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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


Reviews

2012 Bastide Miraflors "Vieilles Vignes" Côtes Catalanes
Review Date: 4-16-2014
Fans of importer Eric Solomon and his portfolio of wines will certainly have something to cheer about after tasting the 2012 Bastide Miraflors Vieilles Vignes. True to form and delicious, this Syrah-based red from way down near the Franco-Spanish border does not disappoint. Richly textured, along with exuberant red fruit notes and a seamless finish make for a tremendously enjoyable and overachieving red. One more stellar example of the great wines coming out of the Languedoc-Roussillon these days.
Drink from 2014 to 2016
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart RP 91 BC 0

2010 E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 4-15-2014
How Guigal manages to produce such a consistently delicious and well priced Cotes-du-Rhone never ceases to amaze me. And with the stellar quality of the 2010 vintage, boy are we in for a added treat. This perenially over-acheiving wine offers up rich dark berried fruit aromatics, along with just a touch of black tea and mineral nuance. A fine texture, and a clean buttoned up finish make for a well balanced wine with ripe tannins and good acidity. And despite its ubiquity, Guigal's rendition still remains for me the most quintessential Cotes-du-Rhone.
Drink from 2014 to 2017

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
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

2010 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux
Review Date: 12-15-2013
Full and lush, with violets, cocoa, black cherry, plum. Full-bodied, with medium++ very fine tannins. Finishes with a gorgeous hint of almond blossom. Elegant and classy.

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
Price: $21.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Château de Montfaucon Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 8-21-2013
Wow! Chateau de Montfaucon has delivered once again on a delicious Rhone red at an exceptional value. To fans of the winery this probably comes as no surprise, however I am shouting from the rooftops that the 2011 release is my absolute favorite ever! Classic in its proportions (fruit, acidity, tannins and alcohol) while also modern in its winemaking (clean, fresh, vibrant fruit) this Cotes du Rhone is the absolute package and a serious over acheiver. A++
Price: $11.99 Add To Waiting List BC 0

2011 Montirius "La Muse Papilles" Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 8-20-2013
I am really enjoying the lighter and more charming character of the 2011 red wines from the Cotes du Rhone. Montirius' La Muse Papilles is a perfect example of such a wine. Its' fresh fruit forward flavors are matched with just the right amount of earthy nuance. And no oak influence means that you really get an unadulterated snapshot of what this fresh vintage is all about. Perfect with roast beef sandwiches or roast pork.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Jean-Louis Denois Pinot Noir Brut Rosé
Review Date: 8-20-2013
Jean-Louis Denois' latest release of this 100% pinot noir sparkling wine is his best ever. Delicate and dry, with just a hint of red berry nuance and pinot spice, it finishes dry, crisp and clean. It is my go to sparkling rosé.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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.
Price: $16.99 Add To Cart BC 0