Friends of Flatiron, Hopefully no one overdid it this weekend for St. Patricks Day because we've got a whole bunch of great tastings and offers ready for you to enjoy. Check out what's on the schedule: In-Store Tastings: Tuesday 03/19, Meet the Winemaker: Tasting with Ian Brand with wines from I.Brand and Le P'tit Paysan at 5pm: If you're not already familiar with Ian Brand and his wines this is your chance. He is a winemaker who set out to find neglected and remote vineyards, often with unsung varieties, and bring them out of obscurity. With a non-interventionist approach, Ian brings out the unique qualities of the sites he's discovered. His wines are a true celebration of American winemaking making this tasting a must for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of our nation's terroir. $5/tasting Wednesday 03/20, Far West Cider Tasting at 5pm: Coming from a family who has been tending orchards in California for over 90 years, Adam Chinchiolo had ample inspiration for starting his own brew operation. In fact there was a need for it. His family's farm, as well as other orchards in the area, had a major problem with a large percentage of their crop going to waste due to cosmetic blemishes making them unsellable. Adam, with his interest in brewing, stepped in to make use of those delicious, but blemished fruits. You won't taste a single blemish in his ciders though! These are gorgeous brews bursting with flavor that will please every palate out there. Join us and taste just how good a true California cider can be. $5/tasting Thursday 03/21, Andrew Will Tasting at 5pm: Andrew Will is, without a doubt, one of the solidly classic producers of Washington state. Founded in 1989, the winery was named after Chris Camarda's nephew Andrew and his son Will. It started as humbly as could be with a single building measuring 10'x60'. Today it is still a humble winery as well as his home. To taste Andrew Will wines is to understand the past, present and future of Washington wines. Needless to say this is an event not to be missed. $5/tasting Friday 03/22, Meet the Winemaker: Tasting with Karina and Guillaume Lefevre from Domaine Sulauze of Provence at 5pm: After falling in love while on a hike in Corsica, Karina and Guillaume Sulauze knew that there were more adventures in store for them together. With the help of a government subsidization program they bought an abandoned farm in Coteaux d'Aix en Provence. Over the years they converted the dilapidated property to a Demeter certified farm and winery. Today they make sensational wines that exemplify the good life of Provence. Come taste a selection of their wines, including the 2018 bottling of their extremely popular Rosé. $5/tasting In our weekly newsletter we're excited to be offering the freshly released 2018 Ode to Lulu Rosé from Bedrock Wine Company, 2017 Chablis from Louis Michel et Fils as well as a selection of wines from Simon Bize's '16 and '17 vintages. Cheers! Your Friends at Flatiron Wines SF Don't want to miss a beat? Sign-up for our newsletter already! As loyal subscribers already know, the newsletter is not only the best place to get first crack at your favorite, hard-to-find wines at special discounts but it's also where we go in great depth about the producers, vintages, regions and trends in the world of fine wine. We send it once a week on Wednesday, unless, you elect to receive more. You can do so by using the form below or, here, if our site's sophisticated technology isn't functioning as described. ;)
Friends of Flatiron, Has Spring finally sprung?!? Take your allergy meds and break out the sunglasses because we got some great seasonal sippers in store. Here's what we've got scheduled this week. In-Store Tastings: Wednesday 03/13, French Tasting with The Source Imports at 5pm: Behind every wine is a person and a philosophy. This isn't just a motto that The Source Imports owners Ted Vance and Donny Sullivan believe in, but also a prerequisite for any wine they decide to represent in their portfolio. Join us for a tasting of a selection of French wines and experience some of the most authentic wine characters of France. $5/tasting Thursday 03/14, Tasting with European Cellars at 5pm: Eric Solomon is among the giants of the wine industry and it's all very much due to his championing of wines from emerging regions. European Cellars, the first company Eric founded, is a portfolio chock full of once obscure, but now universally celebrated wineries. Come and taste a selection from this wonderful portfolio. $5/tasting Friday 03/15, Tasting of Chavy-Chouet Burgundy at 5pm: Though the Romaric Chavy is the 7th generation of winemakers in his family, they did not bottle under their own label until 1982. Today he is considered one of the brightest rising stars in Burgundy. Known mostly for their white wines, they do produce some reds as well. Join us for a tasting of a selection of these wonderful Burgundy wines. $5/tasting In our weekly newsletter we're excited to be offering some outstanding Alsatian wines from 2017 from Domaine Weinbach, an incredible deal on Reine Juliette Rose, more delicate offerings from Spain with wines from Guimaro and Goyo Garcia Viadero, a selection of releases from Simon Bize as well as a little St. Patrick's Day treat, the outstanding Writers' Tears Irish whiskey. Cheers! Your Friends at Flatiron Wines SF Don't want to miss a beat? Sign-up for our newsletter already! As loyal subscribers already know, the newsletter is not only the best place to get first crack at your favorite, hard-to-find wines at special discounts but it's also where we go in great depth about the producers, vintages, regions and trends in the world of fine wine. We send it once a week on Wednesday, unless, you elect to receive more. You can do so by using the form below or, here, if our site's sophisticated technology isn't functioning as described. ;)
Friends of Flatiron, Don't blame it on the rain! Get out and join us for two great Meet the Winemaker tastings. And while you're here, if you haven't already, sign up for our newsletter and check out all the cool producers we're featuring: In-Store Tastings: Wednesday 03/6, Meet the Winemaker: Darek Trowbridge with Old World Winery at 5pm: Having grown up in a winemaking family, Derek Trowbridge has ample understanding of Californian winemaking and how it has evolved through the generations. It's with that experience that he decided to create his own winery using only pre-industrial winemaking techniques. Come and join us for a tasting of wines from Old World Winery and experience the more classic side of Californian winemaking. $5/tasting Thursday 03/7, Beer Tasting with Fort Point Brewery at 5pm: This Presidio-based brewery has truly become a modern icon of the San Francisco beer scene. They brew thoughtful, but unpretentious beers that pay homage to many traditional styles while also unafraid of experimentation and innovation. Come check out what they've been brewing recently with us! $5/tasting Friday 03/8, Meet the Winemaker: Thomas Dinel with Maison Marchand-Tawse at 5pm: The story of Maison Marchand-Tawse is a rather long one for a winery founded only in 2011. Canadian-born Pascal Marchand took the Burgundy world by storm when he entered the industry in 1995. Since then Pascal became an icon of modern Burgundy. In 2011 he met fellow Canadian and winemaker Moray Tawse and Maison Marchand-Tase was born. Stop in and taste the New Burgundy. $5/tasting In our weekly newsletter we're excited to be offering the much loved 2017 Fleuries from Clos de Roilette, a Piedmont-lovers temptation with the 2017 Nebbiolo Rosato from Nervi-Conterno, the 2017 releases from Loire legend Domaine de Belliviere and a bonus offer of the 2016 Domaine Moreau-Naudet Chablis. Cheers! Your Friends at Flatiron Wines SF Don't want to miss a beat? Sign-up for our newsletter already! As loyal subscribers already know, the newsletter is not only the best place to get first crack at your favorite, hard-to-find wines at special discounts but it's also where we go in great depth about the producers, vintages, regions and trends in the world of fine wine. We send it once a week on Wednesday, unless, you elect to receive more. You can do so by using the form below or, here, if our site's sophisticated technology isn't functioning as described. ;)
In anticipation of our very exciting tasting with Schatzi Wines, we've been blogging a lot about Schatzi and even going back to the basics with tasting. We've also mentioned Dan Weber a few times. That's for a couple reasons: first, he's an old friend of Flatiron Wines (more on this later). But, he's also a key player at Schatzi Wines these days. As Josh notes in his blog post, Flatiron and Schatzi see eye to eye on a lot, we couldn't be happier to bring Dan back for this big tasting event. Dan was kind enough to sit down with us and chat about Importers (read about how key importers are to us HERE) and his personal wine journey. This is a lovely glimpse into a dear friend, but more importanlty, a chance to dive into new sector of the wine trade. [caption id="attachment_12602" align="alignnone" width="961"] Photo provided by Dan Weber.[/caption] Who are you? Dan Weber. Human who loves music and wine…wine and music..food really. food. From? I hail from Amherst, MA. And where do you live now? (I) live in beautiful Brooklyn Let's get down to the good stuff. What's the best wine you've EVER had? Best-ness does not exist in this dojo. But I really love Gamay on granite. What was your wine aha-moment? I went to France for the first time in 2009 to meet up with my great friend, Ruben Sanz Ramiro, while he was doing a yearlong stint at Domaine Zind-Humbrecht in Turkheim. I found myself standing on top of the Rangen (a ridiculously steep, righteous Grand cru), tasting grapes that were a week away from harvest, and looking out at this gorgeous panorama of vineyards. More or less, that was that. What is an importer? Importers are usually crazy wine freaks who did not grow up in a winemaking culture. We are people who fell in love with wine and wanted to be as close to the vines as possible. We find growers whose work we believe in and whose wines we love and want to share and bring them to the US. For me, spending time with and learning from vignerons is the whole thing. Wine expresses the sublime singularity of place and time in an (ideally) delicious way. Growers do the work of translating this message to the bottle. It is a privilege to share there work with people in New York. What's your favorite part of the job? Visiting vineyards, tasting in cellars, spending time with growers, spreading the word! Is it as glamorous as it sounds? Yes! everything works perfectly all of the time ;-) Why are you having a portfolio tasting? Every year we do a big portfolio tasting for the trade here in New York. We open up every wine in the book and welcome as many of our growers as can take the time. It is a great chance for local buyers to connect with the growers without having to hop on a plane. For us, it’s an opportunity to give the public a broader view of the ways in which the portfolio has evolved over the year and hopefully for some buyers to explore wines that we work with that they might not otherwise taste. Why do a tasting at Flatiron? For me, Flatiron still feels like home. I have spent so much time here over the years and I love the customers and the staff. I am so proud of what the shop has become on a national scale. The original vision was always about connecting consumers and growers, bringing people as close to the vines as possible and having a great time doing it. Bringing our crew of vignerons to the shop for a tasting event feels like a natural and exciting progression and I can’t wait to start cracking the bottles! Some answers may have been edited for clarity.