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At Frankly Wines, we offer our version of the well-stocked wine closet: a well-edited selection of daily essentials, quirky finds, and higher end treasures for when you’re feeling flush.

You’ll also find wines and spirits from most major (and minor) regions of the world. We make sure every bottle represents great value – we spend as much time selecting the $10 bottles as the fancier stuff.

Browse our full selection or scroll down to see our featured wines, spirits, and Sampler Packs.

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Featured Wine: Wine You Never Knew You Needed:

Wine from the Village of Cats & Old People

cats old people.jpgCouto Mixto Monterrei Tinto 2012
(Monterrei, Galicia, Spain)

This is perhaps the single best visit-to-a-grower story we have ever heard. Luckily, the wine is also tasty, so we can tell the story and sell the wine. Because what good is the story if the wine is meh?

So here goes:

The Savio team heads off to a little forgotten part of Spain to visit Xico de Mandin, who Savio heard about while trying to figure out his map on the side of the road. So they get there and there’s nothing except cats and old people. And Xico’s tavern. Which isn’t exactly teeming with customers. And Xico’s vines are old and wild and crazy because, as Xico says, he’s just SO BUSY that tending to them is apparently at the near bottom of his to-do list.  But old vines have a way of taking care of themselves (Drought? Been there. Satanically hot summers? Done that?) And needless to say, given Xico’s busy schedule, the wine is old school minimal intervention (a.k.a. benign neglect) at its best. It’s a blend of mencia, bastardo, and caino tinto (right, you’ve heard of those.) And it’s very tasty. A little earthy, a little funky, but backed by enough fruit to keep it really drinkable. And there’s this hint of something like orange rind, or citrus underneath it all that makes for a very intriguing bottle. The cats and old people would approve. Well, they would if they weren’t SO BUSY!

Price: $24.99

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small fry2.jpgTechnically, it’s spring time. The calendar says so. Day Light Savings Time says so. And all the rose offerings from all my distributors say so. But it's still a little chilly. Not quite the stereotypical rose season of sunshiny days and balmy weather. But we don't care. We're declaring it time - the beginning of official rose season*. Because we've just had ENOUGH of the cold and the urge to drink pink stuff is hard to resist.  So what should be the first bottle of pink you drink? We recommend a bottle of Small Fry as just the thing. Depending on your mood (or in my case, where I want to put it on the shelf), it’s either a very deeply colored rose, or an extremely light red. It’s the ideal cool-weather rose. (And also great for sunny days... when the finally get here.) Made from grenache from beautiful, biodynamically-farmed old grenache vines, it’s juicy and earthy with more structure and oomph than you would expect from a bottle of rose. So grab a bottle or three and toast to the beginning of a beautiful spring. (Hopefully.)

Small Fry Eden Valley Rose 2011 (Barossa, Australia): $19.99

*Technically, we don't think rose season ever really ends. We drink it year round and always have a few on the shelf.)
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Featured Wine: Chilled Red Alert

Fleurie.jpgMaison B. Perraud Fleurie 2013 (Fleurie, Beaujolais, France): Isabelle and Bruno Perraud make this Fleurie and I love it. I love pretty much everything from Maison B. Perraud and buy as much as I can direct from one of my favorite importers, Jeffery Alpert. In many cases, to get these wines you’ll either need to visit the Perrauds in France, or visit me. And while French winemakers may be charming, Frankly wines is much more convenient! 

So… the wine… it hits all the right “thinking wine” buttons – no mucking around in the winery, minimal sulfur addion, great care taken in the vineyards, blah blah blah. And bonus points because it’s quite delicious. It’s one of those wines that shows best with a slight chill (don't be afraid, we're very serious about this) and can go for days without losing its tastiness. Dark berry fruits, mulberry skins, underlying minerality and texture that manages to be a touch silky and crunchy all at once. (‘Crunchy??’ Yes, crunchy. Think of that snap of freshness when you bite into an apple. That’s crunchy. And it’s a very good thing.) Pick one up one to try. And then come back from more!

Price: $29.99

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Fancy Pants Wine: BRING ON THE BUBBLES: The (Not Really) New One

corbon 1995.jpgLet us tell you about one of our favorite new champagne growers. OK, “new” might not but the right word because the family has been growing grapes in Avize since 1912, but the estate is new to us and to the US market, so we’re very excited to introduce the wines. So, on to the details:

Corbon Champagne is a small estate in the Grand Cru village of Avize, located in the Cote de Blancs. As the name implies, this sub-region is known for turning out excellent bubblies made from the chardonnay grape, and the Blanc de Blancs of Corbon prove this point.

The estate is overseen by Agnes Corbon who returned to the family vines in 2004 after a stint working in the European food business as an engineer and buyer. In the 1970s, her father, Claude, worked up the courage (with a little push from the economic downturn) to keep the grapes and make champagne under the family label. Agnes has continued the work he started, experimenting with organics in the vineyard, and turning out wines that we love and are eager to introduce to a wider audience.

We’re lucky enough to have a range of Corbon wines in stock. And recently, we were even luckier to host a wine dinner featuring some library bottles (a.k.a. older and straight from the estate cellar) that prove how well the wines can age.

Click on through for the details.

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march-april-02.jpg“When green is all there to be
It could make you wonder why
But why wonder?
Why wonder, I am green
And it will do fine, it’s beautiful!
And I think it’s what I want to be.”
- Kermit, the Frog

We are taking a leaf out of Kermit’s book for March & April and celebrating all that’s green. Spring may not quite be in the air but, this month, we’ll put it in your glass!

We’ve got a lush meadow of green delights – from absinthes to vino – this March (and into April’s Natural Wine-loving Earth Day).

We got your back, Kermit. He may not have thought it’s easy but drop by our tastings this month and we’re pretty sure you will.

Green. It’s not just about envy anymore!

Click over to our Spirits page to check out our featured bottles. Or come in for one of our tastings and have a sip for yourself.

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Spirits : WHISKEY: White Pike

whitepike.jpgFinger Lakes Distilling White Pike Whiskey (80 Proof) (Finger Lakes, New York)

One of the coolest white whiskeys around. It uses spelt in the mash bill, which is an ancient variety of grain that is high in protein and fiber, and it lends a certain soft creamy texture to this white whiskey. Unfortunately, spelt is also quite expensive, so this is not cheap for them to make, but they keep it fairly priced. It’s fairly neutral in flavor with a bit of a cream of wheat quality to it and soft mouthfeel, and equally great for mixing or by itself.


Price: $42.99

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Featured Wine: New Year's Wine Resolution - Explore Something New:


$45.92 monthly (that’s $50 with sales tax)
Bonus: 10% off any 6 bottles; 15% off 12 bottles

Top 5 Reasons to join:

delivery truck - left.jpg1.) Your book club needs more interesting wine
2.) Discover wines you never knew you needed
3.) You want to learn? You need to drink!
4.) Fermented fruit of the month!
5.) You get thirsty. Your friends get thirsty.

What? You need more reasons? It’s $50 bucks a month, including sales tax, for two to four bottles selected by us.

Good stuff.
Fun stuff.
Stuff we really like… and hope you like too.

Do you really need any more reasons? (If you do, read our extra long explanation here.)

Details, details, details:
FREE in-store pick up and delivery below Canal  Street.
Elsewhere in Manhattan or Brooklyn: $10 a month. Beyond that: $15 a month.
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Subscription members billed monthly.
3 and 6-month pre-paid options also available (and are a great gift idea.)

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Frankly Wines Club: The Feiring Line Wine Society (a.k.a. A Wine Club)

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Photo credit: © James Robinson 2013

In my spare time (generally between the hours of midnight and 2AM) I do a little copy editing for Alice Feiring’s newsletter, The Feiring Line, which is devoted to ‘natural’ wines and the people who make them. Some of these wines are not so easy to find, no matter where you are. So about a year ago, we launched a long-discussed Alice-picked wine club could be a success, the Feiring Line Wine Society. I’ll let her tell you all about it.... click here to learn more.

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Sampler Packs: Frankly Wines Spring $250 Sampler Case

We’ve upgraded our $150 Sampler Case, swapping out some cheap and cheerful wines standbys for fancier bottles. You'll still get a range of wine, from bright, light (for these approaching sunny days) to rich and warming (for the occasional chilly day).


You’ll get 12 bottles (5 whites, 4 reds, 1 bottle of bubbles and 2 bottles of rose) with tasting notes included.

Price: $250 ….and that includes sales tax.

Please note - NO FURTHER DISCOUNTS APPLY TO THIS CASE. $229 is already nearly a 15% discount off the full price of these bottles. Please also keep in mind, this is a set case. The only time we’ll make substitutions is if something is out of stock and we need to swap in another wine.

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Sampler Packs: Frankly Wines Spring $150 Sampler Case

We've put together a great spring case full of vibrant, tasty, easy-drinking styles which will be the compliment to the warming temperatures, abundance of spring blossoms, and lively nature of the season.


You’ll get 12 bottles (5 whites, 4 reds, 1 bottle of bubbles and 2 bottles of rose) reflecting a variety of grapes, styles, and region. These wines will not be your usual suspects – so unless you’re an uber-wine-geek, you’ll likely discover something new. Tasting notes are included.

Price: $150 ….and that includes sales tax.

Please note - NO FURTHER DISCOUNTS APPLY TO THIS CASE. $137 is already a 25% discount off the full price of these bottles. Please also keep in mind, this is a set case. The only time we’ll make substitutions is if something is out of stock and we need to swap in another wine.

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Spirits : Hayman's Sloe Gin

gin - Haymans Sloe.jpgHayman's
Sloe Gin Original Recipe

So technically this isn’t really a Gin. Whoops. This is a traditional English liqueur made with sloe berries, a type of wild plum, steeped in gin. It slightly misleading as you’d think it’d be sweet but it isn’t. It’s bitter-sweet with awesome gin-y notes whispering in the background. It is traditionally drunk as a winter warmer in England. And it has very little in common with whatever it was you were putting in your college-days sloe gin fizzes (or maybe those where just Christy's college days.) But let's say you did want to make a sloe gin fizz with this? Well we can promise you from experience, it will be the best slow gin fizz ever. Period. Done. Story over.

Price: $27.99
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Fancy Pants Wine: THE UNICORN HAS LANDED: Chateau Musar Rose 2012

This exists.

musar rose.jpgAnd no, your eyes do not deceive you. This is an actual bottle of Chateau Musar rose.

It's not the Jeune, which we know and love as the deeply colored $20-ish cinsault-based rose. This is not that. This is it's own thing. A very rare creature...... dare I call it a unicorn?  I had heard of it, glimpsed images of it in the background of photos, perhaps seen it in dreams. But it wasn't until I actually visited the actual cellars of Chateau Musar - and had a very wonderful dinner with my traveling group at the home of the Hochar family, that I actually tasted it. And that was about three years ago, fresh of the plane, in the haze of jet lag... did I really taste it? Or did I just think I did?  Since then, I've asked about it, pleaded for some to make its way to the US market. And now it has..... the unicorn has landed.

Some technical details? It's the same base wine as the whites - made from the mystical old vines of obidah and merwah - with the addition of a bit of cinsault for color and a subtle berry note. It's gorgeously textured and subtly fruited. And given the extreme ageability of the both Musar reds and whites, it shouldn't be a surprise that this is a rose that can age as well. So don't be afraid to hide some away.

Price: $51.99

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