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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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Friday
Mar042011

It's About Damm Time!

It's been a long time coming, but Estrella Damm Daura Gluten-free Lager is now available at K&L for for only $1.99 per bottle! In Gluten-Free Drinking, posted on Uncorked last July, I wrote that while there are a growing number of gluten-free beers made from alternative grains available on the US market, the few that actually taste like beer were at the time still trapped in Europe.

Well, while GF drinkers in Germany and Italy have been enjoying a variety of gluten-free beer options for quite some time, select US markets, and most importantly, all you gluten-free K&L customers, are finally able to find out for ourselves what the two-time award-winning *World's Best Gluten Free Beer* tastes like.

The 140-year-old Estrella Damm group of Barcelona-based S.A. Damm, one of Spain's most prestigious beer companies, partnered with the National Scientific Research Council to develop the technology to remove gluten from their barley-based beer to a guaranteed level of below 6 ppm (anything below 20 ppm is considered Celiac-safe by the FDA). They named the resulting Lager Daura.

The four-packs of these modestly priced lagers ($1.99 per bottle!) weren't even "officially" in stock the week before President's Day Weekend last month, when I snatched them up to take on the most important of beer road tests: the après-ski. In hot tub, recovering from a truly epic day of snowboarding (anyone in the Sierras that weekend knows what and which day I'm talking about), the crisp, malty, utterly beer-like taste of Estrella Damm Daura was, well, pretty damm great.

While I certainly do appreciate the GF beers out there made from alternative grains like sorghum, millet, and corn (Bards comes to mind as a standout in the category) I've asked around, and all of my gluten-free friends and neighbors who've tried the Daura, including the GF gals behind the SF-based glutenfreegluttons.com agree--it's the real thing.

It's made from barley and tastes like beer.  Pure and simple.

Buy Estrella Damm Daura Gluten Free Lager ($1.99) on KLWines.com!

Chiara Shannon