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Steve Greer
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I think I started down the path into the wine world with my first job, at 16, bussing tables in a Chinese restaurant. Blue Nun Riesling was the big seller (this in 1985, so don't laugh). While the Blue Nun Riesling was not an "epiphany" wine, I drank a lot of it. It was a magnum of Robert Sinskey Claret that I shared with friends while watching the 1994 World Cup that got me started reading about wine (Brazil won). My first "wow" wine was that same year, when a customer gave me a glass of 1982 Haut Brion. It was amazing. Next I found pinot noir, specifically a 1994 Whitcraft Bien Nacido, and I was hooked. I knew I wanted to sell wine so I moved from restaurants to wholesale wine sales, working for Metamora in Ohio and Kentucky. But after continued consolidation of distributors and the realization, that in wholesale you wear blinders, tasting only the wines you sell, I knew I wanted to move to the retail side. I would like to say I moved from Cincinnati just for K&L but I left the "Red" state for Los Angeles (a Cincinnati Reds and Cincinnati Bengals fan in San Francisco just would not do) and I was very lucky to find the K&L store in Hollywood. The rest is history.


Reviews

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2010 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 3-12-2014
52% Cabernet, 35% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. Nice pure bright red fruit, good structure with big tannins and high acidity. This is a good wine for under $40 that is built to cellar.

2008 Gusbourne Estate Brut Reserve, Kent, England
Review Date: 3-12-2014
This can give Champagne a run.... toasty brioche leesy nutty yeasty goodness with great texture and lovely finish. Very surprised by these British sparklers.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

1996 Clement Pichon, Haut Médoc
Review Date: 3-11-2014
Showed a lovely mix of dried herbs, tart dried currants and Asian spices, along with fragrant red fruit and peppery spice.
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2006 Domaine de Chevalier Rouge, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 3-11-2014
Shows dried cherry, floral notes, cedar, peppery spice and red currant fruit. It has fleshed out since we last tried it in 2009, but there is still plenty of structure, with finer tannins and bright acidity.

2009 Tronquoy-Lalande, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 3-11-2014
Layered, ripe and polished, with red and black berry fruit, Asian spice, iron minerality, cedar, fig paste, chewy tannins and a long finish. Wow.

1994 Benriach 19 Year Old K&L Exclusive Single Bourbon Barrel Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 1-24-2014
And yet another K&L exclusive that is fantastic. The Davids are knocking it out of the park. This big, potent whiskey is filled with dried apricots, vanilla and spice, with a softer palate than I was expecting. Supple, rich and lovely.
Price: $149.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Talisker Storm Limited Edition Isle of Skye Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 1-24-2014
It's funny--I am not sure what an "un-storm-like" whisky is but I think what that's referring to is the expectation that this new release from Talisker would be all about Big Peat. Instead, I think that this new release stays in the Talisker realm of balance. There is more power and more smokiness than salinity, but with the signature sweet malt and peppery spice along with more vanilla (recharred Bourbon barrels?)
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Talisker 10 year old Isle of Skye Single Malt Whisky 750ml
Review Date: 1-24-2014
I am guilty of chasing the golden goose and forgetting about the standards or classics within a certain category be it wine, whiskey, beer etc. I was reminded of this when we went through a line-up of Scotch whiskey and I tried the Talisker 10. This is the balanced side of peated whiskey with pure sea-side air, creosote and just a hint of iodine balanced by the sweet malt. The finish is beautiful with saline and spice and only $50! A standard for everyone's bar.
Price: $49.99 Add To Cart WA 90 BC 0

Guillaumette L'Authentique Génépi 375ml
Review Date: 1-23-2014
This is a wonderful addition to any bar and a perfect addition for Manhattans. Rosemary, thyme and jasmine with an oily texture a touch of sweetness and a mint finish.
Price: $25.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Cherry Heering Liqueur 48 Proof 750ml
Review Date: 1-23-2014
The bottle itself looks like something that has been sitting on a back bar of a restaurant for 10 years... untouched! But it is easy to fall in love with this drink that has been produced since 1818. Dr. Pepper, ginger, Xmas cake spice and cherry pie! The most well known drink is Singapore Slings.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Ferrand Dry Orange Curacao 750ml
Review Date: 1-23-2014
This is a drier version of Grand Mariner. Tastes like orange marmalade and fresh oranges with dry finish. Excellent!
Price: $24.99 Add To Cart WE 93 BC 0

Tequila Fortaleza Blanco Tequila 750ml
Review Date: 1-23-2014
The Forteleza line-up is fantastic but the Bianco shows the purity of the spirit with tons of depth. Vegetative, roasted herbs, spice, orange peel and coriander shows this is a sipper to be enjoy.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2010 Malescot-St-Exupéry, Margaux
Review Date: 12-12-2013
Mint and cocoa, with cassis and spice on the palate and finish.

2009 Pauillac de Latour, Pauillac
Review Date: 8-20-2013
This was a late addition to the tasting so we could try the third label of Chateau Latour against the 2010 Les Forts de Latour. The nose showed a slight funk at first sweet tobacco, iron, meat and graphite which gave way to plum and blackberries with a softer rounder mouth feel than its bigger brother. Everything you would expect in the Latour but fleshier and softer and drinking right now.

2009 de Birot, Côtes de Bordeaux
Review Date: 3-5-2013
Without a doubt this was the overall value winner of the tasting. The aromatic nose was full of dark plum with a touch of spice, while the lush palate was filled with more dark, dense plum along with an earthy funk on the finish. For fun I took this home to see how long it would stay alive, and two days later it still drank well. This wine is great for shortto mid-term drinking.
Price: $9.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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