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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 21, 2014

Our friend Midori from small importer Joto Sake is the number one reason we even have a sake selection worth talking about. Her knowledge, passion, and delicious sakes got us interested in learning more about (and drinking more of) this traditional fermented rice beverage. We’re thrilled to have her here tonight to share stories and sake with us over cheese from Eastern District and bread from She Wolf. 

Our friend Midori from small importer Joto Sake is the number one reason we even have a sake selection worth talking about. Her knowledge, passion, and delicious sakes got us interested in learning more about (and drinking more of) this traditional fermented rice beverage. We’re thrilled to have her here tonight to share stories and sake with us over cheese from Eastern District and bread from She Wolf. 

August 14, 2014

Drink Pink

No doubt about it, the summer of 2014 has been sponsored by rosé. Never before have we seen such a frenzy!!! Everyone has discovered what we have known all along- it’s delicious, it’s not just for the ladies, and there are excellent options at a variety of price points from all over the world. Well folks, it’s still summer. And what better time than the most beautiful day ever, smack-dab in the middle of August to DRINK MORE ROSÉ? No time like the present, I say. Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, and our friend Steven VanHaren from Michael Skurnik Wines, for a tasting of three tasty pink bevs. We’ll have cheese from Eastern District and bread from She Wolf!

Zestos Rosado, Madrid 2013

Hailing from the high altitude, under-the-radar vineyards of San Martin Valdeiglesias just northwest of Madrid, the old-vine Garnacha grapes that make up this wine, like 90% of those grown in the region, are farmed organically. They believe that “Old vines make better wines”, and we tend to agree.  Their lower yields of fully, evenly ripened grapes make consistent high-quality wines, and we’ve been crazy about this one for a few vintages now. Vibrant and elegant, with classic fresh strawberry notes that practically scream “summer fun” and pair with anything and everything. Provençal in style and substance for a fraction of the price? Don’t mind if I do! $11

Liquid Geography Rosado, Bullas 2013

Olé is one of our favorite wine importers for a variety of reasons- they carry awesome wines, many of exceptional value and everyone who works there is just so lovely to work with, helpful, knowledgeable, and kind, and excited about the wines they bring in! Enter, this fantastic rosé, a pet project of Olé’s founder Patrick Mata and three of his esteemed friends in the wine world. Every dollar of the proceeds from this wine, Olé donates to the TJ Martell Foundation for cancer research. How’s that for giving back?! Organic Monastrell (what the French call Mourvedre) from the region in southeast Spain where it originated, Liquid Geo’ boasts refreshing minerality and citrusy acidity with a touch of spice. Drink for a cause! $13

Terre Nere Etna Rosato, Sicily 2013

We’re generally fascinated by everything Terre Nere makes, and their rosato is no exception. This dry, steely, savory pink wine, an organic blend of Nerello Mascalede and Nerello Cappucio, was first made in 2007, in honor of wine maker’s three year old daughter, who like many little girls, loves anything and everything rosy hued. Aiming to make a rosé with “the body of a white and the soul of a red” is no easy task, but he set about to do it and each year I think he gets closer to his ideal. A little more serious than some, this rosé is thoughtful and regal, and ages well. The vineyard recommends it with classic Italian aperitivo- think prosciutto and melon, salami and figs, and formaggio! $23

August 7, 2014

Nómade Wines


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

July 31, 2014


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

July 24, 2014

Yes, I’m aware that we are in the midst of what has been dubbed “Rosé Season”, but I’ve started to find myself longing wistfully for my old friend RED WINE.  There are occasions for it year round, I promise, and tonight we’re tasting three great options that you should welcome into your homes this summer and beyond! Join us this evening, 6-9 pm for a tasting of three dynamic red wines that all share Grenache/Garnacha as their common denominator over cheese from ED and bread from She Wolf!

Ampeleia Unlitro, Tuscany 2013

Chill out, dude. And chill this red! Served cold, this liter bottle from Tuscany, a blend of Grenache and Mourvedre grown organically, is a great way to beat the heat. Super quaffable and happy, with ripe cherry fruit, soft acidity and a lively, lingering finish. The perfect thing to drink in the park while watching a movie with friends tomorrow night! $21

Lezaun Tinto, Navarra 2013

55% Tempranillo, 25% Garnacha, 20% Merlot… 100% awesome. All fruit is biodynamically grown in cooler climate Northern Spain, a region that in my opinion produces leaner, easier to drink reds than some of the southern counterparts. And easy to drink is a perfect way to describe Lezaun! Red berries for days, with a sprightly minerality and bright acidity for balance. We tried this wine with nachos and were pleased as punch! $12

Edra Grullas de Paso, Aragonés 2010

 Edra’s vineyard is situated on the southern skirt of the Pyrenees, on a serene bird sanctuary where migratory grullas (cranes) rest twice a year in their journey from cold northern Europe to hot northern Africa, and this wine is a noble tribute to these beautiful birds! 30% Tempranillo, 30% Garnacha, 30% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Full and silky, with a comfortable dose of American oak contributing a fair amount of spice and soft tannic structure, this is a wine to take with you upstate for chilly nights, or to the bbq on while it’s still hot in the city. $21

July 17, 2014

A trip to Lake Garda

Viva Italia! Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for a tasting of three cool summer wines from the shores of beautiful Lake Garda in Northern Italy with friend James Endicott from Acid Inc. Selections guiding the tour! We’ll start with a sparkler and a rosato from Lombardia, a wealthy and populous region with the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. Then we’ll cross the lake to visit the culturally-rich Veneto region with a refreshing chilled red. Bread from She Wolf and cheese from Eastern District will round out this perfect Italian picnic. Cin cin!

Pasini San Giovanni Lugana Brut Metodo Classico

This idyllic winery has been family run since it was founded in the 1950’s and is committed to growing traditional varietals as sustainably as possible, and creating wines representative of their region and history. Made of 100% Turbiana grapes, this enigmatic sparkler is made in the Metodo Classico style- just like in Champagne, baby.  Soft bubbles, notes of golden pears, tart stone fruit, and a richness achieved with 18+ months in the bottle make this a standout new bubbly in our hard-working fridge. Although it’s not “appropriate” sommelier behavior, nothing makes me happier than the festive pop of a cork coming out of a bottle of beautiful sparkling wine. And by all means, this is a wine worth breaking the rules for! $27

Pasini San Giovanni Il Chiaretto Valtenesi 2013

"I’ve been drinkin’… watermelon…", Beyoncé sings… but maybe she’s talking about Il Chiaretto! This special rosé is native to the Valtenesi appellation on Lake Garda, and it’s been a hit here for several summers now. A blend of Groppello, Marzemino, Barbera, and Sangiovese, this short bottle packs in a ton of character.  With it’s bright acidity, refreshing minerality, and distinctive watermelon-y finish, this sassy rosato has us pretty drunk in love, too. Flawless with watermelon-feta salad, and fish all up on your grill. $17

Lanza Bardolino 2012

I know the label’s cheesy but I stand by this wine, 100%! This light, fresh, ruby-red sipper is one of my favorite pairings with salmon, year-round.  In the summer, I like to throw it in the fridge for a bit- the chill really brings out this minerality present under the clear, candid red fruit. A blend of Corvina, Molinara, and Rondinella, all estate-grown and organic, this is a wine for all seasons, especially this one.  Lazy Sundays in the park, picnic lunches, casual get-togethers, twilight dates on the pier, laundry day- Lanza’s Bardolino is good for all of it. One of my favorite “go-to” bottles! $14

July 10, 2014

Crazy BeautifulAin’t no party like a rosé party….

Join us tonight, 6-9, for a tasting of one of our most popular summer wines with Cassia from Loca Linda Winery! Jolie Folle hails from a small appelation in the Cotes de Provence. The grapes are grown on a family run estate and the wine is made by sommelier and educator Brian Smith. 60% Grenache, 40% Cinsault in an eco-friendly liter bottle… it’s bang for your buck and green to boot! Our girlfriends over at Yes Way Rosé put it best- this is SUMMER WATER! We’ll be drinkin’ it up over bread from She Wolf and cheese from Eastern District. $17

Crazy Beautiful

Ain’t no party like a rosé party….

Join us tonight, 6-9, for a tasting of one of our most popular summer wines with Cassia from Loca Linda Winery! Jolie Folle hails from a small appelation in the Cotes de Provence. The grapes are grown on a family run estate and the wine is made by sommelier and educator Brian Smith. 60% Grenache, 40% Cinsault in an eco-friendly liter bottle… it’s bang for your buck and green to boot! Our girlfriends over at Yes Way Rosé put it best- this is SUMMER WATER! We’ll be drinkin’ it up over bread from She Wolf and cheese from Eastern District. $17

July 3, 2014


Somewhere in “America the Beautiful” below the spacious skies, beyond the amber waves of grain, and between the shining seas, there should’ve been mention of this country’s gorgeous vineyards! Wine has been produced in the US for over 300 years, and today wine is made in all fifty states, with 89% of production taking place in California. Tonight, 6-9 pm, we’re celebrating the bounty of our incredible country, just in time for Independence Day.  I am so excited to pour four star-spangled American wines from both coasts alongside American cheese from Eastern District and Brooklyn bread from She Wolf, with classic American rock and roll on the speakers! And please stop by and visit our friends over at Duke’s. Patrick will be pouring some fiiiine American spirits! 

White Sun Vintners Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2012

 Winemakers from Eveningland, well-versed in the Pacific Northwest teamed up with Dominique Lafon, esteemed Burgundy winemaker to produce this elegant, old-world style Chardonnay in the new world.  Restrained oak, and lively acidity harmonize beautifully here. This is a bottle meant for the dinner table, passed between friends over simple, thoughtful food. White Sun is an inspired project, and this, one of their first vintages, is a wonderful start. $22

Keuka Lake Vineyards Vignoles, Finger Lakes 2013

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to spend several days working the grape harvest in New York’s Finger Lakes region this past fall.  I was floored by how much quality wine is being produced practically in our back yard, and in awe of how incredibly beautiful our back yard is! One of the wineries and teams I really enjoyed getting to know was Keuka Lake Vineyards.  Their winemaker, Moss Bittner, was spending his first (and sole) vintage in Finger Lakes, and was excitedly implementing some unique, lower-intervention vinification techniques not so commonly used in the region. Their 2013 Vignoles, a hybrid grape created in 1930 and parented partially by Pinot Noir, is insane. SUPER high acid, it’s like pure sunshine… lip puckering and almost blindingly bright… in the absolute best way. And you know, since I helped pick some of the grapes, it’s gotta be good! $17

Del Fiore Malvasia Bianca, California 2012

Named “Malvasia Del Fiore” or “Malvasia of the Flowers” because of the intense floral aromas released by the grapes the moment they ripen, this wine is steeped in history.  Malvasia is one of the oldest vitis vinifera varietals, thought to have been lauded by Pliny the Elder in his ancient Roman treatise Naturalis Historica (think: “In Vino Veritas!). Malvasia is also one of the original varietals planted in California, and this cuvee from Del Fiore really does it’s heritage justice. Aromatic and impactful, with rich stone fruit, green pear, and a flowery perfume, Del Fiore rocks with mango salsa, spicy summer rolls, and scallion pancakes. $18

Stolpman Vineyards La Cuadrilla,Ballard Canyon 2012

We reallllllly hoped this wine would be delicious as soon as we saw the lion on the label… and it totally is! La Cuadrilla is named after the hardworking full-time vineyard crew  employed by Stolpman, and some of the proceeds from the sale of this wine benefits the La Cuadrilla foundation, a non-profit that includes other wineries and is committed to the sustainability, health, and well-being of the hard working laborers that are the backbone of most vineyards. This tribute is an organically grown blend of 60% Syrah, 20% Sangiovese, 15% Grenache, and 5% Petit Sirah. 2012 was a warm vintage, and the grapes ripened perfectly producing this concentrated, noble wine, with firm tannins and a spicy finish. Steaks on the grill? Burgers with cheddar? This wine roars with hearty, meaty fare. $25

June 19, 2014



The Portuguese and US teams are going head to head for the World Cup this Sunday at 6 pm. Luckily for them, their wines are de-licious, so they have something good in which to drown their sorrows when we kick their butts in the beautiful game… fine wine and Cristiano Ronaldo’s ridiculous good looks. Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, to taste three Portuguese reds, each from a different, unique region, with Dorit from MatadorVino, alongside bread from She Wolf and cheese from Eastern District.

And after, give America a little love- visit our friends at Duke’s for a whiskey tasting from a distillery in the heartland of Chicago, Illinois!

Casa Agricola Herdade do Monte da Ribeira Varal Tinto, Alentejano 2011

In the short time this wine has graced our shelves it’s become a quick favorite, one we struggle to keep stocked! A blend of native varietals Aragonez, Trincadeira, and Alfocheiro, Varal hails from Alentejano, a Southern region known for its hot, dry climate.  The wine is ruby red, juicy and joyful, with a long finish and a fresh spiciness worth talking about.  Easy to drink and fun to share. $14

Quinta da Giesta, Dao 2012

Much revered and deeply influential, winemaker Nuno Cancela de Abreu, the man behind Herdade de Gambia, certainly gets around, making wine and consulting for wineries across the country. In the majestic Dao region, however, is where he, and his family four generations ago, got started.  Focusing on native varietals that are best in each individual region, Nuno crafts this rich Dao red from a blend of Touriga Nacional, Jaen, and Tinta Roriz. The wine is delicate and nuanced, a balance of red and dark berry fruit, gentle floral aromatics, velvety tannins, and gentle acidity.  Thoughtful and unassuming, yet deeply memorable, much like the people and cities I got to know during my time in Portugal! $19