Urban Sampler

November 2017 Urban Sampler

Drink Progressively this Thanksgiving

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

November is all about Thanksgiving. Whether your holiday sees the traditional spread of old-school classics, a modern-day feast fit for a chef, or a meat-free vegetarian bounty – the only requirement we have of America’s country-wide binge is good wine to pair and wash it all down (although pants with an elastic waist-line are a close second). We’ve picked the top four table-ready selections, straight from our new book Drink Progressively, for your Holiday pre-game. With a light to heavy approach to pairing, you can go back to worrying about the turkey. Continue reading

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October 2017 Urban Sampler

Trick or Treat! This October we’re paying homage to the occult with four incredibly festive wines from Northern Italy! This sampler takes you into the unknown, showcasing lesser know regions and varietals including a tantalizing Muller Thurgau from Alto Adige, a spirited Pignoletto Frizzante from Emilia Romagna, vibrant Grignolino d’Asti, and a dark-fruited Bardolino to take you right into sweater-weather. Perfect for Halloween festivities, this pack will have you saying Happy HalloVINO!

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September 2017 Urban Sampler

‘On Cloud Rhine!’

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

As the Rhine River snakes around feeding a multitude of tributaries – you soon find yourself in the winemaking hotbed that dominates western Germany. Usually, when you think of German wine, your mind goes directly to Riesling – an ethereal grape that dominates the scene. On ‘Cloud Rhine,’ however, you get to explore the diversity that makes up Germany’s other heavenly wines- such as Silvaner and Elbling, and more common offerings like Pinot Noir (disguised as ‘Spätburgunder’) and made in both a red and rosé styles!

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August 2017 Urban Sampler

‘Roussillon and Beyond!’

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

This August’s sampler takes you on walk on the wild side, through France’s most untamed and untouched regions where ambitious winemakers have spawned an exciting boom in quality. Your languishing summer voyage begins in the sun-drenched Languedoc-Roussillon with a delightful Picpoul-de-Pinet, then embarks on a rosé rendezvous taking you across the Mediterranean arc to the sleepy hillsides of the Luberon, then circling back for a seductive red from Minervois. Sud de France here we come!

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July 2017 Urban Sampler

Ecstatic for the Adriatic!’

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

If summertime wanderlust has got you vying for Europe’s glittering seasides then this July’s Urban Sampler is your passport for a staycation-ready cruise down the Adriatic Riviera. We’re uncovering the Adriatic’s best kept secrets beginning in Slovenia with stops along Italy’s Eastern Coast in the Marche, Abruzzo, and Puglia to taste wines grown where beach-worthy intersects with food-friendly. No matter the occasion, when the temperature sways into the 90’s these indigenous coastal varietals will have you ecstatic for the Adriatic!

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June 2017 Urban Sampler

“Vin du Porch”

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

We’ve finally made it past the Memorial Day milestone and summertime vibes are finally hitting stride. This Sampler Saturday we’ll be celebrating the golden days of summer with a guest pop-up from Ore Jewelry and a tasting of our June ‘Vin du Porch’ Sampler. By way of patio, roof deck or stoop – its time to pull out the porch wine, lighter wines with great acid and lower alcohol that offer relief from the heat.

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May 2017 Urban Sampler

“It’s a Rosé Soirée!

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

This May it’s a Rosé Soirée, and just in time for Mother’s Day! The country that comes immediately to the fore, boasting a multi-hued range of pink wine would be none other than France and her Mediterranean Coast! From Roussillon to Rhone, the Pyrenees to Provence – there is no larger garden of rosés. This sampler of Rosé Mediterranée is sure to offer a little something for everyone and all of your spring-time affairs!

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April 2017 Urban Sampler

 “Fritalian Face-Off: Savoie Vs. Sicily”

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

Bigger than David and Goliath? More like Goliath vs. Goliath. Two of the world’s most classic regions are facing off in April’s Urban Sampler: France and Italy, Savoie Vs. Sicily. In one corner we have Savoie, wines offer compelling flavor profiles and great aging potential. These are food-friendly, unusual wines for those of us who are bold enough to, occasionally, venture off-piste. In the other corner we have Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and the island’s inhabitants have been drinking wine as far back as the 17th century B.C.

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March Urban Sampler: Pinot Party!

March 2017 Urban Sampler

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

“Pinot Party!” Urban Sampler

Ain’t no party like a Pinot party, cuz a Pinot Party keeps flowing! Get through the muddy days of March with a glass of Pinot on the couch. Or when the weather warms take another glass out to the porch and enjoy the sunshine. Pinot Noir is the 10th most planted grape variety in the world. Wines made with Pinot Noir have cultivated a gigantic following of hardcore wine enthusiasts. In fact, average prices for Pinot Noir tend to be higher than other grapes, so we helped you out by packaging some perfectly priced party Pinot in March’s Urban Sampler!

 

NV Brut d’Argent Pinot Noir Rosé
(Jura, France)

Get the Pinot party started with this sparkling Rosé! Sourced from the Jura, this Rosé is a classic expression of the cold climate of the Jura nestled on the boarder of Switzerland. This Rosé is Méthode Traditionelle and is intense, deep and vibrant ‘Rosé color’ with red fruit dominated notes! Enjoy this bottle with spiced chicken thighs or enjoy on its own to celebrate the first day of spring!

 

2013 Terregaie ‘Stema’ Pinot Nero
(Veneto, Italy)

Uncork this crowd-pleasing Pinot for any soirée (solo or sizable)! The cool hillsides of the Veneto are wonderful for growing Pinot Noir. Stema Pinot Noir has a spirited and fruity bouquet with notes of freshly baked blueberry mixed with bramble strawberry. This Pinot Noir pairs nicely pork tenderloin stuffed with brie and mushrooms or a simple grilled wild salmon with a side of beets!

 

2013 Liberated Winery Monterey Pinot Noir
(Monterey, California)

Keep the party going with this Californian Pinot! Liberated is a wine that celebrates wine lovers leaving their comfort zones behind and exploring new styles. Energetic black cherry and an earthy nutmeg character show on the nose of this stylishly labeled bottling. This Pinot is a perfect match for crispy duck and figs!

 

2015 Domaine Brunet ‘Vin de Pays d’Oc’ Pinot Noir
(Languedoc-Roussillon, France)

The party won’t stop with this last Pinot! Charm your friends and family with this bright and deep red Pinot! It presents an intense bouquet of fruity aromas with some touches of cherry and vanilla, oh my! Domaine Brunet is ideal with any type of red meat dishes like chargrilled steak and buttery rosemary potatoes or simply to enjoy a good drink with friends as the warm weather washes in!

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February Urban Sampler: Aussie Adventure!

February 2017 Urban Sampler

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

 

“Aussie Adventure!”

Stop ‘fossicking,’ (searching) the next great sampler has arrived from Down Under! We’ve been feeling the cold weather here in Boston and decided to take a trip south of the equator this month. Close your eyes and envision you’re sipping on chardonnay in the Gold Coast while checking out the ‘Shelias.’ Or, maybe you’ve just opened some Shiraz as liquid courage while roaming the outback in search of a bunyip (mythical outback creature). This sampler is ‘dinky-di’ (the real thing) and just what we need!

2015 Lismore Range Chardonnay Reserve

(Lismore Range, South Eastern Australia, Australia)

Lismore, a city in New South Wales, benefits from being located just east of the Great Dividing Range, a series of mountain ranges, plateaus, and upland areas with rich geological history of complex soils. Broad and ripe, this wine offers hints of lemon curd, crushed stone, and a delicious buttery flavor. Toss some prawns in a little coriander, sear, and serve over a bed of arugula. Yum!

2014 Yalumba ‘Y Series’ Shiraz Viognier

(South Australia, Australia)

Australia’s oldest family owned winery, Yalumba was founded in 1849 by Samuel Smith, British migrant, and English brewer. After purchasing a 30-acre parcel of land just beyond the southern-eastern boundary of Angaston, Smith and his son began planting the first vines by moonlight. Samuel named his patch ‘Yalumba’ (Aboriginal for ‘all the land around). This Shiraz is dense purple in color and is rich and juicy; it’s a big mouthful of Australia! Try Lamb Shawarma or Gyros to pair with this Shiraz.

2014 Red Knot Shiraz

(McLaren Vale, Australia)

Give this Shiraz a burl (try it)! The name Red Knot refers to the gnarly knots found in the wood of the native Australian gum tree. These trees can be found surrounding the Davey Estate, and the wood was once sourced to make fence posts that marked the first vineyards in the McLaren Vale. Red Knot is 100% Shiraz produced and bottled by Shingleback Wine from the McLaren Vale. Throw some steak on the barbie with some pepper and ‘bog in’ (dive in)!

 

2013 Woop Woop Cabernet Sauvignon

(South Eastern Australia, Australia)

In Aussie slang ‘Woop Woop’ means a small, perhaps, unimportant town. But if this ‘Woop Woop’ is making Cabernet Sauvignon, you can bet we’ll be there! Carefully selected parcels of grapes sourced from a selection of renowned Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in premium Australian wine regions, including Limestone Coast, South Australia, and New South Wales, where bright sun and ancient soils do their best. This Cabernet is brilliant ruby in color with smoke-accented dark berry flavor and would be aces (excellent) with a bacon BBQ burger!

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