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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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    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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    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 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 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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    January 24, 2017 | By Stephanie Almeida for Coravin

    You Had Me At Wine

    Ready for Valentine’s Day? Set yourself up for a delicious night of romance with these must try romantic wines.

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    January 9, 2017 | By Stephanie Almeida for Coravin

    Cool New Wines to Try This Year

    If there’s ever a year to adventure and discover more of the wonderful world of wine, it’s 2017! Learning about and tasting more wine should definitely go under that “personal growth for the New Year” category.

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    December 1, 2016 | By Stephanie Almeida for Coravin

    How To Drink Wine During New Year’s Eve

    A step-to-step guide to drinking wine during New Year’s

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    November 3, 2016 | By Stephanie Almeida for Coravin

    10 Creative Ways to Reuse your Empty Wine Bottles

    Here are 10 easy and beautiful ways to recycle those leftover wine bottles you never had to uncork because of Coravin.

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    October 10, 2016 | By Luis A. Laguna for Coravin

    NYC Wine and Food Festival

    The NYC Wine and Food Festival is an event that’s always worth mentioning. This event is much more than a gathering of celebrities and the best chefs in the world; it’s about sharing a mutual interest, creating a stronger community and giving back to those in need. Many can try to explain the essence of New York’s Wine and Food Festival, but it still remains an event you have to experience for yourself.

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    September 30, 2016 | By Luis A. Laguna for Coravin

    Oktoberfest Wine Edition

    It’s that time of year again! Oktoberfest! And we’re ready for wine. Yes, we said wine. If you believe September and October are months solely devoted to beer, you are gravely mistaken. Here’s why...

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    September 21, 2016 | By Rayane Belhabri

    10 reasons why wine pairs perfectly with sports

    Football season finally started, and how can we not be excited about football-filled weekends and wings galore? As much as we don’t mind sipping on some beer while watching a game, we still think that wine makes the perfect companion to our sports nights. If the following 10 facts don’t prove it to you, we don’t know what will:

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    When the children go back to school, the children are not happy. And when the children aren’t happy, mommy and daddy need to reach for a bottle of wine. Here is VinePair's guide to the wine style and amount you need to consume for every dilemma you will likely encounter this school year.

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    August 13, 2016 | By Rayane Belhabri

    6 affordable wine trips

    A trip to the wine country can be a big drain on your wallet. If you're looking for a wine getaway but don't want to break the bank, give one of these options a try:

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    July 9, 2016 | By Aliza Kellerman at VinePair

    10 mouthwatering desserts you can make with leftover wine

    Wine is a very versatile ingredient. You can use to to make salad dressing, pasta, and even brisket, but the end of the week has left us with a sweet tooth. We searched through dozens of recipes to collect ten delicious, amazing desserts with the same key ingredient in common: wine! Sneak a little leftover wine into one of these desserts to cap off a meal, or snack on one of these treats in the middle of the day. Hey, it’s not exactly the same as day drinking, right?

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    June 28, 2016 | By Rayane Belhabri

    How to: Cook with wine

    “Only cook with wine you would drink.” Raise your hand if you’ve heard this at least once. Sure, you know not to use a wine you wouldn’t drink in your dish, but cooking with wine is a skill that requires practice and knowledge. So here are a few of our tips:

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    Imagine eating a piece of kale and being gobsmacked in the palate with a taste so intense you need a moment to recover. For a supertaster, this is a common experience. While being a supertaster may sound like the coolest superpower in the world, this condition actually has a fair amount of drawbacks. Learn more:

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    The wine world is full of choices – red or white, sparkling or still, refreshing rosé or spritzy vinho verde. Well now there’s one more: blue vino.

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    April 17, 2016 | By VinePair

    The 7 Ideal Wines For Mother's Day

    While we shouldn’t need an excuse to celebrate Mom, Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to lavish praise upon the special woman in our life. And there’s no better way to celebrate Mom than with a fantastic bottle of wine made by a female winemaker. So grab a bottle off of this list and toast to the woman that helped make everything in your life possible.

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    April 15, 2016 | By Claire Gorman

    Unicorn Wines

    What on earth is a “unicorn” wine? It sounds like something made up after one too many glasses of Chablis at a Harry Potter fan club meeting. It’s actually a recent and growing trends among sommelier and wine geeks alike – a unicorn wine is a wine that is so unique and rare that they’re seldom spotted, let alone tasted. There are no hard and fast rules for Unicorn Wines – and it will depend on who you ask, what makes for a real Unicorn. 

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