From the Vine

From the Vine

SPOTLIGHT: 2014 BODEGAS y VINEDOS INTEUS “AVIADORES DEL TERRUÑO” CRIANZA TEMPRANILLO (RIOJA, SP)

These vineyards constitute the first organic vineyards in Rioja, planted in 1980. Decades later, these gorgeous vineyards are world-renowned not only for their beauty, but also for the grapes that they produce.

This wine is made from 100% Tempranillo Peludo, a varietal which was brought to near extinction. Bodegas y Vinedos Inteus has lovingly brought these vines back to prominence, using the root stock of 150 year old vines.

This wine is incredibly affordable, but the quality is undeniable. The wine has bright cherry and strawberry on both the nose and palate. The flavors roar to life on the back of huge grape tannins. Through a little chill on it to tame the tannins, and pair with something fatty and salty to see the wine shine. A stunning wine in all ways!

Regular Price: $28
15% off per bottle: $23.80
25% off Six Bottles: $126 ($42 savings at $21/bottle)

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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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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2013 DELECTUS “ARGENTUM” RED BLEND (KNIGHTS VALLEY, CA)

SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2013 DELECTUS “ARGENTUM” RED BLEND (KNIGHTS VALLEY, CA)

A juicy California red blend for just $22.50 a bottle? Sign us up!

This blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 15% Petite Sirah, 9% Syrah, and 4% Cabernet Franc makes us just a little weak in the knees. Made from a small, family-owned winery, most of their wine is sold directly and never sees the shelves at retail stores.
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2013 SANS LIEGE “THE OFFERING” RED BLEND (SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, CA)

2013 SANS LIEGE “THE OFFERING” RED BLEND (SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, CA)

It’s not surprising that a California winemaker on a “relentless search for independence” would find himself in regions like Paso Robles, Santa Maria Valley, and Santa Ynez. These newer California wine regions are known for breaking all the rules. What’s so great about Sans Liege, and winemaker Curt Schalchlin, is that rule-breaking is steeped in respect for what came before. These wines take the best of the Rhône Valley and re-imagine it for a new generation of wine drinkers.
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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 QUINTA VALE D. MARIA “THREE VALLEYS” TINTO (DOURO, PORTUGAL)

SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 QUINTA VALE D. MARIA “THREE VALLEYS” TINTO (DOURO, PORTUGAL)

TJ’s finally home from an epic trip to Portugal and he’s ready to share his wealth of knowledge on the country’s wine!

His main take-aways from the trip were as follows: 1) The winemaking regions, especially the Douro, are gorgeous – some of the prettiest he’s seen! 2) Portuguese wine is incredibly inexpensive, and this price adjustment is seen through all the levels of quality. Their plonk may cost $.25 to our $6, but on the flip side, their high end wine lands in the $30/bottle range – a price that feels very affordable compared to more established regions like Bordeaux, Tuscany, and Napa. 3) The winemakers in the region are extremely focused on expanding their international reach. They asked TJ as much on the American wine palate as he did on their winemaking techniques. It may take a few vintages, but Portuguese wine is gearing up to take America by storm.

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GBFB & UG: Because Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Break

 

Hunger Doesn't Take a Summer Break

Another month has come and gone, and UG’s Urban Community Program continues to grow. We are proud to be strengthening the ties between our network of customers and at-risk Bostonians, one community-based organization at a time. And the network IS growing! Last month, 12 other South End businesses helped us collect books and donations for More Than Words. Time and again, South Enders get it done!

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2016 LIQUID FARM “VOGELZANG VINEYARD” ROSÉ (SANTA BARBARA, CA)

SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2016 LIQUID FARM “VOGELZANG VINEYARD” ROSÉ (SANTA BARBARA, CA)

Liquid Farm has developed such a huge following over the past several years, with more and more people falling in love with their naturally funky, yet utterly approachable, wines. We were lucky to have Jeff Nelson, the owner of Liquid Farm, at UG this past Spring, and ever since then requests for his wine have skyrocketed. Demand for their rosé is higher than ever this year.
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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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