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September 11, 2014

Tonight we welcome our friend Anthony Lamonaca of Golden Vines Imports.  Anthony has become family to us here at Dandelion Wine.  He rarely shows up without a bag of goodies for us from his favorite spots in the neighborhood or his recent travels to Europe.  We’ve been to his house in Westchester for dinner and he gives me a hard time when I take too much time off from work.  Anthony was born and raised in Williamsburg.  He made wine for 20 years there while working a finance job downtown.  Seven years ago he left his trader job and started working in every facet of the wine industry (restaurants, retail, distribution) before starting his very own importing business.  

Tonight is as much about him as it is his wine for which we share a mutual passion for.  A guy like Anthony wouldn’t import just any wine… come taste his “old-school” selections tonight from 6-9pm.  

And after you gobble on some cheese from Eastern District and sip on our wine, wander over to Duke’s Liquor Box for an ABSINTHE tasting!  

Daniel Reverdy & Fils 2012 SancerreLoire Valley, France

 Who doesn’t love a great Sancerre?  This is Dandy’s favorite at the moment.  Crisp, clean minerality and mouth-watering acidity makes this the perfect wine for these humid NYC days or the perfect wine to pair with dinner of all kinds.  Very food friendly, versatile, and complex.  $22 

Colle di San Domenico 2012 Falanghina Campania, Italy

Falanghina?  What’s that, you say?  Awesome stuff.  This is one of our best values in the shop, but not as popular as it should be maybe due to it’s strange name.  When we open it, everyone loves it.  It’s dry and round with a hint of almond and smoke.  Pair with seafood or Chinese take-out.  $13 

Il Fitto 2009 Syrah Cortona Tuscany, Italy

 Another wine that everyone loves once we open it and pour it into their glass.  100% Syrah from Tuscany aged 15 months in oak barrels.  As the temps drop we start roasting birds and game again… this wine is what you want as the leaves fall.  Also great with cheese.  Come see for yourself.  $16

Bricco Maiolica 2012 Dolcetto Diano d’Alba Piemonte, Italy

 What an elegant example of Dolcetto…  This wine is dark and mysterious.  When I think of what to write, I keep coming up with dark fruit and earth.  It’s full and dry, yet I can’t place my finger on what makes this wine so good every time I have it.  It’s a mystery, but the very best kind.  It’s wine like this that gets me excited for snow.  $23


September 7, 2014

September 4, 2014

Thursday Night Tasting

Vinotas Selections

Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for a tasting of three distinctive wines from France and California! We’ll have bread from She Wolf and cheese from Eastern District. And, if you were unable to make the opening last night, be sure to check out the new art on the walls! Our friend Ann Parry’s wonderful prints will be on display (and for sale) in the shop through the month of September, and they are not to be missed. 

Same time, 6-9, our partners in crime across the way at Duke’s Liquor Box will be having a tasting of a VERY SPECIAL shochu… a very singular experience is promised! 

L’enclos des Braves, Gaillac,France

The small Gaillac AOC lies in the southwest part of France, just northeast of Toulouse, and as our importer-buddy Michel discovered on a buying trip to France, there are some really cool wines being made there from native, ancestral grape varieties.  And Nicolas Lebrun is one producer doing just that! He founded L’enclos de Braves in 2005, after working at various wineries in the area for 12 years prior. The small plot he settled on is less than 15 acres of hilly, limestone-rich soil.  His grapes, all on vines 20-35 years old, are grown biodynamically. The wines, made with indigenous yeasts and minimal sulfer, evoke a unique sense of the place they hail from. And the bottles are priced amazingly- what more can we ask for!?!?

Les Gourmands Gaillac Blanc 2013

A blend of Sauvignon Blanc and native variety Loin de l’Oiel, this is a cheerful, zippy wine with lots of bright, sunny acidity and refreshing green, herbaceous notes. A fun alternative to single-varietal Sauvignon Blancs- a peaceful, easy feelin’ for these hot September days. Great with tacos, indian summer, and The Eagles $15

Les Gourmands Gaillac Rouge 2011

Les Gourmands rouge is made up of 70% Duras, and 30% Braucol- your two new favorite grapes you’ve never heard of! Together, these ancestral varietals make a wine that is dark and nuanced, masculine and full-bodied, but well-balanced with shining minerality and a finish that goes on forever. And marvelously, this wine is great for serveral days after opening… so you can have a glass Monday and revisit it on Wednesday, if you have that kind of self control. $15

Cabot Vineyards, Humboldt County, California

Humboldt Country is a unique region on the North Coast of California that boasts soaring redwood groves, forested canyons, and cool Pacific breezes, as well as marijuana farms and wild vineyards like Cabot! Cabot is the northernmost winery in the state of California.  Farmer John Cabot planted his first grapes there in 1998 using organic principles, and his wines are made with minimal intervention in the cellars. Sourcing grapes from five nearby vineyards, John strives to make wines that tell the story of where they’ve come from, and we think these are stories worth telling! 

Klamath Cuvee 2008

A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 25% Syrah from John’s plots in the rugged Klamath River Valley, this is a wild wine with a LOT going on. Smoke and tobacco, black peppery spicy, dark concentrated fruit, dried herbs, and moments of soaring acidity take you on quite a ride, but firm tannic structure keeps it grounded on the finish. A match made in heaven for grilled meats, so don’t close up that bbq quite yet! $18

September 3, 2014

We 💖 @annparryart ! Art opening happening now ‘til 9 pm! #art #wine #greenpoint #rosé (at Dandelion Wine)

We 💖 @annparryart ! Art opening happening now ‘til 9 pm! #art #wine #greenpoint #rosé (at Dandelion Wine)

September 2, 2014

August 29, 2014


In vino veritas!

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


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…

August 16, 2014


Three’s a party!