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The New Wine List!

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The wine list has finally been updated!

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Meet Our Wine Zoo: Shooting Star Blue Franc Blaufränkisch

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Dirt Candy doesn’t have much room to store cases of wine, so rather than offering people the same old list of Syrahs, Cabernets, Chardonnays, Pinot Grigios and all the rest of the usual suspects I thought I’d make up a wine list of the strangest and most unusual wines I could find, sort of like a wine zoo for exotic animals.

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Blaufränkisch is a winemaker’s wine, a grape that folks in the know love and are willing to do anything to grow. If you ever want to impress a sommelier, order a Blaufränkisch if you see one on his or her list. They’re rarely ordered and that’s too bad, because they are red wine’s best kept secret.

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Meet Our Wine Zoo: Montenidoli Vinbrusco Toscana

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Dirt Candy doesn’t have much room to store cases of wine, so rather than offering people the same old list of Syrahs, Cabernets, Chardonnays, Pinot Grigios and the rest of the usual suspects I thought I’d make up a wine list of the strangest and most unusual wines I could find, sort of like a wine zoo for exotic animals.

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Dirt Candy has a tradition of serving forgotten and neglected wines, but it would be hard to find a wine more obscure than vinbrusco. My Oxford Companion to Wine doesn’t even have an entry for it, and yet it’s one of the richest, spiciest white wines I’ve ever tried.

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Meet Our Wine Zoo: Le Temps des Cerises

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Dirt Candy doesn’t have much room to store cases of wine, so rather than offering people the same old list of Syrahs, Cabernets, Chardonnays, Pinot Grigios and all the rest of the usual suspects I thought I’d make up a wine list of the strangest and most unusual wines I could find, sort of like a wine zoo for exotic animals.

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I love serving challenging wines you won’t find anywhere else in the city. But some of them are so amazing, so unorthodox, and so intense that I only serve them in secret. Well, now the secret’s out. There’s one wine so awesome and so strange that I haven’t put it on the list, but if a customer asks for something out of the ordinary I pour them a glass.

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Meet Our Wine Zoo: Coda di Volpe

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Dirt Candy doesn’t have much room to store cases of wine, so rather than offering people the same old list of Syrahs, Cabernets, Chardonnays, Pinot Grigios and all the rest of the usual suspects I thought I’d make up a wine list of the strangest and most unusual wines I could find, sort of like a wine zoo for exotic animals.

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One of the best books I own is my comprehensive, opinionated, snippy, but deeply educational Oxford Companion to Wine. But sometimes even it doesn’t have much to say about certain bottle of booze, like when I look up Coda di Volpe.

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The entire entry reads “Ancient, full-bodied white grape grown near Naples in Campania.” That’s it?!? Clearly there’s more to be said for my favorite go-to wine. Click on through, because I’m going to say it.

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Meet Our Wine Zoo: Baron de Ley Maturana 2010

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Dirt Candy doesn’t have much room to store cases of wine, so rather than offering people the same old list of Syrahs, Cabernets, Chardonnays, Pinot Grigios and all the rest of the usual suspects I thought I’d make up a wine list of the strangest and most unusual wines I could find, sort of like a wine zoo for exotic animals.

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Mention Rioja wine and the first thing people think of is a red from Spain’s Rioja region. Fair enough. The standard Rioja everyone imagines is a blend of Tempranillo grapes with maybe some Garnacha or even the more exotic Graciano if you’re feeling wild and crazy, but the truth is that there are 70 grape varieties in Rioja, and the one most often described as a “hidden gem” is the recently rediscovered Maturana. And that’s what this wine is: 100%, straight-up, unblended Maturana grapes. And it’s pretty great.

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Meet Our Wine Zoo: Gemischter Satz

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Dirt Candy doesn’t have much room to store cases of wine, so rather than offering people the same old list of Syrahs, Cabernets, Chardonnays, Pinot Grigios and all the rest of the usual suspects I thought I’d make up a wine list of the strangest and most unusual wines I could find, sort of like a wine zoo for exotic animals.

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Who doesn’t love The Brady Bunch? When Mike Brady marries Carol Ann Martin each one brings three children to the family. Mike brings three boys: Greg, Peter, and Bobby. Carol brings three girls: Marcia, Jan, and Cindy. They don’t take over the world or go to wizard school. There are no evil twins, amnesia, car accidents, or murder attempts. The most drama the show ever unleashed is when they go to Hawaii and Greg has a surfing accident thanks to a cursed Tiki, or when Jan thinks she’s allergic to their beloved dog, Tiger. The reason I (and I think other people) kept watching them was their blended family. They had different parents, but they all grew up together and there was no question that they were brothers and sisters, no matter what biology said. And that’s the story of the new Austrian wine on my list: Neumeister Gemischter Satz.

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Palmetto Beer: a more graceful way to get drunk

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Although my husband’s hometown of Charleston, SC now features so many breweries that on a recent trip we found growlers and taps in a very sketchy mini-mart in a lousy part of town, the first of these is Palmetto Brewery. Who are they? Let them tell it in their own words:

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“Palmetto Brewery first served Charleston’s thirst in the 1850′s. Brewed through the ‘War of Northern Aggression,’ the earthquake of 886, a major hurricane, and into the turn of the century, but failed to survive prohibition. We revived the tradition in 1993, becoming the first brewery to operate in South Carolina since Prohibition. Our beer is truly handcrafted in small batches in the historic city of Charleston.”

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Unavailable outside of South Carolina, you’ll find it all over the place when you’re in Charleston. Fortunately for me, one of the founders of the brewery is a fan of Dirt Candy and a really good friend and Palmetto gave me a ton of their beer for the cookbook signing in Charleston.

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Meet Our Wine Zoo: Grignolino Rose!

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Dirt Candy doesn’t have much room to store cases of wine, so rather than offering people the same old list of Syrahs, Cabernets, Chardonnays, Pinot Grigios and all the rest of the usual suspects I thought I’d make up a wine list of the strangest and most unusual wines I could find, sort of like a wine zoo for exotic animals.

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If there’s one wine that doesn’t get any respect, it’s Grignolino. A curiosity from Italy’s northern Piedmont region, it’s not very popular and it’s mostly grown to provide a young wine that can be drunk while people wait for their more important wines to mature. It’s the party wine of the Piedmont, and it’s full of pips, which is where it got its name (Grignolino means “many pips”), but it’s also a really surprising wine I’d never heard of before.

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Meet our Wine Zoo: Zafeirakis Malagousia

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Dirt Candy doesn’t have much room to store cases of wine, so rather than offering people the same old list of Syrahs, Cabernets, Chardonnays, Pinot Grigios and all the rest of the usual suspects I thought I’d make up a wine list of the strangest and most unusual wines I could find, sort of like a wine zoo for exotic animals.

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One thing I’ve learned as the keeper of the Dirt Candy Wine Zoo is that if I see a Greek wine, I’m going to give it a chance. Some of the most surprising wines I’ve tasted over the past 3 years have been Greek, and while the Dirt Candy wine list was getting a bit mainstream for a while there, with the advent of the Touch of Classe and now this Malagousia from the Zafeirakis winery in Greece, we’re back to full-on freak status.

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Have you ever had wine that tastes like fresh, first pressing, extra virgin olive oil? A wine so silken and heavy it just slides down your throat like a golden draught of honey? No? Then you should try this one.

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menu


Menu

Snack

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Jalapeno Hush Puppies $6
served with maple butter
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Appetizers

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Mushroom $13
portobello mousse, truffled toast
pear & fennel compote

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Cucumber $12
roasted cucumber hot and sour soup,
black sesame, garlic chili oil, wood ear
mushroom, cucumber jelly

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Tomato $13
tomato cake with smoked feta,
yellow tomato leather, herb puree

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Potato $12
warm potato salad, crispy Japanese
yams, grilled sweet potato, olives,
bitter greens, apples

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Entrees

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Beets $20
salt-roasted beets, thai green curry,
beet gnocchi, whipped coconut galangal cream

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Pepper $18
fennel & pepper tofu,
parsley spaetzle, grilled
yellow pepper broth,
mustard crumbs

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Broccoli $21
smoked broccoli dogs,
broccoli kraut, salt &
vinegar broccoli rabe

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Corn $19
stone ground grits, corn cream,
pickled shiitakes, huitlacoche,
tempura poached egg

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- everything on the menu can be made vegan on request.

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Dessert

Rosemary Eggplant Tiramisu $12
grilled eggplant, rosemary cotton
candy, mascarpone

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Ice Cream Nanaimo Bar$11
sweet pea, mint, chocolate

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Popcorn Pudding$11
salted caramel corn

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Celery Cheesecake Roll$10
celeriac ice cream, peanut filling,

& candied grapes

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- vegan dessert selection changes regularly, please ask your server.

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Our wine list (and other beverages)

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