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June 21, 2013

Longest day of the year calls for more wine…  Our latest liter size bottle holds a delicious white wine from Slovenia!  Picked by hand from the hills of Jarenina with love and passion.  Crnko (Churn-ko)  $15
"These humble liter bottles represent half of Črnko’s total production and until the 2009 vintage had only been sold locally in the nearby village of Jarenina from where the wine takes its name.  All fruit is estate grown and comes from the family’s 6 hectares of mixed white varietals planted to the regions unique marl soils and sustainably farmed.  High toned Laski Riesling and Mueller-Thurgau coupled with the aromatics from the Muscats create juicy tangerine and quince notes with a silty minerality characteristic of the estate. Thirst quenching and light on its feet with invigorating acidity makes it difficult to set down. During the summers in the village of Jarenina, locals mix it with sparkling water and then proceed to consume well into the next day."
Did you read that last part?  It’s officially summer, which means it’s officially wine-spritzer season!

Longest day of the year calls for more wine…  Our latest liter size bottle holds a delicious white wine from Slovenia!  Picked by hand from the hills of Jarenina with love and passion.  Crnko (Churn-ko)  $15

"These humble liter bottles represent half of Črnko’s total production and until the 2009 vintage had only been sold locally in the nearby village of Jarenina from where the wine takes its name.  All fruit is estate grown and comes from the family’s 6 hectares of mixed white varietals planted to the regions unique marl soils and sustainably farmed.  High toned Laski Riesling and Mueller-Thurgau coupled with the aromatics from the Muscats create juicy tangerine and quince notes with a silty minerality characteristic of the estate. Thirst quenching and light on its feet with invigorating acidity makes it difficult to set down. During the summers in the village of Jarenina, locals mix it with sparkling water and then proceed to consume well into the next day."

Did you read that last part?  It’s officially summer, which means it’s officially wine-spritzer season!

April 18, 2013

Thursday Night Tasting: Terry Theise Estate Selections

Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for a tasting of three Austrian and German whites from the distinctive portfolio of legendary importer Terry Theise. A wine world deity, Theise is well known for his impeccable taste, devotion to winemakers and terroir, and indefatigable quest to discover some of the best wines in the world. Terry’s manifesto is admirable:

  • Beauty is more important than impact. 
  • Harmony is more important than intensity. 
  • The whole of any wine must always be more than the sum of its parts.
  • Distinctiveness is more important than conventional prettiness. 
  • Soul is more important than anything, and soul is expressed as a trinity of family, soil, and artisanality. 

Rain or shine, we’re thrilled to share a few of Terry’s gorgeous finds tonight over cheese from Eastern District!

Von Winning Riesling, Pfalz 2011 

New York City is a take-out town. The Dandy crew orders OTT Thai once a week, at the verty least. And what’s dinner without something to drink? Von Winning’s organic, natural, un-fined, unfiltered Riesling is a winner to have on hand (or have delivered) for spicy take-out nights. It’s uber sunny and bright with just a delicate touch of residual sugar to balance out the firiest of foods. $20

H&M Hofer Gruner Veltliner 2011

Gruner Veltliner has for years been everyone’s favorite easy summer guzzler, so much so that even we forgot that the grape can make more exceptional, refined wines as well. Terry Theise, of course, has many stellar Gruners in his book, and this one from H&M Hofer is a fresh reminder. Medium bodied, with sharp minerality and soft aromatics, a true stand-out among it’s watery, colorless pop-top peers. $22

Nikolaihof Gruner Veltliner Federspiel 2011

Nikolaihof is an “organic, bio-dynamic winery whose wines express the earth, the whole earth and nothing but the earth”, and their Gruner is OUT OF THIS WORLD. It’s richly perfumed and absolutely brimming with character, from home-y baking spices to the most fragrant white flowers, with lush pear fruit and a pretty dose of R.S. I think we’ve drank half the bottles we received of this, and it will be a treat to share it with you tonight. $35

March 24, 2013

"With a reputation as a fierce proponent for creating fine vinifera wines on the west side of Seneca Lake, Hermann J. Wiemer is one of the most highly regarded winemakers the Finger Lakes has ever seen." Hermann J. Wiemer, a pioneer in this region, is now in retirement, and the vineyard is being run by 2 young Cornell Grads. Oskar Bynke gave us a tour of the facility and poured us many wines, mostly Riesling, from both bottled vintages and unfinished tank samples. What was most impressive to me, was how age-able these wines are! The 2012 Rieslings were great, but almost came off as ‘clumsy’ compared to the razor-sharp and focused 2008 after having the opportunity to age in the bottle for 5 years. It just goes to show how well-made these wines are. If you ever see any older vintages of Wiemer, I would suggest you buy them! Or stash the newer vintages away for a later day…! You won’t be sorry.

March 22, 2013

We made it to Ithaca in time for a late dinner at an old haunt of mine, Maxie’s Supper Club (http://maxies.com/).   They serve a full menu until midnight on Friday and Saturday (not that common this far north).  They still had my favorite dish on the menu after a decade of not being there- Spicy Shrimp and Grits with Andouille Sausage!  I had a glass or 2 of Hazlitt Riesling which tasted oh-so-good after 5 hours in the car.  After dinner we had another hour to go.  The drive to Geneva was smooth and quick with Cannonball Adderly playing loud.  We made it to our hotel and straight to bed I go as our day starts at 8am.  Here’s a link to the Symposium’s schedule in case you’re interested…http://winesymposiumfingerlakes.com/program/

We made it to Ithaca in time for a late dinner at an old haunt of mine, Maxie’s Supper Club (http://maxies.com/). They serve a full menu until midnight on Friday and Saturday (not that common this far north). They still had my favorite dish on the menu after a decade of not being there- Spicy Shrimp and Grits with Andouille Sausage! I had a glass or 2 of Hazlitt Riesling which tasted oh-so-good after 5 hours in the car. After dinner we had another hour to go. The drive to Geneva was smooth and quick with Cannonball Adderly playing loud. We made it to our hotel and straight to bed I go as our day starts at 8am. Here’s a link to the Symposium’s schedule in case you’re interested…
http://winesymposiumfingerlakes.com/program/

August 17, 2012

The merits of boxed wine are practically endless, and include tailgating. VRAC Rose and WURTZ Riesling are both $27 bucks and in stock right now! Come and get ‘em for the beach/camping/parked truck on Franklin/boat/cabin/fridge! Also, Govino Glasses!  Everyone should have a set of this classier substitute for the red Solo cup.  Cute, functional, and unbreakable- 4 for just twelve bucks.

The merits of boxed wine are practically endless, and include tailgating. VRAC Rose and WURTZ Riesling are both $27 bucks and in stock right now! Come and get ‘em for the beach/camping/parked truck on Franklin/boat/cabin/fridge! Also, Govino Glasses!  Everyone should have a set of this classier substitute for the red Solo cup.  Cute, functional, and unbreakable- 4 for just twelve bucks.

June 7, 2012

SUMMER WHITES

Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, as we taste some awesome new white wines under $20! Our friend Ariel will be here from Savio Soares Selections, and we’ll have cheese from ED!

Biotite Vinho Verde Portugal 2011

Our favorite Vinho Verde ever came back in stock this week, JUST in time to taste on this beautiful day! Biotite is crisp and vibrant and a tiny bit bubbly. It’s all we want to drink in the summer time. We recommend it for beach days, trips to the new pool, and waiting outside Roseland for Beyonce concerts. $16

Thiery Weber Gruner Veltliner, Austria 2011

In the case of this Gruner, bigger really is better. Thiery Weber gives us a whole liter of Austrian deliciousness. This crowd-pleasing white is medium bodied, with just the right balance of fruit and citrus-y acidity. And we love Austria’s commitment to the screw-top closure because it makes it so easy to get to the wine! $11

Mosel St. Riesling Germany 2010 

The grapes for this sassy Riesling are painstakingly cared for… naturally cultivated, carefully pruned, and hand picked at the perfect point of ripeness. The result is a traditional German Riesling, with delicate fruit and white floral notes and a dry finish. $13

May 18, 2012

New Wine Alert!  Here are some new bottles that arrived this week…
Teutonic Wine Company 2011 Riesling Willamette Valley:  A super small-production winery making high-quality wines in the style of Germany and Alsace.  Lower alcohol (9.5%), higher elegance.  Great with food!  $25
Casa d’Ambra Ischia Bianco:  This savory white from a small island in the bay of Naples tastes like the sea air that blows on the vineyard. $17
Domaine de la Pauline 2010 Sancerre:  A Sancerre lover’s dream.  Lemons, limes, wild thyme, a kiss of jalepeno… your jowls will tingle from the acidity.  Tang AND body.  $25
Chateau des Tours Brouilly 2010:  Sometimes a half bottle is all you need, and this one is a bright and beautiful Beaujolais perfect for chilling and chillin’… $12.50
Altes Herencia 2011 Garnacha Negra:  You might think we’re Garnacha-crazy around here, but Spain has so many great values in that category, and this is our newest favorite for $13.  So well-balanced and quaffable, it’s a good idea to stock up on this one.
Kermit Lynch Selections 2009 Cotes du Rhone:  Long-term relationships with vineyards and winemakers in France gives Kermit a great opportunity to select the best of the best… this Cotes du Rhone is one of his selections.  Blackberries and plum fruit.  $16

New Wine Alert!  Here are some new bottles that arrived this week…

Teutonic Wine Company 2011 Riesling Willamette Valley:  A super small-production winery making high-quality wines in the style of Germany and Alsace.  Lower alcohol (9.5%), higher elegance.  Great with food!  $25

Casa d’Ambra Ischia Bianco:  This savory white from a small island in the bay of Naples tastes like the sea air that blows on the vineyard. $17

Domaine de la Pauline 2010 Sancerre:  A Sancerre lover’s dream.  Lemons, limes, wild thyme, a kiss of jalepeno… your jowls will tingle from the acidity.  Tang AND body.  $25

Chateau des Tours Brouilly 2010:  Sometimes a half bottle is all you need, and this one is a bright and beautiful Beaujolais perfect for chilling and chillin’… $12.50

Altes Herencia 2011 Garnacha Negra:  You might think we’re Garnacha-crazy around here, but Spain has so many great values in that category, and this is our newest favorite for $13.  So well-balanced and quaffable, it’s a good idea to stock up on this one.

Kermit Lynch Selections 2009 Cotes du Rhone:  Long-term relationships with vineyards and winemakers in France gives Kermit a great opportunity to select the best of the best… this Cotes du Rhone is one of his selections.  Blackberries and plum fruit.  $16

April 21, 2012

Instore tasting about to happen at Dandy

Tom claims that this crisp, mineral driven BOE 2010 “Friend” Riesling from the Finger Lakes is the best domestic Riesling he’s ever had…stop by for a taste and see if you agree.

February 9, 2012

THURSDAY NIGHT WINE TASTING

Our friend  James from Acid Inc, Selections will be joining us tonight to pour 4  spectacular wines from 4 corners of Europe 6-9 pm, with bread from SCRATCH and cheese from  ED! 




Cremant de Clement Brut, Alsace
Green apple, candied lemons, minerals, and brioche are just a few of the flavor components in this beautiful Cremant  d’Alsace.  This bubbly is excellent for any and every celebration and  with all types of food.  Clement Klur’s wines are totally organic and  biodynamic, with no added sulfites.  I mean… this is practically good for you! $22



Van Volxem Riesling, Germany 2010
This biodynamic Riesling-centric vineyard is located on the site of an  old Jesuit monastary in Saar, Germany.  The wine is super ripe and  concentrated, with notes of honey and green grapes.  An ideal wine to  chill down and pair with spicier Asian dishes. $21


Vaona Valpolicella Classico Superiore, Italy 2009
Hailing from  one of the best sub-zones in Valpolicella Classico, in Italy’s Veneto  region, and made by a third generation winemaker,Vaona’s Valpolicella  Superiore is a blend of Corvino, Rondonella, and Molinara grapes.  This  particular bottling is made in the Ripasso style, meaning it’s made with  the partially dried grape skins left over from the production of  Amarone, and then aged for at least one year, with a minimum alcohol  content of 12%.  Italian wine laws aside, this is a rich, gratifying red  that will please many palates and pair wonderfully with savory pies and  hearty pastas. $23



Jaspi Negre Monsant, Spain 2008
A blend of Grenache, Carignan, Syrah, and Cabernet  Sauvignon, Jaspi Negre is aged for three months in French Oak barrels  to round out the fruit and impart a deep, toasty finish.  A masculine  wine with dark cherry and blackberry fruit, aromatic spices, and a touch  of anisette make this an interesting and enjoyable blend with meat  dishes on chilly nights, or barbecue come Spring! $23

THURSDAY NIGHT WINE TASTING

Our friend James from Acid Inc, Selections will be joining us tonight to pour 4 spectacular wines from 4 corners of Europe 6-9 pm, with bread from SCRATCH and cheese from ED!

Cremant de Clement Brut, Alsace

Green apple, candied lemons, minerals, and brioche are just a few of the flavor components in this beautiful Cremant d’Alsace.  This bubbly is excellent for any and every celebration and with all types of food.  Clement Klur’s wines are totally organic and biodynamic, with no added sulfites.  I mean… this is practically good for you! $22

Van Volxem Riesling, Germany 2010

This biodynamic Riesling-centric vineyard is located on the site of an old Jesuit monastary in Saar, Germany.  The wine is super ripe and concentrated, with notes of honey and green grapes.  An ideal wine to chill down and pair with spicier Asian dishes. $21

Vaona Valpolicella Classico Superiore, Italy 2009

Hailing from one of the best sub-zones in Valpolicella Classico, in Italy’s Veneto region, and made by a third generation winemaker,Vaona’s Valpolicella Superiore is a blend of Corvino, Rondonella, and Molinara grapes.  This particular bottling is made in the Ripasso style, meaning it’s made with the partially dried grape skins left over from the production of Amarone, and then aged for at least one year, with a minimum alcohol content of 12%.  Italian wine laws aside, this is a rich, gratifying red that will please many palates and pair wonderfully with savory pies and hearty pastas. $23

Jaspi Negre Monsant, Spain 2008

A blend of Grenache, Carignan, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Jaspi Negre is aged for three months in French Oak barrels to round out the fruit and impart a deep, toasty finish.  A masculine wine with dark cherry and blackberry fruit, aromatic spices, and a touch of anisette make this an interesting and enjoyable blend with meat dishes on chilly nights, or barbecue come Spring! $23