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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2015 Girolamo Russo “A Rina” Etna Rosso (Sicily, Italy) *4R*

Girolamo Russo’s “A Rina” is a spectacular wine that stands apart as an affordable bottle that over-delivers in every way. One of our favorite light-bodied wines in the entire store, expect lots of finesse with ample notes of cherry and plum. Nice undertones of leather, tobacco and spice give this wine added intrigue. A little rustic, and yet, pure elegance. Depth and flavor of fruit abound, with an ashy minerality that is a signature trait of wines originating from around the famous Mount Etna. Velvety tannins and fresh acidity come together to make this wine a pleasure to drink.


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  • 11.20.17 GEEKOUT with UG: Wines of the Northern Rhone with Jo-Ann Ross! 6:00-7:30PM

    This November, Boston’s most fun wine educator Jo-Ann Ross joins us for a Geek Out covering all things Northern Rhone. The Northern Rhone is THE Mecca for Syrah-Diehards- producing the benchmark for which all others in the world are held. From Cornas to Condrieu – we’ll taste through a lineup of distinct Syrah’s from the area’s most prized regions, as well as the esoteric and rare whites from lesser-known appellations. You can expect to see from producers such as Pierre GaillardVin de VienneClusel Roche, and Vincent Paris!

    Free Gift Included
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  • 11.21.17 Italian Allstars from Arborway! 4-7PM

    Chas from Arborway returns this month with two need-to-know Italian wineries of Reva and Girolamo Russo. Girolamo Russo crafts Nerello Mascalese grown on the foothills of live, active volcano, Mount Etna to produce wines with impressive delicacy as well as those with great structure. Réva, on the other hand, is a new Barolo-focused winery project headed up by winemaker Gianluca Colombo.

    Also joining us today is Brianna Garland from Sweetgreen! She will have samples of the new Fall menu as well as the infamous Harvest Bowl – featured in TJ & Hadley’s new book ‘Drink Progressively.’ Complete some of your Holiday shopping with a ‘Drink Progressively’ book signed by author TJ Douglas and a free salad treat!

  • 11.22.17 Pre- Turkey Tasting Day! 11am-4pm

    With only a day until Thanksgiving, don’t miss out on our marathon of special tastings featuring organic and biodynamic wines from Giannoni, new wines from the Olmstead porfolio,  and TJ’s picks from MS Walker! These are Holiday table Must-Haves!

  • 11.24.17 Sharpen Your Sake Savvy! 5-8pm

    The recipe for sake is simple: rice, water, and koji (a microbe that causes fermentation), however, the resulting beverage is often anything but! With so many different styles, UG newcomer and long-time Sake enthusiast Jack steps up to show us what this mysterious Japanese beverage is all about! We’ll taste through a range of sake – from dry, rich, fragrant and full-bodied.

  • 11.25.17 Pet-Nat Party! 3-6pm

    Ain’t no party like a pet-nat party ’cause a pet-nat party don’t quit!

    Pet-nat -AKA ‘Petillant Naturel’- is the OG Sparkling wine. This light, fizzy, and often low alcohol-sparkler is produced via méthode ancestral, a technique that pre-dates méthode champenoise (the technique famous in Champagne, where the base wine is fully fermented, then undergoes a secondary fermentation in bottle with the addition of yeast and sugar). Long story short, the wine is bottled prior to fully completing its first fermentation, allowing carbon dioxide to be produced by the natural sugars found in the grapes. Unlike Champagne, Pét-Nat is not disgorged, and may or may not be filtered on completion of fermentation.

  • 11.30.17 Undiscovered South Africa! 5-8pm

    Rob from Cape Classics joins us to share the untold and often overlooked story of South African wine. In the discussion of New versus Old world, South Africa’s history with grape growing could technically land it in the old world, however, it’s Southern Hemisphere location often gets the region lumped in with the New. Cape Classics represents the ‘old-fashioned’ while holding social responsibility at the fore. The wineries they represent embrace sustainable eco and social practices, doing their part to help preserve lands for future generations while improving the human condition now. And as can be expected, the wines reflect the care and thoughtfulness that goes into crafting them! We’ll be opening selections from Bayten, B Vintners, Raats, and de Toren!

    Boston’s own Jenny Johnson will also be stopping by to debut her new sparkling wine, Champy. Created in collaboration with Sonoma winemaker, Penny Gadd-Coster of Ramp & Riddle, Champy epitomizes Jenny’s philosophy of celebrating life everyday.

  • 12.02.17 December Sampler Tasting! 3-6pm

    December is the epitome of the holiday season! UG’s December Urban Sampler features four wines selected by UG’s staff to get you in a festive mood. We are featuring a classic Italian bubbly for holiday toasting, a floral white to sip on while baking cookies, a light Beaujolais for hors d’oeuvres and an earthy French Malbec for the main course. At an incredible value of $50, you can check off your wine wish-lists and grab a pack (or two) to take to your next holiday soiree!

  • 12.07.17 Feast of the 7 Fishes Tasting! 5-8pm

    The holiday festivities continue when Stacey of Matchvino stops by with an Italian wine selection from two small-production wineries, Gabriele Scaglione and Tessari. Gabriele Scaglione focuses primarily on making wines from native grapes grown from some of the best of the Langhe and Roero regions in Piedmont. The Tessari Family is made up of three brothers who, following in their father’s legacy, continue to craft exceptional wines made from Garganega within the Veneto region.

    Mark from Boston Harbor Distillery also drops by UG to sample the Maple Cream Rum Liqueur and Putnam Rye!

  • 12.08.17 Tour de Force Tasting! 5-8pm

    Welcome back Ben from AP Imports as he invites us on a tour de France! From Burgundy to Bordeaux and winding all the way down to the Rhone Valley, cyclists pass through some of the best wine regions in all of France. You can sample some of the finest wines without the heavy peddling. Chapeau!

    Stephen of Compass Box Whiskeys joins us to show an eclectic collection of scotch whiskeys from Whiskeymaker John Glaser.

    Leo will also be here sampling sake from Kikusui. They’ve held a long tradition of making high quality sake that everyone can enjoy.

  • 12.09.17 American Gems from Arborway! 3-6PM

    Chas from Arborway returns this month with American boutique wines from California and Oregon. Featuring specialty properties from Mount Eden Vineyards, Ayres, Le Pich, and Cruse Wine Company, as well as, small production Ultraviolet.

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There is nothing that UG owner TJ Douglas loves more than working with clients one-on-one. When he’s at the store he’s always swarmed with people looking for wine recs, but TJ is also available for private consultations – at no cost to you! Shoot him an email to learn more about how he can help you fill your wine cellar, set up a wine wedding registry, or build cases of new arrivals that get delivered on a regular basis. TJ is the wine concierge you’ve been waiting for!

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