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Fine Wine. No Attitude.

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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Sampler Packs: YO GOBBLE GOBBLE: Thanksgiving Recos


turkey dinner.jpgThis is the seventh Thanksgiving at Frankly Wines.  And if I’ve learned anything, it’s that many people really don't want to think too much about what they're pouring for Thanksgiving. Sure, some of you do want to discuss the intricacies of your various side dishes or the specific ingredients in your stuffing – and we’re here for you! But for everyone else, we've put together our annual grab-and-go options.

We have three different THANKSGIVING IN A BOX 3-PACKS, each including a red, white and rose (or cider). Or go whole hog (or turkey, really) with our YO GOBBLE GOBBLE 6-PACK SAMPLER. We're confident you'll find something that will make your turkey thankful that it wound up at your house.

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Sampler Packs: THANKSGIVING IN A BOX: Turkey 101 3-PACK


turkey dinner.jpgA red, a white, a rosé. All tasty, easy-drinking crowd pleasers that won't offend your turkey (or your crazy aunt.)

Pack includes:

Vincent Caillé La Part Colibri Gros Plant 2013 (Loire, France)
Laurent Herlin Tsoin Tsoin 2013 (Bourgeuil, France)
Fanny Sabre Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire 2010 (Burgundy, France)

Price: $35 (includes sales tax)

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Sampler Packs: THANKSGIVING IN A BOX: Turkey Day Upgrade 3-PACK


turkey dinner.jpgShow your bird a little love and upgrade the liquid portion of your dinner.

Pack includes:

Grange Tiphaine Trinqu'âmes Sauvignon Sec 2013 (Loire, France)
Small Fry Eden Valley Rosé 2011 (Barossa, Australia)

Keuka Lake Vineyards Leon Millot Nouveau 2014 (Finger Lakes, NY)

Price: $50 (includes sales tax)

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Sampler Packs: THANKSGIVING IN A BOX: Platinum Stuffing 3-PK


turkey dinner.jpgLove your dinner guests and want to splurge on the wine? This 3-Pack is for you. Don’t love them so much (we hear this a lot) and need a little liquid consolation? This 3-Pack is also for you.

Pack includes:

Aaron Burr Neversink Highlands Homestead Cider NV (Hudson Valley, New York)
Ovum Homage to Z Gewurztraminer 2012 (Columbia Gorge, Oregon)
Southold Farm + Cellar Cast Your Fate to the Wind 2013 (North Fork, Long Island)

Price: $75 (includes sales tax)

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Sampler Packs: THANKSGIVING IN A BOX: Yo Gobble Gobble 6-PK Sampler


turkey dinner.jpgAll you need to set your holiday table.  You could even skip the turkey and your guests would still leave happy.  Each 6-Pack includes 2 reds, 2 whites, 1 rose, and a bottle of cider. All for $125 (including sales tax.).

Pack includes:

Red: Fanny Sabre Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire 2010 (Burgundy, France)
Red: Folk Machine Valdiguie 2013 (Redwood Valley, California)
White: Vincent Caillé La Part Colibri Gros Plant 2013 Nantais, Loire, France)
White: Chateau Maris Brama Grenache Gris 2011 (Languedoc, France)
Rose: Small Fry Eden Valley Rosé (Barossa, Australia)
Cider: Farnum Hill Extra Dry Cider NV (Lebanon, New Hampshire)
 
Price: $125 (includes sales tax)

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Sampler Packs: SERIOUS NOUVEAU 3-PK


nouveau.jpgDespite what you may think or have been told, all Nouveau does not suck. There is such a thing as "serious" nouveau. And we have three examples on hand. Two are Beaujolais Nouveau - one is actually a New York Nouveau... our first ever!!! (and yes, that warrants excessive use of exclamation points.)

What's so serious about these nouveaux, you ask? (Or maybe you don't... but we'll tell you anyway.) No/very low sulfur added, no added yeast, no enzymes, bananas or bubble gum - nothing of the stuff that some nouveau guys use to rush their wines to the bottle.

But just because it's “serious” doesn’t mean you’re supposed to take it seriously. You’re supposed to drink it. Lots of it. As if you had just wrapped up the rigorous labours of a successful, bountiful harvest. (Or at least finished your latest Excel spreadsheet.)

And this 3-Pack will help you do that. I tend to think only mean people won't let themselves be swayed by the charms of a nice bottle of Nouveau. So come get your happy on and grab one!

Pack includes:

L. et R. Dufaitre Beaujolais Village Nouveau 2014
Maison PUR La Boutanche Beaujolais Villages Nouveau 2014
Keuka Lake Vineyards Leon Millot New York (!) Nouveau 2014

Price: $48 (save 10% off the individual bottle prices)

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Featured Wine: THANKSGIVING RECO: For those who want a little Turkey with their turkey


turkey turkey turkey.jpgSearching for the perfect crowd pleasing wine that will go with most everything on your Thanksgiving table? How about a little Turkey with your turkey: Kocabag Okuzgozu.

It's from the region of Cappadocia, one of the most exotic vineyard sites on the planet. Bursting with fresh dark ripe berry flavors, it has a palate cleansing acidity and a chalky minerality that makes it a pleasing partner to everything from your holiday bird to a sweet potato casserole. Sure you could play it safe with a gamay or pinot noir, but, this would be sure to add some buzz  (or... gobble?) to your holiday table.

'Okuzgozo' literally means bull's eye, referencing the enormous round shape of the grapes. This unusual wine is fermented in limestone tanks carved into the walls of the Kocabag Winery (that's one of them in the picture), an ancient method that the winery still uses today.

Get your gobble on and grab a bottle.

Price: $17.99

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Featured Wine: THANKSGIVING RECO: For those who want to party like it's 1776


burr line up.jpgCider is having a moment. This is especially exciting for New Yorkers because there's some great cider coming out of the Empire State. Including the ever-impressive (and ever-sold-out) ciders from Aaron Burr Cidery. If you subscribe to Alice Feiring’s Feiring Line Newsletter, you’re already in the know. If not, read below and acquaint yourself with these delicious, crazy cool bottlings before they hit “pre-sell” only status.

Founded in 2011 by Andy Brennan and Polly Giragosian, the cidery is on a plot of land which Cornell's Agriculture school deemed horrible for apple trees. Thank goodness they ignored the advice of experts and started a cidery on the property anyway. Production size is tiny and batches include estate-grown and foraged apples from varieties that look back to the original colonial times when cider saw its original glory days. Unfiltered, naturally sparkling – these ciders are just plain awesome.

At the moment, we have four bottlings in stock. We got a case of each, so act fast. Notes on the Appinette are below. To see what else is in stock, go to the WINES page and search on BURR.

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CIDER REVOLUTION: APPINETTE

burr appinette.jpgThe Aaron Burr Appinette  is a cider made from Hudson Valley apples and Traminette grapes from the Finger Lakes - co-fermented into one delicious cidery-winey bottling.

Think of it as cider with a wine-like elegance. Or think of it as colonial-era champagne. Or don't think about it at all - just drink it. Because however you think about it, it's just tasty.

Price: $29.99

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Featured Wine: THANKSGIVING RECO: For those who can't make a decision


mystery - 4 multi.jpgDo you want white? Or red? Traditional? Or something a little unusual? No idea what your hosts like? No idea what your mother likes? Don't sweat it.... pick up a MYSTERY BOTTLE or two.

Give us a $20 (that includes tax) and we’ll give you a bottle of something you’re probably not expecting. It’s sort of like Las Vegas in a bag – sometimes you’ll wine a little, sometimes you’ll lose a little – and sometimes you’ll hit the jackpot! On average, you’ll get more than you paid for.

Each bottle includes a brief tasting not so you’ll know what you’re about to open. We’ll also let you know the bottle’s original price – so you’ll know just how well you fared in our version of wine roulette. 

And feel free to go nuts and pick up multiples – we have a secret code to avoid repeat bottles.

Price: $18.37 ($20 including tax)

Specificy RED or WHITE in the comments box at check out. Or BOOZE... we know have mystery BOOZE bottles!
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Featured Wine: THANKSGIVING RECO: For those who would rather drink beer


zago.jpgCa dei Zago Prosecco Fondo NV (Valdobbiadene, Italy):

No we can’t sell beer. So this isn’t exactly beer. But it is our “sort of beer-like” substitute. It’s actually prosecco, but unlike your typical prosecco, it’s not made in a pressurized tank. Instead, it’s fermented in the bottle, ‘col fondo’ (with sediment), the old-school, pre-tank method.It’s bone dry, very refreshing, slightly cloudy, more foamy than full-blown bubbly and tastes a little like…. beer.

Price: $21.99

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Fancy Pants Wine: THANKSGIVING RECO: For those who need something REALLY strong


navazos.jpgNavazos Palazzi 15 Year Old Cask Strength Rum (Spain):

Love at first sip. And what a first sip it was. This is cask strength rum, meaning it's full proof, like 51% abv, pulled straight from the cask. Those casks happen to be old Oloroso casks, which impart a rich, nutty, sherry-like lushness to the rum. The rum itself is from the somewhere in the Caribbean. "Somewhere" being about as specific as it gets. At 5 years of age, it was sent to Sparin where it spent another 10 years in those Oloroso casks. Sipped straight, it's strong stuff. But almost shockingly smooth for such high proof stuff. Take a sip neat, then dilute it with a touch of water for maximum enjoyment of it's crazy cool blend of nuttiness, molassas and Oloroso twang. Read more about it in Jon Bonne's piece in the SF Chronicle.

Price: $159.99 (non-discountable)

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Fancy Pants Wine: THANKSGIVING RECO: For those who want to skip straight to dessert


navarre PdC.jpgR. Navarre Pineau des Charentes Vieux (Cognac, France): You may not know about Pineau des Charents. But you need to. You really, really need to. Broken down to a simple definition, Pineaux des Charents are basically unfermented grape juice fortified with cognac. But what they really are is magic. Pure, delicious, crazy good magic. They are sweet, but the kick of Cognac gives them a sweet/n/strong attitude that makes them so irresistible. There’s some of the nutty, caramel notes a tawny port, but with of freshness and liveliness that makes them oh, so charming. At around $65/bottle, they aren’t cheap, but if you try one, you’ll understand why one customer said, “I really wish I didn't know these existed.” They’re just that good. You’ll find yourself thinking about them while typing away at your desk, mulling over spreadsheets and the number of emails you need to send (or maybe that’s just me.)

Price: $68.99

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Sampler Packs: The $150 Sampler Case - Autumn-ized


Fall is definitely here.  And with it, random forecasts of summer heat, pre-winter chills, and even the occasional textbook perfect autumn sweater weather.  Our $150 Sampler Case has you covered We’ve picked out a range of great transitional wines. Lighter reds loaded with flavor. Whites with a bit of body. Even a rosé for when a freak warm streak hits. And a cider (an apple a day, as they say.) 

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You’ll get 12 bottles (6 reds, 4 whites, 1 rose, 1 sparkling/cider) 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 20% 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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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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Fancy Pants Wine: The Mae West of Wine


Chateau Maris Brama Grenache-Gris 2011: This layered, old vine minx of a Grenache Gris was grown on a very small plot in the beautiful Languedoc region of Southern France, where free roaming cattle and the vintners horses are used to work the land.

The flavor and personality of this wine is deliciously bawdy! Rich, layered aromas tempt you to stick your nose into the glass... go ahead, inhale that decadence. This is the Mae West of wine, lush, full-bodied, savory, flush with ripe fruit and a long
finish that truly satisfies. The perfect wine pairing for a bowl of fettuccine alfredo, topped with crispy speck.

Price: $39.99
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Featured Wine: IT'S SO PRETTY! (and also pretty delicious)


tricot.jpgLovely label.
Lovely wine.
Made by a lovely couple.

After early oenophilic training in Beaujolais and time with Morgon natural wines legend Marcel LaPierre, Vincent Tricot met and married Marie and the two went chasing pre-phylloxera vines, settling in Auvergene.. the new hotbed of non-interventionist wine-making. You can taste the result of their 12 years of discovery in terroir, technique, talent and cellaring in each bottle.

Wait… non-interventionist wine-making? Natural wine? We won’t go into too much detail, but these are wines made with as little mucking around as possible. No added enzymes, flavored yeasts, wood chips, Megapurple, etc. etc. etc. Wines that are made as wine… not as “product.”  (Intrigued? Terrified? Subscribe to Alice Feiring’s newsletter and learn more.)

Anyway, back to the wine at hand:

Vincent Tricot "Les Petites Fleurs" NV (Loire Valley, France): $22.99 

The fruit is bursting with juicy, classic gamay notes - red cherry, a touch of black cherry skins and the slightest boysenberry lacing the glass. That bonanza is augmented by an undercurrent of soft, soft tannins and distance hillside brambles that hint at Tricot's care given to "letting the terroir speak through the vine." Great as summer barbecue drinking or savored as an evening's focus.

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Featured Wine: WNE, CHEESE & WENDY!


wendy wine cheese.jpgIt’s finally autumn here in NYC. And not the crisp, sweater-weather, football-throwing autumn that makes you happy. Not, it’s cold, rainy, dark-before-the-time-change autumn. At least today. Which makes it the perfect day to share a post from Wendy Crispell, our resident cheese/wine pairing expert who has started to join us for a few shifts behind the counter. Click through to her Sassy Sips blog and learn more about one of our favorite happy-making grapes, gamay, and how to fix it up with her recipe for French onion soup. Sunshine-in-a-glass gamay + a rich, cheesy soup sweetened up with caramelized onions? We’ll brave the rain for this pairing any day.

If you’re getting hungry just reading this, consider joining Wendy for one of her upcoming Saturday Classic Harbor Lines wine/cheese cruises. The focus is on perfect pairings for holiday entertaining. She’ll teach you how to craft a beautiful platter featuring small boutique producers. Many of the wines are available through us – and the cheeses… oh, the cheeses…. listen to Wendy talk about cheese for a bit and you may find yourself wanting to run off and join a cheese cave!

You can buy tickets here. Use the code Frankly’ at check out and get a 10% discount.

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Featured Wine: GAMAY GOODNESS


perraud morgon.jpgSo you checked out Wendy’s post on the goodness that is gamay and soup and now you’re hungry and thirsty. Grab a bottle of one of our favorites.

Maison B. Perraud Morgon 2013 (Morgon, Beaujolais, France): 

Isabelle and Bruno Perraud make this Morgon and I love it. I'm one of a handful of shops lucky enough to carry it, so if you want some, you’ll either need to visit the Perrauds in France, or visit me. (French winemakers may be charming, but I’m much more convenient!)  It’s one of those wines that shows best with a slight chill and can go for days without losing its tastiness.  Bright red fruits backed a touch of minerality and texture. It 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: $28.99

 

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Featured Wine: The Well Edited Wine Club


$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.
Shipping fees will not appear in shopping cart. They will be added manually.

Subscription members billed monthly.
3 and 6-month pre-paid options also available (and are a great gift idea.)

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Featured Wine: Liquid Sunshine Suggestion: Folk Machine Valdiguie


Folk Machine Valdiduie 2013 
(Redwood Valley, California):

folk machine.jpgLooks like a jewel in the glass. Tastes like liquid sunshine. And that bright pink label? This is a wine that could make the Grinch smile. If you're keeping track of the various Valdiguies we’ve stocked (and we know there are a few of you) this one has more concentration than the “elephant label one" from Matthew Rorick And it’s got a touch more juicy fruit earth than the Broc one. And for those not keeping track, trust us – this wine is sheer pleasure: juicy, berry fruitiness with a touch of earth to keep it interesting and a zippy structure to keep it lively. Grab yourself a bottle. But grab it quickly – it's always a favorite and there's not much of it.)

Price: $23.99

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Sampler Packs: Tiny Bubbles 3-Pack


tiny bubbles 3.jpgChampagne. Pop a cork and even Wednesday night turns into a celebration. But beyond the magical bubbles, Champagne is just (seriously fabulous) wine and is as varied as the non-bubbly stuff. Since everyone (outside the business) seem to need an excuse to pop a cork, we're giving you one and offering a fantastic Tiny Bubbles 3-Pack featuring a trio of our favorite tiny growers.

This is a screaming good value if you ask us (please, ask us!) Three bottles from three different estates, all led by young winegrowers who are working carefully in the vineyard and minimally in the winery. These aren’t big, flashy brands. Your label-driven friends won’t recognize them. They’re not on bottle service menus at the newest, hipped clubs. But they are all excellent value if you’re looking to explore Champagne as a wine that like any good wine, will reflect the soil in which it’s grown. And if you’re just looking to have some Champagne on hand for your next celebration? (Anniversary? Promotion? Making it to Wednesday night without forgetting which child needs to be picked up where?) Well, these bottles are all delicious and (yes it’s a cliché, but it’s still true) they’ll turn any night into a celebration.

George Laval Brut Nature Cumieres Champagne (Base 2010)
Claude Corbon Avize Blanc de Blancs Brut 2004
Marguet Pere et Fils Grand Cru Ambonnay Rose 2009

Price: $200 (over 10% off individual bottles)

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Spirits : Defiant Rye, Catskill Distilling Company


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Catskill Distilling Company is the brainchild of Monte Sachs, a former specialist in equine medicine. His passion for spirits stems from a stint learning the art of Grappa production while studying in Italy. Using charred American oak barrels in a climate controlled aging room his range of whiskeys, vodka and grappa, produced from a variety of locally grown fruits, botanicals and grains rest for a minimum of two years. Defiant Rye, my personal favorite is a stellar example of NY craft distilling. Full of honeyed nuts, flavors of sweet spice and bananas foster it could almost be mistaken for a fine brandy, with a slight undercurrent of black pepper on the finish. Defiant is perfect with a splash of water, neat or in this delicious fall cocktail that would be a fabulous holiday starter. Click through for the recipe and more info.

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Fancy Pants Wine: Moo Roo Who? Moorooduc:Aussie Chardonnay Gone Good


moorooduc.jpgYou may think you know Australian wine. It’s all either cheap and cheerful critter labels. Or big, brash 100-point trophy bottles. All jammy shiraz and tropical/buttery chardonnay and maybe the occasional cabernet for a bit of variety. Right?

Not so much. OK, maybe much. But not only.

If you know where to look (and my shelves would be a good place to look) you can find bottles that stray way beyond the “sunshine in a bottle’ stereotype. Elegant wine. Subtle wine. Wine with freshness and funkiness – and not a marsupial in sight. Now the wines available in Australia have always been much more diverse that what was ever sold here, but that diversity has only increased. As in California, we’re now seeing new grape varieties, lesser known regions,  a focus on old vine stock, young winemakers moving away from the idea that a wine has to be 100% clean and fruity and hit the right pH level to be “good…”

And with a handful of new importers focusing on Australian wine, if you look, you’ll start to see more of this good stuff over here. And you’ll start to hear about it as wine writers and buyers begin to quietly buzz about what’s happening.

The most recent buzz is from the New York Times. Eric Asimov’s current Wines of the Times piece focuses on Australian Chardonnay. The findings: delicious, drinkable, lively wines that aren’t dripping in oak. Not a surprise for the panel, but if you’re still living in the land of kangaroo juice, give it a read. And note the #1 wine: Moorooduc Chardonnay 2011, Mornington Peninsula. Yup, we sell it. And obviously agree on its general deliciousness. Elegant but not lean, silky textured but not heavy. It gives California Chardonnay at a similar price some serious competition. It’s a wine that deserves to be called lovely. Because it’s just… lovely. Which sounds much better than Moorooduc-y.

Moorooduc Estate Chardonnay 2011 (Victoria, Australia): $34.99

P.S. The NYT piece mentions new guard Mac Forbes and cult classics Giaconda and Vasse Felix. All of these have spent time on our shelves – and will be coming back sometime this fall, so if you’re interested, drop us a note and we’ll let you know when they’re in.


 

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Sampler Packs: Not Your Average Fanny Pack!


Oh the poor fanny packs. They get a lot of grief. Even the ones that attempt to be fashionable are just sort of sad, just hanging out around the bellies of tourists roaming Time Square, fending off the fake Elmos.

But this is a Fanny Pack Fanny Pack.jpg that you'll want to have. No, you can't wear it around your belly (well, you could, but it would be sort of heavy.) And you can't keep your money in it (you could try, but it would be hard to get it back out.) But it might help you fend off the Elmos. And the best part about it - you can drink it! Fanny Pack.jpgHere's the scoop: Fanny Sabre is a tall glass of water in the world of Burgundy. She farms, all by her lonesome, 4.5 hectares of vines in the Cote de Beaune, spanning from Aloxe-Corton in the North to Meursault in the South. Wine was not Fanny's calling, but rather her destiny, as upon her father's passing in 2000, Fanny left her studies at University to take the reins of the winery. Initially she studied under the able Philippe Pacalet, Marcel Lapierre's nephew. Now Fanny is making some of the most exciting organic wines in Burgundy. She's a non-interventionist at heart, plowing only when necessary and maintaining a cover crop between vines. Fermentations are done semi-carbonically in open wooden vats and with native yeasts, accented by the population of yeast from ages of winemaking on her cellar walls.

We love her wines so we put together a
  Fanny (2-)Pack you can be proud of. It includes the following:

Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire 2010 (gamay with a wee bit of age, juicy yet structured)

Savigny-les-Beaune 2012 (classic burgundy from one of the region's great value villages)

Price: $45

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Sampler Packs: An Apple-a-Day Cider 5-Pack


Apple Light.jpgCider week is only a week long, but this sampler pack will help you celebrate cider for the rest of fall. Here are a few different styles of cider from all over the world, all delicious and easy to drink.

Leonard Oakes Estate Winery SteamPunk Cider NV
Cidre Rhuys Brut NV
Farnum Hill Extra-Dry Cider NV
Aaron Burr Appinette Cider NV
Eden Dry Sparkling Cider NV


Price: $66.00 (about 15% off price of individual bottles)
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Sampler Packs: Cool Kid Cali (And Oregon!) 6-Pack


Cool Kid Cali Pic.JPGCalifornia, the land of milk & honey, is increasingly producing wines that go way beyond your basic Cali cab.

 If you think California = big, culty Cabs and oaky, buttery Chardonnay, this Cool Kid Cali 6-Pack will change your mind.

These wines represent a new wave of future California classics: not-your-usual grapes, natural yeast, minimal SO2 additions. Here we've assembled a few: some fuller-bodied whites and a few reds of varying weights, all perfect for autumn.

Drink them now to keep your cool-kid cred in tact. Or just drink them because they’re tasty.

Ovum Homage to Z Gewurztraminer 2012
Dirty and Rowdy Family Winery Semillon 2011
Broc Cellars Vine Starr Grenache Blanc 2013
Forlorn Hope Saint Laurent Ost-Intrigen 2013
Wilde Farm Heritage Bedrock Vineyard 2012
Folk Machine Valdiguie 2013

Price: $164 (10% off price of individual bottles)

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Sampler Packs: A BOUNTY OF BORNARD


Bornard.jpgThink of Philippe Bornard as the Mick Jagger of the Jura. In a region of independently-minded winemakers, Bornard stands out significantly for his delicate, classic-leaning whites of Savagnin and Melon-Rouge-Queue as well as his fun, rather fruit-forward reds of Ploussard and Trousseau. He inherited his vines from his father and sold to the Pupillin Fruitière until Jura legend Pierre Overnoy convinced him to put his name on the label.

In a period of just a few years, Bornard’s wines developed from slightly funky and outlandish to pure of fruit and classic—just as the man himself made a personal transformation from wannabe rock star to serious (but playful) winemaker.

We've pulled together a fantastic selection of his wines, red, white, current, and library stock. Buy them a la carte (go to our WINES page and search on BORNARD) or let us do the selecting with our 2-, 3-PACK SAMPLER options (and save over 12% vs individual bottles.)

Click through to read the full offer.

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Featured Wine: AUSSIE RULES: Domaine Lucci / Lucy Margaux


IMG_6162.JPGDomaine Lucci / Lucy Margaux is a dual-named winery (which happens to look a bit like a shack) owned by Anton van Klopper, one of the wildmen of Australian winemaking. Along with James Eskine of Jauma and Tom Shobbrook of Shobbrook Wines, Anton is part of a group called the Natural Selection Theory. All three are committed to making wine as minimally as possible – a revolutionary idea in Australia. They’re part of a conversation just beginning to happen over there (and it’s going to be fascinating to listen to… because this is a country that doesn’t shy away from technical wine discussions.)

I love these wines. Not just because I managed to sneak in a visit to Anton’s farm/winery/shack during my recent trip. And not just because they are ‘natural.’ (And not just because they have really cool labels designed by his teenage daughter.) I love them because they are delicious and drinkable and reflect the madness and mischief of their maker.

I hope you'll love them too.

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Domaine Lucci / Lucy Margaux: CASA WHITE

lucci white.jpgDomaine Lucci White 2013
(Adelaide Hills, Australia):

A little of this, a little of that. This white is a blend of sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, and pinot gris – and the result is greater than the sum of its parts. It’s soft, juicy, crisp, and creamy all at once – this white goes with pretty much anything and everything. It’s not meant to be some thought-provoking, intellectually challenging bottle of mind-expanding juice. It’s just supposed to be really good with dinner.

Price: $29.99

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Featured Wine: AUSSIE RULES: Bendigo Beaujolais!


fairbanks.jpgFairbank Sutton Grange Winery Rouge 2010
(Bendigo, Victoria, Australia):

Bendigo Beaujolais!

Alright, that’s a misnomer. It’s not from Beaujolias. And there’s not a single gamay grape in the bottle. It’s from the Bendigo subregion of Victoria. And it’s mainly syrah with a bit of merlot and a splash of sangiovese. But it is made by a Frenchman who uses carbonic maceration, which turns out to work very nicely with the syrah grape and the area’s warm-but-not-too-hot climate. The result is fresh, chillable and utterly delicious.

Price: $18.99


 

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Fancy Pants Wine: Buy Now, Or Forever Hold Your Peace: Robert Michel Cornas


photo 3-1.jpgI’ve been meaning to send this note out for months. For a year, really. Or even longer than that. But time flies and the days go by and the next thing you know, the wine is all gone, sold out, never to be seen again on a retail shelf. 

And no, I’m not being overly dramatic, at least not about the wines of Robert Michel. When these wine from craggy terraces of the northern Rhone’s Cornas region, are gone, they are really, truly gone. Monsieur Michel retired with the 2006 vintage with no one to follow directly in his footsteps. He has a protégé in Guillaume Gilles (who cellars the wine in the Michel cellar and works a parcel of the old Robert vines) but the Robert Michel label will be no more after the 2006’s sell through.

I could get all cranky and lament that his wines represent a dying breed of old-school, aging-required winemaking that’s fast disappearing from this planet. (But I won’t, because I really believe that old-school is the new new-school and we’re seeing a return to wines that reward a bit of time and patience.)  I could go all hype-monster and tell you that these wines WON’T LAST!!!! BUY NOW!!! (Ok, I am kind of doing that, but it’s true.)

Or I could just tell you that if you’re at all prepared to plop down $60 for a bottle of wine any time, ever, these are bottles you should plop it on. Aside from being pieces of liquid history, they are almost stunningly delicious  while still maintaing depth of geek complexity for those who seek it. The 2005 Robert Michel "Cuvee des Coteaux" which I am selling right now, is already approaching 10 years of age and is drinking beautifully… but still has plenty of years to go. Older wine is difficult to pick apart into notes of fruit and spice and earth and flowers, but all those things are there, wrapped in grace and power with a shocking amount of freshness.

Go ahead, hand over your $60 and I’ll hand over a bottle. Open it, drink it, and if you fall in love, come back for more… quickly. Because time flies, and then it will be gone.

Price: $59.99

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Featured Wine: THE (THIRD ANNUAL) CIVILIAN SERIES


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Time for the annual Frank/Ohio-family pilgrimage to Sandbridge Beach, about thirty minutes south of Virginia Beach. There’s nothing much (make that nothing, period) to do here except go to the beach, make a few meals, and drink a few bottles of wine. (And of course, argue with Kids #1 through #3 about electronic time.)

This year, I’ve kept it simple: my parents are members of Alice Feiring’s Feiring Line Wine Society and are several months behind. So I just brought the bottles, along with a few other random selections. There are fewer of us along this year – but just as much wine. But I’m not one to let an unfinished bottle stop be from opening another bottle, so I am sure we’ll do just fine.

Sit back, relax, and if any of these bottles look intriguing… I might just know where you can buy them. (HINT: You can buy them from me!)

And... if you want to follow the full story, bottle by bottle, head over to the Frankly Wines blog: Frankly My Dear.

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Featured Wine: THE CIVILIAN SERIES: SUNDAY


Busy day with a few guests over and a major mission to swim, swim, swim. So wine wasn’t the day’s main focus (Such a thing happens often in the civilian world, I’m told.) But that didn’t prevent us from opening a bottle for a little lunch time sipping.  Today’s selection was a bottle from the Feiring Line Wine Society stash: Vincent Caille La Part Colibri Gros Plant 2013 (Nantais, Loire, France)

gros plant.jpgI was curious to see how this bottle went over. The grape is gros plant and it’s from the same general sub-region of the Loire as Muscadet. And if good Muscadet is considered the classic battery acid wine, then good gros plant is even more so – battery acid with a squeeze of lemon juice? OK, “battery acid” may not sound like a turn on. But racy, crisp and refreshing? Those are words that can sell wine.  But selling it to someone and having them like it are not always the same thing. And while I love high acid, minerally whites, they aren’t always a hit if you’re used to something a fuller and fruitier.)

But today, it worked: the beach, the heat, non-wine-related conversation. It went down just fine.

Y thought it was a Riesling –  and it did have a lean, crisp mineral/citrus edge that recalls a troken riesling (which means he liked it, because remember, he likes Riesling!). My dad asked if it was Champagne. And if you’ve ever had a bottle of good blanc de blanc at the end of a long day being toted around in a sales reps bag, it has that rain-water-over-rocks thing going on that reads as Champagne without the bubbles. Our friends liked it. And of course, I liked it.

It's got everything you could want in a simple, easy wine. It’s not exactly fruity, but the citrus and mineral notes are concentrated enough to balance the super racy acid. It’s not full-bodied at all, but it has a certain texture to it – a weightless plumpness that keeps it from being inconsequential.  Grown up lemonade? Water with a kick? Liquid laser beams? Sometimes simple is just perfect.

 And really, what more could you ask for $12.99?

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Featured Wine: THE CIVILIAN SERIES: TUESDAY

The series generally starts to get a little sketchy at this point in the week. Yes, it’s only Tuesday, but beach brain sets in and the days … and the bottles… start to run together. So notes will be brief on this one – but don’t hold it against the wine!

lousas.jpgEnvinate Viña de Aldea “Lousas” 2012 (Ribera Sacra, Spain): From Alice's June selection. June was a fun month for the Feiring Line Wine Society and I brought in a few extra cases of two of the wines for the shop: the La Clarine Farm Rose 2013 and Bengoetxe Getariako Txakolina 2011, both of which I’ve been drinking as much as I can over the summer. But this one, the Envinate, we only got a few extra bottles which have been squirreled away until I had a chance to try one for myself, which I finally did on Tuesday evening. We paired it with a very nice, thinly sliced beef rib slathered in my friend Lori’s homemade New Rigel rib sauce. (New Rigel is a tiny town just outside my less tiny hometown of Tiffin. It's famous for it’s ribs, ribs, and ribs. And if you peaked at the menu - those prices are current and yes, decimals are all in the right places.)

Although the conversation was focused on the ribs, ribs, ribs, everyone liked the wine. The grape is Mencia and it’s grown on slate soil (Lousas is the local name for the slate soil in this part of Ribera Sacra.) It had more fruit than I was expecting – deep, dark, purple fruit, but it was balanced by an undercurrent of slate-y minerality.  And no.. that’s not just suggestive thinking – there was dark, grey earthiness that lurked beneath. I would be money that by day two, that earthiness would have broken through and become more overt. But I didn’t get to try it.. my mom turned it into sangria before I had a chance to stop her. (But it was very delicious sangria!)

Price: $28.99

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Spirits : WE'VE GOT BOOZE!


liquor.jpgDistilled spirits. Liquor. Hard alcohol...Whatever you call it, we have it. At least a bit of it.

Given the size of the shop, it shouldn't be a huge surprise that our spirits selection is very, very well edited. But we've managed to sneak in some quirky cool finds, as well as the basics. This page isn't laid out quite as well as we would like, and we're still working on filling in descriptions, but until then, just think of it as a trip through a crazy-cool pharmacy stocked with beautiful bottles of lotions and potions. We bet you can find something crave-able.

Photo credit: Tripp under Creative Commons Attribution license

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Spirits : VODKA

titos.jpgTito's Handmade Vodka 1 Liter (80 Proof): Price: $25.99
(Austin, Texas, USA)

Compared favorably by those in Austin to Kettle One, Tito’s Handmade Vodka is produced there at Texas’ first and oldest (legal) distillery.
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