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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: Frankly Wines $150 Autumn Sampler Case

Fall is here and with it come random forecasts of summer heat, pre-winter chills, and even the occasional textbook perfect autumn sweater weather.  We’ve got you covered with a range of great transitional wines. Lighter reds loaded with flavor. Whites with a bit of body. A perfect-for-fall cider and even a (sort of) rosé for those freak warm streaks. There’s something for whatever the weather brings.


You’ll get 12 bottles (5 whites, 5 reds, 1 bottle of cider and 1 bottle 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 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: Explore Something New:


$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.
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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: TRANSITIONAL WINES: The One That's Not Really a Rose

LA VIN JARDIN.jpgLa Grange aux Belles Le Vin de Jardin 2015 (Loire, France):

Rose season is officially over, so will stop trying to convince this wine is just a deeply colored rose. We'll just call it what it really is - a light, perfect-for-autumn red. It's classic glou glou from the obscure grolleau grape, grown organically in the Loire Valley. It packs a major flavor punch with a little tart berry fruit, a touch of spice, excellent with a chill and just 11.5% abv so it's highly glugable.

We thought we sold out of this sometime in early August, but we found a last lingering 6-pack of magnums in our magical cellar. (You could call it "disorganized" but "magical" sounds so much better.) So grab one of these last bottles while you can.  

Magnum: $31.99

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Featured Wine: An Apple a Day - Grown Up Style

Sundstrom Sponti.jpgThey say an apple a day keeps the doctor away. I've always liked this advice - especially when those apples come in liquid form. And in New York where the apples literally grow wild (and on trees, but you already knew that), you can pretty much write yourself a prescription for any sort of cider you like. Dry, off-dry, or full on lushly sweet, foraged, imported, heirloom, tannic, raging acid beam juice or easy as apple pie, still, petnat, uber bubbly, champagne-styled, funky, clean, in between. There's a cider cure for whatever ails you.

We're especially excited about our latest, which comes from just a few hours north in the Hudson Valley: Sundstrom Cider Sponti 2015. This is the second year Leif Sundstrom has been making his apple elixirs and unlike last year, he actually made enough to sell! There are more releases coming in the autumn, but for now, this is the maiden offering. It's an orchard full of apple varieties from three different sites, fermented using the wild yeast found on the apples and bottled unfiltered with a nice amount of sparkle.

It's not a crystal clear cider, but taste-wise, it leans to the clean side of the funk spectrum. It's not overly tannic, but there's a nice amount of structure to balance out the fruit. If I had to limit myself to a one word tasting note, "yummy" would pretty much sum it up. Go on - write yourself a prescription!

Price: $19.99

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Featured Wine: TRANSITIONAL WINES: Small Fry Stella Luna 2015

small fry stella.jpgAs the weather starts to cool down, our thoughts turn to transitional wines, especially lighter reds that sit somewhere between an almost-rose and something more dense and fireside-worthy. This is that - the perfect wine for sweater weather.

Small Fry Stella Luna 2015 (Barossa, Australia). This is one of those wines that’s great with a bit of a chill. You may not think of Australia as a go-to place for chillable reds, but you’ll just have to trust us – a lot has changed in the Aussie wine game since the critter label days. This particular porch-pounder is from Wayne Ahrens beautiful, sun-dappled biodynamic vines – a blend of cinsault (to give it some happy red-fruit zip) and syrah (for a little touch of brooding dark fruit.)

So on these early autumn days when you need to grab a sweater, grab a bottle of this as well.

Price: $19.99

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Featured Wine: TRANSITIONAL WINES: Gamay Goodness

perraud morgon.jpgMaison B. Perraud Morgon 2014
(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!

(And ignore the vintage in the picture - we've moved on to the 2014 but haven't managed to snap a new bottle shot.)

Price: $29.99


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Fancy Pants Wine: The Hills are Alive... with Altesse!

Les Grangeons de l Albarine Altesse en Paradis 2013
(Bugey, France)

Altesse3.jpgIf there were ever a moment for personification of a grape, it is when describing the Savoie / Bugey beauty Altesse. She is the fresh air that graces the valley, gazing upon the alps. She is graceful and innocent. She wears cranberry silk slips and strappy kitten heels and a flatteringly floral fragrance formulated just for her in a fancy Parisian parfumerie. Imagine Maria, from the Sound of Music, post-nunnery, on a trip to post-war Paris.Or forget all that and just trust us - this is lovely, lovely wine. 

It's made from the altesse grape, grown in Bugey (which is not the same thing as the Savoie), made by young vigneron Luc Bauer in a converted barn in the Albarine Valley. It is unmanipulated: farmed organically, fermented spontaneously, with very low additions of SO2. It's rolly poly but light on its feet. Silky with crunchy minerality and bright, fresh yellow apple notes with a textured, lasting finish. It's one of our favorite things. (OK, OK, enough with the Sound of Music references.)

Price: $29.99

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Fancy Pants Wine: A Taste of Heaven, From a Place Called Hell

enfer.jpgJust in - the newest vintage of one of our favorite wines: Danilo Thomain Enfer d'Avier 2014 (Vallee d'Aoste, Italy).

It's from a tiny sub-region high up in the Valle d'Aoste where it can get hot during the day. As hot as hell... or in this case, as hot as enfer. A classic Alpine wine - all brambly, wild berries, with a rough and tumble rustic richness, balanced by classic Alpine freshness. And as with past vintges, it's one of those wines that may even be better the second day...even the third day. Maybe for an eternity, which would be handy if you actually find yourself in the Dante-esque scene depicted on the label. So grab a bottle, pop it open, and try really, really hard to make it last past day one. (We can't promise you'll make it to heaven, but you can at least have a taste!)

At $29.99, it may not be the least expensive bottle you'll ever buy, but you still won't have to sell your soul to get it.

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Spirits : Magical Bottles of Booze: Delaware Phoenix

Cheryl Lins is a legend. Well, a quiet legend with an obsession for absinthe. Previously, she was living in New Mexico in a yurt as a computer programmer and watercolorist. To escape the dry heat of the southwest, she moved to Delaware County, New York just for the hell of it. She moonlighted as a fishmonger in her quiet community when the history of absinthe ensnared her. She managed to acquire a still and eventually, in 2009, she acquired a distilling license. Now she makes and sells her magical bottles of the green fairy to accounts lucky enough to know about them.

If you’re curious about absinthe, Cheryl’s bottles are a good place to start. This is not the scary, hallucination-inducing stuff of turn-of-the-century Paris. These bottles are gently aromatic and complex. Mind-altering? Sure! But only that they’ll change your mind about how good an absinthe can be.

So you’re still reading. And tempted. And wondering, “Just how do I drink this stuff anyway?” The cheeky answer? With your mouth. The real answer? Slowly add ice water to a small bit of absinthe. No fancy devices required (although an old-school brouilleur is a thing of beauty) – just pour slowly from a pitcher of ice water. And while it’s traditional to pour the water over a sugar cube, Cheryl’s potions are so lovely and subtle and smooth, that we recommend trying them without first.


Delaware Phoenix Meadow of Love Absinthe

IMG_1878.JPGDelaware Phoenix
Meadow of Love Absinthe
(136 proof) (New York)

The Meadow of Love is often dubbed the “feminine” one.

You’ll see why once you poured yourself a helping. It possesses a wonderful herbal and flowery aroma. Wormwood smells galore with a sweet anise layer underneath. Creamy and mellow on the palate with notes of honey on the finish.

Dessert-y absinthe, if there ever was one.

Price: $39.99 (375ml)

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Spirits : Delaware Phoenix Walton Waters Absinthe

IMG_1880.JPGDelaware Phoenix
Walton Waters Absinthe
(136 Proof) (New York)

The yin to Meadow of Love’s yang, Walton Waters is known as Lins’ “masculine” absinthe.

Named after the water source where she gets the water, it has a powerful louche of rolling, milky cloud banks and it coast the tongue with flavor. It’s a bit more bracing, lean, and crisp. Earthy blends of spices are well balanced without one overpowering the other and there is a slight saline, smoky edge at the end.

An entire bottle of green fairies!

Price: $74.99 (750ml)

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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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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 equivalent 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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