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Meet Our Founder

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Meet Our Founder

Following family tradition, PR Bottle Shop's founder Christina Coulourides has been involved in the wine industry for over 40 years. She shares her expertise below and her approach to wine as an essential part of life. Q & A with Christina Coulourides What is your favorite wine quote and why? “Wine is one of the agreeable and essential ingredients of life.” Julia Child. Julia Child continues to be an inspiration, teaching Americans how to enjoy food and wine thereby enhancing lifestyle. Often her message is delivered humbly, seasoned with humor. What sparked your interest in wine? In the 1980s when the California...

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Jurade de Saint Emilion, A Harvest Festival

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Jurade de Saint Emilion, A Harvest Festival

  Ban des Vendages or Jurade de Saint-Emilion is a celebration of wine harvest and heritage of the medieval town of Saint-Emilion. Usually held in late fall or at the start of harvest season, the Jurade (Ambassadors of the wines of Saint-Emilion) organizes the festival and lead a parade through town in their traditional crimson robes. Ban de Vendage literally translates to "lifting the ban of the harvest", in other words, putting an end to the period during which grapes-picking was forbidden.  Historically, the Jurade was originally set up as a quest for quality and the experts were sent into the...

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Fish Tacos

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Fish Tacos

Living in Southern California comes with so many perks; gorgeous consistent weather, stunning outdoor environs and a condensed and diverse disarrangement of culinary adventures. This week we choose to focus on one of our favorite culinary niches, the fish taco!If there has even been a great time to be a taco lover, it is now. It seems that with the up-rise in culinary diversity and the increase of small and mobile eateries, the modern taco is breaking all the rules of tradition. The Kogi Truck being the most famed fusion tacos at the moment. Even within the niche of fish...

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Meet the Six New Grape Varieties Approved in Bordeaux: Resilience at the Forefront of the Climate Change Adaptation Revolution

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Meet the Six New Grape Varieties Approved in Bordeaux: Resilience at the Forefront of the Climate Change Adaptation Revolution

By : Iris Rowlee On January, 26th 2021 the Institut National de l’Origine et de la Qualité, or INAO, the French Wines of Origin quality oversight board, officially gave approval for six new grape varieties to be planted in the wine region of Bordeaux and vinified for the Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur AOC appellations. These two appellations form almost half of production for the region, with others expected to follow suit. The varieties are four reds: Arinarnoa, Castets, Marselan, and Touriga Nacional, and two whites: Alvarinho and Liliorila, were picked specifically for their ability to perform in the face of...

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Pan Seared Ribeye with Shallots Agrodolce

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Pan Seared Ribeye with Shallots Agrodolce

From Pre-Covid Travels Experiencing culinary delights while you travel, creates forever lasting memories. I had the pleasure of spending Valentine's Day with my wife while she was judging wines for Anivin in Paris, France this year. We treated ourselves to a private cooking session with a local chef using local market ingredients. This recipe was inspired by my recent trip, and check out my inclusion of a frying pan, Papiette (loose pocket) and tenderization process for the meat below. The Agrodolce brings a sweet and sour element by utilizing honey and vinegar.  For this longer cooked meat, we recommend a balanced...

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