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Wine 101
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September 25, 2017 | Von 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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Wine 101
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September 18, 2017 | Von 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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Just for Fun
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September 11, 2017 | Von Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Somm Thoughts: Interview with Thomas Pastuszak, Wine Director The NoMad

While I keep a lot of classics and old favorites in my rotations (Champagne, Chablis, Barolo/Barbaresco, Finger Lakes), lately, I’ve been drinking a lot of Northern Rhône Valley reds. I’m talking Syrah from Hermitage, Cornas, Côte-Rotie, Crozes-Hermitage, St. Joseph and the surrounding area.  There’s a lot of great value to be had from top producers in these appellations (around St. Joseph especially). In this cool part of France, Syrah is spicy, savory, mineral-driven, and very fresh. It’s truly the motherland for this grape.

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Just for Fun
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September 6, 2017 | Von Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Somm Thoughts - Ellie Bufkin of Mailalino

Like many, Ellie Bufkin came to wine through the restaurant industry—she was a college student looking to make extra money. Originally from Baltimore, she got her start at a restaurant there called Pazo where she discovered her real passion for hospitality and wine. Thus, she decided to pursue a career in restaurants by moving to NYC. For two years, Bufkin worked at Thomas Keller’s Per Se where she was exposed to one of the best wine cellars in the city, and some of the top wine professionals in the country. After she left, she spent a few years traveling around the country, learning from top sommeliers, only to conclude that while she loves wine from all over the world, she’s particularly fond of the wines of Italy.

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Food and Wine Pairings
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September 4, 2017 | Von Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Pappardelle with Wild Mushroom Ragout and Barolo

Few people anticipate autumn more than the Piedmontese. Fall equals porcini mushroom season, and, notably, the return of the prized edible funghi Tartufo Bianco. Since white truffles don’t grow in the US and acquiring them demands a reputable source and lots of cash, this recipe will focus solely on wild mushrooms. Of course, be our guest if you want to track down a few grams and carefully shave them over the top of a steaming bowl of egg pasta. There’s nothing in the world like sampling the flavor of fresh Tartufo followed by a sip of Nebbiolo.

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Regions and Varietals
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August 24, 2017 | Von 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
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August 20, 2017 | Von 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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Food and Wine Pairings
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August 11, 2017 | Von Lauren Mowery for Coravin

Peach, Heirloom Tomato, Mozzarella Salad with Grillo

As summer slowly wanes toward fall, take advantage of the last gasp of ripe fruit at the farmers’ markets. Tables should still bear the bounty of sweet yellow and white tree-ripened peaches, and juicy, flavor-packed heirloom tomatoes. This twist on a caprese salad incorporates both. If you’ve got a local cheesemaker who pulls mozz daily, secure a warm ball of that, too. Always use high-quality olive oil and vinegar to dress the salad. And for the herb, this recipe calls for lemon basil instead of the classic Italian variety because it adds an incredible pop of citrus vibrancy to each bite. This taste of peak season fruit lets you hold on to those dog days just a little bit longer.

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Wine 101
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Juni 30, 2017 | Von 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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Just for Fun
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Juni 20, 2017 | Von Cristobal Manrique for Coravin

Summer Wines

The summer heat is scorching and it’s important to stay hydrated during the hottest months. But who says you can’t stay hydrated in style? From white and rosé, to notable reds, we’re talking about some of the best wines to drink in the summer heat.

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