Urban Samplers

   

Whether you are heading to the Cape or the Islands for the weekend and want to bring an interesting 4-pack of wine or are looking for something a little more regular, our Urban Samplers™ are a great way to experience new wines.

 

The Urban Sampler 4-Pack:

Each month The Urban Grape will feature 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. Rather pick out your own four wines? No problem! We can package them for you at the register in our reusable four-bottle wine bags – a great presentation and eco-friendly!

 

The “Ham or Lamb” Urban Sampler: $50 (Regularly $64)

 

   

Urban Grape’s March Urban Sampler answers the age-old question; which wines pair best with ham, or lamb? Ham and lamb represent a fork in the wine road. Lamb strongly favors a hearty red with firm tannins, whereas ham tends to beg for lighter and fresher wines. Ham’s salty nature leads cooks to seek a sweet balance in the form of a glaze, which pairs well with fruit-forward, yet mouth-watering whites such as Riesling and Chardonnay. Roasted lamb resonates with the earthy, herbaceous characters of many Mediterranean reds, particularly French Syrah and Spanish Monastrell. Try these two whites with ham, and two reds with lamb and see which side of the fork you prefer!

  • 2013 Corvidae Ravenna Riesling (Yakima Valley, Washington) *3W* 

    Corvidae is the Latin name for the family of birds that includes the Crow, Raven, Jay and Magpie. These “dark” birds are everywhere in the vineyards of Eastern Washington. Sourced from two vineyards in the Yakima Valley, the Ravenna Riesling underwent fermentation in stainless steel to keep all of the bright aromatics in place. A touch of residual sugar gives this wine beautiful texture with natural acidity. Try with baked spring ham with an apricot glaze!

  • 2013 Byron Santa Barbara County Chardonnay (Santa Barbara, CA) *8W*

    This Santa Barbara county chardonnay aged in new french oak bursts with flavors of stone fruit, honey, hints of brown spice and mineral. The palate is both crisp and concentrated with a mineral finish. Try with roast ham with mustard and orange-chardonnay glaze!

  • 2013 Charles Helfenbein “La Syrah” (Rhone, FRA) *5R*

    Helfenbein is working in an area of the Northern Rhone that was largely neglected and forgotten after phylloxera destroyed most of the vineyards in this area during the late 1800s. This very pretty, yet hearty and structured Syrah will drink well young and will also continue to age for many years. Try this Syrah with a Moroccan inspired lamb dish.

  • 2012 Juan Gil Jumilla Monastrell (Jumilla, Spain) *7R*

    If you love delicious, complex, fruit-forward Spanish wines, then importer Jorge Ordóñez is a name you should know. He brings us Juan Gil, which is 100% Monastrell and comes from the Jumilla D.O. in Southern Spain. It is wonderfully aromatic, mixing dark fruit with sweet spice, black pepper, and smoky oak. Try with rack of lamb with rosemary butter! 

 

The Urban Sampler 12-Pack

Also known as a mixed case, The Urban Grape can custom-create a 12-Pack for you according to your tastes and needs. We are happy to provide this service to our customers as needed or on a pre-arranged weekly, monthly or quarterly basis. Urban 12-Packs are available for pick up or delivery, and are offered at a 15% discount.