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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: ROSE BY THE CASE. THE LOGICAL THING TO DO.


gobelsberger.jpg‘Tis the time to drink rose. (OK, we think it’s ALWAYS the time to drink rose, but in the heat of the summer, it’s especially hard to resist.) And while we’ve loved rose for always, this summer, everyone has decided to agree that the pink stuff is a-ok. This is the year that it’s really hit the big time.

So chances are, you’re also seeing more rose this year. And drinking more. And taking more to parties and BBQs and vacations.  Make your life easy. Save yourself a few trips to the store (not that we don’t love to see you) and just BUY A CASE! It’s easy math.

First, you’ll save time. You’ll always have a bottle on hand. Last minute BBQ invitation?  Grab a bottle. The in-laws pop by? Pop open a bottle. Playdate filled with screaming 3 year olds? Pop open a bottle (or three). Forgot the wine store doesn’t open at 6AM, before you have to take off for the weekend? No worries…  Starting to see the logic?

Second, you’ll save money. We’re offering the Gobelesberger Rose Cistercien 2014 our favorite, top-selling rose for $157/case. Just a little over $14/bottle, vs. the regular $15.99.  (For those doing the math, that's a 12% discount - 12 bottles. 1% for each. Or something like that.)

As for the wine, it’s dry, with subtle fruit, similar to a Provencal rose but a little fresher and zippier – like air-conditioning in a bottle. And who couldn’t use a little liquid air-conditioning.

Save time. Save money. Totally, completely logical.

Gobelsburger Rose Cistercien 2013 (Austria)
$157/case (including sales tax)

Offer available from now until it’s gone (which according to our best estimates will be, um, August 8th. At 3.30PM. Or something like that.) If the discounted price does not appear in your cart, don't worry, we will apply it manually!

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Spirits : Lady-Made for Independence!

Owneys instore pic.JPGPatriotic Lady-Made Booze (but you don't have to be a lady to drink it.)

From the Noble Experiment Distillery, Owneys is named after an infamous New York bootlegger. Master distiller Bridget Firtle really wanted to showcase New York history in a bottle so the name seemed a fitting touch. Besides the sugar cane molasses, the water is all locally sourced from the tap. New York's finest!

As for the final product? It's a white rum but with more flavor than most. You can sip it, or use it to whip up some fantastic cocktails. Bring a little local love to your summer bar. 

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Spirits : OH SO CUTE!: Kings County Distillery


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Founded in 2010, Kings County Distillery is the oldest distillery in New York City, the first since Prohibition. Crazy, isn't it? Crazy good, more like. They use New York grown grain and corn and traditional distilling methods to make their craft unaged corn whiskey, a.k.a moonshine, to bourbon whiskey and even a chocolate whiskey.

They come in 200ml flasks which are the perfect size for your back pocket or your purse. They're quite tasty and cute.

#drinklocal #drinkny



Price: $21.99 to $23.99
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Featured Wine: ROSE FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T LIKE ROSE


Small Fry Eden Valley Rose 2011
(Barossa, Australia)


small fry2.jpgDepending on your mood (or in my case, where I want to put it on the shelf), this wine is either a very deeply colored rose, or an extremely light red. It’s perhaps the ideal rose for people who "don't like rose." Or for those that do like rose... but are kind of the mood for a red.

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. The perfect wine for those who can't quite make up their mind.

 Price: $19.99

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Fancy Pants Wine: BRING ON THE BUBBLES: The Unforgettable Pink One


George Laval Champagne Premier Cru Cumières Brut Nature Rose NV (Champagne, France):

Laval Rose.jpgIn the world of Champagne rosé, this is a stunning value. It's the Champagne rosé that left a lasting impression: it's developed a nose of ripe, luscious strawberries balanced by pastry crust. Laval's fruit is pristine; organically grown with minimal intervention in the winery. The result is unforgettable and the color is the perfect blushing-bride-after-her-wedding-day shade of pink. (Disgorged 10.31.2013)

Price: $131.99
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Sampler Packs: An Apple-a-Day Cider 3-Pack


Cider 3-Pk.jpgThis three-pack will cure your apple craving with two easy-going ciders, one dry and one very dry, and one Spanish cider with the slightest hint of iron and a refreshing, clean finish. Cider from all over the world, all delicious and easy to drink.

Slyboro Hidden Star Cider NV: This is one fantastic cider! It's the perfect cider to begin your journey into the world of complex, dry cider. From the Hudson Valley, this is clean with hints of fresh yellow apples and a dry finish.

Eden Dry Sparkling Cider NV: From Vermont-grown cider apples, this is as dry as a cider can get. Made bubbly à la méthode champenoise, it's quite complex and mineral with a bone-dry finish.

Zapiain Sagardoa Natural Cider NV: This cider is made in the Basque Country, where cider is king and is served with everything. This is a softer, easier style of Basque cider but with the typical iron note so common to the region.

Price: $40
(about 15% off price of individual bottles)

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Spirits : GOT LUXARDO? Make Your Own Boozy Cherries


boozy cherries lux.jpgIt’s super easy to whip up a batch of Wendy’s boozy, sweet cocktail cherries. Practice now and when summer comes and the markets are full of baskets of cherries, you’ll be able to whip up bowls full. (We’ve always thought the saying should be life is just a bowl of BOOZY cherries!)

Check out Wendy’s full post for more ways to use these easy treats. You’ll even learn to make your own cherry pitter from a fork (because the hardest part of this recipe is pitting the cherries.)

Boozy Cocktail Cherries

Ingredients:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 cinnamon stick
1 inch piece orange zest
1 pound sweet cherries, pitted
1 cup of
Luxardo Il Maraschino

How to:
Place sugar, water, lemon juice, zest and cinnamon in large sauce pot and simmer on medium heat till stirring occasionally. Let liquid come to a slow boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Slowly add cherries to pot and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add maraschino liqueur. Let mixture come to room temperature uncovered. Transfer to sterile container and store in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

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Spirits : THE SUMMER TIME BLUES (CAT ABSINTHE)


IMG_1879.JPGDelaware Phoenix
Blues Cat Absinthe (136 proof)
(New York)

Blues Cat began as a collaborative effort with Cheryl Lins’ friends in 2011. It was originally supposed to be a one-time-only limited edition absinthe but in 2012, she decided to make her own version.

It is smooth and silky on the palate with enticing notes of spice and pepper on the nose. Fennel and anise are great team players and don’t dominate. Slight mintiness provide a refreshing cooling waft while the wormwood comes in to remind you why this is an absinthe.

Price: $74.99
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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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Featured Wine: GET IT BEFORE IT'S GONE ROSE


A word on continuity: "What's continuity," you ask?  Well, in the wine world, it's the idea that you'll see a certain bottle of wine on the shelf year round. Or in the case of roses, throughout the summer. But for an ever-increasing number of pink-hued bottlings, there just isn’t enough to get through, well, even the month of June. So fair warning – some of your favorites will run out. We know this. And you now know this. So plan accordingly. We’ll tag them as GET IT BEFORE IT'S GONE ROSE and we suggest you do just that. Stock up now. Or forever hold your peace (well… hold it until next year, but you get the idea.)

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GET IT BEFORE IT'S GONE ROSE: Philippe Gilbert Menetou Salon

gilbert rose.jpgDomaine Philippe Gilbert Menetou-Salon Rose 2014 (Loire, France):

 

Philippe Gilbert’s domaine lies in the lesser-known (for now) appellation Menetou-Salon in the eastern Loire River Valley… not far from the very-well-known region of Sancerre. The estate practices Biodynamic farming and the wines have real soul. Like Sancerre rose, this wine is made from the pinot noir grape. It’s demurring and mineral, subtle and sophisticated, with rose petals and strawberries dancing across the palate. If you’re a fan of Sancerre rose –you need to give this a try. No, you haven’t heard of it, but that’s why it’s such a deal.

 

Price: $23.99

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Fancy Pants Wine: CHATEAU MUSAR: LIBRARY STOCK ROSE (YES... ROSE!)


A little over a year ago, the Chateau Musar Rose arrived on US shores

Not the Jeaune, which is the deeply colored $20-ish cinsault-based rose. This is not that. Its 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.

musar rose library.jpgBut 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. After much begging and pleading, the 2012 (that was the current vintage, even in 2014) finally arrived on US shores.

And last summer, in London, I had a chance to taste the 1995 and 1996.

Yes... 20 year old roses... and they were amazing. If you had a chance to try the Lopez de Heredia Rosado that was the coolest thing going about five years ago, that would be the closest comparison. Like that one, this is not a fruity rose. It was very slightly oxidative, with an almost flor-like note under the ghostly fruit quality. But it's richer, silkier, more densely textured, but without heaviness. There was a hint of savory spice and the whiff of memories forgotten and the magical, mystical quality that always seems to swirl around Chateau Musar.

In practical terms? Those old roses were awesome.

So... while I don't have any of the 1995 and 1996 to sell, I do have some more recent library stock. Less than a case each of 2006, 2004, and 2001. Yes: 2006. 2004. 2001.

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. 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. So don't be afraid to hide some away.

And don't wait to grab some - I may not be able to get more.

Price List:
2006 - $62.99
2004 - $62.99
2001 - $79.99

To buy, go to our WINES page
Search: MUSAR
Select ROSE on the dropdown menu

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Fancy Pants Wine: BRING ON THE BUBBLES: The Old School One


Clouet Champagne (2).jpgPaul Clouet Champagne Grand Cru Brut Cuvee Prestige NV (Champagne, France):

Lush fruit meets bold balance. This is opulence in a glass, with excellent balance and a wealth of fruit. The "cool kid" champagnes of the moment may be all about screaming acid and zero dosage - and while the best of them are excellent, it's hard to pull off. And the prices.... up up up! Meanwhile, I will shout loud and proud that I love the old school stuff. Rich, brioche-laden bubbly goodness with the dosage wonderfully balanced and firmly in place. (For those asking "do-what???", dosage is the bit of sugar juice that's added before bottling to finish off the wine and balance out the wine's naturally high acidity. "More" doesn't necessarily mean "sweeter." Well, yes, it does, technically, but some wines with a higher dosage can appear less sweet than those with lower dosage - it's all about the balance.) Tech lessons aside, this wine is definitely, 100% not sweet, so don't be scared. What it is - lush, opulent, sexy stuff. Old school Champagne? I will always love you.

Price: $64.99
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Fancy Pants Wine: Summer in the Alps


Caloz Fendant.jpgCave Caloz Les Coteaux de Sierre Fendant La Mourzière 2013 (Valois, Switzerland):

Established in 1960, Cave Caloz has garnered quite the reputation among Swiss wine enthusiasts. Fendant, known to most of us as Chasselas, is a weightier grape with an expression not unlike a chardonnay or grenache gris. It can be a boring grape if the vines are not tended properly, as vines over-produce when left to their own devices. Fendant la Mourziere is round with a hint of alpine flowers, a texturally pleasing mouth feel, and a long, mineral-laden finish.

Price: $33.99
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Featured Wine: Dayglo Tinto


vinello.jpgPartida Creus Vinel-lo Tinto 2014 (Penedes, Spain):

Partida Creus was founded by two Piedmontese architects Massimo Marchiori and Antonella Gerona who relocated from Barcelona in search of a slower-paced life. They settled in the Penedes and started farming the fruits and vegetables of the region. Dissatisfied to not find locally-produced wines, they decided to make their own! (Yes, we think this is crazy, too.) Vinel-lo is a field blend of indigenous varietals from a younger vineyard they purchased and revived in the region. To be exact, it is a blend of trepat, sumoll, garrut, queixal de llop, ull de perdiu, garnacha, and samsó. We’re not sure exactly what these grapes are, but we’re sure that the wine is delicious and is the prettiest ruby red shade in the glass. It’s light-bodied, red-fruited and elegant: like a deep rose or a light poulsard. Let it breathe upon opening and the layers of fruit and minerality that unfold will delight you.

Price: $22.99
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Sampler Packs: #DrinkChenin 2-Pack Sampler


drinkchenin.jpgSome grapes seem to get all the love. Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon Blanc. Pinot Noir. Even love-hate grapes like Merlot and Chardonnay don’t have any issues with name recognition. But then there’s Chenin Blanc. As versatile as Riesling (it can go dry, semi-dry, dessert wine sweet, even sparkling) but perhaps without the “it’s always sweet” baggage. But a baggage-free existence doesn’t mean much if you’ve never heard of it.

But there’s a plan in place to change that. The powers that be (a.k.a. Pascaline Lepeltier of Rouge Tomate and Tom and Kate Monroe of the SE Wine Collective + a bunch of other wine people who really like Chenin) have declared today National #DrinkChenin Day! Pop into Colicchio & Sons or DBGB Kitchen and Bar, where they will have several chenin’s featured as glass pour options. Or throw your own Chenin party and pick up our #DrinkChenin 2-Pack Sampler.

2-Pack includes:

Lemaire-Fournier Vouvray La Coudraie 2004 (Vouvray, Loire, France): The wine is full of drama. Woman wines lottery, buys vines, and hires park ranger-turned red hot winemaker Nicolas Renard who converts the winery to organic, turns out amazing wines and then… literally… disappears. This wine is from his last vintage and it’s lovely, rich, yet somehow delicate. Perfect for porch pounding.

Fog Monster Chenin Blanc Story Vineyard 2012 (Amador County, California): The Fog Monster is a carbonic chenin from ungrafted vines in the Story Vineyard in Armador County. Made by Chris and Andrea Mullineaux, this is dry chenin showing of the grape’s silky, sexy, luxurious side.

Price: $60 (regularly $74.99)

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Featured Wine: SICK OF LOOKING AT IT SALE


big sale.jpgAnnouncing our latest, greatest sale: the Somthingth Annual Sick of Looking at It Sale. Yes, this is really just the standard early summer shelf cleaning that we should have done over Memorial Day. But what's a sale without a catchy name?

The sale is well worth a browse. Most sale prices reflect at least a 15% discount, many even more, with a handful cut close to cost. And after 7 years, I've gotten over that sentimental-don't-put-that-one-on-sale-softie side, so I'm not holding back on the goods!

To see what's available, go to the WINES page, enter SALE into the search field and search. Quantities are limited - first come, first serve. We'll try to keep your inventory updated, but call if you have any questions.

(NOTE: You don't have to be local to play.... we can ship to many places.)

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Spirits : FUN IN A BOTTLE: El Dorado Golden Rum Cream Liqueur


FullSizeRender.jpgEl Dorado
Golden Rum Cream Liqueur
(Guyana)


I think it almost goes without saying that the members of the Frankly team are suckers for guilty pleasure things. Because to us, it isn't guilt-inducing--it's all pleasure! Case in point, this lovely bottle of Rum Cream from El Dorado. The base rum is their 5 year old Demerara rum which is blended with dairy cream, coconut cream, and spices. The result will make you just swoon with delight. Creamy texture with amazing flavors of baking spice, toffee and rum all play together on the palate. Drink on its own or put a splash or two in your coffee to make your day.

Price: $22.99
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Featured Wine: More Badenhorst Wines... the Fancy Pants Version


Badenhorst Family White Blend 2010:

Badenhorst Family.jpgThis is an classic kitchen sink blend. There’s a fair amout of Chenin in the mix, along with some Roussane, Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Verdehlo and a touch of good-old-boring Chardonnay. Fair warning – this is a BIG wine. MASSIVE! But not in a block-buster, beat-me-with-a-butter-stick Cali-Chardonnay sort of way. It's all about texture: big and rich but with a firm streak of acidity to give it structure. I always find it difficult to pull out specific flavors for this one, because they’re so tightly knit into the body of the wine, but there’s a nuttiness, a citrus note, maybe something a touch honied or floral? Regardless of the specifics, this is a great wine for fans of full-bodied whites. Or people who “don’t like whites.” Or for Chardonnay fans looking to move on to something else. It’s worth decanting – or drinking over the course of days. It’s not a picnic wine – this is serious, delicious stuff that goes best with something rich and creamy. And if you’re drinking it in this weather… definitely pair it with some air-conditioning.

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Fancy Pants Wine: BRING ON THE BUBBLES: The Delicious Pink One


pouillon rose.jpgR. Pouillon et Fil Champagne Brut Rose de Marceration Premier Cru NV (Champagne, France):

No need to limit your pink drinks to still wine. We have bubbles too! We’re partial to this one, a rose de maceration from R. Pouillon. Its intense pink color comes by way of 12 hours skin contact on the base wine. Most pink champagnes go pink when a bit of red wine is added right before the final cork is added. But when this pink-making method is used (also called saignée, which is a different sort of saignée than the one involved with non-sparkling rose) the results tend to be more intensity, structure… and yes, color. Technical babble aside, this is a delicious wine with notes of wild strawberries, a bit of biscuit and a lip-smacking freshness that makes it very, very easy to finish the bottle.

Price: $54.99

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Fancy Pants Wine: Fog Monster: Swartland Meets Amador County


Fog Monster is the California project of Chris and Andrea Mullineux (of the celebrated Swartland winery Mullineux Wines). It’s one way Andrea stays connected to her West Coast homeland while keeping one foot in South Africa, her husband’s native land. Named for great fogbanks that roll through the Sierra Foothills, both Fog Monster cuvées are undeniably influenced by the unique climate of Amador County.

Fog Monster Chenin 2.jpgFog Monster Chenin Blanc Story Vineyard 2012 (Amador County, California):

This wine comes from ungrafted vines of chenin blanc, planted at about 1900 feet above sea level in the Story Vineyard. This is the same vineyard site used by Sandlands winemaker Tegan Passalacqua, but Andrea's using carbonic maceration here, which translates to more skin contact and a very silky, round body. A touch of oxidation adds more richness to this already luxurious wine while white flowers grace the nose. This is Californian chenin blanc at its most debonair.

Price: $52.99
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Fancy Pants Wine: BRING ON THE BUBBLES: The Sneaky Value One


Alexandre Filaine Cuvee Speciale Brut NV
(Champagne, France):

Filaine.jpgUnless you regularly skulk around in the geeky depths of the grower champagne world, you’ve probably never heard of the Fabrice Gass (the winemaker) or Alexandre Filaine (the wine.) But you probably have heard of Bollinger. Well, we’ll let you in on a little secret. Fabrice is involved in both Bolly and Filaine. Not surprisingly, Filaine has a lushness  and opulence that remind us of Bolly. But for a few less bucks. It’s one of those strange miracles of the modern wine world – you can get the tiny production, minimally-messed with bottles for less than the larger production goods. Why? We don’t know. But we’re happy when it works out this way.

Price: $52.99

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Fancy Pants Wine: Fog Monster: Swartland Meets Amador County


Fog Monster Grenache.jpgFog Monster Grenache Shake Ridge Vineyard 2012 (Amador County, California):

This cuvee comes from grenache vines planted in the Shake Ridge vineyard at about 1300 feet above sea level. To garner the best possible texture and structure from this cuvee, Andrea uses whole-cluster fermentation. The result is a Grenache that is firm, not flabby or overly fruity, with a round, soft mouth feel and a nose of dusty, perfectly ripe raspberries and early morning fog. If you've tried the Tribute to Grace Shakeridge Grenache, this is an alternative expression of the same site. We you think you should try them both - consider it part of your vinous education.


Price: $52.99
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Featured Wine: AN UNLIKLEY VINEYARD: We have the book - and the wines


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We've been lucky enough to host Deirdre Heekin, author of An Unlikely Vineyard: The Education of a Farmer and Her Quest for Terroir and grower of otherworldly (OK, that other world = Vermont) wine for a number of in-shop tastings and book signing. She's poured us her just-released crop of petnat sparklers as well as her unique and delicious still wines.

We love selling Deirdre's wines. They are liquid proof that native grapes and New England weather are not incompatible with organic farming and beautiful wines. In stock: Damejeanne 2013, Harlots & Ruffians 2013, and Loups-Garoux 2013. All 750ml bottles. All $37.99. To purchase, go to our WINES page and search on "garagista"

We also have copies of Deirdre's book, noted by the New York Times as one of last year’s top wine books, which spins a wonderfully practical account of realizing her vision of a living farm with a table at its center. Balancing rural romance with the real concerns of sinking hands into dirt, it’s filled with tips and inspiration for the existing gardener. And it will have armchair green thumbs ready to run off and buy a tractor. (Add it to your cart just below!) Price: $35

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Featured Wine: Explore Something New:

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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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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Featured Wine: Your Gateway Drug to the Jura: Rolet Chardonnay


Rolet Chardonnay.JPGDomaine Rolet Arbois Chardonnay 2011 (Jura, France):

Our gateway drug to Jura whites: with the satisfying weight of a white Burgundy, without the buttery note of a Russian River Chardonnay, and with just a touch of hazelnut, in the subtlest of Jura fashion. Rolet works in a topped up (ouillé) style, so while the wines still have that trademark Jura texture, they're not quite as twangy as some. And the price.... R.I.D.I.C.U.L.O.U.S. Now you have no real excuse not to give this unique region a try.

Price: $18.99
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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).

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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.

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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 : 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.

NOTE: It makes a FANTASTIC BLOODY MARY.

Price: $42.99

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Fancy Pants Wine: JURA DUTY: The Book Kind


jura wine book.jpgA little over a year ago, we sent out a notice about Wink Lorch’s KickStarter campaign to fund her efforts to publish the first ever English language book on Jura wine. Wink has been visiting and writing about the region since 1999 – long before it had made the radar of even the geekiest wine geek. She was convinced (begged, really) to embark on this book project by those of us eager for more info on the mystical, magical place where the white wines challenge your conception of what a white wine can be, and the reds are shockingly light in color but surprisingly big in flavor.

The project was a huge success and the book is here! Consider it Jura duty of the best kind. You won’t find a better, more definitive guide to the region than her simply titled: Jura Wine

Not to get all infomercially, but at $38, it's less than ½ the price of a bottle of the region’s mythical vin jaune. So if you're a looking to learn more, it's well worth the investment.

What?

You haven’t heard of the Jura??? Unless you happen to shop in a handful of wine shops scattered across the country, that’s pretty much expected. The region is a tiny, obscure part of France tucked over near Switzerland. You've probably never heard of some of the region's most important grapes (Savagnin? Poulsard? Trousseau?) And you probably haven’t had anything like the region’s light, ethereal, sneakinly complex reds. Or its slightly twangy, often oxidative whites. Or its top dog vin jaune that ages practically forever. No, unless you’re a wine geek or hang out with them, you probably haven’t heard of these wines. But there's a good chance you'll like them.

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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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