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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: A Chilled Red for Chilly Weather


Fleurie.jpgMaison B. Perraud Fleurie 2013 (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 addion, 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 from more!

Price: $29.99

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Spirits : FEBRUARY = AMOR y AMARO


amor y amaro logo.jpgBitter is the new black.

Amaro—either you love it or hate it. There never seems to be a middle ground. However, with the plethora of amari on the market now, there’s bound to be one that suits your palate. And what better month to celebrate these bittersweet sips than February? February is the month of biting cold, of love (thanks Hallmark!) or rejection. Trust us, this is one bitter pill that won’t be too hard to swallow.

Click over to our Spirits page to check out our featured bottles. Or come in for one of our tastings and have a sip for yourself.

P.S. For the pursits among you, we will be taking liberties with the whole Amaro thing and will be featuring all that have been fortified with a little bit of bitterness.. because what’s a little bitter without a little sweet? (And because it's our monthly theme, so we can do what we want!!)

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Spirits : GIN GRAB BAG


gin grab bag.jpgHi, my name is Gin and I am looking for a good home.

I am fun. I am cool.

And I am OH-SO-LOVABLE. (Not to mention drinkable.)

Give Vodka a break and take a chance on me. You won't be disappointed.

(All Gin Grab Bag bottles are regularly priced at $28 or more. So these are great deals. Boozy Las Vegas in a bag.)

Price: $28

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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): If you’re going to do sparkling for Valentine’s Day, you might as well spring for Champagne. And if you might as well make it a full-on lovefest and choose something pink. 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 – with or without a valentine.

Price: $54.99

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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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Featured Wine: New Year's Wine Resolution - 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

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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.

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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: Frankly Wines Winter $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 those occasional sunny days) to rich and warming (for the rest of the days). (We've even managed to sneak in a bottle of Champagne!)

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You’ll get 12 bottles (4 whites, 6 reds, 1 bottle of bubbles and 1 bottle of rose bubbles) 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 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 Winter $150 Sampler Case


We’ve winterized our $150 Sampler Case, skewing it to reds and whites with a bit more body – warming wines for cold, nasty weather. But we’ve also included a few lighter-bodied wines and even a bubbly rosé for those freak mid-winter warm streaks. So no matter what the weather, you’ll always have something good to drink.

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You’ll get 12 bottles (4 whites, 6 reds, 1 bottle of bubbles and 1 bottle of rose bubbles) 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 30% 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 : GINUARY LAST CALL: Half Moon


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Half Moon Orchard Gin
(Hudson Valley, New York)


Named for the vessel in which Henry Hudson first explored the River, which now bears his name. In line of that spirit (hehe) of exploration, they combined both wheat and the ubiquitous apples that grow abundantly in the valley. Now, I’m not super crazy about this but if it helps people get on the Gin train, I am all for it. So take note: this is a gin for you vodka drinkers out there. Give it a whirl.

Price: $35 (was $43.99)
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Spirits : GINUARY LAST CALL: Dorothy Parker


gin - Dorothy.jpgNew York Distilling Company
Dorothy Parker American Gin (88 Proof)

(Brooklyn, New York)

Dorothy Parker was an iconic enthusiast of gin and just like its namesake, this gin is full of crackling bite and sass. It is a blend of traditional and contemporary botanicals, which includes elderberries and hibiscus. This is one that lends itself well to citrus forward cocktails, dry and crisp like her wit.

Price: $25 (was $33.99)
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Spirits : GINUARY LAST CALL: Broker's London Dry


Gin - Brokers.jpgBrokers Premium London Dry Gin
(94 Proof)
(England)


It is a classic London dry, with lots of juniper forward notes and bright citrus. It comes with a bowler’s hat because you know those Londoners and their proper attire. It is a taste of history and if you’re feeling particularly swarthy, use this for a Martini with a whisper of vermouth.

Price: $20 (was $24.99)
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Spirits : GINUARY: Hayman's Sloe Gin


gin - Haymans Sloe.jpgHayman's
Sloe Gin Original Recipe
(England)


So technically this isn’t really a Gin. Whoops. This is a traditional English liqueur made with sloe berries, a type of wild plum, steeped in gin. It slightly misleading as you’d think it’d be sweet but it isn’t. It’s bitter-sweet with awesome gin-y notes whispering in the background. It is traditionally drunk as a winter warmer in England. And it has very little in common with whatever it was you were putting in your college-days sloe gin fizzes (or maybe those where just Christy's college days.) But let's say you did want to make a sloe gin fizz with this? Well we can promise you from experience, it will be the best slow gin fizz ever. Period. Done. Story over.

Price: $27.99
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Spirits : GOT LUXARDO? Make Your Own Boozy Cherries


boozy cherries lux.jpgIt’s super easy to whip up a batch of Wendy’s boozy, sweet cocktail cherries. Practice now and when summer comes and the markets are full of baskets of cherries, you’ll be able to whip up bowls full. (We’ve always thought the saying should be life is just a bowl of BOOZY cherries!)

Check out Wendy’s full post for more ways to use these easy treats. You’ll even learn to make your own cherry pitter from a fork (because the hardest part of this recipe is pitting the cherries.)

Boozy Cocktail Cherries

Ingredients:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 cinnamon stick
1 inch piece orange zest
1 pound sweet cherries, pitted
1 cup of
Luxardo Il Maraschino

How to:
Place sugar, water, lemon juice, zest and cinnamon in large sauce pot and simmer on medium heat till stirring occasionally. Let liquid come to a slow boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Slowly add cherries to pot and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add maraschino liqueur. Let mixture come to room temperature uncovered. Transfer to sterile container and store in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

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Sampler Packs: Winter of Riesling (And Gruner) 3-Pack: Layered and Lush


Riesling 3-Pk Layered Lush.JPGThis Layered and Lush 3-PACK celebrates the more lush side of riesling and gruner veltliner grapes. Grab some bratwurst and sauerkraut and cook yourself a traditional German feast. Or just pair these with spicy food (seriously – everyone recommends this….because IT’S GREAT!) A few of these bottles are slightly “sweet,” meaning they have fermented a touch less of their residual sugars into alcohol. Though a treat, by no means do they qualify as “Dessert”. They’re more ideal for sipping and for taking the sting out of spicy meals from Thai BBQ to curries or cayenne-roasted poblanos.

The Wine Next Door - Best’s Great Western
 Foudre-Ferment Riesling 2013
(Victoria, Australia)

The Classic -- Dönnhoff Riesling Spätlese
Oberhäuser Brücke 2013
(Nahe, Germany)

The Exotic -- Nigl Grüner Veltliner Privat 2013
(Kremstal, Austria)

Price: $120 (25% off price of individual bottles)
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Sampler Packs: Winter of Riesling (And Gruner) 3-Pack: Elegance and Slate


Riesling 3-Pk Elegance Slate.JPGThis Slate and Elegance 3-PACK gives you the chance to experiment with distinct terroirs from across the globe without inching too far into the sweetness sometimes associated with rieslings (or having to leave your temperature-controlled apartment). In this clean, mineral collection, you have a trio of the classic, the traditional and the wine next door! So, what does ‘mineral’ mean? Flavors of slate, schist and silex register as a slightly metallic tone, from wet pebbles in an Alpine stream to the moist fogs of Niagra Falls across its carnelian granite. And if you get an urge to venture to the source of this stony delight to see its influence for yourself, the amazingness of the Finger Lakes Ravines is just a few hours drive away.

The Classic – Selbach Oster Riesling Schmitt 2013
(Mosel, Germany)

The Traditional – Gobelsburg Grüner Veltliner Tradition 2012 (Kamptal, Austria)
      
The Wine Next Door - Ravines Dry Riesling 2013
(Finger Lakes, New York)

Price: $120 (10% off price of individual bottles)

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Sampler Packs: Rieslingfeier 3-Pack


Bottle Shot Rieslingfeier.jpgrf seal.jpgRieslingfeier will be in full swing soon, and we just had to throw together a little sampler to feature some kick-ass Rieslings from Germany. This 3-PACK gives you the chance to taste German rieslings from two very distinct terroirs, the Mosel and the Rheingau. So, what does ‘mineral’ mean? Flavors of slate, schist and silex register as a slightly metallic tone, while clay leaves a weight on your tongue, and limestone slides across the palate with an almost chalky sensation. (This may seem like crazy talk, but pretty soon, you’ll be able to describe the feeling yourself!)

Selbach Oster Riesling Schmitt 2013 (Mosel, Germany)
Caspari-Kappel Estate Riesling Trocken 2012 (Mosel, Germany)      
Eva Fricke Riesling Off Dry 2013 (Rheingau, Germany)

Price: $80 (including sales tax)Please note - NO FURTHER DISCOUNTS APPLY TO THIS CASE. 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: Pecorino! Yes it's also a grape!


Emidio Pecorino.jpgI know many associate Pecorino with the world of cheese, but this wine made from the grape of the same name is one of the finest white wines to pass my lips in quite some time! It’s lush, silky texture and concentrated flavors and aromas of apricot marmalade, toasted almond and a touch of sweet spice had me dreaming of sun-kissed vineyards and a walk in the Italian countryside! Pure heaven in a bottle, and a perfect pairing with cheeses of the same name drizzled with orange blossom honey!

Produced in the region of Abruzzo by Emidio Pepe and family the grapes are grown organically on two hectares and crushed delicately by foot in wooden tubs in order to avoid the contact between the iron presses and the acids of the fruit. The juice then goes into glass-lined cement vats for fermentation, then, after a few months it is transferred to bottle. It ages in the cellar in the bottle for 2-3 years and is carefully hand decanted before release. The 2010 vintage is the first release of this fancy pants wine and hopefully not the last.
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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: $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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Fancy Pants Wine: Jura Duty: Wine & Cheese Parings Made in Mountainous Heaven


cheese combo.jpgMore wine and cheese with Wendy:

My extreme love of wine stems in part from my constant search for inspiration when I was a full-time chef. In early 2000 I attended an intensive master series of classes held at the newly founded Artisanal  cheese center in NYC. Little did I know these classes would change my life. I found not only inspiration but a true passion, for cheese and the wines paired with them. I couldn’t get enough, trying endless combinations.

Since then I’ve tried hundreds of cheese pairings but there are some that have a special place in my heart and fridge!  The wines and cheeses of the Jura region have always been a favorite, for me and here at Frankly wines. Why not try a few of the following suggested wine and cheese pairings.

Featured wines are all made by Michel Gahier in Arbois, where his family has resided since 1525. A friendship with former cheese maker turned Jura winemaker extraordinaire Jacques Puffeney has helped instill instilled skills and sensibility that produce undeniably outstanding wines that clearly express the very particular terroir of this corner of the Jura.    

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Fancy Pants Wine: 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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