What about that cheap wine in Europe?

In New York we have a lot of European visitors. Some of them complain about our prices. Not: "Oh, I can get this same wine back home for 30% less," which would sometimes be true (though often not). Rather, it’s more of a blanket statement like: "At home wines cost just 5 or 6 euros.” I happen to be in Europe for a few weeks so I decided to investigate. You may remember Turin, a very sophisticated city in Northern Italy, from the Winter Olympics a few years back. But it’s more important to us a center for the wine trade just a few miles from the Langhe, one of the world's greatest wine regions and home, not only of (expensive, age-worthy) Barolo and Barbaresco, but also of more humble ... Read More »

Flatiron’s Rose FAQs: our simple guide to the best pink wines

Rosé myths and facts What is rosé? “Rosé” is French for “pink,” or “pinkish”—so rosé just means pinkish wine. Why all the hype about rosé lately? Cause it’s delicious and people love stuff that tastes great! Seriously. Also, there’s a reverse-snob appeal. For a long time most of the rosé we got in America was gross: industrial wine made by mixing cheap white wine with worse red wine (more on this mixing business below) and adding sugar. That created a real snobbery against rosé. But that’s not how they make the rosés we love. They never made them that way in France, Provence (rosés spiritual home), and it’s not how they make them here anymore ... Read More »

Free Shipping promo… this week only!

This week only (ending Sunday, February 19th at 11:59 pm) enjoy FREE SHIPPING on all orders of at least $150. You don't need any special code to take advantage: You will see the free-shipping option at check-out, assuming you're order is above $150 and you're in one of the free-shipping states (listed below). From our NEW YORK shop: All states bordering the Atlantic Ocean where we are able to ship, including all of New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Virginia, D.C., Florida, Vermont, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Ohio and West Virginia. From our SAN FRANCISCO shop: All of California, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona. And more good news: You can combine this offer ... Read More »

Flatiron on TV: Beau’s Valentine’s Day wines

Beau was on TV this morning sharing some Valentine's Day picks: Champagne, Muscadet (for oysters), Bedrock (for Steak) and port for dessert. The wines looked great and so did Beau! In case Beau's piece made you thirsty for some of these wines, here they are, all in the San Francisco store. Looking for something similar in NY? Call us (212-477-1315) or chat now using the button at the bottom of the page! Lallement Champagne Rosé, $64.99 Domaine de la Pépière Muscadet Classique, 2015 $14.99 Bedrock Red Blend Heritage, Bedrock Vineyard, 2015 $49.99 Quinta do Tedo, Porto Rose, NV $27.99 Read More »

Produttori del Barbaresco 2013–Better than 2010 Barbaresco?

Three years ago we offered the Produttori del Barbaresco 2010 to our newsletter friends and suggested buying it by the case: an under-$35 wine that is delicious to drink on release but that just gets better and better for year or even decades. And we took our own advice–but even at that, we didn't buy enough. Don't you wish you still had cases of the 2010 lying around now? We do! But with the release of the 2013s, nature has given us another chance. Vintages this great usually come only once in every generation or so. But this time, they're only three years apart. As Jancis Robinson puts it (in her clinical British prose), "The prognosis is for a vintage similar in quality to the ... Read More »

Now entering Piedmont’s Golden Age… for drinking!

The dark age of Piedmont was the early 1990s. Fresh off the twin victories of 1989 and 1990, things just seemed to fall apart. The 91s and 92s completely sucked. The 93s were drinkable, but not great. The 1994s were worse. The 1995s were actually considered good, but only because the Piedmontese were dying to have something to celebrate. Then suddenly, everything changed. 1996 was a great Piedmont vintage. And since then every vintage has been either good or great, with the sole exceptions of 2002 and 2003. It’s not just Mother Nature that’s been kind. Producers have been steadily upping their game as well. Farming improved dramatically. Green harvests were introduced. Sorters were ... Read More »

Faury’s St. Joseph at Age 12: The Rewards of the “Reasonable Cellar”

I keep a “Reasonable Cellar.” Sure, I’ve got a treasure or two tucked away. But mostly I lay down under-$50 bottles. These are wines wines for drinking in the short- to medium-term. They don’t take decades to get to full maturity, so you get the payoff sooner. They're also great to cellar because you never really get a chance to buy examples with bottle age; nobody’s auctioning their collection of mature Sancerres (unfortunately). Most of these wines are for drinking 3-5 years out. And mostly they get drunk in that window. But one of the pleasures of keeping a cellar is that occasionally you stumble across an older bottle that you’ve completely forgotten about. Like, for example, ... Read More »

Burgers and Chinon in the neighborhood

Flatiron Wines is surrounded by some of the finest restaurants in the United States, indeed - some of the best on the world.  It is true - in New York you can get whatever you want. Sometimes though, you just want something simple and pleasing. I have discovered that Chinon and Cheeseburgers are about as satisfying as can be. A neighborhood insider tip - If you go to Shake Shack at 4:30 or 5 there is NO ONE IN LINE!  A little knowledge  is a dangerous thing... Recently Susannah and I enjoyed the new Shake Shack limited edition Parkburger.  Then we tried the new Roadside Shack Burger with caramelized onions simmered in beer and bacon. Susannah had hers with no cheese because ... Read More »

Ribeira Sacra and Ribeiro Meet the Winemaker Tasting This Saturday

This Saturday, October 24, from 2-4pm, we will welcome Pedro Rodriguez, winemaker at Ribeira Sacra's Guimaro, and Luis Rodriguez of the eponymous Ribeiro winery to the shop, and we couldn't be more excited. They will be sharing and discussing their wines, and will be joined by their trailblazing importer and Spanish Wine guru, Jose Pastor. This will be a great chance to enjoy--and learn about--some of the most exciting wines being made today. As we've written many times in our newsletter and blog, Ribeira Sacra and Ribeiro are very special regions, blessed with a cooler climate than central Spain (we think of these regions as part of "Green Spain"), as well as incredible vineyard sites, old ... Read More »