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September 23, 2014

A great profile on the brother’s Ulibarri and their wild, barrel fermented Txakolina, which we now have on the shelf at $21! 

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"The wine is in the cheese and the cheese is in the wine". That’s what I tell everybody when we taste this wine and they look at me like I’m crazy. They’re right, I might be a little crazy but in this particular case I’m making a pretty logical statement. Let me explain…

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Ulibarri is…

July 18, 2014

SPECIAL FRIDAY NIGHT TASTING: BASQUE COUNTRY WINE

AMEXTOI + ISASTEGI

Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for a special Friday tasting of the spectacular Getariako Txakoli of Ameztoi and Isastegi Cidre with our friend Rob Novick from T. Edward Wines! Every spring, we anxiously await the arrival of our small annual shipment of Ameztoi. This year Bacchus was looking our for us and we got a lot more than our usual allocation… perhaps he knew we were planning a vacay to Basque country? In case you hadn’t heard, we’re planning an autumn trip to Spain and France, to eat and drink our way through vineyards, pintxos bars, Michelin-starred restaurants, and open air markets, along with a host of other activities we’ll squeeze in between meals in this fascinating and beautiful region. You can learn more about the trip here, as well as chat with us about it tonight over Txakolina, Cidre, and queso and chorizo from Eastern District! 

AMEZTOI

The Ameztoi winery holds about 20 hectares of vineyard land in one of the best locations in the region, in the sloping hills over looking San Sebastian and the Atlantic Ocean. Ignacio Ameztoi is the seventh consecutive generation to carry on the tradition in the province of Getaria. They grow indigenous varietals Hondarrabi Zuri and Hondarrabi Beltza and make wines in the traditional regional style- fermenting in stainless steel and bottling with residual carbonic acid- endowing the wines with their signature spritz. The breeze of the Atlantic, unique terroir, and the coastal climate give all Ameztoi’s wines a unique minerality and zingy acidity that keep us (and their other loyal fans) constantly gravitating towards these bottles all summer long.

Classic

Surfs up! Ameztoi’s original white wine is like the sea breeze in a bottle… lime zest and Atlantic salinity come together in the most refreshing way. It’s like a good margarita on a sultry summer day, but with lower alcohol so you can drink more! Tacos are a good m.o., as is sneaking it with you to the beach! $22

Rubentis

This is a hot ticket wine- it’s a press darling, with super small production. Some of our restaurant friends only got three cases for the entire summer, but we got lucky, and received a few more. Strawberry lemonade for us “grown-ups”. I can’t think of a time that this isn’t exactly what I want to drink!

$25

Tinto

 When a customer requested red Txakolina a few months ago, we thought he made it up. One reason I love this job, however, is that I learn and discover new things every day! He was right, it exists, and it’s rad. Dry and lean and mineral rich, with black fruit and those signature bubbles. Cheeseburger wine!

$25

ISASTEGI

This classic Basque Sidre, Sagardo, has healing qualities, I swear (full disclosure, I’m no MD). It’s a hangover cure, good for digestion, great with breakfast (I heard from a friend)… The sideria recommends pouring a tiny bit at a time into a wide mouthed glass with the bottle held high above your head. Sure! Super bright, super lean, and low alcohol, made from native ancestral apple varietals. I always like to have one in my fridge, you never know when a craving will come on!

$13

March 17, 2014

It’s official!  Spring is here and now.  #ameztoi #txakolina #basque #bubbles #wine #rosé #magnums #drink #spring (at Dandelion Wine)

It’s official! Spring is here and now. #ameztoi #txakolina #basque #bubbles #wine #rosé #magnums #drink #spring (at Dandelion Wine)

July 31, 2013

Txakolina Rosé on lots of rocks.
If that’s wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

Txakolina Rosé on lots of rocks.
If that’s wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

July 26, 2012

Three Dandy wines are featured in this week’s NYT Article!

While we can’t always match the prices of some of the bigger wine stores around, we do have each of these in stock for $22! 

Yum.

May 4, 2012

Here’s one way to get the weekend started — Pop a bottle of the prettiest pink Basque bubbles on the planet!
Ameztoi Txakolina Rose 2011 - It’s what all the locals drink in the tapas bars that line the streets of Northern Spain.  I like to lovingly call it ‘lemonade for grown-ups’ because it is just about the most refreshing beverage you can imagine… 
"Simple, straight-forward and perfectly suited to socializing.  It’s a great Spring/Summer wine because of it’s light bodied nature, clean and crisp flavors, and of course the signature natural spritz. If you are looking for a wine that will transport you to a foreign country, look no further.  Txakolina is an experience wine, one of the most authentic Spanish creations, and it’s all about the food, the ocean and its people all brought together in a liquid form.  Just five minutes down the coast from San Sebastian, Ameztoi’s vineyards overlook the Atlantic Ocean.  The Ameztoi family has been making txakolina in Getaria for seven generations, utilizing the indigenous Hondarribi Zuri and Hondarribi Beltza grapes to craft a light, crisp wine bottled with residual carbon to give it its signature natural spritz."
$25

Here’s one way to get the weekend started — Pop a bottle of the prettiest pink Basque bubbles on the planet!

Ameztoi Txakolina Rose 2011 - It’s what all the locals drink in the tapas bars that line the streets of Northern Spain.  I like to lovingly call it ‘lemonade for grown-ups’ because it is just about the most refreshing beverage you can imagine…

"Simple, straight-forward and perfectly suited to socializing.  It’s a great Spring/Summer wine because of it’s light bodied nature, clean and crisp flavors, and of course the signature natural spritz. If you are looking for a wine that will transport you to a foreign country, look no further.  Txakolina is an experience wine, one of the most authentic Spanish creations, and it’s all about the food, the ocean and its people all brought together in a liquid form.  Just five minutes down the coast from San Sebastian, Ameztoi’s vineyards overlook the Atlantic Ocean.  The Ameztoi family has been making txakolina in Getaria for seven generations, utilizing the indigenous Hondarribi Zuri and Hondarribi Beltza grapes to craft a light, crisp wine bottled with residual carbon to give it its signature natural spritz."

$25