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  • 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 destination...

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  • Nothing spells “holiday” like a centerpiece rack of lamb on the table. Not only does it look impressive, it’s surprisingly easy to make. With only a handful of ingredients and very little prep time, this recipe lets the meat tell the story. Fresh herbs and garlic merely complement the lamb’s deep flavor. Given the simplicity of the preparation, one has flexibility with side dishes. Mushrooms are ...

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  • Heidi Turzyn is the Beverage Director for the renowned Gotham Bar and Grill where she’s curated a list of 800 selections ranging from $55-$7000. Prior to running the program for Alfred Portale’s 3-starred institution, she directed the wine and bar programs for the David Burke properties nationwide. Turzyn wasn’t always a wine professional. As a classically trained ballerina, she initially moved t...

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  • 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.   Reds 1.  Château Le Puy “Emilien,” Francs Côtes de Bordeaux, France, 2012, $40  With 400-years of grape growing under the Amoreau family’s belt, le Puy remains surprisingly under-the-radar to American consumers. Tucked betw...

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  • 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 underapprecia...

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  • Six Questions for Sarah Tracey, Wine Director at Rouge Tomate 1. What wines are you drinking these days and why? I’m feeling myself drawn to lighter-bodied, lively, zingy reds that can take a little chill: Schiava, Zweigelt, Fleurie. After months of endless crisp whites (and more rosé than I honestly care to admit), I love to move more into red territory in the fall and winter as my ‘sipping win...

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  • November marks the start of holiday excess. Football season, Thanksgiving, office parties. The march towards the year’s culmination leads to overindulgence of both food and drink. So, for this weekday recipe, we turn to the healing powers of turmeric. This root common to Indian cooking has a pale hue when raw, but takes on a deep, finger-staining gold when powdered. It is the spice that gives cur...

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  • Serves 4 | 30 minutes Written and Kitchen-tested by Lauren Mowery 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 o...

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  • Didn't spend a lifetime training? You can still compete in the Wine-ter Games! Grab some friends and play. 1. Choose your events: Pick 3 varieties of wine to judge in a series of tasting events. 2. Choose competitors: For each variety, choose 3 comparably priced bottles from different countries. 3. Invite your friends: Invite your friends and have them bring over more competitors (i.e. bottles ...

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  • 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.   Corked Wine  Pop the cork, pour the wine and, hmm. What’s that smell?  A vision of your grandparents’ basement pops to mi...

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  • 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 E...

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  • 1. 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 ...

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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 win...

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  • 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. To Pair Cali...

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  • 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 th...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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 h...

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  •   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. However, you’ve also likely noticed a sub-appellation, referred to as a nested American Viticultural Area (AVA), lis...

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  • 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 redu...

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