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Saber Madness at K&L!

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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Free Spirits Tastings at K&L! Now that we have our license for spirits tastings in Redwood City and San Francisco, we’re excited to host regular free spirits tastings in those locations.  Check the Spirits Journal for an updated tasting schedule.

All tastings will feature different products from the Spirits Department and take place on Wednesdays in Redwood City and San Francisco. Visit our events page on Facebook or the K&L Spirits Journal for more information.

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Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: Come Taste this Saturday 9/22 at K&L!

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

Greetings all,


It's September, the shelves are full of new arrivals as well as reliable favorites, and of course we are gearing up for a busy Iberian tasting season beginning this Saturday in all of our stores. 

1.) Spanish & Portuguese Tasting this Saturday, September 22nd  in all K&L stores

While the exact selections will vary slightly from store to store, the basic theme this go 'round is northern whites and southern reds.  We'll be highlighting a terrific, biodynamic Portuguese vinho verde producer, not by pouring a typical, lighter fizzy vinho verde but instead opting for their full on bubbly (methode champenoise) and mouth watering, tongue tingling  rosé.  We will also focus on great Galician whites other than albariño.  In SF and Redwood City we'll have one of Spain's great cult whites, the new release of Emilio Rojo Ribeiro.  Worth $60?  You be the judge. Reds will feature some excellent young producers, challenging the popular, yet stupid notion (which admittedly, I have been guilty of from time to time!) that wines above 14% alcohol are never balanced. 

Spread the word, invite your people:!/events/244447439011032/ 

View listing on K&L Local Events:


2.) Vibrant Rioja Fall Tastings

It's going to be a great season for Rioja fans.  In October and November we will be partnering with Vibrant Rioja to pour first Thursdays in SF and LA, first Fridays in RC. Visit K&L Local Events or K&L Events on Facebook for lineups and more details as the dates approach.

For all of you up in San Francisco, I will also be joining a few of our favorite suppliers as well as pouring some of our brand new direct imports with Vibrant Rioja at a special event in November. This will be on Friday November 9th from 6-8pm, at 18 Reasons on 3674 18th St. Mark your calendars, it should be lots of fun.


3.) New wines to stock up on

Valdesil Montenovo Godello Valdeorras - $14.99


Bacalhao Azeitao "JP" Vinho Regional Setubal - $8.99


Primitivo Quiles "Cono 4" Jumilla - $11.99





Joe Manekin

Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer

K&L Wine Merchants

Ph: 877.559.4637 ext. 2748<>



Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: World Class Grenache from Jimenez-Landi

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

Hi all,

Some pretty amazing garnacha based wines are coming from the D.O. of Mentrida, just outside of Toledo, Spain. While it may not be garnacha weather for some of you, for anyone in SF and in the cooler coastal areas most evenings are fair game for these surprisingly elegant wines.  And, for the rest of you, these wines are so good that you might just want to claim a few before cooler Fall weather arrives; I seriously doubt we willl have any of these left by then.

Daniel Gomez Jímenez-Landi studied winemaking at university in Madrid, and he has quickly become, along with the likes of Marc Isart (Bernabeleva, see other K&L garnacha emails), one of the hottest young Spanish winemakers out there.  Together they are proving that high end Spanish wines need not be: 1.) Traditional, long established Rioja 2.) Heavily marketed, carefully concocted soulless corporate juice or 3.) Over priced, overripe cult wine from Rioja, Ribera del Duero or Priorat. 

Rather, Jimenez-Landi makes wines that he wants to drink.  And, judging by these wines, I would imagine that he wants to drink good Burgundy, traditional Barolo, cru Beaujolais, Loire red, etc.  In other words, not the usual Spanish references for world class wine, and in turn these are not your usual high end Spanish wines.  They have great acidity and finesse, tons of character, and are made with some techniques more commonly found across the border in France:  whole cluster fermentations, long, cool macerations, a purposeful reduction in the use of sulphur in the cellar, ageing in more neutral, larger wood.  These are some of Spain's best wines right now, and in my opinion easily join the ranks of our very best grenache based wines in the store.

2009 Jimenez-Landi "Pielago" Garnacha Mentrida - $34.99

2009 Jimenez-Landi "Cantos del Diablo" Garnacha Mentrida - $69.99

2009 Jimenez-Landi "El Reventon" Garnacha vino de la tierra de Castilla y Leon - $69.99

Un saludo,



Joe Manekin

Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer

K&L Wine Merchants

Ph: 877.559.4637 ext. 2748


Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: Tales from Ribera, Part III

RiberaConnect at the Consejo

The fun continues as Uncorked follows K&L staff member Sarah Covey in her adventures touring and tasting in Ribera del Duero...

Our first appointment of the day took us to the Consejo building in Roa, where the technical director of the Consejo, Agustin Alonso Gonzalez, gave us a wonderful lecture on the history of Ribera Del Duero as a region, with facts and figures about the D.O. Afterwards we met with 15 producers seeking representation in the United States. The wineries were allowed to show one wine, and many chose to feature their Crianza from 2009. 2009 was a great vintage in Ribera, and this allowed us to have a very clear picture of the vintage as well as a variety of winemaking styles. A delightful rooftop lunch followed, with many delicacies from the region, but queso was a large feature, as the region is also well-known for their sheep and goat cheeses. Hooray for cheese! I only got through about half of the table...

Our first winery appointment was at Bodegas Rodero, in Pedrosa de Duero, Burgos. Carmelo Rodero and his daughter, winemaker Beatriz Rodero, run an operation of innovation. Carmelo invented a piece of equipment that allows their platform above the stainless steel tanks to rotate around the tops of the tanks for easier access. He is very concerned about the ease and well-being of work for his employees. He also stores his barrels in barrel rooms with dim lighting and plays a loop of Benedictine chants for the wines, as he believes that a relaxed environment will help the wines age more gracefully!

From there we went to Vizcarra. JC Vizcarra runs another family operation in another part of Burgos- Mambrilla de Castrejon. His wines are all organic and biodynamic, believing that by treating the land and wines as holistically as possible, you will end up with the best possible products. In his town, people used to store their wines in underground cellars, accessible at street level by gated doorways. Most are now abandoned, but the entire town has these ghostly entrances along the road.

Bodegas Hermanos Perez Pascuas- Vina Pedrosa in was our last stop for the day. After a brief tour of their production area and cellars we learned that one of the past vintages of Vina Pedrosa had been used in the Christmas mass at the Vatican! Pretty neat in terms of putting Ribera Del Duero on the map. The winery then tasted us on their new releases, threw us a huge BBQ, complete with a singing chef, grilled baby lamb, and multiple older vintages of their wines. We met all three of the original brothers Perez, in their 80+ year old glory. The full moon over the vines completed the night. We giggled all the way back to the hotel.

Amazingly, that was just the first official day. Stay tuned for more!

In the mean time,  consider unwinding with a plate of aged sheep's cheese and a bottle of the 2009 Vizcarra Ramos Roble, in stock now for only $17.99!

2009 Vizcarra Ramos Roble Ribera del Duero ($17.99)

90 points Robert Parker: "The 2009 Roble was aged for 7 months in seasoned French and American oak. Purple-colored, it gives up a first-class perfume of mineral, Asian spices, violets, and lightly roasted black fruits. This is followed by a succulent, full-flavored, voluminous wine with excellent balance and a long, fruit-filled finish. It is an outstanding value that over-delivers in a big way as well as a sneak preview of just how good the top wines from Ribera del Duero will be when released 2-3 years from now."





Sarah C. Covey

Wine Sales Professional

K&L Wine Merchants - Redwood City


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