From the Vine

From the Vine

SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 Revana Family Vineyards “Alexana” Riesling (Dundee Hills, Oregon) *3W*

SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 Revana Family Vineyards “Alexana” Riesling (Dundee Hills, Oregon) *3W*

A house favorite here at The Urban Grape, this dry Riesling from inside the Willamette Valley is sure to satisfy! We love it so much, in fact, that it is one of the featured wines in TJ and Hadley’s new project – Drink Progressively: The Book! This educational book is full of great wine tips, recipes, and pairings, plus it is 35% off if you pre-order through Amazon right now! Check it out via the link above.
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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2012 Barth “Charta” Riesling (Rheingau, Germany)

SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2012 Barth “Charta” Riesling (Rheingau, Germany)

Brand new to UG, and found only in the Rheingau, this dry German Riesling has a unique flavor profile and structure that separates it from any other Riesling in the world.

Since 1983 the Charta Association has produced wines according to strict quality standards, and the Barth Riesling is no exception. Expressive fruit character, racy acidity, and elegant balance reflect the high caliber expected of Charta wines.

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2014 SAMsARA Syrah (Santa Rita Hills, California)

SAMsARA is the creation of highly-regarded winemaker Chad Melville and his wife Mary. Under this label, the two produce limited releases of Syrah from distinct microclimates within carefully selected vineyard sites throughout Santa Barbara County.

UG Staffer Ali just got back from a California trip where she got to spend some time in the SAMsARA tasting rooms learning about the wine and the philosophy behind it. We can’t wait to share some of her insider knowledge with you guys!

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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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2016 VINCA MINOR CABERNET SAUVIGNON (SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS, CA)

2016 VINCA MINOR CABERNET SAUVIGNON (SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS, CA)

Winemaker Jason Charles learned his trade in the vineyards of the Sonoma Coast, and Saint Emilion in Bordeaux. He launched Vinca Minor to explore organic farming and natural winemaking through techniques like using indigenous yeast, never fining or filtering his wines, and less aggressive racking.
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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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