Make your reservations now for Saturday September 9, and join co-owner James Sichel and K&L for a great dinner featuring the wines of Château d’Angludet, one of our favorite châteaux. Wines from 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2003 will be poured as well as a couple of older vintages. This dinner will be held at the outstanding Spago Restaurant in Palo Alto. Reception at 6:30 and dinner at 7:15. Only sixty seats available. Casual elegance is the dress code.
I am truly lucky to continually have the opportunity to, not only meet, but talk and share ideas with people that inspire and change the way I view the world. Some people truly have a passion for the good that they are, and have no idea that they are “that person.” They understand and embrace what and who they are without question and will always continue to build upon what they have and what they’ve done. You know, the person that you talk to and think to yourself, WOW, that’s good peeps, but then, one day further down the road it hits you: I should be like that! The Hiedler Estate was founded in the late 1800s by grandfather Joseph Hiedler, a pioneer of the Langenlois wine region. It has been family run ever since. Not family run in the sense that it has just been passed down from generation to generation, maintaining operation, A true and undying passion for everything that is Hiedler has also been passed down! From a winery that was one of the first to put their wines into bottles, to an internationally acclaimed estate that is on top of the game and yet, humbly admits, that there is so much simple promise out there to be shared with all. They have, from day one, been in love with the land and all that surrounds it! And now, Ludwig and Maria Angeles continue the tradition of taking responsibility for all that is good, not only in life but in nature and wine. This month I choose not to talk about the vineyard sites, although very important, the pruning philosophy or the work that goes on in the cellar. Instead, I choose to highlight the soul that is the wine of Hiedler. Ludwig and Maria Angeles, along with the inspiration of the three children, have become a fixture in, not only the wine business but also in wine culture. They have somehow figured out how to be in a great, beautiful balance of a pure, thought out, affirmative, understanding, focused, and determined force that makes me sit back and say to myself WOW... Can I be that? I guess, as they say on the street, they’re keepin’ it real!!!! —Eric Story
In May I traveled through the south of France tasting wines on behalf of K&L. One of the standout tastings was with Olivier Hillaire at Domaines de Relagnes. After two hours tasting his 2004s and his 2005s, Oliver presented a bottle of 1979 Relagnes CNP. Covered in cobwebs and cool to the touch, this gorgeously fresh and lush CNP was an absolute gift to behold. Domaine des Relagnes is one class act. 2004 Châteauneuf du Pape Domaine des Relagnes “Tradition” ($33.99) If you are into purity of fruit and a wine that dances on your palate, flirts and teases you with its charm and delicacy, then you must try this wine. Cinnamon stick, red fruit and blackcurrant tea abound. 2004 Châteauneuf du Pape Domaine des Relagnes “Cuvee Vigneronne” ($38.99) Black cherry, rosehips with a bit more depth than the Tradition. Very subtle notes of stone and that “tar” thing give added depth and complexity, while all the while remaining cool and lovely, with fine tannins and exquisite balance. 2004 Châteauneuf du Pape Domaine des Relagnes “Les Petits Pieds d’Armand” ($74.99) (90% grenache 10% syrah) Relagnes’ super cuvee. Up there with Bosquet des Pape’s Chante le Merle in terms of depth, concentration and elegance. Definitely ageworthy (think 10-20 years) but showing beautifully right now, with fine tannins and an oh-so-silky texture. Sublime. —Mulan Chan
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