September 2, 2014
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August 29, 2014
The folks in Napa are continuing to try and figure out how to recover from last weekend’s quake, both their homes and businesses.
As we’ve noted before, one easy way to help in the short term is to go up there and spend some time tasting or dining this weekend. If you’re nowhere near the Bay Area, you can always drink some Napa wine and show solidarity.
But as noted in Vivian Ho’s story Friday, Napa Valley is largely run by its middle-class residents, many of them living in rented homes in southern Napa, where the quake hit hardest, who have been heavily impacted by the number of red-tagged buildings after the quake.
Even if you dismiss Napa as a place for the rich and hedonic (I’m among those who does that frequently) it is residents of more modest means who will largely benefit from work being done by charities like the Napa Valley Community Foundation, which established a quake relief fund this week.
To that end, Steve Matthiasson, our most recent winemaker of the year, is releasing a $48 Quake Cuvee, a blended red Napa wine, with all proceeds going to the foundation’s relief fund.
The Matthiasson family knows the quake’s impact only too well: In addition to some of their wine barrels being toppled, they were forced to move out of their own house, which was red-tagged by the county — just as harvest was starting.
It’s in moments like this that Napa Valley shows its best side.
August 29, 2014
In vino veritas!
August 28, 2014
We can all use an afternoon pick-me-up.
August 28, 2014
We hear rumblings that restaurants and wine shops are low on local favorites…
PLENTY OF ROSÉ HERE, GUYS! Stock up before you board the LIRR!
August 28, 2014
It’s been a phenomenal summer so far, and it’s not over yet! Labor Day Weekend is one of our favorite times to host barbecues and join friends in the Rockaways, and this one promises to be absolutely beautiful. Join us tonight 6-9 pm, in preparation, with a tasting of three summery whites with our friend Ben from Bonhomie Wine Imports! We’ll have cheese from ED and bread from She Wolf.
Heading out of town for the holiday or expecting company? Stock up in advance! We offer 5% off six packs, and 10% off cases of 12, and deliver after 5pm daily!
Stefan Meyer Silvaner, Pfalz 2012
A great American once said “Give me liters or give me death!”, so we’ve got liters for ya! This organic Silvaner from young producer Stefan Meyer is terroir driven, dry, and versatile, not to mention completely delicious. Aromatic and lean, this is a wine that will cool you off when the temp. rises, please your pickiest dinner guests, and answer that nagging question “should I have just one more glass?” with an emphatic “YES”! $16
Clotilde Davenne Sauvignon, Saint-Bris 2013
This Sauvignon Blanc is a standout, hailing from the only appellation in Chardonnay-filled Burgundy where it’s permitted to be produced. Clotilde Davenne is a Burgundy veteran, making wine for bigger-name Chablis producers before starting her own eponymous vineyard. She vinifies her wines in all stainless steel, to bring out the unique qualities of the grapes and the spectacular Jurassic soil in which they’re grown. Lean, herbaceous, crisp, and clean, with a touch of lime zest and grass. A great new option for both die-hard Sancerre fans and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc drinkers. $19
Weingut Spáter-Veit Riesling, Mosel 2012
Through the tireless efforts of many busy New York City sommeliers, we’ve seen an incredible surge in Riesling’s popularity over the last few years. It truly is an incredibly versatile grape, producing a wide-range of styles from bone-dry to dessert. This trocken (dry) offering from Weingut Spater-Veit comes from one of the top sites in Germany’s Mosel region. The use of indigenous yeasts and stainless steel tanks brings out the true character of the grape and the prized regional terroir. Crisp yellow apple, white flowers, green pears, and lemon, with a steely finish- this is a wonderfully multi-faceted wine for long-time Riesling fans and newer converts alike. $14
August 26, 2014
NEW WINE ALERT!
The Dandelion Wine staff suppered on Sunday at M. Wells Steakhouse. We shared several beautiful bottles of wine, but it was the Joseph Swan Vineyards Mancini Ranch 2008 Zinfandel that really stood out… So we ordered it yesterday and it’s here today!
The vines used to make this wine were planted in the 1920s! This Zinfandel is big but perfectly focused with razor sharp acidity and it paired so beautifully with our rare steaks. $32
Joseph Swan Vineyards is a small family owned winery located in the heart of Sonoma County, California’s famed Russian River Valley. They specialize in vineyard designated Pinot Noir and Old-Vine Zinfandel. Joseph Swan strives to make interesting wines that reflect their unique origins and to price them fairly. The mere fact that they are still here after 40 years means we must be doing something right…