If you are in the bay area October 21st, you'll want to be at our Fete du Champagne party in the tented parking lot of our SF store. Tickets are required in advance. Great food and this lineup of wines... (wish the Giants had it this good) Ariston Ariston Carte Blanche Brut Champagne Ariston Aspasie Blanc de Blancs Champagne Ariston Brut Rosé Champagne Ariston Aspasie Blanc de Blancs Champagne De Meric De Meric Blanc de Blanc Sous Bois Brut Champagne De Meric Grande Reserve Sous Bois Brut Champagne 1999 De Meric Vintage Sous Bois Brut Champagne De Meric Grande Sous Bois Bouzy Rosé Brut Champagne Gonet Philippe Gonet Brut Reserve Champagne Philippe Gonet Brut Roy Soleil Blanc de Blancs Champagne 2000 Philippe Gonet Special Club Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne Philippe Gonet Brut Rosé Champagne Tarlant Tarlant Brut Zero Champagne Tarlant Brut Zero Champagne Tarlant Cuvee Louis Brut Prestige Champagne Tarlant La Vigne d'Antan Blanc de Blancs Single Vineyard Extra Brut Champagne Tarlant La Vigne d'Or Blanc de Meuniers Single Vineyard Extra Brut Champagne Fleury Fleury "Carte Rouge" Brut Champagne Fleury Brut Rosé Champagne Laurent Perrier Laurent Perrier Brut Champagne 1997 Laurent Perrier Vintage Brut Laurent Perrier "Grand Siecle" Champagne Laurent Perrier Brut Rosé 1997 Laurent Perrier Grand Siecle Cuvee Alexandra Brut Rosé Laurent Perrier Demi-Sec Champagne Roederer Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne 2000 Roederer Vintage Blanc de Blancs Champagne 2000 Roederer Vintage Brut Champagne 2000 Roederer Vintage Brut Rose Champagne Moet 1998 Dom Pérignon Brut Champagne
All tastings are from 12 noon to 3 p.m. in San Francisco and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Redwood City. For information about special monthly tastings and dinners, please see our website at www.klwines.com and click on the “local events” bar. Prices TBA. Saturday, October 7: Italian in San Francisco. Burgundy in Redwood Ciry. Kirk picks his favorite wines in S.F. from various regions in Italy. Come in and try new arrivals and hot cellar selections. While Keith will open the outstanding Burgundies of Maison Champy. Saturday, October 14: Syrah in San Francisco. Wines of Spain in Redwood City. Mike Jordan will take us on a tour around the world with his favorite Syrah. Wines from North America, Australia, France while Anne’s favorites are poured in Redwood City. Saturday, October 21: Champagne Celebration in San Francisco. Bordeaux in Redwood City. The San Francisco store will close off its parking lot for our big tent tasting of small-estate Champagnes. Join us for over 40 Champagnes and finger food (Call for tickets). Redwood City hosts a tasting of Bordeaux. Ralph and Bryan will pour from the 2003 vintage with one white, one Sauternes and eight reds. Saturday, October 28: Wines of Germany and Austria in San Francisco. Wines of the Rhone in Redwood City. In S.F., Eric Story picks his favorites from Germany and Austria. He’ll highlight excellent buys and fabulous cellar selections! In R.C., Nadia will open great wines from the Rhone. Join us in welcoming the cooler weather with these magnificent reds and whites. —Scott Beckerley, Jeff Garneau
This estate has quietly built a reputation for pure, age worthy chenin blanc from hillside vineyards of limestone and chalk in the village of Reugny. Today, the estate is in the very capable winemaking hands of Lionel Gauthier. Lionel is a bit of a misfit in the area. With a shocking patch of blond hair, massive build, and in-your-face intensity, he seems more Scandinavian than Loire. That is what his friends thought when they started calling him the “the Viking” years ago. After a while the name stuck, so in 1989, Lionel renamed the property. All grapes here are hand harvested, sorted, de-stemmed, crushed, and fermented in Lionel’s tiny garage cellar, and left to age in 500-liter barrels made from local chestnut. Enjoy! The 1990 Gauthier-Lhomme Domaine du Viking Vouvray Tendre ($22.99) got 93 points from the Wine Spectator: “Great aromas of lemon zest and fresh flowers, this has the mature, burnished feel you’d expect from a 1990, with excellent cut to its candied citrus, chamomile and dried pineapple flavors. Long, stony finish has an alluring smoky hint. Drink now through 2010. 2,000 cases made.” The 1999 Gauthier-Lhomme Domaine du Viking Vouvray Tendre ($16.99) is a bit dryer and firmer than the others. So pure and expressive of the soil, with the right amount of age to start showing hints of smokiness and honeyed aromas. The 2002 Gauthier-Lhomme Domaine du Viking Vouvray Tendre ($16.99) received 92 points from the Wine Spectator: “Off-dry at first impression, with green almond, fig and pear flavors, this gives way to a more cut on the back end, with floral and candied ginger notes. Long, minerally finish. An absolute steal at this price. Drink now through 2020. 2,000 cases made.” —Jeff Vierra
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