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May 2, 2013

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING

It’s been a beautiful week and the weekend promises to follow suit. Kick it off in style tonight at Dandy, 6-9 pm, with a tasting of three spectacular wines with our friend Stetson from Blue Danube! We’re pouring two stellar Hungarian whites and a brilliant red from Austria alongside cheese from Eastern District! Bottoms up!

Szõke Mátyás Szürkebarát Pinot Gris Hungary, 2011

The earliest cuttings of Pinot Gris were brought to Hungary by Cistercian monks sometime around 1375, and it’s still called Szürkebarát, meaning “grey monk”. This wildly affordable, character-rich Pinot Gris more closely resembles it’s Alsatian counterparts than Italian Pinot Grigio. Zippy citrus notes, bracing minerality, and subtle spiciness make this an awesome wine with all sorts of food- fresh ricotta, creamy pasta, spicy curries… and SUMMER TIME! $13

Bodrog Borműhely Loszbor Hungary, 2011

Sustainably grown Hárslevelű and Furmint from the banks of the Bodrog river in Northern Hungary, which is responsible for the unique humidity level of the tiny Borműhely vineyards. The grapes for their dry wines are hand harvested late, and carefully sorted to weed out any grapes that have sweetened from botrytis. They’re gently crushed, then spontaneously fermented in local Szerednye oak barrels. The wine ages for 6 months on the lees before being released for consumption! It’s incredibly aromatic and super soft, with delicately rich tropical fruit and a vibrant acidity that comes out more the longer the wine is in the glass- a beautiful, incomparable white I’m sure we’ll find a million occasions to drink and recommend. $20

Juris St. Laurent, Austria 2009

This sustainable, 100% St. Laurent from Burgenland, Austria is a perfect red for the ever popular roast chicken we’re often asked to pair wine with on Sunday afternoons. An ancient clone of Pinot Noir, St. Laurent grapes generally make medium bodied wines characterised by bright, pretty cherry fruit. Juris is one of the most well-regarded producers in Burgenland, and their St. Laurent is bursting with character. $22

November 29, 2012

Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for an exciting tasting of three totally unique wines from Austria and Croatia! Our friend Stetson from Blue Danube Wines is a fountain of knowledge regarding some of the lesser known wine regions of the world, and we’re excited to drink with him tonight over cheese from ED!

Piquentum Blanc, Croatia 2010 Hailing from beautiful Istria, the largest Peninsula in the Adriatic sea, this super rich white made from Istrian Malvasia grapes grown in iron-rich red soil. 2-3 days of skin contact lends the wine it’s beautiful golden hue, and an undeniable savory character. “Earthy enough to pair with hard cheeses, bright enough to highlight fresh green herbs, and a medium body that stands up to fish, it’s an ideal food wine for the nearby and perhaps more familiar Italian kitchen.” $22.50

Juris St. Laurent Austria 2009 This sustainable, 100% St. Laurent from Burgenland, Austria is a perfect red for the ever popular roast chicken we’re often asked to pair wine with on Sunday afternoons. An ancient clone of Pinot Noir, St. Laurent grapes generally make medium bodied wines characterised by bright, pretty cherry fruit. Juris is one of the most well-regarded producers in Burgenland, and their St. Laurent is bursting with character. $22

Terzolo Teran Croatia 2009 Also from the coastal Istrian region, this Teran is a dark, hearty, inky red, ideal for winter stews and cured meats. Terzolo is one of the most distinctive reds on our shelf- notes of pencil shavings, cranberries, and dried herbs are just a few of the things that come to mind! An awesome, warming wine for the winter months. $23