Events

As always our regularly scheduled tastings are held on Thursday and Fridays from 5-8, and on Saturdays from 2-5 (UGSE) and 3-6 (UGCH). “UGCH” designates that the tasting is held at our Chestnut Hill store, while “UGSE” denotes the South End store.

If you’ve never been to a free tasting at UG (or even if you have!), watch the video below to see what makes our free tastings so fun and informative. 

 

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March
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South End
Geek Out; Manhattans Served with a Twist!
Monday, March 30, 2015, 6-7:30 PM

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Start your week of right by expanding your knowledge of the basic Manhattan whiskey cocktail with Boston's most spirited personality, Kirsten Amman (better known as Kitty!). As the local brand manager for Frattelli Branca, Kitty specializes in perfect Manhattan accompaniments such as Carpano Antica, Fernet Branca and Punt e Mes. Kitty will show you how to shake up your perfect Manhattans, and will even debut her mysterious white Manhattan! 

We're so excited for Kitty's debut at UG - and as a certified Mahattan freak, you'll have to fight TJ for a spot at the head of the table! 

THIS IS AN RSVP ONLY EVENT. Tickets are available here!


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April
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Chestnut Hill
Allagash Brewing Co.
Thursday, April 02, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Billy, Massachusetts Sales Representative from Allagash features Belgian-style beers brewed in Portland, Maine. Billy will be pouring staples such as the White, Saison, Black as well as seasonal selections.


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April
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South End
Vine Connections Sake!
Thursday, April 02, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Join Sarah Barry as she features versatile sakes from Vine Connections portfolio such as Bride of the Fox and Dreamy Clouds!


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April
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Chestnut Hill
Classic Wine Imports Sake Selections
Friday, April 03, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Join Nick, our new special orders manager, and sake professional as he features different styles of sake from the Joto portfolio.


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April
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South End
Buona Pasqua!
Friday, April 03, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Frank Bomba treats UGSE to an Italian Easter as he features stellar Italian selections such as Tedeschi Amarone and Bucci Verdicchio so you can add a little zest to your Easter Sunday festa!


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April
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Chestnut Hill
Sampler Saturdays; “Soil Rocks!” April Sampler
Saturday, April 04, 2015, 2-5 PM

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Join us as we feature four wines (2 whites, 2 reds) from our April Urban Sampler 4pk titled “Soil Rocks!”.  See if your taste buds can taste the soil traits that make these wines rock!


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April
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South End
Sampler Saturdays; “Soil Rocks!” April Sampler
Saturday, April 04, 2015, 2-5 PM

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Join us as we feature four wines (2 whites, 2 reds) from our April Urban Sampler 4pk titled “Soil Rocks!”.  See if your taste buds can taste the soil traits that make these wines rock!


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April
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Chestnut Hill
Notch; American Session Beer
Thursday, April 09, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Join Zac of Notch Brewing, of Ipswich, MA as he features flavorful, refreshing beers such as the Session Pils, Left of the Dial IPA and Saison!


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April
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South End
Rutherford’s Round Pond Estate
Thursday, April 09, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Join James, of Napa’s Round Pond Estate, a family-owned winery specializing in pure, expressive Sauvignon Blanc & Cabernet Sauvignon wines, artisan olive oils, red wine vinegars and unforgettable farm-to-table guest experiences James will be featuring the Round Pond Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc,  Round Pond Kith & Kin Cabernet Sauvignon and the Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon.


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April
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South End
Ole Imports
Friday, April 10, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Mike Smith from Ole showcases amazing Spanish and Portuguese selections from up & coming regions and varietals!


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April
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Chestnut Hill
Boutique Wineries from Around the World!
Friday, April 10, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Come in and taste great boutique selections from California, Oregon and Spain!


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April
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Chestnut Hill
David’s Tea Infusions!
Saturday, April 11, 2015, 2-5 PM

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Join the amazing staff of The Street’s David’s Tea as they feature great spring teas, which will create the perfect teatime moment, but infused with vodka make a great spring cocktail!


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April
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South End
Harborside California Selections
Saturday, April 11, 2015, 2-5 PM

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Join Gina from Harborside as she features wines from California’s Byron Estate, Freemark Abbey, Hartford Court and Ehlers Estate!


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April
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Chestnut Hill
M.S. Walker Bourbon & Rye Whiskey
Thursday, April 16, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Ben Sandroff of MS Walker features domestic whiskies such as  Smooth Ambler "Old Scout" 10 Year Bourbon from West Virginia, and Dad's Hat Pennsylvania Rye Whiskey!


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April
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South End
Anderson Valley Brewing Co.
Thursday, April 16, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Anderson Valley Brewing Company was founded in 1987 and at the time, it was one of just 20 craft breweries in the United States. Have some fun with Ryan as he pours these Mendocino, CA beers that feature phrases from the local Boontling lingo such as Hop Ottin, and Bahl Hornin’!


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April
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Chestnut Hill
Wines from Spain’s Ribera del Duero & Rueda!
Friday, April 17, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Please join Newton-based sommelier Mark Buckley as he features savory Tempranillo red wines from Spain’s Ribera del Duero and Rueda’s fresh Verdejo white wines!


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April
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South End
Arborway Imports Vin de France
Friday, April 17, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Freshly returned from his journey to France, Chas features wines from the Rhone Valley, Burgundy, Alsace and the Loire Valley!


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April
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Chestnut Hill
New Selections from Baystate
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 2-5 PM

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Meet Baystate Rep, Justin as he features new wines to UG such as Jean-Max Rodger Cuvee CM Sancerre, Pali’s Huntington Pinot Noir, Poggio Bonelli’s Chianti Classico, and Foppiano Estate’s Russian River Valley Petit Sirah, 


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April
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South End
Educated Guess Owner Mark Albrecht Tasting & Bottle Signing!
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 2-5 PM

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Educated Guess has been a staple at the UG since inception and we are ecstatic to have proprietor Mark Albrecht joining us at UGSE! Roots Run Deep Winery was founded in 2005 with the promise of producing unparalleled wine from the Napa Valley at prices everyone can afford.  Mark Albrecht is a 15-year veteran in the wine industry and has been involved in all aspects of the industry from restaurant to retail, and wholesaler to supplier. Mark will be featuring the 2012 Educated Guess Napa Valley Cabernet and the 2010 Hypothesis Reserve Cabernet. Palate cleansing, delicious crackers will be provided by Rockport, MA-based, Honu’s Hearth who specializes in bringing farm to table one cracker at a time!


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April
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Chestnut Hill
Slumbrew
Thursday, April 23, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Eric from Slumbrew will be sampling local legends such as Happy Sol, Trekker Tripel and Porter Square Porter!


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April
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South End
J. Hilburn Menswear & Northern Italian Wines from OZ
Thursday, April 23, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Susana Brown, personal stylist for J. Hilburn features custom, luxury menswear from J. Hilburn whose factories are based in northern Italy’s Piedmont, and Veneto regions. Martin from Oz Wine Company will be featuring Northern Italian wines from Vallee D'Aosta, Veneto and Piedmont. Sip on wines from these regions, while learning about this exciting custom, yet affordable menswear from Italian fabrics!


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April
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Chestnut Hill
Arborway Imports Vin de France!
Friday, April 24, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Freshly returned from his journey to France, Chas features wines from the Rhone Valley, Burgundy, Alsace and the Loire Valley!


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April
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South End
Winemaker Event; Umberto Valle of Tuscany’s Poggio Trevvalle!
Friday, April 24, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Join us as we host Umberto Valle, owner and winemaker of Tuscan winery Poggio Trevvalle!

Between the towns of Grosseto and Campagnatico lies Poggio Trevvalle on a small hill in the seaside town of Maremma, Tuscany. The Poggio Trevvalle estate covers 17 hectares, of which 14 are vineyards. Over 85% of the vines are Sangiovese. The remaining vines are Alicante, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

The Valle brothers bought the farm in 1998 and chose to cultivate their vines organically in order to produce wines that truly express their terroir. Umberto Valle strongly believes that the taste and flavor of a wine will be unique if the grapes represent the countryside’s soil and microclimate. These affordable, estate wines are pleasing to drink at any occasion and, most importantly have a recognizable taste and flavor.

 Umberto will be showing: 2013 "Passera" Morellino di Scansano, 2013 Morellino di Scansano, 2013 Wine Cube Rosso Toscana (3 Liters) *It's equal to 4 bottles of wine!


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April
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Chestnut Hill
A Buzz-worthy Afternoon with Follow the Honey, Caledonia Spirits & Mead!
Saturday, April 25, 2015, 2-5 PM

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Join us for this sweet pairing as Cambridge-based boutique Follow the Honey shows UGCH how complex and amazing honey can bee! We will also be featuring honey-based spirits from Vermont-based Caledonia Spirits and mead too!


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April
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South End
Celebrate the new look of Berkshire Brewing Co.
Saturday, April 25, 2015, 2-5 PM

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Looking for the perfect beers for your weekend festivities? Ben from Berkshire Brewing Co. features stellar selections such as Steel Rail Pale Ale and Dean's Beans Coffeehouse Porter. Come and check out BBC's new packaging and enjoy these great local brews!


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April
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Chestnut Hill
United selections from New Zealand & Australia!
Thursday, April 30, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Join Shirlee Stein from United Liquors as she takes us "down under" with outstanding selections from New Zealand & Australia!


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April
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South End
Compass Box Whisky-Artisan Scotch Whiskymakers!
Thursday, April 30, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Compass Box is a specialist Scotch whiskymaker. By trying Compass Box, you will discover a world of small batch Scotch whiskies, made in a variety of styles to appeal to a variety of tastes. Join Compass Box Brand Ambassador, Robin Robinson as he features artisan scotches masterfully blended such as The Lost Blend, Hedonism and the Peat Monster.