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    July 3, 2018 | By Coravin

    Red, Wine & Blue Cocktail Recipe

    If you’re on the hunt for an original, boozy drink to serve at your Fourth of July fiesta, a signature red, wine and blue cocktail is the way to go.

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    Food and Wine Pairings
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    June 25, 2018 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

    Sicilian Summer Breakfast Granita with Brioche

    After a few weeks in Sicily, you’ll quickly realize southern Italians do breakfast differently from anywhere else in the world. Especially if you’re on the eastern side of the island where granita rules the morning table.

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    Regions and Varietals
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    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 14, 2018 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

    Q&A with Sara Fowler, Director of Winemaking at Peju

    Peju’s winemaker Sara Fowler earned the title Napa Valley Winemaker of the Year two years in a row from Napa Valley Life Magazine. Voted by a group of her peers, the acknowledgment bears meaning in a region rife with good wines and competitive spirit.

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    Regions and Varietals
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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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    April 27, 2018 | By Jessica Bourne

    Wild Berry Wine Slushy Recipe

    As the weather heats up, blend up this refreshing Cabernet wine slushy.

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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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    Wine 101
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    April 20, 2018 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

    Born of Fire and Violence: Volcanic Wines

    Vineyards and volcanoes may sound like an unusual pairing, but in truth, it’s one that has long been established. For hundreds of years, from Italy, Spain, to Greece, grape vines have flourished in the mineral-rich particles of battered volcanic rocks. How is it that wine grapes not only thrive in this soil but produce wines of distinct character? 

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    April 13, 2018 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

    Miso Glazed Salmon and Baby Bok Choy with Provence Rosé

    Summer, hard earned, has finally arrived. Another Memorial Day weekend marks Americans’ collective hopes for a season filled with fresh food, outdoor living, and delicious wine. What better way to mark the turn towards the solstice than with this savory Japanese take on a Pacific Northwest fish: salmon. Miso, a fermented soybean paste, is frequently employed in the East Asian kitchen. The ingredient was first made famous in America at Nobu with the restaurant’s iconic dish miso-cod. Now, Americans have begun to adapt the ingredient to other uses, including this omega-3 rich fish.

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    Wine 101
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    April 6, 2018 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

    Five Tips to Improve Your Wine Game

    Looking to improve your wine game? From chilling, to decanting, to navigating a restaurant wine list, here are five tips that save time, money, or simply elevate your wine drinking experience. 

     

    1. Chill Your Whites Rapidly. You’ve got guests coming who will be eager for an aperitif, but your white wines are still in the grocery bag. The solution is not the freezer or ice cubes in your glass, but a salt water bath. If you’ve got an ice bucket, fill it with water and a few tablespoons of salt. Add ice cubes. Then, the wines. If you don’t have a bucket, plug your kitchen sink. The ice creates a freezing cold bath, and liquid draws heat from the wine better than solid cubes. The salt lowers the freezing point of the ice water, allowing it to become even colder, resulting in faster chilling. Finally, gently spin the bottle in the water every few minutes which helps expose all sides of the glass to the cooling bath. The result: wine chilled in 10-15 minutes instead of an hour. 

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    Wine 101
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    Garnacha. Grenache. Cannonau. Regardless of the synonym, the evidence is clear: Grenache is one of the most widely planted grapes in the world and yet its popularity is only now soaring. 

    Why now? A few reasons. The great international varieties like Cabernet, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir have all enjoyed long turns in the spotlight at a time when consumers, more than ever, are open to new flavors and grapes. Across the world, a young generation of winemakers have risen to treat the grape more like Pinot Noir than Shiraz, resulting in fresher, transparent styles with finesse. And finally, Grenache’s early spread around the world has left valuable pockets of old vines, from Spain to Australia, which are finally being recognized for their quality potential.

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    March 16, 2018 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

    California Wineries Growing Italian Varieties

    Italian grapes are notoriously difficult to grow successfully in other countries. The issue isn’t that they won’t flower and ripen, per se, but that they taste nothing like their Italian counterparts, and usually not for the better. Until recently, I had written off California’s attempts, especially for grapes like Sangiovese and Nebbiolo, which seemed to thrive in slightly cooler climes back home. American versions were often clunky and overripe, lacking character and finesse. However, a recent spate of tastings has definitely changed my mind, proving site, microclimate, and deft handling of fruit make all the difference in the world. Here are five winemakers doing great work with Italian grapes. These wines just might inspire you to search the California aisle next time you’re shopping for Italy. 

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    Warmer nights call for lighter dishes. This whole roasted fish suits an April weeknight because it is easy to prepare and quick to cook. Stuffing it with fresh whole herbs from the farmer’s market gives the trout a sprightly taste of the season. When picking your fish, always look for glassy, not cloudy eyes. The skin should be wet, plump, and glistening, not dry or dehydrated. Try to buy from a proper fishmonger when possible over a grocery store for best quality. 

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    Just for Fun
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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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    Wine 101
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    February 16, 2018 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

    Get to Know Albariño from Rias Baixas

    When viewed from space, earth shows distinct areas of blue, white, green, and brown. Zooming in offers a closer look at the emerald hues blanketing places like Northern Brazil and Ecuador, or southeast Asia. But while those regions may be known for their exotic vegetation and fragrant mangoes, it’s on the northern tip of Spain where one can find grapevines. Known as “green Spain,” the coastal appellation of Rias Baixas produces one of the planet’s loveliest, aromatic white wines called Albariño. 

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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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    Food and Wine Pairings
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    As winter recedes unveiling the first shoots of spring, look for lighter dishes to suit the occasion. Since farmers markets won’t runneth over yet, stick with the first vegetables of the season: spring peas. These lovely little orbs should be prepared so their flavor can shine: simply. Lemon zest lends zippy flavor highlights, while leeks and button mushrooms provide a savory foundation to the sprightly white wine sauce. Roasted chicken thighs are always an easy-to-cook, juicy medium on which to paint. 

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    February 2, 2018 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

    Three Wines for Spring Sipping

    Spring is a time of renewal. What better way to embrace the spirit of the season than to open and share bottles worthy of rediscovery. Here are three regional wines that have flown too long under the radar or have been ignored but deserve to be incorporated into your spring sipping routine.

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    Coravin
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    If you couldn't tell from Instagrams of your friend's friend's bae, or the general pink and red themes taking over every restaurant and Snapchat filter, Valentine's Day is fast approaching. While it's a lovely time for some to go out to dinner with their significant other, some of us can't do that — mainly because a half-eaten bag of Doritos apparently "doesn't justify a table for two." Instead of fighting with a hostess, try to celebrate this holiday solo with these essentials.

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    January 26, 2018 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

    Wine Faults

    If you’ve ever smelled a musty wine or discovered your white to be tinged with brown, you may have a faulty bottle. A little experience will help you determine the cause – and what to do about it.

    Here are five common problems and where they fall on the spectrum of concern.  

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    January 19, 2018 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

    Mountain Reds from Northern Italy: Schiava, Lagrein, and Teroldego.

    At the base of the mighty Dolomites sits two northern Italian wine regions known for Germanic-inflected culture, food, and cool-climate viticulture. Alto-Adige and Trentino, both formerly part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, feel distinct from the rest of Italy. They also harbor a trio of indigenous red grapes that are far removed from mainstream consumption. Despite Americans’ fascination with Europe’s boot, from pizza, pasta, Barolo, Brunello, and of course, Prosecco, most have yet to discover the patchwork of delicious oddities upon which Italy is founded.  

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    Just for Fun
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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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    Millions of dollars have poured into two Massachusetts startups that want to change the way you drink wine.

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    Whether cooking for yourself or a partner, on Valentine’s Day one wants to splurge. But going out to eat is an exercise in frustration as restaurants inflate their prices and create “special” menus to justify doing so. Why not buy top quality meat from your local butcher and pan sear it at home? It’ll cost a fraction of the price, it’s easy to do, and you can serve an extraordinary bottle of wine alongside the steak without the painful price mark-up. Your $200 bottle of wine at home would be $600 at a steakhouse. That’s persuasive math.  

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    December 29, 2017 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

    Easy Weeknight Beef Chili with California Zinfandel

    The holidays have ended, and winter has settled in. The long haul to spring starts now, but rather than pine for warmer days, enjoy the chance to warm up over a bowl of chili and a glass of rich red wine. Beef and beans make for an easy and quick weeknight recipe that even your teenager can make. A little sautéing, toss in some spices, tomatoes, beans, and voilà – dinner is served.

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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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    December 15, 2017 | By Lauren Mowery for Coravin

    Regional Snapshot: Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand

    A wine region’s ability to emulate a famous appellation isn’t the primary reason to study it, but it’s a compelling feature, nonetheless. 

     

    Several years ago, famous author Oz Clarke published a book entitled Bordeaux. In it, he listed the few regions of the world boasting similar enough growing conditions to the French appellation to be considered “lookalikes” of the Medoc. Hawke’s Bay made the cut. While this area on the North Island produces stunning red Bordeaux blends, it also produces fine imitations of Syrah from the Northern Rhône Valley. A twofer, if you will, and a departure from New Zealand’s more famous red, Pinot Noir. 

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    Wine 101
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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 goodhousekeeping.com

    Amazon's Black Friday Deals Are Here and They Are Amazing


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