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June 27, 2014

SAKE TASTING TONIGHT

Kanpai!

The more I’ve read and learned about Sake over the last few years, the more I’ve enjoyed drinking it.  While its’ classification, production methods, and even the ingrediants once scared me, I’ve slowly found that it’s a pretty versatile, historic and fascinating beverage, with huge variations between the different types and processes.  Learning what I like was half the trick, and then realizing the it has a place beyond sushi night really hooked me.  With a wide range of incredible pairing applications, Sake deserves it’s standing alongside the great wines of the western world, and it’s been fun for us to expand our selection recently.  Eager to evangelize, we’ve scheduled a special tasting tonight, 6-8 pm, of 3 summery new Sakes with expert Haruka Black, Japanese Portfolio Specialist from Domaine Select Imports! It’s going to be an informative and delicious kick-off to a beautiful weekend!

Evoluzione Junmai Daiginjo

Junmai refers to a class of sake that contains only rice, water, and brewer’s yeast, no added alcohol.  A Junmai Daiginjo takes it a step further- the rice is more highly polished, and the methods are significantly more labor intensive.  It is generally considered the highest of the sake brewer’s arts.  This one from esteemed brewer Ume No Yado is exquisite and light on it’s feet with incredible complexity, boasting a range of subtle melon, fresh herb, and white floral notes. I picture this sake with delicate fish (raw or cooked, if you please), and soft cheeses.  Serve room temp or chilled, this stuff’s too good to heat up.  300 mL, $15

Kurosawa Nigori Sake

Nigori refers to the unfiltered style of sake. Kurosawa has been producing traditional sake since 1858 in the beautiful Nagano prefecture, home to ancient Buddhist temples, natural hot springs, and breathtaking mountains. Their nigori is such  a delight to drink- flower petals, marzipan, and bananas immediately spring to mind. The remarkably subtle sweetness is all up front, however, and it finishes dry with striking minerality.  This is a dynamic pairing for buttery lobster or fiery foods. The pretty fruit balances even the most intense spice.  Serve shaken and chilled! $18

Evoluzione Bunny Sparkling Sake

This alluring soda-bottle-style sparkling from Ume No Yado, a family owned and operated brewery dating back to 1863 is my new go-to for so many things: getting dressed for a night out, sneaking into the movie theater, drinking on the ferry, breakfast, lunch, and dinner… It’s soft and fresh, with tiny bubbles made in the natural “méthode Japanoise” style, where the yeasts ferment in the bottle producing an elegant, easy going spritz.  Drink with Caesar salad, fried chicken, friends, enemies. It’s good for everything. Keep ‘em cold, and keep ‘em coming. $13

June 17, 2014

We get more done after bottle three too, Madge.
(via Madonna Got Drunk On Rosé In Diplo’s Studio Last Night | Pink is the New Blog)

We get more done after bottle three too, Madge.

(via Madonna Got Drunk On Rosé In Diplo’s Studio Last Night | Pink is the New Blog)

December 26, 2013

Chill out! <3

Chill out! <3

November 5, 2013

Staff picks!

October 31, 2013

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

It’s All Hallow’s Eve and we’ve already seen a fair number of incredible costumes. Greenpoint, you certainly are creative! We’re here tonight, 6-9 pm, to help kick off your festivities with an awesome all-Italian wine tasting, cheese from ED, bread from She Wolf, and CANDY for the young and young at heart.

Montalbera Ruche di Castagnole Monferrato La Tradizione, Piemonte 2011

It’s hard to describe how much I love this Piemontese red. It’s the kind of wine that incites emotions, brings up memories and inspires dreams. It’s like a rose garden in a bottle, at the height of bloom. It’s not for everyone, but for those of us it resonates with it leaves a serious lasting impression. $19

Tenimenti Spinsanti Camars Rosso Conero, Le Marche 2010

A blend of Montepulciano and Sangiovese from the montainous central Marche region. Robust and full bodied with the concentration and structure to hold up to heartier fare. A bit of sour-cherry vibrancy balances the intense mountain berry fruit in the loveliest way. $27

Michel Alois Settimo, Campania 2010

A blend of two obscure native varietals, Casavecchia and Pallagrello, from the mineral-rich volcanic soil of Southern Italy with character to spare. Dried basil and rosemary, pipe tobacco, bright, ripe raspberry fruit and real muscular tannins. An equal match for roasted root vegetables and slow cooked red meat. $19

October 30, 2013

NEW WINE FROM THE NEW WORLD!

Hallelujah! Our domestic wine shelves got one helluva boost recently!

St. Innocent Temperance Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2011: From the winemaker:spicy notes… balanced with bright acidity and rich, broad mid-palate tannins. Darker red fruits and dark flowers take over into the finish…” $40

Chapter 24 Two Messengers Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley 2011: Earthy and savory until thoroughly decanted, when bright cranberry fruit and lingering aromatics really come out to play. “Burgundian”. $34

Claar Cellars Cabernet-Merlot, Columbia Valley 2010: Aged in a thoughtful combination of new and neutral oak barrels, this well-balanced blend boasts bold, vibrant fruit, peppery spice, and a perfectly smooth finish. $18

Vending Machine Winery Horror Show, Napa Valley 2010: For the adventurous, a freaky-good blend of 35% Souzao, 33% Montepulciano, and 33% Tannat. Winemaker notes: “The introduction is not a handshake or friendly hug, but more aggressive. The tension eases as the fruit develops in your mouth and gives you a sense of comfort in it’s roundness and structure. Just when you feel safe, the thrill ramps up like a graveyard shovel hit to the mouth. Surprisingly enough though, in the end, like all good horror shows, the wine emerges as a hero leaving you with only a few nicks and bruises, but anxious to go through it all again” $32 

Martian Ranch Parallax, Santa Barbara County 2011: 100% Mourvedre, a thick skinned, hearty grape, that in this case creates ripe, vivid juice with hints of leather, blueberries, and dark plums and just the slightest tinge of candied red fruit.  Exciting and full of character. $27

Brea Chardonnay, Los Alamos 2011: Fresh and clean, crisp and pure- with no oak whatsoever! White flowers, green grapes, and apricots hit you on the nose, then on the palate.  Stellar pairing for seafood. $14

Wonderwall Pinot Noir, Edna Valley 2012: A side project of Andrew Jones, the winemaker behind cultish label Field Recordings.  He sources from awesome, under-appreciated sites around the Central Coast, in this case Pinot Noir from the Agro-Jalisco Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley and the Spanish Springs Vineyard in Edna Valley.  Light, lush, cheeky, and a little nerdy, just like the Gallagher Brothers. $25

Soos Creek Champoux Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills 2010: Washington State Bordeaux blend.  Steven Tanzer says it best: “Pure cabernet sauvignon-dominated aromas of black cherry, cassis and licorice. It’s glossy and sweet on the palate, with pristine, highly concentrated dark berry, black cherry and bitter chocolate flavors” $48

Qupe "Y" Block Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County 2012: Incredibly well-made Cali Chard!  All the buttery, oaky goodness you love from the West Coast with the old-world style minerality and bright acidity we love from Chardonnay. $24

May 23, 2013

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING

LET THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND BEGIN!

It feels like summer out, we have the AC blasting, tattoos bared, and some great tunes spinning. We’re ready to party! Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, in welcoming our friend Melissa from Banville and Jones Wine Merchants, who will be pouring three stellar sippers, ideal for drinking upstate, at the beach, or on the roof. I can’t tell you how excited I am for the warm sunny days to come! We’ll sweeten the deal with bread from Marlow & Sons and cheese from Eastern District!

Tangent Albarino Edna Valley 2011

Smack dab between Monterey and Santa Barbara lies the Edna Valley, a tiny valley with one of the coolest, longest growing regions in California. The grapes for Tangent are grown and harvested sustainably, and see no oak in the winemaking process, giving us a pure expression of a grape we generally only see grown in Rias Baixas, Spain. Notes of lime zest and pineapple shine through in this refreshing and delightful white! We especially appreciate the screw cap for easy access when you’re drinkin’ away from home. $19

Love Drunk Rose Oregon 2011

We’re running dangerously low on this delicious rose, so get it before it’s too late! Our friend, former sommelier, and fellow Brooklynite Andre Mack is the brains (and palate) behind this operation, producing spectaular wines from Oregon and Washington State. Inspired by the Champagne region of France, his rose is and blend of 15% Pinot Noir and 85% Chardonnay. It’s a kiwi, strawberry, raspberry lemonade for grown-ups, tailor-made for days like this. $18

6 Hats Cabernet S. Africa 2010

Intense, spicy, and full-bodied, this is a wine for MEAT. Certifiable Fairtrade vineyards are the source for the 6 Hats grapes, and the unique terroir of South Africa really shows through in the wine. Smoky and deep, with concentrated, bold blackberry and black cherry fruit, and freshly cracked pepper. Some time spent in both American and French oak imparts an incredibly smooth finish that lingers and lingers. $12

December 4, 2012

NEW WINE! Cooperativa La Collina Lunaris Secco 2011, $21
You guys&#8230; I&#8217;m LOVING this new bubbly and am so excited that it&#8217;s in stock just in time for Hannukah, Christmas, New Years, and most importantly, my upcoming birthday celebration!  It&#8217;s 100% Biodynamic Malvasia from Emilia Romagna in Italy, from a co-operative vineyard founded by &#8220;12 young lads, full of dreams&#8221; in 1975.  Today, they employ at-risk youth on the vineyard and give back to the community in every way possible.  Beyond being good for the environment, society, and the soul, the wine is completely delicious.  It&#8217;s light, floral, fresh, and very aromatic- everything I want in a wine of any color, and the fact that this one is sparkling is ideal for this festive time of year! It&#8217;s an amazing aperitivo, stellar with cheese, and extremely celebratory&#8230; &#8216;tis the season, after all! 
Cheers!
Meg

NEW WINE! Cooperativa La Collina Lunaris Secco 2011, $21

You guys… I’m LOVING this new bubbly and am so excited that it’s in stock just in time for Hannukah, Christmas, New Years, and most importantly, my upcoming birthday celebration!  It’s 100% Biodynamic Malvasia from Emilia Romagna in Italy, from a co-operative vineyard founded by “12 young lads, full of dreams” in 1975.  Today, they employ at-risk youth on the vineyard and give back to the community in every way possible.  Beyond being good for the environment, society, and the soul, the wine is completely delicious.  It’s light, floral, fresh, and very aromatic- everything I want in a wine of any color, and the fact that this one is sparkling is ideal for this festive time of year! It’s an amazing aperitivo, stellar with cheese, and extremely celebratory… ‘tis the season, after all! 

Cheers!

Meg

December 2, 2012

Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.
Paolo Coelho