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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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Featured Wine: SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER


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Sign up for our email newsletter and we'll make sure you're updated on future tastings, new arrivals, and special offers. We'd say it's a weekly newsletter, but that would be too ambitious. (Except maybe this month, when we're planning on having lots of insider-y January sales. Which makes this a very good time to sign up.) We promise not to sell your info, give it away, or use it for anything other than getting you the latest, greatest Frankly Wines news. And you can always unsubscribe with one simple click.

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Featured Wine: A Little Help with Your Ho Ho Ho


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It's time to get the gifts! We highly recommend taking the easy way out and just sending your gift list over to us. We may be a small store, but we can handle very big lists. We'll take care of everything from picking out the bottles, wrapping them up, and delivering them locally in NYC, and beyond.
 
We can handle that 100-bottle order (seriously, we've done it before) for your team, customers, clients, friends, family.... anyone over the age of +21. And we can handle that single bottle of Scotch for your very particular brother-in-law (because, yes, we sell LIQUOR). And we can handle anything in between.
 
Just send us an email at info@franklywines.com, give us a call, at 212.346.9544 or stop in. Give us a list and a budget and we'll make it happen.

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Sampler Packs: Frankly Wines Winter $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 those occasional sunny days) to rich and warming (for the rest of the days). (We've even managed to sneak in a bottle of Champagne!)

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You’ll get 12 bottles (4 whites, 6 reds, 1 bottle of bubbles and 1 bottle of rose bubbles) 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 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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Sampler Packs: Frankly Wines Winter $150 Sampler Case


We’ve winterized our $150 Sampler Case, skewing it to reds and whites with a bit more body – warming wines for cold, nasty weather. But we’ve also included a few lighter-bodied wines and even a bubbly rosé for those freak mid-winter warm streaks. So no matter what the weather, you’ll always have something good to drink.

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You’ll get 12 bottles (4 whites, 6 reds, 1 bottle of bubbles and 1 bottle of rose bubbles) 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 30% 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: Holiday Survival Case - just $100


dancing reindeer.jpgThrowing a bash for the holidays? Hosting a pack of wild family members? Thirsty neighbors that keep dropping in? Need a last-minute host gift? We've got your essentials here. Everything required to survive the holidays:

Our $100 Holiday Survival Case is stuffed with 5 bottles of white, 5 bottles of red, a bottle of cheerful pink bubbles and a bottle of vodka, in case you've got something harder in mind.

Eikendal Cuvee Blanc 2014 (Stellenbosch, South Africa)
Agricola Sant Josep Clot d'Encis vi Negre 2011 (Spain)
Bedin Allegro Sparkling Rose NV (Treviso, Italy)
Wodka Vodka (80 Proof) (Poland)



Price: $100 ... and that includes sales tax.

Please note - NO FURTHER DISCOUNTS APPLY TO THIS CASE. 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: Holiday Sparkling 3-PK


Holiday Bubbles.JPGNothing says Happy Holidays like a bottle of bubbles... unless it's multiple bottles of bubbles! Whether drinking alone or with a meal, these bubbles will complement your celebrations.

Pack includes one each: red, white and rose:

T des Thibault Champagne Brut NV
(Champagne, France)

Domaine de Saint Pierre Le Canon a Bulles 2012
(Jura, France
)

Storchi Reggiano Rosso Pozzoferrato 2012
(Emilia-Romagna, Italy
)


Price: $80 (includes sales tax) 

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Frankly Wines Club: FEIRING LINE SUPER PACKS - Just in Time for the Holidays!


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It’s that time of the year! Time for The Feiring Line Super Packs. 

These are gift sets specially selected by Alice Feiring, author of The Feiring Line newsetter which is devoted to ‘natural’ wines and the people who make them. If you’re paying attention to where your food comes from, you should also turn some attention to your wine. And Alice will help you do that. A thought leader in this part of the industry, her writing and palate are uniquely her own. Consider yourself introduced.

Now… back to those Holiday packs. We're offering a $250 6-Pack and a $125 3-Pack. Details are here.

Delivery still possible for the holidays. If you want to talk timing, just ask

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Fancy Pants Wine: For those who like it lush


Maris.jpgChateau Maris Brama Grenache-Gris 2011 (Languedoc, France): 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: AN UNLIKLEY VINEYARD: We have the book - and the wines


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Last Saturday, we were 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 an in-shop tasting and book signing. If was a lovely way to warm up an otherwise nasty, rainy evening.

Deirdre's book, recently noted by the New York Times as one of this year’s top wine books, 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.

We have copies for sale (Price: $35) and of course, her lovely la garagistea wines (search: GARAGISTA). Pick up a book and a bottle for yourself and all the green thumbs on your holiday list.

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Featured Wine: Liquid Turkey Leftovers: SALE!!


La Boutanche PUR.jpgLa Boutanche Beaujolais Villages Nouveau 2014 (France):

This has always been the nouveau to beat for sheer fun and juicy deliciousness. From Cyril Alonzo of Maison PUR, brought to us by Cory and Guilhaume from Selection Massale, this year’s various ups the fun factor with an extra-large liter bottle. And yes, the turkey on the bottle is a fun touch (you’ll have to provide your own ‘Yo Gobble Gobble’ – or ask us to – we’re quick with the Sharpies.) But the liquid, as always, is seriously good - darker, a touch more concentrated, silky and fresh with a hint of spice.

Now just because Thanksgiving is over, it doesn't mean this wine is any less drinkable and delicious. But since it does have a big old gobbler on the label, we figured we would just declare it a 'liquid leftover' and put our last few bottles on sale. Because sometimes, the leftovers are the best part of the holiday.

Price: $15.99 (originally $18.99)

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Featured Wine: NOUVEAU! It's not just for the French any more.


keuka lake nouveau.jpgKeuka Lake Vineyards Leon Millot Nouveau 2014
(Finger Lakes, New York):

New York Nouveau! Our first ever!!!! (And yes, it does warrant the excessive use of exclamation points.) This is exactly what Nouveau is meant to be – a celebration of the local harvest. This is the first of its kind (at least that we know of) in New York, so we called in a straight-from-the-barrel sample, tried it, loved it, and ordered up a bunch. It’s made from Leon Millot grape (no, we had never heard of it either.) It has a long history in the Finger Lakes where cool weather demands hardy grapes like this one, a crossing between Goldriesling and Millardet et Grasset (nope, hadn’t heard of those either.) But you don’t need to know about the grapes to know this is a tasty, fun bottle of grapey-goodness. It’s fresh, fruity, purple-y, a little spicy – all around yummy – farm-to-table in a bottle.

Price: $17.99

 

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Featured Wine: For Those Who Aren’t Afraid of a Good Cliché: Beaujolais Nouveau


dufaitr.jpgL. et R. Dufaitre Beaujolais-Village Nouveau 2014 (France):

With vineyards are mainly in the village of Brouilly, the wines of Laurence and Remi Dufaitre (including this Nouveau) are light, red-fruity and very very pretty. Think fresh, just on the cusp-of-ripeness strawberry juice. But with an earthy kick that makes this more than just your basic bojo novo. The classic turkey-day wine, this one will remain delicious well into the new year.

Price: $16.99

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Fancy Pants Wine: Christmas Jura Duty: Wine & Cheese Parings Made in Mountainous Heaven


More wine and cheese with Wendy:

My extreme love of wine stems in part from my constant search for inspiration when I was a full-time chef. In early 2000 I attended an intensive master series of classes held at the newly founded Artisanal  cheese center in NYC. Little did I know these classes would change my life. I found not only inspiration but a true passion, for cheese and the wines paired with them. I couldn’t get enough, trying endless combinations. Since then I’ve tried hundreds of cheese pairings but there are some that have a special place in my heart and fridge!  The wines and cheeses of the Jura region have always been a favorite, for me and here at Frankly wines. Why not try a few of the following suggested wine and cheese pairings to add to your holiday table.

Featured wines are all made by Michel Gahier in Arbois, where his family has resided since 1525. A friendship with former cheese maker turned Jura winemaker extraordinaire Jacques Puffeney has helped instill instilled skills and sensibility that produce undeniably outstanding wines that clearly express the very particular terroir of this corner of the Jura.    

Click through to read more.

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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: Your Secret Santa Solution: MYSTERY BOTTLES!


mystery bottles - secret santa.jpgTis the season for Secret Santas.

We know drill: Spend no more than $20 on something you can round up during your lunch hour. Scramble around for wrapping paper. Remind yourself not to sign up for this next year.

Well, our Mystery Bottles are the perfect solution. Give us $20 (that’s $18.37 + sales tax) and we’ll give you a bottle of wine, already wrapped, tasting note included. It’s sort of like Las Vegas in a bag – sometimes you’ll win a little, sometimes you’ll lose a little – and sometimes you’ll hit the jackpot! On average, you’ll wind up with a wine that would normally retail in the low twenties.

Each bottle includes a brief tasting so your officemate elf will know what they’re about to open. The note also lets you know the bottle’s original price – so they’ll know just how well you fared in our version of wine roulette.

Santa never had it so easy.

Price: $18.37 ($20 including tax)

Specificy RED or WHITE in the comments box at check out.

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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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Featured Wine: 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

A limited number of magnums are also available for $43.99. Because sometimes, let's be honest, size does matter.

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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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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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Fancy Pants Wine: 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: 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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Fancy Pants Wine: For those who need something 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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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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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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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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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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