Category: sicily

2016 Meridio “Liama” Rosso Terre Siciliane IGT

Oh heyyyy, it’s Fri-YAY! Tart cherries, a hint of cranberries, loads of tart red fruit, and a whiff of aged balsamic on the nose. More tart cherries and red fruit on the palate with even a hint of dark cherries, a touch of anise mid-palate, and lingering acidity on the finish. This wine definitely needs food to balance it out. 

3/5 bones


Nero d’Avola, Frappato di Vittoria, Alicante

13% abv

Sicily, ITALY

Cozy up with warming reds! Drink wine, make stew! 🥰🍷🥘🔥 #drinkwine #redwine #naturalwine #sicily #tuscany #cozyaf #hygge (at Dandelion Wine)



There’s a lot going on today! Greta Thunberg sailed into New York harbor this morning! It’s Lucy’s Birthday! (It’s also Charlie Parker’s Birthday!) And, our amazing friend Michele from Regal is behind the Lions Club Bar
tonight! (Did we mention she is a Master of Wine
candidate?) Honestly? Get ready… We recently had to put together a
six-pack for a roof-party we’re attending in this Saturday in
Manhattan. (We know, but what can we say? The hosts are visiting from
LA; they don’t know.) Anyway, we always like to bring two of everything
to a get-together so everyone gets to try everything, and we only wanted
to carry a sixer, and we didn’t want to break the bank SOOOO… What
were the best, most affordable, red, white and bubbly in the
store?? They turned out to all be from the same source, and SO, we
rescheduled what we were planning for tonight and Michele graciously
agreed to pour at the last-minute. Here they are! Inspired by our own
picks for said rooftop party this Saturday night, this lineup is Labor Day Dope! This is your 3-day buying opportunity right here babies! It’s a cool 65 degrees in the Shrine of Wine: POPULATION YOU TONIGHT! VIVA WINE, BREAD, CHEESE, and VINYL!

Château Bouscasse, Les Jardins Philosophiques 2014 & 2015

Can you say Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh Sec? Us
neither – and who cares! At $20, this complex, mineral, magic and very
dry version of this Gascon classic may have you asking “Is this the best
cheese pairing ever?” When our friend Dave Macaninch came back from Gascony we were reminded of this almost lost gem of a wine. Most versions are too sweet for American palates, but this very dry bottle from superstar winemaker Alain Dumont KILLS IT. Pacherenc-du-Vic-Bilh is the appellation for whites in the region. The
wines are fascinating, deeply textured affairs that go well with river
fish, cured meats, or of course, the duck which the area is famous
for. The most classic pairing is probably Fois Gras with one of the
off-dry versions. This one – from petitcorbu and petitmanseng – is dry
and quite deep. First day it shows an amazing complexity, second day it
settles into a beautiful version of white Burgundy at half the
price. Second day! Yes, another great example of whites evolving after
opening in the fridge! You can also decant to get to this place. We’ll
have both the ’14 and the ’15 for you to compare. We don’t mind telling you we had to make a special effort to keep this baby at… $20!!!!

Castellroig, Cava Brut Vermell 2016

There’s just not a lot of Vermell in the world. This nearly extinct grape has been revived recently by Partida Creus, Rene Barbier, and, here, Castellroig in the Penedes, who are part of the new, better Cava DO Corpinnat. The wine has a slightly orange hue from gentle skin contact with this gris grape. We
love the taste of pale peach and smoky orange peel. Very dry, but not
overly acidic, this is a mellow sparkler suited for our favorite
situation: just chillin’. Amazing, Organic. $27

Di Giovanna, Siciliani Nero d’Avola 2017

plum, herbal notes and licorice. Easy drinking, classic Nero
d’Avola. We’re very happy to have a new, affordable, ORGANIC, Nero
d’Avola. The estate is near the city of Sambuca, the setting of
Visconti’s epic masterpiece, The Leopard. With vineyards located high above the floating land, at the base of a rough cliff,
two brothers fight for the culture this land once represented. Getting
there is a different story: Only after substantial damage to the bottom
of your car, or a long hike will you be able to access these beautifully
remote high altitude vineyards that are managed in full respect of
organic farming principles. What a view though! The Di Giovanna’s have been viticulturist for more than 5 generations in Sicily,
which explains the extreme passion with which Gunther and Klaus
approach their daily task. Father Sicilian, mother German results in an
energetic though slightly atypical mix of hard working attitude and
straight-shooting intuition. Riccardo Cotarella helps with the winemaking here. Organic, SwissArmyKnife. $14

🇮🇹 🍷  Happy Sunday! Chilling out with this refreshing $18

Planeta Rosé

(89 pts) from Sicily that is coming to LCBO VINTAGES July 20. Full review:

HUMIDITY BUSTER 🍑🍋👅💦 #drinkwine #petnat #sicily #perricone #pignatello #voria #portadelvento #naturalwine #greenpoint #summer (at Dandelion Wine)

Nelson and Albert in the house! @digiovannawine Vasca Cinque Nero d’Avola organic rosato from Sicily is tapped for your sipping pleasure! Crisp, refreshing and delicious! #dandylovesyou #drinkwine #seeart #freehugs #freewine #roseinabox #organicwine #sicily

2017 Cantine Barbera Tivitti Inzolia Menfi

Rawr. Starting off the week fierce. Baked yellow apples, orange rind, almond paste, and dried apricots on the nose. Similar on the palate where this dances between oxidative and acidic notes. 

3/5 bones



12.5% abv

Sicily, ITALY

🍷🍖🥧🥂🍽 THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8 PM: Our favorite food wines for everyone’s Springtime Feast. Whether it be Easter, Passover, or just the celebration of Spring in general, @drsugarman @vinotas_selections will be pouring some of our favorite wines to share at the table! #drinkwine #greenpoint #champagne #chardonnay #burgundy #piedmont #barbera #Sicily #perricone #easterfeast #passoverseder #dinnerparty (at Dandelion Wine)

🍷🍖🥧🥂🍽 THURSDAY NIGHT TASTING 6-8 PM: Our favorite food wines for everyone’s Springtime Feast. Whether it be Easter, Passover, or just the celebration of Spring in general, @drsugarman @vinotas_selections will be pouring some of our favorite wines to share at the table! #drinkwine #greenpoint #champagne #chardonnay #burgundy #piedmont #barbera #Sicily #perricone #easterfeast #passoverseder #dinnerparty (at Dandelion Wine)

🦸‍♀️💪🍷You know we’ve got love for the ladies every day but here’s (just a handful of) some of our favorite women winemakers we love to support/drink! #drinkwine #ladydayeveryday #internationalwomensday #womenofwine #saraperez #montsant #elodiebalme #rasteau #cantinepepi #sicily #cataratto #juliebenau #languedoc #picpoul #evafricke #rheingau #riesling #thanksmom (at Dandelion Wine)