How to Do Valentine's Day Like a Wine Pro

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Rob Lawson

What does a wine lover want on Valentine's Day? Definitely not to fight for the right to overpay for an underwhelming "special occasion" menu and a glass of mystery "Champagne." Consider one of these four low-stress, high-reward, wine-based experiences instead.


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Notes From Peru's Pisco Trail and Where to Drink a Pisco Sour in NYC

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All photos by Lauren Mowery for the Village Voice
This Saturday, shake up a Peruvian cocktail in honor of National Pisco Sour Day (celebrated on the first Saturday of February). As appreciation for the Latin American spirit grows, quality-minded brands are hitting NYC shelves while bartenders embrace pisco's spectrum of flavors for a range of uses.

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Why Pairing Wine With Your Super Bowl Snacks Is Not Pretentious

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Lauren Mowery for the Village Voice
Wine shouldn't be foisted onto every culinary event; no matter how grand or mundane, some matches are better left alone: the Kentucky Derby and bourbon, or bagels, lox, and black coffee (OK, a glass of Champagne wouldn't be so terrible with either). "Super Bowl & Beer" sounds like another archetype that doesn't need tinkering. But there's a case to be made for wine.

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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
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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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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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