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April 17, 2014

Wine for Spring Feasts

The weather’s weird but Spring is here, and we can feel the difference in our souls. Windows are being opened, the farmer’s markets are starting to bustle with people and produce again, and we’re dancing in the streets and drinking in the park. Tonight’s tasting features one of the sure signs of the season- Rosé! Our friend Michael from Wineberry will be pouring two tremendous pink wines (one from a box), as well as a delightful Italian red, the perfect pairings for a weekend away, spontaneous Sunday brunches with friends, or traditional family dinners. Enjoy them tonight, 6-9 pm, alongside bread from She Wolf and cheese from Eastern District.

Chateau Tassin Rosé Box, Bordeaux 2013

3L of delightful Bordeaux rosé packaged ingeniously in a wooden box? Oh, hell yeah! 3L is the equivilant of four bottles of wine on the shelf, and if you’re not on the boxed wine band wagon yet, this is a good way to test the waters. Vacuum packed in a bag within a box, the wine stays fresh for about a month, protected from two of fresh wines biggest enemies: excess air and light. So you can have a glass or two one day and come back a few days later for more of the same vibrant, lustrous wine… and repeat! Perfect for the solo drinker and large gatherings alike. The gorgeous packaging and incredible value has made Wineberry’s boxes a cult favorite of outdoorsy brides, smart party hosts, and those who want “just a glass” a day. Come on, everybody is doing it… $41

Domaine Vico Rosé, Corsica 2013

The beautiful island of Corsica has a rich and unique culture rooted in it’s lengthy history as part of ancient Greece, the Roman Empire, Italy, and now in the present day, as one of the 27 regions of France. Jean Vico planted his vineyards in the mountains of the Northeastern in 1902 at the very limit of the wine growing regions of the island at the time. His pioneering paid off, and over a century later the wines in his name remain beautiful expressions of the terroir. Native varietal Niellucciu blended with Syrah, Grenache, and Cinsault makes for an incredibly versatile and delicious libation- terrific with salmon (in all forms), caviar, fresh salads, and seafood tacos. $22

I Capitani Guaglione, Irpinia 2010

Capitani is a family-run vineyard passionate about creating and promoting the wines from Irpinia, a DOCG region of Campania in Southern Italy. A blend of Aglianico and Sangiovese, Guaglione is named for the regional slang equivilant to “dude”. Spicy and smoky, with bright red berry fruit this utterly satisfying red is a great pairing with eggplant parm, peppery roasted meats, and firey fra diavolo. Buonissimo! $20

April 14, 2014

Chag Same’ach!

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Hosting or attending a Passover Seder? Don’t forget our favorite part- the four cups of wine!  According to tradition, everyone is to consume 4 glasses of wine with dinner, celebrating the birth of the Jewish people as a nation.  What those 4 cups stand for us up for debate.  The most popular belief is that they each represent The Four Expressions of Redemption, as laid out in Sh’mos/Exodus (6:6-7):

"Therefore, say to the children of Israel ‘I am Hashem, and I SHALL TAKE YOU OUT from under the burdens of Egypt; I SHALL RESCUE YOU from their service; I SHALL REDEEM YOU with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. I SHALL TAKE YOU TO ME for a people and I shall be a G-d to you…."

Another theory, this time from the Sh”lah, is that each cup represents one of the great matriarchs, instrumental in the foundation of the nation of Israel: Sarah, Rivka, Rachel, and Leah. 

Beginning tonight at sundown, Passover is a holiday steeped in rich religious history and tradition, from the foods served to the readings performed. Whether you’re celebrating with family or friends, and whether it’s your first or 50th Passover, Chag Same’ach!!!

Learn more here!

April 10, 2014

CH-CH-CHANGES #newandimproved #Portugal #wine   (at Dandelion Wine)

CH-CH-CHANGES #newandimproved #Portugal #wine (at Dandelion Wine)

April 10, 2014

Old World Wines for a BEAUTIFUL Spring Day

Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for a tasting of three amazing values from across Europe. We’re talking romance languages, love stories, family values, and ancestral grapes… these wines have it all! Our friend Daniel from IPO wines will be here pouring and we’ll have bread from She Wolf and cheese from ED.

Elvio Tintero Grangia Rosato, Piemonte N/V

I always enjoy a good love story, and the one behind this delightful effervescent rosato is a gem. The estate dates back to 1900, when Frenchman Pierre Tintero travelled to Piemonte in search of employment. He got a job on a small vineyard doing odd jobs for widow Rosina Cortese who was struggling to keep things afloat solo. He quickly became an indispensable, and he and Rosina fell in love. Two years later, they married and lived happily ever after. Today, their great- grandson Marco carries on that legacy! 90% Barbera, 5% Moscato, and 5% Favorita, this pink refresher is fresh and dry with a hint of just-ripened red berry fruit, low alcohol and tiny, spritzy bubbles. Believe it or not, it’s gonna be hot soon, and this is what we’ll reach for. $15

Le Paradou Grenache, Rhone 2011

This pure, unoaked expression of Grenache is a fantastic red for this transitional time of year. Made by two handsome brothers in Luberon with estate fruit grown in accordance with the laws of Terre Vitis, an organization that ensures that properties respect the environment in which the vines are grown and stresses the benefits of integrated farming. These hard-core vineyard practices and high altitude, mountainside vineyard sites produce a vivacious and dynamic Grenache, bursting with fresh red fruit and spirited acidity. The Chaudiere brothers stress that this is a wine for sharing with family and friends, a wine for picnics and gatherings, and we couldn’t agree more. $14

Celler de Roure “Setze Gallets”, Valencia 2011

The name “Setze Gallets” translates to “16 Cookies”, which is a regional term for something that is a very good value… like this wine! Hailing from a recently revitalized 300+ year old vineyard, “Setze Gallets” is a blend of Garnacha, Merlot, Monastrell, and Mando. Here, juicy black fruit is balanced by exotic spice and a distinctive earthiness. Fire up the grill, my friends! This wine is terrific with bbq. $15

April 5, 2014

STAFF PICKS!  Drink up Greenpoint.

April 5, 2014

Greenpointers.com:  Women’s History Month – In Conversation With Meg McNeill
Our very own Meg McNeill was highlighted this week for Women’s History Month on Greenpointers.com.  Read it here!
"Meg is an all-around wonderful person and especially awesome Greenpoint woman! She’s thoroughly involved in the neighborhood and Greenpoint community. From servicing it directly and providing us all with wonderful wine at Dandelion Wine, to supporting neighborhood businesses and friends, attending her friends’ music and art shows, to bringing a positive ‘tude to nearly every situation. PLUS she just became a Certified Sommelier, which is no small feat. All-around stand-up lady."
The day we met, Meg was wearing a cheerful yellow sundress and the warmest smile I’d seen in awhile.  She’s been brightening up the shop and my life ever since… Dandy loves you, Meg!  XO Lily

Greenpointers.com:  Women’s History Month – In Conversation With Meg McNeill

Our very own Meg McNeill was highlighted this week for Women’s History Month on Greenpointers.comRead it here!

"Meg is an all-around wonderful person and especially awesome Greenpoint woman! She’s thoroughly involved in the neighborhood and Greenpoint community. From servicing it directly and providing us all with wonderful wine at Dandelion Wine, to supporting neighborhood businesses and friends, attending her friends’ music and art shows, to bringing a positive ‘tude to nearly every situation. PLUS she just became a Certified Sommelier, which is no small feat. All-around stand-up lady."

The day we met, Meg was wearing a cheerful yellow sundress and the warmest smile I’d seen in awhile.  She’s been brightening up the shop and my life ever since… Dandy loves you, Meg!  XO Lily

April 4, 2014

NEW WHITE WINES FROM ITALY
L’Isola dei Profumo Terre Siciliane 2012: Cheap and cheerful blend of Sicilian native varietals Catarratto and Grecanico. Light, bright, dry, and sunny… easy like Sunday afternoon. $11
LUNAE Colli di Luni Vermentino 2012: Saline minerality with a lime-zest kind of lust for life! Fish, please! $21
Conte Leopardi Calcare Sauvignon 2012: Sancerre lovers rejoice! This elegant and dignified Sauvignon Blanc is an amazing alternative to the Loire Valley fave.
Agricola San Salvatore Falanghina Campania 2012: Lush and textural, with white peach and melon notes.  Wildly satisfying. 
Institut Agricole Regional Aoste Nus Malvoisie 2012: This is Pinot Grigio and it’s really, really good. Like, really good. Which is something I didn’t know was possible.  It’s savory and generous and nuanced and slightly herbal. Consider me a convert.

NEW WHITE WINES FROM ITALY

L’Isola dei Profumo Terre Siciliane 2012: Cheap and cheerful blend of Sicilian native varietals Catarratto and Grecanico. Light, bright, dry, and sunny… easy like Sunday afternoon. $11

LUNAE Colli di Luni Vermentino 2012: Saline minerality with a lime-zest kind of lust for life! Fish, please! $21

Conte Leopardi Calcare Sauvignon 2012: Sancerre lovers rejoice! This elegant and dignified Sauvignon Blanc is an amazing alternative to the Loire Valley fave.

Agricola San Salvatore Falanghina Campania 2012: Lush and textural, with white peach and melon notes.  Wildly satisfying.

Institut Agricole Regional Aoste Nus Malvoisie 2012: This is Pinot Grigio and it’s really, really good. Like, really good. Which is something I didn’t know was possible.  It’s savory and generous and nuanced and slightly herbal. Consider me a convert.

April 3, 2014

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING

New Wines!

Happy spring! Globe-trot with us tonight, 6-9 pm, as we taste three new wines from around the world! Our friend Mellissa from Banville and Jones will be pouring whites from Hungary and Italy and a red from Argentina- how’s that for a mix? We’ll have bread from She Wolf and cheese from Eastern District. Be sure to stop by Duke’s Liquor Box after to taste a bourbon and two gins (one barrel aged!) from Ohio.

Evolucio Furmint, Tokaj 2012

This dry, versatile white comes from one of the oldest winemaking regions in the entire world. Tokaj is a UNESCO World Heritage site that boasts the world’s oldest wine classification system which started in 1730, several decades before Port wine and 120 years before Bordeaux. Soft and mineral-rich, with bright bursts of fresh citrus and stone fruit, Evolucio is one of our favorite new values to hit the shelves this season! $12

San Salvatore Falanghina, Campania 2012

This lush Italian white is textured and memorable, with a gentle, lingering finish that keeps you comin’ back for more. The soil in which the grapes are grown is rich with the traces of ancient volcanoes, endowing the wine with a distinctive minerality. Medium bodied and round without a single bit of oak. $23

Quattrocchi Malbec, Mendoza 2011

Giuseppe Quattrocci and Elena Camilleri moved from Italy to Mendoza in the seventies to put an old world touch on the brave new world. Today, their youngest daughter continues what they started! Hand harvesting and intervening only as much as neccesary in the winemaking process results in a pure expression of the ever popular grape. Spicy, ripe, and concentrated, just the way you want it. $15

March 30, 2014

Staff picks!

Let’s get this party started riiiiiiiiight!

March 27, 2014

“Danubia is a border-less wineland situated geographically and philosophically between wine’s contemporary western position and its ancient Eastern origins.”

Join us in welcoming our friend Stetson from the Blue Danube Wine Company for a tasting of three wines from the mysterious, historic, and beautiful regions along the Danube River. 6-9 pm, we’ll be drinking wines, (hopefully) learning how to pronounce them, and enjoying She Wolf bread and cheese from Eastern District.

Crnko Jarenincan, Slovenia 2012 

ONE of these days, something in the universe will give. Our bones will thaw and this harrowing winter will seem like a distant memory, like some old, dusty nightmare we awoke from long ago. On that day, I hope to see you in the park, soaking up the sun and drinking wine from plastic cups and revelling in the magical thing that is summer in Brooklyn. And that, my friends, is where Crnko comes in. This Slovenian field blend is named for the magical little village of Jarenina where the majority of this wine is consumed. It’s comprised of Laski Rizling, Sauvignon Blanc, and Ravenec, and comes in a liter bottle with a crown cap. In addition to being wildly convenient, it’s incredibly delicious. Bright, light, dry and fresh. A subtle breeze. A blade of grass. The light at the end of the tunnel. $15

J & J Eger Wine Co. Eged-Hegy Dulo, Hungary 2009

A joint venture between grower Janos Stumpf and Master Sommelier John Szabo, this 100% Kekfrankos (aka Blaufrankisch) is made as naturally as possible: “old vines, low yields, hand harvesting, no chaptalization, additives, or artificial methods of concentration.” The result is an old world stunner. From the importer: “Complex aromas of cranberry sandalwood and rose hips contrast its not so subtle minerality. Though grown in limestone it smells of granite. Rich without being overripe, the structured and savory almost herbal nature of the variety and its fresh acidity make this wine versatile for the table as well. Pair with herbed pheasant, lamb, pungent creamy cheeses and whole grain based dishes like barley or farro. For the authentic experience try Dr. Stumpf’s recommendation of wild venison sausage.” $24

Bibich R6 Riserva, North Dalmatia 2010

Fact: Zinfandel originated in Croatia. And this wine is living proof! An equal blend of native Croatian varietals Babic, Plavina, and Lasin, all genetic relations to Zin, are all co-fermented and aged 12 months in American oak to produce and old-world partner to a new-world fave. Concentrated, full and harmonious, spice-laden, with jammy fruit, tobacco, and dried herbs. WIld and exciting, and an amazing match for smoked meats. Oh you guys, I can hardly wait for the first BBQ! And since baseball season is about to go full swing, it’s worth noting that the back label states, “Serve at 61°F with mets, tuna, and cheese.” Who knew there were such passionate New York baseball fans in Croatia? (Go Yankees!) $21