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Love is also shared in drinks

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They say that two who live together end up having the same tastes, even in drinks. In a study, published in the behavioural science journal Appetite, researchers from the University of Wrocław in Poland and the University of Dresden in Germany tested the aroma and flavour preferences of 100 heterosexual couples whose relationships ranged from three months to 45 years . They discovered that the longer the couples had been together, the more similar their preferences were.

Organization of the study

The study was based on each participant smelling 38 aroma samples, which included fragrances such as eucalyptus, butanol, orange, smoked meat and caramel. The researchers also dissolved samples of each of the five basic flavours: sweetness (10 grams of D-sucrose), sourness (5 grams of citric acid), saltiness (7.5 grams of NaCl), bitterness (0.05 grams of quinine hydrochloride) and umami (10 g of sodium glutamate). The participants were asked to rate each aroma and flavour sample from 1 (“I like it a lot”) to 5 (“I do not like it at all”).

The more time together, the more similarity in taste

The study examined not only how preferences might be affected by the longevity of a relationship, but also how they might be influenced by how happy the couple was. Happy couples did not have more similar preferences compared to those that were less satisfied. However, greater satisfaction in the relationships had a slightly negative correlation with similar smell preferences.

It is logical that the more years (and bottles of wine) a couple has shared, the preferences end up adapting to each other. The study concluded that even in an unhappy relationship, especially if the couple lives together, it is likely that the couples still smell and eat the same things out of habit, need or convenience.

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Couples who drink together are happier

But there is more, because a new study from the University of Michigan states that couples who drink together are happier. Researchers have interviewed 2,700 married couples and analysed how much and how they drink. The conclusions were that the 2 members were more likely to consider themselves happy in their relationship when they shared these habits than those who remained sober while the other consumed alcohol, and vice-versa.

There are still many studies to be conducted to fully understand why the tastes of couples are aligned, but for now, why not use it as another great reason to spend time with our partner and our favourite bottle of wine?

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Esters, the substance responsible for the pleasant taste of wine

Wine has many flavours and the esters are responsible for them by being substances that are formed by the combination of an organic acid and an alcohol. Therefore, they give pleasant smells and flavours to wine. Let’s learn a little more about esters.

What are the esters of wine and how do they form?

Such flavours and aromas are associated with fruity and delicate flavours, such as banana, raspberry and pineapple, for example, among many others, and they are detected in fruity wines. In total, more than 160 esters have been identified in wine, and many of them are produced in concentrations below our sensory threshold. When they are together, some esters can create a totally different aroma than the one they possess individually, while the presence of one can greatly affect the intensity of another.

wine esters

It should be noted that a large majority of esters produced in wine are created during fermentation. Esters tend to be much less stable than these other aromas and reach their intensity at the end of the fermentation, when they dominate the character of a wine, but they degrade almost completely during the first year of the wine’s life and do not leave a long term mark.

Esters, in addition, tend to be more aromatic than alcohols, acids and aldehydes. During fermentation, yeasts produce fruity esters or short-chain esters, and heavier esters, which are the long-chain esters. The first ones are produced in low temperature fermentations and some examples are the Riesling and Chardonnay wines.

Formation of esters is quite complex because it depends on numerous reactions between multiple compounds. In general, esters are formed from reactions between alcohols (mainly superior alcohols) created by yeasts and components (usually fatty or organic acids) from grapes.

wine esters

In addition to using aromatic yeasts, winemakers can also use carbonic maceration to achieve high levels of esters during fermentation. In addition to the yeast, the fermentation temperature is another important factor in the amount and type of esters produced, as well as the degree of retention in the wine.

For example, a winemaker who wants to create wines with high ester content will usually use an aromatic yeast, clear the must and then ferment the wine at a temperature as cold as the yeast can tolerate. It is not surprising that wine professionals discuss the impact of wild and commercial strains on fermentation.

Water that tastes like wine (and doesn’t get you drunk)

A company from Cerdedo-Cotobade, in the province of Pontevedra, has developed a water that tastes like wine. It can be amazing and almost miraculous (like when Jesus turned the jars of water into wine), but it is a matter of biology. Let’s learn more about the water that tastes like wine.

Vida Gallaecia, water with a wine flavour

This company, called Líquido Gallaecia, has counted, to elaborate this water, with the collaboration of Misión Biológica de Salcedo, and the result is an enriched water, with a wine flavour, that doesn’t get you drunk (it doesn’t carry alcohol) and doesn’t get you fat (it almost don’t have calories because it is water). Its name is Vida Gallaecia.

wine flavoured water

This product is a novelty that will be talked about a lot and that marks a before and after in this kind of beverages. In addition, it has been presented together with the State Agency of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), because this drink has been made thanks to years of study, commitment and research.

The basis of this study, which began in 2016, was to find ways to enrich the water with the flavonols present in the grape, and also with waste from the wine making of the Godello variety. Although they have specified that later they want to expand this water with other varieties of grapes, their commercial formula has not been revealed. The water, as if it were wine, comes in both white and red varieties, and can be made with or without gas. Its creators have given hints of its development: totally natural and without the intervention of chemical solvents. And this is because its base comes from Galician springs.

wine flavoured water

A healthy drink

We can say that it is a healthy water because flavonols provide a diversity of properties, such as antioxidants, the protection of the heart, the improvement of the skin… and it prevents some diseases such as diabetes. And it is also a pioneer beverage since it is the first wine flavoured water.

This water, which is increasingly gaining popularity, was presented in Madrid and has also travelled to Japan, at the Foodex fair. And for now, a Japanese airline is interested in distributing it on its flights. To call this hybrid, they have named it flavoured water. At the moment we can not test the water because it has not been yet released, but everything is ready for it to be. In the meantime, we can always enjoy good wines…

Exotic wines are on the rise

Global wine market is constantly changing. In addition to the usual grapes, there seems to be a tendency to consume rather unknown grapes, which therefore produce exotic wines. These are more authentic grapes and have not been heavily manipulated in the production process.

Why exotic wines are fashionable

Millennial current

Apparently, millennials are strong consumers of wine. This generation, always hyperconnected, shows the wines they drink on the social media, and what they want, in part, is to differentiate themselves from their parents, who opt for more classic grapes: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Being different

Another reason is because “different” is a trend. And for this reason, they prefer rather rare and indigenous grapes, and also historical varieties that at some point were almost forgotten, but that have resurfaced again.

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Experimentation of the wineries

As “different” is fashionable, more and more wineries dare to experiment with new varieties, many of them brought from different countries. Then some producers are responsible for the exotic wines being increasingly on the rise.

Some examples

Some exotic varieties that we can find on the market are Petit Verdot, which comes from Bordeaux, cradle of wine. It is a variety that gives an aromatic profile and offers colour and spicy notes. We are also hearing a lot about Bonarda, an autochthonous grape from Savoy, France, which brings a very dark colour to the wines. It also offers aromas of red fruits, with soft tannins.

It should be noted that Italy is a country where several hundred indigenous varieties are grown. Abruzzo is the most frequent region, with varieties such as Montepulciano, Trebbiano, Pecorino, Passerina and Cococciola increasingly sought after. In many areas they focus on the organic production of grapes, so the flavours of dry lemon and mineral are the most prominent.

exotic wines

There is also California, where Mourvédre stands out, and here the customers are not so much millennials but middle-aged (47 years average). Georgia is another rising market in this type of exotic wines, followed by Greece, Sicily, Austria and there are also increasingly “rare” varieties in Spain. The good thing is that all kinds of grapes can coexist, from the classic ones to the ones that maybe one day will become more known.

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Wine & Yoga: a rising trend

And yoga and beer, and Pilates and many other drinks. Although it may seem like an eccentric idea, it is a reality and more and more centres and lessons aim at the fashion of wine & yoga, since both concepts are very healthy.

The benefits of yoga are well known, but wine also brings a world of sensations and advantages to take care of the body. So if we unite one thing and the other, the result is magical.

Yoga in the vineyards

It is a new trend that can be interpreted in two ways. On the one hand, places where you can practice yoga and then you drink a glass of relaxedly, and on the other hand, there are several wineries to which health is a main concern where, in addition to enjoying the environment and the vineyards, we can also practice yoga.

Exercise with a glass of wine

It seems that the trend will continue to grow: what is fashionable is not only to go to wineries and relax but also the way of doing exercises and postures (asanas as they are called in the world of yoga) with a glass of wine in hand. This is styled in many places in New York, for example, and as we already said, this also extends to other beverages such as beer.

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In fact, those who love yoga consider it a strange thing, because little yoga can be done while we try to hold the cup and drink at the same time. It’s about doing something different, original and fun. It really serves to socialize with others, and to say that you are doing sports while drinking a glass of wine or a pint of beer.

Benefits of yoga

It is interesting to see how a session of this type is carried out, and even some people say that they are not able to perform some rather complicated postures of yoga if it is not with a sip of wine.

Improving mind and body in a single discipline. It could be a definition of yoga, since among its benefits, we find cardiovascular ones, besides knowing how to handle stress and anxiety thanks to meditation and knowing how to breathe correctly. A study by the American College of Cardiology in Dubai showed that patients with heart disease who practice yoga in addition to aerobic exercise reduce blood pressure, body mass index and cholesterol levels up to twice as much.

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Pairings with Arabic food

Arabic food is characterized by its somewhat spicy and powerful flavour. Unlike other foods, it is not light, but some dishes can reduce this effect of heaviness. Of course, if we eat in excess, we can have digestive problems. Let’s see what are the best pairings with Arabic food.

How to pair Arabic food

It is necessary to counteract the bittersweet, salty, sugary and spicy flavours of this type of recipes with wines that mitigate these flavours, but do not erase them, because they really offer a great richness to the palate. It should also be noted that, traditionally, this food is not accompanied with wine in origin for religious reasons.

White wines

When it comes to pairing some sauces and creams, like the traditional hummus, then it is better to opt for a white wine, because the freshness will lighten the dish, which is usually eaten accompanied by a special bread. In this case, a Chardonnay white wine is recommended.

Another type of white wine to combine with this king of food is the Sauvignon Blanc. It is the choice for shawarma, rice, bulgur, tabouleh or salads with spices. But they are not the only whites that go well with both first and second courses, fruity Verdejo and Rueda are also good choices.

Red wine

This type of wine would be the best choice for meats. And the best ones to pair with Arabic food are the Merlot, Malbec or Rioja wine. They are clear alternatives for this cuisine, since they do not remove that characteristic and appreciated spicy touch. Red wines are also a sure bet for lamb dishes.

The Carménère wine, of French strain, for example, features a fine aroma of herbs, hints of fruit, and notes of green and red paprika. This is why it is recommended by many specialists to bring out that spices are clear protagonists of such dishes. Thus, both young and aged reds are recommended, with flavours and aromas of nuts or cherries and nuances of vanilla.

Rosé wine

For some rices, especially those made with vegetables, it is a good choice to opt for a young rosé.

Sherry

This wine offers an optimal counterpoint to many oriental dishes, especially from the Arabic cuisine. It goes well for chicken curry, as well as for the traditional tajine that usually comes with vegetables, fish, chicken, rice and many other ingredients.

Beer

Some dishes like kebab are not usually combined with wine. For this and other dishes, somewhat faster to cook and eat, beer could be the best choice, because its freshness provides a variety of nuances to the palate.

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The taste presented on the palate is sweet, fresh and in perfect harmony with tasty red fruit notes and a pleasant tingling in the end.

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Chocolate and wine delay ageing

Two of the most precious pleasures of this life, chocolate and wine, can preserve us from ageing. A research published in the journal BMC Cell Biology shows that human cells can be rejuvenated, if we eat and drink both (always in moderation). Let’s discover why.

Resveratrol, an antioxidant against ageing

Although studies have already emerged pointing to this claim, this recent research shows that chemicals similar to resveratrol, which is an antioxidant found in several plants and some foods, such as cocoa or grapes, bring youth to the skin.

The study, conducted by researchers at the Universities of Exeter and Brighton (UK), and led by professors of molecular genetics, found that by adding resveratrol-like substances to the ageing of human cells, it not only made older cells look younger, but they also began to divide again, as young cells would.

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The researchers explained that they repeated the experiments several times and, in each case, the cells were rejuvenated. So the research reaffirms that both cocoa and wine, are powerful antioxidants that regenerate our cells and slow down the ageing of skin.

Benefits of chocolate

As we see, then, thanks to antioxidants, chocolate transforms the skin and leaves it younger and smoother. It is therefore known that aesthetic treatments of “chocotherapy” for the body allow to leave the epidermis in much better shape.

But, in addition, chocolate is good for the heart, since the Spanish Society of Dietetics and Food Sciences, SEDCA, tells us that dark chocolate is what gives us the most nutrients and lowers blood pressure.

At a psychological level, doctors establish that a normal portion of chocolate has a high psychopharmacological activity. Therefore it is recommended to combat depression or sadness because it activates the “hormone of happiness”, while giving us energy and well-being. As we say, dark cocoa is the best for health, although we can not abuse it either.

Properties of wine

Especially red wine has a lot of properties. On the one hand, as grapes contain antioxidant polyphenols, they bring youth to our skin. But it also helps fighting against free radicals, increases good cholesterol, protects the heart, and relaxes us. Like chocolate, it even provides energy by releasing endorphins.

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Wine should be consumed in moderation, although the Mediterranean diet includes it and it is advisable to have a glass of wine per day.

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Trends in cocktails for 2019

Trends in cocktails 2019

The world of cocktails is one of the most evolved in the last five years. As happens in gastronomy, it uses new techniques to find much more special and tasty flavours. Km0, creation and design, and quite strange combination, at first glance, are among the trends in cocktails for 2019.

Km0 and proximity

In the same way as in gastronomy, the mixology that already enters fully into this sector, requires professionals who are inspired by nature. In this way, it will be a trend for this 2019 that bartenders have their own gardens or their proximity producers to respond to more natural demands. Fresh, seasonal and quality product is also a trend in the cocktail world.

Signature cocktails

Like restaurant chefs, bartenders are emerging and there are already recognized names in this world. This is because they know how to improvise, create and provide new textures and flavours, so that signature cocktails and even personalized cocktails for each king of consumer is another trend that consumers demand.

Classics don’t die

Despite the fact that new, extra-natural flavours are being sought, classic cocktails are always served. We are talking about the daiquiri, Martini, San Francisco and, of course, the gin and tonic. So, gin goes on while vodka and tequila go up to make various mixes.

100% natural drinks

As we see, natural is a must. The Technomic Beverage Report 2018 mentions that 67% of consumers say they are more likely to buy beverages that are 100% natural or artisan instead of other high-calorie products.

Trends in cocktails 2019

Culinary cocktails

Another trend in mixology are the culinary cocktails. The best bars in the world already opt for gastro-products, such as foie gras or sweets, in special combinations with beverages that match perfectly with them.

More cocktail bars

Restaurants with cocktails and vice-versa are an upward trend. We see it in Spain, with Barcelona at the top, and evidently in many other countries. Cocktails are consumed with meals, with dinners and -relaxedly- at more nocturnal hours. While ‘speak-easy’ establishments or clandestine bars are fashionable again. Consumers want experiences, surprises and corners where they feel special.

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The most successful wines in 2018

From abroad, Spanish, classic denominations of origin and innovative wines. Know which are, for one reason or another, the most successful wines in 2018.

Rías Baixas

During this 2018, the wines of the DO Rías Baixas have strongly triumphed. They are among the most awarded whites this year, globally. They have obtained 266 awards and 25 accolades after participating in 30 official competitions. The Bacchus 2018, where 8 gold and 16 silver bacchus were achieved, are among the most important awards, according to the regulatory council itself. Its little brother, the Bacchus 2017, which is a biennial contest, awarded 3 great gold baccus, 15 gold baccus and 8 silver to Rías Baixas.

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In the international arena, the governing body of the appellation of origin highlights the three great gold, four golds, 22 silvers, 51 bronzes and 4 accolades in the Decanter awards and, also, 1 great gold, 1 gold, 17 silvers, 24 bronzes and 19 accolades, from the International Wine Challenge. While other international competitions in which the wines of the Rías Baixas appellation of origin received numerous awards are the Challenge International du Vin, with 24 prizes (8 golds and 16 silvers), the Mundus Vini 2018, with 18 awards (6 golds and 12 silvers) and the Concours International du Vin (1 great gold, 7 gold, and 9 silvers).

Italian wines

Wine Spectator experts have established two Italian wines, among many others, as some of the best wines in the world in 2018. One of them is Bolgheri-Sassicaia Sassicaia 2015 from Tenuta San Guido, made with Cabernet Sauvignon (86%) and Cabernet Franc (15%), fermented in stainless steel tanks and later aged in French oak barrels (one third new barrels) for a period of 24 months. And also the Chianti Classico Riserva 2015 from Castello di Volpaia, in the region of Tuscany, made with ecological grapes of the Sangiovese variety, from eight different plots.

Castilla y León

Within Spain, the various regions are bringing novelties to the world of wine. Specifically, the wines of Castilla y León reached 26% of the market share in Spain while they triumphed abroad with exports that exceeded 215 million euros in 2017. And this 2018 they have been even more successful. For example, this wines achieved five of the eleven Golden Zarcillo this year, within the 2018 Zarcillo International Wine Competition.

most successful wines in 2018

An example of wine is Clunia Tempranillo 2014, which received 91 points from the prestigious American magazine Wine Enthusiast. This 100% Tempranillo is a smooth, harmonious, elegant wine, but with enough character to show that it comes from an extraordinary place. In addition, it has received the admiration of awards and criticism of his wines, not only from the Peñín Guide, but also from the key publications, experts and competitions on the international scene, such as Wine Spectator, Decanter World Wine Awards, Tempranillos al Mundo, or the CIVAS contest (International Wine Competition AkataVino Sommeliers of Spain).

Sale record for a French wine

French wines have continued to emerge this year. And during the month of October, a bottle of Romanee-Conti wine from 1945 was auctioned for a record price of $ 558,000 by the Sotheby’s house in New York. The final price was 17 times higher than the initial estimate of $ 32,000 from the auction house for this French wine. Romanee-Conti is the best Burgundy wine, and in the Cote de Nuits region, it covers less than two hectares, producing between 5,000 and 6,000 bottles per year.

Wine of Toro

It is another DO of high category and excellent quality. It has beaten in 2018 the sales record of its history, by reaching 13.7 million bottles marketed with the seal of this DO, which includes vineyards around the Douro River in the east of the province of Zamora and west of Valladolid.

The volume of business has increased by 3.5% compared to 2017, with 13,722,500 bottles with the back label that certifies the membership of this wine appellation of origin, as reported by the Wine regulatory council of Toro.

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Sassicaia 2015

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Quinta Hinojal Tempranillo 2014

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Healthier habits around drinking among young people in the UK

According to a study published in the British journal BMC Public Health, focused on youth habits, a decline in alcohol consumption among young adults (aged 16-24) has been observed for some years. Of the nearly 100,000 young people surveyed, 29% regard themselves as non-drinkers, when in 2005 the figure reached just 18%.

Alcohol consumption habits

In 2005, in fact, 43% of young people admitted drinking above the recommended limits, a figure that drops to 28% ten years later. Compulsive consumption has fallen from 27 to 18% in the same period, and levels of abstention have risen from 9 to 17%.

Generalized decline

As the authors of the research said in a post published by the portal The Drinks Business, the growth of non-drinkers among the young population is spread over a wide range of groups, including the inhabitants of the northern and southern regions of England, the white population, full-time students, employees and all kinds of social classes. This growth indicates that abstinence from alcohol is becoming a trend that could find its origin in cultural factors.

Alcohol consumption habits

This behaviour is becoming more socially acceptable, while the risky behaviours associated with compulsive use are being placed outside of normalcy. This confirms the data offered by the World Health Organisation, which show a dramatic decrease in alcohol consumption among English teenagers, compared with other European countries.

The fact is that between 2002 and 2014 there has been a significant reduction in consumption among adolescents, but with very variable figures among countries, giving England the most drastic reduction: while in 2002 50.3% declared drinking weekly, in 2002 the figure was down to 10%.