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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: HOLIDAY HOURS


HOLIDAY HOURS

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WEDNESDAY (11/26):
11AM - 8PM

 

THANKSGIVING (11/27):
For the forgetful and the desperate,
and those who don't like their families very much

10AM - 2PM
(and not one minute later... because we like our families)

 

FRIDAY (11/27):
11AM - 8PM

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Sampler Packs: YO GOBBLE GOBBLE: Thanksgiving Recos


turkey dinner.jpgThis is the seventh Thanksgiving at Frankly Wines.  And if I’ve learned anything, it’s that many people really don't want to think too much about what they're pouring for Thanksgiving. Sure, some of you do want to discuss the intricacies of your various side dishes or the specific ingredients in your stuffing – and we’re here for you! But for everyone else, we've put together our annual grab-and-go options.

We have three different THANKSGIVING IN A BOX 3-PACKS, each including a red, white and rose (or cider). Or go whole hog (or turkey, really) with our YO GOBBLE GOBBLE 6-PACK SAMPLER. We're confident you'll find something that will make your turkey thankful that it wound up at your house.

Click for details.

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Sampler Packs: THANKSGIVING IN A BOX: Turkey 101 3-PACK


turkey dinner.jpgA red, a white, a rosé. All tasty, easy-drinking crowd pleasers that won't offend your turkey (or your crazy aunt.)

Pack includes:

Vincent Caillé La Part Colibri Gros Plant 2013 (Loire, France)
Laurent Herlin Tsoin Tsoin 2013 (Bourgeuil, France)
Fanny Sabre Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire 2010 (Burgundy, France)

Price: $35 (includes sales tax)

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Sampler Packs: THANKSGIVING IN A BOX: Turkey Day Upgrade 3-PACK


turkey dinner.jpgShow your bird a little love and upgrade the liquid portion of your dinner.

Pack includes:

Grange Tiphaine Trinqu'âmes Sauvignon Sec 2013 (Loire, France)
Small Fry Eden Valley Rosé 2011 (Barossa, Australia)

Keuka Lake Vineyards Leon Millot Nouveau 2014 (Finger Lakes, NY)

Price: $50 (includes sales tax)

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Sampler Packs: THANKSGIVING IN A BOX: Platinum Stuffing 3-PK


turkey dinner.jpgLove your dinner guests and want to splurge on the wine? This 3-Pack is for you. Don’t love them so much (we hear this a lot) and need a little liquid consolation? This 3-Pack is also for you.

Pack includes:

La Garagista Coup de Foudre Petillant Naturel (Vermont) 
Ovum Homage to Z Gewurztraminer 2012 (Columbia Gorge, Oregon)
Southold Farm + Cellar Cast Your Fate to the Wind 2013 (North Fork, Long Island)

Price: $75 (includes sales tax)

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Sampler Packs: THANKSGIVING IN A BOX: Yo Gobble Gobble 6-PK Sampler


turkey dinner.jpgAll you need to set your holiday table.  You could even skip the turkey and your guests would still leave happy.  Each 6-Pack includes 2 reds, 2 whites, 1 rose, and a bottle of cider. All for $125 (including sales tax.).

Pack includes:

Red: Fanny Sabre Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire 2010 (Burgundy, France)
Red: Folk Machine Valdiguie 2013 (Redwood Valley, California)
White: Vincent Caillé La Part Colibri Gros Plant 2013 Nantais, Loire, France)
White: Chateau Maris Brama Grenache Gris 2011 (Languedoc, France)
Rose: Small Fry Eden Valley Rosé (Barossa, Australia)
Cider: Farnum Hill Extra Dry Cider NV (Lebanon, New Hampshire)
 
Price: $125 (includes sales tax)

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Featured Wine: THANKSGIVING RECO: For those who need a second opinion


La Clarine Farm Jambalaia Rouge 2013 (Magnum)
(Sierra Foothills, California)
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LCF Magnums.jpgI know, we know. We’re always going on about La Clarine Farm. How Hank and his wife Caro make these wines on their small farm located in the Sierra Foothills of California. How the vines share the land with goats and chickens and Hank works with as little intervention as possible, in the vineyard and the winery. How these are wines that taste of where they’re from – and are simply delicious.  And very well priced. And on and on an on.

I could tell you about this bottle of Jambalai Rouge. How it’s a juicy, happy, spicy party for your mouth. How it’s the perfect thing for Thanksgiving because it won’t fill you up or overshadow your fancy turkey or clash with your side dishes.

I could tell you all this (and I just did.) But don’t take my word for it. Get a second opinion. Eric Asimov and the New York Times crew deemed the 2014 one of their favorite red wine of their annual Thanksgiving wine panel.

And even better – we have magnums! Big bottles for the big dinner. The more the merrier – it applies to wine as well!

Price: $42.99 (double-size bottle, double the fun)

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Featured Wine: THANKSGIVING RECO: For those who want to drink what we're drinking #1


Wendy.jpgStaff picks from Wendy

From the moment she opened her first cookbook at age five,
Wendy Crispell's been a culinary wizard. Her tasting events have been featured in Time Out NY, Tasting Table, Edible Manhattan, Best Events Magazine, NY Daily News, NY Post and Wine Spectator Online.

And this holiday season, she’s moonlighting with us!

Read on for her take on Turkey Day pairings.

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Featured Wine: THANKSGIVING RECO: For those who want to drink what we're drinking #2


janna.jpgStaff Picks from Janna, our shop manager

Remember:

At Thanksgiving, it really doesn’t matter what you drink as long as what you drink is light enough and refreshing enough that you want to drink more of it.

In that tradition, we’ve done some drinking, uh, thinking for you.

Read on.

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Featured Wine: THANKSGIVING RECO: For those who want to drink what we're drinking #3


Staff Picks from Danielle

danielle3.jpgAlright, time for a quick review of our only Thanksgiving Rule (repeat after me):

IT REALLY DOESN'T MATTER WHAT YOU DRINK FOR THANKSGIVING DINNER!

That said, we know just because it’s easy for us doesn't mean you might not appreciate a few suggestions on how to be cool while observing this rule. Here’s how to delight yourself and impress your guests this season with enough time left to toast your own blessings and enjoy.

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Featured Wine: THANKSGIVING RECO: For Those Who Aren’t Afraid of a Good Cliché


Yes, everyone suggests Nouveau as a great Thanksgiving wine. It’s a pairing that doesn’t verge on cliché…it is a cliché. But hey, it works. And despite it being extremely unfashionable among the wine geek crowd, I still love it, stock it, and drink it. Yes, nouveau is a cliché…but it’s also a bit of a tradition. So get over your cool kid self and drink some.

We have three on hand… choose your cliché wisely! Or don't chose - grab our 3-Pack Sampler and get the all! Read on.

 

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SERIOUS NOUVEAU 3-PACK SAMPLER


nouveau.jpgDespite what you may think or have been told, all Nouveau does not suck. There is such a thing as "serious" nouveau. And we have three examples on hand. Two are Beaujolais Nouveau - one is actually a New York Nouveau... our first ever!!! (and yes, that warrants excessive use of exclamation points.)

What's so serious about these nouveaux, you ask? (Or maybe you don't... but we'll tell you anyway.) No/very low sulfur added, no added yeast, no enzymes, bananas or bubble gum - nothing of the stuff that some nouveau guys use to rush their wines to the bottle.

But just because it's “serious” doesn’t mean you’re supposed to take it seriously. You’re supposed to drink it. Lots of it. As if you had just wrapped up the rigorous labours of a successful, bountiful harvest. (Or at least finished your latest Excel spreadsheet.)

And this 3-Pack will help you do that. I tend to think only mean people won't let themselves be swayed by the charms of a nice bottle of Nouveau. So come get your happy on and grab one!

Pack includes:

L. et R. Dufaitre Beaujolais Village Nouveau 2014
Maison PUR La Boutanche Beaujolais Villages Nouveau 2014
Keuka Lake Vineyards Leon Millot New York (!) Nouveau 2014

Price: $48 (save 10% off the individual bottle prices)

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Featured Wine: For Those Who Aren’t Afraid of a Good Cliché: Nouveau #1


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: THANKSGIVING RECO: For Those Who Aren’t Afraid of a Good Cliché: Nouveau #2


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.

Price: $18.99

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Featured Wine: THANKSGIVING RECO: For Those Who Aren’t Afraid of a Good Cliché: Nouveau #3


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.

Price: $16.99

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Featured Wine: THANKSGIVING RECO: For those who want a little Turkey with their turkey


turkey turkey turkey.jpgSearching for the perfect crowd pleasing wine that will go with most everything on your Thanksgiving table? How about a little Turkey with your turkey: Kocabag Okuzgozu.

It's from the region of Cappadocia, one of the most exotic vineyard sites on the planet. Bursting with fresh dark ripe berry flavors, it has a palate cleansing acidity and a chalky minerality that makes it a pleasing partner to everything from your holiday bird to a sweet potato casserole. Sure you could play it safe with a gamay or pinot noir, but, this would be sure to add some buzz  (or... gobble?) to your holiday table.

'Okuzgozo' literally means bull's eye, referencing the enormous round shape of the grapes. This unusual wine is fermented in limestone tanks carved into the walls of the Kocabag Winery (that's one of them in the picture), an ancient method that the winery still uses today.

Get your gobble on and grab a bottle.

Price: $17.99

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Featured Wine: THANKSGIVING RECO: For those who can't make a decision


mystery - 4 multi.jpgDo you want white? Or red? Traditional? Or something a little unusual? No idea what your hosts like? No idea what your mother likes? Don't sweat it.... pick up a MYSTERY BOTTLE or two.

Give us a $20 (that includes tax) and we’ll give you a bottle of something you’re probably not expecting. It’s sort of like Las Vegas in a bag – sometimes you’ll wine a little, sometimes you’ll lose a little – and sometimes you’ll hit the jackpot! On average, you’ll get more than you paid for.

Each bottle includes a brief tasting not so you’ll know what you’re about to open. We’ll also let you know the bottle’s original price – so you’ll know just how well you fared in our version of wine roulette. 

And feel free to go nuts and pick up multiples – we have a secret code to avoid repeat bottles.

Price: $18.37 ($20 including tax)

Specificy RED or WHITE in the comments box at check out. Or BOOZE... we know have mystery BOOZE bottles!
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Featured Wine: THANKSGIVING RECO: 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

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Fancy Pants Wine: THANKSGIVING RECO: 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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Fancy Pants Wine: THANKSGIVING RECO: For those who like it lush


Maris.jpgChateau Maris Brama Grenache-Gris 2011
(Languedoc, France)
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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.

Price: $39.99

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Fancy Pants Wine: THANKSGIVING RECO: 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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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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Sampler Packs: THANKSGIVING RECO: Our $150 Sampler Case - tweaked for turkey


We're tweeked our Fall Sampler Case to make it an ideal match for Thanksgiving. A range of reds and whites, as well as a rose and a bottle of cider that will go perfectly with the traditional turkey-day spread, And if you don't manage to make it through all 12 bottles on Turkey Day, you'll have excellent selections for the pre-winter days that follow.

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You’ll get 12 bottles (4 whites, 5 reds 1 roses, and 1 cider) 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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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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Featured Wine: WNE, CHEESE & WENDY!


wendy wine cheese.jpgIt’s finally autumn here in NYC. And not the crisp, sweater-weather, football-throwing autumn that makes you happy. Not, it’s cold, rainy, dark-before-the-time-change autumn. At least today. Which makes it the perfect day to share a post from Wendy Crispell, our resident cheese/wine pairing expert who has started to join us for a few shifts behind the counter. Click through to her Sassy Sips blog and learn more about one of our favorite happy-making grapes, gamay, and how to fix it up with her recipe for French onion soup. Sunshine-in-a-glass gamay + a rich, cheesy soup sweetened up with caramelized onions? We’ll brave the rain for this pairing any day.

If you’re getting hungry just reading this, consider joining Wendy for one of her upcoming Saturday Classic Harbor Lines wine/cheese cruises. The focus is on perfect pairings for holiday entertaining. She’ll teach you how to craft a beautiful platter featuring small boutique producers. Many of the wines are available through us – and the cheeses… oh, the cheeses…. listen to Wendy talk about cheese for a bit and you may find yourself wanting to run off and join a cheese cave!

You can buy tickets here. Use the code Frankly’ at check out and get a 10% discount.

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Featured Wine: GAMAY GOODNESS


perraud morgon.jpgSo you checked out Wendy’s post on the goodness that is gamay and soup and now you’re hungry and thirsty. Grab a bottle of one of our favorites.

Maison B. Perraud Morgon 2013 (Morgon, Beaujolais, France): 

Isabelle and Bruno Perraud make this Morgon and I love it. I'm one of a handful of shops lucky enough to carry it, so if you want some, 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 and can go for days without losing its tastiness.  Bright red fruits backed a touch of minerality and texture. It 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. And then come back from more!

Price: $28.99

 

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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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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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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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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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Sampler Packs: Not Your Average Fanny Pack!


Oh the poor fanny packs. They get a lot of grief. Even the ones that attempt to be fashionable are just sort of sad, just hanging out around the bellies of tourists roaming Time Square, fending off the fake Elmos.

But this is a Fanny Pack Fanny Pack.jpg that you'll want to have. No, you can't wear it around your belly (well, you could, but it would be sort of heavy.) And you can't keep your money in it (you could try, but it would be hard to get it back out.) But it might help you fend off the Elmos. And the best part about it - you can drink it! Fanny Pack.jpgHere's the scoop: Fanny Sabre is a tall glass of water in the world of Burgundy. She farms, all by her lonesome, 4.5 hectares of vines in the Cote de Beaune, spanning from Aloxe-Corton in the North to Meursault in the South. Wine was not Fanny's calling, but rather her destiny, as upon her father's passing in 2000, Fanny left her studies at University to take the reins of the winery. Initially she studied under the able Philippe Pacalet, Marcel Lapierre's nephew. Now Fanny is making some of the most exciting organic wines in Burgundy. She's a non-interventionist at heart, plowing only when necessary and maintaining a cover crop between vines. Fermentations are done semi-carbonically in open wooden vats and with native yeasts, accented by the population of yeast from ages of winemaking on her cellar walls.

We love her wines so we put together a
  Fanny (2-)Pack you can be proud of. It includes the following:

Bourgogne Grand Ordinaire 2010 (gamay with a wee bit of age, juicy yet structured)

Savigny-les-Beaune 2012 (classic burgundy from one of the region's great value villages)

Price: $45

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Sampler Packs: Cool Kid Cali (And Oregon!) 6-Pack


Cool Kid Cali Pic.JPGCalifornia, the land of milk & honey, is increasingly producing wines that go way beyond your basic Cali cab.

 If you think California = big, culty Cabs and oaky, buttery Chardonnay, this Cool Kid Cali 6-Pack will change your mind.

These wines represent a new wave of future California classics: not-your-usual grapes, natural yeast, minimal SO2 additions. Here we've assembled a few: some fuller-bodied whites and a few reds of varying weights, all perfect for autumn.

Drink them now to keep your cool-kid cred in tact. Or just drink them because they’re tasty.

Ovum Homage to Z Gewurztraminer 2012
Dirty and Rowdy Family Winery Semillon 2011
Broc Cellars Vine Starr Grenache Blanc 2013
Forlorn Hope Saint Laurent Ost-Intrigen 2013
Wilde Farm Heritage Bedrock Vineyard 2012
Folk Machine Valdiguie 2013

Price: $164 (10% off price of individual bottles)

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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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