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<<January 2015>>

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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Jan 8

Go Go Bordeaux!

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

I love Bordeaux. Red Bordeaux. White Bordeaux (I was luck enough to be part of a New York Times Tasting Panel  on the subject late last year, but my obsession with it pre-dates that panel by years.) It may not be terribly fashionable, but I still love it. We took the opportunity of the high end holiday season to bring in a few splurge-y favorites - and made sure to bring in enough to have some on hand to cheer us up during the January doldrums. Well, it's January, and it's cold, and if this isn't doldrum weather, I don't know what is. So we've lined up a special tasting with our friend Carson. Right bank rouge, left bank rouge, and a class blanc (and maybe, just maybe, a little extra bottle of something secret.)

Come by and try - it's worth braving the cold.

Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Les Hauts de Smith Blanc 2012: $43.99

Chateau Fonroque Saint Emilion Grand Cru Classe 2010: $53.99

Haut de Pontet-Canet 2010: $74.99

Jan 9

Sorel - Two Ways

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

2015 GINUARY.jpgWe managed to snag Sorel founder Jack from Brooklyn himself for tonight's tasting. He'll be pouring Sorel two ways. Way #1: warm and cuddly (with a kick) - perfect for this wintery weather. Way #2: in a GINUARY Cocktail: The Sorel Seduction. Come introduce yourself to Jack and Sorel - you'll be pleased to make their acquaintance.

Jan 12

Monday Special: The Winemakers are Coming!

5.00 PM - 7.00 PM

We usually don't have tastings on Mondays, but when we heard that Fabrice Dodane of Domaine Saint Pierre was going to be in town, we figured let's go for it. Vignerons from the Jura don't get over here all that much, so we'll rearrange almost anything to make a tasting work!St Pierre.jpgWe've loved these wines since we first tried the lively, juicy Petit Curoulet a year or so ago (which means it was probably two years ago!) It was a bright, fresh jolt of happiness and the wines have been welcome editions on the Jura shelf ever since. These wines are gaining a bit of quiet buzz in the New York wine scene, so come by tonight, meet their maker, and have a taste. It's just the thing to combat the cold, the drizzle, and the Monday blahs!


Cuvee Saint Pierre (Pinot/Poulsard) - $29.99

Savagnin 2008 - $39.99

Chateau Renard (Chardonnay / Savagnin) - $23.99


Jan 14

The Winemakers are Coming: Evan Lewandowski

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

What? Two winemakers in one week? Well, when we heard Evan Lewandowsi, the dreamer behind the Ruth Lewandowski wines, was coming to town, we couldn't resist putting another tasting on the calendar. These are the "Utah" wines. Well, right now they are the California-grapes-bottled-in-Utah wines, but eventually, there will be Utah wine and Evan is the man to do it. For those of you who know your California vineyards, Evan has managed to wrangle fruit from stellar vineyards such as Fox Hill, Testa, Gibson Ranch. His wines fly under the radar of the cool-kid Cali buzz, but we consider it our duty to share them and help get the word out. So come by and talk to him about his crazy dream and taste the current releases for Mahlon, Chilion, Boaz, Naomi, and Feints. (Bonus points - and perhaps a discount - to anyone who can sort out where some or any of those names come from.)

Jan 15

GINUARY: Going Dutch

12.00 AM - 7.30 PM

2015 GINUARY.jpgWe're going Dutch! Actually, we're going all over the place during our GINUARY tasting with New York Distilling Company. Travel to the Netherlands with the Chief Gowanus New Netherlands Gin - a recipe based on an old school genever. Then time travel to the 20s for a sip of the Dorothy Parker Gin (dry and crisp... just like her crackling wit.) New York Distilling Company.jpgAnd it's not gin, but we like it anyway, so we're going way way back to the pre-1900s for some of Mr. Katz Rock & Rye (doctor's orders.) This will be a very fun tasting. If you're still on the January detox wagon, this could be the prefect excuse to fall off.

Jan 16

Atsby Two Ways

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

2015 GINUARY.jpgAnother Friday. Another locally-made bottle of booze. Another two-way tasting. This time, it's Atsby Vermouth. We'll be pouring their heady, spicy, absolutely delicious Armadillo Cake in the newly arrived 375ml bottles. This New York vermouth harkens back to the old days, when vermouth was a sipping drink... not just something you rinsed a glass with before pouring in the gin or vodka. atsby.jpgAnd it's possibly the prefect thing to drink on a cold, winter night. Tonight, you can try it neat - and in a Negroni, featuring Tuthilltown Half Moon Orchard Gin. The perfect start to a long, holiday weekend.

Jan 17

GINUARY: Barr Hill Gin

4.00 PM - 7.00 PM

2015 GINUARY.jpgCome try one of our most popular gins: Caledonia Spirits Barr Hill Gin. It's an expression of the raw beauty of Vermont. Comprised of just juniper and raw honey, this displays the beauty that comes from simplicity. Wonderfully delicate, floral, and very slightly sweet with herbaceous juniper tones. Those hippies.... they do know what they're doing.

Jan 22

GINUARY: Hayman's! Three Ways

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

2015 GINUARY.jpgLondon Dry Gin. Old Tom Gin. Sloe Gin. (OK, that last one isn't really a gin, it's a traditional English liqueur made with sloe berries steeped in gin.) We'll have the full trio Hayman's on the tasting table. And cocktails will be made. Come try this new additional to the fantastic Haus Alpenz portfolio of boozy goodness. Old school, all the way.

Jan 23

The Winemakers are Coming: Chris Brockway of Broc Cellars

5.00 PM - 6.30 PM


Yup, we're pouring a little earlier than usual, so consider it an excuse to leave work early so you can pop in and meet Chris Brockway of Broc Cellars. He's one of the new wave of California winemakers who aren’t chasing points and cult wine glory. We always have some of his wines on the wall - carignan, picpoul, zinfandel, grenache gris, counoise, to name a few. Clearly, this is not a man that shies away from old, obscure grape varieties. Winemaking is as lo-fi as possible: natural yeast fermentations, no new oak, minimal SO2 additions, no other additives. Chris's wines represent ‘minimal intervention’ at its best: delicious, delightful, extremely drinkable bottles . Even better - they rarely top $30/bottle.

If it's not obviously, we'll make it obvious: we love these wines! So when we heard Chris was in town we said we'd host him for an in-store whenever he could work it in. Because an Broc is better than no Broc!

Jan 24

GINUARY: Letherbee Seasonals

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

The brain child of Chicago bartender Brenton Engel, Letherbee Distillers is a range of small batch booze made by bartenders for bartenders (and the mere mortals who also love good booze.) Tonight, we'll be trying the Vernal and Autumnal Gins and a Barrel Aged Absinthe (because we can't live on gin alone, can we?)

Jan 29

GINUARY: Back to the Roots

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

Tonight's tasting features to veddy, veddy English gins: Tylers Original City of London Gin + Cadenhead's Old Raj. Dry, classic, excellent in G&Ts. Keeping it simple. Keeping it classic.

Jan 30

Rieslingfeier: Eva Fricke

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

Confession: We've got a girl crush.

We are SO pumped to have Eva Fricke herself here pouring some gorgeous, slatey rieslings from the Rheingau region for a Friday night riesling extravaganza. Stop by--we promise her wines will change your mind about what some would say is the most noble varietal.

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