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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 16, 2014

STAFF PICKS

Three’s a party!

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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August 7, 2014

Nómade Wines

Argentina

Please join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for a wine tasting of Tomás Achával’s Nómade label. Thomás sources wines from several regions, highlighting classic varietals grown in the best possible conditions. We’ll have two tonight, alongside cheese from Eastern District and bread from She Wolf!

Torrontes 2012

Arguably the most distinctive indigenous grape in Argentina, the only country in which it is produced, Torrontes is characterized by heady floral aromatics and bright exotic tropical fruit. Nómade’s Torrontes hails from old vines grown at 5,445 feet above sea level in Cafayate, in the middle of the Calchaqui Valleys, the best site in the Andes for Torrontes. Orange blossom and jasmine, along with mint, lychee, pineapple, and pear- drink with spicy foods or sushi! $14

Malbec 2011

Hailing from a 75-year-old vineyard in Valle de Uco, Mendoza, this Malbec has become a best-seller in a season when most full-bodied reds have fallen by the wayside. Old vines, low yields, and high-altitude vineyards all contribute to producing grapes with higher acid and lower sugar- which means better quality fruit over-all. The wine is aged 8 months in a combination of French and American oak before bottling. The outcome is a Malbec with considerable spice and character, concentrated red and black berries and baking spices with an elegant brightness on the finish.  A Malbec for all seasons! $17

August 6, 2014

BURGUNDY IS FOR LOVERS

This hot couple, just in.

Clotilde Davenne Saint-Bris 2013

Saint Bris is the only appellation in Burgundy to produce Sauvignon Blanc instead of Chardonnay. This one from rock star Oenologist Clotilde Davenne is very satisfying. Lean minerality, zested lime peel, and grass after a downpour… this much character in a sustainable Sauvignon Blanc?? Yes, please! $19

Domaine des Rouge-Queues Envol Bourgogne 2011

Located in the teeny, tiny, relatively obscure Cotes-de-Beaune village of Sampigny les Maranges (only 170 inhabitants!), Domaine des Rouge-Queues’s small vineyard boasts clay and limestone pebble soil, which give way to mineral-rich, high-acid Pinot Noir grapes. The wine is bright and fresh with notes of wild strawberries and cassis with an energetic, zingy finish. Summer red to a T! $22

August 6, 2014

July 31, 2014

STAFF PICKS!!!

Everyone is back and everyone is drinking.

Summer is glorious!

July 31, 2014

ITALIAN WINE TASTING

Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for a diverse Italian wine tasting with our friend Evan from Omniwines! We’ll showcase three special bottles from across the boot, with bread from She Wolf and cheese from Eastern District.

And be sure to stop by and see our buddies over at Duke’s, same time, where Whiskey is on the bill!  

Casa d’Ambra Ischia Bianco 2013

This is Ischia. The largest island in the bay of Naples is incredibly picturesque and atmospheric, with a colorful past. An important stop on the route between Greece and Northern Italy, it’s history is punctuated with periodic catastrophic eruptions of its now extinct volcano. This bianco, made from native Biancollelo grapes grown throughout the island in those rich volcanic soils, is a gorgeous export from this fascinating place. Anjou pear, key lime, and green apple finish with this saline, savory quality I love to find in island whites, this is a natural choice for a meal from the sea. Did y’all hear that Greenpoint Fish and Lobsteropened yesterday? That’s right, we don’t need no stinkin’ G train to get great fish! YES! $19

Piedmont Wine Project Gambai 2012

A blend of Barbera, Ruché, and Pelaverga, some of my favorite grapes in Italy if not the world, this is a fun, casual approach to these classic native varietals of the venerable Piemonte region.  Gambai, which means “boot” in the Piedmont dialect, is a tribute to the wine making heritage of this boot-shaped country. The three grapes combine beautifully, each bringing something special to the table. The Barbera, which comprises 60% of the blend, endows it with a sturdy acidity and clear cherry fruit, the Ruché, at 30%, provides it’s characteristic rose-y floral notes, and 10% Pelaverga adds a spicy peppercorn quality up-front the continues through in the finish. There’s a lot going on in the region and a lot going on in this bottle! Pair with meats and cheeses, olives, crostini, and good conversation. $16

Maso Michei Trentino Pinot Nero 2010

Located in the dangerously steep but deeply idyllic slopes of Ronchi di Ala in Trentino, Masso Michei is a small, relatively new winery founded by Giuseppe and Michela Bruni, who left their fast-paced banking careers just over a decade ago to pursue their passion and dedicate themselves to the land.  At this extreme elevation (between 820 and 890 meters), machine work is impossible and work on the vineyards can be life threatening, but also incredibly rewarding. “My dream was not to be the richest man in the world, but the freest,” Giuseppe has said.  This noble humility translates to his wines, like this delightful Pinot Nero. Bright and playful, with mineral undertones, gracious fruit, and a maverick spirit. Inspiring and invigorating! $17