Top 7 Instagram Accounts for Wine lovers 2018

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Over the past years, the world of wine joined the social networks and grew a not so small audience. That is why, at Uvinum, we have researched the Top 7 Instagram accounts for wine enthusiasts.

Nowadays, you can find a community on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for each wine niche in order to discover the most beautiful wine hikes, breathtaking châteaus and the most delicious food pairing. Starting with wine recommendations to creative photos and competitions up to videos – there is nothing that does not exist. In the Instagram account of Uvinum, for instance, you find fun images, phrases and – most importantly – video tastings of mainly Spanish wines. From time to time, however, we also get to taste and evaluate international gems.

To all wine drinking Instagrammers: Take a look at our list of the 7 most important winefluencers from all around the globe. Thanks for exciting and artistic pics, they will beautify your 2018.

winewankers

The WineWankers bring youthful charm and wit to the traditional wine world. They don’t hide behind diplomatic descriptions but say exactly what is on their minds. Following these, you’ll get to know new wines from Australia and other faraway corners of the world and simply enjoy nice photos.

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winerylovers

2,025 posts and 124k followers by the time of creating this post speak for themselves. Winerylovers offer a virtual home to all wineries and wines, as well as a free wine dictionary for true wine fans. Discover new wines, picturesque landscapes and get inspired by innovative food pairings.

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veuveclicquot

As one of the world’s most prestigious champagne houses, Veuve Clicquot gains an audience with inspiring pictures in pastel shades. Gorgeous wine moments, recommendations and just beautiful to look at. A must for champagne enthusiasts.

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champagneworldwide

With Champagneworldwide, we’ll stay in the world of French sparklings. These posts contain wonderful pics of breathtaking champagnes and deliver interesting information about methods, production processes, terroir, châteaus and grape varieties. 

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enoblogger

Wine and fashion enthusiast Emanuele Trono shows us his wine impressions from Italy under the alias Enoblogger: landscapes, exceptional wine shops and, of course, wines. The routined wine blogger doesn’t miss one opportunity to share personal experiences. Especially charming when he regularly asks his followers about their opinions and answers to each comment.

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jmiquelwine

Julien Miquel describes his “obsession with … wine, food, travel and family” in expressiv images that tell real stories. Wine recommendations from France or even Japan, artistic photos and wine landscapes – this wine blogger is an absolute Must-Follow.

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foodandwine

An excellent vlog on the subject food and wine. Old recipes in a new and fun edition and you will learn new combinations of taste. If you see yourself as a private gourmet chef, with foodandwine you get the chance of getting published and be seen by approximately 2.4 million followers. 

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How Has Climate Change Affected Wine Production In 2017?

 TAGS:undefinedThe International Wine Organisation, (OIV), has reported that this year’s wine production has been the lowest since the 1960s. Although we are still drinking more and more wine. There are also areas of decrease in production for different areas of the population, and this year we have seen an 8% decline; reaching 246.7 hectoliters.

One of the reasons, and the main cause of the decline in wine production, established by the OIV, is due to climate change. This change in productivity is due to hot autumns, as well as frosts that have come later than usual. Changes that are having a negative impact on the Earth and nature.

This does not cause the drop in consumption because there is enough stock (in France alone there are 154 million hectoliters in stock) nor the surge in prices because exports are doing well. According to OIV experts, some cheaper wines may have slight price increases, but high-end wines will maintain their prices.

Climate change is affecting especially countries like Italy, France and Spain. We have seen it in the vintage of this year, which has been ahead of schedule and has left a lower production: 35.7 million hectoliters of wine and must in Spain.

However, the wine world in general moves, with all kinds of events, the increase in wine tourism and exports that, as we have pointed out, are superior.

There is more data of this low production because from the Directorate General of Agriculture (DG Agri) of the European Commission and predicted that the wine production expected in the 2017/18 campaign would have an estimate of just 145.1 million hectoliters, which is a 14.4% or more than 24-million less than last season.

After Dinner: 5 Cocktails for Dessert

 TAGS:undefinedIf you want to do interesting deserts after dinner, you may want to consider cocktails with fruit. There are fruits that are in season throughout the year to give you a recipe for dinner during any season. Some of the deserts with refreshing cocktails include:

1. Refreshing Watermelon Sorbet with Rose Prosecco for Fresh Dinner Cocktails

If you are looking for interesting cocktails to serve before or after dinner, this Prosecco recipe is a great place to start. To make your Watermelon Prosecco Sorbet, you are going to need:

• 1 Teaspoon Lemon or lime zest
• 1 cup of sugar
• ½ Sweet baby watermelon
• 1 Lime or lime
• 1 Egg white
• Prosecco rose wine

Depending on how sweet your watermelon is, you will want to use lemon or lime. Lime is good to contrast sweeter fruits and the lime is sweeter for less ripened fruit. Reduce the sugar to a syrup on the stove and let cool. Once the sugar has cooled, cut the watermelon into small cubes and add I and the lemon zest to the mixture. Pour the fruit mixture into a blender along with the rest of the ingredients and Prosecco wine. Blend the mixture until it has a thick and creamy consistency and then pour it into cocktail glasses and garnish it with a spring of fresh mint.

2. Strawberry Slushy with White Moscato Wine for A Tasty Spring Treat

In the late spring, strawberries are a fresh fruit that you will see in your grocery store. There are many Moscato recipes that you can try with fresh strawberries, including this simple strawberry slushy recipe. The ingredients you will need for your strawberry slushy cocktail include:

• Fresh Strawberries
• Moscato wine

Ahead of time, freeze your fresh strawberries to ensure a creamier texture to your slushy. Take the strawberries out of the freezer and put them directly into the blender. Pour the Moscato wine over them until all the strawberries are covered, and then blend the mixture until it has the texture you want. Garnish the finished cocktail with strawberries and a sprig of fresh mint.

3. Mulled Wine with Chocolate and Fresh Spices to Warm You Up in Cold Weather

In German-speaking countries, a different kind of wine drink is the preferred winter beverage; mulled wine. This is a type of warm drink to help combat bitter cold temperatures. It is great with fresh spices like cinnamon and fruit. If you want to do something different with a mulled wine cocktail, the ingredients will help warm your spirits on a cold winter’s day:

• Hot Chocolate or Cocoa Powder
• Cinnamon Sticks
• Shaved Dark Chocolate
• Mulled Wine
• Fresh Apples

In a pan, add the Choco powder, cinnamon and apples with two tablespoons of brown sugar and a cup of water. Bring the pan to a boil and let it simmer until the mixture becomes thick and has a thick texture. Slowly, add the mulled wine as you bring the temperature down and turn the heat off. Pour the mixture into glasses and garnish them with a stick of cinnamon and a sliver of fresh apple. As a final touch, sprinkle dark chocolate shavings on the tip of the cocktail.

4. Refreshing White Peach Sangria for A Summer Classic To Serve At Dinner

One famous winter wine drink for those hot summer days is Sangria. Today, there are many variations of the classic Spanish Sangria, which include a white peach sangria. Here are some of the ingredients you will need for a refreshing twist for sangria:

• White Peaches
• Oranges
• White Wine
• Brandy
• 1 Tablespoon Sugar

In a pan, add the sugar and an equal amount of water, and bring it to a boil until it has the consistency of syrup. Let the syrup cool, and then, add it and the peeled peaches in a blender and blend it into a puree consistency. Slice peaches and oranges and put them in a pitcher, pour the fruit puree mixture over the fruit, and then, add equal parts wine and brandy. Let the mixture sit in the refrigerator overnight, and it will be ready to serve the next day.

5. Creamy Cava Ice Cream Floats for With Fresh Strawberries for Spring Weather

Soda floats are a great hot weather dessert, and they can be made into interesting cocktails just by adding a bit of Cava. The ingredients are as simple as:

• Vanilla Ice cream
• Dry Cava

This is a simple recipe that you can try and add your own ingredients like fresh fruit to make it your own special cocktail recipe.

Try one of these refreshing cocktails to add an exciting dessert to complete your dinner. Here you will find some of the wines and spirits you need to complete your deserts.

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Mandois Champagne Origine Brut, a sparkling wine from the region of Champagne produced with Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay grapes and shows an alcoholic content of 12%.

 
 

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Canyon Road White Zinfandel Rosé. The majority of the grapes for its wines are sourced from coastal appellations and selected Northern California vineyards. 

Improve Your Skills with Wine

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There is always something new to read about alcohol and the effects it has on us. The dominant narrative concerns the necessity to drink in moderation and never to drink and drive. Naturally, Uvinum wholeheartedly supports prevention messages from health campaigns.

Nonetheless, recent studies shed a positive light on a moderate consumption of alcohol. The benefits of the Mediterranean diet have long been demonstrated by scientists, so we are not going to dwell on those. Instead, we discovered five studies proving that alcohol can enhance your skills. 

Dancing skills

Last December, The Times published the results of a study by Professor David Nutt which declared that six glasses significantly improved your score at an Xbox dancing game. This corresponds to about one bottle of wine. However, it appears that this new-gained skill disappears beyond six drinks.

Foreign language skills

According to a study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology and conducted by the universities of the King’s College, Liverpool and Maastricht, one glass of alcohol has a positive impact on self-rated and observer-rated language performance. So, next time you go on holiday on a Spanish or Italian wine route, don’t hesitate to drink some wine to talk with locals.

Problem-solving skills

A new study by Professor Jennifer Wiley of the University of Illinois seems to prove that two glasses of wine or beer make you better and faster at brain teasers than if you were sober. Though, it might be worth pointing out that this effect is limited as alcohol enhances the creativity with which you can tackle a problem but your analytical skills dwindle.

Sense of smell

The Institute of Science in Israel proved in a study that two glasses of alcohol for women and three for men can improve our olfactory performances.  In other words, we identify various odour when slightly inebriated. Although, just as with the other skills, this advantage disappears beyond a moderate consumption.

Social skills

According to an article published in Psychological Science, having a few drinks can potentially improve your social skills. Alcohol seems to facilitate involvement in discussions and to make you smile more, thereby easing social bonding. However, shots of vodka will not replace healthy relationships.

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Castellare Di Castellina Chianti Classico 2015, a red wine from Chianti Classico based on the best sangiovese and canaiolo from 2015.

 

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Château Grand Puy Lacoste Lacoste Borie 2015,  a red wine from Pauillac that contains grapes of 2015.

Booze up your Hot Chocolate

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This week, we officially survived the so-called Blue Monday, the infamous “most depressing day of the year”. However, winter is here to stay, and every one of us could use some comfort food after spending the day fighting off polar winds, enduring dark afternoons and surviving icy rains. This is where our “ameliorated” hot cup of chocolate come into play. 

The sweet-powered: Caramel Lush

To start this list, I suggest a delicious caramelised hot chocolate. Its sweet flavours will make you forget about the long day you just had. Just sit down and relax.  

Ingredients

  • Achieving the caramel flavour is the tricky part. The easiest way is to use flavoured vodkaliquor or cream.
  • Alternatively, combine dark rum and caramel syrup for a more intense taste. 
  • Cocoa powder
  • Milk
  • Whipped cream

Preparation

After pouring the milk and cocoa powder into the pot, bring to a simmer. Make sure the ingredients are perfectly mixed. Add the syrup and the alcohol. Top it off with whipped cream.

Hot tip: add some toffee or hazelnut sprinkles on the whipped cream for a gourmet hot chocolate!

The fresh twist: Minty Bomb

This refreshing hot chocolate will make you want to live in winter for the whole year just to have the excuse of the cold to drink it again and again. This the perfect warm drink for your Sunday morning to enjoy on the sofa before starting the day. 

Ingredients

Preparation

Place the milk and cocoa powder in the pot, then, bring to a simmer and mix. We recommend replacing the cocoa powder with melted bitter chocolate. Add the mint schnapps and whipped cream. Your hot chocolate is now waiting for you!

Hot tip: To boost the mint taste of your preparation use some crushed mint candy or fresh mint leaves.

The fruit-infused: Soothing Orange

Discover this yummy citrus-flavoured hot chocolate. Admittedly, you are not going to drink it for the vitamin C but savouring it is likely to be the perfect way to spend the evening on your couch while the rain is pouring outside.

Ingredients

  • Typically, Cointreau and Grand Marnier are the recommended alcohol. But do not hesitate to be creative! There are many creams, liquors and bitters available. 
  • Orange zest
  • Cocoa powder
  • milk
  • Whipped cream

Preparation

Prepare your hot chocolate by warming and mixing together the milk and the cocoa powder or melted chocolate (go for a dark one!). You can also add some orange zest in the pot for a more intense taste. Once your chocolate is at the right temperature, add the orange liquor. Add some whipped cream and sprinkle the orange zest on top. 

Hot tip: use a small slice of candied orange or additional melted dark chocolate to top the whipped cream and create a stunning look.

The exotic-longing: Coco Delish

Bring back some of that exotic summer flavour in your dreary winter with this coconut-tasting hot chocolate! It will remind you of the great cocktails you drunk last summer.

Ingredients

  • Again two possibilities exist, the first (and our favourite) consists of dark Rum and coconut milk.
  • Another possibility is to use flavoured vodkarum or liquor and milk.
  • White chocolate
  • Toasted coconut sprinkles
  • Whipped cream

Preparation

Depending on the option you chose, put the melted white chocolate in the pot with the milk or coconut milk and bring to a simmer. When you reach the desired temperature, add the liquor and the whipped cream. Add coconut sprinkles generously to garnish. 

Hot tip: to make your cocoa even more savoury, add some cardamom or vanilla extract.

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Santa Teresa 1796, a Dark Rum with origins in Venezuela which is aged with the solera method. This allows it to acquire a unique maturity and quality.

 

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Vodka Danzka,  a vodka born in Copenhagen and the bottle is designed in the famous minimalist Nordic style.

Seven Insanely Creative Vodka Bottles

The most iconic example of a brand harnessing the power of design to promote its product is undeniably Absolut Vodka. Indeed, the arrival of the Absolut Company shifted the focus away from the product to its container and it has been one of the uncontested leaders thanks to its minimalist bottle shape, appealing colours and various limited editions.

Nevertheless, the competition quickly adapted and over the years we have witnessed a growing care given to the bottle. In a market always more competitive, some companies did not hesitate to go all the way and to up the ante to new highs. At Uvinum, we selected some of the most creative vodka bottle designs currently available on the market. 

Precious Vodka

Easily recognisable thanks to its diamond shape, Precious Vodka was designed by Precious Vodka with the clear ambition to offer a Premium Luxury Vodka to its consumers. Besides its crystalline aspect, it also contains an actual gem such as sapphire, emerald, ruby, topaz, peridot and amber. 

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Crystal Head Aurora Vodka

With multiple awards from prestigious international contests, Crystal Head Aurora Vodka can boast an excellent taste along with a unique design thanks to its bottle shaped like a skull. Moreover, you will appreciate the mesmerising colours reminding us of the northern lights. 

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Outerspace Vodka

If we start talking about skull-shaped bottles, it becomes necessary to mention the Outerspace Vodka. This time, the source of inspiration is the extraterrestrials, an appropriate choice for a vodka filtered through meteorites. A great drink for a cosmic experience. 

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Firestarter Vodka

The Firestarter Vodka produced by an eponymous company and ironically in the shape of a fire extinguisher will deliver what its name promises: firing up your parties. This eye-catching product from Moldova has all the advantages: a great taste (5 distillations), an original design and an affordable price.

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Vodka Red Army Kalashnikov

This design is quite straightforward in what it is supposed to evoke, Russia, its army, and its vodka-making tradition. Vodka Red Army Kalashnikov is displayed in a box similar to the unfamous Ak 47 Kalashnikov and contains a gun-shaped vodka bottle, six shot glasses (no pun intended) and a grenade filled with herbal liquor. 

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Vodka Bong Spirit Yosoh

A possible tribute to the relaxed approach to drugs of the Dutch, the Vodka Bong Spirit Yosoh combines the vices with its bong-shaped bottle filled with premium Dutch vodka. Not the most subtle design but it definitely belongs to current representations of what the country can offer. 

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The Ladoga Imperial Collection

We kept the most impressive bottle for the end. With its Imperial Collection, the Ladoga company really created an exclusive product whose outrageous price can only be explained by the incredible design. This vodka honours Russia’s two most outstanding export successes: traditional vodka and the Fabergé eggs. 

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Absolut Vodka 1L is distilled with natural resources such as pure Swedish spring water and winter wheat. Discover the Swedish vodka-making tradition.

 

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Vodka Finlandia 1L whose distillation requires six-row barley growing under the midnight sun and the icy spring waters. Uncover the Finnish soul with this unique vodka. 

3 Classic Prosecco Cocktails to Break the Ice

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Are you planning a dinner party, and not sure what drinks to serve? As guests arrive, you may want to serve them an aperitif cocktail to break the ice and stir up the conversation. There is nothing better to break the ice than original cocktails with a special ingredient like Prosecco as the base. Here are some interesting Prosecco cocktails to break the ice at your next dinner party:

1. Classic Prosecco Aperol Spritz Aperitif

This classic cocktail comes from the area of North-eastern Italy and is commonly served as an aperitif. To make it, you will need 3 parts Prosecco, 2 parts Aperol and 1-part soda water. In a wine glass, mix the Prosecco and Aperol together, and then, add the soda water. Garnish your Spritz cocktail, use oranges, which can also be frozen ahead of time to use as an alternative to ice cubes. Fresh strawberries in the spring are also an excellent choice for garnishing your Aperol Spritz cocktails.

2. Bellini For a Peachy Aperitif Cocktail

Another classic Prosecco cocktail is Bellini is a peach drink that is great on hot summer nights. It is a drink with origins in Venice, and its main ingredient is Prosecco. To make it, you will need to mix 4 parts peach puree or juice with 4 parts Canti Prosecco Spumante and one-part sweetener. To garnish this cocktail, use fresh peaches. If you can find white peaches, they go well with Bellini Cocktails.

3. Fizzy and Spicy Apple Cider Prosecco Cocktail

During the holidays, apple cider is one of the drinks that are popular in many countries. Rather doing apple cider, why not consider an Interesting Prosecco cocktail for your dinner party? To make your cocktail, you will want to start with Teresa Rizzi Prosecco Brut and add apple cider and spiced rum. Garnish the cocktail with an apple wedge for presentation.

Ingredients:
• 1 Braeburn Apple Wedge (Garnish)
• Teresa Rizzi Prosecco Brut 4oz
• Journeyman Old Country Goodness Apple Cider Liqueur 3oz
• Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold3oz
Instead of adding ice to the cocktail, freeze apple wedges and use them to keep your original apple cocktails cool.

With an interesting aperitif cocktail at your new dinner party, you will be sure that your event will be a success. There are three types of Prosecco; Brut, Dry and Extra Dry, which you may want to try beforehand to see which work for the cocktail recipes you are planning to use.

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Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve is an attractive and tasty champagne from Champagne with notes of ripe fruit and flowers. 

 
 
 

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10 Best Value Wines For January

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The holidays are over, but that does not mean we have to give up the small pleasures of life. Today, we have 10 cheap quality wines to offer you, so that the rising prices of January will cost you less. Are you going to try them?

1. Basa 2016

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Basa 2016, a white wine of the D.O. Rueda that maximises the varietal character of the Verdejo grape. Ideal to pair with vegetables, white meats, white fish, seafood, bluefish, baked fish, smoked, foie gras, soups and creams.

 Buy Basa 2016

 

2. Protos Roble 2016

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Protos Roble 2016: an unquestionable top of the Ribera del Duero. It is elaborated with an exhaustive selection of Tinta del Pais, in whose fermentation process, the temperature is controlled with extreme stealth, resulting in a red of precious expressiveness and potency.

 

3. Blau 2016

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Blau 2016: worthy representative of the wines of Montsant. It is a complex red on the nose that shows fresh, balanced, complex, fruity and impregnated with the notes of the terroir, wide flavours and a fresh, spicy and slightly mineral finish.

 

4. Baltasar Gracian Viñas Viejas 2015

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Baltasar Gracian Viñas Viejas 2015: red 100% Garnacha that comes from vines up to 80 years old. It is cheerful, fresh and young, an excellent way to get to know D.O. Calatayud Grenache lovers, do not hesitate a second: it is a good choice.

5. Viña Real Crianza 2014

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Viña Real Crianza 2014: a broad and fleshy Rioja ageing, with noble mature tannins that transmits a perfect roundness and balance. For quality and price, it is a good choice for varied occasions and meals based on simple meats.

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6. José Pariente Verdejo 2016

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José Pariente Verdejo 2016: intense, elegant, complex, fruity … Not in vain has it become one of the most famous wines of Rueda and that has brought fame to the increasingly valued verdejo wines. What a wonderful varietal! Enjoy with fish dishes, seafood or rice, the perfect combinations! 

 

7. Llavors 2015

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Llavors 2015: in Empordà, in the northeast of Catalonia, wines such as Llavors 2015 allow us to enjoy the wonders of a land bathed in the wind. In the case of this young red, in addition, we can enjoy the exquisiteness of simple and well-made wines.

 

8. Gaba do Xil Mencía 2014

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Gaba do Xil Mencía 2014: this wine from the D.O. Vadeorras is a 100% Mencía monovarietal made by traditional viticulture and respectful of the environment. You will enjoy its pleasant and slightly fruity character, with a long finish and very good acidity.

 

9. Semele 2015

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Semele 2015 is one of the most anticipated wines of the D.O. Ribera del Duero 2017. It is an organic red wine grown locally and organically, which is very aromatic and spicy on the nose, and round and fresh on the palate, with aromatic richness and varietal expression.

 

10. El Perro Verde 2016

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El Perro Verde 2016: Sympathetic, casual, expressive, tasty … With each vintage that passes, this Verdejo maintains the character that has made it famous and appreciated. In Uvinum always stands out with top sales and is the white wine that has been scored well by experts.

Cocktails with Whiskey for Winter

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The Manhattan cocktail is famous for its strength. Its preparation is simple, pour two parts of whiskey together with one part of vermouth and add two dashes of bitter with crushed ice. Then, add a few dashes of bitters. Garnish the finished Manhattan with a cherry for an appealing presentation.

We find a higher concentration of whiskey in the Esmeralda cocktail. In this case, equal proportions of Irish whiskey and Italian vermouth are mixed. Then, add a dash of orange or lemon flavouring for a citrus twist. Pour the preparation into a shaker and agitate.

Irish coffee is a Winter-time classic. This coffee is the perfect hot drink to end a delicious meal. To make this cocktail, you need 2 parts of Irish whiskey and 5 to 6 parts of coffee. Simply pour the whiskey into the sweetened coffee and top it off with cream. Alternatively, indulge yourself with some whipped cream to garnish the top.

November Rain is a cocktail made by Javier de las Muelas. This drink takes advantage of whiskey’s smooth and creamy texture. Combine it with Maker’s Mark whiskey, drops of Droplets Tonka Bean, nougat ice cream and black chocolate liqueur to achieve an unctuous winter cocktail. It is easily made by shaking all the ingredients in a Boston shaker for 10 seconds. Garnish the top with coffee beans to impress your friends. 

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Chivas Regal 12 Year old 1L, a Scottish jewel from the oldest Speyside distillery still in activity.

New Year’s Hangover Cure

 

Christmas holidays and New Year’s Eve, you partied like a rock star, and your Christmas rush is quickly followed by a holiday hangover. Too much sparkling, eggnog – although there isn’t such thing as “enough eggnog” – candy, cakes, liqueurs…STOP! Enough, it’s over. I can’t hear it anymore.

I don’t believe in diets, I believe in enjoying. But during the festive season, it’s hard to not cross the line. Your work’s Christmas party, dinner with friends, family reunion – there is no escape. Some people are smart enough to hold a diet before the craze starts. I’m not one of them. As I’ve already said, I don’t believe in diets. But my hangover cure for the new year is based on an old ritual from my ancestors and brings meback to life each year. Don’t worry, anything healthy coming.

Phase One: It’s the first shower of the year. Enjoy it, make it a really long and hot shower, massaging your head with your favourite shampoo, getting rid of redundant body hair, put on a hair mask, why not, use your body scrub, for God’s sake. It’s the first shower of the year.

Phase Two: This is for the early birds amongst you. Turn on the TV around 10 AM and enjoy the annual concert of the Wiener Philharmoniker. And if you feel like it, in the right company, this is the first opportunity to clink with a nice Champagne or Sekt from Austria.

Phase Three: Sometimes you have to fight fire with fire, and you already had your Champagne. So, what does it matter now? Go to your New Year’s family brunch, friends lunch or whatever you have planned, and order something you didn’t have the last days. If you have knocked yourself out with eggnog on Christmas, order some dry white wine like this José Pariente Verdejo 2016 from Spain. In order to get the right feeling, you should order something with less alcohol content and/or contrary taste. Did you go crazy on sweet wines? Enjoy a good beer. Had you too much red wine? Fight your hangover with cava. This is one of the moment, where your gut literally tells you which way to go. Listen to your instincts.

Phase Four: Don’t exaggerate. One or two glasses really is enough. Drink some mineral water in between. And no matter what happens, don’t accept the liqueur if offered any! In case of any doubts, just say thank you with a smile and walk home.

If you’re someone that doesn’t want to close the celebrations with a healthy diet, just fade out smoothly. Don’t exaggerate, your body will adapt and you’ll have some last hours of fun before real life catches up and you have to go back to work.

Remember, that too much is never good. But there is a nice saying in Austria and it goes like this: “Ein Mal ist kein Mal”, meaning “Once is never” or if it happened only once, it’s like it hasn’t happened at all. Don’t worry if you have too much wine once a year, as long as it doesn’t happen every day.

The best of luck and a happy new year 2018 wishes you Uvinum!

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