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The Freewheel line with a couple of English friends.

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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Entries in Sauvignon Blanc Day (3)


Sauv Blanc Day 2015 - April 24th! (Kiwi Style)

Yep it's that time of year again when we celebrate the wondrous grape of Sauvignon Blanc! April 24th is officially World Sauvignon Blanc Day! #sauvblanc

This grape is so crisp, fresh and easy to things start warming up this Spring / Summer I certainly plan on keeping my fridge stocked with plenty of Savvy to keep thirst at bay!

Being the New Zealand Wine Buyer at K&L I am obviously partial to the world class Savvy that NZ produces. After exploding on the world stage in the 1980s, New Zealand has truly cemented its place amongst the world’s leading producers of Sauvignon Blanc. One thing I like to highlight is the variety of styles that come from NZ...the country is often incorrectly stereotyped as a producer of "gooseberry / grassy styles" when in reality, there are many diverse and eclectic styles coming from the plethora of sub-regions and experimental winemakers that call NZ home. It is very hard to "pigeon hole" NZ savvy these days when styles include, wild fermented, barrel fermented, additions of Semillon, Sauvignon Gris...not to mention many wines coming from beyond the region of Marlborough that has for a long time dominated the category; Central Otago, Hawke’s Bay and more offer different flavors and textures to enjoy.

If you love Sauv Blanc (as much as I do!) and are interested in checking out these incredibly diverse wines...I have a treat for you! On Saturday April 25th, the New Zealand Winegrowers Association is hosting a great event at the fantastic Farallon Restaurant in San Francisco. The tasting includes at least two dozen wineries pouring their Savvy and a tantalizing array of hors d'oeuvres from the chefs at Farallon! This is a 3 hour walk-around tasting where you are free to explore as many wines as you wish. Tickets are available here...and more information about the event here on the NZWG website.

Many of these delicious wines are available in-store and online at

Here are a couple of my favorite picks that will be on my short list this summer:

2013 TWR (Te Whare Ra) Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

2013 Elephant Hill Sauvignon Blanc Hawke's Bay

2014 Cognizant Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

2014 Spy Valley Sauvignon Blanc Waihopai Valley Marlborough

2013 Ata Rangi Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough 

2014 Craggy Range "Te Muna Road" Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough

Wishing you all a cool, crisp and refreshing Sauv Blanc Day!

Cheers - Ryan Woodhouse (K&L NZ Wine Buyer)


{Terra Ignota} Exploring The Diversity Of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc 

In honor of this years International Sauvignon Blanc Day (June 16th) we hosted a fantastic seminar here at K&L to highlight the huge array of styles and regional diversity of New Zealand Savvy. We were delighted to welcome Master of Wine Bob Campbell to the Redwood City store to talk about the wines and NZ wine as a whole. Bob, who is from New Zealand, is perhaps the foremost authority on the country's wines with decades of experience tasting, judging, and writing about them.

The lineup was chosen to represent both the diversity of styles being produced in NZ, as well as the distinct regional and even sub-regional flavor profiles you can find within a category so often unfairly stereotyped as “Gooseberry / grassy / herbal / jalapeno” in character.

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{Terra Ignota} Get Kiwi Savvy on Sauvignon Blanc Day!

Te Whare Ra, Marlborough NZBy Jim Chanteloup | K&L NZ Wine Buyer

"Sauvignon Blanc is a strange grape. It evokes strong reactions. Those who love it, love it with a passion. Those who find its flavours less than subtle, tend to be less than subtle in their criticism of it." -Jancis Robinson

Can you tell the difference between Marlborough and Martinborough Sauvignon Blanc? Tasted blind, you might not be able to guess that latter was also from New Zealand. Under the right conditions, Sauvignon Blanc is a superb example of terroir, and nowhere is this trait more obvious than in New Zealand itself, where Sauvignon Blanc is king. While the region of Marlborough has become synonymous with the benchmark Kiwi style, you will find quite a different expression in New Zealand's more under-the-radar winegrowing regions, depending on factors of microclimate and soil-type.  

If you are curious about learning more about the varietal traits of Sauvignon Blanc, or have ambitions to one day become a Master of Wine like Jancis Robinson, do yourself a favor and get "Kiwi Savvy" by checking out the stylistic difference from Marlborough, Martinborough and Nelson with these wines recommended below. All three represent great character from their respective regions within New Zealand.

2011 Craggy Range "Te Muna Road" Sauvignon Blanc Martinborough ($18.99)

The limestone soils of Craggy Range's Te Muna Road vineyard in Martinborough lend minerality and elegance to this sophisticated single-vineyard Sauvignon Blanc from one of New Zealand's most esteemed producers. Fermented in 100% stainless steel and aged briefly for three months in used French oak, the 2011 exhibits classic Te Muna chalky minerality, which underscores inherently crisp citrus and green apple aromas and flavors accent by note of fresh cut hay and flowering herbs. Tangy acidity and a fleshy midpalate lead toward a focused finish. Enjoy this dry, refreshing, classic Martinborough SB with fresh seafood!

2011 Te Whare Ra Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough New Zealand ($18.99)

Te Whare Ra is a small, organic, family-run winery in Marlborough's Wairau Valley that we loved so much that we decided to import them directly! That means more bang for your buck. Their Sauvignon Blanc combines tropical passion fruit and lychee notes with cooler qualities of elderflower, citrus and gooseberry from the Awatere fruit. Great mid-palate texture and fresh, yet restrained, acidity on the finish.

2011 Neudorf Sauvignon Blanc Nelson ($16.99)

Neudorf Sauvignons are dry, with concentration and length reflecting low cropping rates, and a degree of mid palate texture and creaminess from a portion of (neutral) barrel ferment. This is intense and highly aromatic, with zesty blackcurrants, pineapple guava and lime aroma and flavors, and a touch of  flinty minerality. A textured entry leads to a palate that is smooth and round in the mouth, with a full creamy finish.

Ok, now that you're officially "Kiwi Savvy," it's time to raise a glass and join todays global tasting on Sauvignon Blanc Day!




June 21, 2012: Sauvignon Blanc Day Global Tasting

Taste with K&L and Sauvignon Blanc fans worldwide on Twitter! Pop open a bottle of your favorite Sauv Blanc, or buy a bottle of something new to try. Pour some wine and join the conversation on Twitter by tagging posts about your wine selections with #SauvBlanc. 


Terra Ignota is Latin for "Unknown Land". It was the name for the South Pacific region during intial mapping and exploration of Australia and New Zealand. As we are going to be exploring new and exciting wines from this region, we think this is a fitting title for our blog series on wines from this part of the world. Stay tuned for more!


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