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Regions and Varietals

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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Regions and Varietals

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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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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Regions and Varietals

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 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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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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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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Regions and Varietals

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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February 17, 2017 | By Adriana Rivera Sánchez for Coravin

Wine Nation Series: It’s a Midwest Wine Thing

Often over looked, the wineries of the Midwest are definitely worth a visit. This area of our country is rich in fertile land, temperate weather, and that famous hard working character. Midwestern vineyards are churning out delicious and interesting wine. Hundreds of wineries are at home in the Midwest countryside. These are perfect destinations for an afternoon outing or a quick weekend getaway. Wineries here are not only for tasting pairing, but they also host fun affairs, such as festivals and live music events. So if you want to know what Midwestern wine is all about, follow us on this journey!

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January 24, 2017 | By Stephanie Almeida for Coravin

California Wine: Napa Vs. Sonoma

Napa or Sonoma; trying to decide which is better? Both are very different, and it all comes down to your style. Here we point out the differences between Sonoma and Napa, from the wines they do best, to what it’s like to visit each region. Curious yet? Let’s get started!

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January 24, 2017 | By Adriana Rivera Sánchez for Coravin

Wine Nation Blog Series: Northeast Exploration

The Northeast is one of this country’s gems. History buffs can’t get enough of the area where most of the original colonies were settled. Presently, the region is going through a craft-beer revolution and a cider renaissance. Although history, cider and beer are extremely popular, these Northern states are also home to sprawling and picturesque wineries. On the second entry of our Wine Nation Blog Series, we explore the states of New England.

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January 5, 2017 | By Adriana Rivera Sánchez for Coravin

Wine Nation Blog Series: Southern Hospitality

In this blog series, we will tour the country to explore and discover the best wine that this great country has to offer from sea to shining sea. Let’s kick it off with a little Southern Hospitality!

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November 23, 2016 | By Adriana Rivera Sánchez for Coravin

The Best of the Holidays in Napa

Who wouldn’t want to celebrate the Holidays in Napa? When everyone is running around in a hectic frenzy, Napa slows down. But even with a more peaceful pace, there’s still plenty to do and see; and smaller crowds at wineries mean a more personalized experience. Not only do the wineries host less visitors, but there will be shorter waits at top restaurants too. No matter where you go, Napa during the Holidays is a great idea!

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November 10, 2016 | By Adriana Rivera Sánchez for Coravin

5 Wineries You Must Visit in Napa

When more than 400 wineries call the fertile soils of Napa Valley home, choosing which ones to visit may be a daunting task. Let us ease the task of decision making with five great picks.

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September 26, 2016 | By Laura Burgess for VinePair

Why you should start drinking White Zinfandel

Why you should start drinking White Zinfandel:

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September 14, 2016 | By Rayane Belhabri

Region of the Week: Mexico

Grito de Dolores, or Mexico’s Independence Day, is taking place this Friday, and it’s the occasion for us to focus on this fascinating country. Mexico may be known for its many museums, delicious street food, party culture and gorgeous beaches, we often forget to mention the country’s buzzing wine industry. Mexico is experiencing a true wine revolution, and we’re here for it! Read all about the forgotten region below:

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For a long time Champagne was the only “good” sparkling wine that most Americans drank. Those days are long gone; today there’s a good chance you’ll see good Italian Proseccos and Spanish Cavas on wine lists and at your local wine shop. But what are the differences between these three popular sparklers? The VinePair chart below reveals the key differences — from the grapes used to how to decode the language of sweetness on the labels.

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Regions and Varietals

August 13, 2016 | By Laura Burgess for VinePair

Rioja should be your official red wine of summer

When hosting a party where wine plays a starring role (AKA all of them) it helps to follow a few simple rules: no confusing names, think outside of pink, and keep it simple. Classic, always-available Rioja fits the bill for all three… And this is why it should be your official summer red.

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August 3, 2016 | By Rayane Belhabri

Old World vs. New World

You might have used or encountered the terms “Old World” and “New World” when talking about wines, at several occasions before.  But what do those actually mean? 

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July 25, 2016 | By Rayane Belhabri

Summer Whites Series - Albariño

It's impossible not to recognize the remarkable ascent of Spanish whites in the last few decades, with Albariño being one of them. Like Pinot Grigio for Italy, the wine has become a brand name for Spanish whites. Read all about our Wine of the Week here:

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