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November 2016 Urban Sampler

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Grape-ful Gathering!

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

Thanksgiving is one of the UG’s favorite holidays because it is filled with family, friends and sensational smells wafting from the kitchen. There is nothing more special than leaving your stresses behind and spending the day with family, friends and of course good wine! Get into the turkey-coma spirit with UG’s “Grape-Ful Gathering” Urban Sampler featuring four American wines, which pair perfectly with turkey and all the T-Day sides and fixings! Raise a glass and give thanks for America’s bountiful wine harvest with UG’s Urban Sampler!

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A Foray into Fall Food

The Urban Grape | delicata squash

The Urban Grape | delicata squash

It seems like just a week ago that I was bemoaning the death of tomato and corn season, but just like that I’m officially excited for fall food. The savory deliciousness, the ease of wine pairing, the joy of eating dinner by a quiet fire – it does feel pretty exciting to have these moments back in our lives after a hectic, hot summer.

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Kick off to Summer 2016!

The Urban Grape | Douglas Family

The Urban Grape | Douglas Family

Summer is upon us, which means three months of juggling work, kids, and fun has begun. I feel guilty for admitting it, but in years past I dreaded the start of summer. The kids were so little and exhausting, and for many years I would always have a flare of my Lyme Disease that coincided with their release from school (stress related, obviously). I often felt like I was crawling through the days and not really succeeding at anything.

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June Urban Sampler: Summer Crush!

June Urban Sampler

June 2016 Urban Sampler

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

Summer Crush! Urban Sampler

It is finally heating up and Urban Grape has the perfect companion to enliven your summer escapades. Our June, “Summer Crush” Urban Sampler delivers four wines that are perfect to bring on outdoor dates such as the beach, boat, and backyard BBQs. Introduce this summer crush to friends and family and receive unanimous approval! These wines are perfectly crushable and easy access-no corkscrew necessary!

NV Les Vins Breban Bo Rivage Blanc de Blancs Brut 80% Ugni Blanc, 20% Colombard (Provence, France)

Owner, Jean-Jacques Bréban has partnerships with more than 20 producers, which work in collaboration with “Vins Bréban” in the Var department of Provence. Ugni-Blanc and Colombard are traditional grape varietals, highly appreciated for their aromatic qualities. Bo Rivage Brut is a delightful, refreshing and well-balanced sparkling, which begs for a beachfront view and shellfish!

NV Solimar Vinho Verde 1W Loureiro and Azal (Minho, Portugal)

Northwestern Portugal is home to the Vinho Verde region, producing lovely zingy whites from local grapes. “Verde” meaning green refers to the tradition of drinking Vinho Verde wines while they are young. This fizzy wine with delicate citrus and melon aromas will pair nicely with Asian summer rolls and summer scorchers!

2015 DeMorgenzon “DMZ” Rosé Cabernet Sauvignon (Stellenbosch, South Africa)

DeMorgenzon pipes Baroque music through the vineyards 24×7 because they believe the power of music positively influences the ripening process. This crowd-pleasing rosé combines New World-style fruit with Old World-style elegance. Fire up the grill, this rosé is a match with veggie, or chicken kebabs!

2014 Vina Herminia Tempranillo 4R Tempranillo (Rioja, Spain)

The highest respect for centuries-old traditions, combined with the best terroir in addition to the latest technology summarizes the philosophy at Viña Herminia. This medium bodied Rioja with a long fruity finish makes a perfect threesome with burgers and summer sunsets!

 

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Composed Salad Season!

The Urban Grape | Composed Steak Salad

The Urban Grape | Composed Steak Salad

I am a composed salad junkie. As a family dinner vehicle, composed salads are unparalleled in their flexibility and ease. TJ and I get to eat something healthy and delicious, the kids get to eat the parts of said healthy and delicious food that make them happy. One meal, many different options, no fights at the dinner table.

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May Urban Sampler: Les Rosés Français!

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May 2016 Urban Sampler 

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

“Les Rosés Français!” Urban Sampler
Experience everything French Rosé has to offer with our “Les Rosés Français” May Sampler. Although Provence is often considered the epicenter of rosé, other examples can also be found along the Mediterranean where regional varieties are blended together creating bolder, earthier wines. Expect to find zippier rosés from the Loire Valley where flavors of citrus, mint and even bell pepper are common. In Bordeaux, rosé can lean toward the fruity side with aromas of strawberry and peaches. Experience the ultimate Tour de Rosé— the perfect accompaniment to a Memorial weekend BBQ, or Mother’s Day celebration!

2015 Chateau Nicot Rosé 
50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon (Bordeaux)
Château Nicot is a small Bordeaux property on the Right Bank. Bordeaux rosés typically blend Merlot, which contributes softness, while Cabernet contributes a fresh, grassy, and herbal character. Bordeaux rosé is best enjoyed with seafood!

2015 Alliance Loire Cour de Rohan Rosé
100% Gamay (Coteaux D’Anciens, Loire Valley)
Alliance Loire is a cooperative winery leveraging the combined talents, resources and vineyards of growers situated across several winegrowing villages. This rosé boasts ripe strawberry fruits with attractive acidity and beautiful aromatics. Enjoy with Bucheron Goat cheese!

2015 Chateau Montfaucon ‘Les Gardettes” Rosé
Cinsault, Counoise, Grenache (Rhone Valley)
The history of Château de Montfaucon dates back to the 11th century. Les Gardettes are the two towers that guard the entrance to the castle. Les Gardettes rosé is a rosé de saignée, which pairs better with heartier dishes such as eggplant Provençal or roasted chicken with olives, tomato and basil.

2015 Terra Santa Rosé
100% Sciaccarellu (Corsica)
The Terra Santa vineyards, on the East coast of Corsica, are located between sea and mountain. Because of this ideal setting, the summer heat and the freshness of the night alternatively bath the vineyard. A great BBQ rosé, with peach and watermelon notes make it an ideal partner to accompany salads, and grilled meats.

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A Girl’s Weekend in NYC

The Urban Grape | Freeman's NYC

The Urban Grape | Freeman's NYC

Some time before Daylight Savings, as I stood in the encroaching afternoon darkness, folding laundry after a long work day, I sent a text of desperation to two friends that read, “I have to get out of here. Trip to NYC???” I think we had our trip booked seven minutes later.

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