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February 27, 2014

Party Like a Rock Star It’s cold. It’s grey. It’s winter. And it’s almost March. If you need a reason to drink (we don’t) any/all of those will do… so let’s get down! Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, to celebrate the end of February! Meg will be pouring three hard rockin’ Old World reds alongside cheese from ED and bread from SHE WOLF.

Milziade Antano Montefalco Rosso 2011

To taste this wine is to love this wine, and I can’t wait for you to join us in the fan club. A sustainably-grown old-vine blend of 70% Sangiovese, 15% Sagrantino, and 15% Merlot from Umbria, a region hidden in the shadow of the Tuscan hills. Following previous generations’ examples, Antano takes a decidedly old fashioned approach to his wines- farming naturally, working by hand, and interfering very little in the winery. The result is a clean, pure expression of the grapes and terroir of the region: bright red cherry fruit, soft but persistent tannic structure, and a unique, lingering finish that demands another sip, another glass, and another bottle. $23

Cesca Vicent Priorat 2011

Fifth generation winemaker Francesca Vicent practices organic farming on her Priorat vineyards which have been growing wine grapes since the 15th century. Paying special attention to the various soil types (eleven!) and microclimates on her property, Vicent grows each of the grape varietals for her blends in the absolute optimal individual conditions. 40% Garnacha, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, and 10% Syrah make up this powerful yet nuanced wine that at 15.5% abv is sure to get your blood pumping and those sweaters off. $19

Vina Sastre Ribeira del Duero 2011

This organic Tempranillo comes from some of the oldest, most primely situated vineyards in the Ribeira del Duero D.O. Employing ancestral farming techniques and many of the principles of biodynamics, Jesus Sastre mixes the most traditional practices with any new technology he deems practical in creating classic regional Tempranillo. The wine is unfined and unfiltered, fermented with the use of indigenous yeasts, naturally cold stabalized, and aged in large used-oak barrels. I’m told Jesus and his family and friends enjoy this wine with lamb on the vineyard, and I think you should absolutely do the same. $21

January 29, 2014

NEW SPANISH REDS
Celler del Roure Setze Gallets, Valencia 2011: This funky red from Valencia hails from a revitalized 300+ year old vineyard.  A blend of Garnacha, Monastrell, Merlot, and Mando, the red juicy fruit is balanced by spice and a distinctive earthiness. Playful, unique and really just a joy to drink. $15
Cesca Vicent, Priorat 2011: Francesca Vicent’s ancestors founded this Priorat vineyard in the 15th century, and she carries on the legacy today with a few improvements, like organic farming and detailed ground studies regarding which grapes grow best in each of the 11 different types of soil on her estate. The wine is dark and bold and serious… it’s almost better on it’s second day open.  But the long breath of fresh air brings out its charm, and the higher alcohol (15.5%) will definitely warm you up! $19
CVNE Vina Real Crianza, Rioja 2009: This toasty Tempranillo Crianza, from a vineyard that just won Wine Spectator’s “wine of the year” for their Grand Reserva, is jam packed with black cherry and raspberry fruit, with cinnamon and nutmeg on the finish.  Soft tannins and low acidity up the comfort level.  Drink by the fire or the television.  $18

NEW SPANISH REDS

Celler del Roure Setze Gallets, Valencia 2011: This funky red from Valencia hails from a revitalized 300+ year old vineyard.  A blend of Garnacha, Monastrell, Merlot, and Mando, the red juicy fruit is balanced by spice and a distinctive earthiness. Playful, unique and really just a joy to drink. $15

Cesca Vicent, Priorat 2011: Francesca Vicent’s ancestors founded this Priorat vineyard in the 15th century, and she carries on the legacy today with a few improvements, like organic farming and detailed ground studies regarding which grapes grow best in each of the 11 different types of soil on her estate. The wine is dark and bold and serious… it’s almost better on it’s second day open.  But the long breath of fresh air brings out its charm, and the higher alcohol (15.5%) will definitely warm you up! $19

CVNE Vina Real Crianza, Rioja 2009: This toasty Tempranillo Crianza, from a vineyard that just won Wine Spectator’s “wine of the year” for their Grand Reserva, is jam packed with black cherry and raspberry fruit, with cinnamon and nutmeg on the finish.  Soft tannins and low acidity up the comfort level.  Drink by the fire or the television.  $18

January 10, 2014

NEW SPANISH PRODUCER: LA UNIVERSAL

Sara Perez grew up on her father Jose Luis Perez’s renowned vineyard Mas Martinet.  Rene Barbier, likewise, on his family’s centuries-old estate in Catalunya.  The two dedicated oenologists met, fell in love, and La Universal was born!

A true labor of love, the wines they produce in Montsant are made from organic grapes grown on their small 4 hectare estate with the exception of the Cariñena used, which they source from a few neighboring vineyards.

They name each wine after a different heroine or goddess from Greek mythology, hinting at the beauty and strength of the wine inside!

Venus 2007

Described by the winery as “the result of her search for beauty, an attempt to interpret femininity through a bottle of wine: mystery and seduction, discourse and voluptuousness”… I don’t think we can do much better than that!  Feminine, but not delicately so, this is a nuanced, vital, and expressive blend of Cariñena and Syrah, fit for the goddess of love and beauty herself. $50

Dido 2011

A young, fresh blend of Garnacha, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Merlot, Dido, named for the tragic Queen of Carthage, is vibrant and lively with a pure, ripe red fruit core balanced by a bright, zingy finish and lingering acidity.  After a deep breath of fresh air (decant her), Dido shines on her own or with soft queso and salty jamon. $24

December 12, 2013

Join us tonight, 6-9pm, for a tasting of four Spanish wines with our friend Kerin Auth from Ole Imports, during the Franklin Street Holiday Stroll! Festive things will be happening all around the neighborhood, so it’s the perfect time to get all your holiday shopping done in one place. And we find a little wine always helps us get in the mood. We’ll have bread from She Wolf and cheese from Eastern District! Merry Merry!

Pazo de Galegos Albarino, Rias Baixas 2012

Nestled in an inland subzone of Rias Baixas in Galicia in Northwestern Spain, Pazo de Galegos is a family run vineyard that produces only Albarino. The old-vine grapes are harvested at the exact moment of optimal ripeness, resulting in a subtle, elegant wine with delicate fruit and lingering aromas. Cockles, clams, oysters, octopus, and squid are common fare in Galicia, and this white is the perfect match. $24

Pinyolet Garnacha, Montsant 2010

The name “Pinyolet” refers to the limestone pebble soil unique to the upper hills of Montsant where this organic, dry-farmed Garnacha is grown. These special grapes produce a leaner, more feminine style of Garnacha than in other parts of Spain with bright red fruit, minerals, and floral aromatics. Easy to drink and easy to pair, this pretty bottle is sure to please. Drink with red or white meat or grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup! $19

Orto Tinto, Montsant 2011

55% Samso (Carignan), 29% Garnacha, 10% Ull de Llebre (Tempranillo), and 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, this hefty, organic blend is a deep, brooding wine, the strong masculine neighbor to the previous wine. Structured and intense, with soft black fruit and subtle, balanced acidity. This is a wine my dad would love, and it’s a real treat with slow roasted red meat and root vegetables. $36

Naveran Cava Brut, 2011

'Tis the season for celebration and this organic vintage Cava is party perfect. Medium sized, persistent bubbles will take you from tree trimming to New Years Eve, and beyond. We love the rich toasty nature of this pretty Cava that is far more delicious than it's humble price tag might suggest. Don't forget, we offer quantity discounts! 5% off 6 bottles, 10% off a cases. Stock up and have us deliver! Does it get any better than that? $16 Bring a toy for 10% off your purchase tonight!

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October 3, 2013

Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, to taste FOUR brand spankin’ new wines from our friend Allison at Avant Garde Selections. We’re so excited to share these with you over cheese from Eastern District and bread from She Wolf Bakery.

Domaine Chiroulet Terres Blanches, Cotes de Gascogne 2011

50% Gros Manseng, 30% Sauvignon Blanc, 20% Ugni Blanc from Southwestern France. The grapes are sustainably grown in clay and limestone soil (Terres Blanches = White Earth), and the juice is aged for one month on the lees after a gentle pressing. The wine boasts super bright, acidity and a clean, chalky finish. It’s like the beautiful baby fridge favorites UBY and Bonhoste! $16

Domaine Mouthes Le Bihan La Pie Colette,2011

85% Merlot, 15% Malbec, organically grown in South West France. Naturally vinified with little to no sulfur added. Smooth, soft, and velvety with lucious blueberry and dusty, earthy tannins. the name La PieColette, is a play on words, with LA PIE meaning “a magpie”, COLETTE, a first name. And the word picolette means “to drink happily”! $19

Vins del Tros Ay de Mi Catalunya, 2010

Spicy, hot-blooded Garnatxa and Syrah from Terra Alta. Concentrated, supple and focused, with dark red fruit and fresh cracked black pepper. AND if you need more convincing, there are UFOs on the label, you guys!!! Believe. $24

Les Cousins Marc & Adria L’Inconscient Catalunya, 2011

Cousins Marc and Adria Perez grew up on wineries in Catelunya, worked on vineyards abroad (most notably in Bordeaux and the Rhone) and returned home to consult with vineyards and make wine together! This inky Priorat is a prime example of their successful partnership. Sustainably grown, old-vine grapes go into this incredibly deep, character-rich, sophisticated red that is SCREAMING for steak! $23

October 2, 2013

Flegenheimer Bros. Reserve Red, 2010: An Australian customer raved about this McLaren Vale blend recently, and we took her advice and added it to our line-up! Dark and concentrated fruit, powerful and spicy. $32

Quinta do Perdigao Rose, 2012: Biodynamically and sustainably grown Touriga Nacional rose that drinks like a savory, lighter-bodied red… Summer might be over but that doesn’t mean you have to stop drinking Rose! $21

Pequenos Rebentos Alvarinho Trajadura, 2012: A still Vinho Verde white just bursting with refreshing citrus fruit. $13

Losada El Pajaro Bierzo, 2011: The NYTimes declared this unpretentious organic Mencia “Best Value” in a recent line-up! Darkly fruity with balanced acidity and solid tannic structure. $18

Colle di San Domenico Falanghina Campania, 2012: A dry and harmonious white from the volcanic soils of Southern Italy… round and soft, a killer value. $13

Terlano St. Magdalener, 2012: Light, vibrant, delicate red fruit and the prettiest aromatics jump out of the glass in the blend of Lagrein and Schiava from mountainous Northern Italy. A “Meg” wine. $21

Clos la Coutale Cahors, 2011: Earthy, plummy French Malbec in the cutest half bottle size!  $11

Alkoomi Riesling, 2012: Western Australia’s given us the perfect match for spicy Thai food!  Small levels of residual sugar are balanced with sunny acidity.  $20

Apollonio Primitivo, 2007:
Super concentrated black fruit with a long, smoky, velvet-y finish.  A total TOM wine in every way. $21

September 12, 2013

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING

Tonight’s tasting of Spanish wines is going to be one for the history books! Our friend Kerin Auth, of Ole Imports and Peninsula Wines, will be here 6-9 pm, pouring some really fabulous bubbles and red wines and regaling us with her extensive knowledge of and stories about Spanish wine! We’ll have cheese from Eastern District, bread from Romans, and jam from Greenpoint Grapes, made from Concords grown in the secret garden behind Dandelion!

Barcino Cava

This traditional Cava from a village just south of Barcelona is a blend of 55% Xarel-lo, 25% Macabeo, and 20% Parellada, fermented in the bottle, methode champenoise style. We dig the citrus and stone fruit flavors, persistant bubble, and sleek, elegant structure. Pop a couple corks and party on, y’all! $15

Pinyolet Garnacha 2010

For me, one of the best things about the switch to a new season is revisiting wines and meals I haven’t had in a while- It’s kind of like catching up with an old friend. Pinyolet is one bottle I’m overjoyed to be reacquainted with this fall! Organically farmed vines planted in 1962 in the D.O. Montsant in Catalunya yeild this lush, concentrated Garnacha. Smashed berries and spice, with a lengthy, velvety finish… great with meaty meals and bootleg dvds. $19

Elo Monastrell 2010

One of the biggest challenges Spanish winemakers face is achieving the desired levels of acidity to balance out the big, bold fruit flavors that the hot, dry climate produces. To compensate, In the 1930s and 1940s, some growers would harvest their grapes up to a month before full ripeness. The growers of this single vineyard Monastrell from the Yecla region South of Madrid are harkening back to these historical practices, and by harvesting a month early and pressing the grapes slowly and gently, their Monastrell retains a brightness and a minerality that sets it apart from any we’ve had before. It’s also herbacious and floral, with a hearty dose of red raspberry fruit. SUCH a treat. $55

September 3, 2013

"In the Spanish Basque country, whenever people get together, they drink Txakoli — at brunch and also with a snack in between lunch and dinner. And then again with pintxos or tapas before dinner. At the Ameztoi wine estate near the town of Getaria, I once was served their wines with local salt-cured anchovies slicked with a little olive oil, accompanied by slices of crusty bread. The anchovies from this part of the world are extraordinary, and the combination with Txakoli is brilliant. It works like Barbera with salumi. The bright, singing white wine plays against the fat brininess of the anchovy, leaving you eager for the next bite, the next sip." (via A crisp Txakoli serves as a perfect summer wine - latimes.com)
SUMMER AIN’T OVER YET!!!!

"In the Spanish Basque country, whenever people get together, they drink Txakoli — at brunch and also with a snack in between lunch and dinner. And then again with pintxos or tapas before dinner. At the Ameztoi wine estate near the town of Getaria, I once was served their wines with local salt-cured anchovies slicked with a little olive oil, accompanied by slices of crusty bread. The anchovies from this part of the world are extraordinary, and the combination with Txakoli is brilliant. It works like Barbera with salumi. The bright, singing white wine plays against the fat brininess of the anchovy, leaving you eager for the next bite, the next sip." (via A crisp Txakoli serves as a perfect summer wine - latimes.com)

SUMMER AIN’T OVER YET!!!!

August 29, 2013

Thursday Night Tasting

Since we can’t take you all to Spain, we’re bringing Spain to Dandelion! Join us tonight, 6-9 pm in welcoming our old friend Rob Novick from T. Edward Wines for our Thursday Night Tasting! Rob will be pouring three spectacular Organic wines from around Spain (three faves of our newest team member Meghan) over bread from Romans and cheese from Eastern District.

Bodegas Edetaria Edetana Blanco, Terra Alta 2011

Lily, Meghan, and I drank this wine at Tertulia a few months ago on a crazy day/night out in the city. After purchasing a plane ticket from my cell phone, I texted Rob that we “absolutely had to have this wine at the store!” Having had several bottles since (in a more rational state of mind) I can tell you definitively that it’s de-licious. An aromatic blend of 70% Garnacha Blanco and 30% Viognier, with notes of white peach, citrus blossom, and spice- terrific with tapas AND tacos alike. $18

Josep Foraster Trepat Conca de Barbera Trepat 2011

A rare 100% Trepat from Catelunya - Conca de Barbera, to be exact- that our buddies at the NY Times described as “pale, fresh, light and cherry-scented, with a touch of bitter chocolate”. We think it’s Spain’s answer to France’s Cru Beaujolais- a stellar, easy-drinking, elegant wine that can take a little chill and pair beautifully with a variety of meals and occasions. $26

4 Kilos Vinicola 12 Volts Tierra de Mallorca 2011

50% Callet-Fogoneau, 30% Syrah, 10% Cabernet, and 10% Merlot from the gorgeous Mediterranean island of Mallorca. Artist Gary Baseman’s label is striking, right off the bat, and the wine inside the bottle doesn’t dissapoint. Callet, meaning “black” in the Mallorcan dialect, is a hearty, dark varietal that doesn’t exist beyond the island. The wine is violet scented with deep red cherry fruit, balanced acidity, and soft tannins. Super food-friendly, unique and singlular! $26

August 28, 2013

NEW WINE ALERT
Bodegas Lezaun Tempranillo, Navarra 2012
Bodegas Lezaun dates alllll the way back to 1780, and the family behind it knows a thing or two about making wine. Their juicy Tempranillo is incredibly quaffable, with super-ripe raspberry and red cherry fruit and plush texture on the finish. This is a great red to take us into the next season, with shorter days, cooler nights, and the return of that familiar craving for RED WINE. Certified Organic, and practicing biodynamic. $12
Domaine Jacky Marteau Lulu Sauvignon Blanc, Touraine 2012
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves… summer ain’t over YET! This zesty Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc offers zingy pineapple and just-plucked pear fruit with a racy quality that keeps you comin’ back for more. Stellar with late summer salads and covert date nights on the Greenpoint pier. We’ll hook you up with the plastic cups! $14

NEW WINE ALERT

Bodegas Lezaun Tempranillo, Navarra 2012

Bodegas Lezaun dates alllll the way back to 1780, and the family behind it knows a thing or two about making wine. Their juicy Tempranillo is incredibly quaffable, with super-ripe raspberry and red cherry fruit and plush texture on the finish. This is a great red to take us into the next season, with shorter days, cooler nights, and the return of that familiar craving for RED WINE. Certified Organic, and practicing biodynamic. $12

Domaine Jacky Marteau Lulu Sauvignon Blanc, Touraine 2012

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves… summer ain’t over YET! This zesty Loire Valley Sauvignon Blanc offers zingy pineapple and just-plucked pear fruit with a racy quality that keeps you comin’ back for more. Stellar with late summer salads and covert date nights on the Greenpoint pier. We’ll hook you up with the plastic cups! $14