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September 16, 2014

I spy… Dandelion Wine!

September 11, 2014

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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

September 5, 2014

NEW WINE ALERT! 
Need a bottle or 2 delivered?  Give us a call!  347-689-4563
PRISMA 2011 Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley, Chile  $16
We are always looking for Pinot Noir that won’t break your bank… it’s harder than you might think.  But we stumbled upon PRISMA a couple days ago and were quite pleased with the wine in the bottle and the price tag attached.  Sustainably farmed and hand-harvested, this 100% Pinot Noir is a blend of three clones produced on a single vineyard in the Casablanca Valley of Chile!  The wine is a bright crimson color and highly aromatic with bright red fruit notes of strawberry and cherry with just a hint of oak.
REUNIÓN 2013 Malbec Mendoza, Argentina  $14
Malbec’s popularity hasn’t waned and we can never keep them damn bottles stocked!  Y’all are drinking this stuff faster than they can make it.  An old favorite is back and better than ever.  Reunión Malbec is handcrafted in the family tradition by a father and his four daughters, using only estate-grown, sustainably farmed fruit.  Full-bodied but easy going and meant for all kinds of occasions.  Reunión is named for the idea that “great wine brings us together”, we certainly agree! 
JEAN MARC BARTHEZ 2011 Bordeaux Rouge Bordeaux, France  $13
Jean Marc Barthez, his wife Eliane and their children work their property and their vineyards with the greatest attention and experience of generations of winemakers. On May 25, 1935, at the fairground of Monségur, a handful of wine growers at the Café du Commerce discussed their respective difficulties and their mutual inability to afford necessary hardware purchases for viticulture and vinification. They decided to come together, pooling their financial and human resources. Fifteen growers pioneered this union to form the Cooperative Monségur. Soon, other growers joined. Through the ups and downs of subsequent years, including a world war, these growers stood strong together. Today, Jean Marc Barthez is the president of this union.  His Bordeaux Rouge is an exuberant blend of 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc.  Perfectly balanced and easy to drink.  Nice when served slightly chilled on these warm nights. 

NEW WINE ALERT! 

Need a bottle or 2 delivered?  Give us a call!  347-689-4563

PRISMA 2011 Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley, Chile  $16

We are always looking for Pinot Noir that won’t break your bank… it’s harder than you might think.  But we stumbled upon PRISMA a couple days ago and were quite pleased with the wine in the bottle and the price tag attached.  Sustainably farmed and hand-harvested, this 100% Pinot Noir is a blend of three clones produced on a single vineyard in the Casablanca Valley of Chile!  The wine is a bright crimson color and highly aromatic with bright red fruit notes of strawberry and cherry with just a hint of oak.

REUNIÓN 2013 Malbec Mendoza, Argentina  $14

Malbec’s popularity hasn’t waned and we can never keep them damn bottles stocked!  Y’all are drinking this stuff faster than they can make it.  An old favorite is back and better than ever.  Reunión Malbec is handcrafted in the family tradition by a father and his four daughters, using only estate-grown, sustainably farmed fruit.  Full-bodied but easy going and meant for all kinds of occasions.  Reunión is named for the idea that “great wine brings us together”, we certainly agree! 

JEAN MARC BARTHEZ 2011 Bordeaux Rouge Bordeaux, France  $13

Jean Marc Barthez, his wife Eliane and their children work their property and their vineyards with the greatest attention and experience of generations of winemakers. On May 25, 1935, at the fairground of Monségur, a handful of wine growers at the Café du Commerce discussed their respective difficulties and their mutual inability to afford necessary hardware purchases for viticulture and vinification. They decided to come together, pooling their financial and human resources. Fifteen growers pioneered this union to form the Cooperative Monségur. Soon, other growers joined. Through the ups and downs of subsequent years, including a world war, these growers stood strong together. Today, Jean Marc Barthez is the president of this union.  His Bordeaux Rouge is an exuberant blend of 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc.  Perfectly balanced and easy to drink.  Nice when served slightly chilled on these warm nights. 

September 5, 2014

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September 2, 2014

August 31, 2014

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August 29, 2014

(via Inside Scoop SF » Finding new ways to help Napa)

The folks in Napa are continuing to try and figure out how to recover from last weekend’s quake, both their homes and businesses.

As we’ve noted before, one easy way to help in the short term is to go up there and spend some time tasting or dining this weekend. If you’re nowhere near the Bay Area, you can always drink some Napa wine and show solidarity.

But as noted in Vivian Ho’s story Friday, Napa Valley is largely run by its middle-class residents, many of them living in rented homes in southern Napa, where the quake hit hardest, who have been heavily impacted by the number of red-tagged buildings after the quake.

Even if you dismiss Napa as a place for the rich and hedonic (I’m among those who does that frequently) it is residents of more modest means who will largely benefit from work being done by charities like the Napa Valley Community Foundation, which established a quake relief fund this week.

To that end, Steve Matthiasson, our most recent winemaker of the year, is releasing a $48 Quake Cuvee, a blended red Napa wine, with all proceeds going to the foundation’s relief fund.

The Matthiasson family knows the quake’s impact only too well: In addition to some of their wine barrels being toppled, they were forced to move out of their own house, which was red-tagged by the county — just as harvest was starting.

It’s in moments like this that Napa Valley shows its best side.

(via Inside Scoop SF » Finding new ways to help Napa)

The folks in Napa are continuing to try and figure out how to recover from last weekend’s quake, both their homes and businesses.

As we’ve noted before, one easy way to help in the short term is to go up there and spend some time tasting or dining this weekend. If you’re nowhere near the Bay Area, you can always drink some Napa wine and show solidarity.

But as noted in Vivian Ho’s story Friday, Napa Valley is largely run by its middle-class residents, many of them living in rented homes in southern Napa, where the quake hit hardest, who have been heavily impacted by the number of red-tagged buildings after the quake.

Even if you dismiss Napa as a place for the rich and hedonic (I’m among those who does that frequently) it is residents of more modest means who will largely benefit from work being done by charities like the Napa Valley Community Foundation, which established a quake relief fund this week.

To that end, Steve Matthiasson, our most recent winemaker of the year, is releasing a $48 Quake Cuvee, a blended red Napa wine, with all proceeds going to the foundation’s relief fund.

The Matthiasson family knows the quake’s impact only too well: In addition to some of their wine barrels being toppled, they were forced to move out of their own house, which was red-tagged by the county — just as harvest was starting.

It’s in moments like this that Napa Valley shows its best side.

August 29, 2014

STAFF PICKS! 

In vino veritas!