Category: greenpoint

#truestory #sadface #partytime #greenpoint #da…

#truestory #sadface #partytime #greenpoint #dandylovesyou (at Greenpoint, Brooklyn)
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Two of your favorite pet-nats are back in stoc…

Two of your favorite pet-nats are back in stock… for now! Rainbows don’t last forever y’all, get ‘em while you can!!🌈💥👟⚡️ #glugglugglug #drinkwine #petnat #poptop #bub #bubbles #glouglou #naturalwine #greenpoint (at Dandelion Wine)
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THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8PMTENSLEY WINE COMPA…

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8PM

TENSLEY WINE COMPANY:  Delicious, classic, affordable California

Yes
– we said delicious, affordable, and California all at once. This is is
generally one of those situations where you can only pick two. And
that’s why we’re excited about Joey Tensley. He started out in 1998 with
very small production intending to make wines that let some of the
unique and little-known vineyards of Santa Barbara County speak for
themselves. Almost twenty years later Tensley is well-known for
producing excellent wines in this region, one of the only growing areas
in the world with a mountain range that runs east-west. That aspect
creates a lot of different microclimates. While Tensley and its
reputation continue to grow, Joey remains true to his original
philosophy: “Get out of the way and let the vineyard speak for
itself.” Tonight, our good friend Paul from T. Edward Wines will be behind the Lions Club Bar pouring three Tensley wines for you. It is August, and two of them will be CHILLED. A/C is cranking as always in the Shrine of Wine and of course we’ll have the WINE, BREAD, CHEESE, and VINYL!

Tensley Wine Company, Joey Tensley Chardonnay Central Coast 2017

For
us, drinking this wine is kind of like going back in time – a classic
early California Chardonnay designed for drinking but before industrial
farming and cynical winemaking set in and everyone got all upset and the
reputation of Chardonnay was twisted forever. This is as good a time as
any to remind ourselves that Chardonnay is simply one of the world’s
greatest grapes. It can grow almost anywhere and it’s essentially
neutral so it will take in the terroir like nobody’s business. In this
case that’s the sunny California Coast
running from San Francisco to Santa Barbara, an area famous for its
profound natural beauty and for making world class Chardonnay. $20

Tensley Wine Company, Santa Barbara County Syrah Lite 2018

This
Syrah “LITE” comes from a Coastal vineyard in Santa Barbara from fruit
that was harvested less ripe than most grapes in the area. Syrah is what
Tensley is most known for, and in this case has the skill to bend the
beast without breaking it. This Vin de Pays version
is just the kind of wine we’re looking for most of the time these
days. Try one of our favorite tricks – hold it up to the light and
imagine drinking it cold. Then drink it of course. Indigenous yeast and
six months in neutral barrel. Organic & very chillable.  $17

Tensley Wine Company, Joey Tensley Cabernet Sauvignon Central Coast 2017

Damn. Somebody’s
been practicing. That’s what we thought when first tasted this –
Tensley is just a good wine maker. It’s really that simple. This wine
defies flavor profile expectations for cabernet where it’s grown and yet
is also classic cab. Delicious deep red and black fruit
flavors, cassis and a little spice, nicely integrated tannins. It’s a
wine that is sure to please many looking for bigger reds and it’s also a
fantastic barbecue wine. From Guyot trained vines, the wine sees 8 months in French oak with no more than 15% of that new.  $20

🍷👅TASTING TONIGHT 6-8PM! @heartofthebeat fro…

🍷👅TASTING TONIGHT 6-8PM! @heartofthebeat from @t.edward.ws is behind the bar pouring wines exclusively from @tensleywines DELICIOUS, CLASSIC, AFFORDABLE CALIFORNIA! Yes, it IS possible… #drinkwine #californiawine #joeytensleywine #tensleywineco #chardonnay #syrah #cabernetsauvignon #greenpoint #goingtocali (at Dandelion Wine)
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#drinkwine #greenpoint #dandylovesyou #weliket…

#drinkwine #greenpoint #dandylovesyou #weliketoparty (at Dandelion Wine)
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THIS IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK! 🤩☝️💓👅⚡️🔮💕💗…

THIS IS HAPPENING THIS WEEK! 🤩☝️💓👅⚡️🔮💕💗😛 #drinkwine #rosébaby #yeswayrosé #roséallday #bigassroseparty #greenpoint #dandylovesyou (at Dandelion Wine)
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THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8PM:NICK AFRICANO POU…

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8PM:NICK AFRICANO POURING JOSÉ PASTOR SELECTIONS

José Pastor Selections at the Lions Club Bar!

You might not have noticed but New York City right now is the best place to drink wine ever! And José Pastor is a good example of why; bringing us wines that are made without destroying people or the planet, from vines that grow in harmony with the ecosystem and geology around them. It’s true everyone’s been talking about “wines of place” forever but still, we get closer and closer. And that’s why we tend toward wines that come and go quickly. They’re real agricultural products made in small batches. José Pastor is a great example of that. And our pal Nick (also the founder and host of En Rama, the world’s greatest and only pop-up Sherry bar) will be behind the bar tonight pouring some truly amazing wines from Spain & one from Portugal – also amazing, naturally. There’s deep red from Lisboa, there’s killer Godello from Valdeorras, there’s one of the world’s finest Cava, and there’s a still white from one of the Cava grapes, Xarel-lo.  

PLUS WINE, BREAD, CHEESE, and VINYL!

Júlia Bernet, Cava Brut Nature Ingenius (NV)

In the small Catalan town of Subirats lives a wine grower by the name of Xavier Bernet. Here at his winery, named for his daughter Julia, he produces Cava with poise and precision. These are pure wines indicative of terroir and varietal, part of a small yet growing movement to help restore the reputation of Cava as fine wine, associated with the CORPINNAT movement away from commercial winemaking.  After separate vinification of “Xarel·lo” and “Chardonnay” grapes, the cuvee is made up of 80% of “Xarel·lo” and 20% of Chardonnay grapes, then elaborated in the traditional method.  Drink this anytime, with or without anything.  Organic, no sulfites added, minimum 18 months in bottle.   $20

Joan Rubio, Essencial Xarel-lo

Xarel-lo has been mostly known here as a Cava grape, but still wines have always been made and more and more they make their way to us.  This one is – how shall we say? – particularly dope!  Rubio was making wine at Recaredo, another favorite Cava house, for years.  He’s only been making wine under his own name since 2015.  Joan has recovered the old facilities where his grandparents made wine from the grapes on their small estate and  practices biodynamic agriculture, with minimal tilling and leaving vegetation cover in place.  In the winery everything works by gravity, draining and not pressing, with as little intervention as possible, thereby obtaining wines that are sincere and highly authentic.  Essencial is a natural white from three small vineyards planted in chalky soils, a fluid wine that is fresh and crisp with an intense floral nose. The palate is silky with a very long finish. Organic, biodynamic.  $20  

Adega Regional de Colares, Chão Rijo Lisboa Tinto 2015

Vivid cherry and leather Tempranillo from near Lisbon.  Colares is in a beautiful area right on the ocean, a choice place for city dwellers to create weekend homes. For the past fifty or so years, vineyards have been replaced by beach houses, chipping away at the Colares DO (a mere 12 acres remain). Because of the sandy soils, Colares was able to escape phylloxera and is the only region in Portugal where American rootstock didn’t need to be extensively used. Planting the vines is painstaking; you dig into the sand until you hit clay, which can be a far as nine feet down. The combination of the work involved with maintaining the vineyards and the value of the real estate has threatened the vineyards with extinction. Thankfully, Adega Regional de Colares is putting enormous energy into keeping Colares alive. The wines are impeccably balanced with a sandy texture and vivid flavors that could only come from the influence of the Atlantic.  Lutte Raisonée.  $20

Vina Somoza, Valdeorras Godello Neno 2015

Vibrant acidity, fresh stone fruit, striking mineralogy and overall balance and beauty make this our pick for Godello of the year! Viña Somoza was founded in 2001 by Victor Fernández with the goal of recovering vineyards in Valdorras to preserve Galician traditions of winemaking. They have made numerous technical strides in the cellar over the years, especially with the recent hiring of Javier García Alonso in 2015. The majority of their plantings are Godello, however, Javier has also been working with some red varietals since he came aboard, such as Mencía, Garnacha Tintorera, and the nearly forgotten Brancellao.  He currently spends a day or two each week in Galicia working with the Somoza wines; the rest of his week is spent up in the Sierra de Gredos mountain range, tending to his remote Albillo and Garnacha vines for his other project, 4 Monos.  The Neno is 100% Godello from several parcels with varied soils, elevations and expositions.   Organic.  $25

🍷TASTING TONIGHT 6-8PM🍷 @nickafricano is beh…

🍷TASTING TONIGHT 6-8PM🍷 @nickafricano is behind the bar pouring stellar Spanish and Portuguese bottles from @jpselections These wines are small batch beauties that you’re gonna wanna taste! Plus 🧀 @mongerspalate 🥖 @shewolfbakery and 🎶 @officialphilcollins 🤷‍♀️ #dandylovesyou #greenpoint #drinkwine #naturalwine #winetasting #cava #xarello #godello #valdeorras #chãorijo #lisboa (at Dandelion Wine)
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☀️NEW CANS!☀️#drinkwine #naturalwine #cannedwi…

☀️NEW CANS!☀️#drinkwine #naturalwine #cannedwine #carboniccarignan #gruner #greenpoint #summer #sanswineco #companionwine (at Dandelion Wine)
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THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8PM:  STAY HYDRATED! …

THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8PM:  STAY HYDRATED! OR WHATEVER

(but seriously, drink some water, add cucumber or lemon!, in between all the wine you may consume this weekend, it’s gonna be hot AF)

Stone Cold Chillers:  Wines to Fridge Right F*ing Now!

It’s going to be a HOT weekend – our sources say Sunday temperatures will feel like 105. SO, our dear friend Ariel from Savio Saores takes her place behind the Lions Club Bar tonight to run us through a lineup of organic & natural wines that are eminently CHILLABLE! We love rosé of course, and we also do believe as point of religious faith that bubbles are the best answer to any question. But this time of year demands a full quiver of refreshment options, and it can be a challenge to know which other wines will perform well VERY COLD. Tonight we’re pouring a CHILLABLE RED, as well as a CLEAN MINERAL WHITE. We also have on hand a GRIS choice – these are essentially pink or orange-skinned grapes (in this case Pinot Gris) that can create a lightly tinted wine depending on the amount of skin contact during the fermentation process. And our personal fave for chilling these days is CO-FERMENTED RED & WHITE! (Yes that’s sort of rosé.) We’re talking about a lot of fun for your FRIDGE! You bring your legitimate concern for your thermal future – we’ll have the WINE, BREAD, CHEESE, and VINYL!

UIVO, Renegado 2018

This really might be our favorite kind of wine at the moment: co-fermented red & white grapes and lots of ‘em! In this case the blend includes as many as forty varieties – YES, it’s Portugal! – roughly half red and half white. It’s wholly delicious, and amazing in the fridge. Folias de Baco makes this wine from field-blended grapes grown in the Cimacorgo area of the Douro Valley. White varieties include gouveio, rabigato, donzelinho, malvasia fina & viosinho; red varieties include rufete, tinta barroca, touriga franca, mourisco, and tinta roriz (aka tempranillo). Obviously there are many more and they’re all from 80 year old vines planted on 2 hectares of schist and granite, hand harvested separately and sorted in the vineyard. Sound complex and beautiful? Yup. Like Joanna Maçanita, who was behind the bar last month, Winemaker Tiago Sampaio is also part of the revolution in the Douro, pushing the boundaries and producing wines some might not expect out of such a traditional region. Organic, natural & unfiltered. $18

Schlossmühlenhof, Boden Funk 2018

Another summer love! From the Rheinhessen, this slightly spritzy Grauer Burgunder (aka pinot gris) shows amazing dirty pink and yellow fruit against a backdrop of volcanic ash. Yet it’s a very clean sipper! This is a wine that’s as hard to describe as it is hard to forget, and somewhat addictive. The Schloss Mühlenhof property has been in the family since 1846 but was mostly focused on producing rye and wheat until the 1920’s, when the vineyards became the focus. Now in the hands of the sixth generation, the farm operates 100% organically and the focus in the cellar is on purity and freshness. Knowing their soils for so long (mostly limestone combinations), the family does capture a clear minerality and a distinct spirit from each varietal. Crisp and delicious.  Organic & unfiltered.$20

Mas d’Agalis, Vin de France Yo No Puedo Mas 2017

If you’ve eaten in Montreal in the last few years, well, you know that it’s awesome. But you might also have noticed that this wine is on pretty much every list. It’s also fairly ubiquitous in New York and for good reason. We’re very big fans of this vintage in particular with it’s up-front dark red fruit flavors and characteristic hint of ferrous granite. This is carignan, syrah, mourvedre, and grenache, grown on clay and limestone, about 40 kilometers northwest of Montpélier in the Languedoc. Lionel Maurel is of the fourth generation of winemakers in his family, but he broke from the ways of his father and grandfather who previously sold their grapes to co-ops, choosing instead to make and sell his own wines in 2004. Above all, he seeks to reflect the vintage in his wines and that is clearly in evidence here. Aged about 12 to 18 months in the barrel. Organic, natural, unfiltered. And chillable!! $20

Domaine Augis, Touraine Elegance 2017

We can’t have enough Sauvignon Blanc from Touraine these days. We often suggest these wines for people looking for something as crisp and mineral as Sancerre but at a lower price. The Aguis is vibrant with mineral notes, citrus, herbs, and a little gooseberry. Very clean and easy drinking, this wine comes from 25yr old Sauvignon Blanc vines growing on “perruches” (flinty-clay) soils with grasses planted in between. Aged on lees for a year before bottling.  Philippe is the 5th generation at Domaine Augis.  Organic, natural & seriously crushable. $16