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2000 Labégorce, Margaux $39.99

A great value in Bordeaux! This bottle is mature enough to drink now, but has time in hand if you want to keep it in the cellar for the future. We love it for its laid back elegance and classic balance. A must try for your next nice steak dinner.

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We host regular weekly and Saturday wine tastings in each K&L location.

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Free Spirits Tastings at K&L! Now that we have our license for spirits tastings in Redwood City and San Francisco, we’re excited to host regular free spirits tastings in those locations.  Check the Spirits Journal for an updated tasting schedule.

All tastings will feature different products from the Spirits Department and take place on Wednesdays in Redwood City and San Francisco. Visit our events page on Facebook or the K&L Spirits Journal for more information.

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Tasting for pleasure with Maggie Henriquez, Krug CEO

My wine of the night- the inimitable, controversial Krug Rose!

I don’t know anyone who is quite like Maggie Henriquez, the dynamic CEO of Champagne Krug. In the five years she has been at the helm of Krug, she has been a revolutionary of communication and a stalwart defender of tradition on the production side. Last night I had a chance to taste the great Champagne of Krug with her. It was a giant honor and a huge pleasure.

When Krug was purchased by LVMH (owner of Veuve-Clicquot, Moet, Ruinart & Mercier as well as Louis Vuitton and too many luxury fashion brands to list) many of us Champagne lovers were petrified. Krug is Champagnes’ Chateau Latour, DRC and it d’Yquem, and has more than 150 years of producing some of the best wine in France. I was one among many who was concerned that this international conglomerate would exploit the reputation and dilute the quality. Thankfully with Maggie in charge, nothing could be further from the case.

Since she has taken over the wines are showing better than ever. Her revolutionary contribution has been to open up the house of Krug to the wine lover with the most thorough communication of any grand marque. She has pioneered Krug ID, a code on the back of every current release bottle that you can look up on their website, or better yet their mobile ap, that will tell you everything you want to know about what is inside the bottle. This is particularly interesting for the Grand Cuvee and the Rose, as the story of the wine is so compelling.


Maggie Henriquez, Krug CEO: One of the most passionate people in the business!

We started the evening with the Krug "Grande Cuvée" Brut Champagne $149.99, Krug ID# 213032, which is based on 2006, but has reserves dating back to 1990. This wine is composed of 44% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay and 21% Meunier and is the product of 11 different vintages in Champagne. Why would anybody go to such trouble and expense, saving and later expertly blending 142 separate wines and then keep it a secret? In the past, I always loved the taste of Krug Grand Cuvee, but now it is clear why I love it, it is the product of an incredible effort by an immensely talented team. This bottle had the vinous authority up front that Krug is famous for, but scintillating minerality and refreshment on the long finish… A great way to start the night!

She spoke at length about the vision of the founder, Joseph Krug in creating only two great wines. One, the Grand Cuvee that would be consistent, and another, the vintage, that would be from circumstance. I think that it is inspiring that Maggie has lead her team to keep up the consistency of greatness, but also realized that each of the blends are a little bit different in personality, and the new system of ID’s allow us, the Champagne lovers discover those differences. Luckily, the Krug family has expanded the range past the two original wines- now there is more to enjoy.


The 1990 was an unexpected treat!

We continued our evening with the 2000 Krug Brut Champagne ($229) which seems to get younger each time I try it. This was by far the raciest, most elegant bottle of this wine that I have had and showed focus and length that I would associate with a vintage like 1988. I think it has an incredible future. After that, we were treated to a nutty, almost walnut bread like bottle of the 1990- it is hard to believe that the wine is now 24 years old.

The final wine of the night was the Krug Brut Rosé Champagne ($279) and it was my favorite of an incredibly good group. Maggie told the story of Remi and Henri Krug making the wine in secret in 1976 when the opportunity to make some very ripe Pinot Noir as a red wine in Ay presented itself. They didn’t tell their father until it was ready in 1984, and presented it to him blind. He told them that the family had a problem: someone is copying Krug! When they told him that they had made it, he reversed his position on “vulgar rose” and gave them his blessing. The batch we tasted was based on 2006 with reserves going back to 2000 and composed of 59% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay and 23% Meunier. It had an incredible tension between powerful, Vosne Romanee like black fruit and savor and bright white chalky drive. Somehow it was all brought into balance. What a bottle!

Krug is an expensive wine, but I hope that when the time is right, every Champagne lover experiences it. It is worth saving up for.

A toast to you!

-Gary Westby





Bike Riding in Champagne


So many perfect, narrow, traffic free roads to ride in Champagne!

The Champagne region, as I like to tell anyone who will listen, is a great place to visit. While I come for the great wines, the fantastic food, great accommodations and many other attractions would be well worth a trip without a drop of bubbles. Today, I am writing from the small village of Crugny, where Cinnamon and I have rented Gite La  Grange with two other couples. It is a converted farmhouse, and could not be any nicer, with four bedrooms, and a generous living space with an open kitchen and a backyard with outdoor seating and a grill.

Cinnamon and Doug wrestle with the duvet cover at Gite La Grange.

Last night we cooked a good dinner of rabbit in Dijon sauce, vegetables from the farm stand next door and sausages, with a cucumber salad, generous cheese plate from La Cave aux Fromages at 12 Place du Forum in Reims and chocolates from Vincent Dallet in Epernay. Today I got on my bike to work it all off!

The northwestern corner of Champagne is full of gorgeous old churches, this one is in Dravegny.

In this north-western corner of Champagne, it is very easy to get a good work out on a bike. While the terrain is not mountainous, there is scarcely a kilometer of flat, and many of the small climbs are quite steep. On my ride I tackled a chalk cobble climb to the chicken farm that we were buying eggs from, where I was welcomed by the farmer’s dog, who chased me until I sprayed him with my water bottle! I also saw a chevreuil (a small deer), a red fox and to many birds to count.

Yes- the eggs were fantastic!

The ancient churches were also too numerous to count, and riding by the Abbaye Notre Dame d’Igny was spectacular- even if their famous chocolate shop was closed- again! I ended up riding for about 2 hours, taking in numerous gorgeous villages, including my favorite: Brouillet. Brouillet is home to Champagne Aspasie… A destination in itself!

A toast to you!

Gary Westby


Champagne For One- Gosset Blanc des Blancs Brut Champagne

The newest wine from the oldest house in Champagne

I enjoy drinking Champagne on my own. It is always a little bit better with company, and luckily on this occasion, my company didn’t drink much. Actually, she didn’t drink anything. My cat, the Morsel, doesn’t drink anything besides water, and occasionally a little bit of cream. She does keep me in good company, especially when I am pairing the Champagne with my favorite (and hers) partner: sushi. On this occasion Cinnamon had gone up north to visit her mom, so I dined at the coffee table, and treated myself to a spectacular bottle of Champagne.

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