Why South Africa Is One of the Most Exciting Wine Regions in the World

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Lauren Mowery for the Village Voice
Swartland Mullineux vineyards
Lurching forward, rocking back, the black Jeep fought for purchase on the jagged rocks and loose soil of the Paardeberg mountain slope. Perched on the edge of the leather seat, I grasped the roll bar above me to avoid swaying into my co-passenger's lap. Four adults had squeezed into the barely three-person rear of the vehicle as rides into the eucalyptus forest, our destination that evening, were scarce.

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Here's How One New Yorker Got Her Master's of Wine

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Michael Seto
New York has long been a hotbed of successful women. Before Hillary, the state sent Geraldine Ferraro to receive the first female nomination by a major party for the White House. Edith Wharton explored social hypocrisy in her acclaimed books. Sonia "From the Bronx" Sotomayor sits on the bench of America's highest court.

Manhattan is also the epicenter of America's fine-wine industry, the ranks of which ambitious women have been slowly but steadily infiltrating. Formerly the province of Caucasian gentlemen (and not-so-chivalrous gents), several of the industry's leading ladies derive from the unusually high pool of Masters of Wine living locally.

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Here Are NYC's Best Wine Tastings in April

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Lauren Mowery for the Village Voice
Sun setting over Portugal's Alentejo wine region
Spring makes her stunning debut not with the blustery, wet weather forecast for this week, but with a knockout lineup of wine tastings from three stellar regions: Willamette, Oregon; Corsica, France; and Portugal. Rather wine than sun, right? Here's where to taste this month.

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Bright and Crisp, Drink Wine From British Columbia

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Lauren Mowery for the Village Voice
Vineyards of Painted Rock
Acid: Wine needs it for balance. It makes your mouth salivate, cuts through fat and cream, keeps wines fresh, especially sweet ones, and helps the contents age gracefully in the bottle. But too much of it, and the drinking experience mimics sucking a tart, mouth-puckering lemon. Too little of it, and the wine tastes flabby, or flat, or even syrupy, like bad store-bought margarita mix.

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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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