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January 30, 2014

Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for a tasting with cider guru Anthony from Rowan Imports. Anthony is chock-full of information about these fermented apple libations, which are generally lighter in alcohol than most wines and are a great alternative to beer… we like cider for breakfast, cider while cooking, and cider for SUPERBOWL SUNDAY! We’ll have bottles from across Europe tonight with bread from She Wolf and cheese from ED!

Weidmann & Groh Speierling Halbtroken, Germany 2012

This German “apfelwein” is made from a single varietal of apples, Trierer Weinapfel, known for higher tannins and acidity and lower sugar. Orange marmalade, straw, earth, and a hint of old oak shine in this savory and complex liter bottle. Great with pork, both as a brine and a pairing! $16

Sidra Menendez Val d’Ornon, Asturias 2012

Light, tangy, and dry, Val d’Ornon is made from 22 varietals of apples grown on and around the Menendez estate in the Val d’Ornon Valley in North-West Spain. Traditionally poured from high above the glass in long, thin streams to release the natural effervescence, this funky unfiltered cidre has just 6.5% alcohol, making it one of the most refreshing beverages I can think of. $10

Cidre de Fouesnanz Manoir du Kinkiz, Brittany

Herve Seznec oversees 30 hectares of orchards where he grows 21+ varieties of apples without the use of pesticides or herbicides. The hand-picked apples ferment for 75 days in the bottle, resulting in a semi-dry, tart, and jubilant naturally sparkling cider. This is new to our shelves and we’re so excited to share it! $15

July 27, 2013

STAFF PICKS!  Wine we love.

March 22, 2013

When a dear friend mentioned that he was asked to write an article on the Finger Lakes Wine Region for Wine & Spirits Magazine, I immediately wanted to tag along.  I spent 4+ years living in Ithaca during my college years and I’ve been wanting to return to this breathtaking region for quite some time.  A lot has changed up there in the almost 15 years since I’ve left, a fact that became evident to me last week at a NY Drinks NY tasting at Astor Center.  I was blown away by the quality of the wines from this area, especially the Rieslings and other white varietals.  I’m really excited to meet the growers and winemakers and discover some new places while visiting my old favorites.  Stay tuned for pictures from the road!  XOXOXO Lily

March 19, 2013

This wine is so f’ing good and it’s all sold out!  I’m going to California to get us some…

This wine is so f’ing good and it’s all sold out! I’m going to California to get us some…

February 21, 2013

Thursday Night Tasting

Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for another tasting of some of our new favorites from Italy with our friend Ben from Soilair Selections. Our pals at Eastern District will pair the cheeses and a fun time will be had by all.

La Formica Soave 2011

100% Garganega, hailing from a vineyard founded in the 1800’s at the Eastern-most edge of Valpolicella territory. This enchantingly sunny white is a stellar winter refresher with considerable body and and a soft, lengthy finish…and, just like our good friends Nicky and Johnny, totally suave. Plus, I discovered last weekend that this is a weirdly awesome pairing for nachos. $19

Pietranera Rosso di Montalcino 2010

The name “Pietranera” means “black stone”, and it’s derived from the volcanic soil prevalent in the southern part of Montalcino where the family-run estate is located. This Sangiovese benefits greatly from the mineral rich earth in which the grapes are grown. Unbelievably elegant, with lush violet notes, bright, ruby red fruit and incredible structure. And the gorgeous label is printed with real gold. Baller. $25

Ronchi di Cialla Rosso 2009

This multi-generational, family-run estate specializes in grapes indigenous to Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Their Rosso is made from Ribolla Nera, also known as Schioppettino. The grape became nearly extinct in the late 1800s, and has been nursed back to life over the last fifty years by handful of dedicated growers. This exceptional red is like nothing else- dark, plummy, medium bodied, spicy, and de-licious. $27

February 18, 2013

Wine is a necessity of life for me.

President Thomas Jefferson, Oenophile

HAPPY PRESIDENTS DAY!

February 11, 2013

STAFF PICKS

Drink these if you know what’s good for you.

xoxo!

February 8, 2013

OPEN ‘TIL ELEVEN TONIGHT AND AGAIN AT NOON TOMORROW!
NO DELIVERY, SO COME AND VISIT US!
XOXO

OPEN ‘TIL ELEVEN TONIGHT AND AGAIN AT NOON TOMORROW!

NO DELIVERY, SO COME AND VISIT US!

XOXO

February 6, 2013

JUST IN FROM ITALY!
Villa Rinaldi La Prima Cuvee Brut 2008 
We just cracked a bottle of this sparkling Garganega from the Veneto, and it’s everything we remembered from first taste, and then some: beautiful golden straw color, crisp tropical fruit, and a soft, chalky finish.  Bellisimo! $30
Bibi Graetz Casamatta Toscana Rosso 2010
"Casamatta", or "Crazy House" is artist-winemaker Bibi Graetz version of the traditional Tuscan "House Wine".  A consistently refreshing balance of fruit and acidity, we think this insane value will be a fast favorite in all of Greenpoint’s crazy houses.  $13
Cordero di Montezemolo Dolcetto D’Alba 2010 
We give high marks to this perfectly plummy, earthy, softly tannic Dolcetto from a one of the most beautiful vineyard sites in all of Piedmont. From a region rich with the illustrious Nebbiolo grape, Dolcetto is often overlooked or looked down on.  Go out on a limb and give this bottle a chance! $20
Caravaglio Nero du Munti Corinto Nero Salina 2011
A savory red from an unsavory island!  Salina has spent much of history nearly uninhabited because of PIRATES! Cool, right?  The grapes grown here take their unique qualities from the oceanside soil and salty sea air- minerality and really bright, clean, minimalist red fruit.  Great with grilled fish! $28
I Custodi Aetneus Etna Rosso 2007
A full-bodied, concentrated blend of Nerello Mascalese (80%) and Nerello Cappucio (20%) from the unique volcanic soil on the Northern side of Mt. Etna, Aetnus was a wine we didn’t necessarily need but absolutely had to have.  Elegant ripe fruit with rich tobacco and spice notes from one of our favorite vintages in Italian wine history, this is a particularly delicious treat reflecting both skilled winemaking and exceptional terroir.  $40

JUST IN FROM ITALY!

Villa Rinaldi La Prima Cuvee Brut 2008 

We just cracked a bottle of this sparkling Garganega from the Veneto, and it’s everything we remembered from first taste, and then some: beautiful golden straw color, crisp tropical fruit, and a soft, chalky finish.  Bellisimo! $30

Bibi Graetz Casamatta Toscana Rosso 2010

"Casamatta", or "Crazy House" is artist-winemaker Bibi Graetz version of the traditional Tuscan "House Wine".  A consistently refreshing balance of fruit and acidity, we think this insane value will be a fast favorite in all of Greenpoint’s crazy houses.  $13

Cordero di Montezemolo Dolcetto D’Alba 2010 

We give high marks to this perfectly plummy, earthy, softly tannic Dolcetto from a one of the most beautiful vineyard sites in all of Piedmont. From a region rich with the illustrious Nebbiolo grape, Dolcetto is often overlooked or looked down on.  Go out on a limb and give this bottle a chance! $20

Caravaglio Nero du Munti Corinto Nero Salina 2011

A savory red from an unsavory island!  Salina has spent much of history nearly uninhabited because of PIRATES! Cool, right?  The grapes grown here take their unique qualities from the oceanside soil and salty sea air- minerality and really bright, clean, minimalist red fruit.  Great with grilled fish! $28

I Custodi Aetneus Etna Rosso 2007

A full-bodied, concentrated blend of Nerello Mascalese (80%) and Nerello Cappucio (20%) from the unique volcanic soil on the Northern side of Mt. Etna, Aetnus was a wine we didn’t necessarily need but absolutely had to have.  Elegant ripe fruit with rich tobacco and spice notes from one of our favorite vintages in Italian wine history, this is a particularly delicious treat reflecting both skilled winemaking and exceptional terroir.  $40


February 5, 2013

New Wines! 

Shockingly, it’s not every day that Lily and I get to have lunch with a table full of handsome men in suits and endless bottles of delicious wines.  But, a few weeks ago we had the privilege of lunching with winemaker Jeff Fischer and some awesome Manhattan sommeliers at DBGB.  Over pate, cheese burgers, iceberg wedges, and octopus, we fell in love with a few of the wines from Habit, a small operation in Santa Barbara County, California.  Our new friend Jeff is a jack-of-all trades.  When he’s not playing winemaker, he’s voicing a character by the same name on the hit animated series American Dad. Needless to say, the lunch was incredibly entertaining. AND, bonus- the wines were delicious. We snatched up a case of each of our faves immediately, and are excited to share them with you! 

2011 HABIT CHENIN BLANC

Jeff says: “Stone fruit, guava, quince, chervil, juicy fruit gum, green plums”

We say- Absolutely, totally delightful! Tropical fruit and vibrancy quench your thirst and wet your palate. Bright and clean. A tremendous way to kick off a special meal.  $33

2010 HABIT RED

Bordeaux Blend- 60% Cabernet Franc, the rest is Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot

Jeff says: “A mix of berries and dark fruits, soft supple tannins, a beautiful woman cloaked in red velvet. Super food friendly…approachable now but great aging potential… finesse, depth, and balance.”

We say: Warm baking spices like clove and cinnamon liven up the lush, concentrated fruit.  Great with fancy cheeseburgers.