From the Vine

From the Vine

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.

 

More About the Peters Park Graffiti Art Wall and their crowdfunding campaign: 

 

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Our Newest Urban Community Partner: Haley House

The South End neighborhood is special for so many reasons, one of the most important of which is the way we support each other as neighbors and friends. Our neighborhood is also unique because from those that live in million dollar homes to live-in residents of our local homeless shelters, our urban community strives to be welcoming to all. A South End institution that is vital to this welcoming spirit is Haley House, whose soup kitchen has been located on the corner of Dartmouth and Montgomery streets since 1966, making it one of the oldest homeless service providers in the city.

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SPOTLIGHT: 2014 ALHEIT VINEYARDS “CARTOLOGY”

SPOTLIGHT: 2014 ALHEIT VINEYARDS “CARTOLOGY” (WESTERN CAPE, SA)

South Africa is doing absolutely incredible things with Chenin Blanc, and these wines are fast becoming our new wine obsession. For those of you picturing your grandmother’s sweet Chenins of yesteryear, you can’t imagine how much these wines have changed over the decades. They are now lovely and balanced, with wonderful aromatics and a vibrant palate.

This wine from Alheit Vineyards in the Western Cape region of South Africa is 89% Chenin Blanc and 11% Semillon, the famous Bordeaux grape. It has aromas of honey and lime tropical notes, and a lovely bees wax quality on the finish. TJ’s tasting note is just one word – “AWESOME.” As for me, my mouth is watering just thinking about drinking this wine.

Chenin Blanc will continue to be a hot wine trend in 2017. Get yours on sale this week!

 

Regular Price: $55
15% off per bottle: $46.75
25% off Four Bottles: $165 ($55 savings at $41.25/bottle) That’s Like Buy 3, Get 1 Free!

 

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The “There’s Nothing for Dinner” Dinner Salad

Dinner Salad | The Urban Grape

Obviously I love to cook, but part of keeping my love of cooking alive is knowing when to get take out. I try to plan for at least one night a week, because even the most dedicated home cook needs a freaking night off. That night was supposed to be last night, but the slowly wilting contents of my fridge made me reconsider, put on my apron, and come up with something fantastic.

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 HARTFORD COURT CHARDONNAY

SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 HARTFORD COURT CHARDONNAY

(RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY, CA)

You guys helped us crush our Presidents’ Day wine sale this past weekend, and today the savings continue with an expertly made Chardonnay that comes in under $25 after discount.

Hartford Family Winery was founded in 1994 by Don and Jennifer Hartford. Their mission is to showcase wines that represent the people, terroir, and unique vineyard sites near their Russian River Valley home. (That’s me having a moment overlooking their vineyards last spring.) 

The 2014 vintage was particularly strong across all of the label’s Chardonnay offerings, a vintage in which their winemakers pulled back on the oak finish of the wines to let more of the distinct terroir shine through. The 2014 RRV Chardonnay is a particularly fine example of their ability to produce stunning Chardonnay, at a price that is much more affordable than other California producers.

TJ loves the texture and bright acidity of this wine, along with the bright apple and candied lemon flavors, and floral notes. If you love Chardonnay, you’ll love this wine. Click the Buy Now button below to place your order!

Regular Price: $33/bottle

15% per Bottle Discount: $28.05/bottle

25% four-bottle Discount: $99 ($33savings at $24.75 a bottle) *That’s like buy 3, Get 1 Free!

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