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Buying ready to drink 1er cru Burgundy is not easy. For a couple of years I did the Old and Rare wine buying here at K&L and found it easy to find California Cabernet and even Bordeaux from collectors. But Burgundy… Forget it. They had to die, get a divorce or have doctors orders to part with the king of all Pinot Noir! This bottle of 2007 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Nuits St-Georges 1er cru Les Boudots ($99) comes direct from the property from our friends at Atherton, and like most of the 2007’s, drinks fabulously right now. This wine showed excellent sweet beet fruit, savory depth, and incredible finesse and length. The tannins are completely resolved, and went perfectly with duck crepinettes from the fatted calf in San Francisco. This is the kind of Burgundy that gets people hooked- you have been warned!!!! –Gary Westby

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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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Thursday
Feb032011

Getting to Know: Alex Brisoux

What’s your position at K&L ?

I’m the Redwood City store manager and I’ve been with K&L for more than six years.

What did you do before K&L?

Before I started working at K&L I was Sommelier/Manager in a restaurant located in the small ski resort of Mont-Tremblant, Québec (Canada)—north of Montreal.

What’s your favorite movie?

Probably a toss up between Six String Samurai (love the Red Elvises), Hard Core Logo (1996) and Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

What do you do in your spare time?

Spare time, what spare time? Having two kids under the age of two kills the idea of spare time. They are a blast, though, and I enjoy spending my non-working life with my family.

What was your “epiphany wine”?

Wine has always been part of my life. My dad is French, [so] wine was always at the dinner table. If I’m to pick a turning point, it was [at a] dinner party 12 years ago with my wine mentor Mr. Black; we had 1976 Suduiraut with a delicious foie dish. The wine was just stunning. If you are patient enough to keep your hands off the 2007 vintage of Suduiraut for another 20+ years, it will be pretty close.

Describe your perfect meal. What wine(s) would you pair with it?

I would start the evening with the Ariston’s Cepage d’Antan Champagne as a palate cleanser. The first course would be foie gras au torchon with ground Madagascar pink pepper and fleur de sel. This would be paired with 1982 Suduiraut Cuvée Madame, followed by a braised beef poutine with a bottle 1986 Laurel Glen Cab. As a main course I would have venison in a “petit fruit des champs” sauce. I’d drink 1985 Beaune Greves “Vigne de l’Enfant Jesus” from Bouchard Peres. [With] my cheese plate I would drink a 1978 Pichon-Lalande…I would skip dessert unless its crème brûlée with a glass of Michel Loriot “Marie-Leopold” Sec Champagne. To finish me off I would have a 1965 Tomatin 37-year-old (Cask #20945), Duncan Taylor Single Malt Whisky.  

How do you think your palate’s changed?

I gravitate towards more balanced wines.

What do you like to drink?

Water, red, white, pink, beer, Bourbon, Single Malt, Armagnac…you get the point.

What words of advice do you have to offer people just getting into wine?

Don’t believe the hype. Trust your own palate and taste, taste and taste some more.

If you could have dinner with any three people in history, who would you invite? What wine would you serve?

Moliere, Jacques Brel and Jean-Paul Sartre. I would serve them vintage Port.

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Wednesday
Jan122011

Friday Night Tastings at K&L Redwood City

Above: Mike Dunn pours a vertical of Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon to K&L customers in the Redwood City tasting bar.

Folks in the know keep their calendars open every Friday from 5-6:30 p.m. when K&L Redwood City opens its tasting bar to the public. These tastings are fun, casual events geared towards introducing customers to our favorite winemakers and importers from around the world.  

The cost to taste? Typically $10 or less.

The opportunity to hear Randall Graham (of Bonny Doon fame) recite poetry from his Vinthology "Been Doon So Long" while sipping on biodynamic Albariño, to fall in love with Nebbiolo all over again thanks to the wit, charm (and excellent Italian wine imports) of Oliver McCrum, to taste why it's worth waiting for that Dunn Cab to come around, or to develop a new appreciation for Chilean Carmenere with the master Mauro Von Siebenthal himself?

Priceless.

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Check out what's coming up this month!

Friday, January 14:  First Class German and Alsatian Riesling with K&L Buyer Eric Story    

Friday, January 21:  LIOCO with co-founder Matt Licklider. Get to know the natural, terroir-driven wines of this great California producer.

*note: lineup and details are typically posted to KLWines.com and K&L on Facebook the week of the scheduled tasting.

Click here to see all upcoming K&L events and tastings!

 

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