San Francisco Store Up and Running!

Hello Friends of Flatiron! We're excited to announce that our San Francisco store opened its doors for business yesterday evening!  To kick things off, we had Stephane Moreau from Moreau-Naudet sampling his artisanal wines from Chablis and the turnout was spectacular.  Thank you to all who made it a point to drop-in to make us (and Stephane) feel welcome! Right now, we have a new website in the works that will allow folks to shop our entire range of offerings in NYC and SF from a single storefront.  We were hoping to have this ready to share with everyone but it still needs some polish.  In the meantime, we invite you to stop in to shop our selections and maybe even stay awhile ... Read More »

San Francisco Chablis Tasting: Stephane Moreau of Moreau-Naudet

We are very excited to host our first free tasting in the San Francisco shop! Stephane Moreau has been recognized as one of the foremost young talents in Chablis for the past decade.  His winemaking techniques employ old school traditions such as hand harvesting and slow elevage in ancient oak to make classic wines with a contemporary expression. Moreau's wines carry a depth of minerality that is true to the Chablis region as well as a richness, texture, and vivid fruit character that is unique and authentic.  Please join us and let us know what you think of the wines in person. We'll be tasting: Domaine Moreau-Naudet, Chablis 1er Cru "Forets", 2012 Domaine Moreau-Naudet, Chablis, ... Read More »

Terroir Beyond the Bodega: Hidalgo-La Gitana Manzanilla Pasada “Pastrana”

One of the largest factors that sets Sherry apart from almost all other wines is the idea that “terroir” is imparted from the bodega as the sherry ages, and less so from the vineyards. Most Capataz, or “Cellar Masters,” in Sherry country have little or nothing to do with the wine until it arrives at the bodega. However, there are number of exception to this general rule, on of the most notable being the wines of Hidalgo-La Gitana. Hidalgo is one of the few remaining family-run bodegas in Sherry country, and for generations they have been producing very traditionally with a focus on single solera bottlings. Even more unique is their ownership of vineyards located in close proximity ... Read More »

Exploring Oregon: Cristom and 2012 “Mt. Jefferson Cuvee” Pinot Noir

In part I I explained how thanks to changes in pricing and wine style it was time to start exploring the Pinot Noirs of Oregon again.  The journey begins today with a classic name: Cristom. I wanted to start with something reasonably priced and easy to find.  My first though went to Cristom's "Mt. Jefferson Cuvee" from the 2012 vintage. Cristom may now be considered a classic name, but we are talking about a wine region with a very short wine history, and Cristom dates back only as far as 1991.  But the wines are well liked and most wine lovers in New York will have come across their wines in better wine stores over the years.  That's about as classic as it gets when it comes to ... Read More »