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June 27, 2014

Due to technical difficulties (and possibly my own virtual ineptitude?) our tasting notice didn’t post yesterday! Anyway, here’s a recap of our wonderful Sud de France tasting from last night!  All the wines are still available in the shop, so if you missed it, be sure to check them out.

Chateau Maris Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc 2013

When the streets of Brooklyn sizzle like the surface of the sun, I want something light and zippy and utterly thirst-quenching… like Picpoul. This lip-stinger from the deeply Bio dynamic and sustainable producer Chateau Maris more than does the trick!  Green apple, key lime, and white flowers. Terrific with Mediterranean fare- sardines, anyone? $12

Effet Papillon, Cotes du Roussillon Blanc 2013

The crystalline Grenache Blanc is another white wine with heart.  Winemakers Stephane and Marjorie Gallet of Roc des Anges assist growers the Cave Cooperative de Rivsaltes to understand the benefits of sustainable farming, early harvests, and limited yields in the vineyard, and then make wine from the fruits of their labor.  One of their finest vintages to date, this wine is medium bodied and and vibrant, with notes of pear, lemon balm, and honey dew.  $12

Devois de Perret, Coteaux du Languedoc 2012

This light, mineral-driven Grenache-Syrah blend, mostly made of fruit from the esteemed Pic St Loup, is an easy-going red for all seasons.  Red fruit and a touch of spice give way to a particularly clean stony quality on the finish.  Supremely versatile, this is a wine for cold sandwiches or veggies on the grill, Chinese take-out or the final season of True Blood. Life is complicated, and sometimes it’s best if your wine isn’t. Take it easy! $13

En Attendant la Pluie L’Eau a la Bouche, Cotes du Roussillon 2012

Mais oui! This all natural Grenache Noir is named for a Serge Gainsbourg song title that translates to “Mouthwater” and it’s every bit as alluring.  Unadulterated plush red fruit, bursting at the seams and an expressive earthiness make this, for me, a very terroir driven wine, telling a story of the beautiful place it comes from.  With hard cheeses or a steak salad, this wine is mouthwatering, indeed. $26

June 22, 2012

FRIDAY TASTING ALERT
Kick off the weekend at Dandy tonight, 4-7 pm, with a tasting of four stellar wines from the south of France. Festival Sud de France is a city-wide celebration of the food, wine, and culture of the Languedoc-Rousillon region, and we’re delighted to share a selection of their unique wines with you!

Domaine Reine Juliette Picpoul de Pinet 2011
This brisk and breezy white hails from a vineyard that literally used to be part of the ocean floor. The soil still hides fossils of ancient sea creatures which nourish the grapes and lend the wine a bracing acidty and refreshing minerality. “Picpoul” means “lip stinger” and there’s nothing more refreshing on a hot day. $12
Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup Cuvee Sainte Agnes 2010
50% Roussanne, 30% Clairette, 10% Marsanne, and 10% Grenache Blanc, Cuvee Saint Agnes is a truly special white that really embodies the terroir of the region. Farmed biodynamically with little intervention during vinification, it’s a full bodied wine with undeniable elegance. $23
Domaine la Croix Belle Le Champ du Coq 2010 
A blend of Syrah and Grenache from a sustainable vineyard in the Cotes du Thongue, Le Champ du Coq is dark and fruit forward, with hearty notes of blackberries and currants. It’s an easy choice for burgers on the grill! $13
Domaine Faillenc Saint Marie Corbieres 2009
Here’s another approach to the Syrah and Grenache blend, this time from Corbieres. This complex red tastes like the South of France: black cassis, with hints of black olive and violets. A perrenial favorite! $16

FRIDAY TASTING ALERT

Kick off the weekend at Dandy tonight, 4-7 pm, with a tasting of four stellar wines from the south of France. Festival Sud de France is a city-wide celebration of the food, wine, and culture of the Languedoc-Rousillon region, and we’re delighted to share a selection of their unique wines with you!

Domaine Reine Juliette Picpoul de Pinet 2011

This brisk and breezy white hails from a vineyard that literally used to be part of the ocean floor. The soil still hides fossils of ancient sea creatures which nourish the grapes and lend the wine a bracing acidty and refreshing minerality. “Picpoul” means “lip stinger” and there’s nothing more refreshing on a hot day. $12

Ermitage du Pic Saint Loup Cuvee Sainte Agnes 2010

50% Roussanne, 30% Clairette, 10% Marsanne, and 10% Grenache Blanc, Cuvee Saint Agnes is a truly special white that really embodies the terroir of the region. Farmed biodynamically with little intervention during vinification, it’s a full bodied wine with undeniable elegance. $23

Domaine la Croix Belle Le Champ du Coq 2010 

A blend of Syrah and Grenache from a sustainable vineyard in the Cotes du Thongue, Le Champ du Coq is dark and fruit forward, with hearty notes of blackberries and currants. It’s an easy choice for burgers on the grill! $13

Domaine Faillenc Saint Marie Corbieres 2009

Here’s another approach to the Syrah and Grenache blend, this time from Corbieres. This complex red tastes like the South of France: black cassis, with hints of black olive and violets. A perrenial favorite! $16

October 27, 2011

WINE TASTING TONIGHT 6-9 PM

Domaine Saint-Felix Saint Chinian

An organic blend of some of 55% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 10% Mourvedre.  This wine is well-structured and aromatic.  The grapes are harvested in the dead of night for the most concentrated flavor- hints of blackcurrant, strawberries, and wild herbs abound. $15

Gilles Louvet “O” Pinot Noir

Hand-picked grapes, carefully tended, create a pretty spectacular final product in this Organic Pinot Noir.  Smokey black fruit, a little spice, and a lengthy finish are a good match for lamb, poultry, and ripe cheese.  And you can feel good buying it-the packaging is recycled and the vineyard is fully sustainable!  $18.50