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February 13, 2014

What weather? Wine tasting is ON.

WINE TASTING TONIGHT 6-9 PM
Let’s all try to channel Audry Hepburn in Charade and put on our most fashionable winter black (don’t forget the hood), our best smile, and head over to Dandelion Wine tonight for some vino! James, our friend, neighbor, and representative from Acid, Inc. is trekking over to pour three red wines from Italy; a light, a medium, and a fuller bodied red all priced under $20! We’ll have cheese from ED, bread from She-Wolf, and some hot music spinning to keep everyone’s spirits up during the worst winter ever?

Not incentive enough? Duke’s Liquor Box is having a spirits tasting right across the street… so it’ll be a double whammy.

Guaranteed free buzz on Franklin Street tonight!

LANZA 2012 BARDOLINO
In the eighties, a group of like-minded people came together to form Ottomarzo, a co-op organization dedicated to the production and marketing of organic products. In 2000, Alessandro Lanza founded with Paolo Fusina the “vin & organic product srl”. While originally a co-op model they soon were able to open Cantina della Valpantena. This was what allowed them to start taking over management of certain vineyards and produce a estate driven style organic line put under the label, Lanza. This light-bodied red is our go-to for pairing with fish. It’s also a nice sipper for when there’s no food to be had except for some popcorn while watching a Downton Abbey marathon. Even better with a slight chill on it, so put it on your fire escape for 10 minutes before popping the cork. $14

CLAUDIO MORELLI ‘LA VIGNA DELLE TERRAZZE’ 2012 SANGIOVESE
Located along the northern coastline of Le Marche (North of Ancona!) near the town of Fano, Morelli makes whites and reds with remarkable freshness due in part to the cool breeze from the Adriatic and the light grayish soils composed primarily of sand and tufo. The seaside temperatures of this small terraced vineyard give beautifully ripened fruit for Claudio’s 100% stainless steel Sangiovese. We loved this medium-bodied wine the first time we tried it. The brightness of the fresh red fruit and soft tannins made this a no-brainer for us… we couldn’t wait to drink it with a bowl of hearty pasta. $16

SCHOLA SARMENTI ROCCAMORA NARDO 2010 ROSSO
Lorenzo Marra, owner of Schola Sarmenti, says their goal is to make wines that speak of their terroir, their culture, their cuisine. This is accomplished by harvesting from old vines — some up to 70 years old, using traditional trellising (for Puglia, this means the vines look like bushes) and very little oak influence, if any at all. Located on southern, interior tip of the heel of Italy’s boot, the vineyards are a mere 10 minute drive from the sea, under sunny, hot arid skies the vines are grown on soils rich with marine fossils. This Rosso is 100% oragnically farmed 45 year old Negroamaro. No oak is used in making this wine, and it might surprise some people due to the firm structure and spice of this full-bodied red. Actually, Negroamaro for years was shipped to Northern Italy and even into Burgundy to provide color and richness to the thinner, Northern wines. So if you’re in the mood for bold spice, this is the wine for you… $19

October 17, 2013

Join us tonight for a spectacular selection of wine from

Acid, Inc.

Fall is in full-swing, so we thought we would have James pour some seriously tasty wines that are not only delicious, but holiday-worthy. I know it might seem early, but Thanksgiving is only 5 weeks away…


Hager Matthias

2012 Gruner Veltliner

Mollandser Berg

Kamptal, Austria

Gruner Veltliner doesn’t just come in liter bottles and it isn’t just for summer my friends. Hager’s Gruner will surely prove that to you. He began to create his own style of Gruner at the age of 19. A rounder, more elegant style than you might be used to. Notes of banana and pineapple, but only as an undercurrent of clean minerals and of course, bright acidity. $22 


Cascina Luisin

2011 Barbera d’Alba

Maggiur

Piedmont, Italy

I had the good fortune of visiting this estate a couple of Octobers ago and I have very fond memories of tasting vintage Barbarescos here, indisputably one of the best sites of any of the villages in Barbaresco. You will see how tasting Barbera out of a site typically reserved for Barolo or Barbaresco (nebbiolo) can be jaw dropping… One of the most elegant Barberas I have tasted ever. Bright red fruits and wild herbs, with a body and freshness to die for. A real treat. $19


Champagne Doyard

Cuvee Vendemiaire

Brut Premier Cru

Champagne, France

And last, but certainly not least, the biggest treat of all… CHAMPAGNE DOYARD. I believe that Champagne is the perfect drink. In every way. Nothing beats it. For those of you who don’t agree, you haven’t had enough Champagne in your life… so now is your chance to taste some pretty fantastic stuff. Doyard is 100% Chardonnay made all in wood from start to finish. The juice sits on its lees for 5-7 years! What does this all mean? A richness and complexity unparalleled. This wine is a tremendous value at $48.


Come taste!!!!!

March 7, 2013

THURSDAY NIGHT WINE TASTING 6-9


We’re big fans of the wines from importer Acid, Inc., a company specializing in small producers from all over the world that make wines with vibrant, well-balanced acidity. In fact, half the wines we’re pouring tonight are are recent staff picks from Lily herself!  So please join us and our friend James from AI Selections, 6-9 pm,to see what all the fuss is about! We’ll have cheese from Eastern District, and gorgeous new artwork on our walls from Yuko Oda!


Pasini Azienda Agricola San Giovanni Il Lugana D.O.C. 2011

If this cute, squat bottle of vino bianco looks familiar, it’s because Greenpoint’s recycling bins were chock-full of the vineyard’s sister rosato last summer!  San Giovanni’s Lugana, hailing from a small, family-run vineyard in Lombardy on the southern shores of Lake Garda, is lush, vibrant and sophisticated.  Flecks of gold and hints of tropical fruit makes this wine a ray of sunlight on a gray day.  $19


Maison Pichard & JourdanDecouverte Chinon 2009

This perfect Loire Valley Cabernet Franc is medium-bodied and juicy, with bright red fruit and the pretty herbaciousness we want and love from Chinon!  Word on the street is that this is incredible with steak tartare, but I know for a fact this wine has what it takes to elevate even the simplest of nights at home, like when chicken nachos are for dinner and a Netflix rock-n-roll documentary is the only thing worth watching… $17


Tomas Cusine Llebre 2009

"Ull de llebre", or "eye of the hair", is the Catelonian name for Tempranillo.  In Costers del Segre, Tomas Cusine blends that iconic grape with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha, Carinena, and Syrah and ages it for 6 months in French Oak barrels.  The resulting wine is dense, rustic, and dark, but with a unexpected complexity of peppery spice and black licorice on the smooth and lingering finish.  A new favorite of ours during these harsh winter months.  $18


Syncline 2011 Subduction Red 

The folks behind Syncline Wines in Washington State have long been inspired by the wines of the Southern Rhone Valley.  Subduction Red is a blend of Mourvedre, Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Counoise, and Cinsault, sourced from vineyards spread across the Columbia Valley.  Dry and complex, with notes of black cherry and baking spice, this is an incredibly distinctive new world wine.  We’re always excited to find a well-made wine from American soils at such a fair price.  $21


December 17, 2012

New wine alert!  New wine alert!

New wine alert!  New wine alert!

February 9, 2012

THURSDAY NIGHT WINE TASTING

Our friend  James from Acid Inc, Selections will be joining us tonight to pour 4  spectacular wines from 4 corners of Europe 6-9 pm, with bread from SCRATCH and cheese from  ED! 




Cremant de Clement Brut, Alsace
Green apple, candied lemons, minerals, and brioche are just a few of the flavor components in this beautiful Cremant  d’Alsace.  This bubbly is excellent for any and every celebration and  with all types of food.  Clement Klur’s wines are totally organic and  biodynamic, with no added sulfites.  I mean… this is practically good for you! $22



Van Volxem Riesling, Germany 2010
This biodynamic Riesling-centric vineyard is located on the site of an  old Jesuit monastary in Saar, Germany.  The wine is super ripe and  concentrated, with notes of honey and green grapes.  An ideal wine to  chill down and pair with spicier Asian dishes. $21


Vaona Valpolicella Classico Superiore, Italy 2009
Hailing from  one of the best sub-zones in Valpolicella Classico, in Italy’s Veneto  region, and made by a third generation winemaker,Vaona’s Valpolicella  Superiore is a blend of Corvino, Rondonella, and Molinara grapes.  This  particular bottling is made in the Ripasso style, meaning it’s made with  the partially dried grape skins left over from the production of  Amarone, and then aged for at least one year, with a minimum alcohol  content of 12%.  Italian wine laws aside, this is a rich, gratifying red  that will please many palates and pair wonderfully with savory pies and  hearty pastas. $23



Jaspi Negre Monsant, Spain 2008
A blend of Grenache, Carignan, Syrah, and Cabernet  Sauvignon, Jaspi Negre is aged for three months in French Oak barrels  to round out the fruit and impart a deep, toasty finish.  A masculine  wine with dark cherry and blackberry fruit, aromatic spices, and a touch  of anisette make this an interesting and enjoyable blend with meat  dishes on chilly nights, or barbecue come Spring! $23

THURSDAY NIGHT WINE TASTING

Our friend James from Acid Inc, Selections will be joining us tonight to pour 4 spectacular wines from 4 corners of Europe 6-9 pm, with bread from SCRATCH and cheese from ED!

Cremant de Clement Brut, Alsace

Green apple, candied lemons, minerals, and brioche are just a few of the flavor components in this beautiful Cremant d’Alsace.  This bubbly is excellent for any and every celebration and with all types of food.  Clement Klur’s wines are totally organic and biodynamic, with no added sulfites.  I mean… this is practically good for you! $22

Van Volxem Riesling, Germany 2010

This biodynamic Riesling-centric vineyard is located on the site of an old Jesuit monastary in Saar, Germany.  The wine is super ripe and concentrated, with notes of honey and green grapes.  An ideal wine to chill down and pair with spicier Asian dishes. $21

Vaona Valpolicella Classico Superiore, Italy 2009

Hailing from one of the best sub-zones in Valpolicella Classico, in Italy’s Veneto region, and made by a third generation winemaker,Vaona’s Valpolicella Superiore is a blend of Corvino, Rondonella, and Molinara grapes.  This particular bottling is made in the Ripasso style, meaning it’s made with the partially dried grape skins left over from the production of Amarone, and then aged for at least one year, with a minimum alcohol content of 12%.  Italian wine laws aside, this is a rich, gratifying red that will please many palates and pair wonderfully with savory pies and hearty pastas. $23

Jaspi Negre Monsant, Spain 2008

A blend of Grenache, Carignan, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Jaspi Negre is aged for three months in French Oak barrels to round out the fruit and impart a deep, toasty finish.  A masculine wine with dark cherry and blackberry fruit, aromatic spices, and a touch of anisette make this an interesting and enjoyable blend with meat dishes on chilly nights, or barbecue come Spring! $23