TLTV Blog: Lotus Lessons

Welcome to the official blog of The Lotus & The Vines. The blogs below are specifically crafted for you! 

TLTV’s Winter Red Wine Guide: Part 1

By: Larissa Dubose, Resident Wine Educator, The Lotus & The Vines If you’re like me, then you’re a seasonal drinker when it comes to Wine. We enjoy crisp, light white Wines in the spring and summer months, and fuller-bodied red Wines in the winter months. Of course, we can’t forget about our beloved Champagnes and Rosés, these are year-round indulgences 😊. Now that we’ve settled into the colder temperatures, follow this quick guide to some

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Art Basel Miami 2018: When the Vine met Art

By: Larissa Dubose, Resident Wine Educator, The Lotus & The Vines Fine wine and art are synonymous with culture, class, refinement, and The Elite. Both are highly sought after as collectibles among the wealthy, and those with lofty aspirations of success and financial gain. They are status symbols, and we all got a peek of just how much Wine is coveted amongst the “NBA Secret Wine Society” with this article published in February 2018. My passion

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The Other Side of WSET Level 3

Larissa Dubose, Resident Wine Educator, The Lotus & The Vines   Disclaimer: If you are currently studying for, or considering WSET Level 3, this post is to ensure that you are thoroughly prepared.  Have you ever walked out of an exam, and second guessed yourself so much that you weren’t sure why you even showed up in the first place? That was Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Level 3 for me. My almost 10

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Wine Tips & Tricks: The TLTV Way

Every trade has tips and tricks and Wine Friends, and we have some for you! Whether it’s saving your favorite white button down from a happy hour foul or uncovering “safe” wines for wine lovers of all levels, we’re sharing 10 tips we’ve learned over the years. Keep your palate and your mind open. The only way you can expand your palate is to try wines you haven’t had before. You can read about a

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Our “Secret” Sangria Sensation Recipes

  So imagine this, you and your girlfriends or homeboys get together to share the latest “tea” or celebrate another boss-style work week all over a new wine that you picked up. As the beautifully colored wine makes its way into the glass, you can almost taste it. And then…you take a sip and surprisingly it really didn’t “do much” for you. After the third sip, you and your Wine-loving company share disapproving glances. Now

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Wine Vocab with TLTV

What’s a seat at the Worldwide Wine Table without being able to “talk the talk?” We’ve compiled this list of popular Wine terms for you to use out and about, and have added a “Wine with the Vine” section under the terms to help you integrate these into your next Wine Night! This section either includes direct quotes you can use or other methods of application. Acidity: Can be used to describe both red and

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Wine is My Passport

By: Larissa Dubose, Resident Wine Educator I’m currently flying back home to Atlanta from a whirlwind trip to Barcelona, Paris, and a bonus day trip to the Champagne Wine Region of France! All of this History, Wine-ing and Dining has inspired me to finally write my first Blog post as The Lotus & The Vine’s Resident Wine Educator. A Wine-derful Love Story For those of you just getting to know me…Hi! My name is Larissa,

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Wine is Sexy

By: Larissa Dubose, Resident Wine Educator Wine Has an Allure of its Own… I’m still trying to figure out if it’s the unique combination of culture, power, and history, or the memories it can create from quality time spent with friends and loved ones that makes wine so captivating. Perhaps, it’s the escape from the “real world” it provides at a much-anticipated happy hour or during a bubble bath after a long day – Or,

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Wine Knowledge is POWERful

By: Larissa Dubose, Resident Wine Educator Welcome back Wine Friends and soon-to-be Wine Connoisseurs. I’m glad to be sharing the second of four reasons of why I Looooveee Wine so much! Check out the first reason, Wine Is My Passport, here. I’m a strong believer and have witnessed the power of Wine knowledge. Culturally, many people of color were not exposed to Wine growing up. Whether it was for religious purposes, lack of access, income,

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Wine Gifting: TLTV Has You Covered

Wine gifting isn’t just for the holidays – it’s for Mondays, Wednesdays, birthdays, graduations, retirements, new cars…you get it! While there’s no Wine Gift Giving bible (just yet), our experience in the industry has offered up some pretty helpful gifting lessons. We sat down with our Resident Wine Educator Larissa to answer some of your most-pressing questions.  Q: What are some Wines that you consider “safe” to gift? A: The safest wine to gift is

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