Tips for Ordering Wine in a Restaurant

Even if it may seem a simple task, one can not always be right when ordering wine in a restaurant. Everything depends on the people we bring with us and the type of wine we want. In order to help you hit the target, we offer you some tips:

Follow the sommelier’s advice

The first and easiest rule is to be advised by the sommelier of the restaurant, in case there is one. He is the one who understands wines and will know perfectly which one will pair with the food and our taste, according to the occasion. So take it easy: when in doubt, ask the sommelier, who will know how to give the right indications.

It depends on the food

It is clear that, depending on what we are going to eat, we will order different types of wine. Rice and fish with whites and meat with red wines can be a guide, but not always. It also depends on the type of meat and whether the wine is young or not. Among the basic rules of pairing we emphasize that it is better not to serve full-bodied wines before lighter ones. The world of pairing is very extensive, so there are flavours that go better with a white wine, while others will be fantastic with a rosé.

By order

Another way to choose wines at a long lunch or dinner is according to the order. The basic rule is: firstly the sparkling wines, which usually pair well with the appetizers, whereas the white wines would go with the lightest first courses, the rosé, young reds and aged red wines for hunting meats or rather strong dishes.

Depending on the date or company

When we have a business lunch and we want to impress our guests, we can choose a well-known wine, such as Rioja or Toro, because there will be no risk of somebody not liking it. If it is a date, maybe we can experiment and try to guess the tastes of our partner.

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Canyon Road White Zinfandel Rosé

Women are better tasters than men

It seems that women could understand more about wines and be better tasters. This is what a study says -made by the Polytechnic University of Madrid and published by the magazine Food Quality and Preference-, thanks to a research carried out with a total of 208 volunteers among men and women.

For the investigation, each person had to taste six drinks: two whites, one rosé and three reds, and give them a score according to personal criteria. The director of the project, Dr Caroline Chaya, explained by seeing the results that men gave higher scores, based on emotions, and women gave, in this case, lower grades, but managed to indicate greater differences between wines.

This is an essential characteristic that makes women have greater perception when it comes to tasting wine and know how to differentiate better between them. It was also shown that all beverages evoked significantly higher scores in older adults than in middle-aged and young adults. And it was also concluded that the youngest are more likely to enjoy any specimen regardless of its characteristics.

They also focused on experiencing the flavour notes. And from the study, it was revealed that fruity and floral aromas and tastes provoked more positive emotions. And on the contrary, the sensations of liquorice, clove and vanilla had a higher rejection rate. More studies should be done to know why this is so.

Then, far from what had been thought until now, females are again protagonists, in this case for being better wine tasters. So there is no male rival to resist us.

Although in this sector there are fewer female sommeliers, it is something that is increasing over the years. And surely we will see more and more of them with greater success.

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Flor de Lis Reserva 2016

 

 

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Porta 6 2016

Florent Dumeau: “Provence is Provence, it is the rosé capital of the world”

Interview published in issue 4 of Click & Drink with Florent Dumeau, winemaker of the Faculty of Enology of Bordeaux and advisor to wineries and vineyards for more than 15 years. Currently, he collaborates with wineries in 8 countries, mostly in France (Saint Emilion, Pomerol, Provence), Spain (Bodegas Habla, Bodega La Mejorada and a project in La Rioja Alavesa), Italy (Valpolicella, Sicilia), South Africa, and Greece, Turkey, Serbia and Hungary.

He has worked with Bodegas Habla since 2005, and four years ago they started the Rita project; it is a very unique wine that has given us the opportunity for a deeper conversation with Florent about rosés.

How was Rita born? And the project in France?

It is very simple. In 2009, Juan Tirado – president of Bodegas Habla – told me that he admired the great rosés, particularly those from Provence like Château d’Esclans or Domaine d’Ott, and he asked me how we could produce a great rosé here. I replied: “Well, let’s go to Provence!” That’s how it started. After several trips and three years of searching, we finally found a vineyard in a good area of Côte de Provence, facing the mountain Sainte Victoire.

Spain boasts good vineyards and terroirs for producing rosé wines. Why has Bodegas Habla decided to make a wine in Provence?

It is true, Spain has great potential to produce great rosé wines. But Provence is Provence, it is the rosé capital of the world, and I think its chic side and its glamour with Saint Tropez and the other typical towns of the area, fits very well with the philosophy and image of Habla.

And the name, why Rita? It’s funny, different…

It is a question for Valentín, our graphics and artistic creator, but the shape of Rita’s bottle and the exuberant character of the wine remind us of the famous Hollywood sex appeal that Rita Hayworth embodied in the 40s … It is a tribute to the glamour of the time.

Another distinctive feature of Rita is the glass stopper, why was it decided to use it?

It should be noted that the glass stopper allows preserving the wine and its aromas in better conditions than a classic cork. Our first concern is to present the wine to the consumer in perfect conditions, therefore the choice of the stopper has not been purely aesthetic. However, it is true that its aesthetic fits perfectly with Rita.

Turning the conversation to Provence; is it the best area to produce rosé wines?

Surely one of the best; undoubtedly the most famous.

Why do certain rosé wines have such a high price? Do grape varieties, the production process or a reduced production have any influence on this?

First, because the area of Côte de Provence is limited, and as the consumption of rosé wine has skyrocketed in recent years, there is less and less availability in the market and – logically – prices go up.

Furthermore, Côte de Provence has worked extensively on communication and some brands are enjoying great worldwide success today: this is the case of Minuty, Miraval or Whispering Angel by Sacha Lichine.

Where else is Rita sold; in Spain or abroad?

Today Rita is mostly sold in Spain, but sales abroad are growing, particularly on the two American continents.

Do you think that the consumption of rosé wine is a passing fad or a trend that will last over time?

In recent years the consumption of rosé in France has increased between 20% and 35% each year… It is an incredible growth and given the trend and global warming, we can imagine that this development will continue that way for many more years.

Are the rosé wines already considered as good food pairing wines in Spain, or are they still considered more as summer wines?

I believe that there is a tremendous potential for development in Spain. Gradually, I find more and more rosé wines in more restaurants. We have observed the same phenomenon in Italy for a few years. It is difficult to change the habits of consumers: this is where avant-garde wineries such as Habla have an important role to play.

What do you like to pair Rita with? 

I love pairing Rita with seafood, even oysters, but in my opinion, it is a must to try it with white cheeses like Beaufort or Comté.

Provence produces rosés that can be kept for several years. How long can you save a Rita?

The grand rosés from Provence always present freshness and aromatic exuberance. These are characteristics that are lost over time. Its light pale colour also tends to evolve over the years. I am not in favour of aging rosés: to really enjoy them, you should drink them young, I would say bottles between one and three years of age, and the same goes for Rita.

Has Bodegas Habla considered expanding the range of rosés? A Rita Ice, for example? 

I don’t think you will see a Rita Ice… But another rosé in our range, surely yes. We are evaluating it, although it will have to be unique and original, as always… And, at this moment in time, the truth is that it will be difficult to find a place for another rosé to stand side by side with Rita…

 

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Habla Rita 2016

2 cocktails with Top-Selling Spanish Wine

Fresh by Ramón Bilbao is coming: a range of cocktails with wine that are revolutionizing the market. Now that summer is near, but we do not want to get rid of wine, nothing better than switch to these cocktails. Let’s know more about them.

Cocktail with Ramón Bilbao Verdejo white wine

This recipe includes the Verdejo white wine from the house, mixed with basil leaves and eight drops of lime syrup. This way, we obtain a pretty fresh cocktail where the protagonist is white wine.

Fresh Rosé cocktail, with DO Rioja rosé wine

The Ramón Bilbao rosé is ideal for summer since this time of the year is always more appealing to this type of wine. Here, as a cocktail, it is mixed by combining it with ice, grapefruit slices and eight drops of strawberry syrup that highlight a sweet floral flavour on the palate.

Creating these cocktails, the brand wants to approach a much younger audience and thus opening the market. But the company has prepared for us much more than these two surprising drinks.

They have made a jelly bean to serve it next to the cocktail, made from the extract of the aromas of Ramón Bilbao Rosé. This way, it captures the aromas that are released in a gaseous form during fermentation, that is when the wine is elaborated. Then they are liquefied and an extract with the aromas of the wine is obtained. It tastes sweet and has floral nuances.

Undoubtedly, they are excellent gifts to make when we have guests in summer because we will surprise them with cocktails with wine and they can eat the special jelly beans, as long as we tell them how it is made.

What is clear is that with the arrival of the new season, cocktails come along too. Nothing better than include wines in them, something so local that mixing them with other ingredients offers a great result.

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Ramón Bilbao Rosado 2017

 

 

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Ramon Bilbao Verdejo 2017

Keys to understand the new Rioja wine regulation

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The campaign Saber quién eres (“Know who you are”), recently launched by the Rioja Qualified Denomination of Origin, will promote the new wine regulation of the region, approved last year, which reflects its growing diversity and gives producers more tools to communicate each of the terroirs.

According to the direction of the Regulatory CouncilRioja wine is constantly improving, revising its definitions and reinforcing what it currently offers with new geographical indications. The main goal, then, is to highlight the unique origin of the terroir, recognize its diversity and continue to establish quality requirements that ensure the high standard of its wines.

The new legislation allows producers to make their region more recognizable to consumers, including the use of a more visible typeface, which takes up more space on the label. Rioja will have, from now on, three regional categories:

Viñedos Singulares: This new category aims to recognize unique single vineyards. To qualify, wines must come from a single vineyard registered as a brand that must appear on the label. The vineyard may be owned by the producer or a grower with whom it has a long-term relationship. In addition, it must be established for at least 35 years. In addition, a reduction of 20% in yield is established in comparison with that of Rioja DOC, the harvest must be manual and new traceability standards are proposed.

Vinos de Municipio: This regulation establishes that the grape must come from a municipality indicated on the label, with a maximum percentage of 15% coming from another neighbouring municipality.

Vinos de Zona: This category covers the labelling of wines from the Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental (formerly Rioja Baja) sub-regions . Up to 15% of the grapes included in the elaboration can be from a neighbouring area.

Another innovation is the introduction of a new category of varietal white wines, which now includes the international varieties Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, in addition to the traditional ones. Producers will also be able to label their sparkling wines as Espumosos de Calidad de Rioja.

Finally, the regulation establishes that, starting 2019, Reserva wines will have a 3-year ageing, with 12 months in oak and 6 in bottle; Gran Reserva must be aged 5 years, with 24 months in oak and 24 in bottle.

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Viña Alberdi Crianza 2012

The most interesting wine and food museums in the world

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If you are travelling or planning about making a fantastic wine route, you can not miss these museums where wine and food are the protagonists. Take note and write them down in your personal calendar. And enjoy the wine!

Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture, Spain

In Spain, one of the most interesting museums in the world about wine, and also one of the oldest, is the Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture. Catalogued by the World Tourism Organization-UN as the best wine museum in the world, it allows you to travel back no less than 8,000 years of history with 20,000 works of art. There are authentic archaeological pieces with hundreds of years of history and much more modern works by creators such as Picasso, Sorolla, Juan Gris, Chillida, Barceló, Genovés, or Warhol. But there is more because it allows you to enter the cellar, make tastings, attend conferences and workshops, and be able to see 220 varieties of wine from around the world.

Pleven Wine Museum, Bulgaria

Located inside a cave, in the park of Kaylaka, in Bulgaria, there are many objects related to the viticultural tradition of the city. Being in a park, we can also see its flora and vegetation. In the museum, as in many others of this type, there is place for tastings of its wines.

Gingerbread Museum, Poland

There is not much wine, but some curiosities. In Poland, the Gingerbread Museum (Muzeum Piernika) offers its visitors a glimpse of the rituals and traditions involved in the cooking of gingerbread. Activities, temporary exhibitions, interactive actions, and the chance to participate while baking your own gingerbread.

Frietmuseum in Bruges, Belgium

Maybe you did not know that the origin of French fries is in Belgium. That is why we find here this museum, divided into three parts. The history of French fries is exhibited along 400 antique objects on display. The option to taste the fries at the end of the visit is also included.

Currywurst Museum, Berlin

It could not be anywhere else, since the sausage of the city of Berlin is currywurst. Fine slices of sausages with curry-flavoured tomato sauce. In the museum we can see how this food became so popular, thanks to interactive exhibits and much more. Do not forget to try them at the various street stalls in the city.

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Viña Alberdi Crianza 2012

 

 

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Terlan Lagrein 2017

Get up with energy! The 5 best breakfasts in the world

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Breakfast is the best meal of the day. It must be healthy and powerful, since many hours await us in which we will do all kinds of things: work, sport, walk… Do you want to know which are the best breakfasts in the world? Explore and make them at home.

Mexico and its “huevos rancheros”

Fried eggs served next to traditional corn bread filled with cheese, tomato and guacamole. And you can also add more ingredients. Without a doubt, a strong and powerful breakfast that can make you no longer hungry until lunchtime.

Full English breakfast

If the Mexican breakfast seemed strong, the English one is something similar but with more ingredients. It features fried egg, sausage, fried mushrooms, baked beans and tomato. In addition, you can add some toasts with butter. More than a breakfast, it is a complete meal.

Turkey and the Mediterranean flavours

The breakfast of Turkey does not fall short but, at least, introduces a series of foods that are part of the Mediterranean diet. There are tomatoes, cheese and cucumber… but more ingredients, like yogurt, can be added.

France and its croissants

This breakfast is more similar to the one we usually eat in Spain. It is usually a quick breakfast, consisting of coffee, croissant, butter, toast and orange juice. But we do not need to go to Paris to try, because we can make it at home every day.

Japan: rice and more

We do not know how people will think about starting the day with rice, but in Japan breakfast includes rice, tsukemono (pickled vegetables), fish, eggs and miso soup. It is an all-in-one that requires some time to eat calmly. We better leave it for the weekend.

In Moscow

The typical Russian breakfast is usually also plentiful. It consists of kasha or oat flakes cooked in milk, eggs, pancakes with cream, butterbrod (white or black bread with cheese and sausages) and dairy. It is delicious, although we will also need a reasonable amount of time to savour it.

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Gazela Vinho Verde

 

 

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Misty Cove Sauvignon Blanc 2017

4 Tips For A Healthy Life Drinking Wine

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Every so often new studies documenting the health benefits from drinking wine are published, and almost just as often other studies showing links between diseases and frequent wine consumption appear.

Some of the benefits of enjoying a daily glass of wine include the reduction of cholesterol, stress and diabetes; on the other hand, you also risk the possibility of developing cancer and liver problems. With all this conflicting information it is ok to ask: Can you lead a healthy life when drinking wine? The answer is yes. In the wine itself certain elements are present that are known to be beneficial to health, and so it is advisable to drink a glass of wine a day.

4 tips for a healthy life drinking wine

Moderate consumption of wine does not have to be harmful to your health, indeed, it can even be beneficial if it is included as part of a lifestyle with healthy habits.

  1. Eat a healthy and balanced diet. The most important habit to maintain a healthy lifestyle is to consume a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables being the main food group and make sure your diet also contains sufficient fibre. There are numerous wines that are perfect for pairing with salads and stews. Meat and fish are also important parts of your diet but make sure to choose lean pieces and reduce the intake of animal fats.
  2. Lead an active life. Exercising on a regular basis also contributes to your overall health. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a strenuous sport, the most important thing for improving your health is to exercise regularly.
  3. Reduce stress in your life. Feeling relaxed and avoiding stress is just as important as eating well and exercising. A nice way to try to control the stress is to enjoy good times with friends from time to time, perhaps accompanied with a good bottle of wine.
  4. Drink wine responsibly. Wine can be part of a healthy lifestyle and can even be the perfect excuse to meet friends or to enjoy a meal in pleasant company. Just keep in mind to be aware of how much you drink – the recommendation is a daily glass of wine of 125 ml – and do not drink on an empty stomach.

So, yes, it is possible to lead a healthy life when drinking wine. And, by the way, although it is usually red wine that is mentioned when talking about the benefits of wine, it is worth mentioning that white wine possesses exactly the same positive health effects as red wine.

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Peñascal Rosado

 

 

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Porta 6 2016

5 Great Wines Made By Women

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Traditionally the world of wine has been a world dominated by men. However, slowly (too slowly) women are getting their names recognised in the world of wine. To put a spotlight on the great work done by women in the industry today we are sharing 5 wines made by women. We hope you like them! 

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This balanced and elegant Albariño white wine from Rías Baixas is a safe buy, and behind the wine, we find the winemaker Ana Quintela, who has been with Pazo de Señorans since 1990, and the owner of the winery, Marisol Bueno, a revolutionary of Galician white wines.

 

 

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María Larrea is the winemaker and technical director of CVNE, one of the most important and largest wineries in Spain. There she produces must-taste wines from Rioja like this Cune Reserva 2011, produced mainly from Tempranillo and it is both soft, pleasant and easy to drink.

 

 

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Nita is the result of the sound suggestion by Meritxell Pallejà, who is responsible for wine, to establish a personal biodynamic wine project. This is a wine with a pronounced fruitiness that reminds us of the minerals of the lands of Priorat. It is also a great RCP wine.

 

 

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Viña Tondonia is one of the most prestigious wineries in Rioja. Here we find María José López de Heredia, great-granddaughter of the founder and one of the most important women on the wine-making scene in Europe. She follows the family tradition with wines such as this great Viña Tondonia Reserva.

 

 

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When Sara Pérez was born it was written in the stars that she would grow up to make great wines, and this has been demonstrated through Mas Martinet. In this Priorat winery, Sara utilises the experience passed on from her father and spoils us with great wines such as Camí Pesseroles.

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Wine And Fast Food – A Possible Combination?

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Where is it written that eating pizza or hot dogs cannot be combined with a good wine? Wine does not always have to be accompanied by fancy cuisine as it can successfully be paired with an infinite variety of dishes.

Limitations are not our philosophy. Even the experts say it, like Nicolás Boise, chief sommelier of Mugaritz restaurant, who was quoted in the Spanish Newspaper El País recommending that junk food and wine can be a perfect combination.

But what wines pair well with fast food? It depends on the ingredients in each dish. If you are eating a sausage the choice of wine will depend on the type of sausage, the sauces and the other ingredients in that particular dish.

The basic hot dog (with mustard and ketchup and nothing else) goes well with white wines of the Gewürtzraminer type. If the hot dog also has crispy onions both rosés and sparkling wines will pair very well.

Nowadays it’s pizza and wine! Beer is not the only drink that goes well with pizza; if you prefer having a glass of wine instead we recommend rosé as the best option. Young red wines are also a good pairing. If the pizza has anchovies (something that is currently scarce), it is better to choose a white wine to counteract the flavour, and if you opt for a barbeque pizza you might find that going for a consistent and full-bodied red wine, like a Merlot, is an excellent choice.

Chocolate desserts marry perfectly with many kinds of wines. We already feel quite uncomfortable about the milkshakes found in many fast food establishments, and if we had wine with our dinner we would also like to finish with wine. In fact, you will find that there are some wine and chocolate combinations that maximise the flavours. For these types of desserts, we recommend red wines.

For certain spicy dishes, like kebab, the best combination is made with an intense and stronger wine. And red wines are also preferred when pairing with hamburgers. For some quick tapas, the white and sparkling wines are excellent choices, while taking into account the type of tapas and whether the dish has meat or fish.

 

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Miraval Rosé 2017

 

 

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By Ott Rosé 2016