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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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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: $39.99 Add To Cart BC 0

2005 La Tour de Mons, Margaux
Review Date: 8-21-2008
If you want a wine that purely expresses Bordeaux, a wine that you can buy by the case that will be ready to drink in five years, then this is your wine. It’s quite evocative, with fruit and spice dominating the nose. Higher in acid with tannins that are sharp right now, but with such vibrant fruit and only 1/3 new oak, this wine will come into its own quicker than most. A beautiful expression of Marguax.
Price: $44.99 Add To Cart WS 90 BC 0

2005 Coufran, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 6-18-2008
Coufran is north of St-Estèphe, where heavier soils are wellsuited to merlot. The château is planted with 85% merlot and 15% cabernet sauvignon.With a bit of decanting this wine really opened up and with each sip I enjoyed it even more. Very dark in color, the nose provides both rich fruit and some oak. It opens with a mix of rich cassis and nice acidity, but its tannins are still astringent. Give this beauty some time to age.

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