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July 10, 2014

Crazy BeautifulAin’t no party like a rosé party….

Join us tonight, 6-9, for a tasting of one of our most popular summer wines with Cassia from Loca Linda Winery! Jolie Folle hails from a small appelation in the Cotes de Provence. The grapes are grown on a family run estate and the wine is made by sommelier and educator Brian Smith. 60% Grenache, 40% Cinsault in an eco-friendly liter bottle… it’s bang for your buck and green to boot! Our girlfriends over at Yes Way Rosé put it best- this is SUMMER WATER! We’ll be drinkin’ it up over bread from She Wolf and cheese from Eastern District. $17

Crazy Beautiful

Ain’t no party like a rosé party….

Join us tonight, 6-9, for a tasting of one of our most popular summer wines with Cassia from Loca Linda Winery! Jolie Folle hails from a small appelation in the Cotes de Provence. The grapes are grown on a family run estate and the wine is made by sommelier and educator Brian Smith. 60% Grenache, 40% Cinsault in an eco-friendly liter bottle… it’s bang for your buck and green to boot! Our girlfriends over at Yes Way Rosé put it best- this is SUMMER WATER! We’ll be drinkin’ it up over bread from She Wolf and cheese from Eastern District. $17

July 9, 2014

New Rosé! It’s Christmas in July!

Massaya Rosé, Bekaa Valley 2013

Our rad friend Sami’s rosé is old-school and elegant, 100% Cinsault from Lebanon. $18

Tegernseerhof/Mittelbach Rosé, Wachau 2013

Citrus and strawberries, bright and satisfying, this Austrian Zweigelt rosé is hard to pronounce but easy to drink. $15

Tenuta delle Terre Nere Rosato, Etna 2013

Complex and sophisticated, made from Nerello Mascalese grown in rich volcanic soil. $21

Liquid Geography Rosado, Bullas 2013

100% Monastrell from southeast Spain, Liquid Geography is a team project between talented and venerable winemaking friends, and all profits benefit the TJ Martell Foundation, a non profit dedicated to cancer research. Delicious rosé with real heart.  $13

Les Vignobles Gueissard Cuvee Papilles,Cotes de Provence 2013

A blend of hand-harvested Grenache/Syrah/Mourvedre, with a touch of Rolle and Cinsault. Pale, dry and mineral-rich, with a touch of citrus- a true classic from a venerable producer. $15

Chateau Trinquevedel Tavel, Rhone 2013

Tavel holds the distinction of being the only AOC in France that produces only pink wine, so you know they do it right. This traditionally rich, zesty rosé has notes of cranberry and blackcurrant with a long, spicy finish. $21

July 9, 2014

Here at Dandelion Wine, we’re all about stories. More than just drinking wine, we like learning about the winemaker, the region, the essence of what’s in the bottle. We seek out under­-the­r-adar winemakers and feature wines from all of the world’s major wine regions. This fall we’re stepping beyond our storefront in Greenpoint for some firsthand research. We’re hosting a culinary tour of the Basque Country October 20­26 and we hope you’ll join us!

We’ve partnered with a boutique travel company ­ Onward Travel ­ to plan a week in the Basque Country that combines everything we love including food, wine, sweeping views and world-class art. Our home base will be San Sebastian, at a small hotel on one of Europe’s best urban beaches. We’ll explore Bilboa, a tiny fishing village Getaria, Biarritz, coastal French towns, and of course San Sebastian which is home to more bars per capita than anywhere else in Europe. We’re especially excited to enjoy the local pintxos (tapas) paired with fizzy, refreshing Txakolina wine.

Winery visits, a cooking class, a private tour at the Guggenheim, a visit to a farm that grows $350/lb peas, a San Sebastian noshing tour, Michelin star dining, Isastegi cidery visit, hiking and more will fill our week. Onward Travel has arranged for a local guide to spend most of the week with us, sharing his knowledge and translating of course, because the Basque Country has their own language and culture. It’s a vibrant and unique region that we can’t wait to explore.

We have availability for 12 guests to join us. Please email Molly at molly@onwardtravel.co for a complete itinerary and information. We hope to see you at Dandy soon and hopefully in Spain this October!

July 7, 2014

Greenpoint rooftop vibes

Greenpoint rooftop vibes

July 7, 2014

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July 4, 2014

NEVER FEAR!
We’re here for ya ‘til eleven pm!
And Matt’s delivering after 5, if your BBQ runs dry…

NEVER FEAR!

We’re here for ya ‘til eleven pm!

And Matt’s delivering after 5, if your BBQ runs dry…

July 3, 2014

July 3, 2014

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING: BORN IN THE USA

Somewhere in “America the Beautiful” below the spacious skies, beyond the amber waves of grain, and between the shining seas, there should’ve been mention of this country’s gorgeous vineyards! Wine has been produced in the US for over 300 years, and today wine is made in all fifty states, with 89% of production taking place in California. Tonight, 6-9 pm, we’re celebrating the bounty of our incredible country, just in time for Independence Day.  I am so excited to pour four star-spangled American wines from both coasts alongside American cheese from Eastern District and Brooklyn bread from She Wolf, with classic American rock and roll on the speakers! And please stop by and visit our friends over at Duke’s. Patrick will be pouring some fiiiine American spirits! 

White Sun Vintners Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2012

 Winemakers from Eveningland, well-versed in the Pacific Northwest teamed up with Dominique Lafon, esteemed Burgundy winemaker to produce this elegant, old-world style Chardonnay in the new world.  Restrained oak, and lively acidity harmonize beautifully here. This is a bottle meant for the dinner table, passed between friends over simple, thoughtful food. White Sun is an inspired project, and this, one of their first vintages, is a wonderful start. $22

Keuka Lake Vineyards Vignoles, Finger Lakes 2013

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to spend several days working the grape harvest in New York’s Finger Lakes region this past fall.  I was floored by how much quality wine is being produced practically in our back yard, and in awe of how incredibly beautiful our back yard is! One of the wineries and teams I really enjoyed getting to know was Keuka Lake Vineyards.  Their winemaker, Moss Bittner, was spending his first (and sole) vintage in Finger Lakes, and was excitedly implementing some unique, lower-intervention vinification techniques not so commonly used in the region. Their 2013 Vignoles, a hybrid grape created in 1930 and parented partially by Pinot Noir, is insane. SUPER high acid, it’s like pure sunshine… lip puckering and almost blindingly bright… in the absolute best way. And you know, since I helped pick some of the grapes, it’s gotta be good! $17

Del Fiore Malvasia Bianca, California 2012

Named “Malvasia Del Fiore” or “Malvasia of the Flowers” because of the intense floral aromas released by the grapes the moment they ripen, this wine is steeped in history.  Malvasia is one of the oldest vitis vinifera varietals, thought to have been lauded by Pliny the Elder in his ancient Roman treatise Naturalis Historica (think: “In Vino Veritas!). Malvasia is also one of the original varietals planted in California, and this cuvee from Del Fiore really does it’s heritage justice. Aromatic and impactful, with rich stone fruit, green pear, and a flowery perfume, Del Fiore rocks with mango salsa, spicy summer rolls, and scallion pancakes. $18

Stolpman Vineyards La Cuadrilla,Ballard Canyon 2012

We reallllllly hoped this wine would be delicious as soon as we saw the lion on the label… and it totally is! La Cuadrilla is named after the hardworking full-time vineyard crew  employed by Stolpman, and some of the proceeds from the sale of this wine benefits the La Cuadrilla foundation, a non-profit that includes other wineries and is committed to the sustainability, health, and well-being of the hard working laborers that are the backbone of most vineyards. This tribute is an organically grown blend of 60% Syrah, 20% Sangiovese, 15% Grenache, and 5% Petit Sirah. 2012 was a warm vintage, and the grapes ripened perfectly producing this concentrated, noble wine, with firm tannins and a spicy finish. Steaks on the grill? Burgers with cheddar? This wine roars with hearty, meaty fare. $25

July 3, 2014

This Dandy Bag is heading to the Cape for the weekend.  Where are you going?  Hashtag #dandyinthewild and share your adventures with us!

This Dandy Bag is heading to the Cape for the weekend. Where are you going? Hashtag #dandyinthewild and share your adventures with us!

July 1, 2014

The New York Post loves Small Thyme Cooks, our friend and Sommelier Andre Mack’s rad coloring book, featuring famous (and infamous) chefs from around the world… and so do we!

I became a graphic designer because I didn’t have enough money to design my wine labels,” said Mack.
Manhattan food giants depicted in black and white include Tom Colicchio of Craft Restaurants, Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin and April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig.
Eric Ripert offers award-winning French fare at Le Bernardin in Midtown Manhattan.
Also included in the book are the Mast brothers of Williamsburg’s Mast Brothers Chocolate, Paul Liebrandt of The Elm, also in Williamsburg, and Carlo Mirarchi of Roberta’s in Bushwick.
There are many more famed Brooklyn foodies — including Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli of Frankies Spuntino in Carroll Gardens, Saul Bolton of Saul’s restaurant in the Brooklyn Museum and Andy Ricker of Red Hook’s Pok Pok, who didn’t make the roster.

We have it available for purchase here at Dandy for the very fair price of $14.95. It’s a great thing to bring along on upcoming holiday weekend trips with kids/ grown-up kids! 

The New York Post loves Small Thyme Cooks, our friend and Sommelier Andre Mack’s rad coloring book, featuring famous (and infamous) chefs from around the world… and so do we!

I became a graphic designer because I didn’t have enough money to design my wine labels,” said Mack.

Manhattan food giants depicted in black and white include Tom Colicchio of Craft Restaurants, Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin and April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig.

Eric Ripert offers award-winning French fare at Le Bernardin in Midtown Manhattan.

Also included in the book are the Mast brothers of Williamsburg’s Mast Brothers Chocolate, Paul Liebrandt of The Elm, also in Williamsburg, and Carlo Mirarchi of Roberta’s in Bushwick.

There are many more famed Brooklyn foodies — including Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli of Frankies Spuntino in Carroll Gardens, Saul Bolton of Saul’s restaurant in the Brooklyn Museum and Andy Ricker of Red Hook’s Pok Pok, who didn’t make the roster.

We have it available for purchase here at Dandy for the very fair price of $14.95. It’s a great thing to bring along on upcoming holiday weekend trips with kids/ grown-up kids!