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<<May 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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May 1

The Winemakers are Coming!: Brad Ford of Illahe

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

Brad Ford of Illahe Vineyards and Drovers is here! I hope you’re excited as I am. I fell in love with Illahe’s expression of Viognier (all stainless!!) and on a whim, I sent an email asking if I could be a harvest intern in 2014. Brad Ford led a life of an English teacher and grant writer before answering the call of the land and going over to the dark side as a winemaker. Brad studied with some of Oregon greats and toured Burgundy extensively and intensely to full understand what terroir meant and how to the grapes expressed themselves. Come join us this Friday and taste the land of the untamed Oregon. - Jenny

May 6

Taste the New Italians

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

We couldn't get Matteo (ok, his real name is Matt) to come down from Boston, but Kreso will be at the tasting table in his stead. We'll have some of our new arrivals from some of our favorite Italian growers in the SelectionNautrel portfolio. Featured will be Lamoresco Bianco, a beautiful, floral Sicilian white, a bright and fun red from the Dolomites and other surprises (assuming they arrive, a red and a white from Collecapretta, from Umbria.) If you're looking for a way to make your mid-week merrier, this is it!

May 7

The Winemakers are Coming!

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

We love winemaker Raimond Villanueve so much that we’re having him back for a fifth year. (We think it's his fifth year. Could be the sixth, but that would require math. And a calendar. And who has time for that!) A visit from Raimond is a sure sign that spring has sprung.  This year we'll be pouring new vintages of our old favorites: Corail Rose, Guele de loup and Le Mures/ And as usual, the Petit Sale white will probably be on the tasting table, but not yet available for sale (Pre-OrDer! Pre-OrDer!), because you just can't rush a good thing. A great tasting to celebrate spring!

May 8

Old Original Nick Pours the wine of Grange Tiphane

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

A friendly face "Old Original" Nick from Jenny & François Wines will return to the fold for another tasting. This time, we’ll pouring the wines of Grange Tiphane, owned by lovely vignerons Damien and Coralie Delecheneau. They have beautiful vines, make beautiful wines, and not that it has anything to do with anything, but an amazing wood burning stove that Christy loved so much, she's having on installed in her own home. OK... back to wine... Nick will be pouring their excellent value red, white, and rose + the harbringer of summer, Rosa Rosé Rosam, a sparkling Loire rosè petnat that’s so good, the bottle is gone before you know it! We were lucky enough to snag more than our fare share of cases, and because Nick loves us, we're able to open a bottle for tonight's tasting treat. (Just don't tell Jenny!)

May 12

Mountain People in the City!

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

yodel.jpgPut a little yodel in your Tuesday at tonight's special tasting.

We'll have Sandrine Caloz and Herve Grosjean in the shop pouring their wines from Switzerland and the Valle d'Aoste in Italy. They're here as part of Neal Rosenthal's Alpine tasting (which lucky trade people get to attend) but we snagged these two to pour for lucky civilians!

Textured whites, elegant, chillable reds... come by and see why we've been in love with Alpine wines for years!

May 14

The Winemakers are Coming! with Nick Knappstein of Riposte

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

The Knappsteins are pioneers of Australian wine, with wines dating all the way back to 1895! Tim Knappstein is the family's third-generation winemaker, and was voted one of Golden Bottles' best male winemakers in Australia! We have the pleasure of hosting Tim's son Nick, now occupying the role of assistant winemaker. He'll pour their greatest hits including The Stiletto Pinot Gris and Shiraz The Cutlass and make the wine in your glass spin backwards!

May 15

Lady Boozemakers: Brenne French Single Malt Whiskey

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

Women. They’re badasses. I’m sure you were aware. No? Well, for shame. Lucky for you, we are pulling in some amazing ladies who are shaking up the distilling world.

Allison Patel will be in house this Friday to pour and tell you all about her journey into making her truly unique, ‘non-traditional’ whisky called Brenne. Not only is Allison a beautiful lady but so is the liquid she will be pouring into your glass.

Ladies and Whisky. What fiery things.

May 16

Lady Boozemakers: Owney's Rum

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

More Lady-Made Booze (but you don't have to be a lady to drink it.)

Not only is Owney’s Rum locally made, the master distiller is a female! Double score. Named after an infamous New York bootlegger, Bridget Firtle really wanted to showcase New York history in a bottle. Besides the sugar cane molasses, the water is all locally sourced from the tap.  

Melissa from the distillery will be in the store pouring and maybe shaking up a daiquiri storm (because it’s daiquiri season after all!) Come by and sip some New York history and ride the wave of women taking over the spirits world.

May 20


5.00 PM - 7.30 PM

Rose bucket.jpgIt's time for Round 2 of our seasonal rose tastings. We have a new crop in stock, including limited-amount favorites like Bagnol, Pradeaux and Gilbert.

And our timing is pretty perfect - you can stock up for the holiday weekend!

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.)


May 21

Summer Spritzers From Heaven (a.k.a. Torino)

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

Since 1891, the House of Cocchi have been producing fantastic still and aromatized wines in the region of Torino in Piedmonte. Their aromatized wines have made their ways onto barshelves world round and are used in a variety of cocktails. Made from the best wines from Moscato (and Brachetto for the Rosa) and a gentle infusion of aromatic array of botanicals, Cocchi Americano and Vermouth do Torino are truly a delight to sip. Lucky for us we have Roberto Bava in the store this Thursday to regale us about the history of vermouth. Come by, have a sip, and find your new favorite friend for the warm months ahead. After all, it is spritzer season.

May 22

Guilhaume On His Best Behavior

5.30 PM - 7.30 PM

jeromes cellar.jpgFriday we'll have Guilhaume of Selection Massale in the house pouring three remarkable wines from the Loire River Valley. He has promised to be on his best behavior, and he may even bring the tiny and charming Louis!

The first wine, from Touraine Azay-le-Rideau, is all Chenin Blanc from Quentin Bourse of Le Sot de l'Ange. Quentin's wines are clean, clean, clean and elegant. Farmed organically, this is fermented and aged in stainless and is lovely and fresh. You won't want to miss it.

The second two wines are the rare and sought-after Chinons from Jerome Lenoir of Domaine les Roches (cellar pictured above). This will be an opportunity to taste side-by-side a Chinon 2006 and a Chinon 2007. Everyone has been at the edge of their seats waiting for these to come in. It took an additional year and a half to get the wines because poor dear Jerome basically lived a country song: he lost both his dog and his dad and then his wife left him, all in the same year. Needless to say, packing up wines to ship to the States was not his first priority. Fortunately, Jerome has overcome this hardship and now we have his wonderful wines! So stop in, chat with Guilhaume who knows the wines better than almost anyone, and prepare to have your mind BLOWN!

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