How Mindful Drinking Makes Wine Taste Better

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Lauren Mowery for the Village Voice
Over the last few years, the term "mindfulness" has steadily crept into mainstream American lingo, becoming an accepted secular pursuit rather than a "New Age" hippie philosophy ripped from the pages of Eastern religions (i.e., Buddhism). Articles outlining the benefits of mindfulness and techniques for observing it in daily life are published across a spectrum of media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal to the estimable HuffPo, which felt compelled to declare 2014 the year of the timeless concept of "mindful living."

Mindfulness, at its core, is a simple idea: It means to be present, in the moment, intentionally and non-judgmentally. Tasting wine can be an exercise in mindfulness.

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Via Eli's List, Zabar Delivers Old, Old World Wine Online

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When the fruit for many wines in Eli Zabar's cellar was harvested, fermented, aged, and bottled, those grapes' shepherds had little to zero familiarity with the internet. (In some parts of the world in 2015, it's still tricky to get a winemaker to respond to email.)

Now, with the launching of Eli Zabar's online wine store Eli's List Wine & Spirits (as complement to the iconic Upper East Side purveyor's online premium edibles store), citizens of 33 states can purchase an assortment of back vintages from Zabar's expansive collection of old-world wines, straight from the NYC brick-and-mortar of same name (1411 Third Avenue) to their door via the internet. This includes delivery to New Yorkers and Brooklynites who just can't get themselves to the UES.

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Do You Drink Enough Champagne to Justify a $500 Preservation System?

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Lauren Mowery for the Village Voice
New Year's is a short day away. Did you meet all your goals for 2014? No matter. You can reiterate them again on the first of the year, with a fresh glass of bubbles in hand: Make more money and cut back on carbs (or will 2015 be the end of an allergy return of gluten?), booze, and podcast binges.

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Why You Should Give the Gift of California Wine

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Lauren Mowery for the Village Voice
Vineyards of Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara
Instead of the usual roundup of the year's best booze and wine books, all recommended without consideration for the delicious drops of liquid to which each tome pays homage, I've decided to run a series of reviews that include an appropriate pairing. Because what's the point of reading about wine if you can't simultaneously taste it? This is part three of your 2014 wine pairing gift guide.

Today's topic: California.

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How to Gift a Little Sherry Knowledge This Holiday

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Lauren Mowery for the Village Voice
Instead of the usual round-up of the year's best booze and wine books, all recommended without consideration for the delicious drops of liquid to which each tome pays homage, I've decided to run a series of reviews that include an appropriate pairing. Because what's the point of reading about wine if you can't simultaneously taste it? This is part two of your 2014 wine pairing gift guide.

Today's topic: Sherry.

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Here's Why You Should Give Vermont Wine for Christmas

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Lauren Mowery for the Village Voice
Instead of the usual round-up of the year's best booze and wine books, all recommended without consideration for the delicious drops of liquid to which each tome pays homage, I've decided to run a series of reviews that include an appropriate pairing. Because what's the point of reading about wine if you can't simultaneously taste it? This is part one of your 2014 wine pairing gift guide.

First up, the unique grapes of Vermont.

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Family Bonding Over Blending Wine at City Winery

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Lauren Mowery for the Village Voice

During adolescence, parents often teach their children the maxim that the best gift they can give is the one they make. Does it follow, then, that a better gift would be one you make with your parents? In the case of the Browns, it overwhelmingly does.

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Shopping for Cru Beaujolais: Where to Buy It and Drink It

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Lauren Mowery
If yesterday's article on Cru Beaujolais piqued your interest, you've still got time to grab a few bottles for tomorrow's Thanksgiving feast.

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Merci, Beau Cru: This Thanksgiving, Try a Little Cru Beaujolais With Your Turkey

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Last week, a Beaujolais disciple emailed to say he would sic Ted Cruz on me if I recommend anything other than 'merican wines on Thanksgiving, and this guy loves Gamay (and is a Canadian). But at the risk of offending patriotic readers (and inviting that Texas hound to track me down), I am committing to the following statement: Drink Cru Beaujolais on Thanksgiving.

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The 2014 Long Island Harvest Through the Lens of Macari Vineyards

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All photos by Carl Timpone

For the New York wine industry, nervous anticipation of fall isn't about the return of fireside cocktails, knee-high leather boots, and felt fedora hats, or tacit permission to eat like a grizzly headed into hibernation. Autumn equals harvest, and depending on the quality of the growing season, which runs right up until the minute each cluster of plump berries is separated from its life-giving vine, that can be a joyous or heartbreaking occasion; a single, severe storm at or before picking can decimate a year's worth of toil.


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