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August 31, 2014

OPEN LABOR DAY
2-11 PM

OPEN LABOR DAY

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August 29, 2014

(via Inside Scoop SF » Finding new ways to help Napa)

The folks in Napa are continuing to try and figure out how to recover from last weekend’s quake, both their homes and businesses.

As we’ve noted before, one easy way to help in the short term is to go up there and spend some time tasting or dining this weekend. If you’re nowhere near the Bay Area, you can always drink some Napa wine and show solidarity.

But as noted in Vivian Ho’s story Friday, Napa Valley is largely run by its middle-class residents, many of them living in rented homes in southern Napa, where the quake hit hardest, who have been heavily impacted by the number of red-tagged buildings after the quake.

Even if you dismiss Napa as a place for the rich and hedonic (I’m among those who does that frequently) it is residents of more modest means who will largely benefit from work being done by charities like the Napa Valley Community Foundation, which established a quake relief fund this week.

To that end, Steve Matthiasson, our most recent winemaker of the year, is releasing a $48 Quake Cuvee, a blended red Napa wine, with all proceeds going to the foundation’s relief fund.

The Matthiasson family knows the quake’s impact only too well: In addition to some of their wine barrels being toppled, they were forced to move out of their own house, which was red-tagged by the county — just as harvest was starting.

It’s in moments like this that Napa Valley shows its best side.

(via Inside Scoop SF » Finding new ways to help Napa)

The folks in Napa are continuing to try and figure out how to recover from last weekend’s quake, both their homes and businesses.

As we’ve noted before, one easy way to help in the short term is to go up there and spend some time tasting or dining this weekend. If you’re nowhere near the Bay Area, you can always drink some Napa wine and show solidarity.

But as noted in Vivian Ho’s story Friday, Napa Valley is largely run by its middle-class residents, many of them living in rented homes in southern Napa, where the quake hit hardest, who have been heavily impacted by the number of red-tagged buildings after the quake.

Even if you dismiss Napa as a place for the rich and hedonic (I’m among those who does that frequently) it is residents of more modest means who will largely benefit from work being done by charities like the Napa Valley Community Foundation, which established a quake relief fund this week.

To that end, Steve Matthiasson, our most recent winemaker of the year, is releasing a $48 Quake Cuvee, a blended red Napa wine, with all proceeds going to the foundation’s relief fund.

The Matthiasson family knows the quake’s impact only too well: In addition to some of their wine barrels being toppled, they were forced to move out of their own house, which was red-tagged by the county — just as harvest was starting.

It’s in moments like this that Napa Valley shows its best side.

August 29, 2014

STAFF PICKS! 

In vino veritas!

August 28, 2014

We can all use an afternoon pick-me-up.

We can all use an afternoon pick-me-up.

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August 28, 2014

PLENTY OF ROSÉ HERE, GUYS! Stock up before you board the LIRR!

August 28, 2014

It’s been a phenomenal summer so far, and it’s not over yet! Labor Day Weekend is one of our favorite times to host barbecues and join friends in the Rockaways, and this one promises to be absolutely beautiful. Join us tonight 6-9 pm, in preparation, with a tasting of three summery whites with our friend Ben from Bonhomie Wine Imports! We’ll have cheese from ED and bread from She Wolf.

While you’re at it on Franklin Street, we suggest you start with wine and finish with whiskey- our friends at Duke’s and Moonlight Mile will be hosting a joint tasting tonight! 

Heading out of town for the holiday or expecting company? Stock up in advance! We offer 5% off six packs, and 10% off cases of 12, and deliver after 5pm daily!

Stefan Meyer Silvaner, Pfalz 2012

A great American once said “Give me liters or give me death!”, so we’ve got liters for ya! This organic Silvaner from young producer Stefan Meyer is terroir driven, dry, and versatile, not to mention completely delicious. Aromatic and lean, this is a wine that will cool you off when the temp. rises, please your pickiest dinner guests, and answer that nagging question “should I have just one more glass?” with an emphatic “YES”! $16

Clotilde Davenne Sauvignon, Saint-Bris 2013

 This Sauvignon Blanc is a standout, hailing from the only appellation in Chardonnay-filled Burgundy where it’s permitted to be produced. Clotilde Davenne is a Burgundy veteran, making wine for bigger-name Chablis producers before starting her own eponymous vineyard. She vinifies her wines in all stainless steel, to bring out the unique qualities of the grapes and the spectacular Jurassic soil in which they’re grown. Lean, herbaceous, crisp, and clean, with a touch of lime zest and grass. A great new option for both die-hard Sancerre fans and New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc drinkers. $19

Weingut Spáter-Veit Riesling, Mosel 2012

Through the tireless efforts of many busy New York City sommeliers, we’ve seen an incredible surge in Riesling’s popularity over the last few years. It truly is an incredibly versatile grape, producing a wide-range of styles from bone-dry to dessert. This trocken (dry) offering from Weingut Spater-Veit comes from one of the top sites in Germany’s Mosel region. The use of indigenous yeasts and stainless steel tanks brings out the true character of the grape and the prized regional terroir. Crisp yellow apple, white flowers, green pears, and lemon, with a steely finish- this is a wonderfully multi-faceted wine for long-time Riesling fans and newer converts alike.  $14

August 26, 2014

NEW WINE ALERT!

The Dandelion Wine staff suppered on Sunday at M. Wells Steakhouse.  We shared several beautiful bottles of wine, but it was the Joseph Swan Vineyards Mancini Ranch 2008 Zinfandel that really stood out…  So we ordered it yesterday and it’s here today!

The vines used to make this wine were planted in the 1920s!  This Zinfandel is big but perfectly focused with razor sharp acidity and it paired so beautifully with our rare steaks.  $32

Joseph Swan Vineyards is a small family owned winery located in the heart of Sonoma County, California’s famed Russian River Valley.  They specialize in vineyard designated Pinot Noir and Old-Vine Zinfandel.  Joseph Swan strives to make interesting wines that reflect their unique origins and to price them fairly. The mere fact that they are still here after 40 years means we must be doing something right…

http://www.swanwinery.com/

August 21, 2014

Our friend Midori from small importer Joto Sake is the number one reason we even have a sake selection worth talking about. Her knowledge, passion, and delicious sakes got us interested in learning more about (and drinking more of) this traditional fermented rice beverage. We’re thrilled to have her here tonight to share stories and sake with us over cheese from Eastern District and bread from She Wolf. 

Our friend Midori from small importer Joto Sake is the number one reason we even have a sake selection worth talking about. Her knowledge, passion, and delicious sakes got us interested in learning more about (and drinking more of) this traditional fermented rice beverage. We’re thrilled to have her here tonight to share stories and sake with us over cheese from Eastern District and bread from She Wolf. 

August 16, 2014

STAFF PICKS

Three’s a party!

August 14, 2014

Drink Pink

No doubt about it, the summer of 2014 has been sponsored by rosé. Never before have we seen such a frenzy!!! Everyone has discovered what we have known all along- it’s delicious, it’s not just for the ladies, and there are excellent options at a variety of price points from all over the world. Well folks, it’s still summer. And what better time than the most beautiful day ever, smack-dab in the middle of August to DRINK MORE ROSÉ? No time like the present, I say. Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, and our friend Steven VanHaren from Michael Skurnik Wines, for a tasting of three tasty pink bevs. We’ll have cheese from Eastern District and bread from She Wolf!

Zestos Rosado, Madrid 2013

Hailing from the high altitude, under-the-radar vineyards of San Martin Valdeiglesias just northwest of Madrid, the old-vine Garnacha grapes that make up this wine, like 90% of those grown in the region, are farmed organically. They believe that “Old vines make better wines”, and we tend to agree.  Their lower yields of fully, evenly ripened grapes make consistent high-quality wines, and we’ve been crazy about this one for a few vintages now. Vibrant and elegant, with classic fresh strawberry notes that practically scream “summer fun” and pair with anything and everything. Provençal in style and substance for a fraction of the price? Don’t mind if I do! $11

Liquid Geography Rosado, Bullas 2013

Olé is one of our favorite wine importers for a variety of reasons- they carry awesome wines, many of exceptional value and everyone who works there is just so lovely to work with, helpful, knowledgeable, and kind, and excited about the wines they bring in! Enter, this fantastic rosé, a pet project of Olé’s founder Patrick Mata and three of his esteemed friends in the wine world. Every dollar of the proceeds from this wine, Olé donates to the TJ Martell Foundation for cancer research. How’s that for giving back?! Organic Monastrell (what the French call Mourvedre) from the region in southeast Spain where it originated, Liquid Geo’ boasts refreshing minerality and citrusy acidity with a touch of spice. Drink for a cause! $13

Terre Nere Etna Rosato, Sicily 2013

We’re generally fascinated by everything Terre Nere makes, and their rosato is no exception. This dry, steely, savory pink wine, an organic blend of Nerello Mascalede and Nerello Cappucio, was first made in 2007, in honor of wine maker’s three year old daughter, who like many little girls, loves anything and everything rosy hued. Aiming to make a rosé with “the body of a white and the soul of a red” is no easy task, but he set about to do it and each year I think he gets closer to his ideal. A little more serious than some, this rosé is thoughtful and regal, and ages well. The vineyard recommends it with classic Italian aperitivo- think prosciutto and melon, salami and figs, and formaggio! $23