Ridge For The 4th

It took the monks centuries to figure out how to make great wine in Burgundy and the Mosel. Somehow, at California's Ridge Vineyards, they figured it out in just a few years. While fashions have come and gone, Ridge has stood fast for over 50 years, working their incredible vineyards with care and making true American masterpieces. July 4 is as good excuse as any to open a good bottle of Zinfandel, but no excuse is really required. Zinfandel has been maligned in some crowds, but only because too many producers have made overripe, high-alcohol versions that taste more like a coca cola–based cocktail than fine wine. Ridge never succumbed to that unfortunate trend, and they continue to ... Read More »

Santa Cruz Mountain Winery

For a while the wine world talked about New California—the wave of new producers like Arnot-Roberts, Cruse, and Donkey & Goat, that made wines of finesse and drinkability—in contrast to the point-seeking monsters of the Parker era. But critics were quick to dispute the "New" designation, because California had a long history of making elegant wines. They pointed to famous producers like Ridge, Mayacamas and Heitz. Those names are well known. Here is one that may be new to you: Santa Cruz Mountain Winery. The Napa Valley is California's most famous wine region, but many think that the greatest terroir is actually in Santa Cruz. Here you have a range of altitudes, a complex mix ... Read More »

Inspired by Knoll, Powered by Graham Tatomer

Over the past few years, Gruner Vetliner has won wine lovers over, with its bracing minerality, fresh citrus and floral expressions, and its ability to age into a wine with compelling complexity and structure. While at home on the slopes of the Donau (Danube) River in Austria, Gruner can be found elsewhere, in places like Santa Barbara County, California.  Plantings in California are scarce, but from the few bottlings I’ve had a chance to try, the enjoyment is undeniable, and the potential ever more so. Graham Tatomer is one of the most promising California winemakers working with the grape. After training with legendary Wachau producer Weingut Knoll, Tatomer brought the expertise he gained ... Read More »

New California Wine Party 2015: The Official Lineup + Special Guest

As our loyal newsletter subscribers already know, this Monday, March 2nd -- five of the most exciting young producers out of California will invade the shop to put on a very special tasting.  If you read Joe's previous post (Did you miss it? You can read it here now.), you know we have an incredible group confirmed with the likes of Arnot-Roberts, Bedrock, Idlewild, Ryme Cellars, and Leo Steen coming to pour. We had been furiously working on finalizing the details of Monday's tasting lineup (which you can view below) when we received news that we just had to share! That's right -- our good friend, Jon Bonné (@jbonne), will also be joining the party from 5 p.m.-7p.m.!  As the wine ... Read More »

Free Tasting with Five Great New California Winemakers

Ever wondered what it’s like to taste with some of the most talked-about, exciting young winemakers out of California? Well, we did. So we invited five super-star producers to a very special tasting at the shop this Monday, March 2nd from 5-8pm. We have an incredible lineup with folks from Arnot-Roberts, Bedrock, Idlewild, Ryme Cellars, and Leo Steen pouring. These producers all work in the style known (rightly or wrongly) as “New California,” with the opulence, oak, and jammy flavors dialed down in favor of freshness, terroir and balance.   The approach has captured minds and palates, redefining possibilities and expectations from the Golden State’s bounty. We’re at the beginning ... Read More »

“Warm-up” Wine Tasting: The Official Line-up Released!

As many of you may already know, Flatiron Wines will be hosting a free tasting this Friday February 20th 2015 from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. with the fine folks from In Pursuit of Balance. We're calling it our "warm-up" tasting because: (1) it is warm-up to IPOB's main tasting extravaganza on Monday February 23rd from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. (Don't have your tickets yet? Get them here now!), and; (2) with a week of sub-freezing temperatures, sometimes tasting wine in crowded room is the only way to...well, warm-up. At any rate, with four different producers pouring a dozen different wines, what more do you need? As always, we try to make tasting simple: it's FREE, so show-up (ideally with a friend ... Read More »

A Farewell from Dan Weber

This Saturday, August 2 will be my last official shift here at Flatiron Wines.  After two amazing years at the shop, I am leaving to work for Schatzi Wines, a new importer focused on German, Austrian and French growers.  I will be working directly with wine stores and restaurants here in New York as well in other markets up and down the east coast.  I am very excited to learn another side of the wine business and to work even more closely with the producers. It has been one of the great pleasures of my life to have been a part of Flatiron Wines from the embryonic stages to seeing it grow into the great wine shop that it is today.  The concept was simple, create the wine store where ... Read More »

You’re Invited: New Wave California Wine Party

Want to meet some of the brightest stars of the New Wave California scene?  Then please come to our free tasting party this Wednesday, March 5th from 5 pm -7 pm at the Shop.  We're thrilled to be hosting Nathan Roberts from Arnot-Roberts, Sam Bilbro from Idlewild, Ryan Glaab from Ryme and Pax Mahle from Wind Gap.  There will be snacks, plenty to taste and time to chat...it's a New Wave Cali wine part and we hope you can make it! Now on the important stuff, what we'll be tasting and who with: Sam Bilbro, Idlewild (Instagram: idlewildwines) 2012 Mendocino County Cortese "Fox Hill" - $34.99  2012 Mendocino County Dolcetto "Fox Hill" - $30.99 2012 Mendocino County Carignan ... Read More »

A (Bone) Jolly Good Time…

Last Wednesday night, some coworkers and I had the distinct pleasure of attending a wine dinner that featured not only the wines of California winemaker Steve Edmunds, but also the man himself. Steve and his wife, Cornelia, began the winery back in 1985 when the prospects for planting Rhone Valley varieties in a landscape dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay were not quite as bright as they are today. Though they've moved out of the tiny industrial warehouse they rented in west Berkeley all those years ago, not much else has changed. Their production remains tiny (3,000-4,000 cases per year!), as they refuse to compromise on the quality of their grapes, most of which are French varieties ... Read More »