The Urban Sampler

January's Selections: School Night Whites and Hearty Reds

With the big winter holidays behind us and a fresh, new, (please let it be better than the last) year ahead, January naturally feels like the perfect time to reset as we settle back into some semblance of routine. Getting the kids to school, balancing meal prep and zoom meetings and forays out into the physical world, and of course - having the perfect wine on hand for a mid-week dinner pairing or some post-work decompression. Whatever the occasion, we've chosen four bottles perfectly suited to give you that extra boost we all need to start 2021 off on the right foot.

 *5W* 2019 Raats Family Wines "Original" Chenin Blanc (Stellenbosch, South Africa)
The Chenin Blanc from this up-and-coming South African winery is sustainably produced and consistently craveable. Vibrant notes of pineapple and golden delicious apple on the nose lead to a mineral-driven body that manages to feel both cozy and refreshing. 

*6W* 2019 Balestri Valda Soave Classico (Veneto, IT) 
When winemaker Laura inherited Balestri Valda from her father, she combined his love for the vines with her passion for creativity and growth. The result is an old world wine with great freshness and panache, notes of stone fruit and flint that make it both food friendly and an easy solo-sipper. 

*7R* 2017 Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon (Paso Robles, CA)
A long-standing UG favorite, this Paso Robles Cabernet offers up notes of blackberry, plum, and cedar, with melt-in-your-mouth tannins and just enough acidity to suspend the flavors through the long finish. Made with grapes from certified sustainable vineyards, it's a great tasting wine you can feel good about drinking. 

*8R* 2017 Hedges "CMS" Red Blend (Columbia Valley, WA) 
This lush red blend is rich enough to keep you cozy, approachable enough to crack into any night of the week. Cocoa, bright berries, and dried herbs all mingle delightfully in the glass and finish structured without being overly tannic.