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Clyde Beffa Jr.
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Had K&L co-owner and main wine buyer Clyde Beffa Jr. not read an article about the gentlemanly hobby of wine collecting in the February 1971 issue of Playboy, he might still be weighing the merits of Holsteins versus Jerseys instead of Château Margaux or Haut-Bailly. Beffa owned a dairy in Tracy, California, from 1967-1973, leaving the the business to co-found K&L Liquors, as it was known back then, in 1976. Clyde started traveling to Europe in 1982 and over the years, he has worked hard to build K&L into one of the nation's go-to sources for the world's diverse wines, developing relationships with winemakers and châteaux owners the world over. Clyde's passion is surely Bordeaux, especially the fabulous wines from Pauillac and St-Julien (like Pichon-Lalande and Léoville-Barton). When he's not drinking France's legendary reds, you'll likely find Clyde indulging in Sauvignon Blanc. A fan of Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé and white Bordeaux, he'll also tuck into a bottle of Kiwi Sauv Blanc if there's no corkscrew around. These days you'll likely find Clyde extolling the virtues of underrated Bordeaux vintages like 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004 and 2006, or playing with his German Shepherd Sadie. Or you may see him in his vegetable garden and, once in a great while, on the golf course.


Reviews

  
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1985 Dow's Vintage Port
Review Date: 04-24-2015
One of my favorite 85s. Fine structure and plenty of sweetness. Enjoy this with a piece of Stilton or some chocolate strawberries. cb
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $119.99 Add To Waiting List

1963 Croft Vintage Port
Review Date: 04-24-2015
Delicious right now. celebrate your 52nd birthday with this gem. Tons of sediment. cb
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $249.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 91

1985 Graham's Vintage Port
Review Date: 04-24-2015
The sweetest and sexiest of the 85s. Enjoy right now or wait till you turn 50.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $129.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 96 WS 96

1985 Fonseca Vintage Port
Review Date: 04-24-2015
Super silky Fonseca and 30 years old. Enjoy on your anniversary.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $129.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 93 WS 93

1985 Taylor Vintage Port
Review Date: 04-24-2015
The perfect 30th Birthday gift for your kids-have them drink it when they turn 50. Big and powerful Port with many years' of life.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $139.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 93

1963 Quinta do Noval Vintage Port
Review Date: 04-24-2015
Super vintage and this beauty has plenty of life. So sweet and elegant.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $319.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 91

1994 Dow's Vintage Port
Review Date: 04-24-2015
Young and lively and so sweet. Here's one to cellar til 2020.
Drink from 2017 to 2017
Price: $119.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 97 RP 96

1963 Cockburn Vintage Port
Review Date: 04-24-2015
One of the greatest vintages for port--this one is affordable and great right now. cb
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $269.99 Add To Waiting List
WE 90

1985 Warre's Vintage Port
Review Date: 04-24-2015
Very nice for enjoying tonight on your 30th birthday. Affordable and still capable of ten more years cellaring.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $129.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 91 RP 90

1985 Croft Vintage Port
Review Date: 04-24-2015
30 year Anniversary wine. Perfect right now. Decant and enjoy.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $119.99 Add To Waiting List

1985 Quinta Do Noval Vintage Port
Review Date: 04-24-2015
Thirty year birthday wine. Sweet and lush.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $119.99 Add To Waiting List

1963 Fonseca Vintage Port
Review Date: 04-24-2015
The perfect Port vintage and the perfect house for 1963. Stunning.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $469.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 98 RP 96

2008 Bolaire, Bordeaux Superieur
Review Date: 04-19-2015
What a great red wine value from an underrated year. The hardness of the vintage is a perfect match for the fruit forwardness of the property. Spicy and oaky and semi new wave, but the acidity keeps it in balance. Best with hearty steak dinner.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Fleur Cardinale, St-Emilion
Review Date: 04-13-2015
One of the new stars in Bordeaux--their wines are lush and fruit-forward. The '12 is full of blackberry fruit flavors and toasty oak. Great value. Decant one hour before drinking.

2010 d'Aiguilhe Querre, Côtes de Castillon
Review Date: 04-07-2015
We have carried this wine in different vintages and this may be their best wine yet. Has fine balance and depth, but also a sweet black cherry aroma and flavor. Decant one hour.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 91

1998 Latour, Pauillac (1.5L)
Review Date: 04-07-2015
Put it in the cellar and visit in 2018. One of the best of the '98 Left Bank wines. Special events wine.
Drink from 2018 to 2018

2010 Franc Mayne, St-Emilion
Review Date: 04-07-2015
An absolute steal here. These one hundred cases will sell out quickly. Blackberry aromas and cherry flavors. Super wine to cellar a few years or decant two hours.
Drink from 2016 to 2016
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 94 WS 92

2010 Busquet, Lussac St-Emilion
Review Date: 04-07-2015
We discovered this wine two years ago. Back in and better than ever. Fine sweetness from the vintage and structure from the property. Rack of lamb please.
Drink from 2016 to 2016
Price: $14.99 Add To Waiting List

1990 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc(1.5L)
Review Date: 04-07-2015
Perfect for this weekend's dinner party. Old school but good fruit on palate. Decant and enjoy with pork roast.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $99.99 Add To Waiting List

2012 Clarke Rothschild, Listrac
Review Date: 04-07-2015
A fine 2012 at under $20. Softer than the 2010 or 2011. Good balance and sweet red fruit flavors. Enjoy now after decanting.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2002 Latour, Pauillac
Review Date: 04-07-2015
A fine buy in this day of $1000 first growths. Needs a few years to mellow out.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2001 d'Escurac, Medoc
Review Date: 03-24-2015
Toasty aromas and a very fruity palate impression. Super value. Very elegant wine from one of my favorite ready to drink vintages. Enjoy with a rack of lamb.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2009 La Salle de Poujeaux, Moulis
Review Date: 03-24-2015
Toasting, oaky aromas. After decanting the wine opens up to a red fruit forward beauty.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List

2005 Latour-Martillac, Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 03-24-2015
This property has been neglected by us in the past-our mistake. The 2005 has great terroir on the nose and palate. Plenty of structure for the cellar and a sweet middle fruit.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $49.99 Add To Waiting List

2000 d'Issan, Margaux
Review Date: 03-24-2015
Elegant property and full bodied red with that Margaux underlying elegance. Red fruits here.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $109.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 93 W&S 92

2001 Latour, Pauillac
Review Date: 03-24-2015
One of our favorite vintages and Latour made a great one. If you can’t afford the new releases, try this one. Elegance mixed with power.
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2000 Latour-Martillac, Pessac-Léognan (1.5L)
Review Date: 03-24-2015
A sleeper wine that we neglected in its youth. I do not like the label, but inside the bottle it is exceptional.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $129.99 Add To Waiting List
W&S 94 WS 92

1996 Latour, Pauillac
Review Date: 03-24-2015
A classic Latour from a classic Cabernet vintage. So sweet and yet so powerful. For that special event, I recommend this one.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

1990 Ducru-Beaucaillou, St-Julien
Review Date: 03-24-2015
Great vintage. Super wine that is mature and priced less than the current vintages.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $189.99 Add To Waiting List

1995 Latour, Pauillac
Review Date: 03-24-2015
From the Merlot dominated vintage comes this Cabernet wine. Has elegance and more forward than 1995.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2009 Brio de Cantenac Brown, Margaux
Review Date: 03-24-2015
Great second wine that sold out immediately when last brought in.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $29.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 91

2011 Léoville-Las Cases, St-Julien
Review Date: 03-24-2015
One of the best wines from this controversial vintage. Big scores and lots of ripeness in a vintage not known for ripeness.
Drink from 2017 to 2017

2010 Antinori "Solaia" Toscana
Review Date: 03-24-2015
One of the best ever from this super Tuscan red. Decant two hours before serving in near future.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2009 du Tertre, Margaux
Review Date: 03-24-2015
Good upfront fruit. Mid-palate? At UGC: Lighter in style here. Sweet and racy. Quite forward. Drink the 1996 and save this value for a few more years. Beautiful Chateau and great tasting red.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2009 Les Allées de Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 03-24-2015
This wine comes in and goes out-a delicious red wine which is the second wine of one of our biggest selling Bordeaux.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
JS 90

2010 Peyrabon, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 03-24-2015
Now you have the choice of 2009 or 2010 here. This wine is a bit more structured than the 2009, but with decanting is perfectly paired with a steak.
Drink from 2016 to 2016
Price: $19.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 91 WE 90

2003 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc (375ml)
Review Date: 03-24-2015
Perfect size for one from a ripe and sexy vintage. Old school style meets hot vintage equals delicious.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $9.99 Add To Waiting List

2010 Pontet-Canet, Pauillac
Review Date: 03-24-2015
A perfect wine just like the 2009. Classic 100 point wine for one fourth of the first growth prices.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2009 Pichon-Lalande, Pauillac
Review Date: 03-24-2015
Fabulous vintage and my favorite property for many years
Drink from 2016 to 2016

2009 Branaire-Ducru, St-Julien
Review Date: 03-23-2015
Another fabulous buy from this great property-reminds me of the 1970.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2013 Kalinda Yountville Cabernet Sauvignon
Review Date: 03-23-2015
What a delicious, fruit forward wine from a very famous property in Yountville. Some 2013s are quite tannic, but this is more elegant than most. Maybe it gets its regal stature from its very famous owner.
Drink from 2016 to 2016
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List

2013 d'Yquem "Y Blanc" Bordeaux Blanc
Review Date: 03-23-2015
Fabulous vintage for white Bordeaux, great name, and reasonable price. You can’t miss here. I bought big bottles for the home.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $159.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 96

2001 Lanessan, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 03-23-2015
A delicious wine that is perfect right now. Great cassis aromas follow to palate, which is soft, elegant and lingering.e. A steal for less than $20. This, and a rack of lamb would be heavenly.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $21.99 Add To Waiting List

2009 Lalande Borie, St-Julien
Review Date: 03-23-2015
Tastes great right now. From our good friend Bruno Borie, this wine shone at the Sopexa Bordeaux event in 2014.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2009 Malartic-Lagravière Pessac-Léognan
Review Date: 03-23-2015
More earth and plenty of extraction. Good mid-palate texture. Very nice. Good length. At UGC: Classic, with tons of mineral notes. Very rich and fresh. One of the best value 2009s from the Pessac area. Earthy style but toasty and sweet. Charming wine.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2002 Latour, Pauillac (1.5L)
Review Date: 03-23-2015
The value vintage for Latour. One of the best from this controversial vintage.
Drink from 2020 to 2020

2000 Chasse-Spleen, Moulis (1.5L)
Review Date: 03-23-2015
Mature wine that with decanting can be enjoyed now. I bought a case for parties.
Drink from 2015 to 2015

2009 Caronne Ste-Gemme, Haut-Médoc
Review Date: 03-23-2015
We love this property and 2009 was their best ever. Can be enjoyed now with a steak.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $22.99 Add To Waiting List
WS 90

1997 Potensac, Médoc
Review Date: 03-23-2015
Our biggest selling Bordeaux the past two years. Still young and lively-Buy cases.
Drink from 2015 to 2015
Price: $24.99 Add To Waiting List

2009 Brane-Cantenac, Margaux
Review Date: 03-23-2015
Under $100 for this beauty? Packed with fruit and a firm structure underneath, this will reward the patient collector.
Drink from 2018 to 2018
Price: $99.99 Add To Waiting List
RP 95 WE 94 JS 93
WS 92 ST 91
Limit of 12 per customer

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