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September 11, 2014

STAFF PICKS!

September 11, 2014

Tonight we welcome our friend Anthony Lamonaca of Golden Vines Imports.  Anthony has become family to us here at Dandelion Wine.  He rarely shows up without a bag of goodies for us from his favorite spots in the neighborhood or his recent travels to Europe.  We’ve been to his house in Westchester for dinner and he gives me a hard time when I take too much time off from work.  Anthony was born and raised in Williamsburg.  He made wine for 20 years there while working a finance job downtown.  Seven years ago he left his trader job and started working in every facet of the wine industry (restaurants, retail, distribution) before starting his very own importing business.  

Tonight is as much about him as it is his wine for which we share a mutual passion for.  A guy like Anthony wouldn’t import just any wine… come taste his “old-school” selections tonight from 6-9pm.  

And after you gobble on some cheese from Eastern District and sip on our wine, wander over to Duke’s Liquor Box for an ABSINTHE tasting!  

Daniel Reverdy & Fils 2012 SancerreLoire Valley, France

 Who doesn’t love a great Sancerre?  This is Dandy’s favorite at the moment.  Crisp, clean minerality and mouth-watering acidity makes this the perfect wine for these humid NYC days or the perfect wine to pair with dinner of all kinds.  Very food friendly, versatile, and complex.  $22 

Colle di San Domenico 2012 Falanghina Campania, Italy

Falanghina?  What’s that, you say?  Awesome stuff.  This is one of our best values in the shop, but not as popular as it should be maybe due to it’s strange name.  When we open it, everyone loves it.  It’s dry and round with a hint of almond and smoke.  Pair with seafood or Chinese take-out.  $13 

Il Fitto 2009 Syrah Cortona Tuscany, Italy

 Another wine that everyone loves once we open it and pour it into their glass.  100% Syrah from Tuscany aged 15 months in oak barrels.  As the temps drop we start roasting birds and game again… this wine is what you want as the leaves fall.  Also great with cheese.  Come see for yourself.  $16

Bricco Maiolica 2012 Dolcetto Diano d’Alba Piemonte, Italy

 What an elegant example of Dolcetto…  This wine is dark and mysterious.  When I think of what to write, I keep coming up with dark fruit and earth.  It’s full and dry, yet I can’t place my finger on what makes this wine so good every time I have it.  It’s a mystery, but the very best kind.  It’s wine like this that gets me excited for snow.  $23

 

September 7, 2014

September 5, 2014

NEW WINE ALERT! 
Need a bottle or 2 delivered?  Give us a call!  347-689-4563
PRISMA 2011 Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley, Chile  $16
We are always looking for Pinot Noir that won’t break your bank… it’s harder than you might think.  But we stumbled upon PRISMA a couple days ago and were quite pleased with the wine in the bottle and the price tag attached.  Sustainably farmed and hand-harvested, this 100% Pinot Noir is a blend of three clones produced on a single vineyard in the Casablanca Valley of Chile!  The wine is a bright crimson color and highly aromatic with bright red fruit notes of strawberry and cherry with just a hint of oak.
REUNIÓN 2013 Malbec Mendoza, Argentina  $14
Malbec’s popularity hasn’t waned and we can never keep them damn bottles stocked!  Y’all are drinking this stuff faster than they can make it.  An old favorite is back and better than ever.  Reunión Malbec is handcrafted in the family tradition by a father and his four daughters, using only estate-grown, sustainably farmed fruit.  Full-bodied but easy going and meant for all kinds of occasions.  Reunión is named for the idea that “great wine brings us together”, we certainly agree! 
JEAN MARC BARTHEZ 2011 Bordeaux Rouge Bordeaux, France  $13
Jean Marc Barthez, his wife Eliane and their children work their property and their vineyards with the greatest attention and experience of generations of winemakers. On May 25, 1935, at the fairground of Monségur, a handful of wine growers at the Café du Commerce discussed their respective difficulties and their mutual inability to afford necessary hardware purchases for viticulture and vinification. They decided to come together, pooling their financial and human resources. Fifteen growers pioneered this union to form the Cooperative Monségur. Soon, other growers joined. Through the ups and downs of subsequent years, including a world war, these growers stood strong together. Today, Jean Marc Barthez is the president of this union.  His Bordeaux Rouge is an exuberant blend of 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc.  Perfectly balanced and easy to drink.  Nice when served slightly chilled on these warm nights. 

NEW WINE ALERT! 

Need a bottle or 2 delivered?  Give us a call!  347-689-4563

PRISMA 2011 Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley, Chile  $16

We are always looking for Pinot Noir that won’t break your bank… it’s harder than you might think.  But we stumbled upon PRISMA a couple days ago and were quite pleased with the wine in the bottle and the price tag attached.  Sustainably farmed and hand-harvested, this 100% Pinot Noir is a blend of three clones produced on a single vineyard in the Casablanca Valley of Chile!  The wine is a bright crimson color and highly aromatic with bright red fruit notes of strawberry and cherry with just a hint of oak.

REUNIÓN 2013 Malbec Mendoza, Argentina  $14

Malbec’s popularity hasn’t waned and we can never keep them damn bottles stocked!  Y’all are drinking this stuff faster than they can make it.  An old favorite is back and better than ever.  Reunión Malbec is handcrafted in the family tradition by a father and his four daughters, using only estate-grown, sustainably farmed fruit.  Full-bodied but easy going and meant for all kinds of occasions.  Reunión is named for the idea that “great wine brings us together”, we certainly agree! 

JEAN MARC BARTHEZ 2011 Bordeaux Rouge Bordeaux, France  $13

Jean Marc Barthez, his wife Eliane and their children work their property and their vineyards with the greatest attention and experience of generations of winemakers. On May 25, 1935, at the fairground of Monségur, a handful of wine growers at the Café du Commerce discussed their respective difficulties and their mutual inability to afford necessary hardware purchases for viticulture and vinification. They decided to come together, pooling their financial and human resources. Fifteen growers pioneered this union to form the Cooperative Monségur. Soon, other growers joined. Through the ups and downs of subsequent years, including a world war, these growers stood strong together. Today, Jean Marc Barthez is the president of this union.  His Bordeaux Rouge is an exuberant blend of 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc.  Perfectly balanced and easy to drink.  Nice when served slightly chilled on these warm nights. 

September 5, 2014

STAFF PICKS

Don’t go thirsty, y’all.

September 4, 2014

Thursday Night Tasting

Vinotas Selections

Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for a tasting of three distinctive wines from France and California! We’ll have bread from She Wolf and cheese from Eastern District. And, if you were unable to make the opening last night, be sure to check out the new art on the walls! Our friend Ann Parry’s wonderful prints will be on display (and for sale) in the shop through the month of September, and they are not to be missed. 

Same time, 6-9, our partners in crime across the way at Duke’s Liquor Box will be having a tasting of a VERY SPECIAL shochu… a very singular experience is promised! 

L’enclos des Braves, Gaillac,France

The small Gaillac AOC lies in the southwest part of France, just northeast of Toulouse, and as our importer-buddy Michel discovered on a buying trip to France, there are some really cool wines being made there from native, ancestral grape varieties.  And Nicolas Lebrun is one producer doing just that! He founded L’enclos de Braves in 2005, after working at various wineries in the area for 12 years prior. The small plot he settled on is less than 15 acres of hilly, limestone-rich soil.  His grapes, all on vines 20-35 years old, are grown biodynamically. The wines, made with indigenous yeasts and minimal sulfer, evoke a unique sense of the place they hail from. And the bottles are priced amazingly- what more can we ask for!?!?

Les Gourmands Gaillac Blanc 2013

A blend of Sauvignon Blanc and native variety Loin de l’Oiel, this is a cheerful, zippy wine with lots of bright, sunny acidity and refreshing green, herbaceous notes. A fun alternative to single-varietal Sauvignon Blancs- a peaceful, easy feelin’ for these hot September days. Great with tacos, indian summer, and The Eagles $15

Les Gourmands Gaillac Rouge 2011

Les Gourmands rouge is made up of 70% Duras, and 30% Braucol- your two new favorite grapes you’ve never heard of! Together, these ancestral varietals make a wine that is dark and nuanced, masculine and full-bodied, but well-balanced with shining minerality and a finish that goes on forever. And marvelously, this wine is great for serveral days after opening… so you can have a glass Monday and revisit it on Wednesday, if you have that kind of self control. $15

Cabot Vineyards, Humboldt County, California

Humboldt Country is a unique region on the North Coast of California that boasts soaring redwood groves, forested canyons, and cool Pacific breezes, as well as marijuana farms and wild vineyards like Cabot! Cabot is the northernmost winery in the state of California.  Farmer John Cabot planted his first grapes there in 1998 using organic principles, and his wines are made with minimal intervention in the cellars. Sourcing grapes from five nearby vineyards, John strives to make wines that tell the story of where they’ve come from, and we think these are stories worth telling! 

Klamath Cuvee 2008

A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, and 25% Syrah from John’s plots in the rugged Klamath River Valley, this is a wild wine with a LOT going on. Smoke and tobacco, black peppery spicy, dark concentrated fruit, dried herbs, and moments of soaring acidity take you on quite a ride, but firm tannic structure keeps it grounded on the finish. A match made in heaven for grilled meats, so don’t close up that bbq quite yet! $18

September 3, 2014

We 💖 @annparryart ! Art opening happening now ‘til 9 pm! #art #wine #greenpoint #rosé (at Dandelion Wine)

We 💖 @annparryart ! Art opening happening now ‘til 9 pm! #art #wine #greenpoint #rosé (at Dandelion Wine)

September 3, 2014

Enologist Sara Perez is a shining star in the Montsant DO in Spain and we’re long time fans. We’re thrilled to offer two new labels from her as we transition into fall!

Sara moved to Priorat with her winemaking parents thirty or so years ago, and now, alongside her husband Rene Barbier (a rock star winemaker in his own right) and their beautiful baby, makes some truly outstanding wines under her family’s Mas Martinet and her own Venus La Universal labels.

Mas Sorrer, Montsant 2011

A blend of Cabernet, Merlot, and Syrah, we were absolutely wowed by this wine at first sip- and then we heard the price! Boasting incredible balance and concentration, with a beautiful finish, this is a real stunner for just sixteen bucks! Lil made this her staff pick the second it came in, and soon after every single one of us on the Dandy team fell crazy in love (and drunk in love) with this wine. And believe me, finding something we all agree on so whole-heartedly is no small feat. Crowd pleasing, full of character, AND affordable? We’re not messing around. $16

Menut, Priorat 2010

Dark and brooding, with an uplifting spiciness and incredible finesse, Menut graced our shelves several years ago and we’re thrilled to have it back! In fact, this is one of the first wines I brought in when I started here over 4 years ago, and it was my very first staff pick! I think my main selling point at the time was “Bird label”, but the virtues of this awesome Priorat are really what’s on the inside of the bottle: a gorgeous blend of Grenache and Merlot that’s an incredibly elegant choice for your next dinner party, whether you’re the host or a guest. This wine pairs wonderfully with a variety of foods- hearty fall veg, delicate beef dishes… and is meant to be shared with people you love. $23

September 2, 2014

August 31, 2014

OPEN LABOR DAY
2-11 PM

OPEN LABOR DAY

2-11 PM