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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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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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Sampler Packs: Broc & Roll: 2-Pack


We think this is a pretty irresistible line up. A double dose of Broc goodness. A bottle of red and a not-really-a-rose. All for $46 which is over 10% off the regular combined bottle prices. We clearly can’t get enough of Chris Brockway’s wines. We’ve cycled through the Vine Starr White, the Valdigue, a smidge of the Skin Contact Roussanne, a dose of the Love White (re-enforcements of that on the way!) and more than our fair share of the berry/herby Cab Franc, the unicorn-like White Zinfandel, even his plain-vanilla-but-wonderfully-gorgeous Michael Mara Vineyard Chardonnay. But we’re not the only ones that can’t get enough of these wines. Chris is part of the new wave of California winemakers making a splash on the west coast and beyond (really beyond… a bunch of them just traveled over to London to spread the word.) Read about him here, in a recent New York Times piece about his urban winery.

But enough background – on to the wines.

This 2-Pack includes:

broc 2pk.jpgBroc Carbonic Carignan 2011: Carignan is a grape from the south of France makes nice with the California sunshine. This one has dark, almost brambly fruits. Silky and juicy and very easy to drink. I'm a bit picky about my carbonic fermentations (geeky science alert!) but this one manages it well.

Broc Cellars Love Red 2013: Ok, it’s not really a rose, but we’ll call it one for the sake of the trio. It’s a grenache-dominated southern Rhone blend that sports a gorgeous ruby sheen. Because sometimes you don’t want your red to beat you over the head with a big velvet glove. You just want something you can chill down and throw back. This would be that.

Price: $46 (combined price regularly $51.98)

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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. In December, I convinced her to put together a long-discussed sampler pack of some of her favorites. It was a hit. Such a hit that she was convinced that a monthly Alice-picked wine club could be a success. So here it is, the introduction of 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: 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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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: CHILLED RED ALERT!

 

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
6-bottle price: $135 ($22.50/bottle)
12-bottle price: $240 ($20/bottle)

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


This 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:

lcf 3pk.jpgLa 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 Blanc 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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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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Spirits : JITNEY JUICE!



whikey kittens.jpgFluid Dynamics Saratoga 200ml (California):

These are pre-mixed, barrel-aged cocktails based on the lovely Germain-Robin brandy distilled in California. This one is mixed with brandy and vermouth and aged for several month in a barrel. Add a splash of bitters and you are set. And aside from the tastiness of the liquid, they are damn cute. And small. And... um... portable.

Price: $19.99 (display basket and shredded paper NOT included!)

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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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Featured Wine: NEW WAVE CALI: Bebame


Bebame Red Wine Sierra Foothills 2012
(El Dorado County, California):

bebame.jpgMainly cabernet franc with a touch of gamay. Way less than 14% ABV. This is clearly not your usual blockbuster Cali red. You can drink it with a chill... and you can drink a lot of it. It’s a joint project between Don Heistuman (of Portland-based distributor Domaine Selections) and Steve Edmunds (who was doing new wave Cali before it was cool, at Edmunds St. John.) That’s Alice (of Wonderland) on the label and because rules didn’t allow her little bottle to say “Drink Me,” as it does in the book, the guys just named the wine Bebame instead. So brush up on your Spanish and do as the name say. Often.

Price: $18.99

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Featured Wine: IT'S BACK!


lucchetti.jpgLucchetti Lacrima di Morro d'Alba 2012
(Campania, Italy)

One of the most unique reds we’ve come across. The nose is floral: lilacs, lilies, even roses. But take a sip and you’ll also get berries and a bit of earthiness. Best with a bit of a chill, this a love it or hate it wine. But there are enough of you that love it…that are obsessed with it…that we have needed to it as it bounced from distributor to distributor. Sure we’ve had a few other Lacrimas di Morro d’Alba on the shelf, and they have a similar, wacky-unique profile, but this is THE ONE. The one that brings on longing and lust and whining and crying whenever it’s not available. It’s been about a year since it was available… and it has been a long year. But it’s back. And on the shelf. So come and get it all you Lucchetti-lovers, because we can’t promise how long it will stick around.

Price: $16.99

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Spirits : Magic Bottles of Booze: Cazottes


Full disclosure: these bottles aren’t actually magic.

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"Authenticity Mercenary" Laurent Cazottes is on a mission - he revived vineyards planted in the 1970s, returned to specific cultivation and distilling techniques traditional to French master practices and set about a life among the orchards and vines in the tiny village of Albi.

Using fruit from his organic orchard in the Albi area of Languedoc, Laurent distils eaux-de-vie and liqueurs with an unparalleled elegance and aroma. These elixirs have caught the attention of New Yorkers and some of the world's great chefs. Until Nicolas Palazzi started importing these lovely bottles, they could really only be found at the world’s top restaurants.  Pierre Gagnaire, the renowned Grand Vefour and a host of others have honored his unwavering dedication to each "noble" essence. Surrounded by greengages, quince, cherries plums and a host of flowers, Laurent monitors all from his home and garden at the center of the domaine's orchards. It’s basically his garden in these bottles. And we’re happy it’s no longer a secret.

We have a rotating selection on hand. If you can’t find them on this page, give us a call or zap us an email and we’ll let you know what we have on hand.

Prices range from $59.99 for the liqueurs to $69.99 for the eaux-de-vie.

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Fancy Pants Wine: BRING ON THE BUBBLES: The Lovely Little One


George Laval Brut Nature Champagne
laval.jpg(base 2010) 375ml (Champagne, France):

Baby Laval Brut. This is the 2010 base wine, which is a lighter, racier version than the 2008 base baby bottles we had earlier in the year. It’s a younger bottle, so the salinity shines through and begs…. BEGS!! for oysters. (Please, help the bottle out and give it some oysters.) But don’t think this is some too-cool-for-school-so-dry-it-hurts zero dosage bubbly. Laval manages lovely ripe fruit that give his wines a perfect balance of raciness and generosity. (Don’t believe me? Then believe the New York Times which listed Laval as one of its top producers in a recent article about low-/no-dosage champagnes.) This little guy is the perfect bottle if you're having a "just-the-two-of-you" New Year's Eve. Or if you want to keep something in your pocket just for yourself.

SALE Price: $39 (regularly $42.99) (375ml)

We also have the regular size Brut Nature (base 2009) for $84.99 and two single plot bottlings, Les Hautes Chevres 2008 for $179.99 (Pinot Noir/Pinot Meunier) and Les Chenes 2008 for $164.99. (Chardonnay). These aren’t cheap, but you can have some of the rarest, most spectacular Champagne on the planet for not much more than a bottle of Dom Perignon. (Now I would never turn down a bottle of Dom. Lovely and elegant and ageable? Yes. Rare? Not so much.) Click here and search LAVAL to buy.

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Spirits : BUCKEY BOOZE: OYO

Oyo.jpgMichigan may beat Ohio when it comes to wine. But the Buckeye State regains its glory when it comes to booze. (This is very important, because I am an Ohio-born girl. So even if I no longer know The Ohio State University football schedule by heart, state honor vs. that place to the northeast is very important.) I had just started stocking some Michigan wines, which brought great pain to my heart, when a few days later, one of my reps brought me some delicious hootch from the OYO Distillery in Columbus. Of course I bought some.

OYO Stone Fruit Vodka: $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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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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