Flatiron's Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

Flatiron's Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

Welcome to our Holiday 2019 Gift Guide! Our goal is to alleviate some of the stress that holiday wine gifts can bring. Hopefully you can have some fun while choosing the perfect bottle for everyone on your list. We've got these lists split into three categories: Gifts for the Wine Geek, Gifts for the New (but interested!) Wine Drinker, and--my personal favorite--stocking stuffers. 
Margaret Scudder
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Flatiron's Guide to Cote Rotie

Flatiron's Guide to Cote Rotie

Allen Meadows, more familiarly known as Burghound, was once asked what wines he likes to drink most from outside of Burgundy. His answer was Cote Rotie. No other region can produce wines that are closer to Burgundy in terms of weight, texture and elegance. If you like Burgundy, you almost certainly like Cote Rotie. 

This is our simple and definitive guide to Cote Rotie.

Jeff Patten
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Flatiron-Wines.com, New and Improved!

Flatiron-Wines.com, New and Improved!

This is Flatiron-wines.com... new and improved! We're insanely jazzed about our new website. Find out about what's changing – and what's not! – here.

Margaret Scudder
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Simple Guide to Hermitage Wine Region

Simple Guide to Hermitage Wine Region

Hermitage may be the greatest wine made from Syrah anywhere in the world. In this post, Jeff takes a close look at Hermitage, focusing on everything from its history and terroir, to its vineyard sites, top producers and more.
Jeff Patten
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Comando G: Magic in Sierra de Gredos

Comando G: Magic in Sierra de Gredos

Fernando Garcia and Daniel Gómez Jiménez-Landi have one weird trick for winemaking success in the Gredos: they hang out in the local taverns and drink beer with the village old-timers. Why are people so excited about these wines? What makes them so good?

Joshua Cohen
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Rosé At Home: Taste With Us

Rosé At Home: Taste With Us

We want to take a moment, as the holiday weekend dawns on us, to talk with you about how to organize an at-home tasting! There's no better way to experience wine than with friends. And there's no better time than...you guessed it....NOW!
Andrew Chen
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Trousseau + Cali Limestone + Raj Parr = Magic

Trousseau + Cali Limestone + Raj Parr = Magic

There are many great things about California! But, for wine nerds, there is one glaring imperfection which lies in California's soils: there isn’t enough limestone! Europe, by contrast, enjoys a high concentration of limestone, one reason wine production has long thrived there.
Andrew Chen
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Old School Bordeaux, Ready to Drink Now

Old School Bordeaux, Ready to Drink Now

Ready-to-drink, Biodynamic, Old-school Bordeaux for a Song

Maison Blanche is one of our favorite biodynamic addresses in Bordeaux. It’s also one of our favorite old-school Bordeaux, in a way: at MB they pursue finesse over power and flash, a throwback to the days before flying winemakers and the 100-point rating scale.

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

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

What gives rosé wines their pink color?

Rosé is usually made with red-wine grapes, which have pigment in their skins.

All the color in rosé wines come from the skins of those grapes.  (We’ll talk more about wine making later in this post.)

Well, is Rosé more like white wine or red wine?

While the color of rosé wines can run the gamut from almost white to light red, people tend to drink them more like white wines than red wines. We drink rosé with a chill (the exact serving temperature depends, as with red and white wines, on all the particulars). Like white wine, many rosés are perfect for outdoor, hot day drinking: that’s why they’re mainstays of seaside vacations.

 

Joshua Cohen
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Guide to the Northern Rhone

At Flatiron, in the shops and in our newsletter, we talk a lot about the Northern Rhone. We love it, and based on our sales, we’re pretty sure you do too. It’s also a personal interest of mine: this is a region that provides quite a lot of the wine that I drink and cellar. I’m definitely not special in this regard. I don’t think of myself as a trend-follower, but the Northern Rhone is definitely a trend. As a region it ranks up there with Burgundy and Piedmont as one of the wine regions that gets us wine folk most excited these days. If you haven’t paid attention to the region yet, it’s time to start.
Jeff Patten
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2018 First Taste from Willi Schaefer

We just got word that Willi Schaefer's 2018 Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett is available. This isn't the kind of wine we usually get to offer by email--it is, as Terry says, allocated down to the bottle. But Terry Theise picked up some extra stock this year and, well, here we are!
Joshua Cohen
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A Guide to the 10 Crus of Beaujolais

A Guide to the 10 Crus of Beaujolais

This Guide to the 10 Crus of Beaujolais is just a quick introduction and round-up. Throughout this post, we've linked to our more detailed blog posts on each Cru. But for now we hope this helps you on your exploration through the wonderful world of the 10 Crus of Beaujolais.
Jeff Patten
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