In the ongoing evolution of our menu, we are very excited to tell you about the wines we will be offering this Spring. The connection we have with our guests, is vital for us.

We also value the relationships we have built with our wine sources. These wineries represent styles that are classic, and they share our values for producing high quality, yet affordable wines. Some of these wines may be familiar to you, but we hope you will discover some new favorites, too. Spending time with family, friends, and co-workers enjoying food and wine in a comfortable, relaxed setting brings us closer together. There is a reason wine has been an integral part of our civilization for thousands of years. The Urban Plates family works each day to create experiences which help create memories for our guests. You will learn that many of our winery partners have also built their quality tradition on family relationships.

Here are the new red wines we are offering:

Fess Parker Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills, California 2014

After a career in television and film, Fess Parker purchased a seven-hundred-acre ranch along the Foxen Wine Trail of Santa Barbara in 1988. With the support of his children, Eli and Ashley, the winery began with a small plot dedicated to Riesling and has grown to the 120 acre Rodney’s Vineyard. They also source grapes from the Santa Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley Appellations.

The foundation of Pinot Noir was laid hundreds of years ago by monks in the Burgundy region of France. It can be quite finicky and demanding but has shown well within the vineyards of Oregon, California, New Zealand, as well as Germany. In the glass, the wine expresses notes of cherry cola, pomegranate, and strawberry pie with a silky mouth feel. If you usually drink white wine and are ready to move into reds, this would be a wonderful introduction.

Our recommendation: Enjoy it with the Urban Plates Grilled Portobello Sandwich with Pesto and Goat Cheese.

Andas Reserva Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina 2016

In the foothills of the Andes Mountains in the Mendoza region of Argentina is the area of Lujan de Coyo, known for the Malbec grape. Malbec was first planted there by Jesuit priests over three-hundred years ago and then flourished when Italian and Spanish immigrants discovered it. In 1883, the Benagas family first planted roots that would help transform the grape and the region for decades.

On the nose and on the palette, Andas Reserva has a lovely character of roasted coffee, vanilla, and chocolate-covered blackberries. With its soft tannins and lush fruit, it will remind you of the Argentina heritage of steak and flame-cooking.

Our recommendation: Pair it with Urban Plates Grass-Fed Steak that is cooked over a flame grill and topped with our Chimichurri Sauce.

Joel Gott Red Blend, Columbia Valley, Washington 2014

Joel Gott and his wife, Sarah, have been creating red and white wines for twenty years even while raising a family together. Their goal is to source fruit from the major growing regions of Oregon, California and Washington and then craft wines with elegance and finesse. Their Red Blend can be opened with family and friends to make any day memorable. If you are planning a visit to Napa, make sure you go to Gott’s Roadside, a different kind of burger joint that is a local favorite.

The Red Blend is 55% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Syrah, and 6% Malbec from the Red Mountain, Horse Heaven Hills, and Walla Walla appellations in Columbia Valley of Washington. It is red-fruit driven, medium in body with mellow tannins.

Our recommendation: Try it with Urban Plates Fresh-Ground Turkey Meatloaf and BBQ Sauce.

Smith & Hook Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast, California 2014

The Central Coast is a vast wine-growing region that stretches from Santa Barbara to just south of San Francisco. The grapes for the Smith & Hook Cabernet Sauvignon are sourced from areas within Monterey as well as outside of Paso Robles. Each region helps shape the personality of the grapes depending on soil type, age of vines, and temperature conditions.

The Cabernet Sauvignon is accented with a touch of Merlot and Malbec, and the wine is medium- to full-bodied. The flavors that are captured in the glass are cocoa powder, plum, and sarsaparilla.

Our recommendation: This Cabernet Sauvignon is a great choice with Urban Plates BBQ Ribs with our scratch-made Sweet & Sour Plum Sauce. Finish the plate off with Macaroni & Cheese and Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Turkey Bacon.

Daou Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, California 2015

Brothers Georges and Daniel Daou were drawn to the Adelaida District west of Paso Robles in their mission to make world-class wines inspired by European wines. The heart-felt belief was “We are not making something from the grape, but rather mirroring what is already there.”

The wine is made with only the Cabernet Sauvignon grape and is rich and full-bodied. It exhibits flavors of cooked blueberries steeped in cinnamon and vanilla and wrapped in black tea leaves. The fruit is ripe with a subtle sweetness that makes it ideal for sipping as you reconnect with friends and co-workers to enjoy timeless moments at the table.

Our recommendation: This Cabernet is a perfect companion to Urban Plates Chicken Cobb, Salad with Turkey Bacon and Blue Cheese.

Franciscan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley 2014

Here is a wine from another classic producer within Napa Valley. It all began in 1973 when the winery was founded by Justin Meyer. Under his guidance and watchful eye, this wine helped put Napa on the map, especially around Oakville in the center of the valley.

The winery is separated into two-hundred blocks to capture the nuance of the microclimates. The grapes within each block are picked by hand, fermented separately, slowly crafted, blended and aged for twenty months in small oak barrels. The 2014 vintage is made with 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot, 3% Malbec, 2% Petite Verdot, and 1% Syrah. This creates aromas of black cherry, dried herbs, and toffee, interwoven with fine tannins and a long finish of dark chocolate.

Our recommendation: Enjoy this wine with our robust scratch-made Braised Beef Stew with Mushrooms over Mashed Potatoes.

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Nicholas George is the Director of Hospitality at Urban Plates. He is a member of the Guild of Sommeliers and a Certified Sommelier by the Court of Master Sommeliers. His interest in wine began at The Culinary Institute of America and has been a focus of his career. Before joining Urban Plates, Nicholas was Maître d’ & Sommelier at Per Se in New York City, and Dining Room Captain and Sommelier at Addison in San Diego. Nicholas is serious about wine, but he says, “The best part of enjoying wine is the great food you can pair it with at Urban Plates. And our relaxed, non-fussy atmosphere makes it a great place to enjoy wine and food with family, friends, and co-workers.”