Urban Sampler

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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January 2017 Urban Sampler: MALBEC QUARTET

Malbec Quartet! January 2017 Urban Sampler

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

January is a month dedicated to self-improvement. Start the New Year off right by adding more wine facts to your intellectual arsenal with UG’s “Malbec Quartet” sampler. Malbec (AKA Côt and Auxxerois) is originally from Southwest France. Today the majority of France’s Malbec is found in Cahors, a small town close to Bordeaux. Malbec quickly became common as a blending grape in Bordeaux, but due to the grapes’ poor resistance to weather and pests, it never achieved greatness. Instead, it found a new home in Mendoza, Argentina where a nostalgic French botanist planted it in 1868. Today, Argentina leads with over 75% of all the acres of Malbec in the world! Experience why this grape has become a worldwide sensation with our January 2017 “Malbec Quartet” Urban Sampler!

Domaine Augis, La Rosee Sparkling Malbec (Loire Valley, FRA) B

The 5th generation Augis, Philippe manages everything from vine, to bottle, to sales. Domaine Augis comprises 44.47 acres, and is split between the communes of AOC Touraine and AOC Valençay. This methode traditionnelle Malbec combines the rarity of sparkling Malbec coming from France’s Loire Valley!

2014 Georges Vigouroux Gouleyant Cahors (Cahors, France) 6R

Georges Vigouroux is a pioneer of the Cahors Appellation and French Malbec. The vineyard is an ideal spot for Malbec featuring stony soil with red clay and excellent southwest and southeast facing sun exposure. The vines grow on one of the highest vineyards in the appellation which contribute to this Malbec’s mouth watering acidity!

2015 Zolo Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) 7R

Zolo is produced at one of the most technologically advanced wineries in Argentina. Zolo selects grapes from estate vineyards throughout different key regions of Mendoza. This value driven Malbec is fruit- forward, and can be enjoyed with a wide range of food, or solo!

2015 Bodega Septima, Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) 7R

Septima Malbec is produced under high quality standards, aging for 6 months in third use American oak barrels. Fresh cherry, toasty and vanilla notes obtained from the oak, acidity and alcohol are perfectly balanced with soft and delicate tannins. This is the perfect wine for New World wine lovers!

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December 2016 Urban Sampler: LIQUID CHEER!

The Urban Grape | 12/16 Sampler

LIQUID CHEER! December 2016 Urban Sampler

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

Can you feel it? Holiday spirit is in the air! December ushers in holiday festivities such as gifting, baking, hosting and of course drinking! Tinsel and glitter dust the town to make the holiday season a bit brighter and merrier. The Urban Grape had joined in the fun with December Sampler “Liquid Cheer!” Each wine is perfect for an evening with friends and family. We are featuring a sparkling for holiday toasting, a white to sip on while baking cookies, a light red for hors d’oeuvres and a medium-bodied red for the main course. This Urban Sampler is a sure fire way to bring “Liquid Cheer” to those near and dear!

NV Marsuret Prosecco Treviso Extra Dry (Veneto, Italy)

You can’t celebrate the holiday season without a little bubbly! Prosecco DOC Treviso Extra Dry is a classic Prosecco sourced from estate-grown fruit. This Prosecco combines the characteristic aromatic essence with notable acidity. Fresh, light and fruit- forward, Marsuret is perfect for any holiday toast!

2015 Tire Bouchon Sauvignon Blanc (Languedoc-Roussillon, France)

Sometimes the holiday season (and the bountiful array of treats that comes with it) can leave you feeling a bit heavy. Lucky for you, this Tire Bouchon Sauvignon Blanc could never weigh you down. It’s fresh with mineral aromas and, green apple and citrus avors on the palate. Shake up the season with a light white to pair with any festive salad, or sh dish!

2015 Guidobono Barbera d’Alba (Piedmont, Italy)

Somehow Barbera wine tastes both rich and light- bodied. Why is that? Well, one reason is that it has dark staining pigments that dye the wine to near-black. However, the taste of Barbera has notes of strawberry and sour cherry: avors synonymous with light-bodied wines. Try this juicy wine with meats, mushrooms, root vegetables & braised greens. The perfect compliment to any holiday dinner spread!

2012 Chateau Paveil de Luze Petit Paveil (Bordeaux, France)

This is perfect sipping wine for decorating your tree or putting up lights around the house! Ruby red, fruity, with appearing freshness combined with supple tannins make this a very enjoyable wine that can stand up to complex dishes such as roast beef.

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