A Gem In Burbank

14/06/2018 An urban winery located in the heart of downtown Burbank, Urban Press provides customers with the winery experience while still being the go-to place for live music.

Urban Press Winery is a boutique winery bringing the craft of California wine-making to Los Angeles by way of their Tasting Room in Burbank's beautiful and vibrant downtown neighbourhood.

Twenty years ago, in a Los Feliz garage Urban Press was born when Giovanni D’Andrea started making craft wines with a few friends. Using a refined palate and his winemaking father’s advice, Giovanni quickly discovered a mastery making the wines that, today, you can enjoy here or take home to share with friends and family.

Their vintner, Giovanni D' Andrea, follows the path cut in the early 1800's by California's first winemakers by selecting premier grapes harvested by the finest growers, then crushes, ferments, and bottles their artisanal wines in small batches to be sold exclusively.

2016 Urban Press Tutto Bianco: Urban Winery believe in blending because it creates more complex, complete and ultimately delicious wines. This is demonstrated by the versatility of the wine at the table. Able to pair with shellfish and fish dishes as well as feel comfortable with poultry, veal (Vitello tonnato) and even pork, their 2013 offers a wealth of opportunities, tastes and textures. For this wine, all the varieties were harvested and vinified separately and then blended together.

2016 Urban Press Viogner: Viognier (“Vee-own-yay”) is a full-bodied white wine that originated in southern France. Most loved for its perfumed aromas of peach, tangerine and honeysuckle, Viognier can also be oak-aged to add a rich creamy taste with hints of vanilla. If you love to brood over bolder white wines like Chardonnay, Viognier is definitely something you’ll like to swirl.

2014 Urban Press Due Vigne: Ruby red in colour with intense aromas of dried olives and blackberries with underlying mineral and tea-like hints of espresso. Powerful, dusty Cabernet flavours hit you along with concentrated blackberry fruit flavours on the palate. The finish is clean and has a purity to it that is framed with ripe tannins that rein in the fruit.

2016 Urban Press Sauvignon Blanc: Sauvignon blanc is herbal. It is the wine I lean on when I want to get my vegetable fix for the day. Tasting like green bell pepper, grass and tomatillo it’s a vegetarian food lover’s dream come true and it’s origins in the Loire valley (the “garden state” of France) probably have something to do with that. Look for Touraine, Pouilly Fume and Cheverny for an example of a traditional sauvignon blanc.

2014 Urban Press Chardonnay: The winery made its first Cabernet in 1999. It was the first wine to be on the cover and has been a real hit since. This wine is a terroir-driven Cabernet from gravelly, alluvial soils; very much like the gravel beds. Hence, the best Cabernet came from the main vineyard, with lots of gravel, grown on a Bordeaux Clone. Their goal with this wine is to showcase not only the best but their most terroir-driven Cabernet.

2014 Urban Press Stricia Syrah: Syrah, also known as Shiraz, is a dark-skinned grape variety grown throughout the world and used primarily to produce red wine. DNA profiling in 1999 found Syrah to be the offspring of two obscure grapes from southeastern France, Dureza and Mondeuse Blanche. Syrah is more consistently full-bodied with softer tannin, jammier fruit and spice notes of liquorice, anise and earthy leather.

2014 Urban Press Cabernet Sauvignon: This wine which emerges from a 2.6-acre parcel, reveals a terroir-like, scorched earth character that is not dissimilar from a well-known Bordeaux. Hot rocks, crème de cassis and blackberry notes are present in this earthy, full-bodied Cabernet that has 15 years of upside to it. This impressive, complex, age-worthy can be drunk now or cellared for 15 years.

2013 Urban Press Late Harvest Viognier: This Late Harvest Viognier evokes images of apricots drizzled with caramelized honey, peach, jasmine and a touch of Asian pear. The palate is rich with notes of pear, and apricot infused honey on the forefront with the perfect balance of sweetness and acidity.