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Staff Favorites - Mulan Chan-Randel
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Mulan Chan-Randel is the French Regional and Rhone Valley wine buyer for K&L Wine Merchants, and has just completed the two year Diploma certification through the London based Wine & Spirit Education Trust. From 2004-2006, and concurrent to her position at K&L, she served as the wine director at San Francico's Bambuddha Lounge. Mulan has participated in the San Francisco Chronicle wine tasting panel and was also selected as an instructor in the UC Berkeley Extension Wine Studies Program. She has written for Chow Magazine ,Chow.com and contributed to such wine trade publications as The Wine Spectator, Wine and Vines and Patterson's Beverage Journal. Mulan regularly offers food and wine pairing advice at www.intowine.com, and has spoken at numerous venues including the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco. She is also a candidate for the prestigious Master of Wine qualification. Read Mulan's blog, mumu les vignes
2012 Château Pesquié "Le Paradou" Grenache Vin de France
Review Date: 3-19-2014
Le Paradou rouge is a refreshingly bright and thoroughly gulpable Grenache from the winemaking team at Château Pesquié. It's the perfect pizza, pasta, Tuesday night red to enjoy with friends and family alike. And at a modest 13.5% abv you won't be feeling blotto the next morning if you pour yourself a little extra. A simple, yet super fun house wine. Glou Glou!
Drink from 2014 to 2016
Stephane Sérol "Turbullent" Sparkling Rosé
Review Date: 12-11-2013
This wine is so much fun! Dry and bubbly bien sur, but with just the slightest touch of spice and red plum plushness. I opened at bottle at Thanksgiving, and it was one of the most talked about wines of the holiday! Great for parties, spicier fare or salty snacks like charcuterie.
Drink from 2013 to 2014
Antech "Brut Nature" Blanquette de Limoux
Review Date: 8-20-2013
Bubble heads who really enjoy a brisk and crisp sparkler need look no further. Antech's Brut Nature sparkling wine is vinified with zero dosage, making it quite possibly the most precise and racy sparkling wine on our shelves. Try it with an assorted platter of fruit de mer, or as a very high quality sparkler for your next mimosa.
2010 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac Pre-Arrival
Review Date: 2-11-2013
Ruby red, with plums, cherries, hints of roasted herbs, cassis and tobacco. Wonderful mid-palate richness, with a finish that tapers off with beautiful full-plus yet refined tannins and nice acidity to boot. My top pick for 2010.
Clairette de Die Raspail "Grande Tradition"
Review Date: 12-30-2008
This Clairette de Die is truly one of the most versatile sparklers that we have in the store. Just a touch of residual sugar imparts a delicate sweetness that make this the perfect wine to pair with salty appetizers like salumi or potato chips! It works great with spicier, more exotic fare like Indian curries and spicy Thai cuisine, too. An open bottle never seems to last longer than five minutes at dinner parties.