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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.

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Fancy Pants Wine: BRING ON THE BUBBLES: The One That's Absolutely Singing


Laval rose with chalk.jpgGeorge Laval Champagne Premier Cru Cumières Brut Nature Rose NV (Champagne, France):

In the world of Champagne rosé, this is a stunning value. It's the Champagne rosé that left a lasting impression: it's developed a nose of ripe, luscious strawberries balanced by pastry crust. We've been drinking a lot of this lately because it's just so damn good. It's singing - Lalalalalaval - can you hear it?

Laval's fruit is pristine; organically grown with minimal intervention in the winery. The result is unforgettable and the color is the perfect blushing-bride-after-her-wedding-night shade of pink. (Disgorged 10.31.2013)

Price: $119.99

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Featured Wine: Rhapsody in (a) Blue (Label): Sylvain Pataille


Burgundy - it can break your heart- and empty your wallet. The region is home to some of the most expensive wines in the world, but there are still pockets of value in some of the villages – if you know where to look. And that’s our job – to know where to look. Villages like Savigny-les-Beaune, Santenay, and Marsannay and good places to start, especially if you keep on the look out of the names of a handful of up-and-coming vignerons who are working minimally in the vineyard and the wineries.

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Sylvain Pataille is one of those names. A former wine lab rat, he wanted to get closer to the vines, to see the grapes through from vine to bottle and beyond and began his own label about 15 years ago. (That's around 2001 for those of you doing the math.) We've worked with the wines for several years, and they have only gotten better. In our quest to provide Burgundy that's beautiful, classic and affordable, he's become one of our favorites. He's always flown a bit under the radar of the baller Burgundy crowd, but word is getting out: his Marsannay Rouge Clos du Roy 2013 was one of the bottles featured in the New York Times Home Wine School.

It shouldn’t be a surprise given that we sell it, but we really like this wine – it’s a pinot noir with structure and power without tipping into the rustic or brawny side of the scale. A classic example of the beauty of Burgundian pinot noir. Sure, there’s some fruit, but it’s not the lick-your-face happy fruit of so many warmer climate, new world wines. There’s an underlying earthiness to it, a subtly that’s what the best Burgundy is all about.

Even when it’s on a budget. (And yes, in the world of village-level and above Burgundy, $49.99 is a bit of a bargain.)

Domaine Sylvain Pataille Marsannay Clos du Roy 2013
(Marsannay, Burgundy, France)

Price: $49.99

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Fancy Pants Wine: A Very Pretty Bouzy Rouge


Bouzy Rouge.jpgBenoit Lahaye Bouzy Rouge NV (2012) (Coteaux Champenois, France): Bouzy Rouge… absolute best wine name ever. Try to say it without smiling. Nearly impossible. Yes, it’s Bouzy, (a village in the Montagne de Reims area of Champagne) not ‘boozy.’ But it sounds the same. It’s a Coteaux Champenois – a catch-all for "still wines made in what would otherwise be called Champagne if they were sparkling."

I will admit, I am a bit obsessed with these wines, and Benoit Lahaye’s is the one that set me off. It was probably over five years ago (oh how time flies!) that we had one at the shop in a line-up of random bottles brought over by John’s friend from France. There were some stunning wines open, but the Lahaye Bouzy Rouge was my favorite. It was delicious – gorgeous red Pinot Noir fruit with a bright, firm core of minerality. The elegance, purity, and focus of Burgundy combined with the liveliness and drinkability of really good Beaujolais. There was also a certain element of wanting what you can’t have: like all Coteaux Champenois, this one is made only in tiny quantities, and it wasn’t currently for sale in the US market.

Fast forward to now, and there’s a quiet buzz building around Benoit Lahaye’s bubbles. (Google him, and you’ll find plenty of background, including an early piece by Champagne-sage Peter Liem.) And his Bouzy Rouge? Two years ago I managed to beg, plead, and pester dear importer Jeffrey Alpert into getting me five cases. Last year, with interest in Lahaye and Coteaux Champenois building among the wine retail set, I managed to get one case. This year, I pulled rank and snagged two. We couldn't resiste opening a bottle at the shop and it's as delicious as ever.

So if you’re looking for something special and value rarity, a good story, and sheer deliciousness, then this is your wine.

SALE PRICE: $59.99

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Fancy Pants Wine: BRING ON THE BUBBLES: The Glamorous Pink One


La Caravelle Brut Rosé Champagne NV
(Champagne, France):

la caravelle.jpgNo this isn’t a trendy Grower Champagne. And it’s not meant to express the individual terroir of a single village or vineyard. It’s just meant to be a delicious. This is the “house” sparkling created by Rita and André Jamet, owners of the famed restaurant, La Caravelle. Grower Champagnes and the small farmers behind them may get all the press these days, but sometimes, you still want a little glamor in your glass.

Dry, subtle berry fruit, and a touch of brioche; this wine, like the Jamets themselves, is lively and elegant – a timeless classic. (And it also happens to be a great value.)

Price: $39.99

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Fancy Pants Wine: BRING ON THE BUBBLES: The Sneaky Value One


Filaine.jpgAlexandre Filaine Cuvee Speciale Brut NV
(Champagne, France):

Unless 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 few 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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Featured Wine: BEAUJOLAIS NOT-NOUVEAU


Fleurie.jpgMaison B. Perraud Fleurie 2014 (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 addition, 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 for more!

Price: $29.99

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Featured Wine: SICILIAN THINGS: LAMORESCA


filippo.jpgWe’re pretty sure that in The Godfather II, when Kay admonished Michael about “this Sicilian thing that’s been going on for 2000 years”, she wasn’t talking about wine. But she could have been. They’ve been making wine down there for a least that long. But it’s really in recent years that the region has set the wine world a buzz (or aTwitter really.) We’ve had a few Sicilian things in stock since we opened our doors five years ago. The COS Cerasuolo is one of our can’t-fail red recommendations for anyone looking for something in the $30-range. And Arianna Occhipinti’s wines always add a little rock-star quality to the shelves whenever we get our allocation. But New York wine society has a certain always-searching-for-the-next-new-thing quality that I am not immune to. So I was thrilled to taste the wines of Lamoresca at a Zev Rovine portfolio tasting a while back.

You can that entire story here. Or you can just read Eric Asimov’s recent New York Times piece. Or you can cut straight to the chase and see what we currently have in stock by going to the WINES page and searching on LAMORESCA.

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Fancy Pants Wine: Look What the White Rhone Fairy Left!


Souhout Blanc.jpgHerve Souhaut Blanc 2012 (L'Ardeche, Rhone, France):

Silky and lush, yet supple and lifted. This elegant wine from arguably, one of the best wine producing regions in the world is laden with pear and fig notes, as well as extremely balanced minerality without any added SO2.

Who would have expected this delight from from vines that are considered ancient in the winemaking world: between 50 and 100 years old!

Price: $29.99
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Fancy Pants Wine: The Hills are Alive... with Altesse!


Altesse2.jpgLes Grangeons de l Albarine Altesse en Paradis 2013 (Bugey, France):

If there were ever a moment for personification of a grape, it is when describing the Savoie / Bugey beauty Altesse. She is the fresh air that graces the valley, gazing upon the alps. She is graceful and innocent. She wears cranberry silk slips and strappy kitten heels and a flatteringly floral fragrance formulated just for her in a fancy Parisian parfumerie. Imagine Maria, from the Sound of Music, post-nunnery, on a trip to post-war Paris.

Or forget all that and just trust us - this is lovely, lovely wine. 

It's made from the altesse grape, grown in Bugey (which is not the same thing as the Savoie), made by young vigneron Luc Bauer in a converted barn in the Albarine Valley. It is unmanipulated: farmed organically, fermented spontaneously, with very low additions of SO2. It's rolly poly but light on its feet. Silky with crunchy minerality and bright, fresh yellow apple notes with a textured, lasting finish. It's one of our favorite things. (OK, OK, enough with the Sound of Music references.)

Price: $29.99

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Fancy Pants Wine: Fog Monster: Swartland Meets Amador County


Fog Monster is the California project of Chris and Andrea Mullineux (of the celebrated Swartland winery Mullineux Wines). It’s one way Andrea stays connected to her West Coast homeland while keeping one foot in South Africa, her husband’s native land. Named for great fogbanks that roll through the Sierra Foothills, both Fog Monster cuvées are undeniably influenced by the unique climate of Amador County.

Fog Monster Chenin 2.jpgFog Monster Chenin Blanc Story Vineyard 2012 (Amador County, California):

This wine comes from ungrafted vines of chenin blanc, planted at about 1900 feet above sea level in the Story Vineyard. This is the same vineyard site used by Sandlands winemaker Tegan Passalacqua, but Andrea's using carbonic maceration here, which translates to more skin contact and a very silky, round body. A touch of oxidation adds more richness to this already luxurious wine while white flowers grace the nose. This is Californian chenin blanc at its most debonair.

Price: $52.99
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delivery truck - left.jpg1.) Your book club needs more interesting wine
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What? You need more reasons? It’s $50 bucks a month, including sales tax, for two to four bottles selected by us.

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Featured Wine: AN UNLIKLEY VINEYARD: More wines on the way.


OH NO!

We're (temporarily) out of Deirdre's wines. It looks like more than a few of you saw that feature in the New York Times. But more will be coming soon. We'll be getting the tiny production Grace and Favour still and sparkling, some Harlots and Ruffians, a bit of Lupo in Bocca, and maybe a touch more of the Ci Confondos. So if you'd like to be put in the loop, send us an email and we'll keep you posted.

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We've been lucky enough to host Deirdre Heekin, author of An Unlikely Vineyard: The Education of a Farmer and Her Quest for Terroir and grower of otherworldly (OK, that other world = Vermont) wine for a number of in-shop tastings and book signing. She's poured us her just-released crop of petnat sparklers as well as her unique and delicious still wines. And now the secret is really out - her wines have just received a very large, very beautiful, very well-deserved feature in the New York Times!

We love selling Deirdre's wines. They are liquid proof that native grapes and New England weather are not incompatible with organic farming and beautiful wines. To see what's available, go to our WINES page and search on "garagista"

We also have copies of Deirdre's book, noted by the New York Times as one of last year’s top wine books, which spins a wonderfully practical account of realizing her vision of a living farm with a table at its center. Balancing rural romance with the real concerns of sinking hands into dirt, it’s filled with tips and inspiration for the existing gardener. And it will have armchair green thumbs ready to run off and buy a tractor. (Add it to your cart just below!) 

Price: $35

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Spirits : MAGIC BOTTLES OF BOOZE: Delaware Phoenix


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Cheryl Lins is a legend. Well, a quiet legend with an obsession for absinthe. Previously, she was living in New Mexico in a yurt as a computer programmer and watercolorist. To escape the dry heat of the southwest, she moved to Delaware County, New York just for the hell of it. She moonlighted as a fishmonger in her quiet community when the history of absinthe ensnared her. She finally obtained a distilling license in 2009 and has been making magical bottles of the green fairy.

We have a rotating selection on hand. If you can’t find them on this page, give us a call or zap us an email and we’ll let you know what we have on hand.

The prices range from $29.99 to $74.99.
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Spirits : THINK GREEN: Walton Waters


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Walton Waters Absinthe (136 Proof) (New York)


The yin to Meadow of Love’s yang, Walton Waters is known as Lins’ “masculine” absinthe. Named after the water source where she gets the water, it has a powerful louche of rolling, milky cloud banks and it coast the tongue with flavor. It’s a bit more bracing, lean, and crisp. Earthy blends of spices are well balanced without one overpowering the other and there is a slight saline, smoky edge at the end.

Price: $74.99 (750ml --> an entire bottle of green fairies!)
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Fancy Pants Wine: CHATEAU MUSAR: LIBRARY STOCK ROSE (YES... ROSE!)


A little over a year ago, the Chateau Musar Rose arrived on US shores

Not the Jeune, which is the deeply colored $20-ish cinsault-based rose. This is not that. Its 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.

musar rose library.jpgBut 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. After much begging and pleading, the 2012 (that was the current vintage, even in 2014) finally arrived on US shores.

And last summer, in London, I had a chance to taste the 1995 and 1996.

Yes... 20 year old roses... and they were amazing. If you had a chance to try the Lopez de Heredia Rosado that was the coolest thing going about five years ago, that would be the closest comparison. Like that one, this is not a fruity rose. It was very slightly oxidative, with an almost flor-like note under the ghostly fruit quality. But it's richer, silkier, more densely textured, but without heaviness. There was a hint of savory spice and the whiff of memories forgotten and the magical, mystical quality that always seems to swirl around Chateau Musar.

In practical terms? Those old roses were awesome.

So... while I don't have any of the 1995 and 1996 to sell, I do have some more recent library stock. Less than a case each of 2006 and 2001. Yes: 2006 and 2001.

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. 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. So don't be afraid to hide some away.

And don't wait to grab some - I may not be able to get more.

Price List:
2006 - $62.99
2001 - $79.99

To buy, go to our WINES page
Search: MUSAR
Select ROSE on the dropdown menu

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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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Spirits : Mahia Makes it Big!


016.JPGNahmias et Fils Mahia Fig and Aniseed Spirit (New York):


Rock musicians crave the cover of Rolling Stone. The equivalent for the New York wine/food/booze person would be the Dining & Wine Section of the New York Times. We’ve been in its pages and it is a thrill! So we’re super excited to see Dorit and David Nahmias of Nahmias et Fils smiling out at us. We’ve had them in the shop to pour their really lovely Mahia fig brandy. This beautiful spirit has been distilled by Moroccan Jews for generations and the Nahmias family continues the tradition just up in Yonkers. We could tell you more… or you could just read what Alice wrote. And then come buy it here. P.S. It’s certified Kosher! P.P.S. It's wonderfully refreshing with lemonade!


Price: $39.99

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