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The Freewheel line with a couple of English friends.

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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Behind the Wine: 2009 Opus One Video with Winemaker Michael Silacci 

If Napa Valley had an Official Wine Classification of 1985 (a century after the famous 1885 Classification in Bordeaux), Opus One, the legendary joint venture between Robert Mondavi and the Baron Philippe de Rothschild of Bordeaux's Mouton-Rothschild, would most certainly have ranked among the elite. Launched in 1984 with the dual release of the 1979 and 1980 vintages, Opus One has been the standard-bearer of American ultra-premium wine for more than 30 years and continues to be highly sought after by wine collectors and enthusiasts around the world. Modeled on the tradition of its famous First Growth parent, it is always a proprietary blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Malbec.

In this video, winemaker Michael Silacci tastes and comments on the 2009 Opus One. Watch the video and read on for links and information about the wine, in stock now at K&L!  

2009 Opus One Napa Valley Proprietary Red Wine ($199) is now available at K&L.The 2009 Opus One Napa Valley ($199) is composed of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot and 1% Malbec.  The fruit comes from three meticulously managed vineyards in Napa Valley; it is all hand-sorted and moved gently, by gravity, from the destemmer to stainless steel fermenting tanks. And since there is only one Opus One, each fermentation tank is dedicated to a single lot, allowing the wine to develop at its own pace, drawing color and extracting beautiful flavor.

Notes on the 2009 Vintage from Opus One

After two consecutive rainless springs, Opus One's vineyards received almost six inches of rain in the spring of 2009. Cultivation and irrigation were adjusted to increase vine vigor and yield, striking a delicate balance in growing leaves adequate for photosynthesis but not so numerous as to mask fruit and over-emphasize herbal characters.  The vintage saw cool temperatures during bloom and maturation with two short heat spells in September. The harvest began on September 21st under clear blue skies and concluded on October 20th after a record rainfall for October—obliging round-the-clock work to an exhilarating finish.  

Bid on older vintages of Opus One online at K&L Auctions! Aromas of black olive and minerals underlie more traditional notes of dark chocolate, cola and espresso in the 2009 Opus One. The wine’s sleek, creamy entry is supported by crisp acidity and a polished, supple mouthfeel. Flavors of ripe blueberry, cassis and licorice emerge on the palate. This tautly elegant and age-worthy wine simultaneously offers a smooth finish and a slight grip of tannin at the close.

During fermentation and maceration, component lots received an average of 20 days of skin contact prior to 17 months of barrel aging in new French oak.  Judicious care and perfect growing conditions for Cabernet Franc resulted in a blend with the highest percentage of that varietal in the winery’s history. Bottled a year and a half prior to its release, the 2009 Opus One is comprised of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot, and 1% Malbec."

Shop Opus One now on 

Look for the QR code on the back label of each bottle of Opus One and scan with a smart phone to view 2009 Opus One videos and tasting notes.


K&L Launches Online Auctions

On Your Marks, Get Set, Bid!

It's been 35 years since K&L, a small, neighborhood liquor store, first opened its doors in Millbrae. And we've come a long way since then. (Our first sale was a pack of Camels and Coca-Cola.) Our co-owner Clyde Beffa's newfound passion for Bordeaux and the opening of our new store in Redwood City in 1978 were the beginning of a new era for K&L, one committed to great service and the best wines available. In 1987 we opened a store on Balboa Street in San Francisco (we moved to our current location in 2003, with a couple of other spots in between), and in 2007 we opened our yet another location, 500 miles away, in the heart of Hollywood. We were one of the first brick and mortar retailers to experiment with the internet, launching our online store in 1996. And now we're pleased to announce our next big step: K&L is entering the world of online auctions.

K&L has long been committed to getting you, the customer, the best possible wines at the best possible prices. And we think that our new auction feature will help further that cause by helping to deliver wines that might not ordinarily be available in the traditional retail market, particularly older wines, cult wines and other rare bottles. But the best part? As a buyer you have the assurance that the wines available at auction on have been vetted by a retailer you trust. We inspect all of the bottles closely for authenticity and adhere to strict quality standards. K&L also charges NO BUYER'S PREMIUM! This fee, which can add 14-22% to the price of the winning bid at other auction houses, means that more of your money as a buyer can go toward getting the wine you want.

K&L's auctions are user-friendly, too! If you've ever fiddled around on eBay, the structure of K&L's online auctions should be familiar to you. We allow users to bid by proxy, which means you can set your maximum bid, and then our system will continue to place future bids automatically, in increments, so that you only bid enough to remain the highest bidder. If your maximum is outbid, we'll send you an email so you have the opportunity to get back into the game if you want. We also  include pictures of the actual bottles for sale in a lot, information about provenance, bottle condition, fill level and whatever tasting notes are available for the wine to help you make the best buying decision. We clearly post how much time is left in the auction and bid history, so you can make educated bids, too.

Have You Got Wine to Sell?

Whether your tastes or finances have changed, you've amassed more wine than you can hope to drink or you just want to make room for a new passion, selling your wine collection, or just a few bottles from it, is easy at K&L. We've been buying cellars through our Library Wine department for decades, and we will continue to do so. But our new auction option just provides sellers greater flexibility when selling their wine, especially for highly sought-after bottles, which tend to do better at auction. And because K&L charges NO BUYER'S PREMIUM, you can walk away with more money in your pocket than at other auction houses, since buyers generally take into account this surcharge when calculating their maximum bid. 

Becoming a seller is easy! Visit the Sell Your Wine section of our website to further explore your options. Then log into your K&L account and download our inventory template or email an organized list of your wines to

Learn more about K&L's Online Auctions on our FAQ page, which includes more detailed information about how to place bids, how to pay for your wines, shipping, fees and how to sell your wines. We've got some incredible lots available already, including Bergstrom Pinot Noirs, Harlan, Opus One, Lafite-Rothschild and much, much more! Visit to see all of our open auctions.

Leah Greenstein