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The Best Flash Sales Deals: Week of May 23

Smart deals for summer entertaining — from poolside sips to grilling partners

Pix Editors By May 23, 2022
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Each Monday, we publish a round-up of the most compelling flash sales offers for the coming week. Given the diversity of our audience across all ages, preferences, and budgets, know that some of these bottles might not quite float your boat, or might not be the right price. But all of our choices represent genuine value and hard-to-match opportunities in their own categories.

This week offers some standouts from classic European regions, including a pair of well-priced Chianti Classicos from Wine Express on Monday and Organic Wine Exchange on Thursday, as well as great bottles of Sancerre, Vouvray, and Pomerol. For those looking for something a bit more unusual, snag an orange Pinot Gris from Organic Wine Exchange on Tuesday, or a distinctive bottle-fermented Prosecco from Wine Access on Friday.

Keep an eye out each week for our top picks.

Monday, May 23

bottle of Frescobaldi Tenuta Perano Chianti Classico

2017 Frescobaldi Tenuta Perano Chianti Classico, $26.95

Who’s it for: Grilling enthusiasts. Chianti Classico remains an undervalued appellation where high-quality bottles (under $30) abound, pairing beautifully with a range of foods — from grilled steak to saucy pastas. This Tuscan gem, centered around Sangiovese from the hills outside the village of Gaiole, delivers an alluring mix of earthiness, bright red fruits like cherry and cranberry, and enough tannic structure to make the whole thing work with fire-kissed meats, thanks to spending 24 months aging in the traditional Slavonian oak casks that Frescobaldi employs.

Where to get it: Wine Express, available May 23, 2022 at 9 a.m. ET until sold out

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bottle of Domaine Laporte La Terre des Anges Sancerre

2020 Domaine Laporte La Terre des Anges Sancerre, $36

Who’s it for: Poolside imbibers looking for a languid afternoon aperitif. A longstanding beacon for quality and excellence in the Loire Valley, Domaine Laporte produces several different expressions of Sauvignon Blanc from the appellation’s different soil types, including this bottling from flinty soils, which combines the classic grapefruit and cut grass notes with a hint of smokiness.

Where to get it: Wine Access, available May 23, 2022 at 2 p.m. ET until sold out

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bottle of 2018 Enclos de Viaud Lalande de Pomerol

2018 Enclos de Viaud Lalande de Pomerol, $29.95

Who’s it for: Seeking a versatile dinner wine to drink now or save? This bottle hails from a small family winery just outside of Pomerol in Bordeaux. It offers an expression of Merlot that shows the wonderful equilibrium the Bordelaise have frequently struck in their wines, with freshness and brightness intertwined with hints of baking spice and tobacco. Those attributes make this wine both a delight to drink right now, but also suitable for some additional years of aging.

Where to get it: Wine Express, available May 23, 2022 at 9 a.m. ET until sold out

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Tuesday, May 24

bottle of 2019 Kemetner Ried Karl Kamptal Grüner Veltliner

2019 Kemetner Ried Karl Kamptal Grüner Veltliner, $28

Who’s it for: White wine adventurers. Grüner Veltliner gets regularly overlooked even by white wine lovers: maybe because the Germanic name leads some to think it’s similar to Riesling or Gewürztraminer, or maybe just because many have only experienced it as an inexpensive and inoffensive quaffer. This bottle, hailing from the Kamptal region of Austria, is a flavor powerhouse, delivering a mix of apples, pears, and oranges along with vibrant acidity and hints of tarragon and watercress.

Where to get it: SommSelect, available May 24, 2022 at 9:45 a.m. PT until sold out

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bottle of 2020 Biokult Naken

2020 Biokult Naken, $15

Who’s it for: Those curious to try orange wine. Perhaps you’ve heard something about orange wine, but don’t know where to begin. Or, you’re already a fan of the style, and you just want to snag a solid bottle at a very good price. Either way, consider this Austrian example of skin-contact Pinot Gris with just a hint of Muskateller blended in, giving the wine notes of orange peel and honeysuckle as well as a nice bit of tannic structure.

Where to get it: Organic Wine Exchange, available May 24, 2022 at 7 a.m. PT until sold out or June 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PT

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Thursday, May 26

bottle of 2015 Freja Chehalem Mountains Estate Pinot Noir

2015 Freja Chehalem Mountains Estate Pinot Noir, $28

Who’s it for: OG Oregon Pinot fans. One of the many great things about Oregon’s Willamette Valley is that it has lots of room for small producers who are perfectly content to make small quantities of great wine, like Willy Gianopulos of Freja, the descendant of Greek grape growers who established his vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains in the late 1980s and still makes elegant, long-lived wines that showcase his blend of Old and New World influences.

Where to get it: SommSelect, available May 26, 2022 at 9:45 a.m. PT until sold out

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bottle of 2016 Viticcio Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG

2016 Viticcio Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG, $23

Who’s it for: Value hunters. This is truly an exceptional price for a wine that is both critically acclaimed (93 points from Wine Spectator) and offers a complex and intriguing expression of Sangiovese from a biodynamic producer. The bottle offers a mix of sour cherry, blackberry, and cassis, along with spices like black pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg. You can drink it now, or stash it away for a special occasion in a few years.

Where to get it: Organic Wine Exchange, available May 26, 2022 at 10 a.m. ET until sold out or June 3, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PT

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Friday, May 27

bottle of 2020 Ca'dei Zago Rifermentato in Bottiglia Valdobbiadene Prosecco

2020 Ca'dei Zago Rifermentato in Bottiglia Valdobbiadene Prosecco, $22

Who’s it for: Bubbly connoisseurs. This bottle of Prosecco is unusual for the appellation in that the wine undergoes secondary fermentation in the bottle, allowing for a slightly more creamy, nutty expression of Glera than you typically find in the region, while still maintaining the freshness, fruitiness, and vivacity that you’d expect to see.

Where to get it: Wine Access, available May 27, 2022 at 10 a.m. ET until sold out

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bottle of 2014 Philippe Foreau Domaine du Clos Naudin Vouvray Sec

2014 Philippe Foreau Domaine du Clos Naudin Vouvray Sec, $49

Who’s it for: Here’s your chance to try a Chenin Blanc with a bit of age. The third generation of the Foreau family to make wine at Domaine du Clos Naudin, Foreau showcases Chenin Blanc from this iconic Loire Valley appellation in a variety of ways, including this very dry style that is evolving beautifully to show white peach, crushed apple, wet wool, and camphor.

Where to get it: SommSelect, available May 27, 2022 at 9:45 a.m. PT until sold out

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bottle of 2014 Philippe Foreau Domaine du Clos Naudin Vouvray Sec

2017 Château Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Léognan Cru Classé, $139

Who’s it for: Bordeaux aficionados. Here’s a bottle of Bordeaux from the commune of Graves in the southern part of the Medoc which the critics just adored: 97 points each from Wine Advocate, James Suckling, and Vinous. Dark and powerful with notes of cassis, black cherry, tobacco, and cedar, it’s definitely a wine that would appreciate a bit of cellaring.

Where to get it: Wine Access, available May 27, 2022 at 10 a.m. ET until sold out

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Editor’s note: The Drop’s Flash Sales Deals series is open to all wine sellers who offer flash sales. Please send your pitch to The Drop editors for consideration at TheDrop@pix.wine. Pitches are due two weeks before an offer goes live. This series is published each Monday morning.