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Special K&L Dinners and Tastings

  • September 18: Achaval Ferrer with winemaker Santiago Achaval! - Please join us as we welcome the winemaker from Achaval Ferrer- Santiago Achaval- for a very special Thursday Night tasting! Santiago is only in the US for a brief time, but he has cleared his calendar to pour the latest releases of his wines only for our customers. Come meet one of the most famous winemakers from Argentina!  
  • October 18: Champagne Tent Event in Hollywood - Add some sparkle to your fall calendar with K&L Hollywood's Annual Champagne Tent Event. Join us on Saturday, October 18th from 4-7 p.m.as we present more than 50 different bubblies. A group of our favorite artisanal grower/producers will be flying in from France to present their wines exclusively to K&L guests. This is a rare opportunity to engage with the people that grow the grapes and make the wine and to learn more about their approach to Champagne. We will also have many of the big name producers on hand to present their selections. From the big houses we will have representatives from Louis Roederer, Billecart-Salmon, Laurent Perrier, Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Krug, Perrier-Jouët, and more. Small bites will also be provided. This event will sell out. Purchase tickets now! Purchase here... 
  • October 19: Champagne Tent Event in San Francisco - Bubbles Galore! We are throwing our annual fall Champagne Tent Event on Sunday, October 19th at our San Francisco store from 2-5 p.m. A group of our favorite artisanal grower/producers will be flying in from France to present their wines exclusively to K&L guests. This is a rare opportunity to engage with the people that grow the grapes and make the wine and to learn more about their approach to Champagne. We will also have many of the big name producers on hand to present their selections. From the big houses we will have representatives from Louis Roederer, Billecart-Salmon, Laurent Perrier, Moët & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Krug, Perrier-Jouët, and more. More than 50 champagnes to taste. Small bites will also be provided. This event will benefit one of our favorite charities, the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation. ALCF was founded in 2006 and is one of the largest patient-driven philanthropies driven to eradicate lung cancer through research, awareness, education, early detection and treatment. Please join us in supporting this amazing charity. Purchase now... 
  • October 24: Ch. L'Avocat in San Francisco from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.  - A very special tasting with Ch. L'Avocat vineyards and winemakers Sean and Nicola Allison.   

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.

  • 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.

    The following wines will be poured:
    1. 2012 Domaine Anne & Arnaud Goisot Bourgogne Aligoté "Vieille Vignes" $11.99
    2. 2012 Domaine Anne & Arnaud Goisot Saint-Bris (Sauvignon) $11.99
    3. 2012 Domaine Anne & Arnaud Goisot Chablis $16.99
    4. 2012 Domaine des Niales Rhedon-Marin Mâcon-Villages Vieilles Vignes $12.99
    5. 2013 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Charnay $13.99
    6. 2013 Domaine Renaud Mâcon-Solutré $13.99
    7. 2013 Domaine Renaud Pouilly-Fuissé "Cuvée Vieilles Vignes" $19.99
    8. 2012 Domaine Ballorin & F Bourgogne Rouge "Le Bon" $24.99
    9. 2012 Domaine Ballorin & F Côte de Nuits Villages "Le Village" $31.99
    10. 2011 Domaine Ballorin & F Marsannay "Les Echezots" $34.99
    11. 2012 Domaine Ballorin & F Marsannay "Clos du Roy" $39. 99
    12. 2012 Domaine Ballorin & F. Nuits-St-Georges "Les Damodes" $57. 99
    13. 1998 Nicolas Potel Volnay 1er Cru "Pitures" $64. 99   
  • September 6: Old & Rare Wines- Blind Tasting! All three stores - We challenge you to an Old & Rare Blind wine tasting! Young wines have a certain footprint, but can you identify their nuances as they age? All three stores.  
  • September 13: Italy- All Three Stores - Check out our latest features from our Italy newsletter!  
  • September 20: Beer in Redwood City and Hollywood. San Francisco tasting bar closed for special event.  - Our two "Southern" stores will feature artisinal and seasonal beers. Our SF store will be closed for a special Bordeaux tasting at Alexander's steakhouse. Please see our "Special Events" lisintg for information about this event.   
  • September 27: Sundry Saturday - All Three Stores - A tasting of red and white sundries from around the globe- anything goes but the usual stuff! (Hint: no Chardonnay, no Sauvignon Blanc, no Pinot Noir, no Cabernet Sauvignon, no Syrah and no Zinfandel!) Each store will determine its most fun and interesting miscellaneous wines for your tasting pleasure!
    Our San Francisco store will be doing this tasting "blind". Put your palate to the test and try to guess the varietal!   

Hollywood Thursday Night Tastings


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

  • 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:

  • August 28: Nest and Maimai Vineyards of New Zealand.  - These two awesome New Zealand vineyards will be pouring their latest selections in our San Francisco store.   
  • September 4: Cain Vineyards.  - This renowned and historical winery will be in our SF store to pour their latest release Bordeaux blends.   
  • September 11: Devoto Ciders.  - This boutique cider producer will be in our SF store to pour an array of ciders, which are taking NorCal by storm. Don't miss the boat! Come in and find out what all the fuss is about.   
  • September 18: Roco Vineyards.  - This super-popular winery will be in our SF to pour their latest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay selections.   
  • 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.   
  • October 2: Big Basin Vineyards.  - This fantastic Syrah and Pinot Noir producer will be in our SF store to pour their latest releases.   
  • October 9: Te Whare Ra Vineyards of New Zealand.  - One of our favorite NZ vineyards will be making a very special appearance in our SF store to present their latest red and white releases.   
  • October 16: Ciarcelli Sparkling wines.  - This new (for us) sparkling wine house will be in our SF store pouring their current lineup.   
  • October 23: Tasting Bar-Closed-Special Tasting with Ch. L'Avocat on Friday, 24 October.  

Redwood City Thursday Night Beer Tastings


     Redwood City Thursday Night Beer Tastings

  • August 28: Thirsty Thursdays! Collaboration Beers, Round Two! - Our last tasting of Collaboration Beers was so popular, we are going for round two! As Beer buyer Jim Boyce said the last time around, "Beer is seeing a huge uptick in the collaboration trend. Just like the power duos of Bert & Ernie, Ren & Stimpy, Derek & Hansel and occasional trios of Stooges and Amigos, teaming with other likeminded brewers is proving to be a winning combination!" Since they are so hot right now, please join us this Thursday to taste a few:

    Evil Twin Brewing/ Sante Adairius "Joey Pepper" Belgian Ale, California
    Brouwerij 't Gaverhopke/ Tired Hands "Bittersweet Symphony" Belgian IPA, Belgium
    Anchorage/Mikkeller "Invasion" Farmhouse IPA w/ Brett, Alaska
    Mikkeller/Grassroots "Wheat Is The New Hops" White IPA aged in Chardonnay Barrels
    Siren/Hill Farmstead/Mikkeller "Lemon Cello" IPA Brewed with Lemon Zest & Juice, England
    Brouwerij De Molen/Patterson "SSS" Triple Stout, Netherlands

    As usual, 6 beers for 5 bucks.
    Walk in only. Lineup subject to change.   
  • September 4: Thirsty Thursdays! 
  • September 11: Thirsty Thursdays! 
  • September 18: Thirsty Thursdays! 
  • September 25: Thirsty Thursdays! 

Redwood City Friday Night Tastings


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

  • August 29: Talley Vineyards with winemaker David Block! - We are proud to debut another in a series of killer K&L co-branded winery projects at this tasting~ Ladies and Gentlemen, the 2013 Talley/K&L Wine Merchants Edna Valley Chardonnay is here! Be the first customers to taste this incredible wine!

    For 3 generations the Talley family has farmed in the Southern San Luis Obispo County. The tradition began in 1948 when Oliver Talley founded Talley Farms and started growing specialty vegetables in the Arroyo Grande Valley. Talley produced its first wine in 1986. Brian and Johnine Talley own and operate Talley Vineyards, while Brian, Todd, Ryan and Rosemary Talley manage Talley Farms.

    2012 Talley Estate Arroyo Grande Chardonnay $23.99
    2013 Talley/K&L Wine Merchants Edna Valley Chardonnay $24.99
    2012 Talley "Oliver's Vineyard" Edna Valley Chardonnay $34.99
    2012 Talley "Rincon Vineyard" Arroyo Grande Chardonnay $42.99
    2012 Talley "Rosemary's Vineyard" Arroyo Grande Chardonnay $44.99
    2012 Talley Estate Arroyo Grande Pinot Noir $33.99

    Walk in only. Lineup subject to change.
    Cost to taste is $5  
  • September 5: Champagne Friday 
  • September 12: Frog's Leap Winery 
  • September 19: Roco Winery- Oregon 
  • September 26: NorthWest Wines 
  • October 3: Ruinart 

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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