Dear Lily,Thx much for the vino recommendations. Just cracked the Bordeaux Blanc, it’s delicious!
Favorite part of my job #8: Getting texts/emails from customers while they are vacationing in beautiful places to thank us for the wine recommendations. Especially those with excellent camera skills! Spring time in Vermont never looked better…
(Lily was thirsty, so she picked two.)
Dandy loves you! Have a beautiful weekend!
Primavera! Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for another awesome Italian tasting with our buddy Ben from Soilair! He’s pouring some delightful spring picks alongside cheese from ED!
Scarbolo Friulano 2011
This sunny, medium-bodied northern Italian white is bright gold in the glass, with a BIG personality. With notes of zesty citrus peel and yellow apples, and a rich, lengthy finish, it’s a great wine to pair with springy pasta dishes- think ramp spaghetti or shrimp scampi. $21
Fontezoppa Ribona 2009
Have you ever even heard of the grape Ribona? We hadn’t, until Ben brought us a bottle from revered Marche producer Fontezoppa. Oh boy, y’all… it’s a treat. Cool sea breezes from the Adriatic blow over the vineyards, endowing the fruit and the resulting wine with a cool minerality and delicate salinity. A refreshing and unique alternative to Muscadet. $25
Pietranera Rosso di Montalcino 2011
Although warmer days bring cravings for whites and roses, we happen to love it all, year round. There are certain days and certain dishes that just call for a good glass (or bottle) of red. Enter: Petranera’s Rosso! This versatile, delicious Sangiovese is great with burgers and pizza alike, as well as spicy tacos or richer fish dishes, and the beautiful label makes it extra worthy of gifting your dinner party hosts or significant other’s parents. $25
Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for a tasting with our DJ friend Clarke from Rosenthal Wine Merchants, one of our most favorite importers. Rosenthal specializes in wines that really exhibit terroir, the unique places where the grapes are grown. These wines are story-tellers, and you’re transported with every bottle to the fields from which they originated. We’re so excited to share them with you over records from Clarke’s personal collection and cheese from Eastern District!
Commanderie de Peyrassol Rose, Provence 2012
One of our favorites year after year, Peyrassol Rose is just what we want out of a pink wine. A pale-salmon colored blend of Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah from healthy quarter-century old vines, it’s got a pretty red fruit-flower aroma and vibrant stone fruit and chill minerality on the palate. A trip to Provence in a bottle. $19
Domaine La Manarine, Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2011
100% Grenache lends this cheery Southern Cotes du Rhone red some spice and concentration. After almost two years of maturation, the wine is bottled without filtration, so the pure grape-y Grenache fruit shines through. A versatile food wine that pairs well with burgers of both the meat and veggie variety. $15
Chateau Miraval Rose, Provence 2012, $27
Hollywood’s most beautiful couple has made the most beautiful rose! Somehow balancing superstar status, a big happy family, planning a massive wedding, and public service, I guess we shouldn’t be surprised that they also own a working vineyard in Provence… but with the help of the renowned Perrin winemaking family, they’ve released their first vintage of wine! It’s soft, rich with red fruit character, and refreshingly dry on the finish, in the most beautiful package on the shelf. We snagged a couple cases this year, and when they’re gone, they’re gone… and trust us, you don’t want to miss out!
STAFF PICKS!!! Pretty reds and fancy whites.
Dandy loves you!
THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING
It’s been a beautiful week and the weekend promises to follow suit. Kick it off in style tonight at Dandy, 6-9 pm, with a tasting of three spectacular wines with our friend Stetson from Blue Danube! We’re pouring two stellar Hungarian whites and a brilliant red from Austria alongside cheese from Eastern District! Bottoms up!
Szõke Mátyás Szürkebarát Pinot Gris Hungary, 2011
The earliest cuttings of Pinot Gris were brought to Hungary by Cistercian monks sometime around 1375, and it’s still called Szürkebarát, meaning “grey monk”. This wildly affordable, character-rich Pinot Gris more closely resembles it’s Alsatian counterparts than Italian Pinot Grigio. Zippy citrus notes, bracing minerality, and subtle spiciness make this an awesome wine with all sorts of food- fresh ricotta, creamy pasta, spicy curries… and SUMMER TIME! $13
Bodrog Borműhely Loszbor Hungary, 2011
Sustainably grown Hárslevelű and Furmint from the banks of the Bodrog river in Northern Hungary, which is responsible for the unique humidity level of the tiny Borműhely vineyards. The grapes for their dry wines are hand harvested late, and carefully sorted to weed out any grapes that have sweetened from botrytis. They’re gently crushed, then spontaneously fermented in local Szerednye oak barrels. The wine ages for 6 months on the lees before being released for consumption! It’s incredibly aromatic and super soft, with delicately rich tropical fruit and a vibrant acidity that comes out more the longer the wine is in the glass- a beautiful, incomparable white I’m sure we’ll find a million occasions to drink and recommend. $20
Juris St. Laurent, Austria 2009
This sustainable, 100% St. Laurent from Burgenland, Austria is a perfect red for the ever popular roast chicken we’re often asked to pair wine with on Sunday afternoons. An ancient clone of Pinot Noir, St. Laurent grapes generally make medium bodied wines characterised by bright, pretty cherry fruit. Juris is one of the most well-regarded producers in Burgenland, and their St. Laurent is bursting with character. $22
DON’T FORGET, THIS IS THE PLACE TO BE WEDNESDAY EVENING!
Drink some of the best wines on the market for a great cause!