The Best Wine To Pair With Fish

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Fish is one of the best foods for the body. Nourishing, healthy for the heart and with the vitamins and minerals needed to be well. As it should be consumed all year, it goes well with some drinks, such as wine.

White wine

This wine is perfectly suitable for fish. In fact, it is usually consumed with paellas, seafood and whitefish. For whitefish, precisely, with albariño or sauvignon blanc wines. The fruity, fresh and aromatic white wines are the best as well as the Verdejo. Muscat grapes are also highly prized in the kitchen, especially in all kinds of fish.

Rosé wines

Along with white wine, rosé is another perfect choice when we eat fish, both whitefish and oily fish. For example, cod or salmon can be combined with powerful rosé wines. As we will also choose mullets when we want a good rosé wine.

Red wines

Yes, red wines are also suitable for fish. Especially for oily fish and raw tuna, young red wines are recommended. If they have a fruity taste, much better. Smoked fish are also a good match for red wines, by enhancing the flavour of this type of fish.

Wines for seafood

Mention aside are the wines that are suitable for seafood. For example, oysters match well with white and sparkling wines, especially dry cava. Crustaceans can be paired with slightly more acidic wines.

On the other hand, octopus dishes need a more powerful wine, such as red wine. In recent times, the pairing of wine and fish is having a good acceptance among wine lovers. It is not always known which wine is good for each fish.

 

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El Molar 2016 stands out like a shiny diamond for its fruity touch. 

Mulled Wine: 4 Recipes Against The Cold

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The Traditionalist:

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 60g of demerara sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Grated nutmeg
  • 1 orange, halved
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 60ml Damson Gin 

Preparation:

  1. Put the wine in a saucepan with the orange, sugar, bay leaf and the spices.
  2. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Add sugar according to your taste.
  3. Turn off the heat, stir in the sloe or damson gin.
  4. Strain into heatproof glasses and serve at once.

Easy Mulled Wine

Ingredients:

  • 1 litre of dry red wine
  • 2 (5cm) cinnamon sticks
  • 1 dessertspoon whole cloves
  • 1 dessertspoon whole allspice
  • 1 large piece orange rind
  • 1 large piece lemon rind
  • sugar

Preparation.

  1. In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine the red wine, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, lemon rind and orange rind.
  2. Heat gently, then stir in 2 tablespoons of the sugar
  3. Once dissolved, taste to see if you’d like to add more.
  4. Keep hot on medium to low heat for 20 minutes to let the flavours infuse the wine
  5. Serve your mulled wine hot in glasses or mugs.

Jamie’s mulled wine

Ingredients:

  • 2 clementines
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 fresh bay leaves
  • 1 whole nutmeg

Preparation:

  1. Peel large sections of peel from the clementines, lemon and lime using a speed-peeler.
  2. Put the sugar in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the pieces of peel and squeeze in the clementine juice.
  3. Add the cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and about 10 to 12 gratings of nutmeg. Halve the vanilla pod lengthways and add to the pan, then stir in just enough red wine to cover the sugar.
  4. Let this simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved into the red wine, then bring to the boil. Keep on a rolling boil for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until you’ve got a beautiful thick syrup. 
  5. When your syrup is ready, turn the heat down to low and add your star anise and the rest of the wine.
  6. Gently heat the wine and after around 5 minutes, when it’s warm and delicious, ladle it into heatproof glasses and serve.

Cider Mulled Wine

Ingredients:

  • 1 (750 ml) bottle juicy light red wine, such as Beaujolais
  • 4 ounces brandy
  • 2 cups fresh apple cider
  • 2 star anise pods
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks; plus 6 more for serving (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Bring wine, brandy, apple cider, star anise, cloves, and 2 cinnamon sticks to a boil in a medium saucepan.
  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer until flavours are infused, about 15 minutes.
  3. Divide among mugs, garnish with 6 cinnamon sticks
  4. Serve after a couple of hours

 

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Sangre de Toro 2016, a classical Spanish one

 
 
 
 
 

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Montalbera Ruché Di Castagnole Monferrato la Tradizione 2015

New World Wines: A Quick Overview

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Recently, the wines of the New World are blossoming and start to be able to compete with those of the Old World, which refers to the most traditional places in terms of wine culture.

When we talk about wines from the New World, we mean wines from areas outside Europe’s vineyards or, as we have specified above, from the lands that have normally produced wine, such as Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, the Balkan countries and the United Kingdom.

The New World wines that are becoming more popular today come from places like Argentina, Chile, the United States, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, among others.

Wines from these countries have some different features from the latter, they have stronger colours, they are warm, ripe fruit flavoured… and they are totally conditioned by the climate of each particular country, normally warmer than the ones of the Old World.

Those from Argentina can already be found in restaurants worldwide and have a great success. One must think that it is the largest producer of wine in Latin America and the fifth largest producer in the world, so its importance is great. They are wines with an intense colour and body. Canada has been producing wine for many years. They are usually table wines, elaborated with grapes such as Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Gamey and Merlot.

It is not strange to see Australian wines in many corners of our country. They are flavoured wines. Australia is the sixth largest wine producer in the world, the Riesling and Semillon grape varieties stand out, and they elaborate them from European noble varieties.

South African wines are very special. The country currently has a vineyard area of a roundabout of 100,000 hectares and they are mainly made from white grape varieties. They are heavily popular and sold in many places. In a great part of the country they enjoy similar climates to the Mediterranean, so their flavours are also similar.

 

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Dieter Meier Puro Malbec 2016, Ojo de Vino elaborates this Dieter Meier Puro Malbec 2016 (£11.97), a red wine from the region of Mendoza with the best Malbec grapes from the 2016 vintage

 

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Buitenverwachting Sauvignon Blanc Constantia 2017, a white wine made of sauvignon blanc of 2017 and comes with an alcohol content of 13%. 

Best Wine for Chinese Takeout

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Sparkling wines, in general, are the best pairing for this type of cuisine because their taste can contrast the taste of soy and rice balls. With rice, we can also integrate the semi-dry red wines and the Merlot variety.

White wines are perfect to refresh the mouth with some fried dishes, sauces and noodles or seaweed. They go very well with fish, vegetables and legumes, which usually represent Chinese cuisine.

Among the varieties of white wines to enhance the flavours of Chinese food, we find Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

Regarding meat dishes like Peking duck, chicken or veal, always joined by spices, a young red wine is a perfect option. In this case, the best-known wines are Rioja and Ribera del Duero. Enjoy a duck with wines like Monastrell and Bobal, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, amongst many others.

For spicy food, sweet varieties make the better pairing. You should rather grab a Gewürztraminer or a Sauvignon Blanc.

 

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Algueira Cortezada 2016, the power of Albariño

 
 
 
  

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Pata Negra Gran Reserva 2007, un tinto clásico

DO Valdepeñas: Second Best-selling Wines in Spain

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Wines from the Valdepeñas Denomination of Origin have long stood out, especially in Spain, where they do it strongly: according to the Spanish Observatory of the Wine Market and the Market Trends report, this DO has reached the second position in wine sales among all Spanish Denominations of Origin in the food channel last year. This represents a market share of 12.7%. When analysing data coming from the hospitality channel, DO Valdepeñas is in the fourth position, also positive.

Increasing exports

These wines also increase their exports, with over 31.2 million bottles sold last year. The DO itself reported that sales abroad increased by 4.2% when compared to the previous year (2015).

The main target countries of DO Valdepeñas are Germany, United Kingdom, China, Czech Republic, Japan and Russia. The DO itself declares that its wines are increasingly found abroad, having a great international vocation.

Therefore, during 2017, a good part of its budgets for international promotion have been allocated in a series of markets, defined as a priority and of great potential. This has been possible by participating in trade shows, actions abroad and with direct contact with the professional public.

DO Valdepeñas

This DO is located in the south of Castilla-La Mancha and covers 22,000 hectares of vineyards, some of them century-old, cared by over 2,500 farmers. It is one of the oldest Denominations of Origin. Although its official origin is 1932, the wine production in the area is dated back in the 5th century BC.

Its production area covers ten municipalities: Valdepeñas, Alcubillas, Moral de Calatrava, San Carlos del Valle, Santa Cruz de Mudela, Torrenueva, part of Torre de Juan Abad, Granátula de Calatrava, Alhambra and Montiel. Its wines (great reserves, reserves and even Crianza) are exported to over 100 countries. 

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Berberana Carta de Plata, powerful aromas of oak, with a smooth passage in mouth.

 

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Pasion Blue Chardonnay (blue wine) 2015: a non-traditional kind of wine is hitting the market in the UK: yes, it is blue and totally legit. 

The Benefits of Social Drinking

 TAGS:undefinedDrinking is a social act that has now become a ritual to do in good company. Some studies show that social drinkers have more friends and emotional support in various situations of life. Social drinking can have a great effect on people’s well-being since it is related to social activities such as laughter, singing and dancing, which strengthens our social ties.

In years, the link between alcohol and the release of endorphins has also been shown, which is particularly relevant. But, of course, alcohol must be enjoyed with moderation. In fact, the activation of endorphins not only makes us more relaxed but also might tune the immune system, as it would be a musical instrument. 

Drinking is definitely a social connector because it provides two potential social benefits: first of all, because moderate alcohol consumption increases psychological well-being and also favours directly or indirectly the building of close personal and social ties.

The latest research has shown that moderate alcohol consumption can have beneficial effects on cognition, including social cognition. Of course, we have to point that a healthy attitude towards alcohol consumption has grown up recently to prevent the abuse. And this is also a positive example for family and friends.

Healthy advises:

  • Do not combine food and drinks with snacks, especially when you are out with friends.
  • Do not use a carbonated beverage instead of the water between each drink.
  • Drinking quality wine instead of cheap wine.
  • Do not drink alone.
  • Do not drink if you are thinking of driving or during work.

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Luc Belaire Brut Rosé, soft and  velvety in mouth

 

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Casal Mendes Branco, a fresh and brightly white

Alcohol Abuse in Adolescents Can Affect the Brain

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A recent study by the University of Eastern Finland and the University Hospital of Kuopio has seen a “critical thinking” in young people who were heavy drinkers of alcohol during their teenage years.

The results of the research, published in the journal Addiction, reveal that parts of the brain that develop before the age of 20 may be disrupted as a result of abuse of alcoholic beverages.

The study was performed using magnetic resonance imaging techniques applied to the brain structure of healthy youngsters that were alcohol users during their adolescence. They also tested control subjects of the same age that were light drinkers. Through three transverse phases performed at the same time. Over 10 years, with ages between 13 and 18 years at the beginning of the investigation.

All participants had good academic results and did not show appreciable differences in mental health problems, while drinkers had not been diagnosed with any alcohol abuse disorder. However, significant statistical differences between the two groups were observed.

Among “drinkers” there is a decrease in the volume of gray matter in the anterior cingulate cortex (an area of the brain involved in functions such as regulation of blood pressure and heart rate, and certain functions of higher level, such as reward anticipation, decision making, impulse control and emotion), as well as in the right insula (also linked to the latter functions of higher level).

According to the researchers, the excessive consumption of alcohol can interrupt the maturation process of the areas mentioned, particularly important in the control of impulses and in the sensitivity to the negative subjective effects of alcohol, so that these changes of volume can play an important role in the development of a substance use disorder later in life.

The exact mechanism behind these structural changes is not known, but it appears that some of them may be reversible if alcohol consumption is significantly reduced. And, as always, from Uvinum we recommend – a moderate and responsible consumption of alcohol. Relax and enjoy the pleasure of a glass of good wine without overdoing it.

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Barbazul 2013

 

 

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Pruno 2014

Back To School Cocktails

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Summer is ending, we have to go back to work and our children back to school. At least one reason to celebrate, right? Maybe if you’re a parent, but as a teacher, you might need a little cheer-up. In both cases, we have some fun cocktail suggestions for you to help get over autumn. 

The Teacher’s Aid

We’re talking about an after-school cocktail to help you recover and recharge your batteries after a long day at school or the office. Its unusual mix addresses those who look for a peculiar taste, something that awakens your senses.

Ingredients:

  • Some bubbly brut rosé
  • Cane sugar cubes
  • Cranapple juice
  • Ginger ale
  • An apple to garnish

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Fever Tree Ginger Ale

 

 

The Teacher’s Pet

The teacher’s pet is not the smartest girl or boy in school, it’s this cocktail. Teacher’s Pet is perfect for anyone who wants to relax without trying anything too strong. His recipe is easy and his benefits are many.

Ingredients:

  • Green Tea
  • Vodka
  • Ice

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Cîroc Vodka 1L

 

 

Summer Ain’t Over

Living in the past is one of your passions? Lean back, ignore reality and act like summer would never end. Fresh and fruity, tastes like the Carribean.

Ingredients:

  • Iced tea
  • Lemonade
  • 4 shots of vodka
  • 2 cups of raspberries
  • Mint

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Firestarter Vodka

 

 

No Sleep Tonight

This is definitely the drink made for those who really need support during the nights when sleeping is forbidden. We’re talking about a cocktail that can easily replace coffee, especially when temperatures are hot and you want to feel something fresh and sweet. 

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 ounces of Bourbon
  • 0.75 ounces of lemon juice
  • 0.75 ounces of hazelnut and caramel syrup
  • 2 bar spoons of coffee liqueur

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Michter’s Small Batch Bourbon 75cl

 

 

See? Your return to reality doesn’t have to be that hard. Enjoy your cocktail but be careful, only one at a time. Cheers!

Tips to bubble lovers

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If you consider yourself a lover of cava, champagne and other sparkling wines, we want to give you some ideas so that your taste for sparkling wine expands and you discover new flavors, aromas, forms and experiences that this type of wine can offer you:

1. Give an English Sparkling Wine a Chance

If you have not done it, we recommend that you do it as soon as the opportunity presents itself. The English sparkling wine has had very good reception and positive trend during recent times and can be found in different places. It is made in the same way as Champagne.

2. Attend a tasting event

If you have never been to an event of this type, treat yourself to a course or a tasting specialized in sparkling wine. You will have fun, you will love it and you will learn a lot of things about the bubbles.

3. Visit a vineyard

It is something you should see at least once at some point in life. In fact, there probably is a vineyard very close to you without you knowing it. Whether in Spain, Italy or France, get lost in some of the regions specializing in sparkling wine.

4. Get out of your comfort zone

It is very pleasing to find a good sparkling wine that makes us “click” to think that “is ours”, but we can not or should not be limited to just one sparkling wine. There are many wines of this type all over the world, why not try some of them?

5. Simply pamper yourself!

Enjoying champagne is considered a luxury and should only be enjoyed on “special occasions”. Put aside those paradigms and enjoy a delicious glass of sparkling wine whenever you feel like doing it.

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Anna de Codorniu Blanc de Blancs Brut Reserva

 

 

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Pol Roger Brut Réserve

6 Bars From Movies To Remember

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It’s clear that bars are part of our lives, so much so that they are often a theatre of important moments, something that the film could not capture, as happened with all the real or imaginary events imagined by its creators.

There are many signs that the seventh art collects in taverns, pubs, bars, cafes, and other buildings, and these are the most important ones.

1. The Mos Eisley Cellar

It is impossible for a Star Wars fan not to listen to the song you hear in the scene in the cellar of the planet Tatooine when you see a picture of it. This is the place where Ben Kenobi and Luke Skywalker recruit Han Solo and Chewbacca for their adventures and where the Jedi Master uses his laser sword for the first time.

2. Bob’s Country Bunker

Every bar that has a metal canvas to avoid bottling deserves to be visited. This is the case of the anthrax that includes the adventures of the famous Blues Brothers in the same film with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.

3. The Golden Hall of the Overlook Hotel

Here we start to see how Jack Nicholson goes head to head in some of Shining’s key scenes, the disturbing film directed by the great director Stanley Kubrick in 1980.

4. The Prancing Pony

Nothing better than a couple of pints of beer to start the biggest adventure ever experienced by the four hobbits in the county. Here are Aragorn (aka Strider) and the little hairy heroes in the movie adaptation of The Lord of the Rings.

5. Jack Rabbit’s Slim

Probably one of Quentin Tarantino’s most memorable Pulp Fiction scenes takes place in this typically American location: it is a dancing dinner where John Travolta and Uma Thurman give free vent to their passion for dance and smoothies.

6. Rick Café Americain

In this small review could not miss the most famous disco of Casablanca, which saw the birth of the passionate love between Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in the 1942 film, as well as hosting the piano that Sam “sounded again.”

 

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Coppola Diamond Chardonnay 2013

 

 

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Francis Ford Coppola Zinfandel Diamond Collection 2014