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April 22, 2018 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Interview with Clos Du Val’s President/CEO Steve Tamburelli

Clos du Val winery has been in business nearly fifty years, founded in 1972 by French expatriate Bernard Portet with owner John Goelet. Portet’s French winemaking approach to fruit from Napa Valley earned the brand a dedicated following of consumers early on. Clos du Val captured the terroir of the famous Stags Leap District, Carneros, and Yountville, with the goal of making classic, timeless wines. Industry veteran and Napa Valley native Steve Tamburelli was appointed president of the winery in 2014 with the task of overseeing all operations, concentrating on estate-grown wines, and overall tightening the brand’s focus, production levels, and image. Tamburelli’s previously roles included Stags Leap Wine Cellars chief operating officer, general manager at Chappellet, and just prior to Clos Du Val, chief operating officer at Flora Springs Winery.

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March 2, 2018 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Interview with Violet Grgich, President of Grgich Hills Estate

Considering she grew up under the watchful eye of one of Napa’s most famous winemakers, Violet Grgich’s passion for wine began at an early age. Her father, Vintners Hall of Fame inductee Miljenko “Mike” Grgich, encouraged her to spend the summers of her youth at the winery. She attended the University of California, Davis, earning a BA in Music while taking classes in biology, chemistry, and enology. After graduation, she returned home to Grgich Hills to continue her education in the wine business, learning about daily operations of the winery from her father. She received her Master of Music in Harpsichord at Indiana University, and then joined the winery fulltime in 1988. She’s now responsible for daily management of the winery, as well as sales and marketing.

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February 23, 2018 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Q&A with Stacy Vogel, Head Winemaker at Miner Family Winery

How long have you been with Miner and what is it like working at a family-owned winery?

I started with Miner Family in 2008 as assistant winemaker and was named head winemaker in 2013. Working for a family-owned business is generally a more self-directed and less structured work environment. I love having the freedom to design and carry out experiments and the input to make changes in our wine offerings or styles.

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February 12, 2018 | By Jessica Bourne

Compete in the Wine-Ter Games

Didn't spend a lifetime training? You can still compete in the Wine-Ter Games! Grab some friends and play

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January 12, 2018 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Interview with Cakebread Cellars’ Winemaker, Stephanie Jacobs

As the fourth winemaker in forty years, having spent over a decade as the assistant, it would seem Cakebread inspires a lot of loyalty from its team. Is that fair to say? Can you tell us what it’s like working at this family-owned winery?

It’s definitely fair to say that Cakebread inspires loyalty from its team.  On the wine production side of the business alone, many of the team members have called Cakebread a long-time professional home.  I’ve spent nearly 14 wonderful years at Cakebread, as has our vineyard operations director, Toby Halkovich.  Both my winemaker predecessor, Julianne Laks (who just retired in Dec 2017), and our cellar production manager, Brian Lee, are part of the Cakebread employee 30+ year club.  It’s also fair to say that the long-term tenures lead to more consistent wines vintage after vintage.

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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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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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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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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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