New Studies Reveal That Red Wine Has Additional Benefits To The Heart

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There are already several proven studies that show that red wine is good for the heart. And now more evidence of its benefits has been discovered. The study comes from the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences of LSU in the United States, where they have developed a new stent that releases red wine antioxidants slowly over time, promoting healing and preventing blood clotting and inflammation.

The people responsible for this development explain that by delivering red wine antioxidants during conventional angioplasty, it may be possible to prevent the build-up of excess tissue and the blood vessel from narrowing again as it heals.

In addition to the stent, they are also in the process of developing a balloon coated with the same compounds to treat blood flow blockages throughout the body called peripheral artery disease. Drug-coated balloons are a relatively new product and are being developed to help interventional cardiologists treat arteries that are difficult to treat with traditional angioplasty and stent treatments.

As mentioned there are more studies that highlight the benefits that red wine possesses to protect the heart. A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that resveratrol was unrelated to rates of heart disease, cancer and death. It was also shown in controlled studies that people who drink moderate amounts of alcohol, regardless of the type of drink, tend to have better blood records.

As for a recent study published by the National Institute of Wine Research in Australia, it was shown that drinking wine in moderation reduces the risk of heart disease. People who regularly drink a small amount of red wine, especially if accompanied with food, have a 30% lower risk of heart disease.

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Varvaglione Papale Linea Oro Primitivo Di Manduria 2014

 

 

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Castello di Ama Chianti Classico Ama 2014

Toni Coca: Interview With The Winemaker Of Clos Galena

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“We started making ECO wines from the beginning (1991)…; for us, it is more a matter of philosophy than of being commercial.”

When it comes to sustainable viticulture and organic production in the DO Priorat, the Clos Galena winery has positioned itself as a pioneer since its inception. What started as a matter of philosophy for the team behind the Catalan brand has now evolved into a clear trend. And in 2017 one of its wines was represented at the Nobel Prize gala. Here at Uvinum, we got the opportunity to sit down for an interview with Toni Coca, the winemaker at Clos Galena, to learn more about the winery and its successes.

In the past few years there has been a growing trend when it comes to eco-friendly or organic wines. What, according to your opinion, is the reason for this development?

Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of health issues, meaning, we are giving more and more attention to what we eat and drink and the ECO-certified products have greater guarantees.

What is the role of Clos Galena in the organic wine movement in Priorat?

We started making ECO wines from the beginning (1991) in Domini de la Cartoixa; for us, it is more a matter of philosophy than of being commercial. Today there are many producers in Priorat who are making ECO wines, it is a clear trend. We were only a few in the beginning but every year we are growing in numbers.

This year the star of our winery is without a doubt the Formiga de Vellut 2014, the wine that was chosen to be served at the Nobel Prize gala in Stockholm.

How does the Formiga wine connect with this event with regards to the values and ethics represented by the Nobel Prizes?

The Formiga de Vellut wine was chosen for this event through blind tasting, which means that those who have tasted it were looking for an honest wine with multiple nuances, freshness and above all a wine with a Mediterranean character.

What impact have you noticed after being represented at the Nobel Prize dinner?

On the media level, it has had a lot of impact; it has given a lot of visibility to both the wine and the winery.

The director of Clos Galena, Merche Dalmau, has already expressed his pride, saying that “it is a great honor that the Formigas del Vellut 2014 wine was served to harmonize the Nobel dinner”. Being the winemaker and creator, what are your thoughts on the fact that Formigas was invited to the “most intellectual table in the world”?

Without a doubt the importance is remarkable. Primarily because it was chosen and because of this the most cultured minds of today have now tasted it. For me, it is very gratifying to have played my part in this project and to recognise the remarkable work done by many skilled people also working on this project.

Of all the wines of Clos Galena, which one is your favourite?

Actually, although it sounds a little cliché, all the wines we make have their own personality, which connects with your preferences in different ways depending on the moment, but if I have to choose one I would choose the Clos Galena for its complexity, character, and kindness.

Do you have any special recommendations for others to enjoy a wine that you are passionate about?

It is time, especially to connect with wine, to reach a little further than the obvious, emotion and seduction. I think it often depends more on oneself than on the wine.

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Formiga de Vellut 2015

 

 

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Clos Galena 2013

Barcelona Restaurants With Organic Wines

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Organic wines can be found in many types of establishments. When talking about organic wines we could mention many different denominations, although in this case, we are referring to a type of crop where the sulfur addition limits are lower and the use of chemical synthesis products are kept as low as possible.

There is an increasing demand from customers for these wines and today many restaurants have added them to their menus. Have a look at our selection of Barcelona restaurants that offer organic wines in case you will be passing through the city or are going there for a holiday.

El Petit Celler

El Petit Celler is more than just a restaurant. It is a sensory experience where you can taste a variety of wines. Recently they have opened Tribut which is a space within El Petit Celler itself where you can taste more than 250 kinds of the best wines by the glass. The place also has a Vermutería where you can taste a large selection of vermouths accompanied by the best preserves. It was originally opened as a store, so it has endless shelves with a great selection of bottles that you can buy and bring home. The organic wines are well represented.

La Dentellière

Located in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona this restaurant stands out for the quality of its products. With a central location, it offers eggs from Calaf, rice from Delta del Ebre, and of course, a good list of wines of Catalan and Spanish origin, among which you can find the organic Mureda and DO Castilla La Mancha, both red and white wine types.

Vistro49 Wine Bar and Cocktail Bar at Hotel Ohla Barcelona

Hotel Ohla Barcelona offers several gastronomic areas. Florian David from France has been Caelis’ sommelier for more than two years and he is responsible for Vistro49. The extensive menu includes organic wines and little-known wineries that produce precious wines. They also have a wide representation of well-known wines and cavas.

La llavor dels orígens

The name refers to two restaurants in Barcelona which are located in two alternative and trendy neighbourhoods: Grácia and El Born. Both restaurants have dishes with products from Kilometre 0. Their wine lists have some organic wines such as the Bouquet d’Alella, DO Alella, which is produced using the grape pansa blanca which is native to Alella.

 

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Hécula 2014

 

 

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Castaño Monastrell Ecológico 2016

What Do We Know About The Oldest Wine In The World?

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Wine lovers not only look for news about wine to know more about the industry. It is also fun to know some curiosities. For example, it was recently discovered that the oldest wine in the world is about 8,000 years old. The first example of winemaking in the world, which was discovered in excavations carried out in Georgia, dates from the Neolithic period around 6,000 BC. That means the making of wine dates back 600 to 1,000 years earlier than previously thought.

Specifically, researchers from the University of Toronto and the National Museum of Georgia have been working in two Neolithic sites known as Gadachrili Gora and Shulaveris Gora. The sites are located around 50 kilometers from Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. Here they have found remains of early ceramics that were used between 6,000 BC and 4,500 BC. The people in charge of this excavation affirm that they believe it is the oldest example of the domestication of a wild-growing Eurasian vine grown specifically for the making of wine.

They base this on the analysis of the parts of the eight jars recovered where they discovered thousands of remains of tartaric acid on the insides of the jars, the compound that allows us to identify the grapes and the wine.

The sites that were excavated by the University of Toronto and a team from the National Museum of Georgia who was in charge of the study are the remains of two towns that date back to the Neolithic around 15,200 BC.

The researchers confirm that the ceramic was ideal for processing, serving and storing fermented beverages and that it was invented in the Neolithic. Furthermore, the team describes an ancient society where drinking and offering wine was very important in many aspects of life, special celebrations, as a religious cult or in the society in the Near East.

Further conclusions drawn from the remains that were analysed is that the Eurasian vine ‘Vitis vinifera’ was growing abundantly around the sites, and today this vine is being used in the production of ‘premium’ wine in Italy and in the south of France.

 

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Pruno 2016

 

 

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Laya 2016

Pink is the new gin!

 TAGS:undefinedGin Pink (not to confuse with a classic cocktail) appears like a new fever in the post-Gin & Tonic era. Only time will tell if the gin pink has come to stay, but in the meanwhile, the big brands are already betting on this new product. 

That is the case of the Beefeater Pink. This brand new gin adds a new and bold pink face to the brand’s product range and appears as a punky hommage of London’s underground club culture. From the bottle label, inspired by the typical concert poster, up to a graffiti on the glass bottle and the gin’s neon pink colour as a reminder of the city’s underground clubs – everything resembles the urban, rebel and restless London.

Smooth, intense and pink, Beefeater Pink is a unique fusion of strawberries, citrus and dill, created for those who seek new experiences every day.

Enjoy it!

 

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Beefeater Pink is balanced and fresh. Smooth strawberry, citrus and juniper flavour 

Bodegas Torres: The World’s Most Admired Winery 2018

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To the professional’s of this sector, Bodegas Torres stands out again as “The world’s most admired brand of wines” according to the British magazine, Drinks International.

Again, the ancient family winery from the Penedès, Spain, occupies the pole position of the magazine’s annual ranking of 50 brands as it had before. It’s the only Spanish and European bodega leading the first place.

The winery goes back in history nearly 150 years and has been in family hands for 5 generations. Discover our Favourites from Bodegas Torres!

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Celeste Roble 2016

 

 

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Altos Ibéricos Crianza 2014

 

 

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Altos Ibéricos Reserva 2012

 

 

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Torres 10

Top 20 Products of March at Uvinum

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Wine Selection

 

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Borsao Selección 2016

 

 

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Farnese Fantini Sangiovese Terre Di Chieti 2016

 

 

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Porta 6 2016

 

 

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Aviva Pink Gold

 

 

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Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial

 

 

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Domaine Horgelus Colombard-Sauvignon Blanc 2017

 

 

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E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2016

 

 

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E. Guigal Tavel Rosé 2016

 

 

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Les Jamelles Chardonnay 2015

 

 

Spirits Selection

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Courvoisier V.S. 1L

 

 

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Fernet Branca

 

 

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Grey Goose Vodka 1L

 

 

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Chivas Regal 12 Year old 1L

 

 

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Jinzu Gin

 

 

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Bombay Sapphire 1L

 

 

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J&B 1L

 

 

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Cîroc Vodka 1L

 

 

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Gordon’s London Dry Gin 1L

 

 

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The Macallan Amber

 

 

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Gin Puerto de Indias Strawberry

 

 

Top 3 Cocktail Recipes For Your Weekend

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Cocktails enrich our world of beverages in a colourful and fun way. After a dinner with wine, a Mojito or Strawberry Daiquiri feels right. But who said that it has to end here? Cocktails have long ago turned into a magic science called Mixology through which barkeepers – or mixologists – all around the world aim to find the best combination of taste without limiting the wide range of possibilities.

At Uvinum, we are always looking to share new discoveries, exciting drinks and invite you to dive into this fluid universe with us. But above all, enjoy my three favourite cocktails for this spring.

Lemon-Thyme Vodka Lemonade

(by Town&Country Mag)

Ingredients: 

3 lemon wedges
sugar
1/4 cup Lemon-Thyme Syrup
1/4 cup citrus vodka
1/4 cup club soda
1 sprig fresh thyme, preferably lemon thyme

Run one lemon wedge over the rim of a highball glass and dip the rim into sugar. Save this wedge for later. Put the remaining two lemon wedges into the cocktail shaker, then add the syrup and the vodka. Muddle hard to break the lemon skins and release their oils, then cover and shake. Now put some ice into the highball glass and pour the cocktail over. Top off your drink with some club soda, squeeze the first lemon wedge before dropping it into the cocktail. Garnish with the thyme sprig and serve immediately.

Whiskey Sour

(by Esquire)
Ingredients:
2 oz. bourbon
2/3 oz. lemon juice
1 tsp. superfine sugar
The easy classic for any occasion: Put the ingredients into a shaker and add some crushed ice. Shake hard and strain the drink into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a fresh lemon or orange wedge.

Cherry Blossomtini

(by The Spruce)

Ingredients:

1 1/2 ounces Gekkeikan Sake
1/2 ounce Cointreau Orange Liqueur
1/2 ounce cranberry juice
Splash lime juice (fresh)
2 dashes orange bitters

The Sake variation of a classic Cosmopolitan. Pour the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. Shake it well and strain the drink into a chilled cocktail glass.

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3 Delicious Wines For Spring

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Finally, spring has officially arrived. Flowers, bees and birds fill the air with their natural songs and make us dream of the next weekend or holiday. Easter is just around the corner and you want to make sure to have the best wines ready for your family lunch or a relaxed hangout with your friends. 

At Uvinum, we present you our selection of the best three wines to celebrate springtime. This selection includes one of each kind, red, white and rosé to guide you through the rise of the warmer season. Of course, you can and will discover lots more on our website where you will also find great discounts on a regular basis.

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The Pago de los Capellanes Joven Roble 2016 is a young red wine of a bright cherry colour. Revealing an intense floral aroma with notes of red fruits and hints of spices, this Tempranillo from the Ribera del Duero, Spain, is a great companion for your first barbecue of the year. But the Pago de los Capellanes would also warm you up if the nights are still a bit fresh. Amongst friends, family or just for you, this wine is made to be enjoyed.

 

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The Il Palagio Sting Message In A Bottle Bianco 2016 is a dedication to the pop hit of musician and winemaker Sting. In the 90ies, he rebuilt the Italian winery Il Palagio and ever since, stands for the high quality of Tuscan wines. This white wine cuvée is especially apt as an aperitif, or as a companion for fish and vegetable dishes. And with its light body, this wine makes for an excellent introduction convincing on every line. Why don’t you open a bottle yourself, see what kind of message is in it for you? 

 

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The Canyon Road White Zinfandel Rosé is a product made by Canyon Road Winery which owns 140 acres of vineyards. The majority of the grapes for its wines are sourced from coastal appellations and selected Northern California vineyards. The California appellation is part of the key to the brand’s success since it allows winemakers to roam prime Californian sources for just the juice they want.

 

 

 

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How The Shape Of The Glass Affects The Taste Of Wine

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It is not only an aesthetic question. Among all the different gadgets that make up the world of wine, the glass is one of the essentials because it directly affects its flavour.

The cup itself must be of quality and with specific forms, because thanks to it, it enhances both the fruit flavour, as well as the acidity or that helps to balance all these flavours. There are studies that have confirmed this, such as the Institute of Biomaterials and Bioengineering of the Medical and Dental University of Tokyo, which explained that the way in which ethanol evaporates depends on the structure of the cup.

In this study, as reported by CNN, the red colour detected by the olfactory chamber shows large concentrations of ethanol evaporating in different glasses with wine at 13 degrees Celsius. In one part of the study, three wine glasses were analyzed: a standard wine glass, a straight glass and a martini glass. Although the same amount of wine was served in the three glasses and examined at 13 degrees Celsius, the images revealed that a rim-shaped vapour pattern was created on the rim of the wine cup. This allows the wine to be appreciated without interfering with the smell of ethanol.

At the same time, wine tasting also speaks not only of the shape of the glass but also of the cleanliness of these. If you have traces of detergents or smell of plastic, then it will also condition the taste of a good wine.

Moreover, it also depends on the capacity, volume or opening of the wine glass to enhance the different aromas and nuances. But experts understand that in wine tasting everything depends, also, on the subjective factors of each person and the temperature and changes that the wine receives at each moment.

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Pruno 2016: Based on 90% of Tinta Fina and 10% of Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the secrets of Pruno emerges precisely in the 64 hectares owned by Finca Villacreces in the “Golden Mile” of the Ribera del Duero. 

  

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El Molar 2016: This Garnacha from Jumilla emphasises the appellation’s singularity.