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THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8PM. We welcome #Spe…

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8PM. We welcome #Spencer from @thewinebowgroup One of the classiest guys we know pouring some of the classiest wines we know! 🍷🍾🎩🥖 #drinkwine #winetasting #greenpoint #loirevalley #beaujolais #cava #partytime #vip (at Dandelion Wine)

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8PM:  SPENCER HARRING…

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8PM:  SPENCER HARRINGTON IN THE HOUSE!!!

IT’S HOT AS HELL OUT THERE… If you’re in town sweating it out with the rest of us, come to Dandelion tonight and taste some amazing (chilled) wine with living legend Spencer Harrington of Winebow. Spencer has been calling on us before we even opened our doors over 10 years ago, and he always shows up with style and grace, no matter the weather. He’ll be pouring some of our most elegant expressions from France and a pink bubbly from Spain! Plus, as always, cheese and bread.

PASCAL JANVIER 2017 JASNIÈRES LOIRE VALLEY FRANCE

Pascal Janvier (his last name is ‘January’ in French, ironically) neverplanned on becoming a winemaker. Though his parents had vineyards of their own, they did not make their own wine. Instead, he went to school to learn butchery. However, at age 30 he decided to study winemaking in Amboise and then started slowly in the nearly extinct appelation of Jasnières. He and his wife Dominique have helped revive the smallest, coldest, most northern part of the Loire Valley where some of the best dry Chenins in the world are made. This wine is an excellent representation of how Chenin reacts to it’s terroir. Stony, racy, loaded with minerals, with aromatic notes of flowers, citrus, guava and gunflint! A perfect pick to drink ice-cold with fresh farm greens and goat cheese. $21

PASCAL JANVIER 2017 COTEAUX DU LOIR ‘CUVEE DU ROSIER’ LOIRE VALLEY FRANCE

We know that rosé is all the rage, but we’ve been really enjoying the light reds coming out of the fridge this summer. Sometimes the tension of a chilled red is almost more refreshing somehow, and let’s not forget the added antioxidants that come from these darker beauties. I like what the importer’s son (Anthony Lynch) wrote about this wine so I’m going to share it here with you: “This delicately flavored charmer is made from 100% Pineau d’Aunis, a grape we hold dear to our collective hearts because of its mystifying aromatics, low alcohol, and bright, juicy texture. White pepper, roses, and strawberry come to mind. A team player at the table, this red works well with many diverse cuisines; try it with numbing Szechuan fried chicken for a delicious revelation.” $22

CHRISTOPHE PACALET 2016 CHÉNAS BEAUJOLAIS FRANCE

The quintessential light chillable red: Beaujolais. So often misunderstood from years of target-marketing to the U.S. for ‘Beaujolais Nouveau’ (a young sugary sweet bastardized version)… but what people should know is that Beaujolais is an extension of Burgundy, one of the most well-respected (and expensive) wine regions of the WORLD. Beaujolais is made from Gamay, and Cru Beaujolais is made from smaller, more specific plots of land within Beaujolais and can offer the same delicate complexities as the more sought-after Burgundies to the north but for much less. Chénas is the Cru here and Christophe Pacalet is the producer. Jed says this: “Marcel Lapierre is one of the best-known Beaujolais producers and certainly one of the founders of the natural wine movement. Christophe Pacalet is his nephew, and while he doesn’t possess his uncle’s land, he’s clearly inherited the touch for turning Gamay grapes into exceptional wine. Bright and lean but with deep red berry fruit, this wine opens with an unmistakable farmyard nose and delivers a focused mineral character as well. It’s rare to come across a wine that reminds me of cherry cough drops which I actually want to drink, and it’s also rare to find a stone cold chiller with this kind of depth. Irresistible.” $24

JUVÉ & CAMPS ROSÉ BRUT PENEDES SPAIN

We couldn’t have a ‘hot as hell’ tasting without something PINK. And what’s even better is that this old-school Cava is PINK and BUBBLY. Juvé & Camps is a family-owned winery founded in 1921 by Joan Juvé Baqués and his wife Teresa Camps Farré. The winery’s three-generation history has resulted in an international reputation for producing top-quality Cava. So much so, Juvé & Camps wines are regularly served at state banquets given by Spain’s Royal Family! Made from 100% Pinot Noir, the rosé brut is fresh and aromatic with notes of red apple, white flowers, and toasted almond. So versatile, you could pair this wine with sushi, salmon, strawberry sorbet or stoop sitting. Wait forget that last one, it’s too hot to sit on a stoop. Get your butt back inside… and blast the AC. $20

WINE TASTING TONIGHT! Summer in Italy with @g…

WINE TASTING TONIGHT! Summer in Italy with @goldenvines #drinkwine #winethatendsinO #cataratto #pecorino #greco #frappato #winetasting #greenpoint #emmaforever (at Dandelion Wine)

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8PM: SUMMER IN ITALY …

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8PM: SUMMER IN ITALY WITH GOLDEN VINES

Tonight will be a pleasure! You do not want to miss this! We’ve got wines from Italy and they all end in O! Fun to say and fun to drink! CATARATTO, PECORINO, GRECO, FRAPPATO! AND to make it even more fun, our old pal Anthony Lamonaca, the same guy who is traveling through Italy searching for these wines, is here to pour them! How lucky are we??? Plus cheese and bread.

CANTINE PEPI 2016 “GAMÈ” CATARATTO SICILY

The wines of Rosa Pepi and her daughter Erika come to life in Mazzarone in the area of Licodia Eubea, in the hills along the Dirillo river, in Southeast Sicily. DNA evidence shows Cataratto is probably an offspring of the northern Soave grape Garganega. Jed says this about the Gamè, “The Cataratto has a bright lemon flavor and a saline minerality – perfect for a hot summer day. It’s made for langostine or fried sardines, but that’s just because the Sicilians didn’t have fish tacos.” $14!

COSTE DI BRENTA 2016 “ELISIO” PECORINO ABRUZZO

“Masseria Coste di Brenta” was established in 2004 in Lanciano by Augusto Tano and Anna Giovanna Di Ludovico. The property has been in Augusto’s family for many generations. It is situated between the Adriatic Sea and the Maiella mountains. Augusto and Anna came by to visit us earlier this year as we’ve been carrying their Montepulciano for years, when we tasted their Pecorino, we couldn’t say no. Smooth, dry, with notes of wild flowers and citrus. Pair this Pecorino wine with some Pecorino cheese for a double PecorinO experience. $18!

COLLE DI SAN DOMENICO 2015 GRECO DI TUFO CAMPANIA

This estate is located in the Province of Avellino in the region of Campania. It is owned and managed since 1998 by Andrea Violano and he is assisted by his son Stefano who is also the winemaker. Greco is typically a big fat white with notes of apricots and almonds. Jed says this, “Greco is a very rich grape that historically makes textured, even luxurious wine. Some of the most luxurious are special-occasion wines that can cost a lot and demand certain pairings. What’s rare and fun is to find a more modest and lean expression of this singular Sicilian variety. More sand, more salt, all the texture – let’s leave the butter for the sweet corn and lobster.” $19!

POGGIO DI BORTOLONE 2016 FRAPPATO VITTORIA SICILY

The Azienda Agricola Poggio di Bortolone was founded by the Cosenza Family at the end of the eighteenth century, immediately after Sicily’s transition out of feudalism and the annexation by mainland Italy. Since then it has been passed down from father to son. The land has been used for the cultivation of vines, olives, and wheat over many centuries and today the winery’s ancient wooden press and traditional oil mill are to be found amongst the relics of bygone days to remind visitors of their proud origins. Jed says, “Like many people, I find light Italian reds generally pretty thrilling. Frappato with all its strawberries and purple flowers is no exception, but with all that potpourri some can seem a little like your grandmother’s wine/perfume at the wrong moment. This lean beauty avoids that, displaying a taut energy instead. I think it’s the best Frappato in town.” $23

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8 PM: SUMMER SIPPERS…

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8 PM: SUMMER SIPPERS WITH SAVIO SOARES SELECTIONS!

With humidity you could cut with a knife, we all need to stay comfy with cool, dry refreshments. Enter tonight’s tasting! We’ve got 3 crispy cool whites and a pink pet nat made from Pinot Noir that will probably become your new favorite thing in the fridge. All the wines tonight hail from Western side of the Iberian Peninsula.

Come join us and our old pal Ariel from Savio Soares Selections tonight from 6-8pm to taste them ALL. Plus strong AC, rock-n-roll, cheese, and bread all because we love you…

XANGALL 2015 ALBARIÑO RIAS BAÍXAS SPAIN

Begoña Troncoso Fernandez’s 3 hectares of vines surround her home in the humid Rias Baixas region (NW Coastal Spain where seafood and Albariño reign supreme.) Begoña is totally devoted to biodynamic winemaking; every inch of her estate is planted with various herbs, edible plants and local fauna. Begoña’s husband and daughter are also there to help out and in this way “Xangall” does not just mean ‘careful or loving’ in the local dialect –but is the philosophy with which she lives by. A perfectly elegant and satisfying Albariño that will quench your thirst on a thick day, but also weighty enough to stand up to some serious eats. $22

CASA DE MOURAZ 2015 ENCRUZADO DÃO PORTUGAL

In 2000 Antonio Lopes Ribiero and Sara Dionisio left Lisbon and returned to Mouraz, Antonio’s birthplace, situated in the heart of Dão region, where his family has farmed vineyards in a holistic and ecological way for many generations. Certified organic in 1997, they have since converted entirely to biodynamic farming. Their Encruzado, “the noblest white variety of the Dão”, is fresh and structured with mineral and floral notes. A great wine with cheese, or fatty fish. Think tuna salad or a smoked salmon platter. Keep your lunch cold and your wine chilled this time of year folks. $19

FOLIAS DE BACO UIVO 2105 BRANCO DOURO PORTUGAL

This is not the first time we’ve poured this field blend of native grape varieties Viosinho, Rabigato and Gouveio (from 80 year old vines!) at a tasting this year. Last time was back during a heat wave in May… seems like yesterday. Tiago Sampaio is the innovative young winemaker of Folias de Baco, a project started in 2007 that one could say was spearheaded in his childhood while learning from his grandfather on the farm and in the vineyards, always curious and willing to experiment at every step of the way. This wine is highly aromatic and zippy AF. Drink cold on a hot day and pair with shellfish on the grill, fried shrimp taco take-out, or a giant Greek salad with extra feta. $20

FOLIAS DE BACO UIVO 2017 PT NAT ROSÉ PINOT NOIR BRUTO PORTUGAL

From the same UIVO project/winemaker at Folias de Braco comes a pink pet nat made from 16 year old Pinot Noir. The wine is pressed whole-cluster with no time on the skins (therefore we’ve got a very pale pink color here and light body too). The wine is naturally bubbly, with no added sugar, unfined and unfiltered. Just beautifully delicate pink Pinot Noir from Portugal in a pop top bottle. Are you kidding me? It’s all I want to drink right now. Come share some swigs with me tonight and see what I mean. I’d stock up though, as I think we might be getting dangerously low on this year’s supply. Drink with friends for optimal pleasure. $21

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8PM! Summer sippers …

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8PM! Summer sippers 🇪🇸🇵🇹 with @saviosoaresselections 👌#drinkwine #winetasting #greenpoint #albariño #petnat #encruzado #ríasbaixas #douro #dão (at Dandelion Wine)

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8PM! Summer sippers …

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8PM! Summer sippers 🇪🇸🇵🇹 with @saviosoaresselections 👌#drinkwine #winetasting #greenpoint #albariño #petnat #encruzado #ríasbaixas #douro #dão (at Dandelion Wine)

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING: SULTRY SUMMER WINE F…

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING:

SULTRY SUMMER WINE FROM

RIPE WINE IMPORTS

Join us and Giancarlo (and all his cosmic good vibes) from Ripe Wine Imports tonight from 6-8 to taste some seriously sultry wine from Spain and Chile! Plus, as always, cheese and bread.

EDETARIA ‘VIA TERRA’ GARNATXA ROSAT 2017 TERRA ALTA (CATALONIA) SPAIN

A
bright and zesty rosé with pink cherry and bitter orange fruit with a
salty mineral finish made from organic, hand-harvested Garnatxa Peluda,
or “fuzzy Garnatxa” (a mutated Garnaxta that is featured in 2 of our
wines tonight). Fuzzy Garnacha?! How cool is that? $18

From Ripe Wine Imports:

Working
with decades-old bush-trained vines on steep terraced slopes, Joan
Angel Lliberia of Edetaria Edetana has been making wine since 2003. His
grandfather produced bulk wines, as did his father Angel, an oenologist
who sold his grapes to the local cooperative while Joan studied
winemaking in France for ten years.

“To
obtain minerality and freshness in a Mediterranean climate, we must
work the vineyard by hand,” says Joan Angel. “In the cellar we only work
with big barrels to retain the aromas of the terroir. We use only
natural yeasts to show the maximum authenticity.”

Here,
Garnatxa (Garnacha/Grenache) is the focus. Edetaria Edetana is “in the
forefront of that area,” says Jorge, “in taking Garnatxa to the next
level. Some of
his Garnatxa Negra has mutated into Garnatxa Peluda, which means
‘hairy’. The back of the leaf has changed and developed hairs on the
back of the leaf, which retains better moisture; it lends acidity to
wines, so most of his wines contain Garnatxa Peluda.”

JOSEP FORASTER “T+GP” 2016 CONCA DE BARBERÀ SPAIN

The
name of the wine ’T+GP’ stands for the 2 grapes the wine is made from;
70% Trepat, 30% Garnatxa Peluda. We love the freshness of this
light-medium red. T+GP has bright red fruits aromas of strawberries and
red plums with flavors of redcurrant from the Trepat grape, balanced by a
bright refreshing acidity from the Garnatxa Peluda variety. A good red
to drink with a slight chill during the warmer summer months! $18

Trepat
is a native variety of Conca de Barberà. There are only 1100 hectares
of Trepat planted in the world, and 1000ha of them are grown in Conca de
Barberà!

From Ripe Wine Imports:

Mas
Foraster is a winery of reference for the Trepat variety. The family
Foraster has been growing grapes in Conca de Barbera for over 150 years.
In 1998 Julieta and his son Ricard embarked on their dream of taking
over the family winery and started making wines focusing on local
varieties. Mas Foraster wines are made from local varieties grown
organically on their estate. The vineyards are located in a valley
surrounded by mountains at an altitude of 400 m, to 600 m, 30 km from
the sea; sharing its southern border with Priorat and Montsant.

The
high elevation of Conca de Barbera, combined with the cool sea
breeze from the Mediterranean sea, allows the grape to retain acidity
during ripening season producing fresher wine, with structure and
elegance.

A LOS VINATEROS BRAVOS VINATEROS BRAVOS “GRANITICO” BLANCO 2017 VALLE DE ITATA CHILE

An
organic field blend of 60% Muscatel and 40% Semillon; 80yr vines on
granite rock, hence the name “Granitico”. The granite soil is
responsible for the bright acid, and mineral notes in the wine.  There’s
a few hours of skin maceration here, so some might consider the
Granitico an

Jed says: “Alongside
the peach and floral notes, the minerality is extremely pronounced, and
there’s also a note of something herbal, like mint, maybe catmint.”  
ME-OW! $20

From Ripe Wine Imports:

Leonardo
Erazo created “A Los Vinateros Bravos” winery in the heart of the Itata
region in the south of Chile. The vines of Itata thrive in this steep
hilly landscape without irrigation. Bush vines are very old in this
region, and finding 100 year-old vines is common here. The volcanic and
granitic soil provide an extraordinary environment for root growth
resulting in very healthy vineyards. Leonardo doesn’t interfere with the
terroir in order to bring a strong sense of place into the bottle.
Winemaking is simple, using only native yeast and cement tank for
fermentation and aging. These are authentic wines, full of life,
vibrancy, tension, and freshness.

The
wine shows bright fresh stone fruits (peach), floral notes (orange
blossom) and citrus fruits (grapefruit). The wine has a persistent
finish with a slight salinity reflection of proximity of the Pacific
Ocean.

ANTIYAL “PURA FE” CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016 VALLE DEL MAIPO CHILE

100%
certified organic and biodynamic Cabernet Sauvignon from Maipo Valley.
The grapes are hand-harvested, manually selected before crushing, and
then gravity-fed into stainless steel for the first fermentation before
spending 10 months in French oak.

Jed says:  "If
this wine was from California it would cost three times as much. Silky
and structured with ample black currant flavors, herbal notes and quite
noticeable cocoa flavors on the finish.“ $24

From Ripe Wine Imports:

Alvaro
Espinoza produces one of the most coveted wines in all of the Maipo
Valley. His conversion to biodynamic farming in 1998 propelled him to
the top of winemaking in Chile, and his successes have secured his place
as one of the foremost authorities on expressing the potential and
importance of the terroir in the Southern Hemisphere.

Antiyal
is a family winery located in the Foothills of the Andes in the Maipo
Valley, founded in 1998 with the aim to craft wines of origin under
organic and biodynamic viticulture. It was the first garage winery in
Chile and a pioneer in sustainable farming.

This
wine expresses the pure character of the Maipo valley, with aromas of
herb, eucalyptus and garrigue. It has great freshness and good acidity
due to high elevation, with fine tannins.

Free Rosé! Let’s Parté! @yeswayrose #yeswayr…

Free Rosé! Let’s Parté! @yeswayrose #yeswayrosé #happeningnow #greenpoint #drinkwine #pinkistheflavor (at Dandelion Wine)

YES WAY ROSÉ PARTÉ AT DANDELION WINE 5TH YEAR…

YES WAY ROSÉ PARTÉ
AT DANDELION WINE
5TH YEAR RUNNING!

For
the last 5 years, best friends Nikki and Erica have hosted a parté at
Dandelion Wine to celebrate their love for all things rosé. A lot has
happened over the years, and this year they will be pouring their very
own Yes Way Rosé Wine that they went to the South of France (the
birthplace of rosé) to make.

“Yes
Way Rosé is an elegant Provençal-style blend with tasting notes
revealing a bouquet of strawberry, citrus, and white peach. Dry and
refreshingly drinkable, this light peachy-pink wine is a perfect match
for a variety of different flavors. Yes Way Versatilité!”

If you don’t already know their inspiring story, click here to read about Nikki and Erika’s journey so far… and for all the impressive press links click here!

AND WHO DOESN’T LOVE MERCH?!?!

I think it’s important to say, the Yes Way Rosé girls were the first to pun rosé in a big way… all the others followed their lead! Cheers to that!