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It takes a lot of beer to keep the wine business running smoothly. Here in Redwood City, we are very fortunate to have a great English style ale producer right in our backyard: Freewheel Brewing Company. The staff of K&L are fictures at our local pub, and it is a rare moment when one of us isn't there having a pint and a bite of their excellent food. We are also lucky enough to be the first place to offer their bottled beer for sale. If you have never had it, the Freewheel Brewing "FSB" Freewheel Special Bitter, California (500ml) is the benchmark in fresh, balanced, smashable ale. We will do our best to keep some in stock for you, the customer too!

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Friday
Jan252013

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: Catalunya

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Spanish & Portuguese Wine Buyer

I've got Catalunya on the mind. Having just finished writing the March newsletter, which focuses on some new Catalan stuff we will soon be receiving, I'm reminded of how many truly delicious wines are made in this part of Spain. Catalan regions may not have the historic pedigree of Rioja, the cool climate of Pais Vasco, or the newly re-discovered mojo of Jerez (do you know that there are now sherry bars recently opened up in places like London and Brooklyn, where I'm sure your palo cortado is served by a bar keep dressed in a getup worthy of a Portlandia sketch?). What it does have, though, is a committed group of passionate vignerons who are making wines from their own grapes, learning on the job, and developing styles quite opposite to the big, heavy, oak dominated wines which have (incorrectly, of course!) come to define Spanish wine for some people.  

Why Catalunya? Because it's beautiful. Because the soils are largely calcareous clay (great for wine grapes). Because it's easy to grow stuff organically there (lots of sun, Mediterranean climate). Finally, Catalunya has always been a hotbed for entrepreneurship, creativity and progressive thinking. Whether we are talking about resisting during the Spanish Civil War, developing paradigm shifting restaurants (ever hear of El Bulli?), or in our case, producing memorable, delicious wines, Catalunya has long been well worth exploring.  

Please keep an eye out for the new wines we will soon be picking up from the Catalan D.O's of Penedes, Terra Alta and Binissalem. In the meantime, here are a few of my favorite Catalan whites to enjoy with our surprisingly balmy recent weather.  

2011 Vega de Ribes Sauvignon Blanc Penedes - $14.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1114664  

 

2010 Clar de Castanyer Xarel-lo Penedes - $19.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1114790  

 

Saludos,

Joe

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Joe Manekin

Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer

K&L Wine Merchants

Ph: 877.559.4637 ext. 2748

joemanekin@klwines.com