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    Regions and Varietals

    June 19, 2018 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

    Quick Guide to the Wines of the Loire Valley

    The Loire Valley is known as “the Garden of France” for its parks, gardens, fruit orchards and, of course, vineyards.

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    June 6, 2018 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

    Here’s Why You Should Try Croatian Wine

    A decade ago, Americans barely knew Croatia. The slender, coastal country hugging the limpid Adriatic was associated with the dissolution of Yugoslavia and the bitter regional strife that followed. Today, all that has changed.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    July 9, 2016 | By Claire Gorman

    Summer Whites Series - Riesling

    It is now officially summer! And as is customary (at least in New England, where I'm from), it's finally okay to wear white again. There's nothing quite like sipping a super chilled glass of crisp Sauvignon Blanc or White Burgundy in the middle of July, so to celebrate summer this year, we'll be profiling white wine varietals in a series we're calling Summer Whites - starting today with Riesling!

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    July 3, 2016 | By Rayane Belhabri

    Wine of the Week: Madeira

    Which wine was used to toast the Declaration of Independence? Which wine was served at the first Presidential inauguration? Which wine was a favorite of both Thomas Jefferson and George Washington? The answer to all of these questions is: Madeira. Learn more about the historic Portuguese wine here:

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    Planning on poppin’ some bottles this week? Do they have to be Champagne? ‘Cause maybe you could get as much bubbly love from a bottle (or three) of more affordable, incredibly increasingly popular Prosecco.

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    June 22, 2016 | By Rayane Belhabri

    Region of the Week: Argentina

    Over the past decade, Argentina has evolved from a country not too well-known on the global wine scene to one of the most important wine-producing countries in the New World, and the largest producer of wine in South America. Famous for its big, ripe wines, and especially for its terrific Malbec, Argentina is still unveiling its treasures, and we’re here to explore them… Read on!

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    June 1, 2016 | By Rayane Belhabri

    Wine of the Week: Moscato

    Moscato, the sweet white from Italy, is low in alcohol and incredibly easy to drink, making it the star wine of the younger, hipper crowds. You may be very familiar with Moscato through pop culture, but let's rediscover this refreshing and fruity wine:

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    May 27, 2016 | By Courtney Schiessl at VinePair

    The six best reds for white wine drinkers

    For those white wine lovers looking to dip a toe in the other side of the pool (and effectively double the amount of wines to explore), what are the best reds to ease the transition?

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    May 18, 2016 | By Rayane Belhabri

    Best wines to sip on this Spring

    The last few days have been warm and breezy, and both the blossoming trees and extended dusk announce that spring is (finally!) here. With the arrival of the season comes the craving for lighter, fresher meals. As for wine, a lot of us tend to “like what we like”, and stick to the same bottles throughout the year. But it’s always worth trying those seasonal wines – leave your full-bodied reds aside for a little while, and try the rosés, whites and lighter reds that will resonate so beautifully with the flavors of spring!

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    May 17, 2016 | By Mark Johanson at VinePair

    5 South American wines you're not drinking, but should be

    Most wine lovers have already savored a glass of Argentinean Malbec or Chilean Carménère, but the breadth of the South American wine industry does not stop with these two signature grapes. if you’re looking for something new to show off at your next dinner party, VinePair's got the lowdown on five grapes thriving in South America that, while rarely noticed north of the Equator, deserve a closer look.

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