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Do you like Barbera? How about Nebbiolo??  Barolo??? Tonight behind the bar, the very knowledgeable Marco from Italian importer Dalla Terra will be behind the Lions Club Bar pouring wines from one of our favorite producers in Piemonte (aka “the Piedmont”), a hilly region in Northern Italy that produces the country’s finest wines.  The Vietti winery, managed by the family’s fifth generation, is based in the small medieval village of Castiglione Falletto, the heart of Piedmont’s famous “Langhe” wine region. Here the Currado family carefully and patiently handcrafts lauded wines that are the result of a unique combination of sun and soil.  The autumn winds blow chilly and cold.  We’re your homies who bring you wine, and this is a great opportunity to warm up with some fine Italian wine, to pick up a little for the house, and to learn a little more about what these different wines are.

As per usual, we’ll have WINE, BREAD, CHEESE, VINYL & LOVE!

Vietti, Langhe Nebbiolo Perbacco 2016

100% Nebbiolo grapes coming from different vineyards, mostly in the area of Barolo, with a little from Barbaresco as well. Each parcel is processed and aged separately until when they select the ones that will be included for the blend of Perbacco or the ones that will keep ageing to become Barolo Castiglione (excluding the parcels from Barbaresco). Which is to say, a lot of Nebbiolo claims to be declassified Barolo – this one truly is, and it tastes like it.  There’s generous, big dark fruit here along with menthol notes and a lot of spices; the wine shows a notable intensity while retaining an essentially mid-weight style. Strong, intense and powerful when young, complex and elegant as years go by – pretty much like a Barolo there as well, right? This is for your stews, hearty ragout, your game, your sharp, aged cheese – big strong things basically. Killer stuff, and a particularly excellent value this year!  Organic, vegan.  $30

Vietti, Barolo Castiglione 2015

100% Nebbiolo, old Guyot-trained vines on clay and limestone, natural yeast, 24-30 months in oak. Vietti’s Castiglione Barolo is the primary Barolo produced by the winery. It is named after Castiglione Falletto, the commune where the Vietti winery is situated, but it contains grapes from a careful selection of the best 15 Grand Cru of the Barolo zone (Bricco Fiasco, Bussia, Fossati and Ravera, to name a few) all located around Castiglione Falletto. Truly a remarkable expression of Barolo year after year, it’s also a remarkable value.  The 2016 is a mix of grapes from Castiglione Falletto, Monforte, Barolo, and Novello (province of Cuneo), all vinified separately before blending. (Pro tip: they only make a certain amount of Barolo. The extra wine goes into the Perbacco – and there was a lot extra this year!)

The Vietti winery, managed by the family’s fifth generation, is based in the small medieval village of Castiglione Falletto, the heart of Piedmont’s famous “Langhe” wine region. Here the Currado family carefully and patiently handcrafts lauded wines that are the result of a unique combination of sun and soil. Organic, vegan.  $66

Vietti, Barbera d’Alba Scarrone 2016

Ruby purple colour with intense aromas of ripe red and black cherries. With refreshing acidity, rich tannins, full body, the single vineyard Scarrone has finesse, excellent balance, great complexity, integration and a long lingering finish. Pricier than most Barbera and that’s because most Barbera isn’t grown on such special vineyard land – that generally gets reserved for Nebbiolo. What a difference an a acre or two can make. There’s a delicacy and raciness to the acidity that’s surprising and takes this grape to the next level. We’re sold. Come check it out.  Organic, vegan. $50  

Vietti, Roero Arneis 2018

And the white knight! This grape is leaner than Chardonnay but with a lot of texture and ability to transmit the specific nature of its place of origin. Previously called “white Nebbiolo” by many, grown and exported by few, Arneis has emerged from its long hibernation in the last decade or so and is receiving all the accolades it deserves. We’ve carried several in the last few years and Vietti’s, recently returned, has remained a staff favorite. In the last few years, winemaker Luca Currado eliminated precise measurements of acid and tannin levels in favor of a more intuitive, wine-specific approach, and we can taste that immediacy here. He also stopped publishing tasting notes, preferring that wine critics and drinkers apply their own perceptions and preferences to his wines. Bravo Luca! Organic, vegan.  $25

🍷TASTING TONIGHT! Marco from @dallaterrawine is here pouring only @vietti_vino 🦗. Tonight is your chance to taste through one of our favorite producer’s Roero Arneis, Barbera d’Alba, Langhe Nebbiolo and their benchmark Castiglione Barolo! Don’t miss this Piedmont party! 🍄🧀🥖🇮🇹 #drinkwine #piemonte #arneis #barbera #nebbiolo #barolo #vietti (at Dandelion Wine)

TUESDAY OCTOBER 15TH, 6-8PM: @alice.feiring is here! Come sip on some natural wine and get your book signed! Alice’s new book, NATURAL WINE FOR THE PEOPLE, is a fun, smart, and approachable guide to natural wine.
“Where did natural wine come from? The late and very great Barolo producer Baldo Cappellano said ‘The more there’s fake, the more there needs to be real.’ And that aphorism is, in part, how the natural wine movement started, out of the desperate need for authenticity. This is true whether in politics, architecture, food, or wine.” Amen, Alice! Amen. #drinkwine #readbooks #naturalwineforthepeople #alicefeiring #booksigning #greenpoint (at Dandelion Wine)

New Calcarius Bianco Hellen 2018 No sulfur, unfined, unfiltered Greco from Puglia by @valentina.passalacqua Pear on the nose, tart with bright acidity on the palate 🍐🍋✨ #drinkwine #drinknatural #naturalwine #progettocalcarius #grecobianco #puglia #wynonaryder #winoforever (at Dandelion Wine)

BACK IN STOCK! GET SOME! 🥂‼️#drinkwine #petnat #greenpoint #fifi #naturalwine #friyay #tgif #weekend #bubbles (at Dandelion Wine)

Tonight our friend @alvar0l0pez from @polanerselections will pouring some beautiful examples of contemporary American winemaking from the West Coast. There’s a new orange wine from @johanvineyards , a pair of Trousseau to compare from @eyrievineyards and #ArnotRoberts, and a Vermentino from @ryme_cellars ! Fall is here for sure 🍁 and these are four very distinctive, elegant wines to enjoy as the temperature drops and the wind picks up. (Did we mention that today is the #TheoloniousMonk Birthday Broadcast 🎶 ? All day on @wkcr !). Plus 🧀&🥖&❤️! #drinkwine #greenpoint #westcoastwines #orangewine #trousseau #vermentino #oregon #california (at Dandelion Wine)

We like a rainy day, especially when it’s farm share pick up @the607csa & a fresh crop of awesome Argentinian wines from @ver_sacrum_wines have arrived! Fresh, natural & light but with just the right spice & grip to warm you. All 3 of these beauties are $20 each! Come grab some & go cook a hearty soup, chili or stew for a perfect paring!☔️🍷#drinkwine #makesoup #naturalwine #argentinewine #garnacha #gsm #monastrell #redwineweather (at Dandelion Wine)

SAVE THE DATE 🗓⭐️ TUESDAY 10/15 6-8pm @alice.feiring will be in house to talk about her new book #naturalwineforthepeople and share some natural wine with us! 🍷 Books available for sale and signing! ✍️ #drinkwine #naturalwine #readbooks #winebooks #alicefeiring #weekfromtoday #savethedate #greenpoint #goodtimes (at Dandelion Wine)


We’ve been thinking of Italy a lot lately. It has more genetic diversity in terms of wine grapes than any other country by a LOT. And of course there’s what we call “the Italy factor”. We never seem to have enough of these wines on hand (at home) because they go so well with food we always drink them right away. Perhaps you have more self-control. But probably not. So you need a bottle or two. So tonight our old friend Spencer Harrington(!) will be behind the Lions Club Bar, pouring a few of our faves.

As always, we’ll have WINE, BREAD, CHEESE, VINYL & LOVE!

G.D. Vajra is located in Piedmont in Northwest Italy. The winery sits at the highest elevation in the commune of Barolo, in a village called Vergne. The Vajra family has farmed Bricco delle Viole, the highest cru in Comune di Barolo, since the 1880s. Today, the Vajra family continues the vineyard research focusing on the influence of soil and climate change. “Wines that do not need to talk out loud or flex their muscles. We ask them to touch the hearts of all.” – G.D. Vajra

G.D. Vajra, N.S. Della Neve Extra Brut Rosé NV

A champagne-method rosé nature of 50% Nebbiolo, 50% Pinot Noir. Nostra Signora Della Neve is a rosé de saignée. The juice stays in contact with the skins at low temperatures for just a few hours. In the spring following to the harvest begins the second fermentation, followed by a rest on the lees of around 48-60 months. Vajra is trail-blazing the rediscovery of Chiaretto di Nebbiolo and the wines of the 17th century – long before Barolo was created – through “N.S. della Neve” and “Claré JC”, a partial whole-cluster fermentation of pure Nebbiolo. The high elevation vineyards particular to Vajra provide the high acidity needed for this fantastic sparkler. Organic. $40

Vajra Barbera d’Alba Superiore 2016

Wild and brambly, this deep purple beauty is brooding and layered, with red and black forest berries, and a note of plum as well. The tannins are supple but quite present and the finish is quite long. A vibrant wine for sure, with many layers to discover. Attention to detail and a real appreciation of nature are hallmarks at Vajra and it continues to show in the wines. Anyone who thinks this grape can’t be complex needs to try this – seriously deep-end Barbera. Organic.  $35

The Estate Coltibuono in Chianti Classico is considered to be one of the most representative wines of the appellation. The “abbey of good harvest” is at least a thousand years old according to the Marchio Storico and the monks of Coltibuono, the Vallombrosan may have been the first to cultivate Sangiovese in Tuscany. The monastery was active from 1000 C.E. to around 1800 C.E. when Napoleon annexed most church property in Tuscany. Some he gave away to friends or as political favors, some he sold. Thus, there were two owners between the time of the annexation and the abbey’s purchase by the Stucchi’s ancestors in 1841. It is now a hotel and you can stay there!

Badia a Coltibuono, Chianti Classico 2016

This wine is the result of natural production methods using organically-grown Sangiovese and Canaiolo grapes from the estate vineyards. Grapes are hand-harvested and sorted, fermentations are done with indigenous yeasts, and after 3 weeks of maceration on the skins, the wine is moved to French and Austrian oak casks to age for 12 months. This wine is incredibly well-balanced, tightly knit with supple tannins, mineral notes, and a mouth cleansing fresh acidity. Emanuela Stucchi and her siblings are seventh generation stewards of the property. The philosophical approach is to maintain both the integrity of Sangiovese and the unique terroir of Chianti Classico through organic farming practices, clonal diversity, restrained use of new oak barrels and the shunning of dominant varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon.  Organic. $24