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With the James Bond movie Spectre being released today, no time could be better to drink Bollinger. The most suave spy in the world has been sipping on Bollinger since Moonraker in 1979. While we can’t all drive a fully loaded, customized machine gun having Aston Martin, we certainly can chill down a bottle of Bolli! The 2004 Bollinger "Grande Année" Brut Champagne ($109) is as good as Champagne gets; all barrel fermented and full of masculine, Pinot Noir power and high class elegance. We even have a few bottles of the limited 2009 Bollinger "James Bond 007" Brut Champagne ($195) in stock for the diehard fan of Bond & Champagne!

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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 Manekin

Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer

K&L Wine Merchants

Ph: 877.559.4637

ext. 2748



Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: Let's Talk Sherry

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

Let's talk sherry. We just received in the "en rama" (literally this means straight out of the barrel) version of Gonzalez Byass Tio Pepe Fino.  While this was not bottled literally straight out of the barrel, it was bottled with the barest minimum of filtration very recently, in May.  What this means is that the color is not a pale straw, but rather a more golden hue; the salty, yeasty tang of the sherry is all the more visceral; and finally, the sensation that one is tasting at the source (for fino and manzanilla sherry, this is a good thing!) all the more apparent.  In short, if you want as real and authentic a substitute for visiting a bodega in Jerez or Sanlucar, en rama bottlings are the way to go. 

In addition to this spectacular new en rama fino, I'd also like to remind you about our en rama manzanilla from Equipo Navazos, bottled in April.  While it's not quite last call on this, we have gone through more than half of our original purchase.  So if you like what you've tasted, it may be time to consider your needs and buy accordingly; this won't be around much longer.

Last and by no means least, we have a very pretty bottling of fino from Cesar Florido, the only bodega I know bottling and selling sherry in the seaside town of Chipiona (just south of Sanlucar).  While I have not measured out the steps, Cesar's bodega might well be the closest to the Atlantic of any I've been to.  As a result, there is a delicacy to this young (3 years old) fino solera which makes the resulting wine quite delicious.  While it doesn't have the sheer richness of an El Maestro Sierra or the all out flavor intensity of our en rama bottlings, it is very fun to drink, and a unique reflection of the flor specific to this area.

Tio Pepe (Gonzalez Byass) Fino en Rama - $21.99


Equipo Navazos Manzanilla "I Think" Saca de Abril 2012 (375ml) - $14.99


Cesar Florido Fino (375ml) - $12.99


Un saludo,



Joe Manekin

Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer

K&L Wine Merchants

Ph: 877.559.4637 ext. 2748


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

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....

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.

Un saludo,



Joe Manekin

Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer

K&L Wine Merchants

Ph: 877.559.4637 ext. 2748

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