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August Urban Sampler: Summer Staff Picks
The staff has spent the past few months enjoying a beautiful Boston summer. Red Sox Games, kayaking on the Charles, beach days on the Cape (and drinking lots and lots of wine). Between lobster rolls, fried oysters, days spent in the sun and MUCH deliberation, we have chosen our top wines for Summer 2022. These wines are meant for the dog days of summer so be sure to enjoy before Labor Day!

*1W* 2020 Domaine Labbé "Abymes" Vin de Savoie (Savoie, FR) - Andrew
From the region of Savoie, Abymes by Domaine Labbé is a perfect entry for anyone who wants to explore the lesser known wines of France. Savoie, France sits just south of Jura, nestled in between mountains just across the border from Switzerland. Made from the Jacquère grape, this is a beautifully light and crisp white wine with notes and aromas of green apple, pear, melon, and a smooth finish with just a touch of minerality. Perfect for a day on the beach, it’s easy to tell why this is my summer pick.

*2W* 2019 Domaine Jadix Picpoul de Pinet (Lanquedoc-Roussillon, FR) - Emilie
This Picpoul de Pinet is grown in vineyards near oyster beds on the Mediterranean Sea, making it the perfect accompaniment to any and all summertime shellfish. A glass of the Domaine Jadix Picpoul de Pinet is full of brininess & minerality with melon & citrus notes and acidity so bright it keeps you coming back sip after sip. Grab your oyster shucker, lobster crackers & a chilled bottle of this wine and enjoy!

2021 Ercole Rosato 1-Liter Bottle (Piedmont, IT) - Alex
Named after the owner's dog "Ercole", or Hercules in English, the arrival of this rose is always one of my favorite parts of the summer. Made by a generations-old cooperative of growers in the historic Piedmont region of Monferrato, using classic varietals Barbera and Dolcetto, this rose screams summer. It's bright and fresh with notes of watermelon, crushed flower petals, and a mineral core, somewhere between Provencal Rose and Californian Pinot Noir based Rose. Oh and to top it off, it's a screw top liter bottle!

*2R* 2019 Murgo Etna Rosso (Sicily, Italy) - Chip
The volcanic soils of Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe, imparts a distinct minerality on the wines produced in the Etna DOC region, and this charming example from Murgo is no exception. Made with 100% Nerello Mascalese, the grapes are hand harvested from vines that are 30+ years old, and fermented and aged exclusively in stainless steel. The result is a wine with notes of fresh cherries, rose petals, and violets, with a subtly smoky aroma and of course, a mineral-driven finish that is classic Etna! This is my summer staff pick because it's a unique and refreshing chillable summer red that goes just as well on its own as it does with pizza and pasta.

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