This week’s spotlight wine is a light and fresh Pinot Noir from the Alsace region of France! Rarely exported to the United States, Alsatian Pinot’s are a rare treat that offers up a whole new look at what Pinot Noir can be. Subtle and restrained, offering a departure from more modern American Pinot Noirs, but much lighter and brighter than a lot of the classic French Burgundy offerings, this Pinot is totally unique.
From the Vine
The other night, TJ and I were watching TV, and I paused the show, looked at him and said, “Are we completely insane? Why do we always take on so much?” I was, of course, talking about our new e-commerce site, which was slowly creaking to life.
Situated in the Southern Rhone Valley, in Beaumes de Venise, Domaine la Ligiere has been an entirely organically and biodynamic practicing vineyard for over 10 years. Consisting of 60 hectares total, half of this prized land is located within the smaller AOC of Vacqueyras, an area known for its Southern Rhone blends.
Trick or Treat! This October we’re paying homage to the occult with four incredibly festive wines from Northern Italy! This sampler takes you into the unknown, showcasing lesser know regions and varietals including a tantalizing Muller Thurgau from Alto Adige, a spirited Pignoletto Frizzante from Emilia Romagna, vibrant Grignolino d’Asti, and a dark-fruited Bardolino to take you right into sweater-weather. Perfect for Halloween festivities, this pack will have you saying Happy HalloVINO!
Paradigm consists of a total of 50 acres of four contiguous parcels of land. Owners Ren and Marilyn Harris, the winemakers, have extraordinarily deep roots in Napa Valley. Both families immigrated from Italy generations ago – Marilyn’s family in 1890, and Ryn’s in 1790. Paradigm is a completely self-contained winery and estate – not only housing vineyards, but two homes, olive trees, a barn, and an entire warehouse for wine production. All tucked away in the idyllic Oakville AVA within Napa Valley, these two winemakers couldn’t have asked to be located in a better spot.
Rajat Parr, the man behind Domaine de la Cote, is a three-time James Beard Award-winning author, sommelier, and winemaker for multiple projects. This chance to taste one of his flagship Pinot Noirs should not be missed! Rajat’s vision for Domaine de la Cote is to make serious, terroir expressive wines worthy of aging from vineyards in Santa Barbara County. That is no easy task, but his 2014 offering truly hits a home run!
A house favorite here at The Urban Grape, this dry Riesling from inside the Willamette Valley is sure to satisfy! We love it so much, in fact, that it is one of the featured wines in TJ and Hadley’s new project – Drink Progressively: The Book! This educational book is full of great wine tips, recipes, and pairings, plus it is 35% off if you pre-order through Amazon right now! Check it out via the link above.
SPOTLIGHT WINE: 2012 Barth “Charta” Riesling (Rheingau, Germany)
Brand new to UG, and found only in the Rheingau, this dry German Riesling has a unique flavor profile and structure that separates it from any other Riesling in the world.
Since 1983 the Charta Association has produced wines according to strict quality standards, and the Barth Riesling is no exception. Expressive fruit character, racy acidity, and elegant balance reflect the high caliber expected of Charta wines.
SAMsARA is the creation of highly-regarded winemaker Chad Melville and his wife Mary. Under this label, the two produce limited releases of Syrah from distinct microclimates within carefully selected vineyard sites throughout Santa Barbara County.
UG Staffer Ali just got back from a California trip where she got to spend some time in the SAMsARA tasting rooms learning about the wine and the philosophy behind it. We can’t wait to share some of her insider knowledge with you guys!
‘On Cloud Rhine!’
Four great bottles of wine handpicked by our staff, always $50
As the Rhine River snakes around feeding a multitude of tributaries – you soon find yourself in the winemaking hotbed that dominates western Germany. Usually, when you think of German wine, your mind goes directly to Riesling – an ethereal grape that dominates the scene. On ‘Cloud Rhine,’ however, you get to explore the diversity that makes up Germany’s other heavenly wines- such as Silvaner and Elbling, and more common offerings like Pinot Noir (disguised as ‘Spätburgunder’) and made in both a red and rosé styles!