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Château de Brézé has a long and storied history, first being mentioned in texts in 1068, lauded by King René of Anjou in the 15th century and served at all the royal courts. In 1957, when the AOC of Saumur Champigny was established, the owner of Château de Brézé refused to be part of the appellation, saying that his estate's vineyards were the best and deserved an appellation all their own. And he was probably right. Unfortunately, the wines from those exceptional vineyards were terrible. Lucky for us, the winery sold in 2009 to Le Comte de Colbert, who recruited Arnaud Lambert from nearby Domaine de Saint Just to make the wine. He changed the vineyards over to organic farming and began producing truly stellar wines worthy of their source. The 2012 Château de Brézé Clos David is all estate-grown Chenin Blanc raised in stainless steel to preserve freshness. It has the slightly-oxidized note of a great White Burgundy and a lovely richness that allows it to pair with a variety of foods.

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Grand Burgundy Tasting Today

The only thing more Burgundian than this is the huge tasting we're doing in all three stores today. Have you seen the line-up? It's insane. Too much good Burgundy for you to miss. Because it's a special event, you need to pre-order your ticket online before coming to the store, so click on the appropriate link below to make your reservation.

Grand Burgundy Tasting, Saturday August 1st, San Francisco Noon-3pm $50.00 – Please join us for a fantastic tasting of 2012 Burgundies. We will be pouring an amazing line-up that includes the following wines: 2012 Domaine Niellon Chassagne Montrachet, 2012 Pierre Matrot "Perrieres" Meursault, 2012 Bruno Colin "La Truffliere" Puligny Montrachet, 2012 Louis Jadot Corton Charlemagne, 2012 Blain-Gagnard Croits-Batard-Montrachet, 2012 George Roumier "Clos de la Bussiere" Morey-St-Denis, 2012 Francois Lamarche Clos Vougeot, 2012 Lucien Le Moine "Les Suchots" Vosne Romanee, 2012 Arlaud Charmes Chambertin & 2012 Domaine Gros & Frere & Soeur Echezeaux. Tickets are extremely limited and this event will sell out quickly so purchasing tickets ahead of time is suggested.

Grand Burgundy Tasting, Saturday, August 1st, Redwood City 1-4pm $50.00 – Please join us for a fantastic tasting of 2012 Burgundies. We will be pouring an amazing line-up that includes the following wines: Domaine Niellon Chassagne Montrachet; Pierre Matrot "Perrieres" Meursault; Bruno Colin "La Truffliere" Puligny-Montrachet; Louis Jadot Corton-Charlemagne; Blain-Gagnard Croits-Batard-Montrachet; George Roumier "Clos de la Bussiere" Morey-St-Denis; Francois Lamarche Clos Vougeot; Lucien Le Moine "Les Suchots" Vosne-Romanee; Arlaud Charmes Chambertin; and Domaine Gros Frère & Soeur Echézeaux. Tickets are extremely limited and this event will sell out quickly so purchasing tickets ahead of time is suggested.

Grand Burgundy Tasting, Saturday, August 1st, Hollywood 3pm-5:30pm $50.00 – Wines to be tasted include: 2012 Domaine Pierre Matrot MeursaultMeursault  - $49.99 2012 Domaine Niellon Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru "Clos de la Maltroie" - $89.99 2012 Domaine Alain Chavy Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru "Folatieres" - $84.99 2012 Domaine Marius Delarche Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru - $89.95 2012 Blain-Gagnard Criots-Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru - $249.99 2012 Marchand-Tawse Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Les Suchots" - $134.99 2012 Domaine Georges Roumier Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru "Clos de la Bussiere" - $199 2012 Domaine Méo-Camuzet Corton Grand Cru "Perrieres" - $279.99 2012 Domaine Gros Frere et Soeur Clos Vougeot Grand Cru "Musigni" - $169 2012 Domaine Denis Mortet Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Les Champeaux" - $249

-David Driscoll


Two Paddocks Pinot Noir

Yes, that is Sam Neill. And, yes, he does make his own New Zealand pinot noir! It's called Two Paddocks and it's all made with premier fruit from Central Otago. No, this isn't some new little vanity project from a famous actor. Sam started the vineyard in 1993, over twenty years ago, long before people thought owning a wine label was cool. If you want to learn more about Sam's incredible journey, check out the interview I recently conducted with him over on the spirits blog as part of our Drinking to Drink series.

If you are indeed interested in obtaining some of Sam's incredible Two Paddocks wines, we have a very limited supply available on special order below. Less than 50 cases of each wine came into the United States this year, so we're talking extremely limited:

2013 Two Paddocks "The First Paddock" Pinot Noir Central Otago $74.99 - Winemaker's Notes: Sourced from the first twenty-five rows of Clone 5, which was planted in Gibbston at The First Paddock vineyard in 1993. Hand harvested and sorted then a 50% whole bunch indigenous ferment in a dedicated First Paddock French oak cuve. Matured in 30% new French oak with the balance in older wood for an extended 14 months of barrel maturation. Bramble, underbrush, black fruit and spicy aromatics, followed by a mineral infused palate. Ethereal in nature with great mid palate density and drive.

2012 Two Paddocks Estate Pinot Noir Central Otago $49.99 - Two Paddocks flagship Pinot Noir - an estate grown, barrel selection from the three small Neill family vineyards in Central Otago. These vineyards are high-density planted in a range of clonal material and intensively "man-handled" with most vineyard practices carried out by hand. In 2012, this wine was 100% Alexandra fruit from the Redbank and Alex Paddocks sites. Again, each block and clone was picked and fermented separately, with the final blending taking place prior to bottling. Redcurrant, spice and wild black exotic fruit aromatics followed by a strongly driven wine showing great texture and elegance."

2014 Two Paddocks Estate Riesling Central Otago $34.99 - Winemaker's Notes: Two Paddocks Riesling is an estate grown single block selection made from fruit grown at Two Paddocks’ Redbank Vineyard situated in Earnscleugh, Central Otago. As in the vineyard, this wine was handcrafted using traditional methods and bottled early to ensure all the integrity and vitality of the wine was preserved. The soils in this block are well draining schist loam and the vines tend to thrive. Additionally the typically extreme diurnal temperatures experienced in Alexandra (Earnscleugh) between day and night are responsible for both metabolising acidity and retaining an intense flavour profile - all this really means is that we feel a drier wine style is both possible and appropriate. This wine displays pink grapefruit, freshly squeezed limes and spicy loquat aromatics.  There is a taut mineral tension feel on the palate, elegant textural weight and very long persistence.

To learn more about Two Paddocks Winery click here.

-David Driscoll


The Return of Vergano

Most people would put vermouth and a number of other wine-based aperitivos into the "spirits" category, but the truth is these products are more wine than spirit. Sure, you might mix them into a cocktail, or add a few ice cubes with a dash of soda, but the fundamental building block of all vermouth is wine. One of our favorite and most-beloved vermouth producers is finally back at K&L after a year-long absence due to lack of inventory. Mauro Vergano was a student of oenology and viticulture, but soon began working as a flavor and fragrance expert as a chemist in Italy. It was there that he trained his nose to recognize and identify complex combinations of aromatics; the perfect training for creating flavor-enhanced versions of his initial passion: wine.

After more than fifteen years in the vermouth and aromatized wine business, Mauro is finally getting his due stateside, in the midst of a full-scale cocktail and spirits renaissance. His Moscato-based Chinato is the only one of its kind on the market, combining the inherent fruity and floral flavors of the muscat grape and combining it with the bitter amargo of quinine. The result is like Lillet on steroids; an explosion on your palate. He also has the divine Americano: a Grignolino-based red aperitif that takes a juicy, dark-fruited Italian red and adds bitter herbs and spices to create a Campari-like aperitivo that's all natural. Try it instead of the ubiquitous Italian liqueur in your next Negroni cocktail and watch your taste buds go into overdrive. His Bianco Vermouth is made from two white grapes—cortese and moscato—and is the gold standard for any soda-based, pre-meal cocktail. Add a splash of sparkling water and an orange twist, then put your feet up and embrace the good life because—let me tell you—if you're drinking Vergano products, you're living it.

Welcome back, Vergano. It's been too long.

Vergano "Luli" Moscato Chinato $42.99The wine used here is Moscato d’Asti with a higher alcohol content (more than 10%) compared to the ones that are commonly available. The Moscato comes from the prestigious winery of Vittorio Bera & Figli. Their Moscato’s fragrance and its full-bodiedness meld perfectly with the aromatic extract composed of citrus zest, cinnamon and vanilla. These fresh and sweet aromas are balanced by the bitter flavour of the China (Calisaya and Succirubra) which give it a persistent taste that is absolutely unique.

Vergano Americano Aperitif $36.99Think of the Vergano Americano as a traditional Vermouth/Bitter Piedmontese aperitif. It uses Grignolino as the base wine rather than Nebbiolo, and like most vermouths, it contains herbal and aromatic components. In order to transform a Vermouth into an Americano you have to integrate the herbs at its base with other more bitter ones like Gentianella, citrus zest like Bitter Orange and Chinotto.The result is like an Italian wine version of Campari or Cynar. Try using it in a Negroni or with soda and a twist. Absolutely lovely stuff.

Vergano Vermouth Bianco $42.99Vermouth is the only fortified and aromatized wine with a precise historical origin. It was first concocted 1786 in Turin by Benedetto Carpano. Since then the Vermouth has become one of the most famous drinks in the world both as aperitif or as an ingredient in cocktails. Its name derives from the German word "Vermuth" which means Absinthe, one of its main components. Originally, the base wine was Moscato, but different wines have been used over time. In the case of the Vergano Bianco, the base wine is a blend of dry Moscato and Cortese, another typical white grape of Piedmont. This mixture gives a correct balance between acidity and flavor.The mixture of herbs and spices is very complex, dominated by herbs such as thyme, marjoram, basil, oregano that provide fresh and aromatic notes. The Absinthe component mainly in the variety "Gentile" contributes to the bitter taste. As is the tradition Vermouth should be light yellow, clear, sweet. while also bitter and fragrant.

-David Driscoll

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