Lauren Mowery

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    September 29, 2014

    Want to Drink Better Coffee? Think About It as You Would Wine

    A few months ago, I had a conversation with a respected wine journalist and Master of Wine that left me incredulous for this person's surprising attitude towards coffee. Asked to expound upon the significant parallels between both drinks, a nascent but certainly timely topic, this industry luminary ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    Nobletree Delivers Groundbreaking "Estate" Coffee

    A New York original is set to enter the city's coffee scene. Helmed by a true New Yorker (OK, by way of New Jersey), Nobletree will introduce a new business model, advance the Red Hook revival, and upset the balance of the city's specialty coffee scene.

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    June 5, 2014

    A Primer on Cold Brew Coffee and Where to Drink It Around Town

    It's summer, or at least pretending to be summer, and thus the season for iced coffee. Almost every coffee shop will have a version: some clouded with dairy products and laden in sugar, invariably more expensive than a plain cup of joe, and slurped down far quicker. Leaving aside frozen concoctions ... More >>

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    March 11, 2014

    Coffee Fest NYC Plies Attendees with Classes and Caffeine

    Over the weekend, New York once again hosted the annual Coffee Fest trade show. Held annually in three of the key coffee cities of the US: Seattle, Chicago (as opposed to San Francisco?), and New York, it is one of the largest coffee trade exhibitions in the world, providing café retailers the oppo ... More >>

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    March 5, 2014

    Midtown East Coffee Nightmare Finally Over: Where to Get a Good Brew

    Sitting in an office chair all day is bad for your health. That's why the coffee break is a necessary, potentially life-extending, recess in one's workday -- that, and the chance to procrastinate on that Powerpoint presentation a little longer. Last winter, if you wanted to break for java in Midtow ... More >>

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    March 3, 2014

    Port Authority: Warm up With Portugal's Prized Wine

    My brother-in-law, although from Ohio -- a place with very few fine wine traditions (I'm from there and can confirm it) -- loves port. But he hasn't come to adore it living in the States. Years ago, he moved to the quaint little town of Broadway in England, thereby adopting the estimable British cus ... More >>

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    February 19, 2014

    Great NYC Coffeeshops and an Explanation of Pricing From Coffee Champ Erin McCarthy

    This is part two of a two-part interview with NYC's own Erin McCarthy, the 2013 World Brewers Cup Champion. Part one, which was posted a few weeks ago, covered his experiences, personal preferences, and thoughts on coffee's third wave. This week, the focus is on the future of coffee, and we conclude ... More >>

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    February 12, 2014

    Winemakers of New York: Peter Bell of Fox Run

    New Yorkers live in one of the greatest winemaking states of our nation, yet we lack the close bond to our local wine market that, say, San Franciscans have with Sonoma or Napa. In an effort to start a dialogue with the winemakers of our backyard and spotlight the delicious juice being made only a f ... More >>

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    January 30, 2014

    The 2013 World Brewers Cup (of Coffee) Champion Lives in NYC

    With the Olympics fast approaching, it seemed appropriate to profile NYC's very own celebrity titleholder of sorts: the 2013 World Brewers Cup Champion -- as in brewed coffee -- Erin McCarthy lives amongst us. McCarthy is on Counter Culture's wholesale technical support staff. Our conversation began ... More >>

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    January 28, 2014

    Eat Healthy and Drink Smartly at Nourish Kitchen

    As the ferociously cold first month of 2014 comes to a close (good riddance, January), you might be considering a new fresh start by amending those New Year's resolutions that seemed so alluring on the 1st. Perhaps you want to reinstate your nightly wine ritual but aren't sure whether your vino habi ... More >>

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    December 17, 2013

    Siphon Coffee: Highest Expression of the Coffee Bean?

    If you watched (obsessed over) Breaking Bad, you might remember the moment in the second half of season five (episode 603 entitled "Sunset", to be precise) when Gale Boetticher introduced Walter White to his coffee-making apparatus over a fresh cooked batch of meth. The machinery looks complex, but ... More >>

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    December 11, 2013

    Nelson Mandela's Legacy Left for a Nation and Her Wine Industry

    Throughout the week, South Africans will gather to grieve en masse the loss of Nelson Mandela. A courageous statesman, Mandela began his political life as a young Soweto lawyer steering the resistance against apartheid, only to be imprisoned for twenty-seven years for his labors, later emerging to b ... More >>

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    December 9, 2013

    10 Gifts for Wine Lovers (Yourself Included)

    Fork in the Road is publishing a series of local gift guides this year -- one from each regular contributor. This one comes from our Unscrewed columnist Lauren Mowery. We all know that while you're out hunting for the perfect present, you may end up inspired by your market research, and so you buy ... More >>

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    December 3, 2013

    Book Review: The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert

    Richard Betts, one of few Master Sommeliers in the world -- and one of even fewer to pass the rigorous exam on the first go-around -- has quite impressive credentials. So one might expect his literary efforts to produce something in the vein of a tome dedicated to the distinctions between Grand Cru ... More >>

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    November 26, 2013

    Little Collins Brings Melbourne and Machinery to NYC Coffee Scene

    New York has become a prime place for outstanding coffee. Roasters and coffee bars that originated in other states have done much to develop the specialty coffee market here, but we are also witnessing an influx of concepts from a more mature and possibly superior coffee city -- Melbourne, Australia ... More >>

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    November 18, 2013

    Ippodo, 300-Year-Old Japanese Green Tea Purveyor, Arrives in NYC

    Ippodo (125 East 39th Street, 212-370-0609), a 300-year-old Kyoto-based haven for fine Japanese green teas (that's not to be confused with international ramen chain Ippudo), debuted its first stateside shop earlier this year. The opening was so hushed, however, that only tea connoisseurs, homesick J ... More >>

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    November 14, 2013

    A Vineyard Crawl in the North Fork

    Take advantage of the post-Halloween, pre-Thanksgiving lull in "pumpkin traffic" (how Long Island locals refer to day-trippers who jam up roads by the u-pick patches), and spend a day in the vineyards of the North Fork. The Fork starts just past Riverhead, and depending on traffic, entails an hour-a ... More >>

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    November 11, 2013

    The Benefits of Coffee Cupping and Where to Do It in NYC

    Thanks to the proliferation of specialty coffee shops in New York over the past 10 years -- particularly transplants like Gimme! Coffee, Blue Bottle, Stumptown, Toby's Estate, and Counter Culture -- what was once a relatively quick, less-than-$3 transaction has become increasingly complex (and delic ... More >>

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    November 4, 2013

    A Crash Course in Tea -- and Where to Drink the Good Stuff in NYC

    Perhaps you've noticed the slow but steady proliferation of tea shops and bars throughout NYC? If you haven't, you will now: The spread of the tea movement (not to be confused with the floundering Tea Party movement), the second most consumed beverage in the world after water, is currently in its St ... More >>

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    October 29, 2013

    Cider Week Ends With a Bang at Applepalooza

    Another year, another week of cider jubilation passed in NYC. The fun isn't over for cider producers though; in fact, the apple harvest, which functions much like the vinous version (picking, pressing, fermenting), is in high gear. But for city dwellers who got a taste of apple country delivered to ... More >>

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    September 6, 2013

    Perfect Fall Reds From Austria--and Where to Drink Them in NYC

    It's frightening that we are already one week deep into September and are marching towards shorter, cooler days. For many, the change in weather means a welcome return to red wine. But what do you drink when the humidity abates yet temps still hover in the shorts and t-shirt zone?

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    August 22, 2013

    Weekend Plans? Celebrate the End of Summer at Harvest East End on Saturday

    I feel sad about this, but we don't live in Maui, and there is no endless summer in our future (at least the immediate future--who knows about the long term with global warming). And even though we New Yorkers generally get to enjoy warm days until late October, when the weather turns like clockwork ... More >>

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    August 21, 2013

    Wine From Colares, Portugal Is Some of the Rarest in the World--Here's Where to Find it in NYC

    Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom, where the edge of the earth kissed the sea, sat a castle. Perched high on a mountain, this pastel-hued palace looked down upon stark cliffs that plunged into the rumbling ocean, upon which grew precious vines. Both royals and locals prized the vines for their ... More >>

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    August 2, 2013

    How to Upgrade Your At-Home Wine Experience for $300

    Would you, interested in wine, and, by extension, related products, buy a $300 device? If your immediate inclination is to answer no, consider this: Your collection of wine paraphernalia may already include the basic butterfly corkscrew, or maybe you've upgraded to the Rabbit, the elegant, easy t ... More >>

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    June 17, 2013

    Relax. It's Rosé.

    Every so often, I come across the argument that rosé lacks merit as a wine, and, therefore, has become over-hyped. I disagree--why manufacture controversy over a drink as pleasurable as rosé? To the residents of southern France, rosé equals lifestyle; I doubt they would agree their Provençal exi ... More >>

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    May 29, 2013

    Gabe and Katherine Thompson Love a Good Italian

    Unscrewed columnist Lauren Mowery has been sitting down with chefs all over the city to talk about the place wine has in their lives and kitchens. The latest installation of her series, in which Gabe and Katherine Thompson -- executive chef and pastry chef of dell'anima, L'Artusi, Anfora, and L'Apic ... More >>

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    May 22, 2013

    Num Pang Chef Ben Daitz on Easy Drinking and What Pairs Well With Venison

    Food and wine are natural companions, so I'm polling some of New York's most illustrious chefs to find out what kind of wine they are drinking off and on the job. After establishing they actually drink wine (a surprising number prefer beer!), I'm asking a few questions to find out who's got a pencha ... More >>

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    May 21, 2013

    Lauren Mowery's Unscrewed Column up for Best New Wine Blog Award!

    Lauren Mowery has covered the wine beat here at Fork since the beginning of the year, and she's reported on everything from New York City's sherry queen to Brangelina's foray into Provençal Rosé to chefs who drink wine. And for those great pieces, she's a finalist for a Best New Wine Blog award.

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    May 7, 2013

    Aussie Wine Got Good! Here's Where to Drink it in New York

    If your last memory of Australian wine was an overripe Shiraz, erase it! The new breed of Aussie wine is leaner, more structured, and food-friendlier than before, and heading to New York thanks to a wave of young, dynamic winemakers and importers. Gordon Little and his fiancee Lauren Peacock of Lit ... More >>

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    April 5, 2013

    10 Bottles of Sherry to Drink Right Now

    To understand sherry, you must drink it! And if you were paying attention during my interview with New York's Queen of Sherry, Carla Rzeszewski, then you know to drink it with food. Here's a simple formula for exploring the umami flavors of sherry: Chill the bottles. Meanwhile, invite over some fr ... More >>

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    April 4, 2013

    Meet Carla Rzeszewski, New York's Queen of Sherry

    What comes to mind when you hear sherry, besides the Four Seasons song that maddeningly loops in your head like scratched vinyl? If the answer is a sweet brown drink that grandma likes, allow me to introduce you to New York City's "Queen of Sherry," Carla Rzeszewski. Rzeszewski is a sherry fanatic ... More >>

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    March 27, 2013

    Empire State of Wine: 10 Great Bottles from the Finger Lakes and Niagara Escarpment

    As spring continued dragging her feet last week, New Yorkers traipsed through snow flurries to drink wine. Nothing new there, except that the second annual NY Drinks NY was in town, offering imbibers a taste of local wines. I focused my efforts on the Finger Lakes and Niagara Escarpment, two regions ... More >>

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    March 22, 2013

    The 10 Best Wine Stores in Manhattan

    Declaring New York's top ten wine shops proved even harder than counting the city's finest bowls of ramen. The number of high-quality wine retailers at our disposal is an embarrassment of vinous riches, and the abundance of stellar shops forced me to draw up separate lists for Manhattan and Brooklyn ... More >>

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    February 8, 2013

    10 Best Romantic Wine Bars, for Valentine's Day Drinking That Won't Suck

    If you haven't made a reservation for Valentine's Day by now, you're a failure. At least that's how it'll feel as you frantically scroll through OpenTable, only to find you can dine at 5 p.m., 11 p.m., or anytime you like at TGI Fridays. Instead of competing with every jerk in the city for a tabl ... More >>

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    January 28, 2013

    Vermouth Got Awesome and Here's Where to Drink It in New York

    I peered into the liquor closet -- yes, I have a closet devoted to booze, not shoes -- and there it was: A dusty bottle of Martini & Rossi Vermouth that had been opened and left untouched for years. Since I don't drink many martinis at home -- what else was vermouth good for? -- I admit to neglectin ... More >>

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    January 11, 2013

    Pressing Thai, Tahitian, and Balinese Grapes: 5 New Latitude Wines

    Welcome to the doldrums of winter. Unless you spend your weekends driving to the mountains, you're probably dreaming of warm, exotic locales to escape to during these blustery months. But don't imagine bland lagers and coconut cocktails -- the old drinks of tropical travels -- because more tourists ... More >>

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    December 20, 2012

    8 Not Bad Boxed Wines to Pour at Your Next Party

    My last memory of drinking boxed wine is from a college football game. A friend duct-taped a Franzia Chardonnay bladder under khaki pants like a wino's version of a flask. During the game, he would roll up his pant leg, flick the spigot and fill-up nearby students' cups with the plonk. Given this w ... More >>

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    November 12, 2012

    Two Weeks After Sandy, Can Red Hook Winery Be Saved?

    A few weeks ago, I wrote about celebrating the new Brooklyn wine trail. Both Brooklyn Oenology and Brooklyn Winery, featured in the story, were relatively unscathed by Hurricane Sandy. But Red Hook Winery is located right over the water, nearly at the end of Pier 41, and the facility was completely ... More >>

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    October 19, 2012

    10 Best Places to Drink While You Work

    Whether you're working on your screenplay or just Facebook trolling, you need a break from that dark box you call an apartment. Sometimes it's good to pack up the laptop and head for one of the numerous cafés with free Wifi where you can let wine, that noble social lubricant, slick those creative w ... More >>

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    October 17, 2012

    Time to Get Excited About Hard Cider

    Fall means apples and since they don't fall far from the tree, there's nowhere better to enjoy them than the Hudson Valley. If your driver's license has expired (guilty) while living in the city and you can't Zip up there, you can also hit up a number of restaurants and tastings around NYC since Cid ... More >>

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    October 8, 2012

    Your Guide to Brooklyn's Wine Country

    Can't make it to Napa this week 'cause Jay-Z hitched a ride in your Gulfstream to his Barclays show? No worries, hit up Brooklyn, Hova's favorite borough, for an idyllic afternoon on the subway wine trail. Your chariots, the 5/G/L trains, let you have the drink without the drive -- can you name anot ... More >>

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    September 28, 2012

    Are Organic and Biodynamic Wines Worth It?

    Last week I attended a panel about biodynamic and organic agriculture and its influence on the wine industry. Roger Cohen's recent op-ed in the New York Times was a hot topic -- the one in which he enthusiastically (and myopically) applauded a study by Stanford University that concluded organic food ... More >>

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    September 18, 2012

    Ladies, the Wine Industry is Courting You!

    Considering women now buy more than half the wine that ends up on the American table, a few companies have devised marketing tricks to stand out. I submit the following: Exhibit A The wine purse. No, there aren't pockets for your cell phone, mirror and gloss. That might make the packaging useful as ... More >>

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    September 14, 2012

    5 Best West Village Wine Bars

    In theory, I should love wine bars -- I drink a lot of wine, and I often trade evenings in my dinky, NYC apartment for nights out. But I often cringe when I hear the term, since every restaurant proprietor takes poetic license to call their beverages a "wine list" and their establishment a "wine bar ... More >>

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    September 10, 2012

    How to Taste Wine

    I've been drinking and enjoying wine for many years, but I haven't always tasted it. Tasting doesn't mean composing the longest list of esoteric flavor descriptors in the galaxy. We all know those annoying types who make you feel like an idiot because you can't pick out the "Oaxacan chocolate, dri ... More >>

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    September 5, 2012

    Our Restaurant Fantasies, Revealed

    After reading this fun restaurant wish-list over on Diner's Journal, the Fork team started wishing and hoping for some of our own fantasy places to open. I'd love for a truck to drive around in the winter serving cups of really good, hot cassoulet. If there's a line, there will be nips of brandy w ... More >>

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    August 30, 2012

    What You Need to Know About Wine on Tap

    [See More Unscrewed: 10 Tips for Wine Rookies | 5 Best NY Rosés to Drink Right Now] The practice of serving wine from a keg or cask has long been a tradition in Europe, where what grows together, goes together. Imagine sitting down to a plate of Coq au Vin in a little village in Burgundy and being ... More >>

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    August 23, 2012

    Get Him to the Greek (Wine Varietal!)

    It's time to add a new grape to your repertoire and order a seemingly unpronounceable varietal (see rule #2). Despite the dreary economic situation, Greece has long been associated with the sybaritic lifestyle, attracting like-minded voluptuaries to places like Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete. Plus ... More >>

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    August 17, 2012

    5 Best NY Rosés to Drink Right Now

    [See Previously: 10 Tips for Wine Rookies] As summer winds down (or up, depending on your plans), it's time to celebrate the pink drink that fuels fantasies of seaside, Provençal retreats. If I had a garden hose that spouted such watermelon-hued, berry bliss, I would fill a pool and host a fête. ... More >>

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    August 9, 2012

    10 Tips for Wine Rookies

    Welcome to Unscrewed, your weekly antidote to wine-related malaise. Allow me to introduce myself with a list: 10 of my best tips for revitalizing your personal wine program or becoming a better drinker. 1. Be curious. There is no shame in learning, only in pretending to know what you don't. 2. Or ... More >>

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