Events

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

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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Celebrate Mass. Brewers Fest with a Medley of Mass. Brews!
Friday, September 04, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Today is the 6th Annual Mass Brewers Fest featuring more than 100 different beers from 30+ breweries in the Massachusetts Brewers Guild. Kick of your Labor Day weekend right with Amanda of Mass. Beverage Alliance as she features a mini Mass Brewers Fest experience with breweries such as Spencer, Brewmaster Jack, Backlash and Slumbrew!


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Sampler Saturday: When in Rhône!!
Saturday, September 05, 2015, 2-5 PM

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A key wine-producing region in southeastern France, the Rhône Valley as we know it began with the Romans who used the area as their highway through France, and planted some vineyards along the way! Now, these food-loving wines will help you transition into cooler weather and fall fare any day of the week! 


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Victory Beer & Honeycomb Creamery Ice Cream!
Thursday, September 10, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Celebrate the first official Pats game of the season with Victory Brewing Company New England Sales Rep, Ben Bouton featuring Headwaters, Golden Monkey Belgian-style ale, DirtWolf Double IPA and more, while Kristen of Somerville-based Honeycomb Creamery scoops and sells her delicious small batch ice creams. Go Pats!


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Bubbles 101 With Yoko, Sonoma Wine Group & Atlantic Saltworks
Friday, September 11, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Yes, you can drink excellent bubbly all the time! Sparkling Guru Yoko will pour different styles of sparkling wine and offer great expert tips! Alongside Yoko, Jon Neuburger, owner of Sonoma Wine Group will showcase unique wines from Sonoma, CA such as 2013 Piccolo Ribolla Gialla, 2008  Amphora Cabernet Franc, and 2008 Buona Vita Nebbiolo while Heather joins UG for the first time from Atlantic Saltworks to sample and sell their handcrafted sea salt made in small batches with water harvested from the shores of historic Gloucester, MA!


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UG Staff Spotlight; Curtis Picks!
Saturday, September 12, 2015, 2-5 PM

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Join us for another UG Staff Spotlight tasting where each tasting is curated by a different staff member showcasing their favorite beer, wine and/or spirits! This month, Curtis will focus on wines that have a good story behind them.


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Boston Harbor Distillery + The Craic & Blonde
Thursday, September 17, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Rhonda Kallman, Founder & CEO of Boston Harbor Distillery, joins The Urban Grape for the first time to premier Lawley's New England Spirit, Seymour's Local Roast Coffee Liqueur and Putnam New England Rye. Alongside Rhonda, Blonde will introduce us to "spicy, deeply passionate and marvelously appetizing" Haitian-fusion food from her new company, The Craic & Blonde!


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Kermit Lynch Wines
Friday, September 18, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Lisa Strausser samples an assortment of renowned importer Kermit Lynch's whites and reds from various French regions!


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Tequila and Chica de Gallo
Saturday, September 19, 2015, 2-5 PM

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Margarita season is not over yet (is it ever really over?)! Morgan from Burke Distributing will be pouring up some of his favorite tequilas while Amanda and Ben of Chica de Gallo sample their artisan salsa and guacamole!


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Geek Out with UG; When in Rhône….
Sunday, September 20, 2015, 5-6:30PM

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Geek Out with UG is BACK and better than ever. After a summer hiatus, we're kicking off a new monthly series of Geek Outs, now on Sundays! These early evening events are a perfect way to wind-down your weekend with some in-depth education about specific topics in the wide world of beverage. Swing by the Salty Pig after the Geek Out for an easy dinner of charcuterie and pizza. Sounds like the perfect way to end the weekend to us! 

Our September Geek Out features our favorite wine educator in Boston, Jo-Ann Ross. Dynamic, energetic, engaging and vivacious, Jo-Ann makes learning about wine fun, with no room for intimidation. You'll leave with a renewed passion for learning about all things vino! 

On September 20th, Jo-Ann will teach 25 guests about the Côtes du Rhône region, all while sipping on her hand-picked selections. The Rhône wines are some of our most popular in the store - they're juicy, affordable, fun, and palate-friendly. This region is definitely on our wishlist of places to visit, but until we can get their at least we have Jo-Ann to transport us for an evening. Come learn more about this world-renowned wine region!  Sign up here!


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Oz’s Spanish & Argentinian Vino
Thursday, September 24, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Martin from Oz Wine Company showcases terroir-driven wines from Spain and Argentina!


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Arborway Imports!
Friday, September 25, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Join Chas of Arborway Imports as he features intriguing wines from Eastern Europe! 


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UG’s Annual Oktoberfest & Pumpkin Beer Tasting!
Saturday, September 26, 2015, 2-5 PM

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Bring out your leiderhosen and raise a stein as Urban Hops will be featuring a bevy of pumpkin and oktoberfest beers. Prost!


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Winemaker Event! Baron Ziegler of Banshee Wines
Tuesday, September 29, 2015, 5:30-8 PM

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Originally from Minnesota, Baron deferred medical school to work for James Beard award-winning wine importer, Eric Solomon. After managing most of the East Coast for five years, he took over the role of national sales director, where he ran all aspects of sales for the next five years. Baron moved to California in 2007 and two years later, Banshee Wines became a reality. Today, as Co-Founder and Director of Sales, Baron oversees all aspects of Banshee’s evolution and direction!

Baron will be featuring stellar selections such as Banshee's single vineyard Sonoma Pinot Noir and Chardonnay alongside the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and the Mordecai Red Blend, a cult wine inspired by Wes Anderson's "The Royal Tenenbaums".


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Yasmina of Chateau Biac, Bordeaux & Coravin!
Thursday, October 01, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Having spent most of their summer holidays from 1990 onwards in the Aquitaine, Tony and Youmna Asseily developed a passion for the region and its wines. They acquired Château Biac in 2006 and immediately took on the challenge of restoring the vineyard and its winery to the highest standards. Joining UG is Tony and Youmna's daughter, Yasmina, who originally trained and qualified as a nutritional therapist, but now preaches the good virtues of Biac wines alongside the importance of eating and drinking in a way that nourishes mind, body and soul. Having spent eight years in the financial industry (New York, Beirut and Paris) she understands the pressures and stressors that come with fast-paced living and very much embodies the Biac solution. Slow down. Enjoy a glass of Bordeaux. Coravin will also be partnering with Yasmina to show how you can enjoy that Bordeaux without popping the cork!


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Harborside Wines & Kitchen Millie
Friday, October 02, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Join Gina from Harborside as she pours exciting Spanish selections while Michelle, of Somerville-based Kitchen Millie features their delicious two-bite cookies that are bringing back that fresh from the oven taste, at a size that's right! 


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Sampler Saturday!!
Saturday, October 03, 2015, 2-5 PM

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Each month The Urban Grape features four different wines in an easy to grab, pre-assembled carrier. Great for a weekend away, a party at a friend’s house, or just to have at home, the Urban Sampler 4-Pack is all about ease and accessibility. Taste all 4 with the UG staff!


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Winemaker Event! Gualdo del Re and Master Brands
Thursday, October 08, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Jackie from Master Brands introduces us to the owners of Gualdo del Re from Tuscany, Italy. They'll feature some indigenous whites, Super Tuscan blends and a Rosso Toscano!


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Staff Spotlight and Uncommon Feasts!
Saturday, October 10, 2015, 2-5 PM

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UG staff member and chalkboard artist extraordinaire, Nathalie, spotlights her favorite French wines du jour! Alongside Nathalie, Michelle from Uncommon Feasts will serve up some tastes from her small catering business where families/couples can order weekly dinners that enable them to gather together after a busy day and enjoy time together. Her main focus is on creating locally grown, seasonally balanced menus.


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MISE Organic Wines
Thursday, October 15, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Jackson from MISE features small, family-owned producers including French bubbles, Reds from southern France and Tuscan Sangiovese.


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Ireland’s First Craft Distillery: Glendalough!
Friday, October 16, 2015, 5-8 PM

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The idea behind Glendalough Distillery is to make innovative spirits while staying true to the tradition and heritage of their Irish ancestors. Join Donal, as he samples and educates about Glendalough's line of craft Poitins, (Irish Moonshine) and aged whiskies!


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Live “Apple-y Ever After” at UG’s 2nd Annual Apple Fest!
Saturday, October 17, 2015, 2-5 PM

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Join us as we sample a selections of ciders: featuring Shacksbury, and other local favorites, calvados (apple brandy) and apple ice wine. Red Apple Farm will also be partnering with UG for the afternoon to sample and sell their freshly made cider donuts! Mull over your Saturday selections while sipping on fermented apple products that are good to the core!


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St. George Spirits: An American Original!
Thursday, October 22, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Kevin from St. George samples craft spirits from America’s original craft distillery. Try whiskey, gin and liqueurs that are artfully crafted in Alameda,CA. 


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Fall Selections from MS Walker
Friday, October 23, 2015, 5-8 PM

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James from MS Walker features fall red wines from Italy, France and California that will make you excited to transition into crisp, autumn weather!


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An Afternoon of Tea and Knitting: David’s Tea & Sh*t That I Knit!
Saturday, October 24, 2015, 2-5 PM

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Join the amazing staff of The South End's David’s Tea as they feature new seasonal teas, which will create the perfect teatime moment, but infused with spirits to make a great fall cocktail. Founder and CKO (Chief Knitting Officer) of Boston-based Shit That I Knit, Christina, will also be partnering up with UG to show and sell her stunning knitwear. Each piece in their collection is of the highest quality and is knit with hand-dyed Peruvian merino wool, alpaca, or cashmere. With your tea-infused cocktail, and hand-knit scarf, you're ready to conquer the elements!


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Boston Harbor Distillery: Spirit of Boston!
Thursday, October 29, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Corey Bunnewith, Co-founder and Proprietor of Boston Harbor Distillery, joins The Urban Grape to showcase the Spirit of Boston among some of their other amazing spirits!


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“The Prisoner” Launch Event!
Friday, October 30, 2015, 5-8 PM

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When the first vintage of The Prisoner was launched in 2003, it soon became the most recognized innovative and unique Napa Valley red wine blend, leading the resurgence of blends in the US. Join Nikki as she reveals the newest vintage of The Prisoner among other standout Prisoner Wine Co. wines!


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Don’t be ABSINTHE for the Party!
Saturday, October 31, 2015, 2-5 PM

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Join Nick from Origin Beverage as he pours Absinthe from California's St. George Distillery and Swiss-Based La Clandestine. This will be a great oppurutnity to learn about the history, preparation and cocktail possibilities for this controversial beverage. Halloween costumes encouraged!


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Winemaker Event! Castello di Verduno
Thursday, November 05, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Hailing from Piedmont, Italy, Mario of Castello di Verduno will be spotlighting his wines in a special pre-sale event! Try the entire line-up from fresh and fruity Dolcetto to rich and elegant Barbareso!


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Small Batch Spirits with Blueprint
Friday, November 06, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Join Sarah Kate, from Blueprint, as she features a carefully curated selection of boutique distilleries that are committed to the production of small batch spirits, with a steady focus on well sourced ingredients and hands-on production methods. 


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Sampler Saturday and Extras by Alaina!
Saturday, November 07, 2015, 2-5 PM

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Each month The Urban Grape features four different wines in an easy to grab, pre-assembled carrier. Great for a weekend away, a party at a friend’s house, or just to have at home, the Urban Sampler 4-Pack is all about ease and accessibility. While you're sipping some wines, check out Extras by Alaina! Alaina joins UG for the first time to show and sell her playful handmade calligraphy and paper goods!


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Sunday Brunch with UG: Stouts & Snacks
Sunday, November 08, 2015, 12-2 PM

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For International Stout Day, we'll be featuring a line-up of our favorite stouts as well as some locally made bites! 


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Yoko’s Tour de France Tasting!
Thursday, November 12, 2015, 5-8 PM

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This month, Yoko pours exciting sparkling wines from different regions of France, including Champagne!


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Downeast Cider + Ryan & Woods Collaboration Cocktail
Friday, November 13, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Kristen Manganini of Downeast Cider and Doug Ryan of Ryan & Woods Distillery premier a collaboration cider and rye cocktail perfect for the fall, and easy to recreate at home!


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UG’s 2nd Annual Holiday Grand Tasting!
Saturday, November 14, 2015, 2-5 PM

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Start your holiday shopping early and join us as we sample over 20 different wine selections that will uncork the holiday season right! UG will be offering special discounts and available delivery. 


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Cotes du Rhone Wines & Onesto Crackers!
Thursday, November 19, 2015, 5-8 PM

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When it comes to Southern France, JoAnn Ross is the ultimate expert, and possesses the most enthusiasm! She'll be featuring everything from fresh Rhone whites to impressive high-end red blends! Jane of Onesto Crackers will also be sampling and selling her artisanal crackers. Sea Salt, Ancho Chile and Rosemary crackers are some flavors not to be missed!


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Top Chardonnay & Pinot Noir from Flowers Winery
Friday, November 20, 2015, 5-8 PM

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Today, Flowers Winery produces Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from its two estate properties, Camp Meeting Ridge Vineyard and Sea View Ridge Vineyard, as well as select vineyards in the coolest regions of the Sonoma Coast AVA, which are farmed to Flowers’ specifications by their own crews. Join Nikki Hauser as she pours these covetable California favorites! 


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Blau & Blau Event with Terry Thiese!
Saturday, November 21, 2015, 2-5 PM

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UG welcomes renowned importer and author, Therry Thiese, for this one-of-a-kind Blaufränkisch event! Explore the intriguing world of Austrian wines!