From the Vine

January 2018 Sampler

It’s Summer Somewhere!

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

Travel to warmer climates with wines from the Southern hemisphere! We may be experiencing freezing temperatures and a case of the winter doldrums in the northern hemisphere, but head below the equator and you’ll be bathed in vibrant sunshine as summer is in full swing. UG’s January Sampler, “It’s Summer Somewhere,” includes four wines hand-selected by our staff to introduce some liquid sunshine. So leave the gloom behind and head south of the border to South Africa, Australia, Argentina, and New Zealand.


NV Gouguenheim Sparkling Malbec Extra Brut (Mendoza, Argentina) *B* 

This delicate and fresh bubbly is perfect for starting off the new year right. Comprised of Argentina’s favorite grape, Malbec, it has delicious red fruit aromas and balanced acidity. The estate is located in a dry, desert climate and relies on melting snow from the Andes to irrigate the vines. Cold weather tip: Not just for the vines, snow is excellent for keeping wines chilled.

2016 Sea Pearl Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand) *2W*

One of the most popular regions to emerge out of the Southern Hemisphere is Marlborough, New Zealand. Coastal vineyards and minimal intervention give this light-bodied Sauvignon Blanc herbaceous notes with tropical fruits of grapefruit and passionfruit. Cold weather tip: Crisp whites like these are good year round.

2016 AA Badenhorst “The Curator” Red (Swartland, South Africa) *7R*

When it comes to quality South African vino, A.A. Badenhorst has consistently produced some of the best. They harvested Shiraz and Cinsault from the great Swartland region, to make the Curator Red Blend. Whole clusters were fermented in a combination of concrete tanks and wood casks and then aged for over a year to make a wine with lush red fruit character that is delicious, complex and old-world in style. Cold weather tip: Old-world from a new world. The perfect fireside sipper!

2015 Hugh Hamilton “Jim Jim the Down-Underdog” Shiraz (McLaren Vale, Australia) *9R*

You can’t go wrong with a big and bold Shiraz from Western Australia to fight the freezing temps. Named for the faithful vineyard dog who could always tell when the fruit was ripe for picking, this has notes of black fruit and pepper balanced with soft tannins. Cold weather tip: Shiraz is perfect for an array of hearty stews!


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