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October 10, 2014

Staff Picks! The boys have been drinking without us this week…

October 10, 2014

October 9, 2014

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING: Let’s Get Domestic

10/9/14, 6-9 pm

Dandelion loves the little guys- small producers, small distributors, and tucked away/ up-and-coming regions all hold a special place in our hearts. Enter, Coeur Wine Co., a small, independent importing and distributing company that started with just one man, Eric Clemons, a passionate wino (and now winemaker!) who branched off on his own after working for some of the larger companies in the market. He represents wines from small producers all over the globe and has a point of view and palate very similar to our own! And several months in, when he told us he had hired a sales rep., we were thrilled to discover it was our former neighbor and customer Mariel! Join us tonight in welcoming Mariel back to Gpt for a tasting of three great domestic wines from the Coeur portfolio, over bread from She Wolf and cheese from Eastern District.

Grochau Cellars Commuter Cuvee Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2013

 Willamette Valley Pinot is hot, hot, hot! An underdog no more, this beautiful wine growing region in Oregon has become incredibly popular, producing a lot of really fantastic wines, most notably from Pinot Noir grapes. Despite it’s popularity and the abundance of it available these days, this thin skinned grapes is one of the hardest to grow and vinify- just because everyone is doing it, doesn’t mean they should be. The climate and terroir of the Willamette Valley however is ideal for growing this finicky grape! The folks at Grochau source fruit from a number of choice vineyards to make their Commuter Cuvee, a wine intended to demonstrate the “bright, fresh purity” of the region’s Pinot. The wine is aged for 7.5 months on the lees, in mostly used oak, and racked just before bottling. The result is a spice laden sipper with plenty of juicy red and black berry fruit. Drink it with abandon, and drink it in abundance. $22 

THE FINGER LAKES

Lily and I both love the Finger Lakes, having both visited and participated in wine in the region at various points in our careers. After working (and drinking) a bit there during the 2013 harvest, I was really taken with the people I met and the wines being made. The growers and producers I got to know were humble, creative, hardworking people in the business of making wine for all the right reasons. Definitely an underappreciated area, the Finger Lakes region is producing some really excellent wines from both international varietals and hybrid grapes, the latter often with the help of nearby Cornell University’s Viticulture and Oenology program. While we are all eager to buy local goods and eat locally sourced produce, meats, and fish, somehow drinking wines from nearby hasn’t become as much of a priority. We know we can have a part in changing that, and are excited for you to taste these wines with us tonight and make them a part of your lives! 

 Keuka Lake Vineyards is a gorgeous, small estate winery located on fertile southern slope of the Y shaped namesake lake. They sell a lot of their fruit to neighboring wineries, but reserve a small amount of certain varietals for their own small production of old-world style artisan wines. 

Keuka Lake Vineyards Gently Dry Vignoles, Finger Lakes 2013

 I’m proud to say that I hand picked some of the grapes for the wine in this bottle with some fellow sommeliers and wine buyers this time last fall! But my contribution ends there, and Moss Bittner, Keuka’s winemaker last year, is responsible for the rest. Vignoles is a complex hybrid grape variety of unknown heritage most commonly grown in the Finger Lakes. The 2013 was vinified relatively naturally, fermented long and slow in stainless steel tanks. Though it’s a grape that naturally produces a good bit of residual sugar in it’s wines, there is also an incredible amount of bright, sunny acidity and we find this wine to be extremely well balanced. Lip-smacking but never sour, tropical and fruit forward but not sweet, this “Gently Dry” Vignoles is an excellent example of some of the cooler hybrid varietal wines coming out of the region. It tastes like an eternal summer, which I know I want in my life! Drink as an aperitif or with light seafood dishes. $17

Keuka Lake Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2011, Finger Lakes 2011

Cabernet Franc is consistently one of my favorite red varietals grown in the Finger Lakes, and Keuka’s is an excellent example. The majority of the grapes for their cuvee actually came from Overlook Farms on Seneca Lake, with the remainder from their own younger vines. This is a dark fruited, spicy red, with elegant, silky tannins and significant structure. This wine pairs beautifully with the crunch of fall leaves, slow roasting brisket and farm fresh root vegetables. Done and done. $22

October 8, 2014

ART OPENING TONIGHT
7-9 pm
The Mysterious Misgivings Between Desire and Abyss
SMALL PAINTINGS BY KATE THOMASON KEELER

ART OPENING TONIGHT

7-9 pm

The Mysterious Misgivings Between Desire and Abyss

SMALL PAINTINGS BY KATE THOMASON KEELER

October 7, 2014

SCHOOL SUPPLIES: BOXED WINE

We’re BIG fans of the bag-in-box format, and our selection right now is top notch with the addition of these three new guys! If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, here are some of the benefits:

  • Once you open a box, it will stays fresh for a month or more. The wine is vacuum packed in a bag inside of the box, and the spout is air tight. Drink what you want, drink a little more, and save the rest for later.
  • Each box contains four bottles worth of wine. Since the cost of expensive-to-ship glass is negated, boxes generally costs a fraction of the price that comparable wine costs in a 750 mL 
  • Lighter to ship, easier to recycle, less waste all around- boxes are super eco-friendly. Mother Earth needs all the help she can get. 

BRIDGE LANE RED BLEND, NORTH FORK 2012

46% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec from the North Fork of Long Island. On the fuller side of medium-bodied and surprisingly nuanced, with notes of cedar and black cherries, and a long, spicy finish. Drink local!!! $44

CUBI ROUGE, VIN DE FRANCE 2013

A blend of Syrah and Carignan hailing from beautiful Corbieres, where Benedictine monks started making wine at the Abbeye of Saint Eugenie soon after its founding in the year 817. Dark fruit, balanced acidity, and impressive structure. Bring on the Fall! $32

CUBI BLANC, VIN DE FRANCE 2013

Hailing from Gascony (Armagnac country), this bright, exuberant Sauvignon Blanc is almost too easy to drink, if there was such a thing. Bright, lip-smacking acidity is balanced by subtle tropical fruit and steely minerality. $32

October 6, 2014

yeswayrose:

Up for auction NOW: This Côat de Yeswayrosé is perfect for Côtes de Provence. 💯% of proceeds will be donated to breast cancer research! See YESWAYROSE.COM for details. #oneofakind #veryrare #roséchic #yeswayboobés #donate #thinkpink #drinkpink #yeswayrosé #courtshop #breastcancerawareness

yeswayrose:

Up for auction NOW: This Côat de Yeswayrosé is perfect for Côtes de Provence. 💯% of proceeds will be donated to breast cancer research! See YESWAYROSE.COM for details. #oneofakind #veryrare #roséchic #yeswayboobés #donate #thinkpink #drinkpink #yeswayrosé #courtshop #breastcancerawareness

October 3, 2014

STAFF PICKS!  TGIF

October 3, 2014

Our very own rock star Nelson Nuñez has just released his first record on vinyl with his rad band The Finks! Nels will be around this evening with a stack in the back- it’s just $20 for one of your very own. We’re so incredibly excited for Nelson and Jonny. The boys will be jamming out in the flesh play Union Pool on Sunday. See you there! Rock on! @finksbk #rockandroll #dandelionrecords #teamdandy  (at Dandelion Wine)

Our very own rock star Nelson Nuñez has just released his first record on vinyl with his rad band The Finks! Nels will be around this evening with a stack in the back- it’s just $20 for one of your very own. We’re so incredibly excited for Nelson and Jonny. The boys will be jamming out in the flesh play Union Pool on Sunday. See you there! Rock on! @finksbk #rockandroll #dandelionrecords #teamdandy (at Dandelion Wine)

October 2, 2014

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING

I can think of no better way to spend a gloomy fall day than curled up on the couch under a quilt with a good book (or my growing stack of unread magazines), a simmering pot of soup on the stove, mellow jams on the record player (Joni Mitchell, in my world), and a richly textured bottle of red wine, opening up more with every glass. Or maybe with a few friends over, pizza delivery, and scrabble, and obviously, more than one bottle of wine. It almost makes me hope that this gray weather will continue to the weekend, so I have an excuse to spend such a lovely day at home! But since most of us probably can’t realistically spend our Thursdays on the sofa, tonight’s wine tasting at Dandy is the next best thing!

The Rhone region of Southern France produces some of the most famous (and delicious) wines in the world for many reasons- a long history of winemaking, unique terroir and microclimates, and sloping vineyards on either bank of the Rhone River to name a few. Generally divided into two distinct sub-regions, the cooler Northern Rhone, specializing in Syrah-based reds, and the warmer Southern Rhone, with full-bodied blends often heavier in Grenache. Some of the world’s priciest bottles and some of the best values on the market both hail from the Rhone, and across the board there are memorable wines to fit everyones’ palate and budget.

Join us this evening, 6-9 pm, for a tasting of three fantastic Southern Rhone reds with Lena from IPO Wines, alongside cheese from Eastern District and bread from She Wolf!

"I cook with wine; sometimes I even add it to the food." - W.C. Fields

Kermit Lynch Cypress Cuvee Cotes du Rhone 2010

Kermit Lynch has spent almost four decades as an importer and retailer, forging long relationships with growers and gaining invaluable experience in some of the greatest winemaking regions of France and Italy (so basically, the world). He was an early champion of the superior quality of wines that are bottled without fining or filtering and set the gold standard for the many small importers and distributors that have set up shop since.  So, with all that under his belt, it seems fitting that he’s now seen to blending a few wines with the help of some friends and labeling them with his name! The Cypress Cuvee (an homage to Vincent VanGogh) is made with the help and fruit of Louis Barruol a fourteenth generation grower and winemaker in Gigondas operated by his family since the 16th century. 75% Syrah, 15% Grenache, and 10% Mourvedre, mostly sourced from the ironically named Vinsobres appellation in the Southern Rhone, vinified and aged in concrete tanks and bottled with all the love and wisdom of Kermit himself. $17

Domaine la Garrigue Vacqueyras 2010

85% Grenache and 10% Syrah, with the rest equal parts Mourvedre and Cinsault, from a Southern region hugged by Chateauneuf-du-Pape. This full-bodied, lively wine has a ton going on- freshly macerated blackberries, saddle leather, savory herbs, spicy licorice, cassis, black pepper, and dewy forest floor- SO much character in 750 mL! After a bit of decanting, this wine shines like crazy, but I think you could hide it away for a while to drink for years to come. Pair this beaut with pot roast, beef stew, and hearty, roasted root vegetables… in my dreams there’s also a fireplace and a bearskin rug and , but a couple bodega candles and a cozy blanket are good too. $26

Philippe Gimel Saint Jean du Barroux L’Argile 2008 

L’Argile is located in the Cotes-du-Ventoux in the Southeastern portion of the Rhone. 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 5% Carignan, and 5% Cinsault, aged in concrete and stainless steel, this is a juicier, more rustic style wine, medium-bodied with lush red fruit, soft acidity, fine tannins, and that earthy French “Je ne sais quoi” we know and love oh so much. I read this great article in the Times last night about cooking for yourself at home and dining alone. Tamar Adler urged me, the reader, to treat myself right- to prepare and experience nice meals on my own, and of course, that includes drinking good wine. “I’ve rarely seen such needless teetotalling as among happy drinkers faced with an hour at a table on their own. No. If it’s fine in a crowd, then be a crowd of one.” Here, here! I pledge to heed that advice, and a bottle like the L’Argile is a good way to go (delicious on day two and three, by the way), paired simply but luxuriously with a good creamy cheese, a loaf of rustic French bread, an egg, a small salad of seasonal veg, real glassware and a cloth napkin. TV off, phone put away, sitting at the table… our lives are all so busy and even alone, we’re more connected than ever to work, family, friends, highschool acquaintances, celebrities, and the news. It sounds truly decadent (and well deserved) to enjoy thirty five minutes, a lovely meal, and a glass of wine in solitude! Let me know how it goes. $30

October 1, 2014