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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
Eureka! takes its whiskey pretty seriously, and the southwest Bakersfield restaurant is about to up its game even more: Starting Monday, a new blend will be offered, and it sounds pretty impressive.
From a news release sent out by the burger and spirits mini-chain:
Eureka! will release Devil's Share Whiskey from Ballast Point Brewery of San Diego. To celebrate, Eureka! is offering a "San Diego Spirits" cocktail menu for a limited time, featuring all-craft Ballast Point Spirits, local fruits, and all-natural liqueurs. The exclusive whiskey cannot be found anywhere else. For more, visit www.eurekarestaurantgroup.com or www.ballastpoint.com
More soup for you
Al Yeganeh, the "Soup Nazi" made famous on a "Seinfeld" episode, has come out with three new flavors available in area grocery stores:
Jambalaya! -- A rich tomato-based stew with whole shrimp, scallops, crayfish, fresh chicken and Al's custom spicy Andouille sausage. This was, of course, Newman's favorite in the show.
Chicken Gumbo -- Another Big Easy classic, reinvented by Al. Chicken breasts, tomatoes, okra, bell peppers, carrots, collard greens and celery, with just the right chile pepper kick and Al's unique blend of global spices.
Crab Corn Chowder -- Combine Maryland blue crab, fresh corn, and blend with peppers, onions and celery for classic hearty and heart-warming chowder that pushes the borders of deliciousness.
To find the retailer nearest your home, go to the company's webpage: originalsoupman.com/soup-shop/grocers-near-you
Lobster prices tumbling
We recently wrote about the huge price increases in shrimp due to a supply problem caused by an infection. Now, many media outlets, including the New Yorker, have noted that lobster prices have tumbled due to global warming leading to warmer oceans and overpopulation of the shellfish. Back in 2005, lobster was going for about $6 a pound wholesale, but recent prices have tumbled to as low as $2.20 a pound. While fishermen in Maine struggle to stay in business, the price break hasn't yet reached restaurant menus. Your best bet is grocery stores and fish markets, where the prices have adjusted to the oversupply.
Best values for Cali wine
Eight California wines have been named among Wine Spectator's Top World Values.
From classics Australian Shiraz and Italian Chianti to more exotic Cahors from France and Portuguese Douro reds, this roundup found in Wine Spectator's Oct. 15 issue spotlights 100 recently rated wines that cost just $15 or less per bottle and boast scores of 85 points or higher.
The wallet-friendly Golden State wines are listed below along with their price and Wine Spectator score:
California value reds
Ravenswood Zinfandel California Vintners Blend Old Vine 201, $9. Score: 87
Francis Ford Coppola Pinot Noir California Votre Sante 2011, $14. Score: 86
Gnekow Zinfandel Lodi Campus Oaks Old Vine 2010, $10. Score: 86
California value whites
Joel Gott Sauvignon Blanc California 2012, $12. Score: 89
Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc Clarksburg 2011, $8. Score: 86
Ensemble California White 2011, $10. Score: 86
Guenoc Sauvignon Blanc Lake County 2011, $14. Score: 86
Pepi Chenin Blanc-Viognier California 2011 $10. Score: 86