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Friday
Dec282012

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News: Thanks & Happy New Year!

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

Greetings all,  

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for what has far and away been the most enjoyable and successful year for us to date. Sales success, for sure, but also lots of success in expanding our Direct Import selections, gaining first hand knowledge in the regions where our wines are made, and hearing from all of you.

It was a pleasure to host Miguel Merino in our Redwood City tasting bar in August. Many of you have travelled to Spain and reported back on visits to folks like Miguel Merino and Angel at Bodegas Casa Juan. To state things concisely, everything we do here is a direct result of your support. Thank you.  

In 2013, we have a lot to look forward to. New direct imports. We're working on a DI Getariako Txakoli (hopefully just $15). Ribera del Duero as well. I'm still exploring ways to expand our fortified selections, particularly as it relates to sherry (do we have enough enthusiasts to allow us to purchase our own barrel....?)

There is lots of impeccably stored mature Rioja in Spain, sitting patiently in perfect cellar conditions; perhaps we should bring some in?

Of course, our suppliers will continue to deliver loads of wine for us to taste through, select and offer to you all. So, lots of exciting work for the new year. In the meantime, I wish you all the best for your New Year celebrations and in the year ahead.  

Happy New Year,

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
May102012

Spanish & Portuguese Wine News 5/10/12: 

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

Happy Thursday everyone,

This week the focus is on delightfully fresh, mouth watering, thirst quenching, "crispy" wines. One of my esteemed colleagues has earned the moniker "crispy" for her cheerful invitation to go out for a "crispy pint." And these wines are in the same vein. They invite you to open them with friends, enjoy the sunshine, and drink them to quench thirst. Little sips will not be sufficient with these; they are for guzzling down. 

Flama Roja Cava Brut Tarragona- $11.99  A bright and dry, yet creamier, rounder cava than the normal stuff.  Lower dosage than usual for cava.  Riper and more vinous style.   A K&L "alum" brings this one in  and I think you'll find it to be one of our best value sparklers. 

2010 Seculo Godello y Doña Blanca Bierzo - $11.99 Godello and Doña Blanca are perfectly suited to blending together, as this wine attests. I poured this wine for our Spanish tasting three weeks ago and it was well received.  Also noticed that one of my personal sommelier customers received this in a shipment, and then ordered a full case.  Careful, this white is delicious and addictive.   

2011 Bodegas Muga Rosado Rioja (1.5L) - $24.99  Muga rosé in magnum?  That's crazy talk.  Rest assured, though, we have these and even though we do not have a lot left, I thought that anyone on this list should know about it and grab some if they so choose.  This will disappear very soon. 

2011 Ameztoi "Rubentis" Rosé Getariako Txakolina - $19.99 Our most popular cult Spanish rosé is back.  Interestingly, I actually saw this wine in a local shop in Getaria (the beautiful town at the bottom of those sloped, seaward facing Getariako Txakolina D.O. vineyards).  Thanks to Americans' enthusiasm for this wine, what started as more of an export phenomenon appears to have found acceptance amongst some of the world's most serious gourmands in Getaria.  Try this with Cantabrian sea anchovies, canned Spanish "Bonito del Norte" tuna  or a tomato and garlic rubbed piece of toasted bread with olive oil and sea salt.

 

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

 

Wednesday
Nov022011

Spanish & Portuguese News 11/2/11: Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce

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

Alright, we're back at it and at 'em in November!  We've had our first few nights with a Fall chill in the air (well, Autumnal chill by Bay Area standards) and you know what that means - you need to be drinking more wines from Jerez.  But we'll circle back to that suggestion in the weeks ahead.

For now let's talk about some RIOJA events and then our featured winery for the week, the spectacular Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce.

1.) Tasting Events

Friday November 4th

Vibrant Rioja tasting (all Reservas and Gran Reservas!) in San Francisco store (5-6:30pm). $5  Details

Vibrant Rioja tasting (all Reservas and Gran Reservas!) in Hollywood store (5:30-7pm). $5 Details

Save the Date! Thursday November 17th

Vibrant Rioja tasting (all Reservas and Gran Reservas!) in Redwood City. Details

Friday December 2nd

Bodegas Riojanas tasting in Redwood City store (5-6:30pm).  RSVP optional

We will be pouring the whole array of wines we carry from this historic centenarian Rioja bodega.  These wines are truly special, capable of long ageing in bottle, and possessing an uncanny ability to go with food.  To prove this latter point, we will be providing some Spanish snacks !  $8

2.) Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce

To say that the wines from Juan Antonio Ponce are delicious, impeccably made, intensely soulful and vastly different from 99.99% of Spain's other red wines would be an understatement.  Ponce's point of view about his wines is simple:  indigenous varieties, intensive proactive biodynamic vineyard work (with minimal copper sulphate treatments, of course), native yeast fermentations in foudres, ageing in used oak barrels, and adding the least amount of SO2 as possible.  We have his full range of reds; they all are highly recommended.

Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce "Clos Lojen" Manchuela - $15.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1078214

Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce "La Casilla" Manchuela - $19.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1076528

Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce "PF" Manchuela - $24.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1078217

Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce "Buena Pinta" Manchuela - $24.99

http://www.klwines.com/detail.asp?sku=1078219

3.) The one token white wine

I know that we are no longer in prime txakoli drinking season, but the new one below was just too good to pass up!  It's a style totally different from our others - extended lees ageing, bottle ageing, and as a result a wine that still shows terrific acidity and minerality, with mouthwatering, expansive fruit.

Bodegas Arzabro Ametza Arabako Txakolina - $19.99

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

Until next week,

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