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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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Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: Come Taste this Saturday 9/22 at K&L!

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

Greetings all,


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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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





Joe Manekin

Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer

K&L Wine Merchants

Ph: 877.559.4637 ext. 2748<>



Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: Exciting New Arrivals from Portugal

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

Boa tarde Portuguese and Spanish wine lovers,

After a bit of an hiatus, Portugal finallly returns to the spotlight on this email list, as we just received in our long awaited wines from one of the Iberian peninsula's most exciting wineries.  Based in the Lima sub-zone of Vinho Verde, Aphros embodies some of the traits which make Portuguese wines (Spanish as well, of course) so exciting right now. Thoughtful, responsible (in this case biodynamic) crop cultivation, intellectual curiosity, a restless creative spirit, and an emphasis on crafting honestly made, brightly acidic, energetic, delicious wines for drinking!

Vasco Croft is a furniture designer and architect by training, who was a student of Steiner and biodynamics long before he began making wine. His keen fashion sense and Hollywood good looks (a composite of Owen Wilson and Richard Gere, perhaps?) may make him popular with the ladies, but it is his range of delicious vinho verdes which has quickly earned him some fans in the Bay Area. 

We have chosen to focus on two wines you are not likely to see too much of, locally or elsewhere for that matter.  One is an amazingly, lip smackingly good bottle of 10% ABV vinho verde from loureiro grapes.  The other is a thought provoking rosé nearly the color of red wine, but with bracing acidity and refreshingly tangy red fruit - one of my two favorite rosés of the season in fact (right up there with Pradeaux Bandol, another direct press rosé, albeit in a very different style).  This one is from the dark skinned, dark pulp vinhao grape.  It's too bad we have had to wait until August for this rosé; fortunately though our warmest summer days are yet to come. 

I'd be remiss if I were not to mention the winery's excellent top of the line red, as well, produced from hand harvested vinhao grapes grown in granitic soil, a really spicy, beautiful expression of the grape and granite soil (think Northern Rhone on this one).


2011 Aphros Vinhao Rosé Vinho Verde - $14.99  


2011 Aphros "Ten" Loureiro Vinho Verde - $14.99  


2009 Aphros "Silenus" Vinhao Vinho Verde - $39.99  


Obrigado and Saude,



Joe Manekin

Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer

K&L Wine Merchants

Ph: 877.559.4637 ext. 2748


Spanish & Portuguese Wine News 3/1/12: Portuguese News, Finally!

By: Joe Manekin

K&L Spanish & Portuguese Wine Buyer

Greetings all,

This week, we are making up for lost time, giving Portugal its well deserved propers.   With about a decade of age on them, the wines below from Quinta dos Roques and Quinta das Maias, in the Dao region, should appeal to the more curious amongst you and those of you who, like me, love to see how wines develop after years of bottle age.  In the Dao, it is more common to see red wines with moderate alcohol (typically 13-13.5%), good acidity, and obvious minerality than in the wines of their northern neighbors in the Douro.  You may remember the 03 Quinta dos Roques Reserva we offered some time ago.  These wines are a little spendier but arguably more mineral, more youthful tasting, more interesting.  Quinta dos Roques also produces a lovely, refreshing white wine with a sneaky ability to age gracefully at least 5-6 years beyond the vintage.


2010 Quintas dos Roques Encruzado Dao - $16.99


2002 Quinta das Maias Jaen Dao - $18.99


2003 Quinta dos Roques Touriga Nacional Dao - $19.99


Saude (that's "Salud" in Portuguese),



Joe Manekin

Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer

K&L Wine Merchants

Ph: 877.559.4637 ext. 2748