By: Joe Manekin | K&L Spanish & Portuguese Wine Buyer
It's September, the shelves are full of new arrivals as well as reliable favorites, and of course we are gearing up for a busy Iberian tasting season beginning this Saturday in all of our stores.
1.) Spanish & Portuguese Tasting this Saturday, September 22nd in all K&L stores
While the exact selections will vary slightly from store to store, the basic theme this go 'round is northern whites and southern reds. We'll be highlighting a terrific, biodynamic Portuguese vinho verde producer, not by pouring a typical, lighter fizzy vinho verde but instead opting for their full on bubbly (methode champenoise) and mouth watering, tongue tingling rosé. We will also focus on great Galician whites other than albariño. In SF and Redwood City we'll have one of Spain's great cult whites, the new release of Emilio Rojo Ribeiro. Worth $60? You be the judge. Reds will feature some excellent young producers, challenging the popular, yet stupid notion (which admittedly, I have been guilty of from time to time!) that wines above 14% alcohol are never balanced.
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View listing on K&L Local Events: http://www.klwines.com/local_events.asp#5
2.) Vibrant Rioja Fall Tastings
It's going to be a great season for Rioja fans. In October and November we will be partnering with Vibrant Rioja to pour first Thursdays in SF and LA, first Fridays in RC. Visit K&L Local Events or K&L Events on Facebook for lineups and more details as the dates approach.
For all of you up in San Francisco, I will also be joining a few of our favorite suppliers as well as pouring some of our brand new direct imports with Vibrant Rioja at a special event in November. This will be on Friday November 9th from 6-8pm, at 18 Reasons on 3674 18th St. Mark your calendars, it should be lots of fun.
3.) New wines to stock up on
Valdesil Montenovo Godello Valdeorras - $14.99
Bacalhao Azeitao "JP" Vinho Regional Setubal - $8.99
Primitivo Quiles "Cono 4" Jumilla - $11.99
Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer
K&L Wine Merchants
Ph: 877.559.4637 ext. 2748