From the Vine

From the Vine

SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2015 Bret Brothers Macon-Villages “Terroirs du Maconnais” Chardonnay (Burgundy, France) *4W*

The Urban Grape | Bret Brothers Macon Villages

Comprised primarily of grapes from some of the most well known zip codes in the Maconnais, this is a White Burgundy you shouldn’t miss! With mouth watering stone fruit and bright acidity, this wine’s slightly creamy texture and citrusy zest create a complex and intoxicating wine at an unbeatable price point.

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November 2017 Urban Sampler

Drink Progressively this Thanksgiving

Four great bottles of wine handpicked by our staff, always $50

November is all about Thanksgiving. Whether your holiday sees the traditional spread of old-school classics, a modern-day feast fit for a chef, or a meat-free vegetarian bounty – the only requirement we have of America’s country-wide binge is good wine to pair and wash it all down (although pants with an elastic waist-line are a close second). We’ve picked the top four table-ready selections, straight from our new book Drink Progressively, for your Holiday pre-game. With a light to heavy approach to pairing, you can go back to worrying about the turkey. Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT 2015 Canalicchio di Sopra Rosso di Montalcino (Tuscany, Italy) *5R*

What a great opportunity to try a rare 5-star vintage! This wine is a great effort from the Italian producer Canalicchio di Sopra, and is drinking beautifully right now. Bright red fruits are intertwined with anise, wildflowers, and moist potting soil, fading into a backdrop of darker spice and herbs. The warm sun from the vintage is carried through on the palate with an explosive juiciness from the ripe fruit, but the taut acidity and gritty tannins that you find on the finish are indicative of the cooler nights in 2015.
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SPOTLIGHT WINE 2015 Domaine la Folle Berthe “Amandiers” Chenin Blanc (Loire Valley, France) *4W*

Spotlight Folle Berthe

A wine with a story as poignant as its taste, this Chenin Blanc is one of the Loire Valley’s hidden gems. Following his passions, winemaker David Foubert, a former Parisian journalist, moved to the Loire Valley with his wife Anne-Cecile with little more than a passion for wine. He put himself through a winemaking program, and summarily created his first cuvee in 2014 – all without his own winery! Renting small plots of land to work from retired winemaker Philippe Gourdon, David’s wines are full of all the energy and nerve of a new winemaker.

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2015 Domaine Agape Pinot Noir (Alsace, France) *2R*

The Urban Grape | Domaine Agape Pinot Noir

This week’s spotlight wine is a light and fresh Pinot Noir from the Alsace region of France! Rarely exported to the United States, Alsatian Pinot’s are a rare treat that offers up a whole new look at what Pinot Noir can be. Subtle and restrained, offering a departure from more modern American Pinot Noirs, but much lighter and brighter than a lot of the classic French Burgundy offerings, this Pinot is totally unique.

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SPOTLIGHT WINE 2014 Domaine la Ligiere “Cuvee Point G” Vacqueyras, Rhone Valley, France *7R*

Situated in the Southern Rhone Valley, in Beaumes de Venise, Domaine la Ligiere has been an entirely organically and biodynamic practicing vineyard for over 10 years. Consisting of 60 hectares total, half of this prized land is located within the smaller AOC of Vacqueyras, an area known for its Southern Rhone blends.

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