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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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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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May 3, 2016 | By Adam Teeter at VinePair

Five Spanish wines most people don't know

With a winemaking tradition that is just as rich as Italy and France, there is some incredible wine to be found in Spain, often at a great value. And there is more to the region than Cava and Rioja. To prepare you for your next Spanish wine adventure, or simply to help you expand the selections you are familiar with on the wine list, here are five great Spanish wines most people don’t know.

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Around the start of spring, bottles of rosé start appearing in wine retailers—and boxes, too—like little soldiers ready for a season of barbecues. Rosé is delicious, yes, but if you only drink the pink stuff from now until the end of warm weather, you might quickly get bored of wine altogether.

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Every wine drinker desires to discover wines that deliver more for their money. Even for high-end collectors, the thought of finding an elusive bottle that others do not realize is valuable is part of the thrill of collecting in the first place. Yet when it comes to the mainstream wine regions of the world, it can sometimes feel like most gems have already been discovered, their values already exploited. And that’s exactly what makes the wine region of Cariñena, Spain so special.

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You could live an entire lifetime and never drink every bottle of French wine produced. But since most of us only have the ability to drink a limited amount, what are the bottles people more well versed in French wine than us (the experts) think we should seek out? VinePair sat down with wine luminaries including winemaker Randall Grahm, sommelier Patrick Cappiello, French fine wine importer Philippe Newlin and the entire Christie’s wine department, and here are the wines they all think we must try before we die...

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March 3, 2016 | By Rayane Belhabri

Wine of the Week: Zweigelt

Austria is mainly known for its white wines. Its peppery and crisp Grüner Veltliners and dry, mineral Rieslings have won favors of wine lovers across the globe. But what about its reds? We already covered spicy Blaufränkisch, and today is dedicated to the super fruity Zweigelt.

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February 11, 2016 | By Emily Bell at VinePair

VinePair: 8 delightful white wines for winter

Yes, white wine is that thing we all sip while sitting on the bow of our yachts, mulling which pair of topsiders or wedge sandals to wear to the cabana dinner. But once summer’s over, and we’ve all put our yachts back into the yacht yard, we don’t necessarily have to say goodbye to white wine. Believe it or not (actually, we’d prefer you believe it), white wine can even have a place in your winter dining. (On the winter yacht, of course.) So here are eight delightful white wines to light up your winter, courtesy of VinePair!

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February 8, 2016 | By Rayane Belhabri

Wine of the Week - Sherry

Sherry: one of Spain's most underrated wines. The fortified wine's tradition spans 3,000 years. Its wide range of styles, which include both some of the driest and sweetest wines in the world, might seem confusing at first, but there's no reason why you shouldn't give Sherry a chance! Learn more about the Spanish wine here.

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February 8, 2016 | By Rayane Belhabri

7 wines to sip on this Valentine's Day

Wine and love’s particular relationship goes back a long way – we’re talking Greco-Roman mythology – ever since Aphrodite, goddess of love, and Dionysus, god of wine, had an affair. So if there is one night of the year made for drinking wine, it’s Valentine’s Day. It’s that time of the year again; perfect opportunity to open a special bottle of wine, whether to impress your significant other or simply to indulge! If you are still looking for the perfect bottle, here are some tasty options to start you off:

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January 25, 2016 | By Emily Bell at VinePair

VinePair: 8 great ice wines to warm your winter

Ice wine might (rightfully) terrify. That sleek little bottle. The higher price tag. The legend of lurking sweetness. But if you’re avoiding ice wine out of intimidation, financial or saccharine, avoid no longer. It’s time to bask in the balanced sweetness of this seasonal viticultural miracle with these eight great ice wines to try to warm your winter, courtesy of VinePair.

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January 4, 2016 | By Kate Parham Kordsmeier for Coravin

Understanding Chardonnay Across Regions

If you’ve ever found yourself wondering whether you prefer French or California Chard, or perhaps how Chardonnay from Washington compares to Australia, keep reading!

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October 21, 2015 | By Rayane Belhabri at Coravin

Region of the Week: China

When you think of wine, France, Italy, California or Spain most likely come to mind, but what about China? The country is one of the wine world’s hottest topics – and for a good reason. China now has more vineyards than France and has become one of the world's fastest-growing wine markets.

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October 19, 2015 | By Rayane Belhabri at Coravin

Uncommon Wines

Let the countdown begin for Halloween! For the occasion, we decided to introduce you to some of the most uncommon wines you may never encounter. And this is not about rare grapes or underrated wines – today, we’re talking weird. A great way to remember that wine tasting truly is an adventure!

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