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April 23, 2013

LOOK WHO’S BACK IN TOWN!
Our old friend Le Bon Petit Diable!!! Quirky label and delicious natural Cabernet Franc juice, just like the old days.  This wine has ALWAYS been a massive hit on our shelves, and we’re happy to have it back!  ($18)

LOOK WHO’S BACK IN TOWN!

Our old friend Le Bon Petit Diable!!! Quirky label and delicious natural Cabernet Franc juice, just like the old days.  This wine has ALWAYS been a massive hit on our shelves, and we’re happy to have it back!  ($18)

March 8, 2013

Dinner at Dandy
Tom’s Bucatini Carbonara Romana with Coll del Sabater 2006 Conca de Barbera. The pasta is creamy and spicy with bacon, red chili flakes, and a whole head of garlic, the wine is dark and bold with black olive and dark fruit character. This wine rocks.  A biodynamic blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc from Spain made by an adorable hippy Spaniard named Joan I met at a restaurant in Chelsea who I fell in love with at first sight.
More about Joan Escoda (the winemaker):
"Prepare yourself for the wild ride that is Joan Escoda! A renegade winemaker located in the Conca de Barbera, a tiny DO less than an hour north of Montsant & Priorat, he makes wine with no holds barred and make no apologies for what he does. And what he does is make biodynamics not only a way of wine but a way of life. Joan has an entire eco-system living on his property…a veritable "Noah’s Ark" of chickens, rabbits, sheep, lamb are raised in the same approach as the wine. He even walked the property with a "cigarette" lit containing "plants" from his grounds. But what about the wine? The Coll del Sabater is a beautiful and classic blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot reminiscent of great Right Bank Bordeaux. Dark berries, plums, game, leather and spices jockey for position in your senses and the results are as complex a wine as you’ll see from Catalunya. Enough structure here to age gracefully for at least eight years, this is perfection with lamb or grilled ribeye."

Dinner at Dandy

Tom’s Bucatini Carbonara Romana with Coll del Sabater 2006 Conca de Barbera. The pasta is creamy and spicy with bacon, red chili flakes, and a whole head of garlic, the wine is dark and bold with black olive and dark fruit character. This wine rocks.  A biodynamic blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc from Spain made by an adorable hippy Spaniard named Joan I met at a restaurant in Chelsea who I fell in love with at first sight.


More about Joan Escoda (the winemaker):

"Prepare yourself for the wild ride that is Joan Escoda! A renegade winemaker located in the Conca de Barbera, a tiny DO less than an hour north of Montsant & Priorat, he makes wine with no holds barred and make no apologies for what he does. And what he does is make biodynamics not only a way of wine but a way of life. Joan has an entire eco-system living on his property…a veritable "Noah’s Ark" of chickens, rabbits, sheep, lamb are raised in the same approach as the wine. He even walked the property with a "cigarette" lit containing "plants" from his grounds. But what about the wine? The Coll del Sabater is a beautiful and classic blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot reminiscent of great Right Bank Bordeaux. Dark berries, plums, game, leather and spices jockey for position in your senses and the results are as complex a wine as you’ll see from Catalunya. Enough structure here to age gracefully for at least eight years, this is perfection with lamb or grilled ribeye."

September 23, 2012

Yesterday was the first day of FALL—so I had a summer BBQ to celebrate!  While I chopped the potatoes and marinated the pork, I sipped on our new Austrian Chardonnay, Werlitsch Morillon 2008.  I LOVED it.  Tons of bright acidity and mouth-drying minerality but with a long, round finish of stone fruit and citrus.  I didn’t want to share any it was so good… but I did, and everyone else loved it too!  Why didn’t I bring 2 bottles home???  All you Gruner fans should give this guy a try and see why Chardonnay is one of the noblest grapes of all. 

Once dinner was on the table, we cracked another new addition to Dandelion, Bebame Red 2011.  A natural wine from California that is made from 93% Cabernet Franc and 7% Gamay.  An unusual, but successful blend!  A very expressive, pleasantly light red that was easy drinking.  Even my Pinot Noir-loving-wine-snob dad loved it!  ”Tastes like a great Pinot!”, he said.  Yeah, sort of.  It’s delicate with very subtle red fruit and earth notes.  Delicious.  What a great way to say ‘Adios!’ to the summer of 2012.

-Lily

WERLITSCH MORILLON 2008 VOM OPOK Certified Organic Austria $23

BEBAME RED 2011 Natural Wine from California $21

April 6, 2012

Eureka!  I think we’ve struck gold.  The Chateau Tour Grise Zero Pointe arrived at the shop recently and ya’ll, it’s a reeealll treasure.  An organic and bio-dynamic sparkling Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley, Zero Pointe is the kind of cheerful, wholesome wine that just might cure all ailments and heal all wounds. 
For one thing, it’s incredibly natural.  The grapes are carefully nurtured, hand-harvested then fermented in stainless steel vats with only natural yeasts present.  The wine undergoes no chaptalization, which is the method of adding sugar to the grape must after fermentation to raise the alcohol level.  This, combined with an early bottling, leaves the wine at a healthy, happy 9.5% abv…
Besides all that good stuff, the wine’s totally beautiful and delicious.  Zero Pointe is the prettiest hue of pale coral, and has the most delicate sweetness to it.  However the Jurassic soils in which the grapes are grown also lend the wine a bracing acidity, preventing it from tasting saccharine in any way.  Notes of cherry blossoms, candied apricots, and lemon zest make this the perfect bottle to drink on it’s own, or to start or finish a meal. Personally, I think it’s also an ideal wine for brunch… so I know what I’ll be drinking in the kitchen on Sunday!   $17
-Meg

Eureka!  I think we’ve struck gold.  The Chateau Tour Grise Zero Pointe arrived at the shop recently and ya’ll, it’s a reeealll treasure.  An organic and bio-dynamic sparkling Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley, Zero Pointe is the kind of cheerful, wholesome wine that just might cure all ailments and heal all wounds. 

For one thing, it’s incredibly natural.  The grapes are carefully nurtured, hand-harvested then fermented in stainless steel vats with only natural yeasts present.  The wine undergoes no chaptalization, which is the method of adding sugar to the grape must after fermentation to raise the alcohol level.  This, combined with an early bottling, leaves the wine at a healthy, happy 9.5% abv…

Besides all that good stuff, the wine’s totally beautiful and delicious.  Zero Pointe is the prettiest hue of pale coral, and has the most delicate sweetness to it.  However the Jurassic soils in which the grapes are grown also lend the wine a bracing acidity, preventing it from tasting saccharine in any way.  Notes of cherry blossoms, candied apricots, and lemon zest make this the perfect bottle to drink on it’s own, or to start or finish a meal. Personally, I think it’s also an ideal wine for brunch… so I know what I’ll be drinking in the kitchen on Sunday!   $17

-Meg

March 28, 2012

New wine arrives almost daily here at Dandelion… today we got an influx of 2009 Bordeaux.
COSTES DU CHATEAU FERET-LAMBERT BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR 2009:
The 11 hectares estate, which has been in the Feret family for four generations, is located in the village of Grezillac, 10 kms south of Saint-Emilion.  The vineyards with deep limestone and chalk soils are planted with 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.  The wine has a dark red color with aromas of ripe cherries and black currant fruits.  It is full-bodied, with will integrated tannins and balancing acidity.  $13.50
CHATEAU LA CROIX ST-PIERRE BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX 2009:  
70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec.  Since 1832, seven generations of the Carreau family have managed the winery.  Today Sebastien and Nicolas Carreau cultivate 148 acres of the vineyard with respect of nature and tradition.  The 79 acre vineyard of Chateau La Croix St Pierre is planted over clay and limestone soils which provide a round and generous wine with red fruit and plum aromas.  $15
CHATEAU DU VAL D’OR SAINT-EMILION GRAND CRU 2009:
80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.  Three generations of the Bardet family have put all their expertise into this wine which combines tradition and modernity.  The world-renowned terroir of Saint Emilion contributes to the power and elegance of Chateau du Val d’Or.  It has a deep crimson color with ruby tints, while the bouquet is refined and complex.  On the palate this wine is dense and fresh, marked by the perfectly ripe grapes.  The long-lasting, elegant finish combines fine violet hints with those of wood.  $32
JACQUES BOYD MARGAUX 2009:
60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot.  For 20 years Jacques Boyd has been the second wine of Chateau Boyd-Cantenac, a Medoc third Grand Cru Classe.  The estate owner, Lucien Guillemet, is constantly striving to find the right balance between complexity, elegance, and power - the very essence of a great Margaux.  This wine’s ruby-red color is very deep and brilliant.  The charming nose boasts notes of toast and ripe red fruit.  The silky substance combines well with the mellow tannins and amazing length on the palate.  $50

New wine arrives almost daily here at Dandelion… today we got an influx of 2009 Bordeaux.

COSTES DU CHATEAU FERET-LAMBERT BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR 2009:

The 11 hectares estate, which has been in the Feret family for four generations, is located in the village of Grezillac, 10 kms south of Saint-Emilion.  The vineyards with deep limestone and chalk soils are planted with 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.  The wine has a dark red color with aromas of ripe cherries and black currant fruits.  It is full-bodied, with will integrated tannins and balancing acidity.  $13.50

CHATEAU LA CROIX ST-PIERRE BLAYE COTES DE BORDEAUX 2009: 

70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec.  Since 1832, seven generations of the Carreau family have managed the winery.  Today Sebastien and Nicolas Carreau cultivate 148 acres of the vineyard with respect of nature and tradition.  The 79 acre vineyard of Chateau La Croix St Pierre is planted over clay and limestone soils which provide a round and generous wine with red fruit and plum aromas.  $15

CHATEAU DU VAL D’OR SAINT-EMILION GRAND CRU 2009:

80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon.  Three generations of the Bardet family have put all their expertise into this wine which combines tradition and modernity.  The world-renowned terroir of Saint Emilion contributes to the power and elegance of Chateau du Val d’Or.  It has a deep crimson color with ruby tints, while the bouquet is refined and complex.  On the palate this wine is dense and fresh, marked by the perfectly ripe grapes.  The long-lasting, elegant finish combines fine violet hints with those of wood.  $32

JACQUES BOYD MARGAUX 2009:

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 7% Petit Verdot.  For 20 years Jacques Boyd has been the second wine of Chateau Boyd-Cantenac, a Medoc third Grand Cru Classe The estate owner, Lucien Guillemet, is constantly striving to find the right balance between complexity, elegance, and power - the very essence of a great Margaux.  This wine’s ruby-red color is very deep and brilliant.  The charming nose boasts notes of toast and ripe red fruit.  The silky substance combines well with the mellow tannins and amazing length on the palate.  $50

February 24, 2012

Another favorite finally back on the shelf!
DOMAINE DES SABLONNETTES “LE BON PETIT DIABLE” 2010
It’s a new vintage, but this all-natural Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley is just as bright and juicy and delicious as the last vintage.  Aromas and flavors of fresh-picked raspberries and strawberries practically jump out of the glass. 
Christine and Joel practice biodynamic methods in their 13 hectares of vines.  They produce stunning, natural wines—without employing artificial  yeasts. The wines from Sablonnettes are not chaptalized or filtered,  these wines are vibrantly alive.  $18

Another favorite finally back on the shelf!

DOMAINE DES SABLONNETTES “LE BON PETIT DIABLE” 2010

It’s a new vintage, but this all-natural Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley is just as bright and juicy and delicious as the last vintage.  Aromas and flavors of fresh-picked raspberries and strawberries practically jump out of the glass. 

Christine and Joel practice biodynamic methods in their 13 hectares of vines.  They produce stunning, natural wines—without employing artificial yeasts. The wines from Sablonnettes are not chaptalized or filtered, these wines are vibrantly alive.  $18

January 6, 2012

BOIS-ROUGE means “drink red”, and that’s what I’ve been doing… I couldn’t believe my eyes when I realized the entire bottle of BOIS-ROUGE was gone; I drank the whole bottle by myself!  But it was so delicious.  I think it went down so easily because it’s only 12.5% alcohol and I drank it slightly chilled which made the wine taste extra fresh and juicy. 

BOIS-ROUGE is 75% Cabernet Franc and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon grown on vines 7 years young.  This wine is a young, fresh, organic red from the Loire Valley; my favorite kind of wine to quaff while watching bad movies and eating pasta on the couch.  I highly recommend it…$17.50

Better known for their white wines made from Chenin Blanc, Agnès and René Mosse live and work in the village of St-Lambert-du-Lattay, in the Coteaux-du-Layon area of Anjou. The Layon is a small tributary to the Loire that lazily digs its way through well-exposed and drained hills of schist and sandstone. Its micro-climate allows for a long hang-time, and when the mornings are foggy in the fall, with no rain, botrytis develops easily on the Chenin grapes.

We also carry their 2010 ANJOU Blanc which is a bit more expensive, but loaded with expressive notes of apples and pears and butter!  It’s a beautiful, elegant example of Chenin Blanc.  $26

October 16, 2011

Nothing beats homemade soup when we’re talkin’ ‘bout comfort… Except maybe homemade soup paired with Wilfrid Rousse 2008 Chinon “Les Puys”.

Nothing beats homemade soup when we’re talkin’ ‘bout comfort… Except maybe homemade soup paired with Wilfrid Rousse 2008 Chinon “Les Puys”.

October 6, 2011

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING!  THREE FRENCH REDS! 6-9 pm! 
We have a delicate and pretty Pinot Noir from Burgundy, an aromatic and earthy Cabernet Franc from Bourgueil, and a dark and rich blend from Vacqueyras.  Plus SCRATCHbread and cheese from ED!

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING!  THREE FRENCH REDS! 6-9 pm!

We have a delicate and pretty Pinot Noir from Burgundy, an aromatic and earthy Cabernet Franc from Bourgueil, and a dark and rich blend from Vacqueyras.  Plus SCRATCHbread and cheese from ED!