From the Vine

From the Vine

SPOTLIGHT: WHISTLE PIG

SPOTLIGHT: WHISTLE PIG “THE BOSS HOG 3rd EDITION – THE INDEPENDENT” STRAIGHT RYE WHISKEY

(SHOREHAM, VT)

Since Whistle Pig began in 2008, the company and its products have been an ode to the America Dream. Transforming an old dairy farm into a world-class whiskey production facility, while still retaining its original charm, the distillery has won accolades for its excellent whiskies.

The Boss Hog is a limited edition release, and heralded as the biggest and most profound of their line-up. The first Rye Whiskey ever finished in 250 liter Scotch casks (Hogshead Barrels), the resulting whiskey showcases both tremendous power and delicate nuance. Only 30 barrels of this whiskey were produced.

The nose has elements of oak and vanilla, with undertones of mint, caramel, and baking spice. The palate is warm and bold with lots of spices. Hints of peat and smoke throughout. A collector’s item that we are offering for 15% off as long as supplies last. Which, admittedly, won’t be long!

Regular Price: $295/bottle

15% per Bottle Discount: $250.75/bottle

To make an order, contact our Special Orders Department!

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January 2017 Urban Sampler: MALBEC QUARTET

Malbec Quartet! January 2017 Urban Sampler

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

January is a month dedicated to self-improvement. Start the New Year off right by adding more wine facts to your intellectual arsenal with UG’s “Malbec Quartet” sampler. Malbec (AKA Côt and Auxxerois) is originally from Southwest France. Today the majority of France’s Malbec is found in Cahors, a small town close to Bordeaux. Malbec quickly became common as a blending grape in Bordeaux, but due to the grapes’ poor resistance to weather and pests, it never achieved greatness. Instead, it found a new home in Mendoza, Argentina where a nostalgic French botanist planted it in 1868. Today, Argentina leads with over 75% of all the acres of Malbec in the world! Experience why this grape has become a worldwide sensation with our January 2017 “Malbec Quartet” Urban Sampler!

Domaine Augis, La Rosee Sparkling Malbec (Loire Valley, FRA) B

The 5th generation Augis, Philippe manages everything from vine, to bottle, to sales. Domaine Augis comprises 44.47 acres, and is split between the communes of AOC Touraine and AOC Valençay. This methode traditionnelle Malbec combines the rarity of sparkling Malbec coming from France’s Loire Valley!

2014 Georges Vigouroux Gouleyant Cahors (Cahors, France) 6R

Georges Vigouroux is a pioneer of the Cahors Appellation and French Malbec. The vineyard is an ideal spot for Malbec featuring stony soil with red clay and excellent southwest and southeast facing sun exposure. The vines grow on one of the highest vineyards in the appellation which contribute to this Malbec’s mouth watering acidity!

2015 Zolo Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) 7R

Zolo is produced at one of the most technologically advanced wineries in Argentina. Zolo selects grapes from estate vineyards throughout different key regions of Mendoza. This value driven Malbec is fruit- forward, and can be enjoyed with a wide range of food, or solo!

2015 Bodega Septima, Malbec (Mendoza, Argentina) 7R

Septima Malbec is produced under high quality standards, aging for 6 months in third use American oak barrels. Fresh cherry, toasty and vanilla notes obtained from the oak, acidity and alcohol are perfectly balanced with soft and delicate tannins. This is the perfect wine for New World wine lovers!

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: NV DOMAINE DE SOUSA “TRADITION” BRUT

SPOTLIGHT WINE: NV DOMAINE DE SOUSA “TRADITION” BRUT (Champagne, FRA)

We’ve made it through Christmas, the start of Hanukkah and a festive holiday weekend. But the 2016 drinking isn’t quite over yet! UG is here to make sure you’ve got the best wine in your bottle, no matter your price point.

The Champagne House of De Sousa has been making sparkling wine since the 1950’s. Their vines dig down into chalky soil, and the resulting grapes produce a fresh-tasting wine with salinity and minerality. They hand-harvest their grapes as late in the season as possible Continue reading

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 TENUTA DELL’ORNELLAIA “LE VOLTE” RED

The Urban Grape | 2014 TENUTA DELL'ORNELLAIA "LE VOLTE" RED (TUSCANY, IT)

SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 TENUTA DELL’ORNELLAIA “LE VOLTE” RED (TUSCANY, IT)

Ornellaia. If you have a fondness for Italy’s Super Tuscan wines than you know and love the Antinori family’s offering, one of the most famous wines in the world. Ornellaia is an homage to well-structured Bordeaux blends and shows Tuscany’s ability to make world-class wines that are not dominated by Sangiovese. But for most of us, the price of Ornellaia puts it out of reach. Luckily, their more affordable wines have been gaining a foothold and creating a buzz all their own.

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 BAND OF VINTNERS “CONSORTIUM” CABERNET SAUVIGNON

The Urban Grape | Consortium

SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 BAND OF VINTNERS “CONSORTIUM” CABERNET SAUVIGNON (NAPA VALLEY, CA)

What happens when seven wine industry friends get together to blend a Cabernet Sauvignon? They end up making one of the most approachable, palate-friendly, and affordably priced Napa wines on the market.

Industry leaders like Jason Heller of Harlan and BOND Estates, Barrett Anderson of Jackson Family Wines, and Dan Petroski of Larkmead and Massican Wineries joined together to form the Band of Vintners, a label dedicated to sourcing the best fruit at the best price to produce the “best pound-for-pound” Cabernet possible.

The resulting Consortium is a fantastic wine, and one that pleases even the most finicky Cabernet palate. The wine has everything you want in a Cab – dark red and black fruit aromas and flavors, mixed with baking spices, leather, tobacco, and cocoa. In other words, depth. The finish is soft and silky – the tannins are present, but integrated.

The bottle is beautiful, the juice is exquisite, and the price is right. Grab a six-pack or case, and gift and drink this all December long. It will become an instant favorite!

Regular Price: $42/bottle

15% per Bottle Discount: $35.70/bottle

25% six-bottle Discount: $189 ($63 savings at $31.50 a bottle) 

To make an order, contact Sophie at orders@theurbangrape.com, or click “Buy Now” to fill out our online order form!

SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 BAND OF VINTNERS “CONSORTIUM” CABERNET SAUVIGNON (NAPA VALLEY, CA)

What happens when seven wine industry friends get together to blend a Cabernet Sauvignon? They end up making one of the most approachable, palate-friendly, and affordably priced Napa wines on the market.

Industry leaders like Jason Heller of Harlan and BOND Estates, Barrett Anderson of Jackson Family Wines, and Dan Petroski of Larkmead and Massican Wineries joined together to form the Band of Vintners, a label dedicated to sourcing the best fruit at the best price to produce the “best pound-for-pound” Cabernet possible.

The resulting Consortium is a fantastic wine, and one that pleases even the most finicky Cabernet palate. The wine has everything you want in a Cab – dark red and black fruit aromas and flavors, mixed with baking spices, leather, tobacco, and cocoa. In other words, depth. The finish is soft and silky – the tannins are present, but integrated.

The bottle is beautiful, the juice is exquisite, and the price is right. Grab a six-pack or case, and gift and drink this all December long. It will become an instant favorite!

Regular Price: $42/bottle

15% per Bottle Discount: $35.70/bottle

25% six-bottle Discount: $189 ($63 savings at $31.50 a bottle) *That’s like buy 3, Get 1 Free!

To make an order, contact Sophie at orders@theurbangrape.com, or click “Buy Now” to fill out our online order form!

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December 2016 Urban Sampler: LIQUID CHEER!

The Urban Grape | 12/16 Sampler

LIQUID CHEER! December 2016 Urban Sampler

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

Can you feel it? Holiday spirit is in the air! December ushers in holiday festivities such as gifting, baking, hosting and of course drinking! Tinsel and glitter dust the town to make the holiday season a bit brighter and merrier. The Urban Grape had joined in the fun with December Sampler “Liquid Cheer!” Each wine is perfect for an evening with friends and family. We are featuring a sparkling for holiday toasting, a white to sip on while baking cookies, a light red for hors d’oeuvres and a medium-bodied red for the main course. This Urban Sampler is a sure fire way to bring “Liquid Cheer” to those near and dear!

NV Marsuret Prosecco Treviso Extra Dry (Veneto, Italy)

You can’t celebrate the holiday season without a little bubbly! Prosecco DOC Treviso Extra Dry is a classic Prosecco sourced from estate-grown fruit. This Prosecco combines the characteristic aromatic essence with notable acidity. Fresh, light and fruit- forward, Marsuret is perfect for any holiday toast!

2015 Tire Bouchon Sauvignon Blanc (Languedoc-Roussillon, France)

Sometimes the holiday season (and the bountiful array of treats that comes with it) can leave you feeling a bit heavy. Lucky for you, this Tire Bouchon Sauvignon Blanc could never weigh you down. It’s fresh with mineral aromas and, green apple and citrus avors on the palate. Shake up the season with a light white to pair with any festive salad, or sh dish!

2015 Guidobono Barbera d’Alba (Piedmont, Italy)

Somehow Barbera wine tastes both rich and light- bodied. Why is that? Well, one reason is that it has dark staining pigments that dye the wine to near-black. However, the taste of Barbera has notes of strawberry and sour cherry: avors synonymous with light-bodied wines. Try this juicy wine with meats, mushrooms, root vegetables & braised greens. The perfect compliment to any holiday dinner spread!

2012 Chateau Paveil de Luze Petit Paveil (Bordeaux, France)

This is perfect sipping wine for decorating your tree or putting up lights around the house! Ruby red, fruity, with appearing freshness combined with supple tannins make this a very enjoyable wine that can stand up to complex dishes such as roast beef.

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2012 GROTH RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

The Urban Grape | Groth

SPOTLIGHT: 2012 GROTH RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON (OAKVILLE-NAPA VALLEY, CA)

If ever there was a time of year to treat yourself to a wine from the spectacular 2012 Napa vintage, this is it. This heralded vintage lives up to the hype – the wines are almost universally balanced, classically structured, and highly rated. These wines drink well now, but will find a long life in your cellar too.

The 2012 Groth Cabernet Sauvignon is blended with 10% Merlot from from the Hillview Vineyard. The combination adds up to a wine with huge fruit aromas and flavors. It’s softly textured and velvety, but the vintage’s structure remains and plays nicely off of the big fruit on the palate. Aged 22 months in barrel.

A lot of people don’t know that Groth makes a Reserve Cabernet. While their regular Cab can be found on every steak house list, this wine is harder to come by and more serious in nature. It earned 93 points from both James Suckling and Wine Enthusiast. It’s a wonderful choice for a holiday dinner!

Regular Price: $110
15% off per bottle: $93.50
25% off Four Bottles: $330 ($110 savings at $82.50/bottle) That’s Like Buy 3, Get 1 Free!

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THANKSGIVING WINE PAIRING JUST GOT EASIER!

Thanksgiving Sampler

 

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Everyone gathers around in the kitchen and the room swells with the heady scents of the season.  Most of my memories of Thanksgiving take place in the kitchen and wine is an essential ingredient. In the words of Julia Child “…sometimes I even put it in the food.” Pairing wines for Thanksgiving can be easy!

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2014 NICOLAS JAY PINOT NOIR (WILLAMETTE VALLEY, OR)

The Urban Grape | Nicolas Jay Pinot Noir

Before we get into this week’s Spotlight, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the incredible energy that so many of you brought to our Grand Tasting this past Saturday. I know a lot of us were feeling unsettled, and looking for community, and the fact that you chose to find it at The Urban Grape made us feel like we had truly fulfilled our mission to create community, memories, and joy through the shared experience of wine. To have many hundreds of people spend time in the store, all of whom were being kind, thoughtful, and genuine, felt like balm for the soul. Thank you for that.

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SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2013 BRICK AND MORTAR “COUGAR ROCK VINEYARD” PINOT NOIR (NAPA VALLEY, CA)

The Urban Grape | Pick&Mortar

SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2013 BRICK AND MORTAR “COUGAR ROCK VINEYARD” PINOT NOIR (NAPA VALLEY, CA)

Pinot Noir is seldom blended with other varietals, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t a blended wine. Instead, the winemakers carefully choose different clones of Pinot Noir to make a wine that has beautiful fruit, acidity, and structure.

No grape has more clones than Pinot Noir. The grape is considered genetically unstable, and mutates easily into new versions of itself. These version diverge over time, and become known for different qualities – early bud break, mildew resistance, higher quality fruit, intense floral aromas, etc., etc. The average wine drinker does not need to worry about clonal variety at all because good winemakers will work the clones on your behalf.

That’s exactly the case with the Brick & Mortar “Cougar Rock Vineyard” Pinot Noir, a blend of three clones: 777, 115, and Pommard 4. That’s geeky stuff. What you need to know is that 777 and 115 give the wine lush fruit characteristics, and the Pommard 4 give the wine acidity and structure. The result is a perfectly balanced American Pinot Noir, and one that we think will taste fantastic with Thanksgiving dinner.

Brick & Mortar’s wines are allocated and hard to find, but you can grab them at UG this week for 25% off!

Regular Price: $58/bottle

15% per Bottle Discount: $49.30/bottle

25% four-bottle Discount: $174 ($58 savings at $43.50 a bottle) *That’s like buy 3, Get 1 Free!

To make an order click “Buy Now” to fill out our online order form!

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