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Saber Madness at K&L!

We have been chopping off the tops of Champagne bottles as fast as we can drink them- who needs a stopper when you are ready to commit to finishing the bottle! One of our favorites was this magnum ($84.99) of Franck Bonville Brut Rosé that Mellyn expertly decapitated on Christmas Eve. It also comes in regular 750ml ($39.99) and half bottles ($21.99). Olivier Bonville adds 8% Pinot Noir Rouge from Ambonnay superstar Paul Dethune to his top class assembelage of grand cru, estate Chardonnay to create this fabulous rose. This is one of the most elegant, bright, refreshing rose Champagnes that we carry, yet it does not lack red cherry Pinot Noir authority. We can’t get enough- bring another to the block!

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We host regular weekly and Saturday wine tastings in each K&L location.

For the complete calendar, including lineups and additional details related to our events, visit our K&L Local Events on or follow us on Facebook.  


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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Meeting With Nick Mills from Rippon Winery


Scheduling a stop at K&L while in California, New Zealand winemaker Nick Mills brought his line up of red and white wines to the Redwood City store today for a quick tasting with the staff.  Nick is passionate about making serious pinot noir and his affinity for his family's Central Otago vineyards is clear.  The Mills family is the fourth generation of winemakers to work the land where the Rippon grapes are grown, dating back to when Nick's great-grandfather purchased the area in 1912.  The vines were planted in 1975 when Rolfe Mills began experimenting with vitis vinifera, which have now grown into one of the most beautiful vineyards in the world.  The schist-based soils beneath them help to foster wines of a supreme character and the entire property is run bio-dynamically - no fertilizer, herbicide, pesticide, or fungicide is used.  From 1998 to 2002, Nick lived in Burgundy and worked for some of the region's most celebrated estates, such as Domaine de la Romanee-Conti and Maison Nicolas Potel.  The influence is clear when tasting through the pinot noir expressions from Rippon, as the structure and acidity levels are built for the long haul.  These are wines that will pair with food and drink well now after some decanting, but the potential for complex flavors of depth is clear.  Tasting a 2003 bottle that Nick brought along with him, it was obvious how good these wines would become.  Here's Nick explaining to the staff the history behind the vines:

2008 Rippon "Mature Vines" Pinot Noir Central Otago New Zealand (Biodynamic) $49.99 - Lovely hints of dark raspberries and strawberry notes, before turning over foresty notes of baking spice and earth.  Firm acidity and fine tannins on the finish.  A wine that could easily be enjoyed now or stored away for a few years.  Somewhere in between a Premier Cru level Burgundy and a fine Oregon pinot noir. 

2010 Rippon Osteiner Central Otago New Zealand $18.99 - The grape variety is the little known Osteiner, which tastes a bit like Riesling, but then not so much, Impossible to describe in words, at this price do your self a favor get to know this fantastic "lunch" white!  Citrus notes, tangy, clean and fresh!

-David Driscoll

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