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August 21, 2014

Our friend Midori from small importer Joto Sake is the number one reason we even have a sake selection worth talking about. Her knowledge, passion, and delicious sakes got us interested in learning more about (and drinking more of) this traditional fermented rice beverage. We’re thrilled to have her here tonight to share stories and sake with us over cheese from Eastern District and bread from She Wolf. 

Our friend Midori from small importer Joto Sake is the number one reason we even have a sake selection worth talking about. Her knowledge, passion, and delicious sakes got us interested in learning more about (and drinking more of) this traditional fermented rice beverage. We’re thrilled to have her here tonight to share stories and sake with us over cheese from Eastern District and bread from She Wolf. 

August 14, 2014

Drink Pink

No doubt about it, the summer of 2014 has been sponsored by rosé. Never before have we seen such a frenzy!!! Everyone has discovered what we have known all along- it’s delicious, it’s not just for the ladies, and there are excellent options at a variety of price points from all over the world. Well folks, it’s still summer. And what better time than the most beautiful day ever, smack-dab in the middle of August to DRINK MORE ROSÉ? No time like the present, I say. Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, and our friend Steven VanHaren from Michael Skurnik Wines, for a tasting of three tasty pink bevs. We’ll have cheese from Eastern District and bread from She Wolf!

Zestos Rosado, Madrid 2013

Hailing from the high altitude, under-the-radar vineyards of San Martin Valdeiglesias just northwest of Madrid, the old-vine Garnacha grapes that make up this wine, like 90% of those grown in the region, are farmed organically. They believe that “Old vines make better wines”, and we tend to agree.  Their lower yields of fully, evenly ripened grapes make consistent high-quality wines, and we’ve been crazy about this one for a few vintages now. Vibrant and elegant, with classic fresh strawberry notes that practically scream “summer fun” and pair with anything and everything. Provençal in style and substance for a fraction of the price? Don’t mind if I do! $11

Liquid Geography Rosado, Bullas 2013

Olé is one of our favorite wine importers for a variety of reasons- they carry awesome wines, many of exceptional value and everyone who works there is just so lovely to work with, helpful, knowledgeable, and kind, and excited about the wines they bring in! Enter, this fantastic rosé, a pet project of Olé’s founder Patrick Mata and three of his esteemed friends in the wine world. Every dollar of the proceeds from this wine, Olé donates to the TJ Martell Foundation for cancer research. How’s that for giving back?! Organic Monastrell (what the French call Mourvedre) from the region in southeast Spain where it originated, Liquid Geo’ boasts refreshing minerality and citrusy acidity with a touch of spice. Drink for a cause! $13

Terre Nere Etna Rosato, Sicily 2013

We’re generally fascinated by everything Terre Nere makes, and their rosato is no exception. This dry, steely, savory pink wine, an organic blend of Nerello Mascalede and Nerello Cappucio, was first made in 2007, in honor of wine maker’s three year old daughter, who like many little girls, loves anything and everything rosy hued. Aiming to make a rosé with “the body of a white and the soul of a red” is no easy task, but he set about to do it and each year I think he gets closer to his ideal. A little more serious than some, this rosé is thoughtful and regal, and ages well. The vineyard recommends it with classic Italian aperitivo- think prosciutto and melon, salami and figs, and formaggio! $23

August 7, 2014

Nómade Wines

Argentina

Please join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for a wine tasting of Tomás Achával’s Nómade label. Thomás sources wines from several regions, highlighting classic varietals grown in the best possible conditions. We’ll have two tonight, alongside cheese from Eastern District and bread from She Wolf!

Torrontes 2012

Arguably the most distinctive indigenous grape in Argentina, the only country in which it is produced, Torrontes is characterized by heady floral aromatics and bright exotic tropical fruit. Nómade’s Torrontes hails from old vines grown at 5,445 feet above sea level in Cafayate, in the middle of the Calchaqui Valleys, the best site in the Andes for Torrontes. Orange blossom and jasmine, along with mint, lychee, pineapple, and pear- drink with spicy foods or sushi! $14

Malbec 2011

Hailing from a 75-year-old vineyard in Valle de Uco, Mendoza, this Malbec has become a best-seller in a season when most full-bodied reds have fallen by the wayside. Old vines, low yields, and high-altitude vineyards all contribute to producing grapes with higher acid and lower sugar- which means better quality fruit over-all. The wine is aged 8 months in a combination of French and American oak before bottling. The outcome is a Malbec with considerable spice and character, concentrated red and black berries and baking spices with an elegant brightness on the finish.  A Malbec for all seasons! $17

July 31, 2014

ITALIAN WINE TASTING

Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for a diverse Italian wine tasting with our friend Evan from Omniwines! We’ll showcase three special bottles from across the boot, with bread from She Wolf and cheese from Eastern District.

And be sure to stop by and see our buddies over at Duke’s, same time, where Whiskey is on the bill!  

Casa d’Ambra Ischia Bianco 2013

This is Ischia. The largest island in the bay of Naples is incredibly picturesque and atmospheric, with a colorful past. An important stop on the route between Greece and Northern Italy, it’s history is punctuated with periodic catastrophic eruptions of its now extinct volcano. This bianco, made from native Biancollelo grapes grown throughout the island in those rich volcanic soils, is a gorgeous export from this fascinating place. Anjou pear, key lime, and green apple finish with this saline, savory quality I love to find in island whites, this is a natural choice for a meal from the sea. Did y’all hear that Greenpoint Fish and Lobsteropened yesterday? That’s right, we don’t need no stinkin’ G train to get great fish! YES! $19

Piedmont Wine Project Gambai 2012

A blend of Barbera, Ruché, and Pelaverga, some of my favorite grapes in Italy if not the world, this is a fun, casual approach to these classic native varietals of the venerable Piemonte region.  Gambai, which means “boot” in the Piedmont dialect, is a tribute to the wine making heritage of this boot-shaped country. The three grapes combine beautifully, each bringing something special to the table. The Barbera, which comprises 60% of the blend, endows it with a sturdy acidity and clear cherry fruit, the Ruché, at 30%, provides it’s characteristic rose-y floral notes, and 10% Pelaverga adds a spicy peppercorn quality up-front the continues through in the finish. There’s a lot going on in the region and a lot going on in this bottle! Pair with meats and cheeses, olives, crostini, and good conversation. $16

Maso Michei Trentino Pinot Nero 2010

Located in the dangerously steep but deeply idyllic slopes of Ronchi di Ala in Trentino, Masso Michei is a small, relatively new winery founded by Giuseppe and Michela Bruni, who left their fast-paced banking careers just over a decade ago to pursue their passion and dedicate themselves to the land.  At this extreme elevation (between 820 and 890 meters), machine work is impossible and work on the vineyards can be life threatening, but also incredibly rewarding. “My dream was not to be the richest man in the world, but the freest,” Giuseppe has said.  This noble humility translates to his wines, like this delightful Pinot Nero. Bright and playful, with mineral undertones, gracious fruit, and a maverick spirit. Inspiring and invigorating! $17

July 3, 2014

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING: BORN IN THE USA

Somewhere in “America the Beautiful” below the spacious skies, beyond the amber waves of grain, and between the shining seas, there should’ve been mention of this country’s gorgeous vineyards! Wine has been produced in the US for over 300 years, and today wine is made in all fifty states, with 89% of production taking place in California. Tonight, 6-9 pm, we’re celebrating the bounty of our incredible country, just in time for Independence Day.  I am so excited to pour four star-spangled American wines from both coasts alongside American cheese from Eastern District and Brooklyn bread from She Wolf, with classic American rock and roll on the speakers! And please stop by and visit our friends over at Duke’s. Patrick will be pouring some fiiiine American spirits! 

White Sun Vintners Chardonnay, Willamette Valley 2012

 Winemakers from Eveningland, well-versed in the Pacific Northwest teamed up with Dominique Lafon, esteemed Burgundy winemaker to produce this elegant, old-world style Chardonnay in the new world.  Restrained oak, and lively acidity harmonize beautifully here. This is a bottle meant for the dinner table, passed between friends over simple, thoughtful food. White Sun is an inspired project, and this, one of their first vintages, is a wonderful start. $22

Keuka Lake Vineyards Vignoles, Finger Lakes 2013

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to spend several days working the grape harvest in New York’s Finger Lakes region this past fall.  I was floored by how much quality wine is being produced practically in our back yard, and in awe of how incredibly beautiful our back yard is! One of the wineries and teams I really enjoyed getting to know was Keuka Lake Vineyards.  Their winemaker, Moss Bittner, was spending his first (and sole) vintage in Finger Lakes, and was excitedly implementing some unique, lower-intervention vinification techniques not so commonly used in the region. Their 2013 Vignoles, a hybrid grape created in 1930 and parented partially by Pinot Noir, is insane. SUPER high acid, it’s like pure sunshine… lip puckering and almost blindingly bright… in the absolute best way. And you know, since I helped pick some of the grapes, it’s gotta be good! $17

Del Fiore Malvasia Bianca, California 2012

Named “Malvasia Del Fiore” or “Malvasia of the Flowers” because of the intense floral aromas released by the grapes the moment they ripen, this wine is steeped in history.  Malvasia is one of the oldest vitis vinifera varietals, thought to have been lauded by Pliny the Elder in his ancient Roman treatise Naturalis Historica (think: “In Vino Veritas!). Malvasia is also one of the original varietals planted in California, and this cuvee from Del Fiore really does it’s heritage justice. Aromatic and impactful, with rich stone fruit, green pear, and a flowery perfume, Del Fiore rocks with mango salsa, spicy summer rolls, and scallion pancakes. $18

Stolpman Vineyards La Cuadrilla,Ballard Canyon 2012

We reallllllly hoped this wine would be delicious as soon as we saw the lion on the label… and it totally is! La Cuadrilla is named after the hardworking full-time vineyard crew  employed by Stolpman, and some of the proceeds from the sale of this wine benefits the La Cuadrilla foundation, a non-profit that includes other wineries and is committed to the sustainability, health, and well-being of the hard working laborers that are the backbone of most vineyards. This tribute is an organically grown blend of 60% Syrah, 20% Sangiovese, 15% Grenache, and 5% Petit Sirah. 2012 was a warm vintage, and the grapes ripened perfectly producing this concentrated, noble wine, with firm tannins and a spicy finish. Steaks on the grill? Burgers with cheddar? This wine roars with hearty, meaty fare. $25

June 12, 2014

Everything’s Better with Bubbles

Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for a bubbly tasting with our buddy Steven Van Haren from Michael Skurnik Wines! Stock up on sparklers for your World Cup parties, back yard bbq’s, and Father’s Day brunch. We’ll be pouring three terrific ones tonight over cheese from Eastern District and bread from She Wolf.

Gruet Brut, New Mexico

The Gruets, a brother-sister team from Champagne, bought land near dusty Truth or Consequences, New Mexico when they were in their 20s.  Inspired by a family vacation with their father and clearly down for a challenge, Nathalie and Laurent got straight to work growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with the goal of making an old world style sparkling like their ancestors. One of the best domestic sparklers we’ve ever come across.  Sophisticated, full-bodied and toasty, with notes of green apple and grapefruit.  Drink while watching the US team dominate! $18

Naveran Cava, Penedes 2011

A house favorite! Organic Cava from a family owned estate founded in 1901. This classic blend of Xarel-lo, Macabeo, and Parellada, grown in gravely- limestone soil, is vintage dated, meaning all the grapes come from a single year’s harvest.  This is incredibly unique for a sparkling wine offering this kind of value! We can’t even believe it’s real! But it is and we love it.  Naveran offers incredible complexity- soft bubbles, gentle tropical fruit, and cool minerality. Pair with anything- fried foods, pancakes, Billie Holiday… the possibilities are endless. $16

Raventos i Blanc de Nit, Barcelona 2011

This is one of my favorite things on the shelf- I drink, gift, and recommend it for most celebratory occassions! The Raventos family has been operating this vineyard since 1495 and they know they have something special in Conca.  They’ve been working towards getting their tiny region designated as an official appellation to set them apart from other Spanish sparklers. Made from hand-harvested Monastrell grapes, De Nit is the prettiest, palest pink, with gentle bubbles, and a fresh, crisp character. This gorgeous wine calls for a toast! $25

June 5, 2014

BYO CRAYONS

Our friend André Hueston Mack, winemaker and illustrator extraordinaire, is back tonight for another fun tasting at Dandy, 6-9 pm… and he’s got something for everyone. André has penned an awesome coloring book for foodies both young and young-at-heart! “Small Thyme Cooks” is chock-full of drawings and activities featuring famous (and infamous) chefs from New York and beyond. Re-imagine Sam Mason’s tattoos, hunt for mushrooms with Anthony Bourdain, and menu plan with Eric Ripert- no reservations needed. Come celebrate the release of his first volume tonight while tasting three Mouton Noir wines from the Oregon and Washington (described below by the man himself). We’ll have cheese from Eastern District and bread from She Wolf.

Love Drunk Rosé, Willamette Valley 2013

"The 2013 Love Drunk is an intoxicating rosé. Much like new love, it clouds the brain, causes eyes to sparkle, cheeks to glow, blood pressure to rise, and lips to pucker.  Provocative aromas of strawberry and raspberry, followed by refreshing flavors of wild strawberry, watermelon rind, and a hint of kiwi." $18

Horseshoes and Hand Grenades Red 2010

"Horseshoes & Handgrenades is fruit-driven, full-bodied complex red blend sourced from Southern Oregon and Red Mountain Washington.  The rich, ripe, voluptuous fruit comes from Syrah and Tempranillo from Oregon with just enough Washington Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to give it complexity and structure.  Think cherry pits and leather whips!" $19


Oregogne Pinot Noir, Willammette Valley 2011

 

"2012 Oregogne, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley: Blended from two single vineyards in the Eola-Amity Hills A.V.A. at different elevations.  Bright cherry fruit, blueberry, bramble and sous-bois, followed by flowing minerality from start to finish" $45

May 22, 2014

STAFF PICKS

It’s a long weekend, you have plenty of time to drink one of each.

DANDY LOVES YOU! 

May 22, 2014

Holiday Weekend Wine

Memorial day heralds the return of Summer Fridays, white dresses, and concerts in the park, bike rides to Red Hook, brown bagging it on the pier… the world is our oyster! BOTTOMS UP! Tonight, we have three perfect options for the long weekend and beyond. Join us 6-9 pm for a tasting of some new old-world wines (all under $20!) with our friend Tom Vanick from Verity Wine Merchants. We’ll have bread from She Wolf and cheese from Eastern District! And be sure to stop by Duke’s for a tasting of Brooklyn Bourbon afterwards!

Domaine du Fief aux Dames Muscadet 2012

Speaking of oysters… nothing pairs better with our fave bivalves than Muscadet, they’re a match made in heaven… or the Loire Valley. Light and easy, with a distinctive seashell minerality and a savory quality that comes with the traditional extended time spent on the lees. This is a no brainer with shellfish of any kind! $14

Adoli Ghis Antonopoulos 2012


I traveled to Greece last summer and will never be the same.  The scenery looked exactly like a postcard, everyone was so relaxed, the fresh fish was ridiculous, and there was so a lot of good wine to match! As the birth place of Bacchus himself, we shouldn’t expect anything less than mythical wines. This dry, full-bodied white from the Peloponnese, a blend of local varietals Asproudes and Lagorthi with Chardonnay, brings back fond vacation memories. Notes of apricots and white flowers on the nose give way to striking minerality on the palate. Pair with Mediterranean cuisine and imagine you’re here!  $16 

Familia Castaño Hécula Monastrell 2010

Monastrell, the Spanish name for the Mourvèdre grape, typically makes a big, jammy style red, and this one doesn’t disappoint. But higher altitude vineyards give Hecula a drier profile, with firm tannins and a leaner quality than some of it’s peers. Meaty and satisfying with a long, dark-fruited finish, this is an incredible bang-for-your-buck bottle! $13

May 8, 2014

"We like good wine but we love good company."

Join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for a fun tasting with the brains behind Public House Wine, a boxed Cabernet perfect for picnicing.  This bold, spicy Cab comes from Chile’s Maule Valley, and the 3L box, equivilant to four bottles, is equipped with ten cups and a handle, no corkscrew neccesary.  $30 

I can think of about a million fun summer activities to pair with this wine- bbq’s, camping, float trips, roof hangs, kickball tournaments, Transmitter Park, children’s birthday parties (for the parents, duh)… the list goes on.  Tonight we’ll pair it with cheese from ED and bread from She Wolf.  Plenty to go around, my friends!

ALSO!  TOMORROW! Our very own, NELSON NUNEZ, is having an ART SHOW.  Come check out his drawings and drink some wine on us FRIDAY night 7pm. It’s gonna be FABULOUS.