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Special K&L Dinners and Tastings

  • March 25: Special Spanish Tasting with Vivanco's winemaker Rafael Vivanco! Redwood City 3/25 and San Francisco 3/26! Just $5! - Join us next Wednesday 3/25 in Redwood City and Thursday 3/26 in San Francisco when we will host Rafael Vivanco, a 4th generation winery director who is an articulate advocate for Rioja, muy simpático and an all around great guy! If you are interested in Rioja, particularly if you are planning on traveling there, Vivanco is an important name to know. Not only do they make delicious wines at their winery, but their Museo de la cultura de vino in Briones boasts a huge, comprehensive collection of wine related objects collected over the year. Here you can see as thorough an explanation of the vine growing and winemaking process as you are likely to see on exhibit anywhere. It's fun, it's thorough, it's interactive, and it's a must visit.

    Back to the wine, though! Vivanco's wines are generous, purely fruited, and fine reflections of Rioja terruño. The line-up for both tastings:

    2013 Vivanco Blanco Rioja
    2009 Vivanco Crianza Rioja
    2007 Vivanco Reserva Rioja
    2010 Vivanco Colección "4 Varietales" Rioja
    2011 Vivanco Colección Garnacha Rioja


    Hope to see you there!
    Walk-in only. Lineup subject to change.
    Cost to taste is $5  
  • May 16: James Suckling Presents Bordeaux Confidential - Join K&L Wine Merchants and James Suckling as we highlight the exceptional wines of Bordeaux! Purchase tickets here... 

Saturday Tastings


     All tastings are from noon to 3pm in San Francisco, 1 to 4pm in Redwood City and 3 to 5:30pm in Hollywood.

  • March 28: Spanish Tasting: South by Southwest, Southeast and Islands! $20 - Joe Manekin strikes again! This time out, he has the opportunity to dazzle us with great selections from the wine powerhouse that is Spain and the unique wines of Portugal,which are so much more than port. Don't miss it!

    Lora Verdejo Sauvignon Blanc Vino de la tierra de Castilla - $9.99
    Lora Tempranillo Syrah Vino de la tierra de Castilla - $9.99
    Bodegas y Viñedos Ponce "Reto" Manchuela - $21.99
    Depaula Monastrell Jumilla - $14.99
    Colonias de Galeon "Petit Ocnos" Chardonnay VdT Sierra Norte de Sevilla- $12.99
    Colonias de Galeon "Petit Ocnos" Tinto Vino de la Tierra de Sierra Norte de Sevilla- $12.99
    Colonias de Galeon "Ocnos" Roble VdT Sierra Norte de Sevilla- $14.99
    2013 Suertes del Marqués "7 Fuentes" Valle de Orotava (Tenerife) $21.99
    2013 Envínate "Taganán" Blanco Tenerife - $29.99
    2013 Envínate "Taganán" Tinto Tenerife - $29.99
    Alexander Jules Amontillado "Singular" K&L Single Barrel 19/27 Sanlucar de Barrameda - $139.99

    Walk-in Only. Lineup Subject to change.
    Cost to taste is $20  
  • April 4: Wines of the Loire Valley.  - These increasingly popular region will be featured in all three of our tasting bars today. These wines are super food friendly, extra verastile and simply delicious!   
  • April 11: Wines of Italy in all three stores.  - After a very successful buying trip to Italy in late February, our buyers and staff for wines of Italy will have new arrivals and plenty of information about upcoming releases for you. A great opportunity to see what is new and hot!   
  • April 18: Champagne in all three stores!  - Spring is officially here! Come in and celebrate with Champagne! We will feature Grand Marque houses as well as some of our favorite (and new) small-estate releases.   
  • April 25: Bordeaux in all three stores.  - Our monthly Bordeaux tasting will feature newly released 2011 vintage as well a an older vintage or two. Ten selections will be featured. $20.00   

Hollywood Thursday Night Tastings


     Hollywood: - Thursdays from 5:30 to 7pm:

  • March 26: Blue Danube Tasting
     - This is the perfect opportunity to come and taste those esoteric wines from Georgia, Hungary and Croatia that have peaked your curiosity for some time!
    We will be tasting:
    2013 Coronica Malvasia Istria
    2013 Schuchman Mtsvane Kakheti Republic of Georgia
    2011 Teliani Valley Tsolikouri Republic of Georgia
    2012 Orgo Saperavi Republic of Georgia
    2013 ​Attila Gere Portugieser Villány
      
  • April 16: Sherry tasting 
  • April 30: Heidsieck Tasting 
  • May 14: Apertif tasting with DOG 

San Francisco Thursday Night Tastings


     San Francisco Store - Thursdays from 5 to 6:30pm:

  • March 26: Vivanco Vineyards of Rioja with Rafael Vivanco.  - Join us tonight as we will host Rafael Vivanco, a 4th generation winery director who is an articulate advocate for Rioja, muy simpático and an all around great guy! If you are interested in Rioja, particularly if you are planning on traveling there, Vivanco is an important name to know. Not only do they make delicious wines at their winery, but their Museo de la cultura de vino in Briones boasts a huge, comprehensive collection of wine related objects collected over the year. Here you can see as thorough an explanation of the vine growing and winemaking process as you are likely to see on exhibit anywhere. It's fun, it's thorough, it's interactive, and it's a must visit.

    Back to the wine, though! Vivanco's wines are generous, purely fruited, and fine reflections of Rioja terruño. The line-up for the tasting:

    2013 Vivanco Blanco Rioja
    2009 Vivanco Crianza Rioja
    2007 Vivanco Reserva Rioja
    2010 Vivanco Colección "4 Varietales" Rioja
    2011 Vivanco Colección Garnacha Rioja


    Hope to see you there!
    Walk-in only. Lineup subject to change.
    Cost to taste is $5  
  • April 9: Flowers Vineyards.  - Flowers Vineyards will be in our SF store to highlight their hugely popular Pinot Noir and other varietals and blends.   
  • April 23: Philip Togni Vineyards.  - This world-renowned Spring Mountain proudcer will make a rare appearance in our SF store to feature Philip Togni and Tanbark label wines.   
  • May 7: Domaine Begude.  - A representative from this customer and staff favorite from the Languedoc region will be here to feature their latest releases. A great opportunity to try some affordable and top notch wines from this region.   
  • May 14: Fort Ross Vineyards.  - This popular vineyard will feature their latest releases of their excellent pinot noir's and chardonnay's.   

Redwood City Thursday Night Beer Tastings


     Redwood City Thursday Night Beer Tastings

  • March 26: Thirsty Thursdays! Noble Ale Works! - With the Tongue Tickles DIPA coming back for the first time in quite a while, it's a great time to run through the full Noble Ale Works lineup (with one more from Eagle Rock to round out an LA area lineup):

    Noble Ale Works "Pistol Whip'd" Plisner
    Noble Ale Works "Breakaway" Pale Ale
    Noble Ale Works "Big Whig" IPA
    Noble Ale Works "Sorachi Ace Showers" Double IPA
    Noble Ale Works "Tongue Tickles" Double IPA
    Eagle Rock Brewery "Populist XL" Double IPA

    As usual, 6 beers for 5 bucks.
    Walk-in only. Lineup subject to change.   
  • April 2: Thirsty Thursdays! 

Redwood City Friday Night Tastings


     Redwood City Store - Fridays from 5 to 6:30pm:

  • March 27: Champagne Friday #2: Charles & Piper Heidsieck with Brand Ambassador Kyle Kaplan! - Champagne Buyer Gary Westby hosts the second of 4 in his Champagne Friday series of 2015!

    We will be focusing on Charles & Piper Heidsieck and debuting the 2005 Charles vintage, which is not yet released in the United States! Gary will have the help of Champagne Ambassador Kyle Kaplan and will pour the following wines:

    Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne $29.99
    Piper-Heidsieck Rosé Sauvage Champagne $49.99
    Charles Heidsieck "Brut Reserve" Champagne $49.99
    2000 Charles Heidsieck Brut Champagne $89.99
    2005 Charles Heidsieck Brut Champagne $89.99 (US Premier!)

    Walk-in only. Lineup subject to change.
    Cost to taste is $10.  
  • April 3: Pey Vineyards/ Textbook 
  • April 10: Ridge Vineyards 
  • April 17: Flowers Winery 
  • April 24: Champagne Friday #3 with Champagne Buyer Gary Westby 

Other Events and Resources

Want to Put on Your Own Event? Here are a few people who can take your concept and craft it into an exceptional experience for you and your guests:

  • Courtney Cochran - Courtney Cochran is the Founder & Principal of San Francisco-based wine consultancy Your Personal Sommelier as well as HIP TASTES Events, through which she offers fun and stylish wine tastings to the general public in San Francisco. Courtney holds her sommelier certification from the International Sommelier Guild and the American Court of Master Sommeliers. She has been profiled as a hip young sommelier in Vogue magazine, Daily Candy, and Business Week Online. Read more and contact Courtney at CourtneyCochran.com and HipTastes.com
  • Don Davis (Uncorked Events) - Whether you are learning to pair champagne with food in an intimate sit-down gathering, attending a Pinot Noir tasting at a new art gallery or at a majestic company party in the heart of Napa Valley, Don can put together a great event for you. With years of experience at putting together some of SF's most lavish events, Don will help you customize something special. Read more and contact Don at 415.307.6235 or at UncorkedEvents.com

There's a web site out there listing local wine events in your neighborhood, whether you live in the SF Bay Area, the east coast, or somewhere in between. Now they're even listing international events! Visit localwineevents.asp for more information.