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So why is the 2012 Ladera Cabernet—made from almost entirely from Howell Mountain fruit, from an incredible vintage—sitting pretty at $34.99? I honestly can't tell you. Maybe it's because no one knows how good the Ladera holdings in Howell Mountain are. Or maybe it's the pride that winemaker Jade Barrett takes in making a serious wine for a reasonable price. Or maybe it's because Ladera is an overlooked gem in a sea of Napa alternatives. For whatever the reason, I'm not going to complain. We tasted the 2012 vintage at our staff training yesterday and I was just floored by the quality of this wine. Dark, fleshy fruit cloaked in fine tannins, bits of earth, and in total balance, with enough gusto to go the long haul in your cellar. It's a whole lotta wine for $34.99, and it's made primarily from Howell Mountain grapes, harvested during a great vintage. 

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Tuesday
Sep112012

The Veuve Clicquot Airstream is Coming to K&L! 

The Veuve Clicquot rolling 50's Airstream is coming to K&L RWC & SF this week, then heading south to K&L Hollywood!

What's cooler than a Scotch Rocket

Not much, except perhaps a vintage Airstream filled with Champagne and cheeese! As this bright yellow bubbly mobile tours the country, it will be stopping by K&L for three very special pop-up vintage Clicquot tastings taking place at K&L Redwood City on Thursday September 13th (5pm), K&L San Francisco on Friday September 14th (5pm), and K&L Hollywood Thursday September 20th (3pm) complete with cheeses and information about the wines. In our respective tasting bars, we will be offering special walk-in tastings of vintage Clicquot.

The Northern California tastings this week will take place from 5pm-6pm and end at 6:30pm. The Hollywood tasting will run from 3pm-4:30pm. Whether you're north or south, don't miss this exciting and unique opportunity to learn about the latest releases from one of our best selling Champagne houses. 

Here is the lineup for the Redwood City Clicquot tasting, tastings will be similar in SF and Hollywood, pricing may vary:

2004 Veuve Clicquot Gold Label Reserve $79.99
2004 Veuve Clicquot Brut Rosé Champagne $79.99
1998 Veuve Clicquot "La Grande Dame" Brut Champagne $124.99
1998 Veuve Clicquot "La Grande Dame" Brut Rosé Champagne $269

Cost to taste: $5. Capacity is very limited and tastings will be offered while the wine lasts, on a first-come, first-served basis. When it's gone it's gone...so arrive early!

Visit our Local Events page on KLWines.com for store details, maps & directions:

http://www.klwines.com/local_events.asp#1

Tuesday
Nov302010

'Tis the Season: Holiday & Winter Beers

Ever get the sense that the "Holiday Season" has jumped the shark? This year, the Black Friday lines seemed to start forming before I finished chewing my last forkful of Thanksgiving turkey. Christmas lights flickered on more than a dozen houses by Saturday night. I already got a "Holly Jolly Christmas" stuck in my head once, and with Hanukkah starting on Wednesday, it seems like I'll be spinning like an out-of-control dreidel until the end of the year. 

So what's a girl to do?

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Monday
Oct112010

Champagne Extravaganza Comes to Hollywood

Forty-plus-year-old bottles of Champagne Philippe Gonet resting in the cellar. Photo courtesy of Champagne Philippe Gonet.If you go to just one wine event all year, it should be the upcoming Champagne Tent Event at K&L Hollywood. A more lounge-y version of our already-sold-out event in San Francisco, this year's Champagne extravaganza will undoubtedly be our best yet. This year's line-up includes nearly 100 exceptional bubblies, from non-vintage Bollinger to 2002 Dom Perignon and Cristal to 1988 Veuve-Clicquot "Rare" Vintage Champagne, plus tasty treats from Cube Marketplace. But what really makes this tasting extraordinary is that, in addition to the dozens of Grand Marque Champagnes being poured, a number of the artisanal grower/producers exclusive to K&L will be flying in to pour and talk about their own wines

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