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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 Summer Sampler Case


We've put together a great summer case full of vibrant, tasty, easy-drinking styles which will be the compliment to the sizzling temperatures, abundance of barbecues and lively nature of the season.

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You’ll get 12 bottles (5 whites, 4 reds, 1 bottle of bubbly cider 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 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 Summer $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 final dog days) to rich and lush (for the occasional chilly day... or your air-conditioned apartment.)
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You’ll get 12 bottles (5 whites, 5 reds, 1 bottle of bubbly cider and 1 bottle 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 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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Featured Wine: AUSSIE RULES: Domaine Lucci / Lucy Margaux


IMG_6162.JPGDomaine Lucci / Lucy Margaux is a dual-named winery (which happens to look a bit like a shack) owned by Anton van Klopper, one of the wildmen of Australian winemaking. Along with James Eskine of Jauma and Tom Shobbrook of Shobbrook Wines, Anton is part of a group called the Natural Selection Theory. All three are committed to making wine as minimally as possible – a revolutionary idea in Australia. They’re part of a conversation just beginning to happen over there (and it’s going to be fascinating to listen to… because this is a country that doesn’t shy away from technical wine discussions.)

I love these wines. Not just because I managed to sneak in a visit to Anton’s farm/winery/shack during a trip to Australia a few years back. And not just because they are ‘natural.’ (And not just because they have really cool labels designed by his teenage daughter.) I love them because they are delicious and drinkable and reflect the madness and mischief of their maker. 

I hope you'll love them too.

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Domaine Lucci / Lucy Margaux: THE WHITE ONE


Domaine Lucci Jim's Chardonnay 2015
(Adelaide Hills, Australia)
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lucci jims.jpgThis is NOT your usual chardonnay. If you're a full-on chardonnay hater, you should really give this one a try. It's stripped down version of the grape - a little wild, a little bit rock and roll. Pear and ripe grapefruit and a bit of a tangy yogurt edge instead of full-on stick of butter cream. Or to be a bit less technical, it tastes like electric moonbeams lighting on magical fruit trees tended by baby unicorns. Or something like that. All our begging and pleading netted us a single case of this wine. So now is NOT the time to hesitate. Grab a bottle or forever hold your peace.

Price $44.99

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Featured Wine: Meet Your New Summer Red: Small Fry Stella Luna 2015


small fry stella.jpgSure, roses and fresh, crisp whites are summer-time staples. But sometimes, even when it’s 90 degrees out and the pavements is slick with garbage juice and the humidity hits you like a damp blanket, sometimes even then, you just want a nice red to drink.

Well summer time, meet your new best fruit: 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 the next time the thermometer says “drink white” but you really want a red – crack open a bottle of this one.

Price: $19.99

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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: BEAUJOLAIS NOT-NOUVEAU


Fleurie.jpgMaison B. Perraud Fleurie 2014 (Fleurie, Beaujolais, France): 

Isabelle and Bruno Perraud make this Fleurie and I love it. I love pretty much everything from Maison B. Perraud and buy as much as I can direct from one of my favorite importers, Jeffery Alpert. In many cases, to get these wines you’ll either need to visit the Perrauds in France, or visit me. And while French winemakers may be charming, Frankly Wines is much more convenient! 

So… the wine… it hits all the right “thinking wine” buttons – no mucking around in the winery, minimal sulfur addition, great care taken in the vineyards, blah blah blah. And bonus points because it’s quite delicious. It’s one of those wines that shows best with a slight chill (don't be afraid, we're very serious about this) and can go for days without losing its tastiness. Dark berry fruits, mulberry skins, underlying 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. And then come back for more!

Price: $29.99

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Featured Wine: ROSE MADNESS: The One in the Box


tetrapk rose.jpgMontebernardi Fuori Strada Off Road Rosado 2015 
(Sicily, Italy):

We'll start with the technical stuff. It's not really wine in a box. It's wine in a Tetra Pak, which is a light, eco-efficient packaging method. It looks like a juice box, or those milk cartons you'll see in Europe. And while it has many advantages (one key advantage: it's light enough to take on a hike, should you want wine on your hike... doesn't everyone want wine on a hike?), prolonging the life of the wine once it's opened isn't one of them. That's what fancy bag-in-box technology does. And this is not that.

But enough technical jabbering. The wine? How's the wine? Well, it's super-tasty. Dry but not severely so. There's a nice punch of watermelon fruit and maybe a tiny hit of something spicy. It's organic. It's vegan (certified, even.) And its in liter size. The more the merrier.

Price: $13.99

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


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

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Delaware Phoenix Meadow of Love Absinthe

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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


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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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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.
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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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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!


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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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