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Tastings & Events

Choose a month on the calendar to see what’s going on at Frankly Wines. Unless noted, all of our in-store tastings are free and open to anyone who drops in. So drop in and have a sip.

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Wed
Oct 1

AUSSIE RULES: Mac Forbes

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

Aussie Rules.jpgMac won’t be here, but his assistant winemaker Austin, will be. Some stop by to try the latest arrivals from one of the leaders of the new wave of Australian winemakers. These guys are still capturing that Aussie “sunshine in a bottle” but there’s a sense of the land in there as well. Mac’s working sites around Victoria, one of the cooler parts of the country, and working with minimal intervention in the winery. We’ll have his reisling, chardonnay, and two pinot noirs on hand. Come by for a taste and a chat with Austin.

Thu
Oct 2

Ariel and a Bunch of Autumn Reds

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

It’s always a party when Ariel’s at the tasting table. And when chillable reds are being poured, it’s even better. A chill in the air, a chill on the bottle – the perfect transition to autumn. Corks will be pulled some Savio Soares favorites: Venier Cabernet Franc, Chamonard Morgon, and Bornard Trousseau. And maybe, if you twist our arm hard enough, an older bottle of Chamonard.

Fri
Oct 3

Sake to Me! (with Zoe)

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

We’ve finally expanded our sake selection and tonight is the night we’re going to taste it all. We know a thing or ten about wine, but when it comes to sake, we’re still learning. Come learn with us. Or just come for the slightly naughty sparkling bottle.

Sat
Oct 4

Autumn Booze Kick Off

4.00 PM - 7.00 PM

Roundhouse Pumpkin Cordial. Far North Spiced Rum. Michelberger Forest  Schnaps.

This tasting is basically autumn in a bottle. Or three bottles. And come on, who doesn’t like pumpkin-flavored stuff?

Note: the Roundhouse isn’t your usual chemical pumpkin flavored stuff, it involves actual pumpkins. 5,000 pounds of pumpkins. To get just 5,000 bottles of finished cordial. You do that math. (Or we’ll just tell you –  it’s one pound of pumpkin per bottle!) We’ll do on record: this is the perfect gift to take with you to Halloween parties, Thanksgiving dinners, anywhere pumpkins are invited. It puts all Pumpkin Spiced Lattes to shame.

Tue
Oct 7

AUSSIE RULES: Yalumba with Louisa Rose

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

Aussie Rules.jpgLouisa Rose has made quite the name for herself in the Australian wine community. Not only is she head winemaker at two wineries, Yalumba and Pewsey Vale, but she is quite active in the wine community, sitting in on boards and tasting panels and promoting the Eden Valley all the while. She is well-known for her work with Viognier, a grape which can be quite fickle at the hand of a lesser-skilled winemaker. Yalumba winery has been around since 1849 when Samuel Smith moved to Australia with his family to start a new life. (Samuel Smith, THE beer guy—and if you don’t know him, follow our lead and keep an eye out for his beer, when you’re not drinking his descendants’ wines.) Pewsey Vale, in a similar fashion, was established in 1847 by another Englishman named Joseph Gilbert. Louisa has been making wine at both estates since the mid-90s and will be here with us to present to you her beautiful wines. (We’re going to try to convince her to make a cuvee of “The Strapper” for us with just Shiraz & Mourvedre, because we want to sell a wine named The Strapper S & M. Come help us convince her!)

Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling: $16.99
Pewsey Vale The Contours Riesling 2008: $27.99
Yalumba The Strapper GSM: $19.99
Yalumba Museum Reserve Muscat NV: $19.99

Thu
Oct 9

Local Love: Uncouth Vermouth, Bianca pours the new batches

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

Sometimes we score big with our last minute tastings. Like tonight’s tasting. A last minute snafu left us with a hole in our schedule, but lucky for us, Bianca just happens to delivering the latest autumn Uncouth Vermouth releases.. and agreed to stick around a bit longer and pour them! Which means Thursday will be a real treat. Bianca’s vermouths are crazy cool concoctions made from local ingredients in tiny batches at her “vermouthery” in Red Hook. Tonight, we’ll be tasting the Applemint, Wildflower and Dry Hopped bottlings ($34.99 each). They are delicious. And defy description. So just come and try them. They’ll make you happy.

Fri
Oct 10

AUSSIE RULES: Lucci Love

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

Aussie Rules.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. He’s committed to making wine as minimally as possible – a revolutionary idea in Australia and a conversation just beginning to happen over there. I love these wines – they are delicious and drinkable and reflect the madness and mischief of their maker. We won’t have Anton at the store (hopefully we’ll have him here in the spring) but we will have John from Vision pouring the Casa White, Red, sauvignon blanc and two pinot noirs. And not a kangaroo in sight.

Sat
Oct 11

All About Agave

4.00 PM - 7.00 PM

Leo pours some very good agave-based liquids. Cimmaron Blanco and a selection of Vago Mezcals. If you think cactus-based beverages are not your friend, it’s probably just that you haven’t tried a good one. (And good ones are definitely NOT what you were drinking the night you turned 21.) Tonight, Leo will be pouring some that are definitely good. No limes needed. No worms involved. And if you want to use them for body shots… well, that’s up to you but please, not in front of us!

Tue
Oct 14

AUSSIE RULES: Moorooduc with Kate

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

Aussie Rules.jpgMoorooduc. No, it’s not the Australian version of a turducken. It’s a winery. Making some very nice wines from the Mornington Peninsula, considered one of Australia’s top regions for elegant chardonnay and pinot noir. Tonight, Kate McIntyre of the Moorooduc McIntyre’s will be buzzing by the shop to pour.

Wed
Oct 15

La Fete du Champagne: Wednesday Night Magic

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM


fete du champagne.jpgChampagne. Pop a cork and even Wednesday night turns into a celebration. But beyond the magical bubbles, Champagne is just (fabulous) wine and is as varied as the non-bubbly stuff. And the upcoming La Fete du Champagne week will give you a chance to explore it. In-store tastings, glass pour specials, dinners – check out the full schedule here, including the October 18th Gala Dinner.

We’ll be taking part with our own in-store tasting: on Wednesday, October 15th, Mike Carleton of Transatlantic Bubbles will join us to pour selections from Laval, Corbon, Marguet and Suenen, some of our favorite small growers. A little Wednesday night magic.

Thu
Oct 16

Apples! And Pears! And Pommeau! Oh My!

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

Justin from Michael Skurnik Wines will be here pouring LeMorton Calvados "Selection" as well as a Pommeau from both LeMorton and Camut: Spirits made from Apples and Pears with the perfect balance of alcohol, acidity, and spice. They're a joy to sip and a joy to share, so come taste with us! Note from Christy: They're addicting: in the gnaw-off-your-arm category.

Fri
Oct 17

LEFT COAST LOVE: Broc & Roll

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

Left Coast Love.jpgChris Brockway of Broc Cellars. You know we love his wines. We buy everything we can. And sell it very quickly. We’re not quite sure which we’ll be pouring tonight. Vine Starr Zin? (Probably gone by then.) Umpqau Valley Gamay? (Probably not that either.) Vine Starr Grenache Blanc? (We hope so!) The Carbonic Carignan? (Hopefully it’s here by then.) But never fear – Heather from Communal/Encore will be here to help us Broc & Roll.

Wed
Oct 22

Jura(ck) 'n' Roll

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

Stop by this Wednesday to hang out and listen to heavy metal with us and our good friend Clarke from Rosenthal Wine Merchant. He'll be pouring some rockin' juice straight from the Jura while wearing his favorite heavy metal band t-shirt. As a bonus, if you show up wearing a totally metal t-shirt, we'll give you 10% off your purchase. So, if you're at all curious about this region, come. We'll be tasting wines from Jura greats Domaine de Montbourgeau, Jacques Puffeney, and Michel Gahier.  For those about to rock (and drink), we'll salute you.

Thu
Oct 23

Local Love: New York Wines

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM
Come support New York's little guys with us. We'll have some fun and delicious new wines from Fossil and Till and Southhold Farm and Cellar, including a Petillant Naturel Riesling, a sparkling red and a delicious carbonic Cabernet Franc! We're excited for these wines, and you should be, too!!

Fri
Oct 24

AUSSIE RULES: Best of Bests

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

Aussie Rules.jpgStop by to taste some of Australia's most beloved wines. Best's Great Western has been making wine since 1869, and after 5 generations, the winery has certainly mastered their style. Gordon from Little Peacock Imports will be here pouring Best's Great Western Pinot Meunier 2014 as well as Best's Great Western Foudre Ferment Riesling 2013. These will showcase two Old World varietals made on New World soil: Come explore and enjoy with us!

Sat
Oct 25

CIDER WEEK: Eden Valley

12.00 PM - 3.30 PM

cider week.jpgWhat? You “don’t like cider?”  Lalalalala, we can’t hear you! OK, we can hear you. But we don’t believe you. Or really, we just believe you haven’t found the right one. At today’s tasting of Eden Valley Vermont ciders, we bet you will. Or at least you’ll realize that there’s a whole world of cider to explore and if you try enough of them, you’ll eventually find the one just for you. Try come try an elegant, wine-like sparkling cider, a delicious sweet, desert-y cider, and a unique, vermouth-like cider.

Sat
Oct 25

ALLISON HERSELF POURS BRENNE!

4.00 PM - 7.00 PM
Allison Patel, the founder of Brenne, our favorite alt-brown spirit, will be here to share with you her beautiful product. Brenne is (pay attention, here) a French Single Malt Whisky which has been aged in Cognac Barrels, so it drinks more like a super soft and elegant Bourbon, sort of. Anyway, come try it.

Thu
Oct 30

CIDER WEEK: Revolutionary Ciders from Aaron Burr Cidery

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

cider week.jpgStop by to sample the ever-impressive and ever-sold-out ciders from Aaron Burr Cidery. Founded in 2011 by William J. Brennan, Jr. and Polly Giragosian, the cidery is on a plot of land which Cornell's Agriculture school deemed horrible for apple trees. Thank goodness they ignored the advice of experts and started a cidery on the property anyway. We'll be tasting whatever current released we can get our hands on. Don't worry - it's all delicious... we haven't met a bottle of his we didn't like.

Fri
Oct 31

CIDER WEEK (& Halloween!): Farnum Hill Ciders

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

cider week.jpgDon’t be scared. Farnum Hill Ciders from New Hampshire are delicious. They’re made in the style of old English cider, from apple tree brought in specifically for that purpose. These are tangy, tasty not-sweet ciders that will haunt you (in a good way.) No need to bob for apples – you can just drink them! (Costumes optional.)

P.S. We’ll also have the usual assortment of candy on hand for the under-21 set.

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