December 26, 2013
Chill out! <3
December 19, 2013
Thursday Night Tasting: Let there be bubbles!
Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for an incredibly special tasting of Champagne and Sparkling Wine with our friend Ben from Bonhomie. It’s our last tasting of the year and we’re gonna make it count! Please come by and share a bubbly toast with us over cheese from ED and bread from She Wolf.
Moissenet-Bonnard Cremant de Bourgogne
100% Pinot Noir sparkler from one of the most revered villages in Burgundy, this Cremant is perfetly party ready and available in both 750 mL bottles and MAGNUMS if you really want to do it right. Citrus fruit, green almond, firm bubbles and a dry finish- sophisticated and festive! $25
Pierre Brigandat Champagne
Over the past few years this wine has become our “House Champagne”, one we don’t ever want to live without! All Pinot Noir, this Grower Champagne is onsistently delicious with robust fruit and bracing minerality. Brigandat is ready to party alllllllllll season long. $40
Marie-Noelle Ledru Grand Cru Brut
We feel fortunate to be one of the few retailers with access to the incredible Champagnes made by Marie-Noelle in the Grand Cru village of Ambonnay. As far as we’re concerned, she is one of the best and most conscientious producers around, the “Beyonce of Champagne”, overseeing every single step from viticulture to vinification. Her Grand Cru is elegant inside and out, the perfect balance of bread-y brioche and zesty citrus. Bottoms up, babes! $69
Jean Velut Rose
This bold, organic Rose Champagne packs a punch and definitely leaves an impression from it’s vibrant red hue to it’s lingering finish. 100% Pinot Noir from one of the “lost villages of Champagne” in the Aube region. A Champagne suitable for hearty holiday meals that turn into raucous late night celebrations. Live a little. $55
November 9, 2013
BRUNCH WINE. CHEESE WINE. PIE WINE.
David Bautin Methode Dioise Ancestrale Clairette de Die $19
Hailing from France’s Diois appellation (just East of Cotes du Rhone), Clairette de Die is a naturally sparkling white wine that has been produced the same way for about 2,000 years. This unique production method, officially designated the “ancestral Dioise process”, slowly ferments white muscat and white clairette grapes. The result is a naturally sparkling, naturally sweet wine that is a vital part of the Rhone Valley region’s cultural tradition.
Composed entirely of muscat grapes, David Bautin’s Clairette de Die Tradition boasts vibrant aromas of fresh fruit, honeysuckle, and rose. The sweet, fruit-forward palate offers elegant flavors of peach, apricot, and fig that lead to a balanced, delicate finish.
David is the 3rd generation of farmers/wine makers at the foot of the mountains in the Drome. He practices traditional techniques in the vineyards and in the winery. He recommends drinking this wine after dinner with dessert. PIE!? We also think it would be a terrific match for the cheese course, and a killer beverage for brunch. No need to add juice to this sparkler, and at only 8% alcohol, you can drink this with your pancakes and venture out without the post brunch nap.
October 2, 2013
We’ve been so busy this past month tasting and shelving new wines, that we haven’t had a chance to tell you about them!
Dipinti Pinot Grigio Vignetti Delle Dolomiti, 2012: A P.G. with tons of character! Aromatic and crisp, tangerines and white flowers $14
Promesses de France Cotes du Rhone, 2012: Easy drinking, classic blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre $16
Domaine Chiroulet Terres Blanches, 2011: Like Bonhoste and Uby had a baby! A sustainable blend of Gros Manseng, Sauvignon Blanc, and Ugni Blanc aged one month on the lees. Bright and mineral rich! $16
Agricultura Vinha Regional Alentejano, 2011: a dark and juicy Southern Portuguese red blend of 30% Touriga Nacional, 40% Trincadeira and 30% Aragonez (Tempranillo!) $13
Vincent Ricard Le Petiot Touraine Sauvignon Blanc, 2012: Clean, zingy Sauvignon Blanc with just a touch of green-ness. Infinitely thirst quenching! $16
Charles Helfenbeim St. Alban St. Julien, 2011: Incredibly refined Rhone Syrah, spicy and deep with great structure. Drink with meat! $25
Gilles Louvet Bulles D’O Blanquette de Limoux: France’s original sparkling wine (Pre-Champagne!), soft bubbles, elegant fruit and minerality in tandem. Delightful and celebratory. $21
Benegas Don Tiburcio, 2010: Mendoza’s answer to Bordeaux! Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. Big and bold, large and in charge! $18
Clara Benegas Chardonnay, 2012: Rich, buttery, and tropical! New World style from old vines in Mendoza. $13
February 14, 2013
VALENTINE’S DAY TASTING
Whether you’re single and ready to mingle or happily coupled-up and looking for a good time, join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for pink bubbles, oysters, and treats! Meg is pouring, Will is shucking, Nelson’s delivering, and Lily will help you out with your toughest pairings. Dandy loves you!
Vina Enebro Rosado
Vina Enebro’s bubbly Monastrell hails from a winery that has been run by the same family for countless generations. Their grapes are grown and harvested sustainably, and the resulting wine is fermented with only native yeasts. The wine is bright and fruit-forward, with a satisfyingly yeasty finish almost remniscent of some fruitier beers. $23
Scarpetta Vino Spumante Brut Rose
The Scarpetta vineyard is a collaborative effort of Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey and Chef Lachlan MacKinnon Patterson from Frasca Food and Wine in Boulder, Colorado. Bobby and Lachlan fell in love with Northeastern Italian region of Friuli and decided to make their own wines there. The Scarpetta sparkling rose is a lush, dry blend of Pinot Nero and Franconia. It’s an excellent aperetivo with salumi and cheese. $25
La Ritournelle Rose de Loire 2011
This organic, biodynamic Cabernet Franc, made by renowned Chinon producers Pierre and Catherine Breton, is pure joy. La Ritournelle is round and bright, with notes of tropical flowers and strawberry fruit, and persistant little bubbles. Best enjoyed with friends and light fare. $25
February 6, 2013
JUST IN FROM ITALY!
Villa Rinaldi La Prima Cuvee Brut 2008
We just cracked a bottle of this sparkling Garganega from the Veneto, and it’s everything we remembered from first taste, and then some: beautiful golden straw color, crisp tropical fruit, and a soft, chalky finish. Bellisimo! $30
Bibi Graetz Casamatta Toscana Rosso 2010
"Casamatta", or "Crazy House" is artist-winemaker Bibi Graetz version of the traditional Tuscan "House Wine". A consistently refreshing balance of fruit and acidity, we think this insane value will be a fast favorite in all of Greenpoint’s crazy houses. $13
Cordero di Montezemolo Dolcetto D’Alba 2010
We give high marks to this perfectly plummy, earthy, softly tannic Dolcetto from a one of the most beautiful vineyard sites in all of Piedmont. From a region rich with the illustrious Nebbiolo grape, Dolcetto is often overlooked or looked down on. Go out on a limb and give this bottle a chance! $20
Caravaglio Nero du Munti Corinto Nero Salina 2011
A savory red from an unsavory island! Salina has spent much of history nearly uninhabited because of PIRATES! Cool, right? The grapes grown here take their unique qualities from the oceanside soil and salty sea air- minerality and really bright, clean, minimalist red fruit. Great with grilled fish! $28
I Custodi Aetneus Etna Rosso 2007
A full-bodied, concentrated blend of Nerello Mascalese (80%) and Nerello Cappucio (20%) from the unique volcanic soil on the Northern side of Mt. Etna, Aetnus was a wine we didn’t necessarily need but absolutely had to have. Elegant ripe fruit with rich tobacco and spice notes from one of our favorite vintages in Italian wine history, this is a particularly delicious treat reflecting both skilled winemaking and exceptional terroir. $40
December 4, 2012
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!
April 19, 2012
Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for a tasting of wines in a box… and wine outside of the box, as we sip four French selections from importer Wineberry’s unique portfolio, paired with cheese from Eastern District!
Chateau de Chatelard Bourgogne Blanc
This crisp and clean boxed Chardonnay from Burgundy is a real class act. Wineberry has totally revolutionized the formerly stigmatized world of boxed wine with elegant, old-world crate-style 3 liter packages (equivilant to four bottles). And the juice inside is revolutionary as well- quality wine from small vineyards throughout France. Eco-friendly, budget concious, and delicious! $49
Chateau Real Martin Perle de Rose 2011
This Provencal Rose in a 3 liter box arrived in the shop just in time for barbecue season! There’s no way you won’t be the life of any party when you arrive with this sucker. Perle is a blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Cinsault, and 10% Syrah from the Cotes du Provence. It boasts notes of ripe tropical fruit with gentle acidity and firm tannins for balance. Soft enough for a spring afternoon but strong enough for whatever you throw on the barbecue. $44
Ze Bulle Zero Pointe
This is one of my current favorite bottles in the store- I can’t get enough! Ze Bulle is an all-natural sparkling Chenin Blanc from Saumur, in the Loire Valley. The grapes are hand-harvested then fermented in steel tanks using only natural yeasts. The wine is bottled early and no sugar is added in the fermentation process, so the alcohol stays low at 9.5%. Some natural fruit sugar is left behind, giving the wine a delicate sweetness off-set by a really cool bread-y quality. And the Loire terroir still shines through in a classic, minerally Chenin Blanc fashion with bracing acidity. A real joy! $17
Domaine Vico Rouge 2009
Syrah, with Niellucciu, and Sciaccarellu, varietals native to Corsica, a beautiful French island in the Mediterranean Sea near Sardinia. Although politically part of France, the culture of Corsica is blended with the island’s Italian neighbors. Domaine Vico seemingly incorporates some of the best qualities of both French and Italian reds; it’s elegant and rich, with notes of supple fruit, spicy black pepper, dark licorice, and a soft finish. Ideal with grilled meat. $22
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