We sell tons of Urban Samplers all year round, but never more than in the month of December. It’s the perfect grab and go gift. After all, you’re giving $66 worth of wine, all wrapped up and looking cute, but only paying $50 for it! So next time you’re headed to a Christmas party or need a present for your boss or Aunt Marge, make sure you swing by UG and pick up our “Don’t WINED Up on the Naughty List” Urban Sampler!
“Don’t WINED Up on the Naughty List” Urban Sampler – $50
The holidays are here, and what better way to stay on top of the madness than to purchase a pre-wrapped, pre-selected Urban Sampler of some of the season’s coolest wines! Be the gift-giver that everybody looks forward to receiving gifts from with UG’s Holiday Sampler. Whether you are attending a holiday celebration, giving a gift, or stocking up for yourself, these wines should be on top of your holiday to-do list!
NV Zefiro Prosecco DOC Treviso Brut (Veneto, ITA)
Zefiro Prosecco made by the Zardetto family comes from 100% Glera grapes (formerly known as Prosecco) sourced from the hills of Conegliano. Delicately soft on the palate, Zefiro can be enjoyed anytime, from important celebrations to last-minutes holiday parties.
2012 Jean-Paul Brun Terre Dorres Beaujolais Blanc (Beaujolais, FRA)
Jean Paul Brun is located in Charnay, a village in the Southern Beaujolais in a beautiful area known as the “Region of Golden Stones“. This stainless steel fermented and aged Chardonnay is crisp and benefits from the wild yeasts winemaker & owner Brun uses during fermentation.
2011 El Pajaro Rojo Mencia (Bierzo, SPA)
El Pájaro Rojo comes from the Losada Vinos de Finca Winery, where winemaker Amancio Fernández has fashioned many of Bierzo’s greatest wines. El Pajoro undergoes malolactic fermentation in French oak and is barrel aged using natural yeasts. This Mencia boasts a suave texture and plenty of ripe flavors that compliment roasted pork, or lamb!
2012 Luccarelli Negroamaro (Puglia, ITA)
Luccarelli Negromaro is a un-oaked, fresh expression of this typically leathery Southern Italian grape offering cranberry and ripe plum. This is an ideal wine for a frosty night spent with friends, consumed with hearty pasta, or red meat dishes. You can also choose to drink this Negroamaro while in your pajamas waiting for Santa!
We’ve had some big ticket items the last few days, so let’s pull it back and think about stocking stuffers, shall we?
There are nips that you hide in your suit pocket, and then there are nips you use to fix yourself a mighty nice cocktail. There need be no shame in these nips. We have some fun ones like Effen Vodka ($4), Damrak Gin ($3), Bulleit Bourbon ($5) and Corzo Tequila ($5). Perfect for a single pour or cocktail.
Whiskey Disks – $30
We love this locally made father/son product. Throw them in the freezer, then add them to your neat spirits when you want them chilled but not diluted. The Whiskey Disks will keep them the perfect temperature the whole time, and in this cute little box they are the perfect stocking stuffer.
Fluid Dynamics Brandy Manhattan – $20
This 200 ml vessel contains two perfectly blended Manhattans right in the bottle. Just shake over ice and go. It’s a blend of Germain-Robin brandy and Vya sweet vermouth.
Dale’s Pale Ale Tall Boy Cans – $4
This Tall Boy contains 19.2 ounces of Pale Ale loving. And it’s the perfect shape for the toe of the stocking, which is always the hardest to fill.
Fussigny Cognac – $11
So, so cute! This is an affordable but delicious cognac in an approachable 200 ml size. Perfect for stocking gifting or adding into a gift box. This is one of our most popular grab and go items (all year round, I might add!).
The Bitter Truth Cocktail Bitters, travel size – $20
This is a perfect gift for the newbie cocktail maker who wants to try new bitters without committing to a big bottle. This gift says “while you’re at it, please make me a cocktail too.” So, it’s kind of like a gift for both of you.
Wine Chillers – $20
Okay, we admit it. We were skeptical! How hard is it to throw a bottle of wine in the fridge?! But these fantastic wine chillers have won us over and we have trouble keeping them in stock. Great for red wine too, if it hasn’t been properly stored (not that you would do that) and needs to be chilled down a touch.
Urban Grape Swag: Urban Hops Bottle Openers – $5, Urban Grape Shakers – $20, Urban Grape Cork Screw – $10, UG Champagne Stoppers – $8
Give the gift of The Urban Grape. When paired with a UG Gift Card, this is a pretty exciting little stocking stuffer.
We are feeling awfully lucky to have an incredible line-up of Sea Smoke wines at The Urban Grape this December. These are wines that basically cannot be found at retail in Massachusetts, and would make one mighty fine gift basket for the California wine lover in your family!
2011 Sea Smoke “Sea Spray” Sparkling Wine – $135
It’s no surprise that a winery known for producing inspiring Pinot Noir would branch into the world of Blanc de Noirs Sparkling Wine. Given that this wine is produced from the powerful Sea Smoke grapes, it is very unique in style and flavor. It’s not finished with a dosage either, which makes it even more interesting. It’s a wonderful food wine, and one that sparkling wine lovers will love finding under the tree!
2011 Sea Smoke Chardonnay – $125
While Sea Smoke is known for its Pinot Noir, it also makes tasty Chardonnays that are also highly-coveted. The 2011 Chard was just released in October and is proving to be just as intriguing as its predecessors. This an oaky but balanced Chardonnay – the kind that tastes so good on a cold winter day. It has honeysuckle overtones for that extra-sensous experience. If you like Cali Chards, you”ll love the Sea Smoke.
2010 Sea Smoke “Southing” Pinot Noir – 750 ml $115 and 2009 Magnum $250
I will never forget sitting on our couch watching tv with TJ, all snuggled up with my first ever glass of the Sea Smoke Southing. It made quite an impression. The Southing is great to pop and drink right now (like we did that night!). This seductive wine has fine tannins and a wonderful minerality. The cool climate leads to slow, steady ripening and a deep expression of flavors. You know we love a wine when we call it yummy, and this is definitely a yummy wine!
2010 Sea Smoke “Ten” Pinot Noir - $145
If Southing is the pop and enjoy bottle, Ten is the bottle you let age. This blend of the vineyard’s ten Pinot Noir clones is big and masculine with firm tannins and a long finish. The Southing is silk, the Ten is velvet. This is the wine you buy for a Cabernet lover that is intrigued by Pinot Noir, or a Pinot Noir lover that wants a more intense experience.
The Pappy Van Winkle allocations have come. And gone. It’s time to come to terms with the fact that if you didn’t get a bottle in the week before Thanksgiving, you’re not going to get a bottle before Christmas. I hate to be the bearer of this news, but listen…we’ve all got to come to grips.
Let’s look to the future and stay positive. What do you get (or ask Santa for!) when you can’t get Pappy? Here are four ideas from us.
Michter’s 10 Year Bourbon – $100
TJ’s favorite Pappy is the 15 year. He will gladly pass over the 20 and 23 to get his hands on the 15. In his estimation the Michter’s 10 is the closest replica of Pappy 15. And if we’re being honest, he prefers it. This is hands down his favorite bottle of bourbon in the store right now. It’s big, masculine, and tannic in a Napa Cab kind of way. Even better? We can get it, so you can fall in love and not have to beg for another bottle. Access makes it that much more appealing.
Whistle Pig The Boss Hog 12 3/4 Year Barrel- Aged Rye – $160
Some people drink Pappy because they love the taste. Other people drink it because it’s hard to come by and seen as a status symbol. This is a bottle you can get for either person. The Boss Hog is very limited production (ours is from barrel 19), and when it’s gone, it’s gone. But this is no amateur hour rye – it’s 134.8 proof, which means you’re going to need an ice cube or a dash of water in there to make it palatable. But once you do, you’ll enjoy a big, powerful, spicy rye unlike anything you’ve ever tried before. A true collector’s item.
Berkshire Mountain Distillers Cask-Finished Bourbon Whiskey – $60
What Pappy lacks in accessibility, it makes up for in price. Considering how much they COULD charge for a bottle, it’s considered relatively inexpensive. Coming in at both unique and affordable is this Berkshire Mountain Bourbon that is aged for four months in Sam Adam’s Utopia Barrels. The finished product starts off with the Berkshire influence – their bourbon is known for notes of mocha and vanilla. From there, the Utopia kicks in with fig, maple and a a sweet port finish. A wonderful collaboration from two local producers.
Casa Dragones Tequlia Gift Pack (including two hand-etched Reidel tequila glasses) – $300
Tequila in place of bourbon? Hear us out. A person who sips Pappy sips it because he or she is a sipper of spirits (got that? Good.). For someone who loves to sip, the Casa Dragone tequila is the cat’s meow. In fact, it makes Joseph do a tap dance every time he talks about it (true story). It’s spearminty, a little coconuty, and has a delightful salinity that makes you think you’re diving into a margarita, even though you’ve left the superfluous additions behind. It has an exquisite nose and palate. And this gift pack is all caché.
Four great gift ideas to help you get over the Pappy. All waiting for you at The Urban Grape!
It’s time for The Urban Grape gift guide! A little daily inspiration of the boozy variety to make your holiday shopping easier.
We are in love with our One Night in Manhattan gift box. Now, you can take any group of products in the store and we will turn it into a gift box for you, but as aficionados of the Perfect Manhattan, this box is the ideal gift in our book. If you have a Manhattan lover on your list, be sure to pick one of these up while supplies last!
One Night in Manhattan Gift Box $105
Urban Grape Cocktail Shaker
High West Son of Bourie Rye
Carpano Antica Vermouth
All wrapped up in a wooden box with silver tinsel and a silver/maroon bow. Isn’t it perfect?!
(Need several of these? Call ahead to order and we can deliver them for you!)
Are you guys having as much fun reading the staff’s Thanksgiving Table choices as I am? One thing is for sure, they love their alcohol! Here are so more great choices from the staff.
High West Distillery “Double Rye” - This is what I’m going to be curling up with before (and after) my food coma on Thanksgiving day. This seamless blend of a spicy 2 year old, and a smooth, rich 16 year old rye produces notes of caramel and cinnamon will pair great that slice of pecan pie you’ve been looking forward to for weeks!
Back today with some more staff picks for their Thanksgiving table. I love seeing what everyone will be drinking and the different traditions that they incorporate into their gatherings!
Known for my incessant sweet tooth, I’m clearly most excited for Thanksgiving dessert. Accompanying grandpa’s homemade butternut squash, apple, and lemon ricotta pies will be the 2009 Chateau Guiraud Sauternes. It is one of the most beautiful Sauternes I have ever tasted with amazing honey and peach notes that are perfect with turkey day sweets, or any day sweets for that matter!
For thanksgiving this year I will be making a drink I learned in Chaource, France called Cacibel. It is a blend of sparkling artisanal dry hard cider (I’ll be using a Bordelet Sidre from former sommelier Eric Bordelet), with a touch of cassis, and artisan honey. It marries well with both sweet and savory, and is wildly refreshing and palate cleansing.
Last year, my mother made me throw away the turkey carcass because she didn’t want to deal with finding a place for it in the fridge. Earlier today, I sent my mother a threatening email about the repercussions if she dares make me do that again. Scouring Pinterest for table settings? Check. Obsessing about side dishes? Check. Misplaced hostility? Check. We must be just over a week from Thanksgiving.
Everyone’s Thanksgiving traditions are a little bit different, so we’ve asked all of our staff members to share one boozy beverage that will surely have a place at their feast this year. We’ll put a few up every day to inspire you – remember, with all the effort you’re putting into the food, don’t leave the wine/beer/cocktails to chance!
No-bake pumpkin cheesecake with graham cracker crust blends a staple of the Icelandic festival table (no-bake cheesecakes are a standard on any festival table) with the pumpkin madness of Americans! With it I will pour the Peter Lehman Classic Muscat, it has body enough to support the cream cheese and whipped cream, and spice that complements the pumpkin spices.
I’ll be serving Pierre Gaillard Rosé – what could be better with turkey than a Rhone blend rosé! (All still rosés are 20% off this week at The Urban Grape…even large format bottles!)
We have a pretty jovial group of friends for Thanksgiving (no awkward family affair here), so we’ll get everyone in a festive mood by starting with cocktails over a game of Cards Against Humanity. I’ll be pouring Black Manhattans, which were introduced to me by our friends at Whistle Pig Rye, and perfected by the bar at Bistro du Midi: 2 oz Whistle Pig Rye, 1 oz Averna Amaro, and a few dashes Fee Brothers Aztec Chocolate bitters, stirred and served over one huge ice cube.
Here’s what’s fun about wine – you’re never, ever, EVER (!) going learn all there is to know about the subject. It’s just not possible. So imagine our delight when we were collectively knocked on our asses by an unassuming grape called Scheurebe.
It happened this Sunday when Terry Theise came to UG to talk about some of his favorite imports. The Champagnes he poured were to die for. Honestly, each one was better then the next and the price points were incredible – all between $60 and $70! For the quality of the Champagne, that price is just unheard of. I didn’t think things could get any better until Terry started pouring the Gysler Scheurebe Halbttrocken.
The what? Exactly.
First, let’s start with Terry’s description. He called it “The Karma Sutra in a glass.” He promised we would either love it or hate it, but if we loved it then it would pretty damn near ruin all other white wine for us. He was correct. People were nearly in fisticuffs trying to get to the bottles (not really, but I’ve never seen a wine sell out so fast at any of our other tastings).
So what is Scheurebe? It’s an indigenous grape grown in Germany and Austria, that historically has been used to make sweet wines. There is a growing trend toward dry Scheurebe that combine the best of both worlds – the sweet nose and flavors that make this an aromatic powerhouse (blackcurrant!), with the acid needed to balance it all out (grapefruit!). It’s like Sauvignon Blanc on crack. But it’s hard to strike the balance, so you need to buy it from a winemaker that knows what he or she is doing. The Gysler absolutely nails it.
Here is Terry’s full tasting note, not for the faint of heart: “Once you taste this with Chinese take-out you’ll be ordering Chinese six nights a week just for the fucking bliss of drinking the wine. Super-expressive Scheu aromas recall something like Sancerre with 15% elderflower syrup, and this is just perfect every day wine, crammed with wry charm. You know a guy who is naturally funny, like can’t-help-but-be? A guy where people say, ‘I don’t know what it is about him, but every time he opens his mouth he cracks me up.’ This wine is that guy.”
We have only a bottle or two left, but will be ordering more. Email Leah if you want in on the action – I’m getting a case and keeping it cold and expect it to be gone in a month or less. Oh, and it’s a liter bottle for $22. Instant party!!