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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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Tuesday
Mar052013

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: Special Cune & Contino Rioja Tasting Tuesday March 12th

By: Joe Manekin | Spanish & Portuguese Wine Buyer

Greetings all,

 Let's get back onboard with a few Rioja events, one in our Redwood City store and another put on by our friends at Vibrant Rioja, up in SF. Mark your calendar for these dates:

Contino & Cune Tasting Tuesday March 12th (5-6:30pm, REDWOOD CITY, $5) - Join us in welcoming Contino winemaker Jesús Madrazo as we taste a few current releases, as well as go into the vaults for some library releases (which we will be offering on a pre-sale basis) of Contino and Cune. Jesús is one of the most knowledgeable winemakers in Rioja and it is a very educational experience to taste with him. My only regret is that I will not be here to taste these classics (don't feel too bad for me though - I'll be in Rioja....)  Let us know you're coming & rsvp here.

Saturday March 23rd (6:30-8:30pm) - From Vibrant Rioja: "Join Vibrant Rioja's Nina Sventitsky at Elite Audio SF for an evening of Rioja wines and great music. Listen to your favorite vinyl, cd's, iTunes on the best hifi systems in San Francisco. Charcuterie and cheeses by Boccalone." event link

And now, for some spring cleaning. We need to make a little room for the bounty of new whites and rosés that are just starting to trickle in. Here are a handful of last year's picks. They're all delicious and marked down so give one or more a try:

 

2011 Abad "Abad Dom Bueno" Godello Bierzo - $14.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1110612

  

2011 Adega Cooperativo Regional de Monçao "Muralhas de Monçao"  Vinho Verde - $11.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1093696

 

2009 Monasterio de Corias Grandiella Albarín Blanco Tierra de Cangas - $17.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1112485

 

2010 Seculo Godello y Doña Blanca Bierzo - $9.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1089330

 

2011 Viña Zorzal Rosado Navarra - $9.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1088243

 

2011 Aphros Vinhão Rosé Vinho Verde - $12.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1109049

 

Saludos,

Joe

 
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Joe Manekin
Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer
K&L Wine Merchants
Ph: 877.559.4637 ext. 2748

 

Friday
Feb222013

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: When It Rains It 'Flors'

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

Long time, no Sherry! That's what I was thinking to myself as I sipped one of my last bottles of Equipo Navazos Manzanilla en Rama "I Think" recently. Well, when it rains, it flors (this pun's for you, Majeski!). We have a few new faces in the section, not to mention a host of new sherries due to arrive later next week from a bodega that arguably boasts the most diverse and impressive line-up of wines from the region. Of course I'm referring to Valdespino. More on those next week, just keep your eyes peeled.

For now though, in no particular order I have some wines which have recently arrived which may be of interest to some of you.

2012 Ameztoi Getariako Txakolina - $19.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1123511

 

2008 Domino do Bibei "Lalama" Ribeira Sacra - $29.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1123512

 

2000 La Rioja Alta "904" Gran Reserva Rioja - $49.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1123481

 

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

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

 

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