Simply put, the BEST cheap 2009 Bordeaux that I've tasted. Super suple, plush with red and black fruit, great for drinking now to excite your palate for more 2009 Bordeaux!
Pol Roger "White Foil" Brut Reserve Champagne
Review Date: 8-11-2011
One of my new favorite finds at K&L! This is a gorgeous Champagne. Lots of focus and elegance showing from start to finish. Just slightly toasty, this Brut is full of integrated acid and fresh minerality that will have your taste buds tingling and salivating for more! An amazing value for under $40 as well! Stock up for the holidays before its gone!
Henri Giraud "Hommage Francois Hemart" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 6-1-2011
A new small production Champagne to K&L and keep the secret safe cause once word gets out this one will go fast! All Grand Cru Fruit goes into the blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The nose is of sweet Meyer lemons, fresh triple cream brie and brioche. Unbelievable rich and complex with layers of pleasure unfolding the palate. Finish of minerals and red cherry!
Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 4-16-2011
If I could pick any Champagne to drink on a daily basis regardless of price, it would be the Beautiful Billecart Salmon Rose! Without a doubt your last sip will still taste as good as the first. And your obsession will start at your first sip. This is a clean and elegant style that will impress just about any level Champagne drinker
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