Starting Friday January 31st, the fourth Friday of every month for the next four months will feature Champagne in the Redwood City tasting bar. I will be pouring and hope to use this series to cover a number of subjects that I hope will be of interest to K&L’s Champagne lovers. Also, Quentin Paillard of Champagne Pierre Paillard is coming to town and will be pouring in SF on Tuesday February the 4th and in Redwood City on the 6th. I hope that you will join us for some (or all!) of these events- they are all walk in with no need to purchase tickets in advance.
Friday January 31st, 5:00-6:30 PM $10 Redwood City: Chardonnay in Champagne. Come taste the least planted and most wanted of Champagne’s big three grape varieties and see the giant effect that terroir has on this most transparent of grapes. We will taste Launois "Quartz" Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne ($34.99), 2004 Daniel Ginsburg "Cuvée Rene Millesime" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne ($49.99), Pierre Paillard "Acte 1" Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne (2008) ($49.99), Ariston Aspasie Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne ($34.99) and 2004 Michel Loriot "Les Sources du Flagot" Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne ($49.99).
Tuesday February 4th, 5:00-6:30 PM $10 San Francisco: An intimate tasting with Quentin Paillard of Champagne Pierre Paillard. Please join us for a very special tasting of the renowned champagnes of Pierre Paillard. Winemaker Quentin Paillard will be on hand to discuss his latest releases, which we have been lucky enough to secure. Fantastic Brut, Brut Rose and some special cuvee's. Perhaps even Bouzy Rouge! This is one tasting not to be missed!
Thursday February 6th, 5:00-6:30 PM $10 Redwood City: Quentin Paillard comes to Redwood City, where we will taste his Pierre Paillard Grand Cru Brut Champagne ($39.99), Pierre Paillard "Acte 1" Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne (2008) ($49.99), Pierre Paillard "Acte 1" Grand Cru Blanc de Noirs Brut Champagne (2008) ($49.99), 2004 Pierre Paillard Grand Cru Brut Vintage Champagne ($59.99) and 2008 Pierre Paillard Bouzy Rouge Coteaux Champenois ($34.99). This is a rare opportunity to hear about Champagne from the man who grew the grapes and made the wine.
Saturday February 15th, Valentines Day Rose Champagne in all three stores (12-3 in SF with Scott Beckerley, 1-4 in Redwood City with Gary Westby and 2-5pm in LA with Mari Keilman) $20: We will feature some of the most famous names in rose, such as Billecart and Laurent Perrier, next to some of our favorite small production growers. We’ll put the full list up as soon as we have finalized the selections!
Friday February 28th, 5:00-6:30 $10 Redwood City: Misunderstood Meunier. Gary will pour Meunier in the Redwood City tasting bar and explore the most planted and least understood grape variety in Champagne. Lineup will be posted to the website soon, but will include rose as well as brut versions of Meunier, vintage and non-vintage.
A toast to you- and hopefully with you at one of these events! -Gary Westby