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December 8, 2017 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Three Lesser Known Reds Perfect for Deep Winter Drinking

Three Underappreciated Big Reds for Deep Winter Drinking 

While many white wines have year-round appeal, there’s no denying the sensual experience of drinking a body-warming red on a chilly January night, especially if you’re lucky enough to have a fireplace. While everyone knows the usual suspects – Bordeaux, Barolo, Rioja – the wine world is a vast space filled with hundreds of varieties that hit similar pleasure points. Here’s an overview of three big reds few consumers know about but should. 

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November 24, 2017 | By By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Three Wine Regions to Hit in 2018

The close of a year inspires introspection. We assess our successes and failures of the months prior and prepare goals for the 12 to come. For the traveling oenophile, aspirations might include hitting a vaunted region that’s eluded, say Burgundy, or a far flung place that’s appeal is as much in the passport stamp as the wines.   To inspire your travels in 2018, here are three unsung destinations to consider.

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November 3, 2017 | By By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Ten Wines to Nudge Your Holiday from Special to Extraordinary

Hosting a holiday feast at your house this year? Have oenophiles on your shopping list? There’s a wine – and price point – for everyone on this list of ten special bottles.  

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October 27, 2017 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Understanding Willamette Valley Pinot Noir

If you’ve ever shopped for Oregon Pinot Noir, you’ve probably noticed most bottles on the shelf come from the Willamette Valley. Given 90 percent of the wine produced there is made from this thin-skinned red grape, it’s fair to say Pinot is to Willamette as tequila is to Jalisco.

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October 20, 2017 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Try Pouring a Liquid Dessert on Thanksgiving

Pumpkin pie, apple pie, pecan pie. All three typically appear on the Thanksgiving table after dinner. Why not add a dessert wine to pair with this final course? Inexplicably, despite the celebratory nature of the holiday, most hosts and guests jump straight to coffee – and then the couch. But if there ever were a justification for breaking out a magical elixir from the world’s most underappreciated wine category, Thanksgiving serves one up.

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September 25, 2017 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Don't Quit White Wines After Labor Day

Cooler weather often turns drinkers away from the light, crisp and refreshing category towards wines of more substance. While most reds fit that bill, plenty of white wines do, too. In fact, consumers have begun realizing the breadth of styles, grapes, and regions that produce whites for year-round consumption. Plus, as diets have begun changing to incorporate more vegetables and fish while reducing red meat consumption, white wine increases in its importance at the dinner table.

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September 18, 2017 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Decoding Austrian Wine

Wine can be as simple or as complicated as one chooses to make it. Simple: Is this producer reliable, does it taste good, does the price fit? Great, buy it!  Complicated: Vineyard characteristics, vintage characteristics, producer tendencies, appellation rules, a foreign language like German.

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June 30, 2017 | By Cristobal Manrique for Coravin

Ideal Wine Serving Temperatures

When it comes to serving wine, it is a little more complicated than just opening the bottle and pouring. You should take into consideration things like glassware and temperature, which contribute to the overall experience. Finding the right temperature for the varietal you’re serving doesn't have to be tricky but is really important! Too cold and your wine will lose its aroma and flavor, too hot and it’ll taste flat and lifeless. Different styles of wines have their own unique ideal serving temperatures. We'll dig in here!

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June 5, 2017 | By Adriana Sánchez for Coravin

Wine Buying Tips

Shopping for wine can be a bit tricky. With so many options to choose from, both novice and experienced buyers can get a little overwhelmed. From fear of the unknown to choosing between old favorites, it can be tough. But don’t worry - we’re here to help ease your vino-shopping anxiety, so your next trip to the store is easy peasy.

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February 16, 2017 | By Alex Gómez for Coravin

How to Use a Wine Tasting Mat Like a Pro

Do you like tasting different wines? Would you like to be able to remember which ones you liked? If your answer to both questions is yes, then you’ll probably want to add a mat to your next wine tasting experience. Whether it’s a social gathering, a professional event, or you’re simply at home, a tasting mat is extremely useful to help you remember those wines you loved the most and why.

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January 19, 2017 | By Stephanie Almeida for Coravin

Wine Etiquette 101

If you’ve ever found yourself confused on #HowToWine, we’ve got you! Here are the best tips on how to wine like a pro!

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January 1, 2017 | By Adriana Rivera Sánchez for Coravin

How to Order Wine at a Restaurant Like a Boss

Just follow these easy tips and you’ll be on your way to not having to fake-it-til-you-make-it the next time you order wine at dinner.

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There is quite possibly nothing more fun than spending the day exploring a wine region’s wine trail. Bouncing from one tasting room to another as you get to know a region and expand your palate, further determining what you like and what you don’t. But as with anything that involves copious amounts of alcohol, mistakes can be made. Here are 11 of the most common, according to the employees who work there.

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May 11, 2016 | By Rayane Belhabri

What gives wine its color?

There is one thing that is of universal knowledge when it comes to wine: the three broad categories of wine are red, white and rosé, and all three are of different colors. And even within these main groups, there are many variations in color – a white wine may have a slight yellow-green tint, a pale straw color, a gold glow or even a brownish hue; while reds can range from light red to a rich dark violet-red, or a dull brown-orange tint for older wines. As for rosé wines, they can range from pale salmon to magenta. But what exactly gives wine its color? Read below to find out! 

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April 25, 2016 | By Adam Teeter at VinePair

How to discover hidden wine gems at the corner liquor store

It’s quite possible that you don’t think of the local liquor store as a place for purchasing fine wine – unless of course you live in a state where the liquor store is your only option. And no one can really blame you for this. For the most part, liquor stores don’t have a great reputation for selling the bottles you’d want to hold on to for a few years, or ones you’d want to open for a special occasion. But some real gems can be found if you look hard enough, you just have to be willing to dig.

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Wine’s flavors and aromas benefit from being served at the correct temperature, but don’t worry, making sure you do so isn’t rocket science. VinePair's infographic below shows you the correct temperature to serve every wine and it also includes their four favorite hacks for quickly getting your wine to the appropriate temperature. Included is a handy chart that explains how long each hack will take to get your bottle from room temperature to the temperature it needs to be.

 

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March 24, 2016 | By Rayane Belhabri

The Ultimate Guide to Bizarre Wine Words

The wine world may seems impenetrable, and that is especially true when it comes to the jargon. Wine has its own language, and oenophiles sometimes use terms mere mortals have a hard time understanding. So what do words like “dumb”, “volatile”, “foxy” or “reduced” really mean? Find out below! 

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March 10, 2016 | By Adam Teeter at VinePair

VinePair: The Beginner's Guide To Collecting Wine

As you begin to collect, remember it’s ultimately more fun to drink wine and share it with friends than to stare at it lying on a shelf! To get you started on your collecting journey, VinePair created a simple infographic to give you an idea of the wines you should be searching for based on your tastes and the money you want to spend. Happy collecting!

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March 4, 2016 | By VinePair

Vinepair: How are wines named?

Understanding how two wines, such as Pinot Noir and Burgundy, are exactly the same type of wine yet have two different names is confusing to many wine drinkers. This confusion stems from the fact that most wines get their names in one of two different ways: they are either named for their grape variety (the grape that was used to make the wine) or they are named for the region of the world in which the wine was made. VinePair explains it all here: 

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February 1, 2016 | By Rayane Belhabri at Coravin

The 7 mistakes you're making with your daily glass of wine

One of the greatest treats at the end of a long day is a glass of wine. For most people it isn’t simply a luxury, it’s essential for surviving the roller coaster of life. Whether that glass holds white, red or pink, wine helps us unplug and transition from a hectic day to a relaxing evening. But there’s a good chance you’re not taking full advantage of what that essential glass has to offer. Here are the most common mistakes, and how to avoid them.

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Oxygen and wine have long been frenemies — just a small amount of oxygen helps a wine age and develop, but too much and a wine will quickly turn to vinegar. Once the cork is removed, air rushes in, first benefiting the wine, opening it up. But then it slowly moves the wine along its journey to vinegar.

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September 18, 2015 | By Rayane Belhabri at Coravin

How to Prepare for a Wine Tour

Fall is approaching, and that does not only mean autumn foliage and Thanksgiving celebrations; fall is also synonym to harvest season and its festivals – aka the perfect time for a wine tour. To help you prepare for your next one, we put together a few tips.

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August 4, 2015 | By Kate Parham Kordsmeier for Coravin

Q&A with Ian Mendehlson: Do Wine Scores Still Matter?

It used to be that if you wanted to know if a bottle of wine was worthy of a space on your bar, you simply looked at its score. Today, it’s not so easy. We sat down with Ian Mendelsohn, owner of and sommelier at Atlanta wine bar Vine & Tap (Mendelsohn also used to run the wine department at Christie’s Auction House), to better understand wine scores and whether or not they’re still relevant.

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July 31, 2015 | By Rayane Belhabri at Coravin

How to know if your wine has gone bad?

Have you ever poured a glass of wine and felt unsure? The looks, the smell, the taste, it just seemed… off? Opened or unopened, your bottle sometimes just doesn’t feel right, and you aren’t fully confident that your wine is okay to drink. To be sure, we collected a handful of tips to help you tell if your wine has actually gone bad.

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July 21, 2015 | By Claire Gorman at Coravin

Alcohol Content In Wine

The standard level of alcohol in a wine usually falls somewhere between 11.5-13%, depending on the grape, region, vintage and producer. Legally, anything over 14% alcohol is considered a “dessert wine,” but you can now easily find a California Zinfandel or even a Pinot Noir coming in at 15 or 16% alcohol.

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April 7, 2015 | By Claire Gorman at Coravin

Most Common Wine Faults

Not every bottle of wine that you purchase will be perfect. While the incidence of flawed wine isn’t astronomical, if you’ve ever opened a bottle or been poured a glass that doesn't taste right to you, odds are that wine is somehow flawed. Here are the most common wine fault and how to spot them!

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April 1, 2015 | By Jessica Bourne at Coravin

The best (wine) advice I ever got

No one is born knowing about wine, you have to learn. Even wine experts had to start somewhere! We asked these wine professionals what the best piece of advice they received when they were new to the industry - their answers may surprise you. 

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March 25, 2015 | By Claire Gorman at Coravin

What does a wine's vintage mean?

Have you ever gone into a wine store and noticed that there are two bottles of the exact same wine, but one is significantly more expensive than the other? They're probably from the different vintage years. Read here to find out what impacts the quality of a wine from year to year, and how it affects its market value.

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March 19, 2015 | By Jessica Bourne at Coravin

The Secrets to Navigating a Restaurant Wine List

We consulted with wine experts for their advice on how to tackle the wine list at a restaurant. Never be intimidated again!

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February 5, 2015 | By Claire Gorman at Coravin

Do Wine Glasses Really Matter?

There is an entire school of thought that says that the wine glass you use will drastically impact the aroma, taste, finish - your entire wine experience.

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January 26, 2015 | By Kate Parham Kordsmeier for Coravin

Demystifying Wine Myths

The world of wine is one overfilled with opinions; and some of these viewpoints are so persuasive, or so deeply rooted, that, despite their falsehood, they become seen as facts. We consulted with the experts to help us uncover the truth behind these myths.

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January 22, 2015 | By Claire Gorman at Coravin

How Long Should I Age My Wine?

It's not true that all wine should be aged; in fact, about 99% of all wines should be consumed within five years.So how are you supposed to know which wines you should put away for aging, and which you should plan to drink within the next few months? Madeline Puckette at WineFolly has a step by step manual for deciding whether to age wine.

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January 6, 2015 | By Claire Gorman at Coravin

Tips for Proper Wine Storage

Unless you have a stand alone, climate-controlled wine cellar built specifically for that purpose in your home, odds are that you are storing your wine improperly. Luckily, you don't need anything quite that involved to improve the life and quality of the wines you keep in your house! The folks over at Bodegas Torres have suggestions for what you could be doing to optimize the life of your wine.


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December 10, 2014 | By Claire Gorman at Coravin

How To Start A Wine Collection

Have you ever considered starting a wine collection but were unsure how to begin? Master of Wine Mary Gorman-McAdams collected some useful tips for anyone considering having more than a few dozen bottles around at the one time.

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November 19, 2014 | By Rob Fritz at Coravin

Conquering the wine store - tips and tricks

Before joining Coravin, I worked at Chelsea Wine Vault for many years. During that time, I learned that conquering a wine store and selecting the perfect wines can be intimidating for people – but it doesn’t have to be. As the holidays are approaching, you’ll probably be making a few trips to a wine store for gifts and to stock up for parties. There’s things you can do at the store (and before you event walk in) to make the experience simple and enjoyable (you’re buying wine – it should be fun!).

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November 10, 2014 | By Jessica Bourne at Coravin

Blind Tasting (like a Master Somm)

The “Practical Tasting” portion of the Master Sommelier exam is scored on the candidate’s ability to blind taste and describe six different wines. In less than a half hour he or she must identify grape varieties, country of origin, district and appellation of origin, and vintages of the wine. Passing this test takes unprecedented passion and commitment and watching the pros sniff, sip, and ultimately identify wines is remarkable.

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September 5, 2014 | By Coravin Intern, Leslie Ann Halliday

Facts that you might not have known about wine

The recently published article “How Many Glasses in a Bottle and Other Wine Facts” by Madeline Puckette on winefolly.com/blog deals with some facts about wine. I thought that these facts are really surprising and kind of unexpected so I would like to share it with you!

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May 12, 2014 | By Josseline Carbonare at The Daily Meal

A Guide to Proper Wine Pronunciation

If you love trying new wines and you find yourself ordering a glass every time you go out on a date or at work dinner parties, asking for the selection offered or simply pronouncing the wine you want without any slip ups can really take you from embarrassing yourself in front of your colleagues to making others question whether or not you studied French in Paris. <br>

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May 11, 2014 | By The Daily Sip for The Daily Meal

How to Define Terroir

10 wine experts from all over the world distill the essence of terroir in just a sentence.

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March 10, 2014 | By Jessica Bourne at Coravin

10 Things You Might Not Know About Cork

The cork is the best tested wine preservation system in history. There is no other material (natural or man made) with its unique properties and characteristics. But how much do we really know about the cork that preserves many of our favorite wines?

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