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July 3, 2014

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING: BORN IN THE USA

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 12, 2014

Everything’s Better with Bubbles

Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for a bubbly tasting with our buddy Steven Van Haren from Michael Skurnik Wines! Stock up on sparklers for your World Cup parties, back yard bbq’s, and Father’s Day brunch. We’ll be pouring three terrific ones tonight over cheese from Eastern District and bread from She Wolf.

Gruet Brut, New Mexico

The Gruets, a brother-sister team from Champagne, bought land near dusty Truth or Consequences, New Mexico when they were in their 20s.  Inspired by a family vacation with their father and clearly down for a challenge, Nathalie and Laurent got straight to work growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with the goal of making an old world style sparkling like their ancestors. One of the best domestic sparklers we’ve ever come across.  Sophisticated, full-bodied and toasty, with notes of green apple and grapefruit.  Drink while watching the US team dominate! $18

Naveran Cava, Penedes 2011

A house favorite! Organic Cava from a family owned estate founded in 1901. This classic blend of Xarel-lo, Macabeo, and Parellada, grown in gravely- limestone soil, is vintage dated, meaning all the grapes come from a single year’s harvest.  This is incredibly unique for a sparkling wine offering this kind of value! We can’t even believe it’s real! But it is and we love it.  Naveran offers incredible complexity- soft bubbles, gentle tropical fruit, and cool minerality. Pair with anything- fried foods, pancakes, Billie Holiday… the possibilities are endless. $16

Raventos i Blanc de Nit, Barcelona 2011

This is one of my favorite things on the shelf- I drink, gift, and recommend it for most celebratory occassions! The Raventos family has been operating this vineyard since 1495 and they know they have something special in Conca.  They’ve been working towards getting their tiny region designated as an official appellation to set them apart from other Spanish sparklers. Made from hand-harvested Monastrell grapes, De Nit is the prettiest, palest pink, with gentle bubbles, and a fresh, crisp character. This gorgeous wine calls for a toast! $25

June 5, 2014

BYO CRAYONS

Our friend André Hueston Mack, winemaker and illustrator extraordinaire, is back tonight for another fun tasting at Dandy, 6-9 pm… and he’s got something for everyone. André has penned an awesome coloring book for foodies both young and young-at-heart! “Small Thyme Cooks” is chock-full of drawings and activities featuring famous (and infamous) chefs from New York and beyond. Re-imagine Sam Mason’s tattoos, hunt for mushrooms with Anthony Bourdain, and menu plan with Eric Ripert- no reservations needed. Come celebrate the release of his first volume tonight while tasting three Mouton Noir wines from the Oregon and Washington (described below by the man himself). We’ll have cheese from Eastern District and bread from She Wolf.

Love Drunk Rosé, Willamette Valley 2013

"The 2013 Love Drunk is an intoxicating rosé. Much like new love, it clouds the brain, causes eyes to sparkle, cheeks to glow, blood pressure to rise, and lips to pucker.  Provocative aromas of strawberry and raspberry, followed by refreshing flavors of wild strawberry, watermelon rind, and a hint of kiwi." $18

Horseshoes and Hand Grenades Red 2010

"Horseshoes & Handgrenades is fruit-driven, full-bodied complex red blend sourced from Southern Oregon and Red Mountain Washington.  The rich, ripe, voluptuous fruit comes from Syrah and Tempranillo from Oregon with just enough Washington Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to give it complexity and structure.  Think cherry pits and leather whips!" $19


Oregogne Pinot Noir, Willammette Valley 2011

 

"2012 Oregogne, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley: Blended from two single vineyards in the Eola-Amity Hills A.V.A. at different elevations.  Bright cherry fruit, blueberry, bramble and sous-bois, followed by flowing minerality from start to finish" $45

May 22, 2014

STAFF PICKS

It’s a long weekend, you have plenty of time to drink one of each.

DANDY LOVES YOU! 

May 22, 2014

Holiday Weekend Wine

Memorial day heralds the return of Summer Fridays, white dresses, and concerts in the park, bike rides to Red Hook, brown bagging it on the pier… the world is our oyster! BOTTOMS UP! Tonight, we have three perfect options for the long weekend and beyond. Join us 6-9 pm for a tasting of some new old-world wines (all under $20!) with our friend Tom Vanick from Verity Wine Merchants. We’ll have bread from She Wolf and cheese from Eastern District! And be sure to stop by Duke’s for a tasting of Brooklyn Bourbon afterwards!

Domaine du Fief aux Dames Muscadet 2012

Speaking of oysters… nothing pairs better with our fave bivalves than Muscadet, they’re a match made in heaven… or the Loire Valley. Light and easy, with a distinctive seashell minerality and a savory quality that comes with the traditional extended time spent on the lees. This is a no brainer with shellfish of any kind! $14

Adoli Ghis Antonopoulos 2012


I traveled to Greece last summer and will never be the same.  The scenery looked exactly like a postcard, everyone was so relaxed, the fresh fish was ridiculous, and there was so a lot of good wine to match! As the birth place of Bacchus himself, we shouldn’t expect anything less than mythical wines. This dry, full-bodied white from the Peloponnese, a blend of local varietals Asproudes and Lagorthi with Chardonnay, brings back fond vacation memories. Notes of apricots and white flowers on the nose give way to striking minerality on the palate. Pair with Mediterranean cuisine and imagine you’re here!  $16 

Familia Castaño Hécula Monastrell 2010

Monastrell, the Spanish name for the Mourvèdre grape, typically makes a big, jammy style red, and this one doesn’t disappoint. But higher altitude vineyards give Hecula a drier profile, with firm tannins and a leaner quality than some of it’s peers. Meaty and satisfying with a long, dark-fruited finish, this is an incredible bang-for-your-buck bottle! $13

May 8, 2014

"We like good wine but we love good company."

Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for a fun tasting with the brains behind Public House Wine, a boxed Cabernet perfect for picnicing.  This bold, spicy Cab comes from Chile’s Maule Valley, and the 3L box, equivilant to four bottles, is equipped with ten cups and a handle, no corkscrew neccesary.  $30 

I can think of about a million fun summer activities to pair with this wine- bbq’s, camping, float trips, roof hangs, kickball tournaments, Transmitter Park, children’s birthday parties (for the parents, duh)… the list goes on.  Tonight we’ll pair it with cheese from ED and bread from She Wolf.  Plenty to go around, my friends!

ALSO!  TOMORROW! Our very own, NELSON NUNEZ, is having an ART SHOW.  Come check out his drawings and drink some wine on us FRIDAY night 7pm. It’s gonna be FABULOUS.

May 1, 2014

CELEBRATE RIOJA WEEK!

We’re longtime fans and supporters of the wines of Rioja, Spain’s most prominent wine making region, and our Rioja tastings (and bottles) are always some of our most popular. Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for a tasting of a few unique expressions of these vibrant wines, as part of a citywide celebration! We’re pouring four exceptional wines, giving away swag, and serving regional snacks! Olé!

R. Lopez de Heredia Vina Gravonia Crianza 2004

For 131 years, the three generations of the Lopez de Heredia family have produced truly exceptional and singular wines at their historic winery. Their vinification and aging practices are unique and steeped in history, and they have never strayed from these traditional practices- bucking trends and modern technology, their wines are distinctive, and often called “masterpieces” throughout history. Their whites, in particular, deserve special attention for their unique aging and longevity. This is truly one of my favorite wines in the store. 100% estate grown Viura aged 4 years in barrels, bottled, and aged another TEN years in the cellar before being released to us lucky drinkers! This wine is unbelievably complex- incredibly vibrant, savory, intense, and literally like nothing else I’ve ever drank, vintage after vintage. This wine is outstanding now and will continue to age gracefully for years to come. Pair with all kinds of fish, from salty-cod to spicy stews, and my fave, paella. Life-changing. $30

CVNE Vina Real Crianza 2009

CVNE is a traditional Rioja producer who doesn’t shy away from a little modern innovation. Their Crianza is bright cherry red, youthful and vibrant, with a sharpness and distinctive spiciness we all love in younger Riojas. 100% Tempranillo, the grapes are hand-harvested from the villages of Laguardia and Elciego, and the wine is aged in a mix of French and American oak barrels for 12 months before resting in the bottle several months longer. This is a fun one- classic and easy drinking, full of character but playful and fun at the same time. Uncork with good friends and simple tapas on one of these breezy spring nights. $18

Ramirez de la Piscina Reserva 2007

This Reserva comes from another family-run winery, steeped in the wine making traditions of La Rioja. Current run by the fourth generation, Ramirez de la Piscina has one foot firmly planted in the traditions of the past and another stepping into the current advancements in winery technology and science. They believe that the magic starts in the vineyard, so they pay incredible attention to their grapes which grow in a unique micro-climate, too far from the river for irrigation. They hand-harvest and carefully sort their fruit before it hits the winery, where grapes are destemmed before undergoing carbonic maceration and fermentation in temperature controlled tanks. The wines are then aged in oak barrels and bottles, successively, in extensive underground cellars on the property. Their 2007 Reserva (the current release) is a treat, a real testament to the history and experience that goes into every vintage. This wine is architectural- firm underlying structure and soaring heights, a balance of dark fruit and fresh acidity, with moments of spice and a smooth lengthy finish. $23

Sierra Cantabria Reserva Unica 2008

Although I usually gravitate towards “pretty” reds, light and delicate on their feet, I find myself reaching for this bottle again and again, and it’s decidedly none of those things. This powerful, concentrated wine, 97% Tempranillo and 3% Graciano, is aged nearly two years in a mix of French and American oak before bottling without filtration. With intense black and red berry fruit, luscious vanilla-laced notes of oak, and a lingering velvet-y finish, this is a sexy wine- a description I won’t use lightly. It’s a hot date that’ll knock you off your feet, leaving you you heady and happy, texting your friends excitedly, and wanting just a little bit more. Pair with slow cooked pork or flash grilled steaks, seasoned simply with salt and fresh pepper (and maybe a splash of red wine) and the best of company. $30

April 25, 2014

4/25/14

Kick off another BEAUTIFUL spring weekend with a special Friday night tasting!  We’re welcoming winemaker Pablo del Villar, the man behind our the ever popular Ipsum Verdejo. We’ll be sippin’ on this crisp $11 Spanish white with Pablo from 7-9 tonight!

From the Importer:

Ipsum is produced in the Rueda region located in the high elevation Castilian plateau, about 2 hours northwest of Madrid. Ipsum means ‘itself’ in Latin. The goal with Ipsum is to highlight the purity and bright flavors of the Verdejo variety in a naked form. Often times Verdejo wines are improperly “enhanced” during fermentation by using commercial yeasts that change the flavor that Mother Nature intended. As the name Ipsum (Itself) manifests, Ipsum is a naked, authentic expression of this pretty grape. The Verdejo vines that are selected to make Ipsum, come from a high elevation vineyard located on the northwest side of the village of Rueda. This vineyard is unique because of its high content of sand and river stone in the soil. This type of soil is very special because it imparts an element of vibrancy, tension and minerality that sets this Verdejo apart from other Verdejo’s grown in sandy soils.

April 24, 2014

MASSAYA

Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, in welcoming Sami Ghosn from Massaya Winery in Lebanon! Sami is flying into New York today and coming to Dandy directly from the airport. We are so incredibly honored and excited- this is definitely not one to miss! Sami is a wealth of knowledge and he’s incredibly charming. He will be pouring three of his family’s wines from Lebanon’s historic Bekaa Valley alongside cheese from ED and bread from She Wolf.

Massaya Blanc 2013

Clairette, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and a thin-skinned indigenous varietal called Obeidi, each fermented seperately, make up this elegant white. Velvety in texture, with firm minerality and a distinctive savory quality beneath the white flower aromatics, this is a beautiful expression of the unique and special terroir of the Bekaa valley. It’s the perfect pairing for Mediterranean cuisine. $16

Massaya Classic Red 2011

We often brag to other friends in this business that we have the best customers in the world. You guys are adventurous, open minded, and love to drink- what’s not to love!? The fact that this Lebanese red has become one of our best sellers over the years is a great testament to that. A blend of 60% Cinsault, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Syrah, the Classic is supple and boisterous, a wine meant to be shared with friends for any occassion. With lush fruit and generous spice- there’s something for everyone! One of our favorite pairings with exotic spiced lamb and meaty tacos. $15

Massaya Silver Selection 2010 

40% Cinsault, 30% Grenache, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Mourvedre aged in French oak. SIlver is made with the terroir in mind and it proves to be a great example of the soil’s minerals, warmth, finesse and elegance. The 900-1200m vineyard altitude guarantees the fruit, although concentrated and deep, is still fresh and bright. $21

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