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October 20, 2014

NEW BIODYNAMIC ARGENTINIAN MALBEC
We’re excited to add a new producer of everyone’s favorite go-to red - Argentinian Malbec. Dona Silvina is a small, family-owned estate with 8 hectares of 120 year old vines in a subregion of Lujan de Cuyo and 18 hectares in Maipo. They are certified organic and the winery is eco-friendly and sustainable. They practice biodynamic farming and use only native yeasts and hand harvesting. The Malbec is grown at 900 meter altitude in sandy soils from 60-80 year old vines. This bottling is rich and full-bodied with intense aromatics, ripe red fruit, hints of pepper and vanilla and soft tannins. $23

NEW BIODYNAMIC ARGENTINIAN MALBEC

We’re excited to add a new producer of everyone’s favorite go-to red - Argentinian Malbec. Dona Silvina is a small, family-owned estate with 8 hectares of 120 year old vines in a subregion of Lujan de Cuyo and 18 hectares in Maipo. They are certified organic and the winery is eco-friendly and sustainable. They practice biodynamic farming and use only native yeasts and hand harvesting. The Malbec is grown at 900 meter altitude in sandy soils from 60-80 year old vines. This bottling is rich and full-bodied with intense aromatics, ripe red fruit, hints of pepper and vanilla and soft tannins. $23

October 16, 2014

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING, 6-9 PM: RIOJA

Our Rioja tastings are always some of our most popular of the year- our Rioja friends who come and host with are incredibly fun and knowledgeable and the wines are accessible and delicious. So naturally, we’re thrilled that tonight is one of those nights! Join us and Aaron from Vibrant Rioja, 6-9 pm, for a tasting of three reds showcasing the diversity and quality of this beautiful, renowned Spanish winemaking region over cheese from Eastern District and bread from She Wolf!

Marques de Tomares Don Roman 2013

90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano. Grapes are manually harvested and 55% are macerated carbonically, whole cluster, with the remaining 45% destemmed, then the wine is aged 3 months in French oak and 9 months in the bottle. While this young Rioja may lack the experience that comes with age, it boasts PLENTY of character and power. Tobacco, cracked pepper, and blackberry cobbler… a strangely perfect combination of flavors to pair with blue cheese and charcuterie! $15

Bozeto de Exopto 2012

And now for something completely different… Bozeto de Exopto is primarily Garnacha-50% to be exact, with 40% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano to round it out. This is a delightful offering from Rioja, with bright fruit, medium body, and just a touch of oak that give the finish a satisfying smoothness that lingers long after the last sip. A great wine for burgers or tapas! $20

Bodegas Muga Unfiltered Reserva 2010

70% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 7% Mazuelo, and 3% Graciano fermented in oak casks with all indigenous yeasts, then aged 2 more years in large barrels from their own cooperage, and finally, bottled without filtration. Older AND wiser, this wine is serious business. With the holidays right around the corner, we are thrilled to have this guy on the shelf! After a good decanting, this wine is truly great. Wild black fruit, a touch of soft vanilla, and considerable backbone and spice, with silky tannins on the finish. Meatballs, iberico ham, grilled tomato toast… this is a wine suited for a decadent feast with your finest friends. $34

October 16, 2014

New California Cabernet!
Flying Cloud, Paso Robles 2012: An elegant Cab with bright blackberry fruit, notes of sage and baking spices and rich tannins. Aged for 15 months in neutral French oak, endowing it with a fuller body and a subtle but satisfying vanilla quality on the finish. $20.
Fiancetto, Napa Valley 2012: classic Napa Valley Cabernet with black plum and blueberry notes, hints of cocoa and black tea, lots of fresh minerality and fine tannins. Elegant and refined. $32
Delivery after 5 pm
347.689.4563

New California Cabernet!

Flying Cloud, Paso Robles 2012: An elegant Cab with bright blackberry fruit, notes of sage and baking spices and rich tannins. Aged for 15 months in neutral French oak, endowing it with a fuller body and a subtle but satisfying vanilla quality on the finish. $20.

Fiancetto, Napa Valley 2012: classic Napa Valley Cabernet with black plum and blueberry notes, hints of cocoa and black tea, lots of fresh minerality and fine tannins. Elegant and refined. $32

Delivery after 5 pm

347.689.4563

October 12, 2014

Someone walked into the shop today and reminded me of this classic.

Someone walked into the shop today and reminded me of this classic.

October 11, 2014

#weather #wine #rain

#weather #wine #rain

October 10, 2014

Staff Picks! The boys have been drinking without us this week…

October 10, 2014

October 9, 2014

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING: Let’s Get Domestic

10/9/14, 6-9 pm

Dandelion loves the little guys- small producers, small distributors, and tucked away/ up-and-coming regions all hold a special place in our hearts. Enter, Coeur Wine Co., a small, independent importing and distributing company that started with just one man, Eric Clemons, a passionate wino (and now winemaker!) who branched off on his own after working for some of the larger companies in the market. He represents wines from small producers all over the globe and has a point of view and palate very similar to our own! And several months in, when he told us he had hired a sales rep., we were thrilled to discover it was our former neighbor and customer Mariel! Join us tonight in welcoming Mariel back to Gpt for a tasting of three great domestic wines from the Coeur portfolio, over bread from She Wolf and cheese from Eastern District.

Grochau Cellars Commuter Cuvee Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2013

 Willamette Valley Pinot is hot, hot, hot! An underdog no more, this beautiful wine growing region in Oregon has become incredibly popular, producing a lot of really fantastic wines, most notably from Pinot Noir grapes. Despite it’s popularity and the abundance of it available these days, this thin skinned grapes is one of the hardest to grow and vinify- just because everyone is doing it, doesn’t mean they should be. The climate and terroir of the Willamette Valley however is ideal for growing this finicky grape! The folks at Grochau source fruit from a number of choice vineyards to make their Commuter Cuvee, a wine intended to demonstrate the “bright, fresh purity” of the region’s Pinot. The wine is aged for 7.5 months on the lees, in mostly used oak, and racked just before bottling. The result is a spice laden sipper with plenty of juicy red and black berry fruit. Drink it with abandon, and drink it in abundance. $22 

THE FINGER LAKES

Lily and I both love the Finger Lakes, having both visited and participated in wine in the region at various points in our careers. After working (and drinking) a bit there during the 2013 harvest, I was really taken with the people I met and the wines being made. The growers and producers I got to know were humble, creative, hardworking people in the business of making wine for all the right reasons. Definitely an underappreciated area, the Finger Lakes region is producing some really excellent wines from both international varietals and hybrid grapes, the latter often with the help of nearby Cornell University’s Viticulture and Oenology program. While we are all eager to buy local goods and eat locally sourced produce, meats, and fish, somehow drinking wines from nearby hasn’t become as much of a priority. We know we can have a part in changing that, and are excited for you to taste these wines with us tonight and make them a part of your lives! 

 Keuka Lake Vineyards is a gorgeous, small estate winery located on fertile southern slope of the Y shaped namesake lake. They sell a lot of their fruit to neighboring wineries, but reserve a small amount of certain varietals for their own small production of old-world style artisan wines. 

Keuka Lake Vineyards Gently Dry Vignoles, Finger Lakes 2013

 I’m proud to say that I hand picked some of the grapes for the wine in this bottle with some fellow sommeliers and wine buyers this time last fall! But my contribution ends there, and Moss Bittner, Keuka’s winemaker last year, is responsible for the rest. Vignoles is a complex hybrid grape variety of unknown heritage most commonly grown in the Finger Lakes. The 2013 was vinified relatively naturally, fermented long and slow in stainless steel tanks. Though it’s a grape that naturally produces a good bit of residual sugar in it’s wines, there is also an incredible amount of bright, sunny acidity and we find this wine to be extremely well balanced. Lip-smacking but never sour, tropical and fruit forward but not sweet, this “Gently Dry” Vignoles is an excellent example of some of the cooler hybrid varietal wines coming out of the region. It tastes like an eternal summer, which I know I want in my life! Drink as an aperitif or with light seafood dishes. $17

Keuka Lake Vineyards Cabernet Franc 2011, Finger Lakes 2011

Cabernet Franc is consistently one of my favorite red varietals grown in the Finger Lakes, and Keuka’s is an excellent example. The majority of the grapes for their cuvee actually came from Overlook Farms on Seneca Lake, with the remainder from their own younger vines. This is a dark fruited, spicy red, with elegant, silky tannins and significant structure. This wine pairs beautifully with the crunch of fall leaves, slow roasting brisket and farm fresh root vegetables. Done and done. $22

October 8, 2014

ART OPENING TONIGHT
7-9 pm
The Mysterious Misgivings Between Desire and Abyss
SMALL PAINTINGS BY KATE THOMASON KEELER

ART OPENING TONIGHT

7-9 pm

The Mysterious Misgivings Between Desire and Abyss

SMALL PAINTINGS BY KATE THOMASON KEELER

October 7, 2014

SCHOOL SUPPLIES: BOXED WINE

We’re BIG fans of the bag-in-box format, and our selection right now is top notch with the addition of these three new guys! If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, here are some of the benefits:

  • Once you open a box, it will stays fresh for a month or more. The wine is vacuum packed in a bag inside of the box, and the spout is air tight. Drink what you want, drink a little more, and save the rest for later.
  • Each box contains four bottles worth of wine. Since the cost of expensive-to-ship glass is negated, boxes generally costs a fraction of the price that comparable wine costs in a 750 mL 
  • Lighter to ship, easier to recycle, less waste all around- boxes are super eco-friendly. Mother Earth needs all the help she can get. 

BRIDGE LANE RED BLEND, NORTH FORK 2012

46% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec from the North Fork of Long Island. On the fuller side of medium-bodied and surprisingly nuanced, with notes of cedar and black cherries, and a long, spicy finish. Drink local!!! $44

CUBI ROUGE, VIN DE FRANCE 2013

A blend of Syrah and Carignan hailing from beautiful Corbieres, where Benedictine monks started making wine at the Abbeye of Saint Eugenie soon after its founding in the year 817. Dark fruit, balanced acidity, and impressive structure. Bring on the Fall! $32

CUBI BLANC, VIN DE FRANCE 2013

Hailing from Gascony (Armagnac country), this bright, exuberant Sauvignon Blanc is almost too easy to drink, if there was such a thing. Bright, lip-smacking acidity is balanced by subtle tropical fruit and steely minerality. $32