Urban Sampler

January 2018 Sampler

It’s Summer Somewhere!

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

Travel to warmer climates with wines from the Southern hemisphere! We may be experiencing freezing temperatures and a case of the winter doldrums in the northern hemisphere, but head below the equator and you’ll be bathed in vibrant sunshine as summer is in full swing. UG’s January Sampler, “It’s Summer Somewhere,” includes four wines hand-selected by our staff to introduce some liquid sunshine. So leave the gloom behind and head south of the border to South Africa, Australia, Argentina, and New Zealand.

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December 2017 Sampler

Sparkle, Spice, & Everything Nice!

December Urban Sampler includes four wines hand-selected by our staff to get you in a festive mood. “Sparkle, Spice & Everything Nice” features a classic Italian bubbly for holiday toasting, a floral white to sip on while baking cookies, a light & bright Beaujolais for hors d’oeuvres and an earthy French Malbec for the main course. Check off your wine wish-lists with this fabulous 4-pack, perfect for any holiday soiree!

 

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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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