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We have been chopping off the tops of Champagne bottles as fast as we can drink them- who needs a stopper when you are ready to commit to finishing the bottle! One of our favorites was this magnum ($84.99) of Franck Bonville Brut Rosé that Mellyn expertly decapitated on Christmas Eve. It also comes in regular 750ml ($39.99) and half bottles ($21.99). Olivier Bonville adds 8% Pinot Noir Rouge from Ambonnay superstar Paul Dethune to his top class assembelage of grand cru, estate Chardonnay to create this fabulous rose. This is one of the most elegant, bright, refreshing rose Champagnes that we carry, yet it does not lack red cherry Pinot Noir authority. We can’t get enough- bring another to the block!

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Friday
Jan252013

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: Catalunya

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

I've got Catalunya on the mind. Having just finished writing the March newsletter, which focuses on some new Catalan stuff we will soon be receiving, I'm reminded of how many truly delicious wines are made in this part of Spain. Catalan regions may not have the historic pedigree of Rioja, the cool climate of Pais Vasco, or the newly re-discovered mojo of Jerez (do you know that there are now sherry bars recently opened up in places like London and Brooklyn, where I'm sure your palo cortado is served by a bar keep dressed in a getup worthy of a Portlandia sketch?). What it does have, though, is a committed group of passionate vignerons who are making wines from their own grapes, learning on the job, and developing styles quite opposite to the big, heavy, oak dominated wines which have (incorrectly, of course!) come to define Spanish wine for some people.  

Why Catalunya? Because it's beautiful. Because the soils are largely calcareous clay (great for wine grapes). Because it's easy to grow stuff organically there (lots of sun, Mediterranean climate). Finally, Catalunya has always been a hotbed for entrepreneurship, creativity and progressive thinking. Whether we are talking about resisting during the Spanish Civil War, developing paradigm shifting restaurants (ever hear of El Bulli?), or in our case, producing memorable, delicious wines, Catalunya has long been well worth exploring.  

Please keep an eye out for the new wines we will soon be picking up from the Catalan D.O's of Penedes, Terra Alta and Binissalem. In the meantime, here are a few of my favorite Catalan whites to enjoy with our surprisingly balmy recent weather.  

2011 Vega de Ribes Sauvignon Blanc Penedes - $14.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1114664  

 

2010 Clar de Castanyer Xarel-lo Penedes - $19.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1114790  

 

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
Jan172013

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: Tastings and Tajinaste

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

Greetings all,

Thanks to everyone who made it to our tastings last week. We had a great time in Redwood City, with people especially enjoying the dueling 1964's (Gomez Cruzado Gran Reserva Rioja and Torres Coronas). In SF and LA, folks tasted the spectacular 1970 Franco Españolas Royal Tete de Cuvee Gran Reserva Rioja and for a delicious gran reserva at everyday prices, the ’99 Puelles. I'm looking forward to the next tasting; clearly we want to continue to mix it up a bit and not hesitate to pull corks on the good stuff.

Speaking of mixing it up and good stuff...it has been a long while without any mention of wines from the Canary Islands. One of our customers recently tried the tinto from Tajinaste, and felt compelled to email me back about how unique, delicious, and decidedly un-obvious the flavor profile was. While it is limiting and simplifying to generalize, more often than not we as wine merchants are compelled to do so; therefore if I were to boil down the carefully chosen Canary Island wines which make it to the States these days to a few choice words they would be refreshing, savory and honest. My first Canary wine experience was with Tajinaste, it still hits the spot, and I think it is arguably the producer with the most consistent style and crowd appeal.

 

Tajinaste Blanco Valle de la Orotava (Tenerife) - $19.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1120334

 

Tajinaste Tinto Tradicional Valle de la Orotava (Tenerife) - $23.99

 http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1086750

 

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
Jan102013

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: TASTINGS

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

Greetings all,

Did I mention last week that we have TASTINGS coming up this Saturday January 12th in all of our stores? TASTINGS, in ALL CAPS, which is code for "Joe is not messing around" (and, apparently, referring to himself in the third person). In other words, it's going to be good and I strongly recommend that you join us (particularly if you appreciate the occasional fine, mature vintage).

One of the wineries we will be featuring on Saturday hails from the Monterei D.O. in Galicia. These are not inexpensive, but they are hand sewn wines of great purity, individual character and finesse. Though our sales do not (yet) indicate it, Galicia represents the future of fine wine production in Spain.

2009 Quinta da Muradella "Alanda" Tinto Monterei - $32.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1118920

 

2011 Quinta da Muradella Alanda Blanco Monterrei - $32.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1118919

 

We will also be pouring a vintage Madeira.  I would be hard pressed to think of a more classy way to finish a meal, accompany the reading of a classic novel or - why not, now that it's back on the air- enhance your enjoyment of season three of Downton Abbey, than to pour yourself a glass of Madeira.  By way of reminder, these four Madeiras are regularly in stock, have wine as old as 30 years in them, and represent lots of value and near vintage level quality for a non-vintage Madeira price.

Rare Wine Company Historic Series Charleston Sercial Madeira - $49.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1069709

 

Rare Wine Company Historic Series Savannah Verdelho Madeira - $49.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1063545

 

Rare Wine Company Historic Series Boston Bual Madeira - $49.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1061379

 

Rare Wine Company Historic Series New York Malmsey Madeira - $49.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1020385

 

Alright, hope that we see you this Saturday in the bar.

Oh yeah - go Ravens, beat those Broncos!

 

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

 

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