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Bruno Michel "Blanche" Brut Champagne $34.99One of our best non-vintage Champagnes, this organically grown blend of half each Chardonnay and Meunier comes entirely from Bruno Michel's estate. It has been aged for six years on the lees and shows wonderful natural toasty quality as well as incredible vibrance! This was the big hit of our most recent staff Champagne tasting and we think you will love it too.

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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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Friday
Apr022010

Getting to Know: Leah Greenstein

Name: Leah Greenstein

What’s your position at K&L and how long have you been with the company?

I’ve been K&L’s writer and editor since June 2007. I put together the newsletter every month, work on the blog, our Twitter account and write tasting notes and email blasts.

What did you do before K&L?

I managed Pizzeria Mozza—Mario Batali and Nancy’s Silverton’s restaurant here in L.A.

What do you do in your spare time?

I cook and write about food on my blog (SpicySaltySweet.com) and occasionally freelance for print and online magazines. I also love to ride my bike on the beach, hike and geek out at the farmers’ market.

What was your “epiphany wine”?

I went to Sonoma State for undergrad and we spent a lot of time knocking over wineries on Saturdays instead of bar-hopping on Friday nights. And my favorite was always the Gewürztraminer at Kunde—I didn’t even like white wine back then, but it was fresh and bright and spicy. Oh, and they played Led Zeppelin in the tasting room.

Describe your perfect meal.

I love rustic Italian and French food, like the kind cooked by grandmas for generations, paired with fresh, balanced wines.

Do you think your palate’s changed?

Absolutely. I started off liking really fruit-forward, aggressively structured wines. Now I prefer lighter-bodied, higher-acid wines with more subtlety than punch.

What do you like to drink?

Neal’s (my fiancée) home brews, craft beer, wines from all over France, especially the Loire and the Rhône, aged Bordeaux, regional Italian wines and, more recently, gin cocktails.

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

Don’t be afraid of us wine nerds. Sometimes we give the long answer to what seems like an easy question, but really we want you to have the best wine experience. Try new things and, most of all, don’t assume that just because the critics like it that you have to. I think everyone’s palate is different and everyone’s palate changes.

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

My two grandfathers and Catherine the Great because she was one badass broad. We’d drink Aviations and Châteauneuf-du-Pape from my birth year, which was said to be legendary for wine as well as for snow.

 

Monday
Mar292010

Getting to Know: Tom Martinez

Name: Tom Martinez

What’s your position at K&L and how long have you been with the company?

I am the General Manager of the Hollywood Store.  I started working at K&L in 1983.

What did you do before you started working here?

After college I worked in the financial services industry followed by a short time with a contractor.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I am a big sports fan and enjoy watching and attending sporting events.  Restoring my ’65 Mustang has taken more of my spare money than spare time lately.

What’s your favorite movie?

Caddyshack and Pulp Fiction are my favorites.

What was your “epiphany wine”—the bottle or glass that got you interested in wine? Is there a current wine that you consider the equivalent?

I would have to say that the 1983 Pichon-Lalande was the first wine to really excite me.  

Describe your perfect meal (at a restaurant or prepared at home). What wine(s) would you pair with it?

My perfect meal would start with a glass of Champagne and a spinach salad with roasted walnuts. The next course would be a crab gnocchi served with A Lewis Chardonnay.  A blackened Rib Eye and grilled asparagus would be accompanied by an older Pichon-Lalande or Léoville-Barton. A fresh fruit tart would end the night with more Champagne.

How do you think your palate’s changed over the years?

I have definitely moved away from heavily oaked wines.  I find myself looking for more balanced wines with alcohol levels in check.

What do you like to drink?

I enjoy cocktails as much as a nice glass of wine.  And of course I don’t always vacation in Mexico but when I do, it is all Tequila and beer.

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

Go to tastings and try as many wines and varietal as you can.  Learn what you like but be open to all flavor profiles.  Don’t over analyze each wine.  Keep it simple.

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

If I could I would like to have dinner with my grandfather Albert Martinez, Mickey Mantle and the late Chip Hammack.   I know our conversations would include such topics as politics, women, baseball, the Lakers, jazz and money.  I think cocktails would be the libation of choice and the meal would be incidental as our conversation would be the highlight.

Monday
Mar222010

Getting to Know: Steve Greer

Name: Steve Greer

What’s your position at K&L and how long have you been with the company?

I am a salesperson at our Hollywood store and acting as the Hollywood store’s Bordeaux liaison to the buyers.

What did you do before you started working here?

I had left wholesale to return to the restaurant side of things, which only lasted a few years. My body and mind didn’t agree with the lifestyle as it did when I was younger.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Hiking, reading, movies and watching sports, especially Formula 1 racing, which just started again.

What’s your favorite movie?

Children of Men by Alfonso Cuaron is still my favorite movie of the last few years. But I still watch The Royal Tenenbaums by Wes Anderson monthly; it’s hilarious.

What was your “epiphany wine”—the bottle or glass that got you interested in wine? Is there a current wine that you consider the equivalent?

I was working at a wine-focused restaurant in 1992 and a customer gave me a glass of 1982 Haut-Brion. Done. After that I remember the 1990 Châteauneuf-du-Papes and the 1994 California Pinot Noirs, which pushed me towards wine sales and I found my first wholesale job in 1998.

Describe your perfect meal (at a restaurant or prepared at home). What wine(s) would you pair with it?

Easy. Close friends and family at my home preparing my favorite meal to cook: roasted leg of lamb with root vegetables, greens, wild rice, drop biscuits and banana cream pie for dessert.  A case of Bordeaux with dinner, a bottle of Armagnac, some cigars, cards and Pigs (the game) after.

How do you think your palate’s changed over the years?

I was definitely caught up in the rich, extracted wines in the early part of this decade but now I am back to looking for structured wines that are layered with more mineral, spice and earth flavors. For whites I love racy, acid-driven wines with lots of mineralality.

What do you like to drink?

I have been drinking lots of Grenache-based wines from the Southern Rhône and Spain, but also a lot more beer lately from Belgium and the US breweries Dogfish and Avery.

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

Never ever feel intimidated by wine or afraid to ask questions. This is just wine and there is plenty to explore at all price levels and types—at least you’re drinking wine, which is good for you.

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

I am going to be selfish. I’d love to see both of my grandfathers who passed before I knew them, and my grandmother Helen, who I still miss. I imagine there would be more Bourbon than wine.