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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.


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2004 Hosanna, Pomerol
Review Date: 7-5-2011
I think this wine still needs some time to settle into itself, but the nose alone should give Pomerol fans what they are looking for. Plus, the wine is more than half the price of Hosanna in the “great” vintages. The nose is beautiful and fragrant, with floral, spice, wood, resin and dark plum fruit. The palate was more restrained, but the rich, dark plum fruit comes through. Give this wine some time.

Ariston Aspasie "Carte Blanche" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 6-7-2011
This is our best value Champagne in the store. Comprised of all three grapes this Champagne shows you can have both good value and great taste. Nutty, brioche and apple fill the nose and palate with a mouth filling mousse. Only $24.99 and I promise everyone you poured this for would enjoy it.
Price: $27.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Henri Giraud "Hommage Francois Hemart" Brut Champagne
Review Date: 6-7-2011
This was a surprise hit for all the staff at the lastest Champagne tasting. This showed off layers of citrus, nuts, orange peel, cherry and an almost herbal finish. Very nice!

Launois "Cuvée Reserve" Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne
Review Date: 6-7-2011
Every year this is one of my favorite Champagnes. Green apple and mineral on the nose and palate and the 3 years on the lees provides a fantastic mouth feel with plenty of acidity keeping it very crisp and clean. 100% Grand Cru fruit for only $34.99. Crazy.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2005 La Fleur de Boüard, Lalande-de-Pomerol
Review Date: 4-2-2011
I would say this was the unofficial winner of the tasting. This is a great price for this wine and it showed very well. The layered nose is almost floral, with spice, raspberry and plum. It needs some time open (two hours), and then the fruit comes through on the palate with plenty of plum and blackberry that lingers on the long finish. The tannins are more polished than two years ago, but it still finishes astringent. At this price, this is a great case buy that will have plenty of life coming out of the cellar.

Deligeroy Crémant de Loire Brut Rosé
Review Date: 12-28-2010
This is a perfect New Year's Eve Rose. On the nose bright cherry and strawberry aromas that carry through on the palate. The bright fresh red fruit flavors are surrounded by a more refined mouth feel. The price makes it affordable for a party.
Price: $12.99 Add To Cart BC 0

Ariston Aspasie Brut Rosé Champagne
Review Date: 10-27-2010
This could be one of the best deals in our Champagne section. If you like Billecart then you will like this as a alternative in price. Nice strawberry and cherry flavors and aromas with a nice rich texture and a long finish of strawberry. Great value and a great Champagne.
Price: $34.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2007 Langoa-Barton, St-Julien
Review Date: 9-7-2010
Bright raspberry and a touch herbal on the nose. The ’07 Langoa’s palate is polished with spice, herb, raspberry and cassis flavors. The wine has a soft polished finish with lots of raspberry aromas. This is a solid wine!
Price: $59.99 Add To Cart WE 91 BC 0

2007 Les Forts de Latour, Pauillac
Review Date: 7-30-2010
I am still amazed how refined this wine showed. Rich cassis fruit and mineral aromas jumped from the glass. The tannins were polished, with a refined but rich mouthfeel lush with cassis, pencil lead, mineral and cedar. The finish was long and full of cassis and oak spice. Excellent for the vintage.

1999 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 2-11-2010
This could be our best value in the store when you consider overall quality and straight-from-the-winery’s-cellar aging. That’s 10-year-old Bordeaux in great condition for only 20 bucks. On the nose: mushroom and earth, which also comes through on the palate with dried black fruit and tobacco. The finish is flush with cassis followed by more tobacco and earth. If you haven’t had an aged Bordeaux and want to experience it without spending too much coin, treat yourself to this wine.
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2005 Marquis de Calon, St-Estèphe
Review Date: 10-20-2009
This second label from the third growth Calon-Ségur represents another great value for 2005 even at $35. Cassis and spice fill the nose with the palate showing elegant dark fruit, herbs and spices. The palate exhibits polished tannins and good acidity. The best part of this is wine is the long cassis and heady fruit finish. Lots of wine here for a great price.
Price: $29.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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