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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.

  • July 26: Oregon! $20 - Alright, we admit it- we have a crush on Oregon. In the last two months, more than a dozen K&L staff have been in Oregon, some for work, some on their own time, to continue to explore the bounty that Oregon wine country is producing. All of us have fallen under the spell of the area, seriously crushing out on the delicious, elegant wines from the genuine, passionate folks up there. Join us this weekend for a truly fantastic journey through our new favorites!

    In San Francisco, we will be pouring:
    2010 Argyle Willamette Valley Brut
    1999 Eyrie Vineyards "Estate" Dundee Hills Chardonnay
    2012 Haden Fig Willamette Valley Chardonnay
    2013 Teutonic "Maresh Vineyard" Dundee Hills Pinot Gris
    2013 Eyrie Dundee Hills Pinot Noir Rosé
    2013 Ponzi Willamette Valley Rosé of Pinot Noir
    2012 Arterberry Maresh "Maresh Vineyard" Dundee Hills Pinot Noir
    2012 Evesham Wood Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir
    2012 Kalinda "Cuvée Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
    2012 Ken Wright Williamette Valley Pinot Noir
    2010 Domaine Serene "Yamhill Cuvee" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

    In Redwood City, we will be pouring:
    2013 Trisaetum "Coast Range-Estate" Yamhill-Carlton District Dry Riesling $24.99
    2013 Cristom Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Gris $16.99
    2012 Arterberry Maresh "Maresh Vineyard" Dundee Hills Chardonnay $69.99
    2011 Teutonic "Laurel Vineyard - Bergspitze Schwarz" Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir $39.99
    2011 Lange "Reserve" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $29.99
    2012 Ponzi "Tavola" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $23.99
    2012 Evesham Wood Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir $24.99
    2012 Eyrie Vineyards "Estate Grown" Dundee Hills Pinot Noir $32.99
    2012 Bethel Heights "Aeolian" Eola-Amity Hills Estate Pinot Noir $39.99
    2012 Elk Cove "La Bohème" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir $44.99
    2013 Chehalem "Sext-Ridgecrest Vineyard" Ribbon Ridge Riesling $24.99


    In the Hollywood store, we will be pouring:
    2012 Bethel Heights "Estate" Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Blanc
    2013 Elk Cove Willamette Valley Pinot Gris
    2012 Arterberry Maresh "Maresh Vineyard" Dundee Hills Pinot Noir
    2012 Chehalem "Ridgecrest Vineyards" Ribbon Ridge Gamay Noir
    2011 Cristom "Jessie Vineyard" Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir
    2011 Eyrie Vineyards "Estate Grown" Dundee Hills Pinot Noir
    2012 Teutonic "Laurel Vineyard - Bergspitze Weisse" Chehalem Mountains Pinot Noir
    2012 Ponzi "Tavola" Willamette Valley Pinot Noir
    2013 Trisaetum "Wichmann Vineyard" Dundee Hills Riesling
    2012 Evesham Wood "La Grive Bleue" Eola-Amity Hills Pinot Noir

    Walk in only. Lineup subject to change.
    Cost to taste is $20  
  • August 2: "Blind" International Pinot Noirs in all three stores.  - All three of our stores will feature a "blind" tasting of Pinot Noir from around the world. Come in and test your palate!   
  • August 9: Rhone and French Regional wines! - All three stores will feature wines from the latest newsletter!  
  • August 16: Bordeaux in all three stores.  - Yes, you know that it is mid-month when you see Bordeaux! This month, we will focus upon affordable Bordeaux. Yes, they are out there!   
  • August 23: Wines of the Commonwelath in all three stores.  - All three stores will feature wines from Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.   
  • August 30: Burgundy in all three stores.  - All three stores will end the long summer with a tasting of our newest arrivals of red and white Burgundies chosen by buyer Keith Wollenberg.   

Hollywood Thursday Night Tastings


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

  • July 24: Pacific Prime Wines - We will be tasting:
    2012 Maimai Syrah Hawkes Bay 2013 Maimai Chardonnay Hawkes Bay 2013 Forrest Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2012 Forrest Pinot Noir Marlborough 2013 Lake Chalice Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough  
  • August 7: Foxen with Jenny Dore 
  • August 21: Failla with Ehren Jordan 
  • September 4: Pali Wine Co. 
  • September 11: Chappellet with Amy Chappellet 
  • September 18: Ancient Peaks Winery 
  • October 2: Siduri 
  • October 22: Ramey 

San Francisco Thursday Night Tastings


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

  • July 24: Sake with Melissa Lavrinc Smith.  - Our continuing series of Sake tastings will feature new and current releases of sake.   
  • July 31: Pali Wine Company.  - Pali Wine Company vineyards will be in our SF store to pour their latest releases of red and white wines.   
  • August 7: Vintage 59 Imports-Wines of Champagne and the Loire Valley.  - Vintage 59 Imports will be in the SF store to feature Champagne and wines of the Loire Valley that they import into the US. Small estate vineayrds=high quality!   
  • August 14: Bethel Heights Vineyards. - This outstanding Oregon producer will be in our SF store to pour their latest releases.   
  • August 21: Oliver McCrum Wines-Wines of Italy.  - The venerable Oliver McCrum wines will be in our store to feature their latest releases of wines from Italy. A bit of red, a bit of white and a whole lot of fun! Just say "allo, Ollie"!   
  • August 28: Nest and Maimai Vineyards of New Zeland.  - These two awesome New Zealand vineyards will be pouring their latest selections in our San Francisco store.   
  • September 25: Vintage 59 imports-Wines of Burgundy.  - Vintage 59 imports will be in our SF store to feature newly arrived red and white Burgundies that they import into the US.   

Redwood City Thursday Night Beer Tastings


     Redwood City Thursday Night Beer Tastings

  • July 24: Thirsty Thursdays! No Beer Tasting This Week - Because we are in the thick of inventory this week, there will not be a beer tasting tonight. Stay tuned for next week!  
  • July 31: Thirsty Thursdays! - Lineup posted the week of the tasting. Stay tuned!  
  • August 7: Thirsty Thursdays! - Lineup posted the week of the tasting. Stay tuned!  
  • August 14: Thirsty Thursdays! - Lineup posted the week of the tasting. Stay tuned!  
  • August 21: Thirsty Thursdays! - Lineup posted the week of the tasting. Stay tuned!  
  • August 28: Thirsty Thursdays! - Lineup posted the week of the tasting. Stay tuned!  

Redwood City Friday Night Tastings


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

  • July 25: Canard-Duchêne Champagne - Canard-Duchêne has a long history in Champagne. Founded in 1868, the winery is still family owned. Unlike most major Champagne Houses which are situated near the town, Canard-Duchêne is firmly established in the countryside of Ludes. They aim for harmony between the buildings, the gardens and the Montagne de Reims National Park. For the last 20 years Canard-Duchêne has made a commitment to sustainable agriculture and environmentally friendly production techniques.

    Canard-Duchêne "Cuvée Léonie" Brut Champagne $28.99
    Canard-Duchêne "Authentic" Brut Champagne $29.99
    Canard-Duchene "Authentic" Brut Rosé Champagne $39.99
    Canard-Duchêne "Charles VII" Brut Champagne $44.99
    Walk in only. Lineup subject to change.
    Cost to taste is $10  
  • August 1: South African Wines 
  • August 8: Kenneth Volk 
  • August 15: Bethel Heights- Oregon! - Join Ben Casteel of Bethel Heights in Oregon!  
  • August 22: Wines of Spain 
  • August 29: Talley Vineyards with winemaker David Block! 

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:

  • Melissa Lavrinc Smith - In addition to being the Head Sommelier for K&L's Personal Sommelier service and working at K&L full time, she also conducts private and corporate wine, spirits, and cocktail events. As a classically trained chef, Melissa is known for putting on outstanding events focusing on food and wine pairings, as well as more formal wine and sake seminars. Contact Melissa at 650-556-2712 or email her at melissasmith@klwines.com
  • 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

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