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<<August 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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Aug 6

Elegance and Earth: South Africa from Schildt & Verity

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

Crystallum 2.jpgTonight, Verity's Bill Bendelow will be pouring two striking pinot noirs from Crystallum in the Western Cape. This is Andrew and Peter-Allan Finalyson's joint venture winery in Hemel-en-Aarde Valley (that's "The Valley of Heaven & Earth") to be specific. Finalyson's father, Peter, and Paul Boucahrd of the Burgundy Bouchard family were responsible for the region’s first plantings of pinot noir back in 1990. The grapes did well in this cooler part of the country, and other wineries, like Hamilton Russell, followed. Today, the brothers are sourcing beautiful fruit and making small batches of elegant, almost Burgundian wines that show of the region’s balance of grace and smokey power.

Aug 7

STUCK IN THE CITY: The Day-3 Challenge!

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

Day-3s on day 2.jpgThis is a special night for all of you who've ever said, "But I'm only going to drink one glass!" We can't imagine why and trust you have your (healthy, third-trimester, up for the early conference) reasons. Still... it should never deprive you of the relaxing sip or so at the end of the day, especially when so many wines are better on Day-2 and still tasty on Day-3.

Each of tonight's bottles is a stunner that can go the distance. To prove it - We opened them on Wednesday (yup, this photo is your proof). So, come by tonight and you can be the judge. Would you enjoy these well-structured wines, day-3?

Aug 13

STUCK IN THE CITY: Drink History

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

stuck in the city - shadow.jpgWe're leaving drunk history to the hilariously uninformed... Tonight's tasting is the real deal with wines from two of the oldest growing regions in their respective countries. Come taste tradition from the scorched mountains of Portugal's Douro to South Africa's lush Franschhoeck Valley.

The ultimate in low-tech, the Douro has inhospitably steep terraces that
have evaded even horse and plow since their earliest cultivation in the 3rd century AD. The mention of "port wines" clocks in at 1675. Today's Douro - and the gorgeous touriga nacional blend we'll be pouring - bring old vines, stone tank-fermentation and the best of old world techniques to bear on decidedly juicy, fruit-driven bottles.

franschhoek valley.jpgOur two
Franschhoeck Valley selections from South Africa bottle 350 years of growing practice. The French Huguenots settled this region, nestled in granite and dominated by "vast herds of elephants" when the first vineyards were established in 1688. Tonight's wonderful 2013 vintage wines were harvested by able hands with generations of wine wisdom (and an innate fear of charging pachyderms)! 

Come drink a little history and educate that lazy summer palate!

Aug 14

Southold Love & Reds that Sparkle

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

Southold Farm.jpgCome show your love for Southold farm + cellar with three summer fun offerings (we're talking sparkling petit verdot, here, folks) from the pastoral North Fork of Long Island. Southold is a family run farm with a winery in operation since 2012 and a talent for making some of the most deceptively playful wines in local climbs. Deceptive, mainly, because they've consulted with some of the North Fork's most dedicated organic winemakers - Rex Farr and Steve Mudd. Playful because they've planted grapes that require focus, fruit and an easy hand - Teroldego, Lagrein, Syrah, and Goldmuskateller, among others. We promise something zany tonight - Yes, there will be red that sparkles! Just want you to know it's been made by people who love the land as much as they love the the wine it yields.

Aug 19


5.00 PM - 7.30 PM

Rose bucket.jpgIt's time for the final round of our seasonal rose tastings. We have a new crop in stock, of various weight and style: perfect for end-of-August outdoor sipping.

As we always do at these tastings, we'll be sampling nearly every bottle of pink stuff in stock. If you don't find one you like, then you can honestly say "you don't like rose."

And as usual during our Rose Madness tastings, we offer our stock-up discounts day-of only: 10% on any 6 bottles of rose or 15% on a mix/match 12 bottle case. And we deliver! (NOTE: You don't have to take the wine with you day-of, you just need to pay for it.)


Aug 20

Spirit of the Summer: Sippin' Time with Leo

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

What's better than a refreshing sip of a lil' sumthin' sumthin' cool you down in the summer heat? Leo, the puma of the streets, will be pouring a reviving taste of thirst quenching Imbue Bittersweet vermouth from the rolling green hills of Oregon. AND for fun, Leo will be sampling some tasty treats from Mezcal Vago, Elote & Coyote en Barro, because what is summer without some corn and some wild fun?

Aug 21

South Africa Goes Global: Sierras to the Western Cape

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

So Af Goes Global.jpgThere are a few wines and their makers we can never get enough of here. One is the huber-talented Andrea and Chris Mullineux. Chris' family has produced some of the most celebrated vintages from the Swartland.. ever! Andrea is an accomplished winemaker who decided to extend the family's talents all the way to California's Sierra Foothills with her Fog Monster Chenin. Tonight, come taste your way from Cali to the Western Cape with gorgeous summer trio of great wines, rose from South Africa's boutique producer Big Flowers and
Botanica, with an incomparable vintage - the 2013 - of their pinot noir. Just in time to delight all who flock to your roof this weekend... pink flamingos included!

Aug 26

Do the Wiggle with Wigle Whiskey

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

Wigle-Organic-Rye-Aged-750ml.jpgIt is difficult to say which came first: rye or bourbon whiskey but production of both have been around in the States since the late 1700s as farmers distilled their surplus of grain and corn as equitable assets. However, when the new government excised a 'whiskey tax' to cover the debt incurred by the American Revolution, the farmers, most of whom were veterans from the war, revolted. The location of this rebellion was in the far western frontier of the States, which at the time meant Pennsylvania. And that my friends, is where Wigle Distillery is located, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Wes from Wigle Distillery will be in the store to pour you some tasty treats from Pittsburgh. Not to be missed!

Aug 27


5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

Enfield-wine-shake-ridge-vineyard-hardy-wallace.jpgJust come taste these babies! We dare you to find anything other than seductive fruit and remarkable complexity. From chardonnay to riesling to Cali tempranillo, the winemakers' passion for these bottles will turn up the heat in your summer with no added chemicals - on the vine or in the wine! Pure. Delight.

[Enfield Wines photo credit: Hardy Wallace]

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