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October 16, 2014

New California Cabernet!
Flying Cloud, Paso Robles 2012: An elegant Cab with bright blackberry fruit, notes of sage and baking spices and rich tannins. Aged for 15 months in neutral French oak, endowing it with a fuller body and a subtle but satisfying vanilla quality on the finish. $20.
Fiancetto, Napa Valley 2012: classic Napa Valley Cabernet with black plum and blueberry notes, hints of cocoa and black tea, lots of fresh minerality and fine tannins. Elegant and refined. $32
Delivery after 5 pm
347.689.4563

New California Cabernet!

Flying Cloud, Paso Robles 2012: An elegant Cab with bright blackberry fruit, notes of sage and baking spices and rich tannins. Aged for 15 months in neutral French oak, endowing it with a fuller body and a subtle but satisfying vanilla quality on the finish. $20.

Fiancetto, Napa Valley 2012: classic Napa Valley Cabernet with black plum and blueberry notes, hints of cocoa and black tea, lots of fresh minerality and fine tannins. Elegant and refined. $32

Delivery after 5 pm

347.689.4563

October 7, 2014

SCHOOL SUPPLIES: BOXED WINE

We’re BIG fans of the bag-in-box format, and our selection right now is top notch with the addition of these three new guys! If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet, here are some of the benefits:

  • Once you open a box, it will stays fresh for a month or more. The wine is vacuum packed in a bag inside of the box, and the spout is air tight. Drink what you want, drink a little more, and save the rest for later.
  • Each box contains four bottles worth of wine. Since the cost of expensive-to-ship glass is negated, boxes generally costs a fraction of the price that comparable wine costs in a 750 mL 
  • Lighter to ship, easier to recycle, less waste all around- boxes are super eco-friendly. Mother Earth needs all the help she can get. 

BRIDGE LANE RED BLEND, NORTH FORK 2012

46% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 5% Malbec from the North Fork of Long Island. On the fuller side of medium-bodied and surprisingly nuanced, with notes of cedar and black cherries, and a long, spicy finish. Drink local!!! $44

CUBI ROUGE, VIN DE FRANCE 2013

A blend of Syrah and Carignan hailing from beautiful Corbieres, where Benedictine monks started making wine at the Abbeye of Saint Eugenie soon after its founding in the year 817. Dark fruit, balanced acidity, and impressive structure. Bring on the Fall! $32

CUBI BLANC, VIN DE FRANCE 2013

Hailing from Gascony (Armagnac country), this bright, exuberant Sauvignon Blanc is almost too easy to drink, if there was such a thing. Bright, lip-smacking acidity is balanced by subtle tropical fruit and steely minerality. $32

September 30, 2014

Absolutely!

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

August 8, 2014

A Dinner Party in Italy

We helped our friends at Quinciple with some dinner party planning this week! Get cooking and drinking, people!

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Got plans this weekend? How about a dinner party.

Before you balk at the idea of slaving away in the kitchen all day, consider our knockout menu below, which channels the salty breezes of coastal Italy while keeping your legwork to a minimum.

We’ve also picked out some wine and put together a playlist for you; all that’s left is to raise a glass and eat up! 

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July 17, 2014

A trip to Lake Garda

Viva Italia! Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for a tasting of three cool summer wines from the shores of beautiful Lake Garda in Northern Italy with friend James Endicott from Acid Inc. Selections guiding the tour! We’ll start with a sparkler and a rosato from Lombardia, a wealthy and populous region with the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world. Then we’ll cross the lake to visit the culturally-rich Veneto region with a refreshing chilled red. Bread from She Wolf and cheese from Eastern District will round out this perfect Italian picnic. Cin cin!

Pasini San Giovanni Lugana Brut Metodo Classico

This idyllic winery has been family run since it was founded in the 1950’s and is committed to growing traditional varietals as sustainably as possible, and creating wines representative of their region and history. Made of 100% Turbiana grapes, this enigmatic sparkler is made in the Metodo Classico style- just like in Champagne, baby.  Soft bubbles, notes of golden pears, tart stone fruit, and a richness achieved with 18+ months in the bottle make this a standout new bubbly in our hard-working fridge. Although it’s not “appropriate” sommelier behavior, nothing makes me happier than the festive pop of a cork coming out of a bottle of beautiful sparkling wine. And by all means, this is a wine worth breaking the rules for! $27

Pasini San Giovanni Il Chiaretto Valtenesi 2013

"I’ve been drinkin’… watermelon…", Beyoncé sings… but maybe she’s talking about Il Chiaretto! This special rosé is native to the Valtenesi appellation on Lake Garda, and it’s been a hit here for several summers now. A blend of Groppello, Marzemino, Barbera, and Sangiovese, this short bottle packs in a ton of character.  With it’s bright acidity, refreshing minerality, and distinctive watermelon-y finish, this sassy rosato has us pretty drunk in love, too. Flawless with watermelon-feta salad, and fish all up on your grill. $17

Lanza Bardolino 2012

I know the label’s cheesy but I stand by this wine, 100%! This light, fresh, ruby-red sipper is one of my favorite pairings with salmon, year-round.  In the summer, I like to throw it in the fridge for a bit- the chill really brings out this minerality present under the clear, candid red fruit. A blend of Corvina, Molinara, and Rondinella, all estate-grown and organic, this is a wine for all seasons, especially this one.  Lazy Sundays in the park, picnic lunches, casual get-togethers, twilight dates on the pier, laundry day- Lanza’s Bardolino is good for all of it. One of my favorite “go-to” bottles! $14

July 12, 2014

We just cracked a couple bottles at Dandy! Both expressive of the Mediterranean climate of north eastern Spain.
Espelt Vailet 2012 Emporda DO (60% Garnacha Blanca and 40% Macabeo) Aromatics of tropical fruit and white flowers with a fresh and crisp experience on the palate. Are you experienced?  $15
Joana 2012 Monsant DO (70% Garnacha and 30% Merlot) 100% estate fruit farmed organically. Red berries and spice on the nose, very fresh yet full-bodied and structured on the palate. $13
Come taste!

We just cracked a couple bottles at Dandy! Both expressive of the Mediterranean climate of north eastern Spain.

Espelt Vailet 2012 Emporda DO
(60% Garnacha Blanca and 40% Macabeo)
Aromatics of tropical fruit and white flowers with a fresh and crisp experience on the palate. Are you experienced?
$15

Joana 2012 Monsant DO
(70% Garnacha and 30% Merlot)
100% estate fruit farmed organically. Red berries and spice on the nose, very fresh yet full-bodied and structured on the palate.
$13

Come taste!

July 9, 2014

Here at Dandelion Wine, we’re all about stories. More than just drinking wine, we like learning about the winemaker, the region, the essence of what’s in the bottle. We seek out under­-the­r-adar winemakers and feature wines from all of the world’s major wine regions. This fall we’re stepping beyond our storefront in Greenpoint for some firsthand research. We’re hosting a culinary tour of the Basque Country October 20­26 and we hope you’ll join us!

We’ve partnered with a boutique travel company ­ Onward Travel ­ to plan a week in the Basque Country that combines everything we love including food, wine, sweeping views and world-class art. Our home base will be San Sebastian, at a small hotel on one of Europe’s best urban beaches. We’ll explore Bilboa, a tiny fishing village Getaria, Biarritz, coastal French towns, and of course San Sebastian which is home to more bars per capita than anywhere else in Europe. We’re especially excited to enjoy the local pintxos (tapas) paired with fizzy, refreshing Txakolina wine.

Winery visits, a cooking class, a private tour at the Guggenheim, a visit to a farm that grows $350/lb peas, a San Sebastian noshing tour, Michelin star dining, Isastegi cidery visit, hiking and more will fill our week. Onward Travel has arranged for a local guide to spend most of the week with us, sharing his knowledge and translating of course, because the Basque Country has their own language and culture. It’s a vibrant and unique region that we can’t wait to explore.

We have availability for 12 guests to join us. Please email Molly at molly@onwardtravel.co for a complete itinerary and information. We hope to see you at Dandy soon and hopefully in Spain this October!

July 7, 2014

Greenpoint rooftop vibes

Greenpoint rooftop vibes