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Château de Brézé has a long and storied history, first being mentioned in texts in 1068, lauded by King René of Anjou in the 15th century and served at all the royal courts. In 1957, when the AOC of Saumur Champigny was established, the owner of Château de Brézé refused to be part of the appellation, saying that his estate's vineyards were the best and deserved an appellation all their own. And he was probably right. Unfortunately, the wines from those exceptional vineyards were terrible. Lucky for us, the winery sold in 2009 to Le Comte de Colbert, who recruited Arnaud Lambert from nearby Domaine de Saint Just to make the wine. He changed the vineyards over to organic farming and began producing truly stellar wines worthy of their source. The 2012 Château de Brézé Clos David is all estate-grown Chenin Blanc raised in stainless steel to preserve freshness. It has the slightly-oxidized note of a great White Burgundy and a lovely richness that allows it to pair with a variety of foods.

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Wine of the Week: 2010 Weingut Allram Grüner Veltliner (1L) $10.99

Pick up a bottle of the 2010 Weingut Allram Grüner Veltliner (only $10.99 for a liter!) for your next garden party. In stock now at K&L Q: What has the snap of Sauvignon Blanc, the fleshiness of Chardonnay, and is guaranteed to please lovers of both while perfectly complementing the season's fresh green beans, peas, and peppers?

A: 2010 Weingut Allram Grüner Veltliner (1L) ($10.99)

Unoaked and sealed with a crown-cap, the 2010 Allram Gruner Veltliner (a K&L Direct Import) comes in a liter-sized bottle and is about as lively, fun, and fresh as the popular Austrian white wine can get.  The nose is textbook Gruner: filled with spice and white pepper, snap pea and grapefruit. It is sleek, focused and juicy owing to the wonderful bright acid structure of the vintage. 4th generation winemaker Michaela Haas, along with her husband Erich, took control of the family's 15 hectare estate in 1992 and today produce wines wines from some of the top sites in the Kamptal.

"The Allram Gruner is exactly the kind of wine I look forward to drinking over the summer. Bright and refreshing, this wine has a hint of spice, a crisp mouth feel and a brilliant clean finish. Pair with light summer dishes, or Asian inspired cuisine, or just a Tuesday night." -Kyle Kurani, K&L Staff Member (7/22/2011)



Wine of the Week: 2008 Henry of Pelham Cabernet Franc Ice Wine ($29.99)

Dessert Accomplished! At a sweet low price, 2008 Henry of Pelham Cabernet Franc Ice Wine (200ml) (Previously $40) is in stock NOW on 

Do you love dessert wines and are curious to try more exotic styles?  Join us from 5-6pm in RWC for Stickies: Unique Dessert Wines from Around the World or pick up a few bottles from the list below and stage a sticky tasting of your own at home!

Only in this part of Canada are conditions just right for the production of this oddball but very sumptuously delicious Cabernet Franc-based Ice Wine. The 2008 Henry of Pelham Cabernet Franc Ice Wine (200 ml $29.99) is intense by definition, with vibrant fruit aromas and flavors, exhibiting strawberry and raspberry above all others. Terrific with fruit based desserts and soft cheeses, it is also wonderful in sparkling wine for a new take on a Kir Royale.


What: Stickies: Unique Dessert Wines from Around the World

When: Friday, July 22 5pm-6:30pm

Where: K&L RWC

Cost of Tasting: $10

Samos Vin Doux Muscat (375ml $9.99)

The Royal Tokaji Wine Company Red Label 5 Puttonyos (500ml $34.99)

Hétszölö Tokaji Aszu 6 Puttonyos (500ml $49.99)

Henry of Pelham Cabernet Franc Ice Wine (200ml  $29.99)


2009 Fahrenheit 19 Ice Wine (375 ml) $25.99

Domaine Mas de Lavail Maury (375ml $22.99)

Château Pierre-Bise Les Rouannières Coteaux du Layon Beaulieu (500ml $25.99)

2007 Beck-Hartweg Gewürztraminer Selections de Grains Nobles (500ml $49.99)



Wine of the Week: Poochi Poochi Sparkling Sake ($15.99)

It's Sake Time! Taste our pick of the week - the Poochi Poochi Sparkling Sake - and Melissa's other favorites this Friday 7/8 at K&L RWC!  Details

Pick up a bottle of this irresistable Sake for your next sushi or creative food pairing endeavor. In stock NOW at!Looking for something different to pair with your next experiment in molecular gastronomy? Our Sake buyer (and professional chef) Melissa Smith swears by the Poochi Poochi Sparkling Sake (330ml $15.99), a new arrival to our expanding Sake collection. One of her favorite sparkling sakes, this little bottle of joy is made from Gohyaku-Mangoku Rice by the Suehiro Sake Brewery in Fukushima.  It is drier than most other sakes, but has a hint of sweetness, making it better suited to more adventurous food pairings than regular sparkling wines.  "Its got the honeydew notes and the yogurty flavor that I commonly associate with these sparkling sakes," writes Melissa, "a great light body, and fine bubbles. I am VERY excited about this sake (and love saying the name)!"

And we have to admit, the label is pretty cute, too.

Sake Tasting with Melissa Smith

Taste 10 spectacular Sakes for $10!

When: 5pm-6:30pm Friday July 8

Where: K&L RWC

Details:  on facebook  on K&L Local Events