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April 2, 2014

Artworks Weekly Ep1: Scott Lenhardt

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March 31, 2014

"Spring comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb." We’re so incredibly thrilled with our new chalk mural by our talented friend and neighbor Alex Russell! ! Happy spring, indeed.

"Spring comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb." We’re so incredibly thrilled with our new chalk mural by our talented friend and neighbor Alex Russell! ! Happy spring, indeed.

March 30, 2014

Staff picks!

Let’s get this party started riiiiiiiiight!

March 30, 2014

Check out the preliminary sketch from our friend Alex Russell for our new spring chalk mural! Spring is definitely coming in like a lion right now…

Check out the preliminary sketch from our friend Alex Russell for our new spring chalk mural! Spring is definitely coming in like a lion right now…

March 28, 2014

Wise words, neighbor! @oakandiron #booze #wisdom #greenpoint #foundingfathers #partyon #america  (at Oak & Iron)

Wise words, neighbor! @oakandiron #booze #wisdom #greenpoint #foundingfathers #partyon #america (at Oak & Iron)

March 27, 2014

@bluedanubewine magical Danubia tasting happening NOW! #bluedanube #Winetime  (at Dandelion Wine)

@bluedanubewine magical Danubia tasting happening NOW! #bluedanube #Winetime (at Dandelion Wine)

March 27, 2014

“Danubia is a border-less wineland situated geographically and philosophically between wine’s contemporary western position and its ancient Eastern origins.”

Join us in welcoming our friend Stetson from the Blue Danube Wine Company for a tasting of three wines from the mysterious, historic, and beautiful regions along the Danube River. 6-9 pm, we’ll be drinking wines, (hopefully) learning how to pronounce them, and enjoying She Wolf bread and cheese from Eastern District.

Crnko Jarenincan, Slovenia 2012 

ONE of these days, something in the universe will give. Our bones will thaw and this harrowing winter will seem like a distant memory, like some old, dusty nightmare we awoke from long ago. On that day, I hope to see you in the park, soaking up the sun and drinking wine from plastic cups and revelling in the magical thing that is summer in Brooklyn. And that, my friends, is where Crnko comes in. This Slovenian field blend is named for the magical little village of Jarenina where the majority of this wine is consumed. It’s comprised of Laski Rizling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Ravenec, and comes in a liter bottle with a crown cap. In addition to being wildly convenient, it’s incredibly delicious. Bright, light, dry and fresh. A subtle breeze. A blade of grass. The light at the end of the tunnel. $15

J & J Eger Wine Co. Eged-Hegy Dulo, Hungary 2009

A joint venture between grower Janos Stumpf and Master Sommelier John Szabo, this 100% Kekfrankos (aka Blaufrankisch) is made as naturally as possible: “old vines, low yields, hand harvesting, no chaptalization, additives, or artificial methods of concentration.” The result is an old world stunner. From the importer: “Complex aromas of cranberry sandalwood and rose hips contrast its not so subtle minerality. Though grown in limestone it smells of granite. Rich without being overripe, the structured and savory almost herbal nature of the variety and its fresh acidity make this wine versatile for the table as well. Pair with herbed pheasant, lamb, pungent creamy cheeses and whole grain based dishes like barley or farro. For the authentic experience try Dr. Stumpf’s recommendation of wild venison sausage.” $24

Bibich R6 Riserva, North Dalmatia 2010

Fact: Zinfandel originated in Croatia. And this wine is living proof! An equal blend of native Croatian varietals Babic, Plavina, and Lasin, all genetic relations to Zin, are all co-fermented and aged 12 months in American oak to produce and old-world partner to a new-world fave. Concentrated, full and harmonious, spice-laden, with jammy fruit, tobacco, and dried herbs. WIld and exciting, and an amazing match for smoked meats. Oh you guys, I can hardly wait for the first BBQ! And since baseball season is about to go full swing, it’s worth noting that the back label states, “Serve at 61°F with mets, tuna, and cheese.” Who knew there were such passionate New York baseball fans in Croatia? (Go Yankees!) $21

March 26, 2014

NEW FROM BORDEAUX
Bordeaux is the world’s largest quality wine producing region on the planet, and we’ve recently acquired 5 new bottles from the storied (and confusing) Gironde! Let’s break it down…
Chateau de Monrepos Grand Bordeaux 2011: A generous oak barreling gives this dark blend of 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc a smooth, concentrated, vanilla-laden finish.  Red velvet cake, baby. $12
Chateau la Haute Claymore Lussac-Saint-Emilion 2009: This rIght bank Merlot/Cabernet Franc blend from a banging vintage is rife with bold plum and raspberry fruit and touches of cocoa, tobacco, and green bean. A steal. $20
Chateau du Champ des Treilles Sainte-Foy Grand Vin 2011: Corine and Jean-Michel Comme “let nature be their guide” on their Sainte-Foy property, one of the first to be certified organic in the region.  Employing hand harvesting, native yeasts, zero sulfur, and “hands off” vineyard practices, they create wines that are true to the varietals and terroir. Their Grand Vin is 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Petit Verdot. $24
Clos Magne Figeac Saint-Emilion 2010: A gorgeous Merlot and Cabernet Franc blend from a vineyard that’s been in the same family for over 500 years. Black currant, spicy cedar, crushed forest fruit, and the softest tannins.  Blue cheese and steak, please and thanks. $30
Chateau Aney Cru Bourgeois Haut-Medoc 2010: Another stunner from beloved importer Kermit Lynch! Classy left bank Cru Bourgeois- 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. Finessed and balanced, aged in old oak barrels… drinks great now with a little decanting but will age beautifully. $36
Chateau Carbonnieux Pessac-Leognan Grand Cru Classe de Graves Blanc 2010: We were instantly in love with this dreamy Bordeaux Blanc and just had to have it. The vineyard was founded in the 13th century by Benedictine Monks, making it one of the oldest estates in the region. This Cru Classe is 65% Sauvignon Blanc and 35% Semillon. White peaches, nectarine, honeysuckle, and preserved lemon, with the minerality we always look for in French whites… truly exceptional.  $54

NEW FROM BORDEAUX

Bordeaux is the world’s largest quality wine producing region on the planet, and we’ve recently acquired 5 new bottles from the storied (and confusing) Gironde! Let’s break it down…

Chateau de Monrepos Grand Bordeaux 2011: A generous oak barreling gives this dark blend of 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc a smooth, concentrated, vanilla-laden finish.  Red velvet cake, baby. $12

Chateau la Haute Claymore Lussac-Saint-Emilion 2009: This rIght bank Merlot/Cabernet Franc blend from a banging vintage is rife with bold plum and raspberry fruit and touches of cocoa, tobacco, and green bean. A steal. $20

Chateau du Champ des Treilles Sainte-Foy Grand Vin 2011: Corine and Jean-Michel Comme “let nature be their guide” on their Sainte-Foy property, one of the first to be certified organic in the region.  Employing hand harvesting, native yeasts, zero sulfur, and “hands off” vineyard practices, they create wines that are true to the varietals and terroir. Their Grand Vin is 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Petit Verdot. $24

Clos Magne Figeac Saint-Emilion 2010: A gorgeous Merlot and Cabernet Franc blend from a vineyard that’s been in the same family for over 500 years. Black currant, spicy cedar, crushed forest fruit, and the softest tannins.  Blue cheese and steak, please and thanks. $30

Chateau Aney Cru Bourgeois Haut-Medoc 2010: Another stunner from beloved importer Kermit Lynch! Classy left bank Cru Bourgeois- 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. Finessed and balanced, aged in old oak barrels… drinks great now with a little decanting but will age beautifully. $36

Chateau Carbonnieux Pessac-Leognan Grand Cru Classe de Graves Blanc 2010: We were instantly in love with this dreamy Bordeaux Blanc and just had to have it. The vineyard was founded in the 13th century by Benedictine Monks, making it one of the oldest estates in the region. This Cru Classe is 65% Sauvignon Blanc and 35% Semillon. White peaches, nectarine, honeysuckle, and preserved lemon, with the minerality we always look for in French whites… truly exceptional.  $54

March 25, 2014

The Dandelion Clan ain’t nothin’ to $&@! with. #howtostaywarm #redredwine #layersonlayers #wutang #36chambers #vinyl #beaujolais #greenpoint (at Dandelion Wine)

The Dandelion Clan ain’t nothin’ to $&@! with. #howtostaywarm #redredwine #layersonlayers #wutang #36chambers #vinyl #beaujolais #greenpoint (at Dandelion Wine)

March 25, 2014

"…Broc, in business less than a decade, produces some of the most invigorating, interesting wines in California today. Some are from familiar grapes: zinfandel, grenache and cabernet franc. Others seem tauntingly obscure: picpoul, valdigué and counoise. Each demonstrates that California, better known for wines of power and amplitude, can also do fresh, thirst-quenching and intriguing exceedingly well."
(via Fruit of the Bartered Vine - NYTimes.com)
We’re super-fans of the Broc Cellars philosphy and line-up!  Currently in stock: 
Vine Starr White, Central Coast 2012, $27
Cuvee 13.1 Syrah, Santa Lucia Highlands 2012, $27

"…Broc, in business less than a decade, produces some of the most invigorating, interesting wines in California today. Some are from familiar grapes: zinfandel, grenache and cabernet franc. Others seem tauntingly obscure: picpoul, valdigué and counoise. Each demonstrates that California, better known for wines of power and amplitude, can also do fresh, thirst-quenching and intriguing exceedingly well."

(via Fruit of the Bartered Vine - NYTimes.com)

We’re super-fans of the Broc Cellars philosphy and line-up!  Currently in stock:

Vine Starr White, Central Coast 2012, $27

Cuvee 13.1 Syrah, Santa Lucia Highlands 2012, $27