Col d’Orcia really has it all. Nestled in the beautiful UNSECO-protected Val d’Orcia in the shadow of mount Amiata, this estate calls itself an ‘organic island’, where olives, tobacco, grapes, wheat, and other crops are grown not just organically but with biodynamic practices added. It’s also one of the oldest Brunello di Montalcino producers, and home to some of the choicest terroir in the region.
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To find Domaine Vacheron's cellars in the middle of the ancient town of Sancerre you'll first have to get lost in its winding streets. Down one alley, then another shortcut, your phone loses its signal, and you find yourself asking old ladies on their way home from church for directions. But when you get there you'll feel like you've made it to the very heart of Sancerre, and when you taste the wines, you'll feel you're getting to know its soul.
Jean Foillard is one of the wine world's few true legends. Alongside the likes of Marcel Lapierre, he's a founding member of Kermit Lynch's Gang of Four, the group that essentially invented natural wine. Foillard’s Beaujolais-Villages is consistently one of the most transparently delicious wines we offer.
Tempier Rosé makes the list of many wine lovers' memorable "firsts" — perhaps it was your first taste of the Kermit Lynch porfolio, or your first taste of serious, elegant rosé. Long before rows and rows of rosé were filling American shelves every summer, Domaine Tempier was bottling its pale pink Provençal wine for a rapt, albeit local, audience.
Walking from Alzinger’s winery into his Dürnstein vineyards, you will come across some of the greatest names of Austria, like Pichler and Knoll. Among these giants, Alzinger’s stands out for their transparency and purity. They are less opulent, and more refreshing.
Manfred Enderle and Florian Moll are certainly two of Germany's best winemakers, but their path to greatness hasn't been straightforward. When they began their domaine, in 2007, everything they did flew against conventional German wine wisdom. They prized location and vine age over ripeness, neutral oak over new, and subtlety over flash. They work with some of Baden's oldest Pinot Noir vines, and everything is farmed organically and biodynamically.
Paitin is one of a handful of traditionalist producers that specializes in the vineyards of Barbaresco located in the village of Neive. There, they have vines, now over 40 years old, planted in a Cru called Bricco di Neive. They can legally produce Barbaresco from these vines, and given the age of the vines, this is exactly what most producers would do. But Paitin dedicates this plot to making straight Nebbiolo.
Ulli Stein is a legend. For decades, this Mosel winemaker has been pushing every boundary he can find, but there’s a special place in our hearts for his most traditional Rieslings, wines that deftly show off the Mosel’s trademark slate soils. And that’s just what we have for you today — Blauschiefer, sourced from 75+ year old vines, mostly ungrafted, from the 1er cru vineyard of St. Aldegunder Himmelreich.
It’s hard to beat the simple pleasure of a regionally expressive, complex Italian white with just a little bit of age. This is where the Fiano grape can really shine, its natural richness balancing the volcanic tension of its birthplace. We have an absolutely delicious one for you today, grown on volcanic tufo soils in the commune of Montefredane in Avellino.
July at Flatiron NYC kicks off our summer Wine School series, free back-bar wine, cocktail and spirit tastings, a special dinner collaboration with Chateau Beaucastel, and more.
Austria may be known for Grüner Veltliners and Rieslings, but Blaufränkisch is its unsung hero grape. French wine lovers can find Blau analogs in the likes of Gamay, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Mourvèdre…the list goes on. Wines made from Blaufränkisch can be light and juicy, rich and spicy, deep and savory, a kaleidoscope of flavors and textures.
Everyone has their “a-ha!” moment wine. For the luckiest among us, it’s the first sip of great Nebbiolo or Burgundy. For one member of the Flatiron Wines team, though, it was a most obscure grape — Pineau d’Aunis. Pineau in the running for the perfect summer wine, a red that’s chillable and punchy, yet markedly different and more complex than the average glou glou offerings at your local wine bar.