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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: THE BEST WAY TO LEARN ABOUT WINE? DRINK IT


Eric Asimov’s monthly Wine School column at the New York Times heads into its second installment. The first column focused on Bordeaux – giving me the perfect excuse to go hunting for one of my old favorites that had fallen off the shelf: Chateau Cantemerle. This month, the topic is another “B”: Beaujolais!

To recap what the Wine School serious is all about: it’s sort of like Oprah’s book club, but with booze. You can read the details yourself, but it’s very simple: each month, Eric will recommend a few specific wines, as well as the general category to consider if you can’t find the specific bottles. Then you drink them. He drinks them. We all drink them. And we all chatter about them online. The key thing here, is that we’re to drink them… not just taste them. But actually sit down with the bottle over a night or two, over a meal or two, and experience them. I’m as excited about this as anyone – because while I get to taste a lot of wine, but I don’t get to drink it as much as I like. So this will be a chance for me to stop and smell the roses… or, um… drink the grapes?

Another key thing –this exercise is not necessarily about liking the wine. It’s about experiencing the wine. The idea is to get a sense of how to think about wine, how to talk about it, and how to understand what you like and don’t like.

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Featured Wine: BRING ON THE BEAUJOLAIS

 

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. 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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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: 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 something bright and fresh to get you out of the winter doldrums, pick up a bottle. Heck, just pick up a bottle!

Price: $24.99

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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. 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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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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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!

 

Price: $39.99

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Fancy Pants Wine: Go Bordeaux!


Chateau Cantemerle Haut-Medoc 2010 (Bordeaux, France):

cantemerle.jpgThis chateau was one of the first Bordeaux I ever bought for the shop. While so many estates seem to be moving in a more modern, big fruit-soft tannin direction, Cantemerle seems to remain classically Bordeaux in character: elegant, structured, with fruit balanced by minerality and savory complexity. It's not an "easy" wine, but it's a wine that shows you why Bordeaux is in the cannon of classics. Pair it with a leg of lamb or a simply prepared hunk of beef and you'll see what the fuss is about. Decant it... or just pay attention to it over the course of the evening. It's a wine that rewards a little thoughtfulness. It's also a wine that you can easily tuck away for another 5, 7, even 10 years.

The 2009 was one of the first wines recommended for study as part of Eric Asimov's Wine School series in the New York Times. We had some of that one (hence the picture above, which I am, um, too lazy to reshoot) but have now moved into the 2010. 2009 was a warmer year, while 2010 produced very classic wines of structure. If you had some of that one, this one will offer a nice lesson in how vintage variation plays out in a classic wine. And if you didn't have the 2009, well, this is still a very good place to start.

Price: $56.99

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Spirits : Fuenteseca Riserva 18-year 100% Agave Azul


When was the last time you had an 18-year-old tequila? Oh, never?

tequila.jpgNeither had anyone else, on earth, until methodical madman Enrique Fonseca and his renegade, fourth-generation agave growers culminated a 20+ year odyssey with the release of Fuenteseca Riserva 18-year 100% Agave Azul.

What the Scots have done for peat and barely, they have accomplished for maguey. And right here, for the next two weeks or so , you can pre-order your own bottle of the oldest tequila ever released. Period.

Fonseca, an architect by training and agave conservator by heritage, shared local farmers' frustration with what international companies did with highland Atotonilco el Alto agave. Together, they bought the old Bacardi distillery in Fonseca's home town of Tequila, Jalisco. In 1995, they made 18 batches of pure agave tequila, cut 75% copper column with 25% copper pot distilled juice and aged it for half a decade in old rye bourbon casks. From 2001 on, the full lot was blended and re-barrelled, 47% back into the Canadian oak bourbon casks and 53% into EU barrels that had aged California reds.

The result is something you know is historic the instant you uncork it. Brandied sea spray on the nose, a supple agave fire mid-palate and turns of white pepper, spice and carmelized maguey mint new brain cells during the long finish.

Sometimes something so magnificent makes its way into this shop that it requires tribute. (Not surprisingly, it made its way into the shop via the barrel whisperers of PM Spirits.) This is one boldly aged tequila that will create more memories than it obliterates. - JO

Price: $529.99

Available on a pre-order basis. Bottles are due to arrive by the end of March and can be delivered (free within NY) or made available for pick up at the store.

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Spirits : Fuenteseca Riserva 9-year 100% Agave Azul


tequila.jpgIf you can't make the leap to an 18-year investment, we can vouch for the fact that your definition of "magnificent" will have a fresh, lush, agave of the Gods update with Fuenteseca's 9-year offering from 2003 as well.

Here, those rye bourbon barrels at 4600 feet yield a more assertive sea salt and agave encounter. The twist comes when jackfruit and banana peel roll across the palate in turns with green olive and soft wood. A stunning reassertion of sea-dipped maguey rings long and clean on the finish.... perfectamente!

Price: $189.99

Also available on a pre-order basis with bottles due to arrive by the end of March. This one will be in stock at the store on a limited basis, but there is not much to be had and it will sell out quickly.

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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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Fancy Pants Wine: BRING ON THE BUBBLES: The One with a Secret


gerbais with kid.JPGPierre Gerbais Champagne L'Originale NV
(Champagne, France)

This bottle has a secret. (And it doesn't involve Kid #2 hiding behind it.)
It’s 100% Pinot Blanc.
What’s so special about that?

Well, in the Champagne region you’re not allowed to plant this grape. But if it’s already in the ground, you can use it. Which is the case at Pierre Gerbais, where the family farms a near-secret stash of Pinot Blanc vines, some planted as far back as the early 1900’s.  They sneak around 5% Pinot Blanc into their  “regular” Cuvee Reserve ($49.99), but this one is 100%, all from that old vineyard planted back at the turn of the (last) century. It makes for a Champagne that shimmers with yellow plum fruit.  It’s a lovely touch that makes for a sunny, happy bottle of bubbles. Dry, but more generous than most. Pop it open --
and try not to smile.

SALE PRICE: $76 (regularly $89.99)

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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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Sampler Packs: The $150 Sampler Case - WINTERIZED


Bring on the brrrrr. We’ve got you covered with our $150 Sampler Case.  As always, it includes a range of wines you never knew you needed. We've ramped up the reds on this one, but we've still included a few whites and even a rose for those freak mid-winter warm streaks (or for some wishful thinking. There’s something for whatever the weather brings!

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You’ll get 12 bottles (7 reds, 4 whites, 1 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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Fancy Pants Wine: WE'VE GOT YOUR CHATEAU MUSAR RIGHT HERE


musar square.jpgI have always known I was obsessed with Chateau Musar. And thanks to Eric Asimov’s piece in the New York Times, the world knows it. And hopefully, the world will share a bit in my obsession.

As the article makes clear, these are magical wines that very much reflect the man behind them: Serge Hochar, a sort of jet set, margarita-sipping,* philosopher king of wine. Read it, and if you’re intrigued, come back here and have a look at our selection.

For a detailed overview on the various vintages we'll be working with this spring, click VIEW MORE.

* I don't have photographic proof of the margarita-sipping. You'll just have to believe me.
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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.
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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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Spirits : GNAW OFF YOUR ARM GOODNESS


apricot brandy.jpgJean-Marc Roulot L'Abricot Liqueur d'Abricots (France):

Mind-bogglingly good. The technical term would be "gnaw off your arm good." It's from a Burgundy-master who also seems to do pretty well when he puts his mind to booze. And the packaging isn't bad either!

Price: $59.99 (375ml)

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Spirits : WHISKEY

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: $36.99

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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 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: $49.99

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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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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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Fancy Pants Wine: CHATEAU SIMONE

simone - 2.jpgHigh in the hills of Provence is a little-known (and quite little) appellation of Palette.  Chateau Simone is the main producer here, making spectacular reds, whites, and rose wine from a mere 15 hecatres of vineyard situated on high pine tree-filled hills.  These wines aren’t inexpensive (around $60/bottle), but they’re wonderfully complex and taste like nothing so much as themselves.  And the labels are perhaps the prettiest in the shop.

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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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