From the Vine

June 2017 Urban Sampler

“Vin du Porch”

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

We’ve finally made it past the Memorial Day milestone and summertime vibes are finally hitting stride. This Sampler Saturday we’ll be celebrating the golden days of summer with a guest pop-up from Ore Jewelry and a tasting of our June ‘Vin du Porch’ Sampler. By way of patio, roof deck or stoop – its time to pull out the porch wine, lighter wines with great acid and lower alcohol that offer relief from the heat.

2015 Lua Cheia ‘Toucas’ Vinho Verde *1W*
Trajadura, Loureiro, Arinto (Vinho Verde, Portugal) 

Coming from the verdant seaside hills of Northern Portugal, Vinho Verde literally translates into ‘green wine’ a apt reference to the youthfulness of the region’s vinho. Reliably crisp with a light prickle of fizz and blissfully tropical aromatics, this wine is a quintessential pick for a summer afternoon. This kismet match for grilled white fish has  got us thinking fish tacos served up with roasted corn and guacamole.

2016 Vinos Guerra ‘Armas de Guerra’ Rosado *P*
Mencia (Bierzo, Spain)

Vinos Guerra is the oldest winery in the Bierzo region, sourcing their fruit some of the oldest and most precious Mencia vines (averaging 50 years old). Their delightful rosado wafts with pink grapefruit, blushy nectarine and white pepper. Red fruit flavors and crisp acidity make for a great accompaniment to grilled beets topped with goat cheese and dried cranberries.

2016 Biohof Pratsch Rosé *P*
Saint Laurent (Neiderösterriech, Austria)

Biohof Pratsch is a certified organic winery in Weinvertel, Austria. Their rosé of St. Laurent is slightly effervescent and rich with cherry, watermelon, strawberry aromas and flavors. In the pantheon of rosés, this is pinnacle of porch wines, a perfect sipper for a hot day. This lush, punchy rosé is your go to for this summer’s ranch dressing revival.

2015 Vignerons du Buxy, Coteaux Bourguignons *1R*
Pinot Noir, Gamay (Côte Chalonnaise, France)

A Pinot Noir AND Gamay? This seemlingly sacrilege blend is  actually a wine style worth getting to know. This is the everyday red table wine of Burgundy, where the otherwise banned Gamay grape is added to Pinot Noir to produce a fresh and lively red that opens with brisk red fruit on the nose and on the palate, boasting mouthwatering acidity that finishes with good length and remarkably juicy fruit. This is the best friend for all things spit-roasted and smoky.