New York City Tasting with Will Bucklin, Thurday May 31

We're super-excited to be hosting a free tasting at the Manhattan shop (929 Broadway) with California winemaker extraordinaire, Will Bucklin, from 5-7pm on Thursday, May 31. Bucklin is a relatively young winery, but they’re making wine from one of the oldest vineyards in California, the Old Hill Ranch Vineyard. Founded in 1851 and resurrected in 1981, the vineyard is mostly Zinfandel, with the remainder a mix of about 15 other varieties. All the wines ferment using only native yeast and just a touch of new oak. With fruit coming from such an old site, the goal at Bucklin is to let the terroir speak for itself through the use of minimal intervention. And it works! It’s not an event to ... Read More »

Winemaker tasting with Olivier Merlin–Today in New York Shop

[caption id="attachment_11482" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Man and Horse Making Great Wine[/caption] Olivier Merlin is one of the great winemakers of Burgundy. His family vineyards aren't centered on any of the illustrious appellations of the Cote d'Or, but on the Maconais. He's one of the hard-working talents showing just how great the wines from this undervalued region can be: complex, mineral, ageworthy... delicious! His whites are some of the best value white wines in the whole world. We're thrilled to have him in the shop today to share his wines and talk about what it takes to make top flight wines, vintage in and vintage out. Wines will be available at a discount for all ... Read More »

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 »