Wine for couples

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At a romantic dinner, chocolate or oysters can offer a somewhat aphrodisiac effect, and so can wine. There are numerous wines perfect to share between two, beeing white, red or sparkling.

With a white wine you are almost certain og success. Especially if you have pasta, rice or fish. It is best to opt for the white wines that are stronger, dry, and fruity. In this way, they will match both him and her. White wines made with cabernet sauvignon, malvasia and garnacha are recommended. They are usually wines that go well with everything, so if you are going to have wild meat for dinner, they also pair well with white wines.

When it comes to red wine, there are many quality Rioja wines. Actually, this DO offers wines with body and stronger, richer taste. This may be favorable for him but not so much for her, although more and more women enjoy a good, strong red wine.

The red wines are reserved for meat dishes, carpaccios, chocolate desserts. The varieties of garnacha or merlot provide fine wines that are a true pleasure to the pallate and very tasty.

When we are a a date we can allow ourselves to experiment and to taste quality wines. One dont mind to pay a little extra if the bottle is well worth it, whether the dinner is at home or ina restaurant. Anyway, at the moment, there are new good wines for less than 10 euros, which are of great quality and that offer all the characteristics that we need for a perfect pairing.

If what we want is to seduce our partner, then we will opt for the sparkling wines. The bubbles will enhance a sensual and dynamic atmosphere, a perfect choice. They are also perfect for desserts, and as an after dinner drink. And not to forget, the sparkling ones are also the perfect choice as an appetizer before dinner.

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Bollinger Spécial Cuvée Brut

Beyond Beer: Exciting New Drinks for your Offseason

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Rosé Wine

Perfect to enjoy during hot summer days, accompanying appetisers or dinner, a rosé wine is one of the best-rated drinks of the past years. England is currently growing a wine culture that includes rosé wine as a good recommendation for those who are not yet used to drinking wine, those who usually prefer beer. Both the wine’s sweetness and freshness are well-known and highly appreciated all around the globe. In this context, the Maison Aix Rosé 2016 is a very good sample to taste.

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The Maison Aix Rosé 2016 rises from a perfect combination of dedication and passion for wine. With a delicate balance, crispy acidity and its fruity sweetness, he brings a summery taste of the Provence.

 

Cider

Another refreshing beverage is cider, normally served in pubs and restaurants. However, during summer, you can also enjoy it on ice in order to amplify the drink’s refreshing mouthfeel. With a low alcoholic degree, cider makes for a delicious aperitive or dinner companion. One of this summer’s most popular ciders is the Magners Berry from Ireland that reveals a sweet and powerful taste of red berries.

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Magners Berry 50cl is a cider with origins in Ireland. The Uvinum community values the Magners Berry 50cl with 3,5 of 5 points.

 

 

Gin Tonic

We’re talking of one of the most successful cocktails all over the world. More than that, gin is also a typical English product, that means earning a huge response from the British audience during the hot season. It’s the perfect cocktail to enjoy after dinner events in cosy bars and outside. The Bombay Sapphire is one of the world’s most important gin producers telling a great story and showing prestige behind its brand. This gin grants to achieve a proper and powerful gin tonic. Top it off with a slice of lemon, a few peppercorns and a slice of cucumber.

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Bombay Sapphire is a London Dry gin with aromas of Juniper, spicy with citrus notes. It is a great classic that is still the favourite of many gin enthusiasts and comes at a very attractive price.

 

Champagne

The perfect way to finishing a nice dinner is, of course, tasting a delicious champagne. Still an icon in France, champagne has also become an important part of the British drinking culture. With the overwhelming power of his bubbles, the Mumm Brut Selection Grand Cru is one of the best options for enjoying the pleasure of a very good sparkling during summer nights, when even the craziest football fans want to relax from their sports routine.

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G.H. Mumm elaborates this Mumm Brut Sélection Grand Cru, a sparkling wine from Champagne that is made with pinot noir and chardonnay. Uvinum users reviewed this sparkling wine with 3,9 of 5 points.

 

 

10 Things About Cabernet Sauvignon You Didn’t Know

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There is no doubt that Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most talked about grape varieties when it comes to red wines. This strain which comes from the French city of Bordeaux in the 17th century is the result of the crossing between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, hence its name. But there is so much more to the delicious grape, read more about it here: 

  1. Cabernet Sauvignon was the world’s most cultivated variety until the 1990s when the Merlot took over.
  2. It grows very well in very different climates. It’s so noble that it has expanded non-stop throughout the rest of Europe and in the considered countries of the New World (United States, Chile, New Zealand, and Australia).
  3. Wineries in the Napa Valley in California pay more for these grapes than for other varieties in the area. This being very ironic because it’s one of the most produced there, without diminishing its value and price.
  4. It’s the most cultivated grape in Chile. The cold breezes of the Pacific Ocean and the induction effect of the Andes result in wines that are very similar to the reds of Bordeaux. Even French wineries have invested in the region because of its potential.
  5. The red wines based on Cabernet Sauvignon have a lot of body, structure and strong tannins, so it is ideal to pair it with grilled red meats, rabbit, wild boar, lamb and stews, among others.
  6. The whole world loves this variety and China is no exception. Recently a report was released that stated that the Chinese are the biggest consumers of red wine in the world and the Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most popular grapes in this country.
  7. In the United States, it has its own official day: the Thursday before Labor Day, which is celebrated the first Monday of September.
  8. Other names that it’s known for are Vidure, Petit Vidure, Petit Cabernet.
  9. It’s the grape variety that has more reviews in the database of Wine Spectator’s, about 24,000 tasting notes dedicated to Cabernet Sauvignon.
  10. It’s said that the word “Sauvignon” comes from the French “sauvage”, which translates as “wild”, and currently suggests that it was a grape so noble that it grew wild and free in France.

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Juan Gil Etiqueta Azul 2014

 

 

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Sassicaia 2012

How To Celebrate The Queen’s Official Birthday

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The British Royal family is the pillar of England’s culture since the beginnings of the United Kingdom. And it goes without saying that Queen Elizabeth II. is the family’s most important and iconic symbol. This weekend, the whole Commonwealth will celebrate her 65th birthday on the official date since her coronation ceremony. An important milestone in the history of the royal family of which she already is the most long-lived person ruling the country.  

Thus, it is important to know how to celebrate this event following the tastes of the Royal family’s most important member.

1. Not everybody knows that Queen Elizabeth II. is a huge Coca Cola fan. Actually, the most important and widespread soda drink in the world is never missing in the Royal fridges. This is the kind of beverage that can be combined with every type of food and is perfect both for kids and adults.

2. The Queen’s favourite cocktail of the Queen is a sort of invention. Her Majesty really enjoys drinking a cocktail based on gin mixed with Dubonnet, a fortified wine, and a slice of lemon. This drink might not be for everybody thanks to its peculiar taste. But once accustomed to it, Gin Dubonnet is a fresh and pleasant aperitive, and also digestive. You can always soften it out with a splash of soda.

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Dubonnet 75cl, a vermouth from France with an alcoholic strength of 14.8%. The Uvinum community values the Dubonnet 75cl with 4,4 of 5 points.

 

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Bombay Sapphire 1L is a Premium London Dry gin with lovely and smooth aromas of dill, as well as light citric spices.

 

3. Of course, one can’t miss a nice glass of champagne. There’s hardly any drink that delivers such pleasure after a good meal. But above all, this is the main drink to celebrate an important event such as the Queen’s official birthday. Since 1884, Champagne Bollinger has been holding the Royal Warrant, awarded by Queen Victoria, one of the most important rulers of the United Kingdom.

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Bollinger Spécial Cuvée Brut: In 1911, Georges Bollinger’s British agent gave him the idea for the name Special Cuvée. More than a hundred years later, the name of Bollinger’s key figure champagne still symbolises both its expertise and its history.

4. A celebration is not complete without a proper long drink. Of course, in England and especially the Buckingham Palace, there’s no party without gin. Whether Beefeater, Gordon’s or Tanqueray, Prince Harry, the Queen’s grandchild, would be really disappointed without a taste of his favourite drink.

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Beefeater 1L: a gin with roots in England with 40% of alcohol. 4 of 5 points is the average score of this gin according to Uvinum users.

 

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Gin Gordon’s, a gin with roots in England with 37.5% of alcohol strength. At Uvinum, this gin scores an average rate of 4 of 5 points.

 

5. Last but not least, Martini is another classic drink that would cheer up your party. Along with the Dubonnet, it’s a type of vermouth really appreciated by the Queen and her relatives. You can drink it neat, on ice or with vodka. If it’s good enough for the Royals, it’s also good enough for you! 

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Martini Bianco 1L is an aromatic, sweet, soft and very delicate drink, which is why it works as a perfect blend to enjoy all kinds of cocktails or snacks.

 

 

So, what are you waiting for? Just choose your favourite drink and toast as you’d be celebrating it at Buckingham Palace!

Cheerio!

Resveratrol: Could Also Help against Infertility

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Resveratrol, a polyphenol found in grape skins and therefore in wine, has been prooved by a scientific study to be very beneficial against a hormonal problem that 10% of women of reproductive age around the world suffers from: Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS. This is according to the study published in the Endocrine Society Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

The endocrine problem causes women to produce higher levels of testosterone and other androgen hormones such as dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate, DHEAS, which can cause infertility, menstrual irregularities and weight gain, as well as increase risks of diabetes

The study was conducted at a university in Poland where 30 women diagnosed with PCOS underwent tests where one group was given a resveratrol supplement while the other group was given a placebo.

After 3 months of the study, women who consumed resveratrol showed a reduction in testosterone and DHEAS levels by 23.1% and 22.2%, respectively, while the placebo group saw a 2.9% and 10.5% increase. In addition, women under resveratrol showed increased insulin sensitivity throughout the study.

“There are not many treatments for PCOS, and there are those that reduce the ability to conceive,” explains Antoni Duleba of the University of San Diego, “however, resveratrol is a natural substance that does not appear to show any side effects.” “Although it is too early to know whether this treatment will lead to the complete restoration of regular menstrual cycles or if fertility will improve, we have faith that it will soon and we will be safe. The bad news is that to get the resveratrol administered during the test would need to drink 100 to 200 liters of wine a day,” concluded Duleba.

We know that the consumption of resveratrol and other antioxidants contained in red wine can be very beneficial to our health, as long as it is consumed moderately. In the long run, and as more studies continue to confirm the benefits of wine, it is better to continue drinking not to be at risk.

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La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2005

Do you know of Dom Pérignon?

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Dom Pierre Perignon was born in the region of Saint-Menehould, France, in 1638. He is credited with the creation of today’s famous sparkling wines and also of using the cork to cover the bottles. Dom Pierre had severe eye problems, which made his other senses sharpened.

At the age of 29 he was transferred from a convent of monks to the abbey of Hautvilliers, in Champagne, where he was in charge of taking care of the basements of the cellar. One day in 1670 he heard that one of the bottles exploded. With his curiosity, he went to the scene and, while he was on all fours and touched the ground, he managed to taste the liquid of these bottles, which at first he found strange. Motivated by his thirst for knowledge and research, he prepared to open and taste the other bottles, exclaiming at the same time, according to the legend: “I am drinking stars!”

Of course, those stars were nothing other than the air bubbles that had formed due to the fermentation of the sugars and yeasts that were reactivated that day. He knew that the bottles of that crop were not completely resistant and he began to wonder what would happen if they were. And if the bubbles would remain for a longer time using suitable bottles.

Dom Perignon wasted no time and prepared to make stronger bottles. For this, the monk found a serious problem: the cap. The ones used before were made with wax, but he knew that they would not be good enough to achieve a good result and, thus, remembering to have once seen corks of used corks in travelers’ canteens, decided to opt for that way, adding the Peculiar crown of wires that until today we can see.

Such was his research to create the “drink of the stars” that also was in charge of selecting the specific strains to elaborate his product and to have a result of very good quality, which, to date, continues to reproduce strict standards. Dom Pierre Perignon is, therefore one of the most influential people, important and remembered in the vast world of wine.

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Dom Perignon Vintage Rosé 2002

The foods most susceptible to fraud

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Unfortunately, food fraud is a widespread practice around the world today. The substitution of ingredients for cheaper ones is a practice that affects all types of food: from exclusive products that have gained popularity in recent years, to those that make up our daily food consumption.

Even though precautionary measures increase every year to prevent such practices, consumers still need to be prepared to avoid deception. That is why we have made a list of the foods most susceptible to fraud:

  • Ecological foods: Despite consumption and interest in organic food in recent years, a study in the United States found that 40% of foods marketed as ‘organic’ contain pesticides and other traces of products used in The industrial crop.
  • Rice: There are different varieties of rice classified according to grain shape, texture, color and, of course, quality. Precisely, one of the most common deceptions is the sale of rice of inferior quality as if they were others of superiors that share certain attributes; Such as fraudulent risotto rice marketed in the United Kingdom. In some cases, the grains are infused with the resins, reducing their quality from imperceptible to being cooked.
  • Fish: Fish is a food highly susceptible to fraud. Among the most common forms, we find the alteration of the date of fishing in order to sell it as a fresh product, as well as incorrect labelling in which species of lower commercial value are substituted by similar ones with higher commercial value.
  • Fruit Juices: It is no secret that fruit juices usually are diluted with water, as well as containing sweeteners and colorings. In spite of this, many of them bear the label of 100% natural or ‘concentrate’.
  • Milk and dairy: In the face of increased fraud, many countries are promoting the incorporation of a label of origin to all their dairy products. The most common alteration is the mixtures with water or other milk of lower quality; However, in recent years frauds have been discovered with products that could endanger the health of its consumers.
  • Wine: Unfortunately the fraud of wine production is more common than we think. In fact, it is estimated that 70% of the wine sold in China could be fake. Usually, these are mixtures of grapes of lower quality that are sold as premium product, or broth mixed with chemicals.

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Château Lynch-Bages 2010

Champagne vs. Prosecco: Who is winning the European championship?

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Prosecco is becoming very strong in Europe and, according to statistics, could soon reach and exceed sales of Champagne. For the last quarter of 2016, sales of Prosecco reached up to 789 million euros, while those of Champagne exceeded 1.4 billion. Analyzing the data at a glance, we could conclude that Prosecco is not even close to Champagne, but what we need to know to notice the trend is the percentage of growth that each of these drinks has been showing during the last years.

First, the value of Prosecco grows much faster than that of Champagne. In this period, this value had a growth of 24% compared to Champagne, which was barely 0.9%. On the other hand, speaking of volume, Prosecco increased its sales throughout Europe by 23%, which represent 77 million liters, while Champagne decreased its volume on the continent level by 0.3%.

Prosecco‘s favorite consumers include the UK, who consume 2.5 times more of the Italian drink and pay almost double the price per liter than the Italians themselves. More than three quarters of the Prosecco sold in Europe, were sold here, for a total of approximately 600 million euros, doubling the sales of Champagne that only reached 333 million, this despite the fact that Champagne reduced its prices by 7 % after the country votet to leave the European Union in June 2016.

One of the characteristics that has helped to increase sales of Prosecco is its “Magnum” bottling, which are larger than normal bottles for which people are willing to pay instead of buying 2 small bottles equivalent to the volume. The bigger the bottle, the better.

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Duval-Leroy Premier Cru

The 10 most expensive cocktails in the world

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10. Mai Tai Original – Price: £ 961.53

It is served at the Merchant Hotel in Belfast and is a combination of dark and white rum, the same ones that Victor J. Bergeron himself used in 1944 while inventing this drink. Only one 750ml bottle of the original rum costs £ 24,849.99

9. Sidecar – Price: £ 1,338.74

Served at the Ritz in Paris. It is the most classic cocktail on the list, which deserves all the glamor of a contemporary Gatsby. It is made with 1865 Rosé Fine Ritz Champagne and a stream of lemon juice. It was created in 1923 by bartender Frank Meier.

8. Macallan 55 Simple – Price: £ 3,207

It is more than a simple drink, it is a liquid luxury. It is prepared at the Sky View Bar in Dubai and uses 55-year-old Macallan natural whiskey combined with dehydrated fruit flavors and a delicious dash of homemade passion fruit sugar. In addition, ice cubes made with the water that runs through the pipelines of the Macallan distillery are added.

7. The Legacy of Salvatore – Price: 5,371.73 £

This drink can be found at the Playboy Club in London and was created during an attempt to beat a world Guinness record by legendary master and bartender Salvatore Calabrese. The price is due to the ingredients that were used: Clos de Griffier Vieux cognac from 1778, a Kummel liqueur from 1770, a Cura Dubb Orange from 1860 and a small bottle of nineteenth-century Angostura flavors.

6. Gigi – Price: £ 8,017.54

It is served in the Gigi bar in London and, although it is not the most expensive in the world, it uses champagne as a base for its realization. To give you an idea, it contains fine gold sparks. You will feel King Midas.

5. Champagne Cocktail Ono – Price: £ 8,018.22

The extravagance of this cocktail is such that it is served with a pair of Mont Blanc cufflinks and a necklace of 18k diamonds and pearls, for those crazy in love. And not only that, the cocktail contains Remy Martin Louis XVIII Black Pearl Cognac (a shot of this brandy is paid at £ 1,603.48) and is accompanied by other, equally expensive drinks. Where do you find it? Nothing more and nothing less than the Club XS, Las Vegas.

4. Martini “The Diamonds Are Forever” – Price: £ 8,018.22

It is served in the Uncorked bar, and is an almost ordinary Martini, what makes it expensive? That in the bottom of the drink you can find a diamond engagement ring, for that special occasion and so important in life.

3. The Winston – Price: £ 9,620.894

This cocktail comes from Melbourne, Australia, Club 23. It takes 2 days in which its creation process is finished, and for its elaboration is used as Crozet cognac base of 1858, a bottle that costs nothing more and no less than £ 125,870.11. The name of the drink refers to Winston Churchill.

2. Martini “The Diamonds Are Forever” Tokyo version – Price: £ 14,430.95

It is very similar to its cousin of the United States, but this is served in the Ritz-Carlton, in Tokyo. He uses diamond declarations and, instead of a ring, he can find 1 carat of pure diamond. Without a doubt, a very expensive drink for a very expensive city.

1. Ruby RosePrice: £ 32,068

This limited edition cocktail was served in 2013 at the White Barn Inn, in Kennebunk, Maine, United States. It was in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the place, and consisted of a simple cocktail accompanied in the background by a 4 carat ruby. You can also order the same cocktail without the luxurious touch, and it will cost you as little as £ 13.65 .

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Jack Daniels Gold Medal Old Nº 7 1.5L

6 bars from the movies

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It is clear that bars are part of our life, so much so that in many cases they are the scenes of important moments. This is something that cinema does not fail to capture, just as it does with all events of life, real or fiction.

There are many samples of the seventh art in which taverns, pubs, bars, coffee shops, diners and other places take centre stage, and here are some of the highlights.

1. The Eisley Cantina

It is impossible for a Star Wars fan not to involuntarily hear the song that sounds in the scene of the most famous cantina on the planet Tatooine when he sees an image of it. This is where Ben Kenobi and Luke Skywalker recruit Han Solo and Chewbacca for their adventures and we see the Jedi master use his laser sword for the first time in the well-known saga.

2. Bob’s Country Bunker

Any bar that has wire mesh on the stage to avoid the bottled probably deserves to be visited. This is the case of the club that contemplates the adventures of the famous Blues Brothers in the film of the same name, starring John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.

3. The Golden Room at the Overlook Hotel

Here we begin to see that Jack Nicholson is not quite right in some of the key scenes of The Shining, the disturbing film directed in 1980 by the brilliant filmmaker Stanley Kubrick.

4. The Pony Steed

Nothing better than a few pints (yes, whole pints, no half pints) of ale to start the biggest adventure ever experienced by four hobbits. Here they find Aragorn (alias Trancos) the little hero of hairy feet that star in the movie of The Lord of the Rings.

5. Jack Rabbit Slim’s

Probably one of the most memorable scenes of Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction takes place in this typically American venue, a dancing dinner in which Travolta and Thurman unleash their passion for dance and shakes.

6. Rick’s Café Americain

In this small review, the famous nightclub of Casablanca, which illustrates the passionate love of Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in the 1942 film, as well as the piano where Sam “touched it again”.

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Aviva Pink Gold

 

 

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