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April 15, 2014

Macy’s Amy Kule, executive producer of the event, said, “Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks are a one-of-a-kind spectacle that will once again inspire audiences nationwide as we illuminate the shores of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn with stunning effects, color and sound.”


WE COULDN’T BE MORE EXCITED! The fireworks are back on the East River this year!  No doubt it will be a fun and busy 4th of July in Greenpoint- We’ll be sure to stock accordingly! Start planning your party now…

(via De Blasio’s New York: Fireworks Coming Back To East River: Gothamist)
Macy’s Amy Kule, executive producer of the event, said, “Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks are a one-of-a-kind spectacle that will once again inspire audiences nationwide as we illuminate the shores of lower Manhattan and Brooklyn with stunning effects, color and sound.”

WE COULDN’T BE MORE EXCITED! The fireworks are back on the East River this year! No doubt it will be a fun and busy 4th of July in Greenpoint- We’ll be sure to stock accordingly!

Start planning your party now…

(via De Blasio’s New York: Fireworks Coming Back To East River: Gothamist)

March 26, 2014

NEW FROM BORDEAUX
Bordeaux is the world’s largest quality wine producing region on the planet, and we’ve recently acquired 5 new bottles from the storied (and confusing) Gironde! Let’s break it down…
Chateau de Monrepos Grand Bordeaux 2011: A generous oak barreling gives this dark blend of 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc a smooth, concentrated, vanilla-laden finish.  Red velvet cake, baby. $12
Chateau la Haute Claymore Lussac-Saint-Emilion 2009: This rIght bank Merlot/Cabernet Franc blend from a banging vintage is rife with bold plum and raspberry fruit and touches of cocoa, tobacco, and green bean. A steal. $20
Chateau du Champ des Treilles Sainte-Foy Grand Vin 2011: Corine and Jean-Michel Comme “let nature be their guide” on their Sainte-Foy property, one of the first to be certified organic in the region.  Employing hand harvesting, native yeasts, zero sulfur, and “hands off” vineyard practices, they create wines that are true to the varietals and terroir. Their Grand Vin is 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Petit Verdot. $24
Clos Magne Figeac Saint-Emilion 2010: A gorgeous Merlot and Cabernet Franc blend from a vineyard that’s been in the same family for over 500 years. Black currant, spicy cedar, crushed forest fruit, and the softest tannins.  Blue cheese and steak, please and thanks. $30
Chateau Aney Cru Bourgeois Haut-Medoc 2010: Another stunner from beloved importer Kermit Lynch! Classy left bank Cru Bourgeois- 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. Finessed and balanced, aged in old oak barrels… drinks great now with a little decanting but will age beautifully. $36
Chateau Carbonnieux Pessac-Leognan Grand Cru Classe de Graves Blanc 2010: We were instantly in love with this dreamy Bordeaux Blanc and just had to have it. The vineyard was founded in the 13th century by Benedictine Monks, making it one of the oldest estates in the region. This Cru Classe is 65% Sauvignon Blanc and 35% Semillon. White peaches, nectarine, honeysuckle, and preserved lemon, with the minerality we always look for in French whites… truly exceptional.  $54

NEW FROM BORDEAUX

Bordeaux is the world’s largest quality wine producing region on the planet, and we’ve recently acquired 5 new bottles from the storied (and confusing) Gironde! Let’s break it down…

Chateau de Monrepos Grand Bordeaux 2011: A generous oak barreling gives this dark blend of 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc a smooth, concentrated, vanilla-laden finish.  Red velvet cake, baby. $12

Chateau la Haute Claymore Lussac-Saint-Emilion 2009: This rIght bank Merlot/Cabernet Franc blend from a banging vintage is rife with bold plum and raspberry fruit and touches of cocoa, tobacco, and green bean. A steal. $20

Chateau du Champ des Treilles Sainte-Foy Grand Vin 2011: Corine and Jean-Michel Comme “let nature be their guide” on their Sainte-Foy property, one of the first to be certified organic in the region.  Employing hand harvesting, native yeasts, zero sulfur, and “hands off” vineyard practices, they create wines that are true to the varietals and terroir. Their Grand Vin is 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Petit Verdot. $24

Clos Magne Figeac Saint-Emilion 2010: A gorgeous Merlot and Cabernet Franc blend from a vineyard that’s been in the same family for over 500 years. Black currant, spicy cedar, crushed forest fruit, and the softest tannins.  Blue cheese and steak, please and thanks. $30

Chateau Aney Cru Bourgeois Haut-Medoc 2010: Another stunner from beloved importer Kermit Lynch! Classy left bank Cru Bourgeois- 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 3% Petit Verdot. Finessed and balanced, aged in old oak barrels… drinks great now with a little decanting but will age beautifully. $36

Chateau Carbonnieux Pessac-Leognan Grand Cru Classe de Graves Blanc 2010: We were instantly in love with this dreamy Bordeaux Blanc and just had to have it. The vineyard was founded in the 13th century by Benedictine Monks, making it one of the oldest estates in the region. This Cru Classe is 65% Sauvignon Blanc and 35% Semillon. White peaches, nectarine, honeysuckle, and preserved lemon, with the minerality we always look for in French whites… truly exceptional.  $54

March 13, 2014

WINE WEATHER

Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for a tasting of two cheerful French whites and a favorite Portuguese red with our friend Steven from David Bowler Wine, with bread from SHE WOLF and cheese from EASTERN DISTRICT!

Jean Perrier et Fils Cuvee Gastronomie, Savoie 2013

100% Jacquere from the small village of Abymes in the Savoie. Nearly ripened pear, green apple, almonds, orange peel, wet river rocks, and a gentle salinity endear this wine to simple seafood dishes and the fondue the region is known for. $12

Domaine Guillaume Cabrol Picpoul de Pinet, Languedoc 2012

'Picpoul” means “lip stinger” in dialect, and we're longtime fans of the bright, zingy varietal. Domaine Guillaume Cabrol's has strong, lingering minerality and the softest finish. Thirst-quenching, versatile, and crowd pleasing. The vibrant lime-zest quality makes it a perfect substitute for margaritas on taco night! $12

Adega Regional de Colares Chao Rijo, Sintra 2010

You don’t have to know me well to know how much I love everything about Portugal… especially Lisboa, the beautiful capitol city. This wine, from magical Sintra just outside the city, is another thing to adore! Concentrated and plummy black fruit, exotic spices, and a soft, velvet-y texture… Transportive and comforting. $17

February 6, 2014

We interrupt our regularly scheduled Thursday programming for… A COCKTAIL PARTY!

We’re mixing things up, because variety is the spice of life and friends make it so much sweeter. Instead of our usual Thursday night tasting, we’ve invited our pals from Quinciple to throw a little soiree from 7-9 pm, with a special wine cocktail constructed by Bit by a Fox. If you’re not yet familiar with Quinciple, this is a great way to get aquainted. It’s a brilliant twist on a CSA - they curate a box, once a week, with fresh ingredients from the best sources with inspired recipes to put it all together. You can subscribe online, and see the upcoming week’s haul, then pick it up at Dandelion on Thursday nights! We’re obsessed, and we’re not alone. The tower of boxes grows every week and it’s been really fun to compare recipe and wine pairing notes with our fellow Quinciple devotees!

February 3, 2014

❄🍷Whatta view! No delivery, but we’ll be here all night! Xo #letitsnow #winoforever #greenpoint #brooklyn (at Dandelion Wine)

❄🍷Whatta view! No delivery, but we’ll be here all night! Xo #letitsnow #winoforever #greenpoint #brooklyn (at Dandelion Wine)

January 29, 2014

NEW FRENCH WHITES
Clos de la Senaigerie Muscadet, 2012: Melon de Bourgogne from brothers Luc and Jerome, the 4th generation on their family estate, founded in 1864.  Aged sur lie (on it’s yeasts), giving it complexity and texture, in addition to that classic sea-breezy minerality we love from Muscadet! Bring on the oysters, babes! $14
Domaine Raimbault Vouvray Sec Bel Air, 2011: Sustainable Chenin Blanc from 60 year old vines. Focused and bracing with notes of green apple and lemon pith.  Great with simply prepared fish (think lemon, salt, pepper) or all on it’s own. $17
Vignoble des Gauletteries Jasnieres, 2010: This special Loire Valley Chenin Blanc is soft and aromatic- it brings to mind white flowers in bloom on an orchard in the spring. $18
Chateau Guillaume Cabrol Picpoul de Pinet, 2012: Admittedly, Picpoul is one of our favorite summer varietals… but that doesn’t mean it isn’t delicious all year round.  Chateau Guillaume’s has “lip stinging” acidity as well as a soft, minerally finish. Delightful. $12
Jean Perrier et Fils Cuvee Gastronomie, 2012: Stony minerality prevails in this 100% Jacquere from Savoie… think river rocks and a touch of salinity.  $12

NEW FRENCH WHITES

Clos de la Senaigerie Muscadet, 2012: Melon de Bourgogne from brothers Luc and Jerome, the 4th generation on their family estate, founded in 1864.  Aged sur lie (on it’s yeasts), giving it complexity and texture, in addition to that classic sea-breezy minerality we love from Muscadet! Bring on the oysters, babes! $14

Domaine Raimbault Vouvray Sec Bel Air, 2011: Sustainable Chenin Blanc from 60 year old vines. Focused and bracing with notes of green apple and lemon pith.  Great with simply prepared fish (think lemon, salt, pepper) or all on it’s own. $17

Vignoble des Gauletteries Jasnieres, 2010: This special Loire Valley Chenin Blanc is soft and aromatic- it brings to mind white flowers in bloom on an orchard in the spring. $18

Chateau Guillaume Cabrol Picpoul de Pinet, 2012: Admittedly, Picpoul is one of our favorite summer varietals… but that doesn’t mean it isn’t delicious all year round.  Chateau Guillaume’s has “lip stinging” acidity as well as a soft, minerally finish. Delightful. $12

Jean Perrier et Fils Cuvee Gastronomie, 2012: Stony minerality prevails in this 100% Jacquere from Savoie… think river rocks and a touch of salinity.  $12

January 9, 2014

The worst of the arctic blast has passed. Emerge from your dens and and join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for a tasting of 3 new reds with Annika from MFW. We’ll have bread from She Wolf and cheese from Eastern District.

P’tit Luchini Cabernet Franc, Loire 2012

Affectionately labeled “Vin de Soif”, translating loosely to “Wine for thirst”, this juicy Cab Franc from Anjou-Saumur section of the Loire Valley is certainly a thirst- quencher. Several different clones of organic grapes are carbonically macerated to produce and very fresh style, with the ripest red fruit and a tart finish that repeatedly draws you back for more. $22

Chateau La Grolet, Bordeaux 2011

Biodynamic Bordeaux for under $20!? Unheard of! The Huberts run the largest biodynamic, family-run farming operation in Bordeaux and they have had winemaking in their blood since 1895. They added Chateau La Grolet in the Cotes de Bourg in 1997. This left-bank blend is primarily Merlot, endowing it with an earthy plumminess, while some Cabernet and Malbec give the wine a firm tannic structure. Let this beauty breathe and it’s an ideal pairing with rustic pate, roast chicken, and winter vegetables. $17

Martian Ranch & Vineyard Parallax Mourvedre, Los Alamos 2011

Licorice, dried herbs, blackberries, blueberries, leather, all in perfect balance… this new-world Mourvedre has an incredible amount of character and a decidedly old-world feel. Nan Helgeland named her unusual vineyard after her two sons- “Martian” is a blend of Martin and Ian. Biodynamic farming and a tremendous attention to detail pays off for Nan- this is an exciting wine and we look forward to sharing it with you tonight! $27

January 3, 2014

SNOW DAY!  Dandelion Wine will be OPEN until 11pm for all your wine-drinking needs… and here’s some tips from the pros on how to spend your day… (all of these things pair well with a bottle or 2.)

I love nothing more than to cook on a snowy day!  Here’s some good ideas from the Times… COOKING FOR THE STORM  (NYTimes)

While your soup is simmering, and before it gets dark, head outdoors for some fun!  Work up that appetite!  YOUR 5 BOROUGH GUIDE ON WHERE TO GO SLEDDING  (Gothamist)

And of course, there’s no better time to catch up on some movie-watching than a snowy night… 15 WONDERFUL NEW NETFLIX ADDITIONS TO WATCH WHEN STUCK INSIDE  (BuzzFeed)

See you on Franklin Street! XO

December 24, 2013

WINO FOREVER!

WINO FOREVER!

December 22, 2013

DANDELION GIFT IDEA #4

MORE IS MORE!!!!!

How about a three pack of your choosing packed up in a bright red gift box?  Or a six pack that really packs a punch.  We have several pre-selected from an array of staff picks from around the world.  OR go all the way and go for a whole case.  We give 5% off on 6 bottles and 10% off on 12! Drink, drank, drunk and be merry.