Meet our Wine Zoo: the Orzada

We just added a new wine to our list, a 2003 Orzada Carignan from Odfjell Vineyards in Chile. You have to buy wine by the case and we don't have much room to store those cases, so rather than offering people the same old list of Syrahs, Cabernets, Chardonnays, Pinot Grigios and all the rest of the...

Meet Our Wine Zoo: the Goldmuskateller

We just added a new wine to our list, a 2007 Goldmuskateller from the family run Thurnhof Estates in Northern Italy. We don’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...

Meet our Wine Zoo: Wild Boar Doe

You have to buy wine by the case and we don't have much room to store those cases, which means we're always going to have a short wine list. So rather than offering people the same old list of Syrahs, Cabernets, Chardonnays, Pinot Grigios and all the rest of the usual suspects we thought we'd make...

Meet Our Wine Zoo: Don David Torrontes

A few weeks ago we added a new wine to our list, a Don David Torrontes Reserve from the Michel Torino winery in Argentina. We don’t have much room to store cases of wine, so rather than offering people the same old Syrahs, Cabernets, Chardonnays, Pinot Grigios and all the rest of the usual suspects...

Meet Our Wine Zoo: Hugel Gentil

I'm not a huge fan of Rieslings, and for some reason there's a bit of hard-to-shake folk wisdom that says Rieslings go well with vegetables, which means that every vegetarian restaurant has a selection of overly-sweet, perfumed Rieslings on their wine list. But when I met the Hugel Gentil 2007 I...

Meet our Wine Zoo: Le Fraghe Bardolino

Meet our new red wine: Le Fraghe Bardolino 2008. It's from the Le Fraghe winery in Cavaion Veronese, near Verona, in northeastern Italy. Verona was a vacation spot for Julius Caesar and the setting for Romeo & Juliet and the Le Fraghe Bardolino is definitely a story about two star-crossed...

Meet our Wine Zoo: La Maggiorina

There's a story about La Maggiorina, the newest red wine on our list, and it's almost as good as the wine itself. Sometimes a wine has such a unique taste and such an incredible backstory that it's an honor to serve it, and that's the case with our La Maggiorina from the Le Piane winery.The Boca...

Meet Our Wine Zoo: Abacela Albarino

Albarino is the maladjusted, troubled teenager of Spanish wines. Growing mostly in Portugal and Galicia (in the northwest) it's a grape that loves the cold and being blasted by wind and rain (so moody!). Albarino was developed in isolation, away from all the other wines and their stupid judgments,...

Meet our Wine Zoo: Churchill's Touriga Nacional Douro

The Touriga Nacional is Portugal's most famous grape. Normally used to make port, Churchill's Touriga Nacional Douro is one of the rare instances in which it's used to make wine, and the result is a really intense red that's so dark it's violet. Wine Spectator called it one of the "Top Wines of...

Meet Our Wine Zoo: Les Graviers Chardonnay

Say what?!? A Chardonnay on my list? Dirt Candy doesn't have much room for storage and so I can only have about 8 wines on the wine list at a time. When the restaurant opened my plan was to highlight wines that were really unique and to stay away from Syrahs and Rieslings and Chardonnays. How did a...

Meet our Wine Zoo: Lambrusco

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...

Meet Our Wine Zoo: Sherry

We don’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 we thought we’d make up a wine list of the strangest and most unusual wines we could find, sort of like a wine...

Meet Our Wine Zoo: La Stoppa Macchiona

We don’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 we thought we’d make up a wine list of the strangest and most unusual wines we could find, sort of like a...

Meet our Wine Zoo: Moscofilero Skouras

We don’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 we thought we’d make up a wine list of the strangest and most unusual wines we could find, sort of...

Meet Our Wine Zoo: Cotes du Roussillon Villages

We don’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 we thought we���d make up a wine list of the strangest and most unusual wines we could find, sort of like a wine zoo...

Meet Our Wine Zoo: Cuvee Les Amours Hugel Pinot Blanc

We don’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 we thought we’d make up a wine list of the strangest and most unusual wines we could find, sort of like a wine zoo for...

Meet our Wine Zoo: Re Manfredi Bianco

We don’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 we thought we’d make up a wine list of the strangest and most unusual wines we could find, sort of like a wine zoo for...

Meet our Wine Zoo: Nemea Aivalis

We don’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 we thought we’d make up a wine list of the strangest and most unusual wines we could find, sort of like a wine zoo for...

Meet our Wine Zoo: Nebbiolo

We don’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 we thought we’d make up a wine list of the strangest and most unusual wines we could find, sort of like a wine zoo for...

Meet our Wine Zoo: A Touch of Classe

We don’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 we thought we’d make up a wine list of the strangest and most unusual wines we could find, sort of like a wine zoo for...

Meet our Wine Zoo: Zafeirakis Malagousia

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...

Meet Our Wine Zoo: Grignolino Rose!

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...

Meet Our Wine Zoo: Gemischter Satz

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...

Meet Our Wine Zoo: Baron de Ley Maturana 2010

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...

Meet Our Wine Zoo: Coda di Volpe

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...

Meet Our Wine Zoo: Le Temps des Cerises

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...

Meet Our Wine Zoo: Montenidoli Vinbrusco Toscana

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...

Meet Our Wine Zoo: Shooting Star Blue Franc Blaufränkisch

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...

Meet Our Wine Zoo: Edelzwicker!!!

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...