A wine with a story as poignant as its taste, this Chenin Blanc is one of the Loire Valley’s hidden gems. Following his passions, winemaker David Foubert, a former Parisian journalist, moved to the Loire Valley with his wife Anne-Cecile with little more than a passion for wine. He put himself through a winemaking program, and summarily created his first cuvee in 2014 – all without his own winery! Renting small plots of land to work from retired winemaker Philippe Gourdon, David’s wines are full of all the energy and nerve of a new winemaker.
The other night, TJ and I were watching TV, and I paused the show, looked at him and said, “Are we completely insane? Why do we always take on so much?” I was, of course, talking about our new e-commerce site, which was slowly creaking to life.
These vineyards constitute the first organic vineyards in Rioja, planted in 1980. Decades later, these gorgeous vineyards are world-renowned not only for their beauty, but also for the grapes that they produce.
This wine is made from 100% Tempranillo Peludo, a varietal which was brought to near extinction. Bodegas y Vinedos Inteus has lovingly brought these vines back to prominence, using the root stock of 150 year old vines.
This wine is incredibly affordable, but the quality is undeniable. The wine has bright cherry and strawberry on both the nose and palate. The flavors roar to life on the back of huge grape tannins. Through a little chill on it to tame the tannins, and pair with something fatty and salty to see the wine shine. A stunning wine in all ways!
Regular Price: $28
15% off per bottle: $23.80
25% off Six Bottles: $126 ($42 savings at $21/bottle)
Another month has come and gone, and UG’s Urban Community Program continues to grow. We are proud to be strengthening the ties between our network of customers and at-risk Bostonians, one community-based organization at a time. And the network IS growing! Last month, 12 other South End businesses helped us collect books and donations for More Than Words. Time and again, South Enders get it done!
This Friday from 4-9 pm, the small businesses of the South End will be throwing open their doors and welcoming our neighbors for the first annual South End Spring Stroll. Because we have such a tight knit business community, we thought it would be fun for every store to feature products from another business owner in the South End, as well as their own.
I have looked everywhere and I cannot find a blog entitled “How to Get a Healthy and Family-Friendly Dinner on the Table in Five Minutes After Surviving Work, School, and Soccer Practice.” Could someone start that blog, please?
I am. I am back!
It’s been approximately 365 days since I wrote on this blog in any serious, substantial way. I have hated ignoring the blog, but the process of writing Drink Progressively, our wine education and food pairing book out this fall, was creatively draining. Even on the days when I wasn’t writing the book, it was like a soul-sucking creature looming over my every move (I promise it’s going to be great despite that last sentence!). But it’s done, and I’m free to remember the joy of writing a quick little something every morning on the blog.
2014 DOMAINE JOSEPH VOILLAT VIEILLES VIGNES PINOT NOIR
Try as we might, we just can’t drag our taste buds away from Burgundy. The more we drink it, the more we love it. But having a love affair with Burgundy can be an expensive proposition. That’s why we like this week’s Spotlight wine even more – all the quality with none of the price. Especially with this week’s six-bottle case discount of 25% bringing the bottle price down to just $25.50 a bottle!
Domaine Joseph Voillat’s estate has been in the same family for five generations, and their careful winemaking techniques have been passed down with each turning of the guard. The vineyards are spread over twenty acres across the famous Burgundy sub-regions of Volnay, Pommard, Meursault, and Beaune.
This wine sources old vine grapes from Volnay and Pommard. The resulting wine is brightly flavored with fresh herbs and raspberry. Despite being light on its feet, it has a rich and well-integrated mouth feel, meaning you’ll love it on it’s own, but it will pair well with dinner too.
If you’re craving a pop and pour Burgundy that leaves money in your wallet, stock up today’s wine by clicking the Buy Now button below!
Regular Price: $34/bottle
15% per Bottle Discount: $28.90/bottle
25% Case Discount (Six Bottle Case): $153 ($51 savings at $25.50 a bottle) *That’s like buy 3, Get 1 Free!
Over the past year, my days have been mostly consumed with writing our wine education book, Drink Progressively. It’s been a labor of love, partly because it has allowed me to flex my creative muscles, but also because it has allowed me to learn so much more about the history of wine itself.
2013 BREA “MARGARITA VINEYARDS” CABERNET SAUVIGNON
(PASO ROBLES, CA)
The official Paso Robles wine website says that the region’s town feels like it’s right out of a Normal Rockwell painting, but when Paso emerged on the wine scene it had a reputation for being the Wild, Wild West. In the years that have passed, Paso Robles has become more mainstream, but the energy and pioneering spirit still remain. Paso is known for it’s Cabernet Sauvignon, of which the Brea “Margarita Vineyards” Cab is a shining, and affordable, example.
Brea, a project between Chris Brockway of Broc Cellars and Tim Elenteny of TE Imports, has a passion for organically farmed fruit and wild yeast fermentation to produce real deal, unadulterated expressions of California Cabernet. This vintage of the “Margarita Vineyards” has bright red currants and berry flavors wrapped in elegant tannins and striking minerality.
This wine has earned TJ’s top rating of “yummy,” a term reserved for those that make your toes curl with happiness. It’s got big, in your face fruit, but maintains its balance, a hallmark of the Paso Robles wines and winemaking style.
Still not convinced? Compare the price to that of Napa Cabernet and you’ll see it’s worth it to give this bottle a try! Such a steal for Cab coming out of California.
Regular Price: $35/bottle
15% per Bottle Discount: $29.75/bottle
25% four-bottle Discount: $105 ($35 savings at $26.25 a bottle) *That’s like buy 3, Get 1 Free!