From the Vine

From the Vine

SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2013 HUBERT BOUZEREAU-GRUERE et FILLES “LES TILLETS” MEURSAULT

2013 HUBERT BOUZEREAU-GRUERE et FILLES “LES TILLETS” MEURSAULT (BURGUNDY, FR)

White Burgundy seems to be made for Spring meals. Picture sitting down to a meal of citrusy salmon, barely cooked asparagus, new potatoes, and a glass of chilled, Old World-style Chardonnay. Nothing shakes off the winter blahs like that scene!

Hubert Bouzereau is the 7th generation of winemakers in his family, and he passed his love of farming and wine down to his daughters, Marie-Laure and Marie-Anne. Together they created Domaine Bouzereau-Gruere et Filles in 2001.

Their wines pay homage to the old vines that constitute their estate, and they make wines with well-balanced minerality and aromatic purity. And, of course, vibrant acidity runs throughout their offerings.

While these wines do see some light oak aging, the oak influence is not greatly felt throughout the palate. Instead, they are fresh and bright, with sweet fruit on the palate and the region’s tell-tale peanut finish. This is a pretty wine, and a perfect one to have in your glass to welcome Spring!

We have very limited quantities of this wine. Click the “Buy Now” button now to ensure your order is filled!

Regular Price: $60/bottle

15% per Bottle Discount: $51/bottle

25% 6-bottle Case Discount: $270 ($45 a bottle)

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 DOMAINE JOSEPH VOILLAT VIEILLES VIGNES PINOT NOIR

2014 DOMAINE JOSEPH VOILLAT VIEILLES VIGNES PINOT NOIR

(BURGUNDY, FR)

Try as we might, we just can’t drag our taste buds away from Burgundy. The more we drink it, the more we love it. But having a love affair with Burgundy can be an expensive proposition. That’s why we like this week’s Spotlight wine even more – all the quality with none of the price. Especially with this week’s six-bottle case discount of 25% bringing the bottle price down to just $25.50 a bottle!

Domaine Joseph Voillat’s estate has been in the same family for five generations, and their careful winemaking techniques have been passed down with each turning of the guard. The vineyards are spread over twenty acres across the famous Burgundy sub-regions of Volnay, Pommard, Meursault, and Beaune.

This wine sources old vine grapes from Volnay and Pommard. The resulting wine is brightly flavored with fresh herbs and raspberry. Despite being light on its feet, it has a rich and well-integrated mouth feel, meaning you’ll love it on it’s own, but it will pair well with dinner too.

If you’re craving a pop and pour Burgundy that leaves money in your wallet, stock up today’s wine by clicking the Buy Now button below! 

Regular Price: $34/bottle

15% per Bottle Discount: $28.90/bottle

25% Case Discount (Six Bottle Case): $153 ($51 savings at $25.50 a bottle) *That’s like buy 3, Get 1 Free!

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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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SPOTLIGHT: 2014 JEAN DAVID “CUVÉE BEAU NEZ” SEGURET

2014 JEAN DAVID “CUVÉE BEAU NEZ” SEGURET (CÔTES DU RHONE, FR)

This is such a pretty, unassuming wine, that’s it’s easy to miss it’s complexity. “Beau Nez” means beautiful nose, which refers to the rich aromas of black fruit, licorice, and kirsch.

Winemaker Jean David (that’s him on the label with his self-described red nose and red pom pom hat!) was originally hesitant to begin farming organically, but his son convinced him that his wine would be the better for it. Now organically farmed and wild yeast fermented in cement vats with no added sulfites, this wine has found fame thanks to its alluring natural wine appeal. It seems his son was correct after all!

The nose is indeed beautiful, but the flavors are no slouch themselves. It’s reminiscent of spicy black cherry compote, with noticeable acidity and smooth tannins. This wine showcases the best of the Côtes Du Rhone – an enjoyable treasure that lacks intimidation in presentation or price! At just over $20 a bottle, you’ll feel no guilt slurping this one down with slice of pizza!

Regular Price: $30
15% off per bottle: $25.50
25% off Four Bottles: $90 ($30 savings at $22.50/bottle) That’s Like Buy 3, Get 1 Free!

 

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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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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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NIGHT SHIFT BREWING

This trio of friends began home-brewing in their Somerville kitchen 10 years ago – they called themselves “Night Shift” – workers by day, brewers by night. Since professionally debuting in 2012, Night Shift Brewing has made an impressive mark on Boston’s craft beer scene. They began in a small 3,000-square foot nano-brewery in Everett, MA and after a few years and high demand, made the move to it’s impressive 30,000-square foot location on Santilli Highway.

Today, you can find Night Shift in many of Boston’s best restaurants. We are proud to feature their large-format, ever-changing sours on our shelves and their fresh, juicy, and highly-crushable cans on constant rotation in our cooler. My current favorite is their newest release, the Rickey Weisse – a mixed fermentation sour aged with raspberries and lime. While it may still be a little frigid outside, this beer transports me somewhere tropical!

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Get Tapped

The Urban Grape | Get Tapped

If you’re like us – stuck in a winter rut and glued to your social media – then you know it’s beyond time for a good time. Which is why we’re tapping the kegs, serving up chicken wings, calling in the graffiti artists, and bringing our South End neighbors together for a night of kicking back and having fun.

Get Tapped
Banyan Bar + Refuge
March 28th, from 6-10 pm‪‬

‬Your $15 ticket includes: 2 Drink Tickets – Kegs of PBR – Featured Cocktail – Limitless Chicken Wings – Doughnuts – The Danger Booth – Music – Live Graffiti Installation by Marka27, Problak and Lee Beard

Proceeds to Benefit the Peters Park Graffiti Art Wall and their Crowdfunding Campaign

Brought to you by The Gallows GroupM. FlynnOlives & GraceThe Urban GrapeWashington Gateway Main Street

Guaranteed tickets available in advance via Eventbrite. Additional tickets available at the door.

 

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