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Thursday
Nov172011

Spanish and Portuguese Wine News 11/16/11: Talking Turkey

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

Greetings from Iberilandia,

Let's talk turkey.  We've got some new stuff that I think would make terrific turkey day wine.  Also, our last Vibrant Rioja Thursday tasting to look forward to this Thursday in Redwood City.  Finally, we have some new sherries – one everyday Manzanilla as well as a few special occasion/collectible things from Equipo Navazos.

1.) Thanksgiving wines

I have found that Albariño works wonderfully with the Thanksgiving meal.  The wine's ripe, juicy fruit seems to complement nearly everything on the table, and the acidity invigorates your palate and keeps you focused on the most important business of the holiday: eating. 

2010 Carballal Albariño Rias Baixas - $14.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1072339

 

2009 Do Ferreiro Albariño Rias Baixas - $24.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1065195

 

Rioja is my default Thanksgiving red (to satisfy the French side of my euro inclined palate, I'll usually pick a good Beaujolais as well).  There is something about the generosity of Rioja's fruit and the gently balanced acidity which just works great at table, whether you're going Spanish style with lamb and roasted potatoes or American style with turkey and mashed spuds. 

2007 Bodegas Puelles Crianza Rioja - $15.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1072531

 

2001 Señorio de Peciña Reserva Rioja - $29.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1069149

 

2001 Señorio de Peciña Reserva Rioja (1.5L) –  $59.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1079798

 

Finally, my pick for something a bit different.  Think of this as one of Spain's best winemaker's response to Beaujolais.

 

2010 Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce "Clos Lojen" Manchuela - $15.99

 http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1078214

 

2.) New Sherries

How about a fresh, recently bottled Manzanilla?

La Guita Manzanilla Sanlucar de Barrameda - $14.99

 http://www.klwines.com/content.asp?&N=0&Nr=OR%28OutofStock%3AN%2CInventory+Location%3ASpecial+Order%29&Ns=QtySoldLast30%7C1

 

And, some rare, rare wines, for the collector with a sweet tooth.

Equipo Navazos La Bota de Pedro Ximenez #11 Jerez - $79.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1079258

 

Equipo Navazos La Bota de Pedro Ximenez #12 Montilla Moriles - $79.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1079267

 

3.) Vibrant Rioja

Join us in Redwood City tomorrow (Thursday 11/17) for our final Vibrant Rioja tasting (featuring all Reservas and Gran Reservas!) 5-6:30pm. $5 RSVP and/or invite friends, or roll solo - it's going to be well worth the $5.

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

Wednesday
Nov092011

Spanish and Portuguese News 11/9/11: It's All About Jerez

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

Greetings all,

It's all about Jerez (sherry) and Rioja this week.

1.) SHERRY

Last March, I visited one of my favorite young Spanish winemakers.  We were talking restaurants, and he mentioned a well known seafood spot in a town named Sant Feliu de Guixols, along the Costa Brava north of Barcelona.  This is not a Michelin starred restaurant; it is the type of spot with amazing, simple, local ingredient focused cuisine, likely frequented by owners of other Michelin starred restaurants, winemakers, locals, and food savvy tourists.  This restaurant, he said, is owned by a crazy guy who is known to regularly throw fish back at his fishmongers in the unfortuante event that it is not what he is looking for.  The owner is similarly passionate about wine and his list features two types of wine:  Burgundy and Sherry.

Hearing this caused me to think more about these two styles of wine, both so endlessly fascinating yet only one (Burgundy) taken seriously by collectors and a majority of oenophiles.  If Burgundy is often cited as the ultimate wine of terroir (of course one could make the argument for others, but Burgundy is the most popular), then I would offer that Sherry is the ultimate wine of method in the cellar, where so many variables come into play and decisions are made by master blenders with years of acquired knowledge.  In a region where the amount of time to produce the younger, fresher style of wine, fino, still takes four years, most amontillados take at least 8 years, and there are many soleras featuring wine over 50 years old, there is not surprisingly a sizeable talent base of winemakers who know and understand how wines develop in barrel over many years.  Given the amount of time it takes to make these wines, their originality and impossible to replicate flavors, sherries continue to be real bargains in the world of fine and collectible wine.

Yesterday, the staff tasted some sherry, here are two highlights with staff commentary:

Herederos de Argueso Amontillado Sanlucar de Barrameda - $24.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1061689

"I am a fan of the dryer Amontillados, and this just sings.  The salty character reminds one of a Manzanilla, but the nutty, citrus, burnt sugar notes can only be Amontillado.  Fully dry, but complex, long ans simply lovely.  Don’t miss this.  For under $25 it is a steal." (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy buyer)

"This ultra dry, penetrating Amontillado is exactly the right wine to have on hand for an elegant aperitif. With a bright rancio nose and flavor to spare, this is one great example of the fantastic value that Sherry provides to fans of older, complex wine. It has a finish that one cannot get any other way than with patience, it is so long and full of nuance. I recently added a few ounces to chicken stock for some leeks that I was braising and the leeks stole the show away from my fancy wild salmon! Great Amontillado!" (Gary Westby, K&L Champagne Buyer)

1979 Gonzalez Byass Palo Cortado Añada Jerez - $129.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1070645

"Again, one gets the salty notes I find so appealing, but this time combined with amazing length.  This has complexity, and a finish that simply goes on forever.  Elegant, wonderful, and oxidized but fresh at the same time.  This is simply incredibly impressive sherry." (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer)

"30 years of tasting sherry did not prepare me for the experience this wine provided!  Wow, so complex, such richness, but for me it was the length and balance that set this wine apart, it is really special" (Greg St. Clair, K&L Italian wine buyer)

 

2.) RIOJA tastings

Thursday November 17th: Vibrant Rioja III

Vibrant Rioja tasting (all reservas and gran reservas!) in Redwood City store (5-6:30pm). $5 Details

 

Friday December 2nd: Bodegas Riojanas

Join us in Redwood City at 5pm on Friday December 2nd for a closer look (and taste) of one of Rioja’s most well respected traditional bodegas:  Bodegas Riojanas.  As with the best of traditionally made Riojas, these are wines which drink terrifically upon release, and then continue to improve and age for decades. 

To illustrate this, we will be pouring most of the winery’s range of Reserva and Gran Reserva wines.  For those who get there early enough, we will even be offering tastes of their terrific 1978 Viña Albina Gran Reserva and the legendary 1964 Monte Real Gran Reserva (both for educational purposes only; we do not have these wines for sale).  We will have some Spanish themed snacks to accompany the wines.  This should be a real treat – get there early for a taste of the old wines and a prime spot in the bar! 

5pm-6:30pm. $8. This is a walk-in tasting, but you can RSVP here to let me know you're coming.

 

Back with more good stuff next week, until then take care.

 

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

 

Wednesday
Nov022011

Spanish & Portuguese News 11/2/11: Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce

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

Alright, we're back at it and at 'em in November!  We've had our first few nights with a Fall chill in the air (well, Autumnal chill by Bay Area standards) and you know what that means - you need to be drinking more wines from Jerez.  But we'll circle back to that suggestion in the weeks ahead.

For now let's talk about some RIOJA events and then our featured winery for the week, the spectacular Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce.

1.) Tasting Events

Friday November 4th

Vibrant Rioja tasting (all Reservas and Gran Reservas!) in San Francisco store (5-6:30pm). $5  Details

Vibrant Rioja tasting (all Reservas and Gran Reservas!) in Hollywood store (5:30-7pm). $5 Details

Save the Date! Thursday November 17th

Vibrant Rioja tasting (all Reservas and Gran Reservas!) in Redwood City. Details

Friday December 2nd

Bodegas Riojanas tasting in Redwood City store (5-6:30pm).  RSVP optional

We will be pouring the whole array of wines we carry from this historic centenarian Rioja bodega.  These wines are truly special, capable of long ageing in bottle, and possessing an uncanny ability to go with food.  To prove this latter point, we will be providing some Spanish snacks !  $8

2.) Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce

To say that the wines from Juan Antonio Ponce are delicious, impeccably made, intensely soulful and vastly different from 99.99% of Spain's other red wines would be an understatement.  Ponce's point of view about his wines is simple:  indigenous varieties, intensive proactive biodynamic vineyard work (with minimal copper sulphate treatments, of course), native yeast fermentations in foudres, ageing in used oak barrels, and adding the least amount of SO2 as possible.  We have his full range of reds; they all are highly recommended.

Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce "Clos Lojen" Manchuela - $15.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1078214

Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce "La Casilla" Manchuela - $19.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1076528

Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce "PF" Manchuela - $24.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1078217

Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce "Buena Pinta" Manchuela - $24.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1078219

3.) The one token white wine

I know that we are no longer in prime txakoli drinking season, but the new one below was just too good to pass up!  It's a style totally different from our others - extended lees ageing, bottle ageing, and as a result a wine that still shows terrific acidity and minerality, with mouthwatering, expansive fruit.

Bodegas Arzabro Ametza Arabako Txakolina - $19.99

http://www.klwines.com/content.asp?&N=0&Nr=OR%28OutofStock%3AN%2CInventory+Location%3ASpecial+Order%29&Ns=QtySoldLast30%7C1

Until next week,

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 

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