From the Vine

August Urban Sampler: PORCH POUNDERS!


August 2016 Urban Sampler

Four great bottles of wine handpicked by our staff, always $50

“Porch Pounders” Urban Sampler

The best moments of summer are those carefree days where you can sit and relax without a worry in the world. These moments of relaxation are often aided by a great wine that refreshes the palate like a cold glass of lemonade. Enjoy these Porch Pounders from our Urban Sampler 4-pack, which are the perfect wines to enjoy summer sipping wherever your “porch” may be. Let your last dog days of summer be worry free with wines that are crisp, refreshing and delicious till the last drop!

NV El Xamfrà Cava Brut (Penedes, Spain) 

Macabeo, Xarel·lo, Parellada

El Xamfra has been making great cava since 1987 in Spain’s Penedes region right outside of Barcelona. Cava is Spanish sparkling wine, made the same method as Champagne, but with indigenous Spanish grapes. This bubbly is Spain’s answer to Champagne, but at an excellent value! Pop open for a perfect summer sunset toast!

2014 Pedra Cancella “Seleção do Enólogo 4W (Dão, Portugal)

Malvasia, Encruzado

Joao Paul Gouveia is the owner of his family’s vineyard Pedra Cancela, located on slopes above the Dao River. Pedra’s wines are highly polished, modern-leaning examples of Dao. This beautifully balanced wine offers up a lovely mix of freshness and florals from Malvasina-Fina and rich textures from Encruzado.  Sip the day away on the back deck with this creamy smooth white wine with a long-lasting finish.

2015 Lieu-dit Cocagne Rose (Coteaux du Vendomois-Loire Valley, France)

100% Pineau D’Aunis

The rosé is made by a cooperative in Vendomois that was established in 1921.  Today they have 12 independent winemakers and 25 wine growers.  This rose of pineau d’aunis has racy minerality, blazing acidity, and red cranberry tartness. Absolutely divine with summer cold cuts, avocado salads, and tuna dishes!

2015 Tenuta di Gracciano Rosato di Toscana (Tuscany, Italy)

100% Prugnolo Gentile (Sangiovese)

The Gracciano Estate is one of the oldest wineries in the Montepulciano region. The vines grow on the clay and silty soil of the Gracciano hills, one of the oldest crus of Montepulciano. This rose features hints of cherry, raspberry, and rose. The palate is fresh, with a fruity finish making it excellent with pizza and charcuterie.