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Bruno Michel "Blanche" Brut Champagne $34.99One of our best non-vintage Champagnes, this organically grown blend of half each Chardonnay and Meunier comes entirely from Bruno Michel's estate. It has been aged for six years on the lees and shows wonderful natural toasty quality as well as incredible vibrance! This was the big hit of our most recent staff Champagne tasting and we think you will love it too.

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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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Jul032008

Old World, New Wine

No other Old World wine country has undergone more growth and change than Spain. Sheltered from world because of fascism, the Spanish wine industry did not begin to really feel the effects of the revolution in winemaking until the late ’80s. Spain’s first real critical success did not begin until the ’94, ’95 and ’96 vintages. I remember seeing people with their Wine Advocates tucked under their arms looking for ’94 Torre Muga and wondering where the heck Priorat was. While there are many fans of the modern, fruit-driven style of Spanish wines, many people lament the reduction of traditional, long oak-aged wines from Rioja or the Ribera del Duero in the marketplace. Their subtle elegance and power is a great foil to the flash of the wines of “New Spain.” Though the wine making methods differ greatly, both modern and traditional winemakers enjoy Spain’s greatest wine treasure—acres and acres of untouched old vine vineyards. I enjoy the juxtaposition of modern Spanish wines with the traditional. One of my all-time favorite wines is the Rioja from Marques de Murrietta. Always a staple in my house, their 2000 Castillo Ygay is the epitome of old school elegance. Made from a blend of 87% tempranillo and 13% mazuelo and aged for 34 months in American oak, this Rioja has aromas of vanillin and spice cake that give way to soft, ripe cherry fruit on the palate. The minerality and long finish are a testament to this “old school” beauty. On the other hand, you couldn’t get more modern than Priorats from Clos Galena. Founded just six years ago, they farm organically and have a mix of old and new plantings. Their 2004 Galena is made from a blend of 35% garnacha negra, 25% cabernet sauvignon, 25% merlot, and 15% cariñena aged 12 months in French and American oak. Packed with ripe blackberry fruit and spice, this wine will bowl you over with its power and depth. Enjoy either of these wines with grilled lamb. Buen Provecho! —Anne Pickett

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