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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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Saturday
Jun152013

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: 

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

Greetings all,

Quick in-store tasting news to start things off. Next week, Vibrant Rioja is back in the house to pour some delicious, gluggable, inexpensive Riojas for the summer grilling season. We’ll let you know the line-up next week. Redwood City tasting will be Thursday June 20th from 5-6:30pm. San Francisco on Friday June 21st from 5-6:30pm. I know it’s not our usual tasting day for each store, but the wines we plan on pouring are delicious and amongst the very best of their type. We think you’ll find it worth the trip to have discovered some seriously good values.

It's been a long time since we’ve shown Portugal some love. So this week we are going to correct that and feature two wines from Portugal's cooler climate Atlantic coast D.O.'s of Bucelas and Colares.

Bucelas specializes in whites made from Arinto grapes. Not only are they moderately high in acid, crisp, and refreshing when young, but they gain in depth and intensity of flavor with some bottle age, as the Caves Velhas Bucelas  shows. Portuguese hock, anyone? (see our website for an explanation...)

2007 Caves Velhas Arinto Bucelas - $11.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1130053

Colares, the land of wind blown vineyards, producing wines that barely weigh in at 11.5% ABV and bring to mind a different sort of take on Nebbiolo based wines, is back on our shelves! Check out the Monte Cascas for a beautiful, singular drinking experience to enjoy now or some years from now.

2009 Monte Cascas Ramisco Colares - $69.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1133828

 

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

Saturday
Mar302013

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: Back from Spain, Lessons Learned + Wines to Drink Tonight

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

Pardon the interruption, folks, but it's been a long time without any email chatter. So here we go.....

We (Keith Mabry and I) just returned from Spain and a very good, productive time was had by all. There were many takeaways on this trip, but here are just a few:

- Prepare for snow storms in Rioja! Pack warm clothes if you go anytime between October and May.

- For an awesome cultural and culinary experience, go to San Sebastian in March and drive to one of the local sagardotegias (cider houses) in the neighboring villages. Eat Bacalao omelette and chuleton (ribeye steak); drink sidra. Try to speak Eusker and you will become an instant hit with the locals.

- Jerez gets lots of rain in winter and spring. Locals willl say it never rains as much as when you are there- just nod your head and smile while sipping some Palo Cortado.

- If you cannot make it down to Jerez but find yourself in or near Logroño craving Sherry, hook up with Miguel Merino who happens to be a big Sherry fan. He'll take care of you.

That was just a taste of many observations and lessons learned. It was a fantastic trip, with plenty of new products to likely look forward to later in the year. New direct import Sherry and perfectly cellared, older Rioja vintages from an amazing restaurant cellar are just a few of these things.

For now, though, let's talk about wine we have in stock, ready to go, for your drinking pleasure.

 

2008 Luis Pato Vinho Tinto Beiras - $12.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1124644

A fun one from Portugal: grippy and slightly rustic, with balanced fruit and alcohol, Pato's everyday red is delicious and we're excited to have it back in stock.

 

2010 "Rufo" do Vale D. Maria Douro - $12.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1125226

And another Portuguese red. I'm usually less of a fan of the big, saturated, polished dark fruit of the Douro, but in typical fashion, in a solid line-up such as that of Mr. Van Zeller, I prefer the cheapest wine!

 

2011 Primitivo Quiles "Cono 4" Monastrell Alicante - $11.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1112484

Last call for this delicious wine as we gear up for another amazing Mourvedre value from the same importer (hint: enter keyword text "escudo de plata")

 

Un saludo,

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

 

 

Tuesday
Mar052013

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: Special Cune & Contino Rioja Tasting Tuesday March 12th

By: Joe Manekin | Spanish & Portuguese Wine Buyer

Greetings all,

 Let's get back onboard with a few Rioja events, one in our Redwood City store and another put on by our friends at Vibrant Rioja, up in SF. Mark your calendar for these dates:

Contino & Cune Tasting Tuesday March 12th (5-6:30pm, REDWOOD CITY, $5) - Join us in welcoming Contino winemaker Jesús Madrazo as we taste a few current releases, as well as go into the vaults for some library releases (which we will be offering on a pre-sale basis) of Contino and Cune. Jesús is one of the most knowledgeable winemakers in Rioja and it is a very educational experience to taste with him. My only regret is that I will not be here to taste these classics (don't feel too bad for me though - I'll be in Rioja....)  Let us know you're coming & rsvp here.

Saturday March 23rd (6:30-8:30pm) - From Vibrant Rioja: "Join Vibrant Rioja's Nina Sventitsky at Elite Audio SF for an evening of Rioja wines and great music. Listen to your favorite vinyl, cd's, iTunes on the best hifi systems in San Francisco. Charcuterie and cheeses by Boccalone." event link

And now, for some spring cleaning. We need to make a little room for the bounty of new whites and rosés that are just starting to trickle in. Here are a handful of last year's picks. They're all delicious and marked down so give one or more a try:

 

2011 Abad "Abad Dom Bueno" Godello Bierzo - $14.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1110612

  

2011 Adega Cooperativo Regional de Monçao "Muralhas de Monçao"  Vinho Verde - $11.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1093696

 

2009 Monasterio de Corias Grandiella Albarín Blanco Tierra de Cangas - $17.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1112485

 

2010 Seculo Godello y Doña Blanca Bierzo - $9.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1089330

 

2011 Viña Zorzal Rosado Navarra - $9.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1088243

 

2011 Aphros Vinhão Rosé Vinho Verde - $12.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1109049

 

Saludos,

Joe

 
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Joe Manekin
Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer
K&L Wine Merchants
Ph: 877.559.4637 ext. 2748