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2000 Labégorce, Margaux $39.99

A great value in Bordeaux! This bottle is mature enough to drink now, but has time in hand if you want to keep it in the cellar for the future. We love it for its laid back elegance and classic balance. A must try for your next nice steak dinner.

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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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Saturday
Mar162013

St. Clair vs. Suckling: K&L Takes the James Suckling Retail Challenge!

 

St. Clair vs. Suckling: K&L Takes the Suckling Retail Challenge!

Challenge #1

When noted wine critic James Suckling challenged K&L to his retail challenge, our Italian buyer Greg St. Clair was on the first flight to LA to meet him at our Hollywood store to take him up on it.

What wines did Greg choose? How did they show? Click the image above to watch the video from Challenge #1 (out of 8) and find out how which wines succeeded.

The results for each challenge will be posted on Uncorked in the upcoming weeks. Stay tuned for more Suckling Retail Challenge videos and related posts! 

 

 

K&L Italian buyer Greg St. Clair and James Suckling in the K&L Hollywood store.

                  

Cram session: James Suckling prepares for the Challenge.  

Tuesday
Jan082013

Blind International Sparkling Wine Tasting Challenge: And the Winner Is...

 

#5) 2007 Huet "Cuvée Huet" Vouvray Petillant Sec ($29.99)

K&L Notes: Maison Huet has been a leading force in the Vouvray appellation for quite sometime now, and today is regarded as one of the premier producers of Chenin Blanc in the Loire Valley, if not the world. Founded in 1928, the estate now covers 35 hectares, which are divided up between three properties - Le Mont, Le Haut-Lieu and Le Clos du Bourg - all that have been farmed biodynamically since 1990. These wines are stunning and are worth being in your cellar. In addition to its famous vineyard-designated wines, Huet also produces this delightful sparkling Pétillant, a blend of fruit from the aforementioned 'big three' vineyards with other small parcels on the estate.

Last Friday, K&L customers and staff put their palates to the test and tasted through a blind lineup of a whopping thirteen sparkling wines from all over the world. This was the third installment in our series of Blind Tasting Challenges in Redwood City, events that have become very popular with our customers! K&L's Ryan Woodhouse carefully chilled, numbered, and wrapped each bottle in aluminum foil so the wines could be kept on ice without the covers getting soggy (clever thinking!). Tasters were presented with a blank, numbered tasting sheet on which to make notes and invited to guess country and region of origin for each wine. At the end, each taster had to submit a vote for his/her overall favorite wine before receiving the key to the tasting.

The winning wine, the 2007 Huet "Cuvee Huet" Vouvray Petillant Sec  (100% Chenin Blanc), beat out some serious contenders, including three Champagnes, two popular domestic producers, and some of our best-selling sparklers from other style categories such as Cremant de Limoux, Cava, and Prosecco. The Huet sure stood out in the lineup as distinctive, with its combination of sweet and savory aromas and flavors and obviously richer body as compared to the others - it's not your "typical" sparkler! Because of its unique profile, K&L staff admit to being suprised the Huet emerged as the most popular in the tasting, but then again, K&L attracts a pretty sophisticated and adventurous bunch of customers, so it's really no surprise at all!

Here is the complete lineup:

1. Silvano Follador "Dosaggio Zero" Prosecco, Italy ($24.99)

2. 2009 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Brut Sparkling, Napa/Sonoma, CA ($28.99)

3. Quartz Reef "Methode Traditionelle", Central Otago, New Zealand ($21.99)

4. 2008 Can Mayol Loxarel "Refugi" Reserva Brut Nature, Penedes, Spain ($17.99)

5. 2007 Huet "Cuvee Huet" Vouvray Petillant Sec, Vouvray, Loire Valley, France (29.99)

6. Louis Roederer "Brut Premier" Champagne, France ($38.99)

7. 2008 Argyle Willamette Valley Brut, Oregon $24.99

8. Ariston Aspasie Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne, France $38.99

9. Graham Beck Brut Sparkling Wine, Western Cape, South Africa ($14.99)

10. 2010 Antech "Cuvee Eugenie" Cremant de Limoux, Limoux, France ($13.99)

11. 2007 Marguet Pere et Fils Brut Rose Champagne, France ($49.99)

12. Jansz Brut Rose, Tasmania, Australia ($19.99)

13. Mas Codina Cava Brut Reserva Penedes, Spain ($12.99)

 

Stay tuned for the next Blind Tasting Challenge!

Thursday
Jan032013

Blind Tasting Series: International Sparkling Friday 1/4 & New Direct Imports Tasting Saturday 1/5

Caves at Schramsberg, Napa Valley Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all enjoyed some great bubbles during the holidays (I can assure you I did!). After drinking all that fizz, do you think you can distinguish grower/producer Champagnes from the Grandes Marques? How about Cava from Prosecco? Can you pick out that Loire sparkler, or identify one from New Zealand? Well, now is your chance to find out...and enjoy some fabulous sparklers along the way. Friday Night Tastings in Redwood City are back, and we're kicking off the year with the next installment of our popular Blind Tastings Series with a special Blind International Sparkling Tasting Challenge! So far the Blind Tasting Series has been great fun and we have seen some huge upsets and perhaps unlikley winners. I hope you can join us.

Blind International Sparkling Tasting Challenge

Friday, January 4th @ K&L RWC

5pm-6:30pm | $10  K&L Local Events

We will be pouring a flight of 12 fantastic bubblies from all over the globe and invite you to try to identify the country, region, and price, and to vote on your favorite. The "key" will be revealed after tasting, and the most popular wine will be announced on Uncorked soon after.

Te Whare Ra is our first Direct Import from New Zealand

Tasting Saturday, January 5th: Direct Import Wines from the Southern Hemisphere | 1pm-4pm

Our first Saturday tasting of the year will be feature a fantastic line up of Direct Import wines from new ventures in the southern Hemisphere. As of last year we have been seeking out new winemakers and properties in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa that have not previously been available within the USA. The idea is to bring the very best small producers direct to you, our customers.

Our new Direct Import from South Africa Waterkloof Estate

So far the project has been a great success and this tasting will feature wines from: Te Whare Ra (Marlborough, New Zealand), Amelia Park (Margaret River, Australia), Hewitson (Barossa, Australia) and Waterkloof (Stellenbosch, South Africa). This is a great oppourtunity to taste some of the most exciting wines coming from these countries and almost all are exclusive to us at K&L!

There will be 12 wines and the cost is $20. The tasting runs from 1pm-4pm. Visit K&L Local Events for more details.

I hope you can make it.

Cheers!

Ryan