Spotlight Wine

SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2013 SWANSON VINEYARDS MERLOT

2013 SWANSON VINEYARDS MERLOT

(NAPA VALLEY, CA)

When TJ and I got married in 2004, we served the Swanson Vineyards “Alexis” as our wedding wine. Ever since, we’ve had a soft spot in our hearts for this iconic Napa winery, but we’ve never carried them in the store before. Happily for all of us, Swanson’s quality wines are now on our shelves.

Swanson’s Merlot is blended with 19% Cabernet and 2% Petit Verdot, which helps this robust and round wine from becoming too jammy or sweet. The 2013 has a gorgeous deep purple color, with signature cocoa and black cherry fruit aromas. The palate of the wine is both complex and delicious, with elements of cedar and mocha, and nice big tannins. This is a premier Merlot made by one of Napa’s best winemakers, Chris Phelps, who came to Swanson by way of Chateau Petrus and Dominus.

Terroir, pedigree, flavor, and complexity – this wine has it all, but as you can see from the offer below, doesn’t come with the expected big price tag. It’s just $24 a bottle! Click the “Buy Now” button below to be connected with Brian in our Special Orders Department!

Regular Price: $32/bottle

15% per Bottle Discount: $27.20/bottle

25% four-bottle Discount: $144 ($48 savings at $24 a bottle) *That’s like buy 3, Get 1 Free!

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 1999 GIORGIO PELISSERO “ANNATA” BARBARESCO

1999 GIORGIO PELISSERO “ANNATA” BARBARESCO (PIEDMONT, ITALY)

Nebbiolo is hands-down TJ’s favorite varietal and he has a passion for Barbaresco, which is often considered more approachable and feminine in style than its big brother Barolo. The knock on Nebbiolo is that it can take a long time to be ready to drink, especially Barolo. At lot of us just don’t have the patience to let these wines mellow out.

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SPOTLIGHT: 2014 ALHEIT VINEYARDS “CARTOLOGY”

SPOTLIGHT: 2014 ALHEIT VINEYARDS “CARTOLOGY” (WESTERN CAPE, SA)

South Africa is doing absolutely incredible things with Chenin Blanc, and these wines are fast becoming our new wine obsession. For those of you picturing your grandmother’s sweet Chenins of yesteryear, you can’t imagine how much these wines have changed over the decades. They are now lovely and balanced, with wonderful aromatics and a vibrant palate.

This wine from Alheit Vineyards in the Western Cape region of South Africa is 89% Chenin Blanc and 11% Semillon, the famous Bordeaux grape. It has aromas of honey and lime tropical notes, and a lovely bees wax quality on the finish. TJ’s tasting note is just one word – “AWESOME.” As for me, my mouth is watering just thinking about drinking this wine.

Chenin Blanc will continue to be a hot wine trend in 2017. Get yours on sale this week!

 

Regular Price: $55
15% off per bottle: $46.75
25% off Four Bottles: $165 ($55 savings at $41.25/bottle) That’s Like Buy 3, Get 1 Free!

 

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 HARTFORD COURT CHARDONNAY

SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 HARTFORD COURT CHARDONNAY

(RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY, CA)

You guys helped us crush our Presidents’ Day wine sale this past weekend, and today the savings continue with an expertly made Chardonnay that comes in under $25 after discount.

Hartford Family Winery was founded in 1994 by Don and Jennifer Hartford. Their mission is to showcase wines that represent the people, terroir, and unique vineyard sites near their Russian River Valley home. (That’s me having a moment overlooking their vineyards last spring.) 

The 2014 vintage was particularly strong across all of the label’s Chardonnay offerings, a vintage in which their winemakers pulled back on the oak finish of the wines to let more of the distinct terroir shine through. The 2014 RRV Chardonnay is a particularly fine example of their ability to produce stunning Chardonnay, at a price that is much more affordable than other California producers.

TJ loves the texture and bright acidity of this wine, along with the bright apple and candied lemon flavors, and floral notes. If you love Chardonnay, you’ll love this wine. Click the Buy Now button below to place your order!

Regular Price: $33/bottle

15% per Bottle Discount: $28.05/bottle

25% four-bottle Discount: $99 ($33savings at $24.75 a bottle) *That’s like buy 3, Get 1 Free!

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2013 BREA

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!

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 DOMAINE ARNOUX-LACHAUX “PINOT FIN” PINOT NOIR

2014 DOMAINE ARNOUX-LACHAUX “PINOT FIN” PINOT NOIR
(BURGUNDY, FR)

Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux is going through a rebirth as the winery passes from one generation down to the next. Much as current winemaker Pascal Lachaux took over from his father-in-law Robert Arnoux, the three Lachaux sons are now preparing to take the reigns from their parents, who have been managing the estate since 1995.

Charles Lachaux, their oldest son, has studied winemaking in South Africa and Oregon, and is starting to bring new world sensibility to one of the most storied sub-regions in the world – the renowned Vosne-Romanee. His first vintage was 2012, and it didn’t take him long to get his footing. The past several vintages have been heralded as some of the best the Domaine has ever produced.

This combination of rustic Old World bones with a touch of New World pizzazz gets us completely psyched up for this wine. TJ loves its bright, fresh acidity and dusty floral notes. It’s an elegant wine, but not one that takes itself too seriously. Whole cluster fermentation of the “Pinot Fin” clone, known for its dense, small grapes, means that this wine has appealing depth and power.

And in case you’re wondering, his dad really likes Charles’ influence on the wine too. We only have three cases of this wine, so grab some while you can!

Regular Price: $42/bottle

15% per Bottle Discount: $35.70/bottle

25% four-bottle Discount: $126 ($42 savings at $31.50 a bottle) *That’s like buy 3, Get 1 Free!

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 SAMsARA Syrah

2014 SAMsARA Syrah

(Santa Rita Hills, CA)

We’re feeling everything about this new-to-UG wine, from the meaning behind the name to the philosophy that inspires how it is made.

Samsara is the sanskrit word for the continuous cycle of life, death, and reincarnation. This from the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, & World Affairs – “Because past lives affect future ones, a person is never sure about their reincarnation and the suffering that might accompany it because of past actions.” Karma, baby. 

This concept inspires the way owners Chad and Mary Melville live their life – with passion, oneness, and harmony. These concepts carry over into their wine growing, and they believe that the important work for making a good wine happens in the field. From there they do little handling or manipulation, just letting their grapes show their stuff.

Antoni Galloni, a former member of the tasting staff at Wine Advocate, calls SAMsARA “one of the most dynamic, exciting young wineries in California. These are some of the most compelling wines being made in California today.”

The 2014 SAMsARA Syrah has aromas of smoky blackberry, boysenberry and herbs, and a palate of spiced berry and candied cherry flavors, with floral and olive nuances. This is a juicy, luscious wine with soft, velvety tannins. Perfect for the cold weather this week!
Regular Price: $46
15% off per bottle: $39.10
25% off Four Bottles: $138 ($46 savings at $34.50/bottle) That’s Like Buy 3, Get 1 Free!

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2015 HENTLEY FARM SHIRAZ

SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2015 HENTLEY FARM SHIRAZ

(BAROSSA VALLEY, AUSTRALIA)

When it’s cold at home, it’s nice to drink wine from some place warm. Wines from hot, arid climates are big and bold and a little in your face. They pair well with winter’s hearty meals but also function as a meal in and of themselves in a pinch. They fill you up and warm you up. A perfect combination.

With aromatics of dark cherry, black currant, raspberry, plum, and olives, and a palate of dark fruits, this badass wine manages to still maintain a nice touch of acidity. Add in some soft velvety tannins and you’ve basically got a red wine that acts like a giant Snuggie.

We’re offering this wine at an awesome price for the week, so while the discount might start at four bottles, it’s not a bad idea to pick up a case! Click the “Buy Now” button below to secure yours.

Regular Price: $31/bottle

15% per Bottle Discount: $26.35/bottle

25% four-bottle Discount: $93 ($31 savings at $23.25 a bottle) *That’s like buy 3, Get 1 Free!

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SPOTLIGHT: WHISTLE PIG

SPOTLIGHT: WHISTLE PIG “THE BOSS HOG 3rd EDITION – THE INDEPENDENT” STRAIGHT RYE WHISKEY

(SHOREHAM, VT)

Since Whistle Pig began in 2008, the company and its products have been an ode to the America Dream. Transforming an old dairy farm into a world-class whiskey production facility, while still retaining its original charm, the distillery has won accolades for its excellent whiskies.

The Boss Hog is a limited edition release, and heralded as the biggest and most profound of their line-up. The first Rye Whiskey ever finished in 250 liter Scotch casks (Hogshead Barrels), the resulting whiskey showcases both tremendous power and delicate nuance. Only 30 barrels of this whiskey were produced.

The nose has elements of oak and vanilla, with undertones of mint, caramel, and baking spice. The palate is warm and bold with lots of spices. Hints of peat and smoke throughout. A collector’s item that we are offering for 15% off as long as supplies last. Which, admittedly, won’t be long!

Regular Price: $295/bottle

15% per Bottle Discount: $250.75/bottle

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: NV DOMAINE DE SOUSA “TRADITION” BRUT

SPOTLIGHT WINE: NV DOMAINE DE SOUSA “TRADITION” BRUT (Champagne, FRA)

We’ve made it through Christmas, the start of Hanukkah and a festive holiday weekend. But the 2016 drinking isn’t quite over yet! UG is here to make sure you’ve got the best wine in your bottle, no matter your price point.

The Champagne House of De Sousa has been making sparkling wine since the 1950’s. Their vines dig down into chalky soil, and the resulting grapes produce a fresh-tasting wine with salinity and minerality. They hand-harvest their grapes as late in the season as possible Continue reading

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