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December 29, 2017 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Easy Weeknight Beef Chili with California Zinfandel

The holidays have ended, and winter has settled in. The long haul to spring starts now, but rather than pine for warmer days, enjoy the chance to warm up over a bowl of chili and a glass of rich red wine. Beef and beans make for an easy and quick weeknight recipe that even your teenager can make. A little sautéing, toss in some spices, tomatoes, beans, and voilà – dinner is served.

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December 22, 2017 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Interview with Ben Aneff, Managing Partner of Tribeca Wine Merchants

Tribeca Wine Merchants was founded in 2000 with a focus on providing the world’s greatest wines to passionate consumers. Partners Ben Aneff and Robert Groblewski founded the company. Before joining forces, Groblewski spent nearly a decade working in the fine wine business traveling with people like Daniel Johnnes, Doug Polaner, and Tim Kopec. Groblewski fell in love with Burgundy, Piedmont, and the Rhône Valley, but found it difficult to source great older wines. Thus, Tribeca Wine Merchants was founded with that in mind.

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December 15, 2017 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Regional Snapshot: Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

A wine region’s ability to emulate a famous appellation isn’t the primary reason to study it, but it’s a compelling feature, nonetheless. 

 

Several years ago, famous author Oz Clarke published a book entitled Bordeaux. In it, he listed the few regions of the world boasting similar enough growing conditions to the French appellation to be considered “lookalikes” of the Medoc. Hawke’s Bay made the cut. While this area on the North Island produces stunning red Bordeaux blends, it also produces fine imitations of Syrah from the Northern Rhône Valley. A twofer, if you will, and a departure from New Zealand’s more famous red, Pinot Noir. 

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December 8, 2017 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Three Lesser Known Reds Perfect for Deep Winter Drinking

Three Underappreciated Big Reds for Deep Winter Drinking 

While many white wines have year-round appeal, there’s no denying the sensual experience of drinking a body-warming red on a chilly January night, especially if you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace. While everyone knows the usual suspects – Bordeaux, Barolo, Rioja – the wine world is a vast space filled with hundreds of varieties that hit similar pleasure points. Here’s an overview of three big reds few consumers know about but should. 

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November 24, 2017 | By goodhousekeeping.com

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November 24, 2017 | By By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Three Wine Regions to Hit in 2018

The close of a year inspires introspection. We assess our successes and failures of the months prior and prepare goals for the 12 to come. For the traveling oenophile, aspirations might include hitting a vaunted region that’s eluded, say Burgundy, or a far flung place that’s appeal is as much in the passport stamp as the wines.   To inspire your travels in 2018, here are three unsung destinations to consider.

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November 17, 2017 | By Written and Kitchen-tested by Lauren Mowery

Roasted Rack of Lamb with Saint-Emilion

Nothing spells “holiday” like a centerpiece rack of lamb on the table. Not only does it look impressive, it’s surprisingly easy to make. With only a handful of ingredients and very little prep time, this recipe lets the meat tell the story. Fresh herbs and garlic merely complement the lamb’s deep flavor. Given the simplicity of the preparation, one has flexibility with side dishes. Mushrooms are a classic partner, especially with right bank Bordeaux, but greens and stuffing pair well, too.

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November 10, 2017 | By By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Somm Thoughts: Heidi Turzyn, Beverage Director at Gotham Bar and Grill

Heidi Turzyn is the Beverage Director for the renowned Gotham Bar and Grill where she’s curated a list of 800 selections ranging from $55-$7000. Prior to running the program for Alfred Portale’s 3-starred institution, she directed the wine and bar programs for the David Burke properties nationwide.

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November 3, 2017 | By By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Ten Wines to Nudge Your Holiday from Special to Extraordinary

Hosting a holiday feast at your house this year? Have oenophiles on your shopping list? There’s a wine – and price point – for everyone on this list of ten special bottles.  

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October 27, 2017 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Understanding Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

If you’ve ever shopped for Oregon Pinot Noir, you’ve probably noticed most bottles on the shelf come from the Willamette Valley. Given 90 percent of the wine produced there is made from this thin-skinned red grape, it’s fair to say Pinot is to Willamette as tequila is to Jalisco.

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October 27, 2017 | By Coravin

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October 20, 2017 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Try Pouring a Liquid Dessert on Thanksgiving

Pumpkin pie, apple pie, pecan pie. All three typically appear on the Thanksgiving table after dinner. Why not add a dessert wine to pair with this final course? Inexplicably, despite the celebratory nature of the holiday, most hosts and guests jump straight to coffee – and then the couch. But if there ever were a justification for breaking out a magical elixir from the world’s most underappreciated wine category, Thanksgiving serves one up.

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October 13, 2017 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Somm Thoughts: Sarah Tracey, Wine Director at Rouge Tomate

I’m feeling myself drawn to lighter-bodied, lively, zingy reds that can take a little chill: Schiava, Zweigelt, Fleurie. After months of endless crisp whites (and more rosé than I honestly care to admit), I love to move more into red territory in the fall and winter as my ‘sipping wine’. But, we have had an extremely warm early autumn here in NYC, so I’m not quite craving the deeper, richer reds just yet.

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October 6, 2017 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Roast Turmeric Chicken and Chickpeas with Pinot Noir

November marks the start of holiday excess. Football season, Thanksgiving, office parties. The march towards the year’s culmination leads to overindulgence of both food and drink. So, for this weekday recipe, we turn to the healing powers of turmeric. This root common to Indian cooking has a pale hue when raw, but takes on a deep, finger-staining gold when powdered. It is the spice that gives curry its color, but it lends earthiness rather than heat to dishes. Curcumin is the main active ingredient, known as an antioxidant and for its anti-inflammatory effects. The rest of the dish, composed of roast chicken and protein-packed chickpeas, provides a healthy low-carb foil to the food festivities of the month.

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September 25, 2017 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Don't Quit White Wines After Labor Day

Cooler weather often turns drinkers away from the light, crisp and refreshing category towards wines of more substance. While most reds fit that bill, plenty of white wines do, too. In fact, consumers have begun realizing the breadth of styles, grapes, and regions that produce whites for year-round consumption. Plus, as diets have begun changing to incorporate more vegetables and fish while reducing red meat consumption, white wine increases in its importance at the dinner table.

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September 18, 2017 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Decoding Austrian Wine

Wine can be as simple or as complicated as one chooses to make it. Simple: Is this producer reliable, does it taste good, does the price fit? Great, buy it!  Complicated: Vineyard characteristics, vintage characteristics, producer tendencies, appellation rules, a foreign language like German.

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September 11, 2017 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Somm Thoughts: Interview with Thomas Pastuszak, Wine Director The NoMad

While I keep a lot of classics and old favorites in my rotations (Champagne, Chablis, Barolo/Barbaresco, Finger Lakes), lately, I’ve been drinking a lot of Northern Rhône Valley reds. I’m talking Syrah from Hermitage, Cornas, Côte-Rotie, Crozes-Hermitage, St. Joseph and the surrounding area.  There’s a lot of great value to be had from top producers in these appellations (around St. Joseph especially). In this cool part of France, Syrah is spicy, savory, mineral-driven, and very fresh. It’s truly the motherland for this grape.

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September 6, 2017 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Somm Thoughts - Ellie Bufkin of Mailalino

Like many, Ellie Bufkin came to wine through the restaurant industry—she was a college student looking to make extra money. Originally from Baltimore, she got her start at a restaurant there called Pazo where she discovered her real passion for hospitality and wine. Thus, she decided to pursue a career in restaurants by moving to NYC. For two years, Bufkin worked at Thomas Keller’s Per Se where she was exposed to one of the best wine cellars in the city, and some of the top wine professionals in the country. After she left, she spent a few years traveling around the country, learning from top sommeliers, only to conclude that while she loves wine from all over the world, she’s particularly fond of the wines of Italy.

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September 4, 2017 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Pappardelle with Wild Mushroom Ragout and Barolo

Few people anticipate autumn more than the Piedmontese. Fall equals porcini mushroom season, and, notably, the return of the prized edible funghi Tartufo Bianco. Since white truffles don’t grow in the US and acquiring them demands a reputable source and lots of cash, this recipe will focus solely on wild mushrooms. Of course, be our guest if you want to track down a few grams and carefully shave them over the top of a steaming bowl of egg pasta. There’s nothing in the world like sampling the flavor of fresh Tartufo followed by a sip of Nebbiolo.

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August 24, 2017 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Big Changes in Beloved Rioja and What They Mean for Consumers

Tempranillo-based Rioja has long held a fabled reputation in the minds of wine lovers. But for many in the industry, fabled had begun to resemble antiquated. That’s why several big, hard-fought-for changes were announced this summer; changes years in the making, with the goal of embracing modernity and terroir as much as history and winemaking.

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August 20, 2017 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Snapshot of a Region: Tuscany’s Maremma

Renaissance master Caravaggio, the great if gloomy painter, allegedly died of fever in its coastal marshes at the age of 38. The Fourteenth-century poet Dante penned of the region that even the wildest beasts would deem it inhospitable. Once a malaria-ridden backwater fit for lepers and the untouchables cast out of Florentine society, you’d never imagine it as the Maremma we know today. The Maremma that gave birth first to Sassicaia, then Tignanello, Ornellaia, Masseto, Biserno, and the many other great wines and estates to since follow.

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August 11, 2017 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Peach, Heirloom Tomato, Mozzarella Salad with Grillo

As summer slowly wanes toward fall, take advantage of the last gasp of ripe fruit at the farmers’ markets. Tables should still bear the bounty of sweet yellow and white tree-ripened peaches, and juicy, flavor-packed heirloom tomatoes. This twist on a caprese salad incorporates both. If you’ve got a local cheesemaker who pulls mozz daily, secure a warm ball of that, too. Always use high-quality olive oil and vinegar to dress the salad. And for the herb, this recipe calls for lemon basil instead of the classic Italian variety because it adds an incredible pop of citrus vibrancy to each bite. This taste of peak season fruit lets you hold on to those dog days just a little bit longer.

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June 30, 2017 | By Cristobal Manrique for Coravin

Ideal Wine Serving Temperatures

When it comes to serving wine, it is a little more complicated than just opening the bottle and pouring. You should take into consideration things like glassware and temperature, which contribute to the overall experience. Finding the right temperature for the varietal you’re serving doesn't have to be tricky but is really important! Too cold and your wine will lose its aroma and flavor, too hot and it’ll taste flat and lifeless. Different styles of wines have their own unique ideal serving temperatures. We'll dig in here!

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June 20, 2017 | By Cristobal Manrique for Coravin

Summer Wines

The summer heat is scorching and it’s important to stay hydrated during the hottest months. But who says you can’t stay hydrated in style? From white and rosé, to notable reds, we’re talking about some of the best wines to drink in the summer heat.

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June 12, 2017 | By Cristobal Manrique for Coravin

Wine Nation Series: California Wine

If you asked the people of California to describe wine in one word they’d probably say: necessary. California’s impressive wine portfolio has led to thousands of jobs in the wine industry and many more industries like tourism and marketing. California has about 107 American Viticultural Areas. In the entire U.S., there are about 206 AVAs, so it’s no wonder why wine is a big deal here. 

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June 5, 2017 | By Adriana Sánchez for Coravin

Wine Buying Tips

Shopping for wine can be a bit tricky. With so many options to choose from, both novice and experienced buyers can get a little overwhelmed. From fear of the unknown to choosing between old favorites, it can be tough. But don’t worry - we’re here to help ease your vino-shopping anxiety, so your next trip to the store is easy peasy.

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May 31, 2017 | By Cristobal Manrique for Coravin

South West Wines

From dry deserts to heavy amounts of snow, the climate of the Southwestern region of the United States is about as diverse as their wines. In this installation of our Wine Nation Series we explore some of the history and popular wineries of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Oklahoma.

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May 16, 2017 | By Cristobal Manrique for Coravin

Soul Food & Wine

Yes, Soul Food, that rich and homey Southern tradition. Whether it’s a scrumptious macaroni and cheese, or a comforting hearty stew, knowing which wine will help you achieve the full potential of your Soul Food can turn an ordinary meal into an unforgettable experience.

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May 9, 2017 | By Cristobal Manrique for Coravin

Wine From the Birthplace of Wine

If you ask most people where wine originated, they will probably tell you that it was in Italy or in France. What people don’t know is that wine has no official country of origin. The location has been narrowed down to the Caucasus region; with Georgia, Turkey, Armenia, and Iran all declaring, and providing solid evidence, that wine originated in their lands.

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May 2, 2017 | By Alex Gomez for Coravin

Fruit Wines to Try This Summer

When people hear the word “wine” they automatically associate it with fermented grape juice and a great time. Although they are not completely mistaken, wine can be made from other fruits as well. As a matter of fact, as long as a fruit has enough sugar, its juice can be compressed and fermented into wine. While grape-based is still the most common type of wine, some fruit wines are starting to match their level of complexity, enjoyment and sophistication.

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April 28, 2017 | By Adriana Rivera Sánchez for Coravin

Five Tips for Cooking With Wine

Adding wine to a dish isn’t just for experienced chefs to pull off. With our tips to cooking with wine, everyone can try a delicious wine-infused recipe at home. From creating delicious sauces, to poaching and braising chicken, wine has its place in the kitchen, and not just in your glass!

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April 18, 2017 | By Adriana Rivera Sánchez for Coravin

What is Organic Wine

Organic, vegetarian, vegan, cage-free, sustainable, green, biodynamic… All of these terms are gaining more and more popularity with consumers. People nowadays are more in tune with what goes into their bodies, how things are made and the impact it has on the environment and themselves. When it comes to organic wine, there a few things to take into consideration.

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April 10, 2017 | By Alex Gomez for Coravin

Wine and Cheese Party Pairings

It’s been said that good things come in pairs. Well, this might just be the best example, two of life’s greatest culinary treasures: wine and cheese. Although the final result may take you to another dimension, the art of pairing wine and cheese it’s not as easy as we’d like it to be. The endless varieties of cheese and wines make this delicious endeavor a journey of its own. When facing a pairing decision, we must take into consideration many elements such as acidity, tannin, texture, and flavor.

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April 4, 2017 | By Alex Gomez for Coravin

How to Start Your Own Wine Collection On a Budget

How many of you have dreamed about having your own private cellar? How many of you have thought this is just for the wealthy? Don’t cut yourself short; everyone can enjoy an in-home wine collection!

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March 30, 2017 | By Alex Gomez for Coravin

The Beautiful Relationship Between Fish and Wine

Is there any way to enhance a seafood dining experience? As a matter of fact, there is: pairing it with the perfect wine. These two are meant for each other, as the latter complements and enhances the flavor profiles of the fish. Although a white wine is the first thing that comes to mind, especially a Sauvignon Blanc or a Grüner Veltliner (which go well with almost any seafood), some wines will work better than others depending on the weight and substance of the fish, the type of fish and the way it has been cooked. Let’s explore the different pairing options for wine and seafood.

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March 30, 2017 | By Adriana Rivera Sánche for Coravin

Wine Nation: The Beautiful Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest is full of life and vines! The states that make up this region enjoy cool climates, marine breezes and inland valleys. Even though there is no agreed-upon boundary, everyone knows that Washington and Oregon are the two pillars of this region. Other states that commonly make up this area are Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. This is a very exciting wine region, and in this issue of our Wine Nation Blog Series we explore the reasons why.

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March 21, 2017 | By Adriana Rivera Sánchez for Coravin

Rosé Varieties We Love

Rosé? Yes way! All day! We love rosé. And what’s not to love? Not only is the color intriguing, these wines are also delicious. Read on as we discover la vie en rose…

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March 9, 2017 | By Alex Gomez for Coravin

Drinking Wine and Getting Paid: The Life of a Sommelier

Every wine lover, at some point, dreams about drinking wine for a living. What if we tell you that it’s possible? Sommelier, anyone?

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February 27, 2017 | By Adriana Rivera Sánchez for Coravin

Have Your Birthday Cake and Eat It Too!

It’s you party and you can have wine if you want to! And why not? If you love wine and it’s your birthday, then it’s only natural you pair the two.

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Using case studies from restaurants around the world, Kareem will share tips for setting up, merchandising, and marketing a great wine-by-the-glass program. His insights will help you craft a program that’ll increase both profits and guest satisfaction. We’ll cover everything from offering iconic pours to inspiration flights and holiday-inspired pairings.

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