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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: #jennydoesharvest at Illahe Vineyards


jenny in a barrel.jpgPeople say that it takes a crazy person to be a harvest intern... for the most part, those people are not wrong.

Harvest is grueling, the hours incredibly long, and the work is exhausting. but, all of that results in this beautiful liquid that we all love to consume. There was no mystery that I wanted to solve by participating in harvest--I just wanted to live an episode of "how it's made" because it's one thing to listen to someone talk about it but a whole different game when you're getting your hands dirty.

- Jenny

 

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#jennydoesharvest - The Fruit of Her Labor: Bottle #1 

Illahe Viognier 2014 (Willamette Valley)

illahe viognier.jpgThis is the wine that drew me to Illahe in the first place and made me volunteer to be a harvest intern. This year has more tension and verve than the previous years. But the fruit is so yummy! Summery nose of stone fruit, fleshy white fruit, and honeycomb. The first sip will introduce notes of perfumed white flowers that intermingle with the fruit. Great acidity that comes from being fermented in stainless steel. It's how Viognier should taste--not flabby and rich but with great verve and brightness.

Price: $22.99

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Featured Wine: #jennydoesharvest - The Fruit of Her Labor: Bottle #1


Illahe Estate Pinot Gris 2014 (Willamette Valley, Oregon)

illahe.jpgPinot Gris was one of the first grapes to be processed once I got to the vineyard and I have very vivid memories of eating a ton of bunches. Mouthwatering aromas of preserved lemon and kefir lime open to a backbone of steely minerality with accents of stone fruit underneath on the palate. Playful zippiness undercut the succulent opulence of the fruit.

Price: $21.99

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Sampler Packs: The Rose 6-Pack for that Someone Who Has Everything


Rose 6Pk.JPGThe perfect gift for someone else... or for yourself. Start your summer off the right way with a 6-pack of rosés. We’ve included a range of styles, including five still and one sparkling, so there’s something for everyone. Sip them at the beach, with a picnic, or in the comfort of your air conditioning.

Price: $86

Please note - NO FURTHER DISCOUNTS APPLY TO THIS SAMPLER. $86 is already a 20% discount off the full price of these bottles. Please also keep in mind, this is a set sampler. 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: 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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Featured Wine: LAST YEAR'S ROSE


Common logic would state that you shouldn't drink last year's pink stuff. You want fresh! And new! And young! Because rose doesn’t age! At all! Ever! And while it’s true that many rosés don’t really benefit from extra time in the bottle, there are quite a few that do. They’re still charming and delicious and just the thing for a warm spring day, but they develop just a bit of extra complexity, which is a good thing. Even if you’re not paying attention to it, it’s there and will make your pink-drinking even more enjoyable. And the added bonus – the wines are usually excellent deals because our suppliers need to move them along and make room for the incoming YOUNG! FRESH! NEW! vintage to arrive. So better wine… for less money? What’s not to love?

Here are a few of our favorite “old” rosés. Break the rules. (And don't fear their less-than-virginal pink blush.) Grab a few bottles now. Because when they are gone, they’re gone for good. (Consider yourself warned.)

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Featured Wine: LAST YEAR'S ROSE: PROVENCE


milan bag.jpgHenri Milan Ma Terre Rose 2013
(Provence, France)

We love Henri Milan’s wines. He’s firmly in the camp of no chemicals, no additives, minimal SO2, etc. etc. etc. But most importantly, his wines are delicious and to my mind, taste like a bottled versions of the mythical, mystical south of France I have yet to visit. When we had a chance to grab a bit of last year’s rose this year, we didn’t hesitate. It’s deeply colored (because he’s not stripping away any of the glorious pink to match some pre-conceived pantone number, opulent, with berries and a melon note, but dry on the finish. There’s complexity here if you care, but if you don’t, there also sheer deliciousness.

We suggest you buy a bag full.

Price: $17.99

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Fancy Pants Wine: LAST YEAR'S ROSE: CALIFORNIA


Thackrey Fifi Rose 2013
(California):

fifi.jpgFifi is the sexy rose next door. This is the first vintage (we think) of this wine from Sean Thackrey, a man GQ magazine compares to a "well cellared" Robert Redford. (We don't disagree.) He comes from the art world and has carried the same sense of curation to his grapes, all purchased from other growers. Although the man knows his science (thanks to a UC Davis courses) his wines are made with a light touch, left to rest for twenty-four hours under the stars, which may be why they are so wonderful. Or it may just sound good on paper. Starlit dreams aside, let's talk about Fifi. It's the rare new-world rose made from the sangiovese grape - which proves that such roses should be less rare. It's cherry juice, cranberry and smoke with the backbone to stand up against backyard grilling fare. (We’re talking burgers on the grill with a side of charred summer corn structure.). Glou glou.

Price: $33.99

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Featured Wine: LAST YEAR'S ROSE: AUSTRALIA


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


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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: 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: 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: 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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Featured Wine: FOUND: Your New Summer Red


Colombaia Rosso Vigna Nuova 2011
(Tuscany, Italy)

An old school Tuscan red that's especially nice with a little bit of chill. Biodynamicly grown grapes, minimal sulfur additions, no other additions. This is classic “easy, breezy, beautiful” stuff that’s perfect for summer. Text book sour cherry notes from the sangiovese grape, a touch of dusty earth. Pairs well with fancy meals, picnics, and front porch stoops. This could be your new summer favorite.

Price: $19.99

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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.

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Fancy Pants Wine: WHAT I'M DRINKING THIS WEEKEND


anna - long.jpgWhen picking out wine for customers, I’m often asked, “what do you like?” And I’m always reluctant to answer, because it’s not about ME… it’s about YOU! But sometimes, it is about me. Like when I ponder the shelves on a grey mid-week day and dream about what I'll drink on (hopefully) sunnier weekend days. And this wine is that.

I came across this wine while I was in London a few months ago. I was wrapping up dinner with college friends at the natural-ish wine bar Remedy, when on the way out, I noticed a gorgeous electric ruby bottle of wine sitting on someone’s table. I couldn’t resist popping over and asking what it was. And what it was, was the Vino di Anna Palmento Vino Rosso 2012 from the slopes of Mount Etna on Sicily. Deeper than a rose. Lighter than a regular red. I stopped short of pouring myself a glass (it’s one thing to ask strangers what they’re drinking, it’s another thing to help them drink it!) but I just knew it would be delicious. Somehow I tracked it down to US shores where it would be imported by one of my favorite small distributors, Indie Wineries.  Fast forward to yesterday, when my rep brought me a taste of the just arrived wine. And it was awesome:

Made from the nerello mascalese grape (and maybe a couple other varieties in the mix), foot pressed in the old palmento on the grounds of their old winery, no SO2 added, juicy red fruits with a structure and savory note that elevate it beyond your usual pink stuff. Or light red stuff. Or whatever you want to call it. (I just call it delicious. Or really… I just call it EMPTY!)

Price: $27.99

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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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