Drink Progressively


Discover a New Way to Enjoy Wine...

Tasting and pairing wine can be a complex and intimidating task. Not anymore. Drink Progressively, from Hadley and TJ Douglas, wine experts and owners of Boston’s popular The Urban Grape, offers an easy and enjoyable method for discovering wines you’ll love, as well as expert advice on how to pair them with your favorite dishes. The Urban Grape’s “Progressive Scale”, a unique way to organize wine on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the lightest-bodied wines and 10 being the fullest-bodied wines is all you need to make the puzzle pieces of wine fall into place. Grasping this simple principle is the key to demystifying the challenge of pairing food and wine. Or simply finding that elusive bottle that suits your unique tastes. Drink Progressively also details Hadley and TJ’s favorite regions and varietals from each progressive category; what to eat (and what to avoid) with each wine type; expert tips and know-how to make you wine savvy at home or in any restaurant; and delicious recipe pairings from Gabriel Frasca, executive chef of Nantucket’s acclaimed Straight Wharf restaurant. Brimming with fascinating, fun, and helpful wine advice, Drink Progressively is truly a book for everyone, from wine connoisseur to casual drinker.

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TJ and Hadley Douglas are the husband and wife owners of The Urban Grape, a popular and award-winning wine store in Boston. The store concept is simple, but revolutionary: Drink Progressively. Their system of sorting wine by its body, instead of by varietal or region, brings ease and an unexpected surprise to customers, and business is booming. The Urban Grape has won accolades as Boston’s Best Wine Store from both Boston magazine and The Improper Bostonian, as well as a 50 on Fire award from BostInno, an innovation think tank in the city.  Read more about TJ, Hadley, and The Urban Grape in this terrific Beverage Dynamics profile

Gabriel Frasca is the Boston-born executive chef/partner at Nantucket’s acclaimed Straight Wharf and Ventuno restaurants.  His talents and award-winning restaurants have been recognized by the likes of The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Saveur, and Boston magazine.