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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

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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

2011 Paul Jaboulet Aîné "Incognito H" Côtes du Rhône Blanc
Review Date: 12-15-2013
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 let the cat out of the bag, and at a significantly more attractive and user friendly price tag than one might normally come to expect. The 2011 "H" is an example of Hermitage Blanc that is drinking beautifully now, and with all of the requisite characteristics that one expects to find in a wine of such pedigree. Yellow stonefruit, along with nuances of ginger and white tea come to mind. Medium-bodied and rich, without being overbearing is this wine's hallmark style, making it a great Marsanne-based Rhone to enjoy with a variety of dishes. Baked chicken in a lemon cream sauce, gruyere and sharp cheddar macaroni & cheese or roasted pork loin and apricots!
Drink from 2013 to 2021
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Cédric Parpette "Montmain" Côte-Rôtie
Review Date: 12-15-2013
One of the most pleasant surprises that I have enjoyed this past year is the opportunity to taste the Cote Roties of Cedric Parpette. Nadia Dmytriw, a former K&L alumni, first introduced me to this wine several months back. Raspberry, delicate rose backed by fine mineral core kept my mind squarely in Cote-Rotie, however the wine also displayed a more approachable and refined spirit that intrigued me. And while this wine is one that can certainly age, I really enjoy recommending it to folks that are looking for more immediate drinking pleasure. I can't wait to taste future vintages from this under-the-radar vigneron.
Drink from 2013 to 2023
Price: $49.99 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

2010 Gitton Pere & Fils "Clos Joanne D'Orion" Pouilly-Fumé
Review Date: 12-11-2013
I just can't shake this wine. As you can imagine, working at K&L affords me the luxury of being tempted (8 hours a day!) by an unbelievable selection of wines from all over the world. With this vast selection at my fingertips, I should never be compelled to drink the same thing twice. However, I just cannot get enough Pascal Gitton's Pouilly Fume. This is currently my go to white, and I recommend it enthusiastically to anyone who will listen! Zippy acidity, check. Clean, bright flavors, check. But with a touch of tropical nuance and richness that provide enough amplitude to enjoy even on a cold winter's night. Extremely enjoyable on its own, or try with ricotta dumplings made with chevre and fresh herbs.
Drink from 2013 to 2015
Price: $24.99 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
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Pierre Henri-Morel Côtes du Rhône-Villages Signargues
Review Date: 12-11-2013
One of my favorite Rhones this year is definitely Pierre Henri Morel's 2011 Cotes-du-Rhone Villages from the village of Sinargues. This overacheiving Grenache based red stays true to where it's from and the elegant vintage in which it came. While juicy and bold, (think red cherry, raspberry and hints of black tea)it also possesses admirable finesse and a smooth, silky finish. And who wants heavy and boorish at your next dinner when you can have fresh and fun! Great with chicken chasseur, spicy grilled pork tenderloin with blackberry sauce or a winter vegetable and lentil stew and a hunk of crusty bread.
Drink from 2013 to 2017
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart WS 91 BC 0

2012 Domaine de Pouy Côtes de Gascogne Blanc
Review Date: 11-6-2013
Crisp, bitey and refreshing! Domaine de Pouy's blanc from Gascogne is my current house white. It's just the wine to enjoy after a long day of work and while preparing dinner. It's also a great match with simple starters like crudités with white bean dip, assorted charcuterie and cheeses (think great acid to cut through the richness) or a simple arugula and raw artichoke salad.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Les Clos Perdus "l'Extreme" Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes Blanc
Review Date: 11-6-2013
Rich, but not overdone, the 2011 l'Extreme Blanc is a fantastic choice to pair with heartier fare that favors a white wine. Think truffle risotto, grilled asparagus or a cauliflower tian? Confit de Canard works great too. My favorite however would be a sautéed wild mushrooms served with a side of long grain rice and hearty winter kale.
Price: Hidden View Price BC 0

2011 Les Clos Perdus "Le Blanc" Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes
Review Date: 11-6-2013
I am a keen fan of whites with a healthy dose of acidicy, and for this reason Le Blanc is one of my current favorites. Although it hails from the sunny south of France - more specifically the Roussillon, it is composed of 100% macabeo. Known more famously as viura in spain, this varietal finds its way into many a rioja blanco and cava too. I love the delicate almond and floral notes that Les Clos Perdus manages to elicit with this unassuming country white. Try it with a hearty bowl of chicken pozole or pan roasted cod and tapenade.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2011 Les Clos Perdus "Le Rouge" Vin de Pays des Côtes Catalanes
Review Date: 11-6-2013
From the more sprightly and charming 2011 vintage comes Le Rouge! And although its got a healthy dollop of mourvedre in the mix, this country red maintains just a touch of earthiness and character. I love pairing this with a simple roast chicken or slow cooked pork tenderloin on a cool fall evening.
Price: $13.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Montirius "Garrigues" Vacqueyras
Review Date: 10-28-2013
Montirius' "Garrigues" takes its name from the savory aromas that this classic Vacqueyras typically exudes: thyme, rosemary, and notes of wild lavender. For folks just getting to know the delicious Grenache-based wines from this region, Montirius' Garrigues is the ideal place to start. Try it with grilled sausage or roasted chicken.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart ST 92 BC 0

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