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.
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