Adventures in Italy

October 17, 2014 by: The Urban Grape

On a recent trip in August to visit my fiancée in Switzerland, we decided to take a little weekend trip to one of my favorite wine regions of Italy: Piedmont. We had been staying in Luino, a quaint small town just right across the Swiss border, on the beautiful Lago Maggiore. From there, Piedmont is a short two and a half hour drive away. Perfect for a little getaway.

We arrived on a glorious day and quickly learned we were lucky to have such good weather after a week of relentless rain. I had been to Piedmont on previous trips, but never during this time of year, when the vines are getting heavy with lush fruit, almost ready for the great harvest.

 

Since we arrived in the late afternoon, we only had time to visit one wine maker, but a very special one indeed. Located in the town of Barolo, we had the incredible opportunity to indulge in the wines of Chiara Boschis, winemaker and proprietor of E. Pira & Figli. One of the first emerging female winemakers of Barolo, in an industry previously dominated by men, Chiara paved the way with her philosophy and approach in creating naturally powerful Barolo with great finesse and stunning elegance. After our delightful tour of the small winery, we tasted her Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, Barbera, and two Barolo (2009 Barolo Cannubi and 2010 Barolo via Nuova). Needless to say, we walked out of the winery skipping, excited with the anticipation of enjoying our newly purchased treasures from such a special producer.

The next day happened to be an Italian national holiday called Ferragosto. Consequently, everything in town shuts down, and rightly so! Italians truly understand the importance of coming together with family and friends and celebrating the occasion with abundant food, wine, laughter…and even dancing. Luckily I had some insider information of a celebration in the town of Bussia. That early evening we arrived and immediately followed our noses to the top of a small hill where a church was situated, and rows and rows of tables were aligned around a large grill, wine stations and an open-air dance floor.

 

There’s a saying, “When in Rome…,” and as cheesy as it sounds, it is clever advice. Going where the locals go, and immersing yourself in customary traditions is the best way to experience a culture. Looking around at the crowd, we were the only “outsiders” in attendance, and we couldn’t have felt more welcome and happy to be a part of such a memorable experience.

That evening we had some delicious grilled pork ribs and sausage along with vedure fritte (fried vegetables). Of course, these things were further enjoyed with a lovely Dolcetto, whose lingering dark fruit flavors lent well to the salty but juicy pork. We just couldn’t get enough!

The following day we had to head home, but not without stumbling across a lovely restaurant serving a special seven-course lunch for Ferragosto in which we delighted in without a blink of an eye, sipping on refreshing glasses of Roero Arneis in the August heat. But alas, our trip had come to an end, and we drove home with full tummies and simply unforgettable memories. Ci vediamo Italia!

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A Texas Sized Pig Roast

October 16, 2014 by: The Urban Grape

Every October we take the kids to Dallas to visit my brothers and their families, and to visit the State Fair of Texas. I’ve written exhaustively about my love affair with Fletcher’s Corny Dogs, and my pilgrimage to their booth next to the Crazy Mouse roller coaster on many previous blogs. Don’t worry, I had one and it was wonderful. But even more wonderful was the pig and goat roast that my brother and sister-in-law put together on Friday night to celebrate all of our October and November family birthdays, and our ten year wedding anniversary. 

The evening was made possible by two fantastic Dallas chefs, Sharon Hage and Tim Byres. Sharon became friends with the Dallas contingent of our family after they became regulars at her restaurant York Street. Sharon closed York Street a few years ago, and now is a restaurant consultant. We’re lucky enough to have her cook for us as a family on occasion, and it’s always thoughtful, delightful food. Once the pig roast theme was settled on for our party, Sharon enlisted Tim Byres, owner of Smoke and Chicken Scratch in Dallas. His cookbook Smoke won a James Beard award last year, and it will make you want to go camping with Tim so he can cook you skillet cornbread and brisket hash. And yes, I did ask him if I could go camping with him next time I’m in Dallas. Was that weird and forward of me? 

It’s rare for us that an evening focuses more on the food than the wine, but this was a backyard affair with rum Manhattans, a keg, and some bottles of wine in an ice bucket. It was refreshing for us that we weren’t pairing anything, but rather just digging into a plate piled high with food, washed down by whatever happened to be in our glass in that moment. If you’re in Dallas, definitely hit up Tim’s restaurants – Chicken Scratch is one of my favorite places in the world. From this point on, I’ll let the pictures do the talking! 

Tim and his sous chef Israel work the pit. My brothers keep close watch. Tim had the pieces for this home smoker delivered that morning from Home Depot. Needless to say, my brother isn’t taking it down any time soon. 

TJ surveying the scene. If you couldn’t find your man during the smoking process, all you had to do was check the pit. 

Flipping the pig. 

The pig and goat. The goat was packed in cactus leaves. The last goat I tried was in Kenya, circa 1993. This one was better!

Here piggie, piggie! 

Even my momma got in on the action. 

Very deadly run Manhattans. We had several. 

Bubbly was served and enjoyed. A great surprise to have this Graham Beck bubbly on our ten year anniversary – we first discovered it on our honeymoon!

Sharon lays out the sides: a best ever brussels sprout slaw; a cucumber salad that will never be correctly described by such a boring name…it was amazing; beans; and okra. This was my first successful okra experience! 

Here’s that glorious cucumber salad in more detail. 

Sauces and sides for the pig and goat. Best tomatillo sauce ever. Seriously. 

Homemade honey gelato was a huge hit on the hot, humid night. 

The cousins storm the State Fair of Texas. 

A huge thanks to our Dallas peeps, and Sharon and Tim for such a memorable evening. A precedent has been set, and we can’t wait for next October! 

 

 

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Catching Up on Instagram!

October 15, 2014 by: The Urban Grape

It’s been a busy few weeks on our Instagram accounts – @urbangrape, @urbantj and @urbanhops. Instagram has become the quickest way to find out what highly allocated items have been coming in, and snag them before they go on the shelves. You’ll also get to see pictures of our kids and how we spend our time away from work! Here’s what we’ve been up to: 

 

The fall season is the most exciting time for allocated wine, and TJ’s been getting in some great orders like Ornelia (this is one person’s order!) and magnums of cool wines like Salon and Ridge. 

TJ’s also been busy doing cellar consultations and wine parties for some of our clients. This particular night he did a cellar stocking event for a group of businessmen who wanted one-stop shopping. It’s hard to tell who has more fun at these events – TJ or the clients! It’s easy to book Chelsea or TJ for your own in-home or in-office tasting events. Just email Chelsea to get started!

Ben has been on cloud nine with the arrival of Trillium beer. This local Fort Point brewery has been sending everything they bottle our way. Some times the amounts are small, so stay tuned to Ben’s Instagram and Twitter for breaking news on this and other highly allocated bottles. 

On a personal note, we’ve been celebrating the wedding of our dear friends Nicole Kanner and Josh Childs. This Roederer Estate Brut we chose was a huge hit at Nicole’s “Showerette.” It’s such a fantastic choice for Champagne quality without the Champagne price tag!

The Douglas boys put on their finest for the actual wedding. #socute #proudmomma #toomanyhashtagpossibilities

We were thrilled to get signed copies of Jeremy Sewall and Erin Byers Murray’s new cookbook The New England Kitchen at their first signing event at Lineage. The cookbook is amazing. I can already tell that my father is going to ask me to cook every recipe in it next summer. It’s a seasonal look at New England food – but the “new” New England, not the pot roast New England. It’s gorgeous. You can get your own signed copies when Jeremy visits UGSE on October 19th. Tickets are available here

Lastly, I’ve been resisting fall (I mourn the loss of corn and tomatoes every year), but this quick trip to Walker’s Farm Stand in Little Compton gave me pause. We are lucky to live in such a beautiful part of the country and see scenes like this every day. 

See you on Instagram! 

 

 

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The Menu for Cornucopia of Brews and Bites!

October 9, 2014 by: The Urban Grape

On Tuesday night, we headed over to Lineage in Coolidge Corner for the release party for The New England Kitchen, Chef Jeremy Sewall’s new cookbook. We were excited for our New England event with Jeremy and his Chef de Cuisine at Lineage, Rich Morin, beforehand, but after seeing the book in person – mouthwatering recipes, gorgeous photography – we’re even more excited. And then Ben and Rich sent their beer and menu pairings to me, and well….it’s gonna be good. 

Here’s the menu for the night: 

Shacksbury Cider “The Basque” (VT) paired with a selection of New England Cheeses and Preserves

Two Roads Ol’ Factory Pils (CT) paired with Citrus-Cured Salmon, Lemon Purée, and Chives on Brioche Toast

Foolproof “La Ferme Urbaine” Farmhouse Ale (RI) paired with Roasted Heirloom Squash, Sesame, White Miso and Chocolate

Trillium “Fort Point” Pale Ale (MA) paired with Steamed Mussels, Spicy Tomato Sauce and Roasted Fennel

Smuttynose Brewing “Old Brown Dog” Brown Ale (NH) paired with Braised Beef Shortrib, Pearled Barley, and Grilled Onion

Allagash Black (ME) paired with Pumpkin Chocolate Macarons from Miam Miam Macaronie

Six states, six courses, six beers, lots of education and fun, a chance to have Jeremy Sewall sign your cookbook, just $25. Buy your tickets today! 

 

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Wine In Context

October 8, 2014 by: The Urban Grape

*Another UG staff blog, this time from Kevin. Kevin is relatively new to UG, having just started at the end of the summer. We love his infectious passion for wine, which you’ll see evidence of in his guest blog post below. Enjoy! 

 

This is not a tale of travel to glorious wine country, but rather a tale of travel with wine to the relatively barren country of Phoenix, Arizona. Ever since Ellis left Boston for grad school, I had been meaning to visit. My cohort and I are both chronic planners who want to control everything. But sometimes one needs a vacation from one’s own habits, and I requested that he take over the entirety of our vacation planning for me. I didn’t want to plan anything except for what we were going to drink. In this case I found myself pondering the notion of pairing wine to the occasion, trying to plan ahead for drinking wine in context. It is often surprising how the right circumstances can make an ordinary wine extraordinary. In turn, a great wine can make a wonderful evening truly unforgettable. Ellis told me that we would spend one night soaking in crystal clear hot spring water in the desert, and staring up at the Milky Way.

After I arrived in the Phoenix airport we stopped at home so I could unload my suitcase, which Ellis referred to as a “wino Mary Poppins bag.” It contained five (intact!) bottles of carefully selected wines wrapped in my travel clothes. Among them were two Urban Grape all-time favorites, reserved for our desert retreat: the Billecart-Salmon Brut Sous Bois Champagne and the Fausse Piste Garde Manger Syrah-Viognier blend from California.

Mere hours after I arrived we were on our way to this treasured little desert settlement. In truth, words and even pictures can hardly prepare one for the reverie that is contained in that place. There was nothing off of the highway exit but a truck stop and a warehouse-sized Tex-Mex restaurant. We drove through miles of flat land framed by the mountains, and illuminated only by moonlight. Eventually we came upon a little patch of forest and an enormous sign reading “El-Dorado Hot Springs: Enter Here.” Underneath there was a slightly smaller sign reading “private property, do not enter.” It felt like we had arrived at a poorly hidden speakeasy with no password. A fence lined by palms and strung with christmas tree lights led the way to a trailer next to what appeared to be a large outdoor library. Dozens of shelves contained books that I didn’t bother to look at as we were abruptly stopped by a lanky gentleman who appeared to be using a fanny pack as a sling. “Eh, what can I help you with?” he grunted at us. A large bald man was visible inside the trailer, silently perusing a copy of Esquire magazine.

“We have a reservation for the Sunset Area,” said Ellis.

The man’s expression changed instantly. “Oh! The Sunset Area!” He produced a pen from inside his fanny pack. “You’ll need to sign here,” he gestured to a pad of paper lying amongst a pile of books about crystals, auras, and desert portals. I didn’t know what a portal was. Then he leaned in, and quietly said “that’ll be a hunnerd dollars.” Something about the transaction felt unnecessarily hush hush. He stuffed our cash into his sling along with the pen and instructed us to hop in our car and meet him “over yonder.”

We got back in the car and swung a turn around the corner. The fanny pack man was waving his good arm wildly in the air. We followed him to the campsite. “Sunset ar -ea, here we are! Enjoy your night folks.” And he was gone as quickly as he came. Tall shaggy palms surrounded the site and its two tubs. One was large, overflowing with fresh, hot spring water and the other was a peculiarly out of place ceramic bathtub filled with cold water. There was a carpet on the ground next to the large stone tub and two lawn chairs were set atop it. I thought, how peculiar to put a carpet outside; would it not mildew? I expressed to Ellis this criticism of the decor. He reminded me that moisture was sparse in the Arizona desert.

We popped open the Billecart Brut Sous Bois and dipped our feet in the hot tub. It was beautifully floral, with underlying notes of hefty red fruit. The small bubbles in the wine burst on the surface, releasing the aromas within. The desert mountains in front of us were lit dimly by the moon. Constellations twinkled brightly above. As the air cooled down we finished the Billecart and moved on to the Fausse Piste Garde Manger. Its bright acidity danced on the tongue – a wonderful follow-up to the Billecart’s bubbles. Layers of raspberry and tart cranberry practically sprung out of the glass; it had so much energy.

In my experience long-lasting memories are best formed when all of one’s senses are engaged, and the olfactory sense seems particularly well suited for recalling strong feelings of nostalgia. When one tastes a memorable wine for the second or third time, they may be drawn into the memory of their fist sip. It is through such recollections that wines are often identifiable, for example in blind tasting, like greeting an old friend. Without context, it can be hard to make out anything but the bare features of the wine, even a great wine. I sometimes wonder whether one can even get to really know a wine without such context.

After the Fausse Piste was done we haphazardly assembled our tent and fell asleep to the cooing of a mourning dove overhead. When I awoke a male peacock stood in full regalia on the ‘outside carpet.’ A rooster crowed in the distance. We scraped together some bread and jam for breakfast, gathered our belongings and began the long drive home.

That night the Phoenix area saw six hours of dense rainfall, eardrum shattering thunder, and blinding lightening that left behind a distinct silence the following day. We sat in the living room sipping scotch (another Urban Grape favorite – Bruichladdie “Laddie”) from Ellis’s dry bar, our peace interrupted only once by the accosting tones of the neighborhood ice cream truck. I said to Ellis, “what do you think about the carpeting at El-Dorado now?”

 

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Spotlight: 2009 Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino

October 7, 2014 by: The Urban Grape

Spotlight Wine: 2009 Castello Romitorio Brunello di Montalcino (Montalcino, IT)

 

Some day, maybe when are kids go off to college, I’m going to write an exhaustive research book on the role monks played in modern winemaking. Because once again, we are spotlighting a winery whose roots literally grow in the shadow of a former monastery, Castello Romitorio in Tuscany. 
 
This abandoned property was reclaimed by Italian artist Sandro Chia in the mid 1980′s. The lands were overgrown, but it was clear the fields had been used for viticulture. From this history, a modern winemaking facility and cellar were established. It was considered risky to replant Sangiovese grapes at such a high altitude, with many thinking they would blister in the hot summer sun. In reality, the warmth has produced elegant grapes and wine from the outset. 
 
This 100% Sangiovese wine is the flagship product for the vineyard. Ruby red in color, it has fresh aromas of bright red berries, despite being aged for a total of five years. The palate is smooooooooooth and long, with the signature hint of tobacco. A classic Brunello. 
 
From the monks of Italy, to our modern homes here in America. It’s a story that is retold day after day through so many of the bottles we sell. What’s clear is that this history sets the stage for some amazing wines. 
 
 
Regular Price: $75/bottle
15% per Bottle Discount: $63.75/bottle
 
25% four-bottle Discount: $225 ($75 savings at $56.25 a bottle) 
*That’s like buy 4, Get 1 Free! 

 

 

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Leah’s Excellent Burgundian Adventure

October 2, 2014 by: The Urban Grape

* Another wonderful staff blog from our General Manager Leah, who just returned home from a whirlwind trip through France where she had the incredible opportunity to work the harvest at Dujac! 

I just had my first vacation in almost three years, and let me tell you, it was well worth the wait! I traveled to France, and over the course of two weeks trekked most of the way across the country. I traveled with my good friend, fellow wine geek and Lynch Gruppo alum, Kevyn. We started and ended in Paris and drove to Champagne, Burgundy and Provence in between. There is entirely way to much to bore you with about my trip, so I am going to keep it to one day in Burgundy. 

One of our friends from Boston works as the family chef for the Seysses family during harvest. The Seysses’ are the family behind Domaine Dujac in Morey-Saint-Denis. They were kind enough to welcome us into their home during this, the most important time for them: Harvest. We knew we had been welcomed as guests for our 4.5 day stay in Burgundy, but we had no idea the amazing adventure we were in for.

The Wednesday we arrived, we headed in to have lunch with the family and the small main crew for the upcoming harvest. The crew consisted of the Seysses sons, Jeremy and Alec; Raúl Moreno Yagüe (AIWS and Chief of Contributions at Alquimie); and Carlo Mondavi and his wife Megan (Carlo recently launched his own wine with his brother called Raen). This lunch is also when they informed us that we were invited to participate in the first day of harvest on Friday morning. WHAT?!?!?! Were they serious?

As you know from Yoko’s blog last week, harvest is a special time for winemakers. It is the moment where all hands involved gather together to pick by hand the literal fruits of their labor. There is a level of anticipation you cannot explain fully. After two days of delicious meals, amazing wine (a 1967 Sauternes to name one), cellar tours, day trips to Beaune, and hikes up the Côte d’Or with Ella (the greatest French dog there is), it was finally the morning of harvest.  

We gathered in the courtyard at 7am to pile into trucks that would take us down to Puligny-Montrachet. We were harvesting the Les Folatières vineyard. For those who do not know what that means, I got to pick what would become some seriously delicious Chardonnay! 

After finishing our rows (and of course being the slowest ones out there) we were called in to have the morning snack which consisted of probably the best sandwiches I have ever had in my life. Maybe it was because I was out in the middle of Burgundy, clipping Chardonnay, in the glorious sun. Or maybe it really was just the best sandwich ever. But really, these ham and butter and camembert and butter sandwiches were amazing. 

After a day of long, backbreaking work, we headed back to watch the process of winemaking begin. The operation is small and not too many hands are involved in the actual winemaking.  

Getting the opportunity to witness this process was like Dorothy peeking at the man behind the curtain, only I was not disappointed by what I saw! As Kevyn describes, it it was like we were a part of the party planning process. When you open a bottle here in America you get to go to that party. Not everyone gets to be involved in the planning of that party. The artistry that goes into making a bottle of wine is inspiring. 

It was a privilege and a once in a lifetime experience. Until next time, Burgundy!

 

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Blue Current Brewery

by: The Urban Grape

*A guest blog from UG Sake Guy, Tom Weston! 

 

 

Having worked at The Urban Grape for two years now, I have learned that all of our clients have one universal desire: fresh, local products whenever possible. For craft beer and spirits we have always been ready and happy to oblige. We also offer locally made wines and many with Boston and New England connections! In this way, we are able to offer great options for every palate with a few exceptions: by necessity, location based wine (Bordeaux, Rioja, Champagne, etc) and sake.

There is no law (written or otherwise) stating that sake must come from any particular place. Japan has about 1250 different breweries (kura) across forty-seven prefectures, all of which brew some sake. In the US, there are between ten and twenty kura, some dating back as far as 1908 but most built within the last thirty years. The oldest surviving US kura is in Hawaii and the next few opened in southern California and Oregon. Very recently, sake kura have begun to show up outside of the Pacific Rim in places like Texas, Minnesota, North Carolina, Norway, Brazil, Canada, Australia, and now finally we have one on the verge of opening up in New England!

Dan Ford has established Blue Current Brewery in Kittery, Maine, just a short drive up the coast from Boston. Dan holds both the Certified Sake Professional and Advanced Sake Professional certificates from the Sake Education Council based in Tokyo and trained extensively in the craft in both Japan and the US.

On top of all the fancy titles, Dan is a great guy with a great vision. I was lucky enough to visit the brewery with a couple friends and chat with Dan about this awesome project.

We pulled up to a fairly unassuming building in Maine at about 10 am. As we pulled up the driveway, a glint of a giant, custom designed, stainless steel tank just inside the open bay door confirmed we had arrived at New England’s first sake brewery. From the outside, the space is a former auto shop but inside, we stumbled upon a state of the art sake brewery and its toji (master brewer): Dan Ford. As he welcomed us, my nerd factor could hardly contain itself. Inside we found a pristine, purpose-built space (built and designed almost entirely by Dan and a few friends).

The majority of the equipment was all in place: cooling tanks, blending tanks, massive conditioning tanks, rice washers, a massive steaming kettle with a cleverly designed movable exhaust hood, a custom designed yabuta press (for filtering the rice solids from the finished product), even the beginning of a tasting station linked directly to the tanks!

Then Dan let us see the very heart of the brewery: the kojimura! The kojimuru is a special temperature and humidity controlled room where koji (rice with kojikin mold, apergillus oryzae, grown on it) is crafted. The koji is what converts starch within the rice to sugar and makes sake brewing possible. Dan opted for the traditional cedar room and it’s important to note that this is a “clean room” and we were only permitted because the brewing process has not begun.

A few things were noticeably absent; there was no packaging equipment and most apparent: no rice. Dan has sourced the equipment needed and secured what most industry people feel is the highest quality rice available but needs our help to purchase and ship it all. He has his licensing, space, and plan all ready to go and can begin brewing as soon as this last bit of equipment is installed. The brewery is running a kick-starter campaign to close the remaining financial gap and start production ASAP. You can learn more about Blue Current Brewery’s Kickstarter Campaign, as well as donate, by following the link.

 

As far as his product, Dan and I were able to “talk shop” for a bit and I have every confidence that the sake he is developing will be world-class; perhaps even a game changer. Sake is gluten free, sulfite free, tannin free, soy free, lower acid than wine, and vegan. In other words, it’s a beverage for the masses! On top of that, the facility is green with near zero waste. He gave me insight into his recipe (without divulging all the secrets) and his experience brewing and studying in Japan and stateside. What I heard ensures that this is an incredible project, worthy of public attention and support.

To wrap up our visit, we ran a brief photo shoot at the brewery, showcasing the space and its fantastic visionary. Check out some of the pictures below and please, visit their web page and kick-starter. This will be a product that we can’t afford to miss!

 Connect with Blue Current Brewery: 

Website
Email
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram
Kickstarter 

 

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Can’t Miss October Events!

October 1, 2014 by: The Urban Grape

We have two AMAZING educational events at UGSE this October. Tickets are going fast to both of them, so sign up today to make sure you have a spot! 

Urban Affairs: A Cornucopia of Beer and Bites
October 19th, UGSE, 7-9 PM

As New Englanders, we’re lucky to live in a part of the country that sees four glorious and distinct seasons. Every October, hundreds of thousands of people flock to our region to experience the very best of Fall.

On Sunday, October 19th, we’re saving you the gas money and bringing a true New England experience to the heart of Boston.



Join Rich Morin, Chef de Cuisine at Lineage in Brookline; and Ben Bouton, manager of Urban Hops, as we explore seasonality in food and beer pairing. Over four courses, Rich will present his takes on a seasonal New England dishes, all paired with a beer from one of the New England states. Two additional surprise courses from local partners will help us round out our travels to all six New England.

Fall brews are more than just pumpkin beer and Oktoberfests. With Ben at the helm, we’ll learn how to pair the season’s most expressive beers with the food flavors we all know and love. We’ll also go in depth to learn about these small New England brewers, and how their beers reflect the states in which they’re made.



As a bonus to the evening, we’ll have a special guest appearance by Chef Jeremy Sewall! Jeremy will be talking about his cookbook, The New England Kitchen, released just this week, and signing copies that are available for purchase.



Tickets are $25, and cover the cost of the food and educational materials for the evening. They are available by clicking here. Cancellations made within 48 hours of the event will not be refunded. 

 

Geek Out: Maps on Raps on Maps
October 20, UGSE, 6:30-8 PM 

Rappers are so good at articulating where they come from. There is a reason we know that Kanye is from Chi-town, Jay Z is from Brooklyn and Outkast is from ATL because they are always talking about their “Terroir.”

Theresa Paopao, Wine Director & General Manager of Brookline’s Ribelle restaurant, will illustrate some examples of how wine and rap music can draw the same analogies.  Drink wine alongside a great rap playlist and learn why music and wine strike the perfect chord. 

About Theresa: Theresa Paopao found her way into restaurant culture after deciding Yale School of Drama wasn’t the best fit and going back home to Hawaii wasn’t an option she was interested in. Restaurant life took a turn for the serious and in a beverage-specific direction after joining the Oleana in Cambridge, MA as manager first, then wine director and general manager. In 2010, she joined the Momofuku team as Wine Director for the company which took her to Ontario to open their new spaces in Toronto. Theresa returned to Boston to steward the wine program at Ribelle, as well as serve as General Manager. 

Tickets are $10 and cover the cost of light nibbles and educational materials for the evening. Tickets are available by clicking here. Cancellations made within 48 hours of the event will not be refunded. 

 

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Spotlight Wine: Chateau Montlaber

September 30, 2014 by: The Urban Grape

Spotlight Wine: 2010 Chateau Montlaber (Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, Bordeaux)

 

Chateau Montlaber claims that the fine, gravelly soil that sits upon a bed of nutrient-rich clay bears a remarkable similarity to the terroir found in Bordeaux’s famed Pomerol vineyards. With neighbors like Chateau Figeac and Chateau Cheval Blanc, we think this Saint-Emilion vineyard doesn’t need to prove itself through comparisons to Pomerol. The quality of terroir and winemaking are evident to anyone who tries this wine. 

With less name-recognition than its neighbors, you can find all the quality for a fraction of the price. This particular vintage was dry and arduous for the vines, meaning that they had to dig deep into that clay bed to find water and nutrients. The result was a very well-balanced and well-developed wine that showcases the best of Bordeaux. 

TJ is on a Bordeaux kick, so get ready to see some good deals coming your way from this historical region!

Regular Price: $44

15% off per single bottle: $37.40

25% off Four Bottles: $132 ($44 savings at $33/bottle) That’s Like Buy 3, Get 1 Free!

 

 

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