5 Sci-Fi drinks that should exist



I bet everyone is curious to try those foods and drinks of the protagonists of our favorite books, movies or science fiction series. A curiosity that increases when we enjoy them on an empty stomach, so when we get carried away by the fantasy we wonder what will be the flavor of that dish or beverage that satiate the stomachs and thirst of the protagonists. That is why in Uvinum we have made a selection of five science fiction drinks that should exist, whether it be to satisfy our curiosity about its flavor or effects:

Butter beer:

By all is well known that the best place to enjoy a delicious butterbeer is The Three Broomsticks, a famous tavern in the magical town of Hogsmeade where Harry Potter and other students from the Hogwarts School of Magic and Witchcraft often attend. Days of walking.

Milk of the Poppy:

The use of this medicinal beverage extends to the length and breadth of the Seven Kingdoms. Also known as “poppy milk”, its analgesic and numbing effect helps to reduce the suffering of the wounded in the Game of Throne battles.


The refresher of the XXXI century by excellence. But this addictive green and viscous drink produced on the planet of Wormulon keeps a dark secret: it’s made naturally by the colossal Queen of Worms. Its taste must be delicious since in Futurama they continue to drink it without stopping despite knowing its unpleasant origin.

Pangalactic Gargle Blaster:

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy considers the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster to be the “Best Drink in Existence”; however it warns of the dangers to health if abusive consumption. Its effects are similar to “having your brains smashed in by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick.”

Moloko Plus:

If you want to try the best Moloko Plus you surely want to go to Korova Milk Bar. It’s here where Alex and his 3 friends met before committing their atrocious crimes. As the protagonist of “A Clockwork Orange” explains, this combination of milk with psychotropic substances “sharpened the senses and left us ready for a new session of ultraviolence.”

And you, are you curious about trying a drink from your favorite book, movie or series? Or, which are the weirdest ones?

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Gin Kultu Black “skull”



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Gin Kultu Yellow “skull”

Is it important to be innovative about Champagne?


The drink business is slightly more complex than the other industries, because to innovate something, it has to be planned starting years in advance, when the fruits are planted. For champagne, it is no different, since your marketing campaigns have to be foreseen from up to 3 years before. Generally, these plans go in the direction of product packaging and specific techniques to reach younger audiences, maintaining the premium style of the beverage itself. Lynn Murray, marketing director at Hatch Mansfield, explains in an article in The Drink Business, He assures that among the challenges one has to achieve a good enough exterior to attract and catch the young but also following and respecting the great variety of laws of appeal that exist for these types of drinks.

Oliver Legrand, director of marketing and communications at Nicolas Feuillatte, has a different vision because although he agrees that the best thing that can be done is the innovation of the packaging, we must think of adding a plus value that denotes excellence and prestige. A few years ago they launched a set of 3 drinks in which, instead of just creating a luxurious gift package, hired the best chefs and created a complete menu to match their new creations, providing a unique experience for diners and people who bought the product.

Terence Kenny, director of exports for Champagne Pannier, adds: “Innovation can come in different forms, whether it be creating low-dose stewed drinks for seafood, pink candies for tea afternoons and desserts or red forts to accompany meats, in Pannier We have all these to offer and it is our main advantage. “Innovation, in short, can be presented as a well-diversified product portfolio so that consumers have options when purchasing the champagne of their choice”.

And what is the reason for this debate? The increase in the audience and young population has been key to initiate a search for Champagne innovation. Moët & Chandon Moët Ice Impérial was launched in 2011 under a different concept: serving the champagne with ice. And although it was not the first drink of its kind to be served in this way, it established a trend that has become very popular among the new generations, causing producers to find new ways to innovate and attract young consumers

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Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial



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Moet & Chandon Ice Rosé Impérial

What kind of Wine is Amarone?



Amarone della Valpolicella it’s a very particular wine, made from raisins, previously dried in the sun, as is done with the variety Pedro Ximénez to get the sweet wine of the same name. For this wine, and contrary to what is usually done in most raisin wines, local red varieties are used first instead of white, and secondly, the result would be dry wine with different organoleptic characteristics.

Its color is dark red, which tends to garnet as the wine ages. It has an accentuated odor, a full, warm and velvety flavor and a touch of ripe fruit, cherry and raspberry as its aroma

As they age, you can also identify some moss and tar aromas. The residual sugars are of a maximum of 12 g/l, whereas the alcoholic graduation oscillates between 14 and 16 degrees. The production area is located in the province of Verona, in the Veneto region of northern Italy, and the varieties normally used are corvina veronese, corvinone and rondinella, with a limited presence of other red varieties.

The particular elaboration of the Amarone follows the same principle as that of other wines in which the concentration of sugar is raised and the aromas and acidity are enhanced, as in the German Eiswein or Strohwein, The French Vin de Paille, and other wines from Greece, Cyprus or Italy, almost always paired with desserts.

Amarone, on the other hand, is usually combined with autumn and winter dishes, such as roasts, meat, cheese, risottos and other typical dishes of the region, and it can also be drunk alone as the culmination of a good dinner. It is served in a large glass, to favor its oxygenation at a temperature of 18 to 20 ºC.

The process of drying the grapes takes about 120 days or more, according to the water content of the fruit, under a strict control of ventilation and humidity, to avoid the appearance of fungi and take care of the correct drying when external climate changes as winter arrives. At the beginning of February, the grape is pressed and the skins macerated until 30-50 days, so that the sugars, as a result of the yeast, are gradually converted into alcohol, until reaching the degree determined for the Amarone. If the concentration of sugars remains above the marked, the resulting wine is renamed Recioto della Valpolicella, a sweet red wine that has different characteristics.

Do you want to try Valpolicella wines? We suggest an Amarone or a Reciotto:

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Zenato Amarone Classico Della Valpolicella 2011



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Zenato Amarone Della Valpolicella 2011

Why is drinking alcohol in moderation good for the heart?


The phrase “alcohol is good for your health” is often heard, but that does not imply that, by listening to it very often, it is completely true. In fact, the scientific community has debated this topic since immemorial time and, and although they have had some achievements with their studies, there is still the controversy about these results and the difference that separates the community into two blocks. Undoubtedly, the benefit that is most heard is that it ensures good health and function of the heart by ingesting alcoholic beverages in moderation, but the big question is: how much is moderate?

According to experts, the ideal is to have 2 drinks / cups a day if you are under 65 and reduce that amount in half (1) if you pass that age. A drink or a glass a day is equivalent to 350ml of beer, 148ml of wine or 44ml of any other distilled beverage.

Among the many benefits of wine we can find are reduction in risk of cardiovascular diseases, strokes, diabetes, stones (stones) in the gallbladder and different heart symptoms.

The heart especifically benefits from the antioxidants we can find in wines and, in general, helps our entire cardiovascular system. Statistics show that active people who consume moderately wines are 50% less likely to develop heart disease than a person who spends all day in front of the television.

In conclusion, drinking alcohol moderately will bring us health benefits in the long run as long as we do not fall into the excess. Although, as everyone says, it is true that alcohol in large amounts can harm health, leading to pancreatitis, cirrhosis, hypertension, different types of cancers, depression and alcoholism. Remember: alcohol is good if taken in moderation, but it does not mean that, if you do not drink, you need to start. You do not need alcohol to lead a healthy life.

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Feudi Di San Marzano 62 Anniversario Primitivo Di Manduria Riserva 2013



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La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2005

From Blue Wines to Green ones, is that what innovation it’s about?



While tradition is a feature of great importance wine lovers, so is innovation. That is why day to day the youngest cellars work to develop new recipes and formulas capable of surprising the most expert palates; not only for its delicious taste, but also for its color. A year ago we talked about the birth of Gïk Live, the first blue wine in the world created by young entrepreneurs in the Basque Country, and now it’s time to talk about green wine: a drink that combines the intoxicating effects of alcohol and cannabis.

The real name of this brew is Canna Vine, and it consists of a marijuana distilled wine that is produced in California (United States), the only place in the world where its sale is currently allowed. The consumption of this drink is regulated, limiting its sales exclusively for therapeutic use under medical prescription.

The current fame of green wine is due to celebrities such as singer Melissa Etheridge or TV presenter Chelsea Handler, who have publicly admitted that they consume it habitually since they started to undergo their respective chemotherapy treatments. In fact, this drink is so adapted to their lifestyles that they no longer consider it as another medicine of their treatment but as one more element of their daily diet; Etheridge confessed in an interview that she even serves it for dinner.

It is estimated that in the future it will be freely marketed, where permitted by law, in the rest of the world. However, its high price – between $ 120 and $ 400 per half bottle – represents a restriction for the vast majority of pockets, so it’s considered as an exclusive drink. Even so, the supply of green wine produced in California grows day by day through new specialized wineries that make their way between medicinal growers and those veteran wineries that made the wines of this region famous.

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Gïk Live (blue wine)



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Pasion Blue Chardonnay (blue wine) 2015

Get to know Great Britain through its wines: Kent and Sussex


United Kingdom is growing in terms of wineries and wines they offer. It is truly impressive that in five years there has been created about 200 new wineries and their wines are increasingly important. With this, wine tourism also grows and some of the routes that we include here are places that help us get to know the UK better.

Kent is an English non-metropolitan county, situated south-east of London. Its great landscape is being transformed into vineyards since the area is recieving a great international projection. So now, in addition to the industry, the vine is another reason to visit the area.

Among Kent’s wines we find The famous Rose Brut, which was served at the wedding of William of England and Kate Middleton in 2011, hence Kent is becoming more and more popular.

In this area, we also find Chapel Down, which is now predicted to be one of the largest producers of English wine. They highlight their wineries that offer high quality, and especially in sparkling wines. To get there we can go from London by car or by train to the station of Appledore, located 10 km from the wineries. Guided visits to the Chapel Down winery are open all year round.

While Sussex is the south-east of England, it encompasses rolling hills and expansive countryside, and views of the English Channel. For wine tourism, you can visit Nyetimber, west of Sussex, where is the largest wine cellar in the United Kingdom. Three grape varieties of the champagne region, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, stand out for the production of their wines.

To get there we can go by car from London or take the train to Pulborough, which is about 2 km away. This winery is open on weekends if you want to visit and taste their wines. Among the Nyetimber’s wines that stand out we find the Classic Cuvee.

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Nyetimber Classic Cuvee



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Chapel Down Rose Brut

White Wines from La Rioja, are they any good?


To speak of a Rioja wine is to make it with distinction since it’s a DO that it’s famous all around the world and which groups more and more regions throughout Spain as time goes by. Traditionally, the wines of Rioja have been red, with different nuances, special flavors and potent blends on the palate. They are perfect mostly for meats and other foods related to hunting.

But for some years, the regulating council of La Rioja itself recognizes that things are changing because the white wines of Rioja are striking with fiercely, more than ever, bringing freshness and high-quality standards.

Although it may be seen as a novelty, it’s not, because white wines in this area have been proven and, in fact, they were the best and more abundant than reds back in the 17th century.

La Rioja is boosting these wines because beyond the consolidated reds, there is a world of white to discover. They are characterized by their complexity and variety, perfect to pair with many foods, both in summer and winter, or just any other time in the year. For example, young fresh and fruity white wines can be paired with seafood, pasta and rice, among others, while those white wines that are fermented in barrels go well with cured cheeses and blue fish. Long-aged whites are consumed with poultry, meat and stews.

For all this, the whites of La Rioja are reborn to bring more flavors to this DO. Would you like a glass of white wine?

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Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva 2002



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Capellanía 2010

Elite athletics and champagne go hand in hand thanks to Usain Bolt and Mumm


Once again, a major Champagne producer as Mumm, has created an alliance with a public figure to be the face and CEO of the brand. This time, it is nothing more and nothing less than The world’s fastest man of Jamaican origin, Usain Bolt.

The company announced hiring the athlete through a video in which Bolt is appreciated by uncovering an emblematic bottle of champagne from the company with one of his gold medals. With eleven world titles and nine Olympic titles, Usain can afford that sort of thing. 

The campaign aims to innovate Mumm through original and effective ideas that provoke potential users with an irresistible desire to consume their champagne. He will also be, by his great fame, the spokesman and the image of the brand in the advertising campaigns that will be carried out in the near future.

In the words of the athlete himself, he said: “My main mission is to improve the image of Maison Mumm as a brand to celebrate our victories, and I want to invite all my followers around the world to raise their cup with me.” He added that he is honored to hold the reins as Executive Director of the company and said he intends to teach the whole world the meaning of celebrating and entertaining in a daring way.

Mumm has been recognized for being very involved in the sports world since they previously included well-known personalities of the industry among its main executives. In fact, the historic sponsorship of Formula 1 was declined this year as “insufficient” – only € 5 million – and the contract ended, which may be a reason why they are looking for new horizons and re-inventing themselves.

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Mumm Cordon Rouge



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Mumm Brut Rosé

The scarcity of blue agave is having consequences in the production of tequila


About 15 years ago, the production of tequila entered a crisis due to the worldwide exploitation of this drink, and the little supply of blue agave that existed in Mexico to provide the whole globe with agave.This was causing the price of the plant to rise to stratospheric prices. Today, it seems that history repeats itself.

Tequila is strictly regulated by the Tequila Regulatory Council which imposes the laws and rules on this beverage and its preparation. These standards stipulate that only the blue agave can be used to create the beverage and nothing else. For its part, agave is a plant that has hundreds of types available but the fact that only blue is allowed to make tequila is a problem that is putting the world market at risk.

And, unlike other fruits or plants that are given annually, a blue agave plant takes approximately 8 to 9 years to grow, mature and be ready to create bottles of tequila. The standard formula for producing 1 litre of tequila used to be 6 kilos of blue agave and today it may take up to 10 to generate the same result.

It is expected that within the next 3 years many brands and small tequila houses will disappear from the shelves of the liquor stores because of this problem. And the largest companies in the industry will pay what they have to pay to keep their famous brands available to all. Farmers are selling everything and as soon as their inventories reach zero, it’s over … not many will want to re-plant and wait 8 years for the next crop and sell it with the uncertain price.

According to The Drinks Business, the tequila crisis is real and there can be a shortage of this precious liquor.

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Jose Cuervo Especial Reposado



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Tequila Patrón Silver

Why does the wine taste better with cheese?


For a long time we have known that cheese and wine are an inseparable pair. Experts in the gastronomic sector often make recommendations of certain combinations that bring a new dimension to our gastronomic experience. In fact, there is an extensive literature in which you can learn about pairings between each type of cheese and wine.

But why does wine with cheese taste better? That has been asked the Center for Taste and Eating Habits of France, they have conducted a study in order to respond to how the perception and taste of wine change after eating some cheese. The result was recently published in the Journal of Food Science.

Mara V. Galmarini, the lead author of the study in question, revealed that “thanks to our research we have learned that the duration of the perception of the astringency of a particular wine could be reduced after cheese consumption and that the four kinds of cheese evaluated had the same result. In short, having a varied cheese platter, the wine probably tastes better, no matter which one is chosen.

Participants in this study – a total of 31 volunteers – underwent two tests. First, they tasted four wines (Pacherenc, Sancerre, Bourgogne and Madiran), of which they had to indicate the dominant sensation perceived in each of them, according to a list that was provided to them. Then the tasting was repeated with a slight modification: now they had to eat a piece of cheese between each sip of wine. For this second test, samples of the Epoisses, Condado, Roquefort and Crottin de Chavignol cheeses were made available to the volunteers.

Throughout the tasting, it was demonstrated the positive impact of cheeses on the perception of wines. This effect was especially noticeable in the red wines included in the sample (Bourgogne and Madiran), to which the four kinds of cheese present enhanced their fruity aroma while reducing their astringency. The same positive impact on the perception of wines occurred with their white peers, both in the sweet and dry samples; Although to a lesser extent.

So you know: science has already proven that the best companion for a good wine is a delicious platter of cheese.

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E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône 2012



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Baron Nathaniel 2012