Category: Grenache

🍷  Had an awesome time visiting Lirac and Tavel in the Southern Rhône Valley – tasting the white and rose wines of the region. Read all about my tour here:

🍷  Happy Wine Wednesday! Enjoyed excellent 2018

M. Chapoutier Domaine de Bila-Haut L’Esquerda

(92 pts) from Roussillon tonight. 2017 vintage coming to LCBO VINTAGES this weekend. Full review here:

🍷  Enjoying this excellent 2016

Cave de Roquebrun Roches Noires

(90+ pts, $23) from Languedoc tonight. Unoaked blend of

Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre from schist soils. Should arrive in LCBO VINTAGES any day now. Full review:

2016 Pala i Fiori Cannonau di Sardegna

Still on an Italian kick for this Thirsty Thursday! Red and some black cherries, boysenberries, dark chocolate, preserved orange rind, and spice notes on the nose. Cherries, cranberries, and spiced fruit on the palate with nice tartness. Delish! Great value wine. 

5/5 bones



13.5% abv

Sardinia, ITALY


“When the going gets weird, the weird get going. “ – Hunter S. Thompson

One person who really took that to heart is James Endicott, the man behind the amazing portfolio VINOCITY SELECTIONS. This is not just a selection of excellent wines, there’s also a whole CARBON NEGATIVE aspect to the project that will hopefully be part of saving us all from A FIERY DEATH! We had a dream recently where we were meeting our dealer in space and, um… maybe that’s good. Let’s just say James is one cool guy and we love to see him walk in the door! You will too. Technically he’ll already be through the door and you’ll actually be the one walking in… oh, never mind! Put down that pipe, pick up your favorite credit card and grab that niiiice shirt on your way out the door to come party at the Lions Club, where there’s always WINE, BREAD, CHEESE, VINYL, LOVE & HAPPINESS!

Beckham, Grenache Rogue Valley 2016

What if there were a place where people made their own wine from organic grapes without irrigation and then aged it in amphora they made themselves from clay on the same land where the grapes grow? Georgia, you say? Or some weird misty hobbit-land like in that Led Zeppelin album we’re going to play tonight? No, my sister! This place is right here in the good old US of A! In the Chehalem mountains in the Willamette Valley – yes, Oregon! Are they hippies? Kind of, but why do you keep interrupting? We’re talking about a beautiful Grenache with both depth and delicacy that will BLOW YOUR MIND, fermented and aged in amphora built by Andrew Beckham himself! Organic, biodynamic, natural. $40

Beckham Estate, Sophia’s Pinot Noir 2016

Also from Chehalem Mountains, and also dry-farmed, this delicate, beautiful Pinot is breathtaking. You know we always snuffle out the truffles for you here at Dandelion, so you can believe me when I say this is going to rip the pants off your daddy’s Burgundy at that family dinner. Not cheap, but you can rest assured it’s still a steal. Of course, you don’t need to take my word for it! Andrew & Annedria clear their land, grafted their vines, taught themselves winemaking, make their own amphora from clay on that land and run an integrated biodynamic farm. All you gotta do is come eat some free cheese and taste THE BEST WINE ANYONE IS POURING IN NYC TONIGHT! Organic, biodynamic, natural. $50

Sin Eater, Pet-Nat Rose 2018

Sometimes there’s not a Pet-Nat on the bar and we get a little sad. But then there is! As young children we used to frolic up and down the Anderson Valley, following the fog as it rolled inland toward the hills and then following the sun as it chased the fog back to Mendocino coast. We’d stop at all the tasting rooms and the nice people would give us little snacks and cups of wine… We never made it as far as the Yorkville Highlands, possibly that was related to the wine… But if we had been fast animals like a gazelle or a cheetah, maybe we would’ve seen the vines that made this wine up there. James made a shelf-talker one time and it said:

Classic Millennial Pink Drank. Chemical and tradition free, 100% biodynamically grown Pinot Noir in bubbly clothing. Pairs well with sunshine and Beyonce, truffles and not toothpaste. Drink from now to eternity. Organic, biodynamic, natural.  $32

🍷 TASTING TONIGHT 6-8PM: “When the going gets weird, the weird get going. “ @huntersthompson_
One person who really took that to heart is James Endicott @jend.75 , the man behind the amazing portfolio @vinocityselections . This is not just a selection of excellent wines, there’s also a whole #CARBONNEGATIVE ♻️ aspect to the project that will hopefully be part of saving us all from A FIERY DEATH 🔥💀 ! Come meet James and tastes these incredible wines we adore from @beckhamestate and a biodynamic Pinot Noir petnat from @sineatercider #drinkwine #savetheplanet #greenpoint #oregon #chahalemmountains #amphora #grenache #pinotnoir #petnat #california (at Dandelion Wine)

2016 Domaine Turner Pageot 48 H “L’Existence des Choix”

Happy Monday! Welcoming the week with some adult soda. Strawberries and cherries on the nose. Delicious chewy, gummy, peppered red fruit on the palate. This is just fun to drink. Especially at this price. You should drink it too.

4/5 bones


Grenache (80%), Syrah (20%) 

14% abv

Languedoc-Roussillon, FRANCE

🍷  Excellent Bandol Rosé (91 pts) from Provence in my glass tonight. Available in LCBO VINTAGES now for $23. Full review here:

🍷  I had the pleasure of visiting Cairanne – southern Rhône’s newest Cru – to taste the brilliant white and rosé wines. Read all about it here:

🍷  Enjoying this lovely $17

Xavier Vignon Ventoux (89 pts) from Rhône that will be coming to LCBO VINTAGES July 20. Full review here: