SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2015 HARTFORD COURT “OLD VINE” ZINFANDEL (RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY, CA)
What do you do when you’ve made a gazillion (give or take) dollars producing Kendall Jackson wines? You start buying up vineyard sites with unique terroir and producing high-quality wines with distinct personality. And even though you COULD charge a lot for these delicious offerings, you don’t. Because thanks to all that KJ money, you simply don’t need to. That’s the story behind Hartford Court, and that’s why all of us at UG are so dedicated to their outstanding, yet reasonably priced, offerings.
SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 BETZ FAMILY WINERY “BÉSOLEIL” RED BLEND (COLUMBIA VALLEY, WA)
The ease and drinkability of the Rhône varietals – especially the region’s signature Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre blend – is legendary. In the 1980’s a group of American winemakers, nicknamed the Rhône Rangers, popularized the Rhône varietals on the West Coast, and our country has never looked back. California was the first state to get in on the Rhône game, but Washington’s offerings are also first rate juice. Continue reading
All hail the easy-drinking red blend! Despite the fact that the most famous winemaking region in the world, Bordeaux, deals almost exclusively in blended wine, American red blends still have some stigma attached to them. The reality is, American blends are often creative and down-right delicious. We’re big fans and know our customers are too.
2013 TIKAL “AMORIO” MALBEC/CABERNET FRANC (MENDOZA, AR)
We were lucky enough to have the team behind Tikal wines at UG just a few weeks ago and this wine blew our customers away. This Malbec/Cabernet Franc wine was the crowd favorite, thanks to an intriguing smoked fruit aroma and mouthwatering, velvety flavors of dark cherry. Yes, wine can be sexy, and this wine proves that point! Continue reading
2016 DIVISION-VILLAGES “LES PETITS FERS” GAMAY NOIR (WILLAMETTE VALLEY, OR)
We are downright freaking obsessed with the Gamay grape at the moment, and we won’t stop until you’re joining us in drinking red wine straight from the fridge at the end of a hot day.
Gamay has it all – a wonderful, fresh, grape-y flavor and lots of acid. It’s a perfect pairing for summer noshing – cheese and crackers, prosciutto, and the like – but also tastes great with pizza off the grill or a big, juicy burger. The possibilities are endless. And yes, it really does taste best with a chill on it.
There is a lot of really cool wine coming out of South Africa right now. Once known for their dedication to the polarizing Pinotage grape, the country’s winemakers are diversifying their offerings and experiencing with varietal, terroir, and production techniques. The resulting wines are intriguing, palate-friendly, and most importantly, wallet-friendly as well.
There is so much that we can tell you about the 2015 Ayres Pinot Noir, but here is one of the most important things to know: our sales associate David, who lives and breaths French wine, believes that this Oregon stunner is one of the best under $30 Pinot Noirs on the market. Period.
2013 HUBERT BOUZEREAU-GRUERE et FILLES “LES TILLETS” MEURSAULT (BURGUNDY, FR)
White Burgundy seems to be made for Spring meals. Picture sitting down to a meal of citrusy salmon, barely cooked asparagus, new potatoes, and a glass of chilled, Old World-style Chardonnay. Nothing shakes off the winter blahs like that scene!
Hubert Bouzereau is the 7th generation of winemakers in his family, and he passed his love of farming and wine down to his daughters, Marie-Laure and Marie-Anne. Together they created Domaine Bouzereau-Gruere et Filles in 2001.
Their wines pay homage to the old vines that constitute their estate, and they make wines with well-balanced minerality and aromatic purity. And, of course, vibrant acidity runs throughout their offerings.
While these wines do see some light oak aging, the oak influence is not greatly felt throughout the palate. Instead, they are fresh and bright, with sweet fruit on the palate and the region’s tell-tale peanut finish. This is a pretty wine, and a perfect one to have in your glass to welcome Spring!
We have very limited quantities of this wine. Click the “Buy Now” button now to ensure your order is filled!
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!
If you want the honest truth, Spring is kind of pissing us off. It was the hail in April that did it. Then one pretty day to give a little hope and now, bam. A week of cloudy, rainy weather on its way again. Spring needs a jump start, and we’ve got just the wine to make that happen.