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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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Entries in Rioja (28)

Saturday
Feb022013

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: 

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

Go Niners! Go Ravens! Go team!   So as some of you may know, I'm originally from the other (Chesapeake) Bay Area and will be rooting accordingly. That said, both teams have had terrific seasons and I'm just looking forward to a well played, hard fought superbowl and Har-Bowl II (remember the result of the first Har-Bowl, right?)  

Team allegiances aside, here are a few Superbowl picks that all of us here, as well as many of you I'm sure, can agree on:  

2011 Isastegi Sagardo Naturala (Natural Cider) Pais Vasco - $9.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1111400  

 

2008 Cantiga Crianza Rioja - $14.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1121685  

 

2008 Asenjo y Manso Crianza Ribera del Duero - $17.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1121758  

Good night, and good luck!  

Salud, 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

 

Thursday
Jan172013

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: Tastings and Tajinaste

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

Greetings all,

Thanks to everyone who made it to our tastings last week. We had a great time in Redwood City, with people especially enjoying the dueling 1964's (Gomez Cruzado Gran Reserva Rioja and Torres Coronas). In SF and LA, folks tasted the spectacular 1970 Franco Españolas Royal Tete de Cuvee Gran Reserva Rioja and for a delicious gran reserva at everyday prices, the ’99 Puelles. I'm looking forward to the next tasting; clearly we want to continue to mix it up a bit and not hesitate to pull corks on the good stuff.

Speaking of mixing it up and good stuff...it has been a long while without any mention of wines from the Canary Islands. One of our customers recently tried the tinto from Tajinaste, and felt compelled to email me back about how unique, delicious, and decidedly un-obvious the flavor profile was. While it is limiting and simplifying to generalize, more often than not we as wine merchants are compelled to do so; therefore if I were to boil down the carefully chosen Canary Island wines which make it to the States these days to a few choice words they would be refreshing, savory and honest. My first Canary wine experience was with Tajinaste, it still hits the spot, and I think it is arguably the producer with the most consistent style and crowd appeal.

 

Tajinaste Blanco Valle de la Orotava (Tenerife) - $19.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1120334

 

Tajinaste Tinto Tradicional Valle de la Orotava (Tenerife) - $23.99

 http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1086750

 

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

Friday
Dec282012

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: Thanks & Happy New Year!

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

Greetings all,  

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for what has far and away been the most enjoyable and successful year for us to date. Sales success, for sure, but also lots of success in expanding our Direct Import selections, gaining first hand knowledge in the regions where our wines are made, and hearing from all of you.

It was a pleasure to host Miguel Merino in our Redwood City tasting bar in August. Many of you have travelled to Spain and reported back on visits to folks like Miguel Merino and Angel at Bodegas Casa Juan. To state things concisely, everything we do here is a direct result of your support. Thank you.  

In 2013, we have a lot to look forward to. New direct imports. We're working on a DI Getariako Txakoli (hopefully just $15). Ribera del Duero as well. I'm still exploring ways to expand our fortified selections, particularly as it relates to sherry (do we have enough enthusiasts to allow us to purchase our own barrel....?)

There is lots of impeccably stored mature Rioja in Spain, sitting patiently in perfect cellar conditions; perhaps we should bring some in?

Of course, our suppliers will continue to deliver loads of wine for us to taste through, select and offer to you all. So, lots of exciting work for the new year. In the meantime, I wish you all the best for your New Year celebrations and in the year ahead.  

Happy New Year,

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