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.
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It’s a bitter pill to swallow when we put our remaining rosé on sale because it means the inevitable end of summer. But then again, like spring’s eternal bloom, we know rosé season will come again. Like you, we’d prefer to drink it all year long, but the wine just isn’t there to buy any more. Plus, with cooler weather coming we need the space to beef up our red wines and heavier whites.
We’ve ALL been there – you plan every last detail of your summer vacation, and when you get to your destination realize that the only place selling booze is the local gas station. Even TJ and I have found ourselves trying to find an acceptable bottle of wine (or beer, or gin) next to the Doritos display!
It is with great excitement that we introduce you to The Urban Grape’s newest initiative, Urban Community. Founded just this month, but brewing in our minds for years, Urban Community’s mission is to establish month-long campaigns with non-profit organizations in the neighborhoods surrounding the South End, with the mission of expanding their outreach, awareness, and fundraising efforts.
The warmer weather has left us with the itch for Spring Cleaning. And while we’re not quite hanging an “Everything Must Go” sign over the beer section, we are featuring some amazing producers at prices as low as $2.50! Here are the details:
We’re home from a fantastic vacation to Mexico, feeling recharged, relaxed and excited for a fast and furious spring full of events and lots of wine. When your job is wine, the best part of a vacation to Mexico (besides body surfing with those handsome boys!) is the LACK of wine.
A picture can be worth a thousand words, but this one only needs to be worth three: WINTER IS OVER.
Rosés will be on the shelf at UG starting today at noon. Just in time for your lunch hour!
We have old favorites like Jean-Luc Colombo, Herni Bonnaud “Terre Promis,” Triennes, Txomin, and Underwood, as well as new additions like High Hook and Toad Hollow “Eye of the Toad.” New selections will be added every week as they come into the state. Over the course of the spring and summer we will stock close to 200 different labels!
Here’s to all of us – we survived another dreary New England winter, and are being rewarded with pretty pink wine!
We’ve got a great weekend of events lined up for the weekend, starting tonight with a visit from Round Pond Estates. Makers of exceptional Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, Round Pond also makes gourmet olive oil. Everyone who purchases a bottle of Round Pond tonight will also receive a bottle of their olive oil for free. Pretty awesome, right?! The tasting is from 5-8.
Tomorrow night we’re delving into the confusing world of sake. The number one thing we hear at UG is that our customers are consistently intimidated by sake. So on Friday night from 5-8 we’re opening some bottles and helping you learn the different designations of sake, as well as what food to pair it with. The best way to learn about sake is to try sake, so make sure you stop by on Friday!
Saturday is an exciting day at UG, when we present our Brown Spirits Grand Tasting from 3-6. We’ll have 10+ bottles of spirits open to try, including all sorts of whisk(e)ys. They’ll be rum and aged tequila as well! This is a great chance to learn more about brown spirits and see why all of us at UG are so in love with them!
And don’t forget that we start stocking rosé on Monday, March 14th!
Yoko’s monthly sparkling wine tastings have become the hit of the South End. For those of you that can’t make the tastings, she’s on the blog today sharing some information about her passion – Grower Champagne.
“Champagne – Grower POWER!” is what Aurelien of Champagne Laherte wrote on his Instagram post and also on the store’s kitchen door when he visited us last week. He is the 6th generation of the Laherte family and considered to be one of the rising stars of the Champagne region. Although the label indicates NM (or Negociant-Manipulant, producers who use purchased grapes as well as their own grapes to make Champagne), the majority of grapes for Champagne Laherte come from their own 10-hectare-vineyard. In order to respect and treasure the special terroir (or where the wine come from), the philosophy is to work in the most traditional and natural way as possible in both vineyard and cellar. I absolutely loved how each one of his wines expressed personality and identity, and here are 2 very unique wines newly joined in our Champagne collection.
Traditional Champagne grapes are 3 varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier but also permitted are 4 varieties of Fromenteau, Albanne, Pinot Blanc, and Petit Meslier. And you get all 7 varieties in this Les 7! Aurelien’s father found these lost varieties in their old vineyard site and it was re-established in 2003. Chosen as 2nd top from a tasting of 100 grower Champagnes from Decanter magazine, here is your chance to taste what Champagne tasted like back 250 years ago. Made from a blend of vintages from 2005 to 2012, this rare and energetic Champagne’s got fresh stone and exotic fruits, warm toasty and nutty notes, great minerality, hints of spring flowers, smokiness, and the list goes on… It is one of those wines, which make you want to keep coming back to the glass because it is so complex and intriguing.
Rose de Saignee “Les Beaudiers”
Another exceptional cuvee made from 100% Pinot Meunier from old vines. While the majority of rose Champagnes are made from blending red wine to white wine to achieve its pink color, this wine is made from Saignee method (maceration of grape skins) Beautiful garnet ruby color of this wine is attractive to the eyes, followed by delicious scent of juicy ripe red fruits and red flowers, along with hints of warm spices and outstanding texture on the palate, which reminds me of elegant Burgundy. I became speechless for a second because it was just stunning…
Today the market share of grower Champagne here in the US is 5%, which is still not a large number but I have noticed an increased interest and demand in the recent years. I believe wines like these two I wrote here demonstrate how interesting and diverse Champagne can be, and also the potential and power of grower Champagne. During the visit, Aurelien said to me “You know 20 years ago, it was not like this (meaning Champagne growers did not get a kind of attention they started to get today) but maybe 20 years from now, it might change…” I replied, “I think it will. I know it will.”