From the Vine

From the Vine

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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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2015 HARTFORD COURT “OLD VINE” ZINFANDEL (RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY, CA)

SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2015 HARTFORD COURT “OLD VINE” ZINFANDEL (RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY, CA)

What do you do when you’ve made a gazillion (give or take) dollars producing Kendall Jackson wines? You start buying up vineyard sites with unique terroir and producing high-quality wines with distinct personality. And even though you COULD charge a lot for these delicious offerings, you don’t. Because thanks to all that KJ money, you simply don’t need to. That’s the story behind Hartford Court, and that’s why all of us at UG are so dedicated to their outstanding, yet reasonably priced, offerings.

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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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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 BETZ FAMILY WINERY “BÉSOLEIL” RED BLEND (COLUMBIA VALLEY, WA)

SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 BETZ FAMILY WINERY “BÉSOLEIL” RED BLEND (COLUMBIA VALLEY, WA)

The ease and drinkability of the Rhône varietals – especially the region’s signature Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre blend – is legendary. In the 1980’s a group of American winemakers, nicknamed the Rhône Rangers, popularized the Rhône varietals on the West Coast, and our country has never looked back. California was the first state to get in on the Rhône game, but Washington’s offerings are also first rate juice. 
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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2012 BOOTLEG RED BLEND (NAPA, CA)

 2012 BOOTLEG RED BLEND (NAPA, CA)

All hail the easy-drinking red blend! Despite the fact that the most famous winemaking region in the world, Bordeaux, deals almost exclusively in blended wine, American red blends still have some stigma attached to them. The reality is, American blends are often creative and down-right delicious. We’re big fans and know our customers are too.

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