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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

2013 Les Vignerons de Fontès "Prieuré Saint-Hippolyte" Languedoc Rosé
Review Date: 5-1-2014
The latest release of Hippolyte Rosé has hit our California shores it is delicious! Last night was one of the warmest evenings of the year...what an opportune moment to crack open a bottle of this dry pink wine to enjoy with take-out Chinese from Little Shin. Pale strawberry notes, crisp fresh acidity and a clean finish. I will definitely keep the Hippolyte in my summer rosé rotation.
Price: $10.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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

2008 Paul Jaboulet Aîné "Incognito H" Côtes du Rhône
Review Date: 12-11-2013
One of the best kept secrets from the Northern Rhone has to be Paul Jaboulet's Incognito Cotes-du Rhones. Although the wines only carry a humble Cotes-du-Rhone designation, the secret here lies in the "H". Folks, Hermitage to be exact, and at a significantly more attractive and user friendly price tag than one might normally come to expect. The 2008 "H" is an example of Hermitage that is drinking beautifully now, and with all of the requisite characteristics that one expects to find in a wine of such pedigree. Crushed red berry fruits, a whiff of white pepper, and acacia come to mind. The finish is fine and silky, with refreshing acidity to boot. I recently paired this wine with chicken chasseur and the match was spectacular!
Drink from 2013 to 2020
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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

2009 Jean-Louis Denois "Grande Cuvée" Limoux
Review Date: 8-21-2013
J-L Denois' Grande Cuvee is my current go to red wine in the store. I feel like this wine has something for everyone. Notes of rich red fruits and just a hint of black tea notes. Medium bodied with fine tannins and moderate acidity on the finish, the 2009 Grande Cuvee is seemless! Enjoy with grilled tri-tip or braised lamb shoulder.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart 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

Jean-Louis Denois Brut "Tradition"
Review Date: 8-20-2013
As one of the first sparklers that we direct imported from the south of France, Jean-Louis Denois' Brut Tradition has gained quite a following over the past 10 years. Composed of 50% each Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and vinified in the traditional method aged 18 months on the lees, this super value sparkling wine can give many wines from Champagne a run for their money!
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

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