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So why is the 2012 Ladera Cabernet—made from almost entirely from Howell Mountain fruit, from an incredible vintage—sitting pretty at $34.99? I honestly can't tell you. Maybe it's because no one knows how good the Ladera holdings in Howell Mountain are. Or maybe it's the pride that winemaker Jade Barrett takes in making a serious wine for a reasonable price. Or maybe it's because Ladera is an overlooked gem in a sea of Napa alternatives. For whatever the reason, I'm not going to complain. We tasted the 2012 vintage at our staff training yesterday and I was just floored by the quality of this wine. Dark, fleshy fruit cloaked in fine tannins, bits of earth, and in total balance, with enough gusto to go the long haul in your cellar. It's a whole lotta wine for $34.99, and it's made primarily from Howell Mountain grapes, harvested during a great vintage. 

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Wednesday
Oct312012

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News 10/31/12: Rioja Tastings This Week!

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

TASTINGS, we got 'em! If you're curious to see how well great Rioja ages, please join us for our final Vibrant Rioja in-store tastings of the year in San Francisco and Redwood City.

 Vibrant Rioja Part III: San Francisco - Thursday 11/1 (5-6:30pm) $5

Vibrant Rioja Part III: Redwood City - Friday 11/2 (5-6:30pm) $5

We've got a fistful of Lopez de Heredia Tondonia for both of these...the whites. See how the 1996 Blanco Reserva and the 1991 Blanco Gran Reserva are showing.  We will also be featuring the lovely 1995's from Ontañon, a reserva and gran reserva. I won't overemphasize the point, but for anyone who has tasted any of these will tell you, $5 to try these four wines is a steal.

Also, for all of you who live and/or work in SF, please join us for what promises to be a fun Rioja tasting with our friends at 18 Reasons (3674 18th St) on Friday 11/9 from 6-8pm. There will be some cheese and other Spanish nibbles while you enjoy wines from Peciña, Remelluri (yes, including the vaunted white!) and others. Twelve great wines and snacks for $15. All killer no filler, as they say. Spanish wine importer/local celebrity José Pastor may even make an appeance. It's going to be fun.

Alright, gotta go, too much going on!  Hope to see you at one or more of these tastings.

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

Thursday
Sep202012

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. 

Spread the word, invite your people: http://www.facebook.com/klwines#!/events/244447439011032/ 

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

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1112601

 

Bacalhao Azeitao "JP" Vinho Regional Setubal - $8.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1112472

 

Primitivo Quiles "Cono 4" Jumilla - $11.99

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

 

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<mailto:joemanekin@klwines.com>

 

Thursday
Jun282012

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: 

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

Good afternoon, everyone,

Things are heating up in the Sherry section with a new exclusive Equipo Navazos Manzanilla bottling! (you won't find it anywhere else around these parts).  Also a few tasting events here in Redwood City to look forward to, tonight and tomorrow night.

1.)  Equipo Navazos Manzanilla "I Think" en Rama (375ml) - $14.99

This is connoisseur sherry, plain and simple.  Bottled just a few months ago, without filtration, it is manzanilla at its purest and most expressive.  Get some before we here buy it all http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1089369

2.) Passport to Vinho Verde tasting TONIGHT in Redwood City (5-6:30pm) We're pouring a focused selection of 3 distinctive vinho verdes.  Perfect weather for some vinho verde tonight....http://www.facebook.com/events/468376553175438/

3.) Vibrant Rioja tasting tomorrow in Redwood City (5-6:30pm) We will be focusing on a few DI's (yes I've hyped these wines quite a bit in the past few weeks; taste them and you will understand why) as well as continuing to explore the concept of single village Rioja wines. Also, since Riojanos love chorizo and the Palacios chorizo factory is located in Rioja (Logroño, to be exact) I will be bringing in some Palacios chorizo. $5 to taste. http://www.facebook.com/events/340476179359934/

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