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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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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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Frankly Wines Club: Alice's Kosher Collection

alice w caption.jpgAlice Feiring of the Feiring Line strikes again with her much needed, much requested selection of kosher wines for the upcoming high holidas. She's picked out some of her favorites and we've bundled them up into 6-Pack and 3-Pack versions. Click here for more details.

6-Pack: $225 (+ tax and shipping)

3-Pack: $125 (+ tax and shipping)


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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- or 6-PACK SAMPLER options (and save about 10% vs individual bottles.)

Click through to read the full offer.

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Featured Wine: IT'S SO PRETTY! (and it's 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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moulin.jpgDomaine des Cotes de la Moliere Les Moulin a Vent 2011: Isabelle and Bruno Perraud make this Moulin a Vent and I love it. So much that I bought, oh, 25 cases. The only 25 cases in the country. So if you try it and like it, 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 (it was the hit of our summertime “Chilled Reds” tasting – and can go for days without losing its tastiness.  Dark berry fruits, mulberry skins, a touch of dusky 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. Give it a good chill. And then come back from more!

Price: $24.99


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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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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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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.
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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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Featured Wine: Wine You Never Knew You Needed: Rhone Valley Gamay

souteronne.jpgDomaine Romaneaux-Destezat “La Souteronne” 2013:

This wine is from a small estate, founded in 1993 by Herve Souhaut.  When we say small, we mean a whopping 2,500 cases produced annually, across several wines.  (If you’re still learning wine math, that’s not a lot of wine.) Herve’s wines are considered darlings of the Paris natural wine bar scene, but are only just starting to make their way over here. (Perhaps because the Parisians prefer to keep the wines for themselves?)

The estate is located in the northern Rhone Valley, home to some of the best Syrah in the world – and Herve does make some great Syrah-based wines. But it’s his Gamay that we’re really crazy about. There’s not a lot of Gamay kicking around in this region, but this little patch of old vines does very nice things in the bottle. The wine has the bright, vibrant red fruits typical of the grape, but on the finish, there’s a kick of black pepper more typical of the Rhone Valley. It’s complex, a little geeky, and highly drinkable – a mix that we find irresistible.

Pretend you’re a cool kid in a Parisian wine bar, and have yourself a taste. But don't wait long. This wine used to be an undiscovered secret. But it's been discovered recently. So while we never got much, now we get even less. 6 bottles remain. Get them now!!

Price: $29.99

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Featured Wine: NEW WAVE CALI: La Clarine Farm Piedi Grandi

La Clarine Farm Piedi Grandi 2012 (Sierra Foothills, California):

LCF.jpgThe third vintage of Hank’s nebbiolo-based blend. There’s also some mourvedre and syrah in here. If you expect California to = big, ripe, and HUGELY CONCENTRATED, prepare to be surprised by the elegance and lightness of this wine. But lightness doesn’t mean lack of flavor. You’ll sniff out red fruits, pomegranate, crushed roses, spice, all back up by a sneaky structure and vibrant acidity. Tasty on the 1st day, but if you can keep from finishing a full bottle in one sitting, this wine is spectacular on the second day! We don't get much (and we grab a lot for ourselves) so get it while you can!

Price: $24.99

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Featured Wine: WINE YOU NEVER KNEW YOU NEEDED: Prosecco, Old School Style


Now this is prosecco, old school style. For those who know their technical bubble stuff, this is essentially a pet'nat - one single fermentation that finishes up in the bottle, on the sediment (or "col fondo") without dosage or disgorgement. For those of you have no idea that last bit meant, the result is a bone dry, slightly cloudy, absolutely delicious bottle of bubbles. It's more foamy that full on bubbly and very, very refreshing. Perfect for OJ-less mimosas. 
We recommend picking up multiple bottles because this wine is very, very, very easy to drink. (I may, perhaps be speaking from experience. Maybe.)


Price $21.99

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Featured Wine: Liquid Sunshine Suggestion: Holly's Garden Pinot Noir

Neil Prentice Holly's Garden Pagan Pinot Noir 2011
(Whitlands, Victoria, Australia)

hollys.jpgIt’s time to re-think Australian wine. While there’s still plenty of big, jammy kangaroo-style juice available, there’s a lot of wine diversity over on the other side of the world. And good for us, more and more is making it over here. Like this sunny little bottle of Pinot Noir. It’s light, almost translucent, with just-shy-of-ripe fruit that plays wonderfully with the hint of thyme that you’ll find in many wines from this region. (It’s not actually thyme… it’s a hint of eucalyptus that may actually come from the leaves of the trees that surround the vineyard.) If you’re looking to be surprised by what Australia is doing these days, pick up a bottle. If you’re looking for a bright and fresh chillable red, pick up a bottle. Heck, just pick up a bottle!

Price: $24.99

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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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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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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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Fancy Pants Wine: GET YOUR GANEVAT

Ganevat label.jpgYeah, yeah, yeah, we know. More Jura. What can we say... it's an obsession. Another Frankly Wines obsession. Enough of an obsession that I generally have good, reliable stock of several producers, but
Jean-François Ganevat isn't one of those producers. We get what we get, when we can. We're never quite sure when, or how much, but we're always happy when it arrives. Like this little somewhat unexpected drop of handful of bottles, from a vineyard in the Arbois that Jean-Francois took over from an older, retiring vigneron. I'm not going to write much because there's plenty already written. If you know the name, you're probably already checking out the selection. And if you don't? Do a quick bit of research and place your orders, because the handful of bottles left won't last long. And I have no idea when I'll get more!

Any questions, send them to christy@franklywines.com. To check out the selection, click here, enter GANEVAT in the producer/vintage/region box, and hit search.
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Fancy Pants Wine: BOOKS & BOOZE: A Pairing Series

corsican rose.jpgDavid, our Sunday man, is kicking off a series of booze and books pairings. In this case, the booze is a lovely summer rose that we snagged for your late summer enjoyment. Christophe Ferrandis’s Clos Signadore Patrimonio Rosé “A Mandria”. It’s one of those sneaky complex wines we love – subtle fruit, easy to drink without giving much thought… but if you pay attention, you notice the limestone minerality coming through. And (assuming you read French, as well as drink it) you can pair it with Jérôme Ferrari's Le Sermon Sur la Chute de Rome, the seemingly simple tale of a Corsican bar that weaves a story that’s much deeper. Read the full post on Frankly My Dear, our store blog (yes, we’re still keeping a blog.)

Clos Signadore Patrimonio Rosé “A Mandria Price: $29.99

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Sampler Packs: The $150 Sampler Case - SUMMER-IZED

Things are heating up! (Or, if you're a major fan of your air conditioner, they're cooling down.) But in either case, we've finally put together the summer edition of our $150 Sampler Case.  To, um, "summer-ize", it includes a range of wines you never knew you needed. We've upped the white and rose factor on this one, and tilted the reds to lighter, fresher styles perfect for rooftop drinking, porch pounding, or just camping out next to your favorite fan.

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You’ll get 12 bottles (4 reds, 5 whites, 2 roses, 1 sparkling) 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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Spirits : Mahia Makes it Big!

016.JPGNahmias et Fils Mahia Fig and Aniseed Spirit (New York): Rock musicians crave the cover of Rolling Stone. The equivielent for the New York wine/food/booze person would be the Dining & Wine Section of the New York Times. We’ve been in its pages and it is a thrill! So we’re super excited to see Dorit and David Nahmias of Nahmias et Fils smiling out at us. We’ve had them in the shop to pour their really lovely Mahia fig brandy. This beautiful spirit has been distilled by Moroccan Jews for generations and the Nahmias family continues the tradition just up in Yonkers. We could tell you more… or you could just read what Alice wrote. And then come buy it here. 


P.S. It’s certified Kosher!

P.P.S. It's wonderfully refreshing with lemonade!


Price: $39.99

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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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Sampler Packs: THE BOTTLES FINALLY ALLIGNED: The La Clarine Farm 3-PACK

LCF 3pk red.jpgThis rarely happens – that we have three different bottles of La Clarine Farm in stock at the same time. So we’ve decided to run with it and put together a La Clarine Farm 3-Pack. If you’re already a LCF fan, scroll on down to the pricing and the buy button. But for those who need a little background, here you go:

La Clarine Farm is not your typical California cult wine. It doesn’t have any big rating points. The wines aren’t models of super-concentrated, uber-velvety, extra ripe tannins (but they are definitely full of flavor, texture and life.) And these bottles sell for well below the usual Cali cult three figure prices. One thing these wines do have in common with the traditional California cult wines? They can be very difficult to get your hands on. The come into the shop in limited quantities and then fly out the door. But we’ve been lucky here at Frankly Wines – we’ve worked with these wines since they’ve been in the NYC market, so we get as much as anybody (not to say that we get as much as we want!)

Hank Beckmeyer and his wife Caro make these wines on their small farm located in the Sierra Foothills of California. Their vines share the land with goats and chickens and Hank works with as little intervention as possible, in the vineyard and the winery.  He makes a tiny bit of wine from his own Home vineyard and the rest, he sources from similarly minded vinegrowers in often-remote pockets of the hills. These are wines that taste of where they’re from – and are simply delicious.  And very well priced.

But enough background – on to the wines.

This 3-Pack includes:

La Clarine Farm Jambalaia Rouge 2012
La Clarine Farm Piedi Grandi 2012
La Clarine Farm Syrah Sumu Kaw Vineyard 2012

Price: $62 (combined price regularly $69.99)

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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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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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