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Scott Beckerley
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I wear a number of “hats,” so to speak (covers my bald head well). I am an assistant manager at the SF store. I also manage the SF tasting bar and work sales as well. Working the sales floor allows me to explore different vineyards and regions. Luckily, there are opportunities at K&L to bounce around a lot. I’ve developed a preference for wines that are drier, more tart and more complex. Fruit bombs are not my thing like they were when I was, ahem, younger. I definitely prefer more terrior and wines that are “earthy,” particularly with some age on them. My advice? Trust yourself and try to keep track of what you have had that you like. Don’t let anyone tell you what you are supposed to like. Everyone has a different palate and that’s what makes this business interesting.


Reviews

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Gruet Rosé New Mexico Sparkling Wine
Review Date: 1-6-2011
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Sparkling wine from New Mexico, you say? Yep, and it's really good, too! The Gruet family makes champagne in France and fell in love with New Mexico when they were visiting. The result of this love is a classically styled Brut Rose with bright strawberry fruit and toasted bread on the nose. Clean, raspberry fruit on the palate with a dry, crisp finish. Only 5000 cases produced. A wonderful bargain!
Top Value!
Price: $15.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Antech "Brut Nature" Blanquette de Limoux
Review Date: 11-15-2010
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An excellent, affordable bubbly that is the perfect way to start a meal. Clean and crisp, with granny-smith apples and bartlett pear fruit. excellent acidity to add zip(!) to the finish. Perfect with finger foods and oysters.
Top Value!
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Pommery "Brut Royal" Champagne
Review Date: 11-6-2010
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This release from Pommery is an excellent value. It has the signature creamy and soft style of Pommery and a very affordable price. Peach fruit, cream and a hint of citrus zest on the nose. On the palate, pears, vanilla and subtle acidity. For those of you who like an elegant style that is feminine and treads softly.
Top Value!
Price: $32.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Deligeroy Cremant de Loire Brut
Review Date: 8-3-2010
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Excellent bubbles for a budget! Lively peach and pear fruit with tiny bubbles and an excellent bead. Well-rounded, delicate, with a fresh, crsipy finish. Excellent as an apertif and with a salad. A price too good to pass up!
Price: $11.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Ruinart Brut Rosé Champagne (375ml)
Review Date: 2-12-2010
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Okay, I haven't written up a Chamapagne for a long time now, so I'm going to indulge myself. Ruinart has been around since 1729 and makes some of the best Blanc de Blanc and Rosé on the market. The Rosé is a wonderful example of a clean, somewhat delicate, classic style Rosé. Wonderful raspberry, strawberry notes with great depth, acidity and minerality. Well worth the money. Personally, I enjoy it by itself or with a mild, creamy cheese. No need to mask any of the flavors coming from this beauty.

Ariston Aspasie "Cepages d'Antan" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 11-10-2009
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Wow! I can honestly say that I have never tried a Champagne like this before! I first had it at our Champagne Tent Event in Redwood City and again last week (11/3). A very exotic blend of Pinot Blanc, Meslier and Arbane. White fruits such as pear, lychee and white nectarine. Add toasted pine nuts, some chalk and you have it. One of the most interesting Champagnes in the company. You already love the Rose, now try something very different. Versatile enough to start a meal with or to have with a main course. The Ariston family has done it again!
Price: $99.00 Add To Cart BC 0

Sorelle Bronca Prosecco DOCG
Review Date: 10-11-2009
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Normally, I have mixed feelings about Prosecco and have to be in the mood to drink it. Sometimes, it is a little too fruity for me. However, this Sorelle Bronca is nice and dry and tart! A pretty nose of orange blossoms, mandarin oranges and toasted nuts. Crisp acidity with citrus fruits and minerality on the palate. A great way to start a meal and a great alternative to Blanc de blancs Chamapgne.
Price: $17.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Baron Fuente "Grande Réserve" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 1-29-2009
Surprisingly, for such a blend of “dark” grapes, this is very light in color—almost a light straw. On the nose it starts out light and pretty with aspects of fresh-cut flowers and bread dough. In the mouth it has a tight bead with very well-balanced flavors of apples (both green and gold), lemon curd and white cake, in a lighter style that finishes very cleanly. Ten grams of dosage per liter make this a perfect aperitif bubbly.
Price: $23.99 Add To Cart WS 91 BC 0

Baron Fuente "Galipettes" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 12-27-2008
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Wonderful all-estate fruit with a 1/3 blend of each of Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Biodynamic. Rich with cherry fruit, cocoa and bread dough accents. Crisp at the back of the palate. An upcoming feature Champagne for February!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Franck Bonville Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 12-27-2008
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There is simply no better Blanc de Blanc in the store at this price! Classic Avize minerality with crisp apple-y fruit, lemons, limes and wet stone aspects. A wonderful Chamnpagne with caviar or baked Brie. Too good of a value to pass up. We can also go for months without having this sparkler in stock. Also available in 375ml and magnum. It also comes in a gorgeous 2002 vintage as well!
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Ariston Aspasie Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 12-26-2008
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Fresh off de boat! Just tried this last Saturday night (4th of July). Those of you who are fans, don't be confused by the new Aspasie label! It's the same wine you have loved for years! Loads of raspberry, strawberry and bing cherry fruit. Hints of minerality hit the tongue and make this a winner for those of you who like the Billecart-Salmon style at a greatly reduced price. We always sell out of this one!
Top Value! Drink from 2009 to 2012
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Charles Baur Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rosé
Review Date: 10-8-2008
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A fantastic buy in bubbles! A delicate nose of raspberries and roses. In the mouth, a very fine bead with a slight hint of minerality, more raspberries, vanilla and tart cherries. A really great bubbly to have by itself or with a light, fruit-based tart.
Price: $18.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Franck Bonville "Belles Voyes" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 10-2-2008
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Once the bottle is opened, a nose of lemon curd, citrus and brioche wafts up at you, immediately letting you know that there is a lot going on with this wine. Nutty background notes lend interest and make this a memorable Champagne. In the mouth, apricot, pineapple and cream are the primary flavors with Granny Smith apples and hazelnuts in the background. The citrus aspect of the chardonnay really comes out on the finish and lends a bit of zippiness to the overall impression.

Henriot "Souverain" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-2-2008
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Although the majority of the blend is pinot noir, the crisp chardonnay fruit stands out on the nose. Refreshing citrus, green apples and minerality are the dominant characteristics and they create refreshing and clean scents that are reminiscent of a fine blanc de blanc. On the palate, there is also a crispness that makes for a lighter style of sparkling wine. Pears, limes, nectarines and (again) a hint of minerality are at the forefront. On the finish and at the back of the palate are cream and vanilla from the pinot noir. This is a very solid Champagne at an excellent price; it’s a one-time deal, so when we run out, it’s finis!

Launois "Quartz" Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Review Date: 10-2-2008
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The NV Launois “Quartz” is a half-pressure (three atmospheres of pressure versus the typical six) bottling in the cremant style. It is at once both delicate and mouthfilling. Composed of 100% chardonnay from the world-renowned chardonnay producing area of Mesnil (and Aviz and Oger), it has flavors of apples, brioche and lemon zest. Loads of cream and vanilla at the back of the palate make this a great way to start a meal with light appetizers.
Price: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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