Category: champagne

Here are some of my favourites wines from the …

Here are some of my favourites wines from the recent Gourmet Food & Wine Expo that was held in Toronto last month: http://bit.ly/2B4bNpp

Here are my top wine picks from upcoming Decem…

Here are my top wine picks from upcoming December 8, 2018 LCBO VINTAGES Release. Food wines + Champagne featured. This is the final Release of the year. Stock up for the holidays! http://bit.ly/2BNi7DE

Here are my top wine picks from November 24 LC…

Here are my top wine picks from November 24 LCBO VINTAGES Release. France + Washington featured. Some fine options for holiday gift-giving. https://goo.gl/Xsdv3Y

“I drink Champagne when I’m happy and wh…

“I drink Champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad. Sometimes I drink it when I’m alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I’m not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise, I never touch it – unless I’m thirsty.”
Lily Bollinger House of Bollinger Champagne 🥂🍾 #drinkwine #Champagne #thirsty #bollinger #instocknow #celebratetonight🤞 (at Dandelion Wine)
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THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8PM:  WEST COAST &amp…

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8PM:  WEST COAST & CHAMPAGNE!!!

Join us and our Alvaro from Polaner Selections at Dandelion tonight. They do a lot of things very well but we’re particularly excited about California, Oregon and Champagne right now! As always, the gone-est sounds, cheese from Eastern District and bread from She-Wolf Bakery. Dandy loves you!

JOHAN VINEYARDS, WILLAMETTE VALLEY PINOT GRIS 2015

Generally when we think of the Willamette Valley, we think of Pinot Noir. And Johan does make a fantastic one, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see that on the shelves here this season. But as is so often the case, we were won over by an outlier first. Winemaker Dan Rinke has been at it for awhile and knows every inch of these high-elevation vineyards well enough to produce a delicious and surprising Pinot Gris here, a big, lush, polished winter white with the the stuffing to take on Thanksgiving, or a hearty Asian bowl of goodness. Ramen Mafia anyone? Biodynamic. $18

SHEBANG! 11TH CUVÉE (NV), NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

Our very own Matt’s brother-in-law, legendary California winemaker Morgan Twain-Peterson, puts it thusly: “The informing impulse behind Shebang is to create a wine that is long on deliciousness and low on pretense. We do this by vinifying the wines with the same care and love as the higher end Bedrock wines- picking at respectable sugar levels (not too high!), using only native yeast fermentations, and a trace of good French oak to round things out. The cuvee IX is predominately Zinfandel blended with Carignane, Petite Sirah, Mourvedre, Alicante Bouchet, Grenache, Syrah, Barbera and a touch of whites for aromatics, much of which comes from old vines.” Someone else we know said “Yo, this sh*t is dope.” We couldn’t agree more. $16

CHRISTOPHE MIGNON, BRUT NATURE PUR MEUNIER BLANC DE NOIRS (NV)

This zero dosage 100% Pinot Meunier cuvée is a stunner. You might know that brighter, bell-clear Champagnes tend to be made from Chardonnay, and that Pinot Noir and the mysterious, lesser known Pinot Meunier bring out deeper, richer and darker flavors. But what if we go exclusively with the weirdo, Pinot Meunier? In addition to the red fruit you’d expect, there’s also faint floral notes and a deep, distinctive nutty flavor. It’s very rich on the palate with balanced acidity, taut minerality and a super dry finish. Perfect for turkey with all the trimmings if you ask us! $55

RYME CELLARS, RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY CABERNET FRANC ALEGRIA VINEYARD 2016

Made by California wine-making couple Ryan and Meg (aka RYME), this wine stopped us in our tracks at a tasting this summer. The Alegria Vineyard is just south of Healdsburg in the Russian River Valley, a cool climate for Cabernet Franc – but there’s a lot of ripeness here. The green olive, blue floral notes and peppery aromatics typical of the variety are given a deeper sounding here, and the wine shows some a juicy red fruit and a long, dramatic finish that’s hard to forget. You will want more! And when you do, try their amazing Vermentino that we have in stock for $26! And we’ll say turkey one more time. See what we did there? No such thing as too much wine on the Thanksgiving table. $42

TASTING TONIGHT 6-8PM: WEST COAST & CHAMPA…

TASTING TONIGHT 6-8PM: WEST COAST & CHAMPAGNE! 🍷🍾 Plus 🧀🥖🎶❤️ #drinkwine #greenpoint #winetasting #pinotgris #willamettevalley #cabernetfranc #russianrivervalley #champagne #zinblend (at Dandelion Wine)
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Here’s my top wine picks from October 13 LCBO …

Here’s my top wine picks from October 13 LCBO VINTAGES Release. Lots of good wines leading up to the holidays! https://goo.gl/BzY55e

Louis Roederer BrutFélicitations, France and L…

Louis Roederer Brut

Félicitations, France and Les Bleus!!! This calls for rivers of champagne, which makes me so happy. Lemon, pear, crème, jasmine and white tea notes on the nose. Lemon, apple flesh, white tea, and bread on the palate. Nice balance of white fruit and citrus. Great entry-level champagne. Cheers to the World Cup champions!!

4/5 bones

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Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier

12% abv

Champagne, FRANCE

Charles Ellner Carte Blanche Blanc de Blancs B…

Charles Ellner Carte Blanche Blanc de Blancs Brut

Ohai. Here I am enjoying a little blanc de blancs champagne because I’m fancy like that. Lemon shortbread on the nose with pear, chalk, golden apples, and yellow flowers. Very tart right away on the palate, followed by lemon shortbread and orchard fruit and even a hint of stone fruit on the finish. Nice foamy mousse. 

3/5 bones

$$$

Chardonnay

12% abv

Champagne, FRANCE

Pierre Paillard “Les Parcelles” Bouzy Grand Cr…

Pierre Paillard “Les Parcelles” Bouzy Grand Cru Extra Brut

Happy Father’s Day to all the dadas out there! For dada day brunch, I paired this grower champagne by the cousin of Bruno Paillard with some lovely smoked salmon and crème fraîche! Made of a base wine from 2012, this is the stuff! Lemon, orange zest, orange blossom, melon, orchard fruit, flowers, brioche crust and pastry flakes on the nose. Lemon, orange, and maybe even some nectarine on the palate with a floral and citrus finish. Nice finesse on this. All the love to the papas out there! 

4/5 bones

$$$

Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

12.5% abv

Champagne, FRANCE