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2000 Labégorce, Margaux $39.99

A great value in Bordeaux! This bottle is mature enough to drink now, but has time in hand if you want to keep it in the cellar for the future. We love it for its laid back elegance and classic balance. A must try for your next nice steak dinner.

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Saturday
Apr072012

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News 4/5/12: Save the Date! Cool Northern Spanish Wine Tasting in all Three Stores, Saturday 4/14

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

Greetings all,

Let's get right back into it after an uncharacteristic buy week last week.  Your inbox will not be spared this week!  All good things, though, so here we go.

1.) Northern Spain Tasting next Saturday 4/14 - Are the oldest albariño vines in the world really 180 years old (and is wine still made from them?) What the heck is the difference between Guimaro's two Ribeira Sacra bottlings, B2M and B1P?  What does 30+ year old CRIANZA Rioja taste like?  Don't they only made cider in Asturias? For answers to these questions (and likely, many more) please join us for our Northern Spain tasting in Redwood City, SF, and Hollywood on Saturday 4/14. Yours truly will be in RWC, while incredibly knowledgeable guides for the day are likely to pose some of their own questions based on their in-store line-ups in the other locations.  As Kurt Loder used to say alongside Tabitha Soren every week, do try to catch it.

2.) Bottle of red, bottle of white, from Dali-Land - Last spring, my fiance and I spent a lovely afternoon in Cadaques, a picturesque and justly famous town right on the Mediterranean Sea.  On the way there, you drive through some fairly steep, granitic vineyard land planted to indigenous varieties such as garnacha, cariñena and macabeo.  With non-wine related tourism on our minds (ok, I wanted to do wine stuff but the fiance threatened to smack me on the head with an empty cava bottle if we did any more wine stuff) we bypassed the vineyards, opting instead to walk the town and then visit Salvador Dali's former house in Port Lligat.  A shame, but I'm attempting to make up for it by offering these terrific, Catalan government "integrated farming" certified wines.  Simple, fun, Mediterranean in a bottle deliciousness.

2010 La Vinyeta "Heus" Blanc Empordá - $14.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1088808

2010 La Vinyeta "Heus" Negre Empordá - $14.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1088809

3.)  Jerez en Rama or, Sherry (unfiltered)

Just a quick teaser for the Sherry fanatics.  Within the next 6 weeks or so, we will have not one, but two "en rama" (unfiltered) bottlings, drawn from the cask specifically for us in April, when the layer of flor is at its thickest.  There is nothing closer to enjoying these wine in situ than drinking good quality, en rama fino or manzanilla.  Coming soon....

Along the Sherry tip - you Sherry fanatics will be sure not to miss the Javier Hidalgo Sherry Tasting Friday 4/20 in RWC. For only $5, you will be able to taste the Hidalgo Pastrana Manzanilla Pasada Sanlucar de Barrameda ($26.99), the "Napoleon" Amontillado SdB ($17.99) the Oloroso "Faraon" SdB ($18.99), and the Wellington Palo Cortado VORS ($79.99). Sweet deal, if you ask me.

Un saludo,

Joe Manekin

Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American Wine Buyer

K&L Wine Merchants

Ph: 877.559.4637 ext. 2748

joemanekin@klwines.com

Thursday
Feb232012

Spanish & Portuguese News 2/23/12: Taste the Wine of Bodegas Y Viñedos Ponce

By: Joe Manekin

K&L Spanish & Portuguese Wine Buyer

 

Good afternoon, everyone,

Just two things to mention this week:

Our Friday tasting in Redwood City will feature some of the most exciting wines in Spain, those of Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce.  Working primarily with organically farmed, old vine Bobal in the D.O. of Manchuela (a few hours SE of Madrid), Ponce has quickly built up a reputation in Spain as being one of the most talented and serious vignerons in the entire country.  Here are some other producers that his bottlings occasionally remind me of:  Jean Foillard, Chateau Pradeaux, and Domaine Gramenon.  OK, now that we got your attention, get over to Redwood City tomorrow at 5pm

Tasting lineup and details: http://www.klwines.com/local_events.asp#4

If you can't make it, then you still really need to try these wines.  Read more, here.

 

As for wines of the week, my thoughts this week are why not keep it simple?  Just one wine ought to do it.  What a wine, though! If you're a fan of Riojas from Lopez de Heredia, Peciña, La Rioja Alta, Riojanas, etc, then I'm nearly certain you will love it.

1999 Viña Valoria Gran Reserva Rioja - $34.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1086703

 

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
Feb162012

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News 2/16/2011: Spring Cleaning (AKA Closeouts), Alfredo Maestro, and Rioja Tasting Next Friday

By: Joe Manekin

K&L Spanish, Portuguese & South American Wine Buyer

 

Greetings all,

 Alright, I'm back from last week's stay-cation and am ready to serve.  In keeping with today's wildly popular, twice a year closeout email you just received from us, I have several closeout values in the section which I think are especially worthy of your attention.  They happen to be right in line with what is often my personal preference for wines at table:  light to medium-bodied, higher acid, lower alcohol, a bit esoteric but full of personality and charm.  A few other delicious items on the horizon, read on a bit further down.

 

1.) Spring Cleaning (AKA CLOSEOUTS) 

 

2009 Viña Tobia Joven Rioja - $7.99 

http://www.klwines.com/content.asp?&N=0&Nr=OR%28OutofStock%3AN%2CInventory+Location%3ASpecial+Order%29&Ns=QtySoldLast30%7C1||QtySoldLifetime%7C1

 

2010 Gurrutxaga Bizkaiko Txakolina Rosé (previously $20)- $15.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1067534

 

2010 Gurrutxaga Bizkaiko Txakolina - $15.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1067533

 

2009 Juan Matias Torres Vid Sur Negramoll La Palma - $15.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1071826

 

2.) ALFREDO MAESTRO - Very cool wines, soon to be back in stock

Remember those wonderful wines from Alfredo Maestro?  New releases of these wines will soon be back in stock, in limited supply.  More to come later.  For now, though, we do have just a little bit of inventory left in Hollywood.

http://www.klwines.com/content.asp?&N=0&Nr=OR%28OutofStock%3AN%2CInventory+Location%3ASpecial+Order%29&Ns=QtySoldLast30%7C1||QtySoldLifetime%7C1 

 

3.) ISLAS CANARIAS - Canary Islands

For those of you who read up on these in Chiara's newsletter column, only to find us a bit short in stock, we do plan on picking up a few new wines for you to try within the next week.  I encourage you to try 'em out, scour your cookbooks and the internet for some Canary Island recipes (delicious food, very different from mainland Spain) and go to town.  Perhaps the subject of a future email?

4.) Bodegas Y Vinedos Tasting Friday 2/24 at K&L Redwood City

Join us on Friday 2/24 from 5pm-6:30pm in Redwood CIty to taste the wines of Bodegas y Vinedos. These are some of truly distinctive and fascinating wines. Check K&L Local Events for updates:

http://www.klwines.com/local_events.asp#4

5.)  SOUTH AMERICAN EMAIL LIST

I will be starting one up shortly.  I am starting to find some more interesting wine from here, well made wines often of very good balance and with lots to say (more than just overextracted fruit, additives and oak).  Value cabs and pinot noirs that more than give California a run for their money, a wide variety of Malbecs, even those wacky, but seriously structured and tasty tannat based wines from Uruguay.  If you're a fan of Argentine, Chilean and Uruguayan wines, then let me know and you'll be on the list.  If not, I encourage you to sign up and explore these wines.  I think we will continue to see ever increasing amounts of interesting wines from these parts.

Please email me at joemanekin@klwines.com if you would like to be added to the South American list.

 

Cheers, y 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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