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August 8, 2014

A Dinner Party in Italy

We helped our friends at Quinciple with some dinner party planning this week! Get cooking and drinking, people!

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Got plans this weekend? How about a dinner party.

Before you balk at the idea of slaving away in the kitchen all day, consider our knockout menu below, which channels the salty breezes of coastal Italy while keeping your legwork to a minimum.

We’ve also picked out some wine and put together a playlist for you; all that’s left is to raise a glass and eat up! 

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July 17, 2014

A trip to Lake Garda

Viva Italia! Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for a tasting of three cool summer wines from the shores of beautiful Lake Garda in Northern Italy with friend James Endicott from Acid Inc. Selections guiding the tour! We’ll start with a sparkler and a rosato from Lombardia, a wealthy and populous region with the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. Then we’ll cross the lake to visit the culturally-rich Veneto region with a refreshing chilled red. Bread from She Wolf and cheese from Eastern District will round out this perfect Italian picnic. Cin cin!

Pasini San Giovanni Lugana Brut Metodo Classico

This idyllic winery has been family run since it was founded in the 1950’s and is committed to growing traditional varietals as sustainably as possible, and creating wines representative of their region and history. Made of 100% Turbiana grapes, this enigmatic sparkler is made in the Metodo Classico style- just like in Champagne, baby.  Soft bubbles, notes of golden pears, tart stone fruit, and a richness achieved with 18+ months in the bottle make this a standout new bubbly in our hard-working fridge. Although it’s not “appropriate” sommelier behavior, nothing makes me happier than the festive pop of a cork coming out of a bottle of beautiful sparkling wine. And by all means, this is a wine worth breaking the rules for! $27

Pasini San Giovanni Il Chiaretto Valtenesi 2013

"I’ve been drinkin’… watermelon…", Beyoncé sings… but maybe she’s talking about Il Chiaretto! This special rosé is native to the Valtenesi appellation on Lake Garda, and it’s been a hit here for several summers now. A blend of Groppello, Marzemino, Barbera, and Sangiovese, this short bottle packs in a ton of character.  With it’s bright acidity, refreshing minerality, and distinctive watermelon-y finish, this sassy rosato has us pretty drunk in love, too. Flawless with watermelon-feta salad, and fish all up on your grill. $17

Lanza Bardolino 2012

I know the label’s cheesy but I stand by this wine, 100%! This light, fresh, ruby-red sipper is one of my favorite pairings with salmon, year-round.  In the summer, I like to throw it in the fridge for a bit- the chill really brings out this minerality present under the clear, candid red fruit. A blend of Corvina, Molinara, and Rondinella, all estate-grown and organic, this is a wine for all seasons, especially this one.  Lazy Sundays in the park, picnic lunches, casual get-togethers, twilight dates on the pier, laundry day- Lanza’s Bardolino is good for all of it. One of my favorite “go-to” bottles! $14

July 12, 2014

We just cracked a couple bottles at Dandy! Both expressive of the Mediterranean climate of north eastern Spain.
Espelt Vailet 2012 Emporda DO (60% Garnacha Blanca and 40% Macabeo) Aromatics of tropical fruit and white flowers with a fresh and crisp experience on the palate. Are you experienced?  $15
Joana 2012 Monsant DO (70% Garnacha and 30% Merlot) 100% estate fruit farmed organically. Red berries and spice on the nose, very fresh yet full-bodied and structured on the palate. $13
Come taste!

We just cracked a couple bottles at Dandy! Both expressive of the Mediterranean climate of north eastern Spain.

Espelt Vailet 2012 Emporda DO
(60% Garnacha Blanca and 40% Macabeo)
Aromatics of tropical fruit and white flowers with a fresh and crisp experience on the palate. Are you experienced?
$15

Joana 2012 Monsant DO
(70% Garnacha and 30% Merlot)
100% estate fruit farmed organically. Red berries and spice on the nose, very fresh yet full-bodied and structured on the palate.
$13

Come taste!

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 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

June 23, 2014

Sunday supper with friends 💛
…the food and company were also excellent.

Sunday supper with friends 💛

…the food and company were also excellent.

June 21, 2014

Gris is the word.

Gris is the word.

June 10, 2014

We’re thrilled to announce that we’re now a pick-up spot for Good Eggs!

Order your groceries from local farmers and purveyors online and pick them up when you come buy your wine Mon, Tues, Weds, or Fri!

A match made in heaven!