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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 03/ 9/2011

A shortcut for buying exclusive Kosta Browne wine

By Dave McIntyre
PH2011012807524_opt.jpg Michael Browne at Kosta Browne Winery. (Post archives)

Want to get your hands on some California cult pinot noir? The Lafayette Elementary School in the Northwest D.C. neighborhood of Chevy Chase is offering a chance to buy into the really good life. The school's online spring auction includes a pass to the front of the line to purchase Kosta Browne Winery's exclusive pinots.

How exclusive? The Sonoma County producer sells everything through its mailing list, and there are more than 15,000 names just waiting to get on that mailing list. (And this is red wine, not Redskins season tickets.) Kosta Browne was part of a feature story, which ran in The Post in January, that profiled several leading California wineries that market their bottles based largely on exclusivity.

The Lafayette lot was donated by Mike Davis, a founding investor in the winery, whose two grandsons, George and Oliver Miller, are students at the elementary school. The lucky bidder will have the chance to buy six bottles when Kosta Browne releases its new wines next February. This is the gift that keeps on giving (and costing), too. The winning bidder will remain on the mailing list so long as he or she purchases at least six bottles a year.

For current consumption, the lot includes one bottle of the 2008 Kanzler Sonoma Coast Pinot, which the Wine Spectator reviewed as follows: "Full-bodied, complex and focused, with aromas of cola, sassafras, ripe plum and wild berry. The flavors fan out nicely, gaining richness and picking up a touch of black tea and plum jam flavors. Ends with fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2016." That bottle cost $130 on release.

The online auction is open to the public. The Kosta Browne lot will be open for bidding on Thursday, March 10. Bidding runs through Wednesday, March 16.

By Dave McIntyre  | March 9, 2011; 8:00 AM ET
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The 2008 Kanzler was $72 on release (plus shipping), just like the rest of Kosta Browne's single-vineyard wines, unless it's a magnum you're talking about.

Also, unless this is a different approach, the way KB's waiting list works is that whatever you buy this year becomes your allocation for the next year. So if you buy 6 bottles this year, then you can buy up to six next year, and so on. If you opt to buy only two, then the following year you can buy only two. They also offer the chance to "wish list" extra bottles in case others don't take them--then your allocation goes up.

Posted by: ah___ | March 9, 2011 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Correct on the price and allocation for KB wines for the most part. However, your allocation does not automatically go up if you request, receive and then purchase "wish list" wines. Wish list fulfillment changes with every release and is never guaranteed.

All that said, this is a special opp for DCers - love that Kanzler wine and seeing KB in the WaPost!

Posted by: calidem1 | March 9, 2011 6:16 PM | Report abuse

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