Alcohol Abuse in Adolescents Can Affect the Brain

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A recent study by the University of Eastern Finland and the University Hospital of Kuopio has seen a “critical thinking” in young people who were heavy drinkers of alcohol during their teenage years.

The results of the research, published in the journal Addiction, reveal that parts of the brain that develop before the age of 20 may be disrupted as a result of abuse of alcoholic beverages.

The study was performed using magnetic resonance imaging techniques applied to the brain structure of healthy youngsters that were alcohol users during their adolescence. They also tested control subjects of the same age that were light drinkers. Through three transverse phases performed at the same time. Over 10 years, with ages between 13 and 18 years at the beginning of the investigation.

All participants had good academic results and did not show appreciable differences in mental health problems, while drinkers had not been diagnosed with any alcohol abuse disorder. However, significant statistical differences between the two groups were observed.

Among “drinkers” there is a decrease in the volume of gray matter in the anterior cingulate cortex (an area of the brain involved in functions such as regulation of blood pressure and heart rate, and certain functions of higher level, such as reward anticipation, decision making, impulse control and emotion), as well as in the right insula (also linked to the latter functions of higher level).

According to the researchers, the excessive consumption of alcohol can interrupt the maturation process of the areas mentioned, particularly important in the control of impulses and in the sensitivity to the negative subjective effects of alcohol, so that these changes of volume can play an important role in the development of a substance use disorder later in life.

The exact mechanism behind these structural changes is not known, but it appears that some of them may be reversible if alcohol consumption is significantly reduced. And, as always, from Uvinum we recommend – a moderate and responsible consumption of alcohol. Relax and enjoy the pleasure of a glass of good wine without overdoing it.

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Barbazul 2013

 

 

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Pruno 2014

Back To School Cocktails

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Summer is ending, we have to go back to work and our children back to school. At least one reason to celebrate, right? Maybe if you’re a parent, but as a teacher, you might need a little cheer-up. In both cases, we have some fun cocktail suggestions for you to help get over autumn. 

The Teacher’s Aid

We’re talking about an after-school cocktail to help you recover and recharge your batteries after a long day at school or the office. Its unusual mix addresses those who look for a peculiar taste, something that awakens your senses.

Ingredients:

  • Some bubbly brut rosé
  • Cane sugar cubes
  • Cranapple juice
  • Ginger ale
  • An apple to garnish

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Fever Tree Ginger Ale

 

 

The Teacher’s Pet

The teacher’s pet is not the smartest girl or boy in school, it’s this cocktail. Teacher’s Pet is perfect for anyone who wants to relax without trying anything too strong. His recipe is easy and his benefits are many.

Ingredients:

  • Green Tea
  • Vodka
  • Ice

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Cîroc Vodka 1L

 

 

Summer Ain’t Over

Living in the past is one of your passions? Lean back, ignore reality and act like summer would never end. Fresh and fruity, tastes like the Carribean.

Ingredients:

  • Iced tea
  • Lemonade
  • 4 shots of vodka
  • 2 cups of raspberries
  • Mint

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Firestarter Vodka

 

 

No Sleep Tonight

This is definitely the drink made for those who really need support during the nights when sleeping is forbidden. We’re talking about a cocktail that can easily replace coffee, especially when temperatures are hot and you want to feel something fresh and sweet. 

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 ounces of Bourbon
  • 0.75 ounces of lemon juice
  • 0.75 ounces of hazelnut and caramel syrup
  • 2 bar spoons of coffee liqueur

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Michter’s Small Batch Bourbon 75cl

 

 

See? Your return to reality doesn’t have to be that hard. Enjoy your cocktail but be careful, only one at a time. Cheers!

Tips to bubble lovers

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If you consider yourself a lover of cava, champagne and other sparkling wines, we want to give you some ideas so that your taste for sparkling wine expands and you discover new flavors, aromas, forms and experiences that this type of wine can offer you:

1. Give an English Sparkling Wine a Chance

If you have not done it, we recommend that you do it as soon as the opportunity presents itself. The English sparkling wine has had very good reception and positive trend during recent times and can be found in different places. It is made in the same way as Champagne.

2. Attend a tasting event

If you have never been to an event of this type, treat yourself to a course or a tasting specialized in sparkling wine. You will have fun, you will love it and you will learn a lot of things about the bubbles.

3. Visit a vineyard

It is something you should see at least once at some point in life. In fact, there probably is a vineyard very close to you without you knowing it. Whether in Spain, Italy or France, get lost in some of the regions specializing in sparkling wine.

4. Get out of your comfort zone

It is very pleasing to find a good sparkling wine that makes us “click” to think that “is ours”, but we can not or should not be limited to just one sparkling wine. There are many wines of this type all over the world, why not try some of them?

5. Simply pamper yourself!

Enjoying champagne is considered a luxury and should only be enjoyed on “special occasions”. Put aside those paradigms and enjoy a delicious glass of sparkling wine whenever you feel like doing it.

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Anna de Codorniu Blanc de Blancs Brut Reserva

 

 

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Pol Roger Brut Réserve

6 Bars From Movies To Remember

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It’s clear that bars are part of our lives, so much so that they are often a theatre of important moments, something that the film could not capture, as happened with all the real or imaginary events imagined by its creators.

There are many signs that the seventh art collects in taverns, pubs, bars, cafes, and other buildings, and these are the most important ones.

1. The Mos Eisley Cellar

It is impossible for a Star Wars fan not to listen to the song you hear in the scene in the cellar of the planet Tatooine when you see a picture of it. This is the place where Ben Kenobi and Luke Skywalker recruit Han Solo and Chewbacca for their adventures and where the Jedi Master uses his laser sword for the first time.

2. Bob’s Country Bunker

Every bar that has a metal canvas to avoid bottling deserves to be visited. This is the case of the anthrax that includes the adventures of the famous Blues Brothers in the same film with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.

3. The Golden Hall of the Overlook Hotel

Here we start to see how Jack Nicholson goes head to head in some of Shining’s key scenes, the disturbing film directed by the great director Stanley Kubrick in 1980.

4. The Prancing Pony

Nothing better than a couple of pints of beer to start the biggest adventure ever experienced by the four hobbits in the county. Here are Aragorn (aka Strider) and the little hairy heroes in the movie adaptation of The Lord of the Rings.

5. Jack Rabbit’s Slim

Probably one of Quentin Tarantino’s most memorable Pulp Fiction scenes takes place in this typically American location: it is a dancing dinner where John Travolta and Uma Thurman give free vent to their passion for dance and smoothies.

6. Rick Café Americain

In this small review could not miss the most famous disco of Casablanca, which saw the birth of the passionate love between Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in the 1942 film, as well as hosting the piano that Sam “sounded again.”

 

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Coppola Diamond Chardonnay 2013

 

 

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Francis Ford Coppola Zinfandel Diamond Collection 2014

One Beer a Day May Reduce Risk of Heart Attack

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The title says it all: one beer a day can help reduce your risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular problems. That is the conclusion of the study presented by Pennsylvania State University at the last meeting of the American Heart Association, the world’s largest cardiology referent.

The study in question was based on the analysis of blood samples of 80 thousand adults contrasted with their habits of consumption of alcoholic beverages during each quarter of the last 6 years. These blood samples allowed researchers to measure, among other factors, high-density lipoprotein levels. Indeed, maintaining healthy levels of this lipoprotein (better known as “good cholesterol”) helps prevent clogged arteries, a major cause of stroke and cardiovascular disease.

The results show that people with moderate alcohol consumption, equal to one or two pints per day, maintain a healthy level of “good” cholesterol. This positive effect was more noticeable in blood samples from regular beer drinkers than those with a predilection for other alcoholic beverages.

On the contrary, it is, without a doubt, an argument that supports the conclusion of the benefits of consuming a daily beer. “A reason to raise our arm and toast, although it is probably best to do it only once,” said Shue Huang, lead author of the study.

While this is one of the largest studies in this area, it is not the only one. In fact, in Uvinum we had already talked about the positive effects of moderate consumption of beer on other items: from its stimulating qualities to brain activity and memory, to reducing health problems such as cardiovascular disease, arthritis or aging of the skin.

There is no doubt that this news will delight all those people who enjoy having a cold beer with their friends when leaving work. To all of them: Cheers!

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Rochefort 10

 

 

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Westmalle Tripel

Yummy appetisers in summer

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Summer is probably the best season for any outdoor activity, enjoy the sunlight and warmth as much as possible. Among the best things to do outside, there is, of course, eating and drinking. Let’s see then which are the best appetisers to enjoy during this time.

Marinated fried anchovies:

This recipe is really simple and you can do it in 40 minutes, ideal for 4 people and very cheap.

Ingredients:

  • 400 grams of fresh anchovies
  • 300 millilitres of white or apple vinegar.
  • 250 millilitres of white wine
  • 1 spicy chilli
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 fresh onion
  • Flour for anchovy butter
  • Olive oil

Elaboration:

  1. Clean and remove the head from each of the anchovies, open them and remove the central bone.
  2. Wash and dry the anchovies with a paper towel, sprinkle with flour and fry in hot oil on both sides
  3. Place the fried anchovies on an absorbent towel and separate.
  4. In a saucepan add vinegar, wine, salt, onion in rings, chilli on wheels, chopped garlic leaves to boil over high heat, then cook over medium heat for 3 minutes and extinguish.
  5. Place the prepared vinegar mixture over the anchovies until covered and marinate for 12 hours.
  6. Serve your guests.

Crab and cheese puffs

This ideal aperitif for parties has a medium difficulty level, can be prepared in 1 ½ hours and is ideal for 4 guests.

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 30 grams of butter
  • 45 grams of flour
  • 1 pinch of sal millilitres
  • 1 litre of water

For crab stuffing

  • 120 grams of cooked crab meat
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 20 grams of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt 

For cheese filling

  • 60 grams of gruyere cheese
  • White pepper to taste

For salsa

  • 250 milliliters of whole milk
  • 25 grams of butter
  • 30 grams of flour
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg

Elaboration:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and in butter 2 trays
  2. Prepare the cream buns with the indicated amounts
  3. Place the choux pasta on the tray
  4. Cook the buns in the hot oven, remove and let cool.
  5. Prepare a sauce with the indicated amounts and cut the cheese into thick slices.
  6. Place in a small pot of butter and the crabmeat to sauté for a couple of minutes and season with salt and paprika.
  7. Place the crabmeat in a bowl to add half the sauce and mix.
  8. Place the gruyere cheese in a bowl with the sauce and mix
  9. Cut the buns to fill with both fillings.
  10. Return to refrigerator for 15 minutes before serving.

And to drink, nothing better than a good white wine!

 

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Pazo Señorans 2016,  a well-balanced and elegant albariño

 

 

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Nuviana Blanco 2016, with strong exotic fruit notes

In which countries is it most expensive to buy wine?

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When we travel, one of the things that most strikes us from new places we visit, are the price differences in consumer products. It is easy to find surprises in such everyday things as public transportation, some food and, of course, alcoholic beverages in general. Wine in particular is no exception.

Recently, the company MoveHub have done a study of the average price of a bottle of wine in different parts of the world, making, based on the data provided by the California Wine Institute, a ranking of the most expensive countries.

The result, which comes from statistics of countries on five continents, shows a clear tendency to find the most expensive wines in luxury tourist destinations, tax havens and oil-rich Middle Eastern countries, while in Europe in general, wine is more affordable, except in Iceland, which with an average price of 19.42 Euros, is ranked as the third most expensive country in the world.

Below you can find the top 3 countries where enjoying a bottle of wine may prove more prohibitive:

  1. Marshall Islands. This archipelago in the middle of the Pacific Ocean has the record of average price per bottle, with £18,57. Bearing in mind that to get there you have to literally walk half a world, we do not believe that the lucky ones who can afford it matter a lot.
  2. Indonesia. A little closer, but not too much, this island country located between Southeast Asia and Oceania is in second place, with £17,49.
  3. Iceland. We knew the Icelandic cod, but we did not assume that accompanying it with wine would be quite expensive, with an average price of £16,56.

The remaining countries to the tenth position worldwide are Singapore, with £16,51, Jordan, £16,05, Qatar, £15,61, Cayman Islands, £15,18, Maldives, £14,9, Emirates United Arab Emirates, £14,46 and, closing the ranking, Aruba, with £14,18.

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Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial

 

 

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Bollinger Spécial Cuvée Brut

Wine Lands – Setubal, Alentejo and Algarve

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In Alentejo, one can find a great variety of soils and grapes. The most traditional red strains: Trincadeira, Touriga Nacional, Afrocheiro and Castelão (also called Periquita) share territory with the white ones such as Antão Vaz, Arinto and Fernão Pires and also with some import strains, with very good results in Portuguese soil, especially Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
The wines of Alentejo. red, white and rosé are usually wines full bodied, soft and quite aromatic.

It is said that the heritage of the Alentejo is based on two strains, Alicante Bouschet and Antão Vaz. The first is also known as “ink of writing”, because of the intense colour of its wines, highly appreciated by the aromas of forest fruits, cacao and vegetable notes.
The origin of the grape Antão Vaz is unknown, but the truth is that this variety is already indispensable in the great white wines of the Alentejo and is widely planted, mainly in the areas of Évora and Vidigueira.

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Structured wines are the product of these grapes, with aromas of ripe tropical fruits. Although they sometimes lack some acidity they work great when mixed with Arinto (with high acidity) and Roupeiro (also known as Syria).

The wine route of the Setúbal Peninsula passes through two designations of origin; Setúbal and Palmela, the second one chosen as European Wine City in 2012 and base of the Mother House of the Wine Route, an old wine cellar transformed into an enotouristic information centre.
The great treasure of Setúbal is its Moscatel wine, aged in oak barrels for at least a year and a half.

The white strain, that grows on the slopes of the Sierra de Arrábida, and the black strain, also known as Moscatel Roxo or Gallego Roxo are responsible for the fame of generous (fortified) wine. Moscatel Roxo is less known, has a limited production and is very aromatic: actually, experts say that its flavours are much more complex than the ones offered by the Moscatel Blanco variety, also used for the production of excellent table wine.

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In the 70’s, some of the producers of the French Riviera introduced strains such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Blanc, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc, among others.

One of them, the Casa Ermelinda Freitas, stands out for being a company created in the 1920’s and managed by women. Its wines have an excellent reputation and 160 out of the 240 hectares of vineyard plantation are occupied by the Periquita strain.

Venâncio Costa Lima is another of the wineries of reference in the production of wines in Setúbal.

The winery Quinta do Anjo is located in the region of Palmela and goes to the fourth generation dedicated to the production of Moscatel and table wine, both white and red, with an appellation of origin. This winery has won the prize for the Muscats du Monde 2011, which recognizes it as the producer of the best muscatel in the world.

Further south, there are vineyards plantations protected by the Sierra de Monchique and four denominations of controlled origin. The dry soils and climate of the Algarve allow the optimal development of traditional strains such as Castelão, Negra Mole, Arinto and Syria and other national varieties, such as the Touriga Nacional and the Verdelho.

The red wines of the Algarve have a ruby red colour in their early years that darken with age, use to give off aromas of fruit and are velvety to the palate. The whites are soft and usually show straw yellow.

Madrono and herbal spirits (fennel and star anise), as well as fruit and honey liqueurs, marry incredibly well with the gastronomy of the Algarve, that consists of several kinds of soups or a typical dessert made of almonds, figs and honey.

Here are our suggestions on good Portuguese wines you can find on Uvinum:

 

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João Clara Branco 2015, an explosion of freshness

 

 

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Pêra Grave 2013, perfect to join meat and cheeses

Sustainable tourism on the increase in 2017

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Tourism is becoming greener. And this because awareness to preserve the planet is getting stronger and influences in one of the most powerful sectors of the world: tourism.

When we say that sustainable tourism is on the increase this year is because the WTO, World Tourism Organization, has declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development to foster the need for effective change in this line.

Sustainable tourism is already a reality and there are thousands of projects that advocate, even in universities. There are subjects about it and specialized masters for future professionals who know how to take for example a hotel or a restaurant towards their most responsible part.

That 2017 became the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development is established by Agenda 2030 in order to change business practices and policies, in addition to consumer behaviours, to safeguard the planet.

During this year there will be a lot of information and projects on this subject and they will act in five priority areas:

  • Inclusive and sustainable economic growth.
  • Social inclusion, employment and poverty reduction.
  • Efficient use of resources, environmental protection and climate change.
  • Cultural values, diversity and heritage.
  • Mutual understanding, peace and security.

In the margin, many developments have already seen the light and every day they fight for the users to participate in them. Regulate spending on water from golf courses and hotels, allocate a part to help the needy, healthy eco-destinations, protection of the coast for ethical tourism, protected green areas, ecological orchards in restaurants … and much more are Just some of the examples that are being made in sustainable tourism. Go green!

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Marques de Cáceres Ecológico Bio 2015

 

 

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Clos de L’Ours Cotes-de-Provence Grizzly Bio 2013

How English wines are increasing their success

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The English wine industry is a growing one, especially referring Kent and Sussex regions. In the last five years, about 200 new wineries have been created, the land devoted to the wine harvest has doubled to 5,000 acres, and its production has doubled, surpassing 5 million bottles.

We¡re talking about an industry still in the making that is beginning to make its way in the international market. If we compare the data with those regions with a greater wine tradition, much remains to be done. For example, the UK exported 250,000 bottles of wine last year, just a fraction of the 150 million bottles of champagne exported by France annually.

But the reputation of these wines is not due to quantity, but to quality. English sparkling wines have won nine awards for the Best International Sparkling Wine and six for the Best Pink with Needle in global competitions over the last 15 years. An enviable figure that has made evident the great potential of these wines, facilitating their conquest to the most demanding palates around the world.

The growing prestige gained in recent years has led to an increase in international demand, forcing them to boost their production destined for foreign markets. In fact, English wine industry is expected to multiply 10 times the exports by 2020, or the equivalent of 2.5 million bottles. Perhaps by this date it will be more common to enjoy an exquisite glass of English wine when watching a football game of the famous English Premier League.

 

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Nyetimber Demi Sec, enjoyable as an appetizer

 

 

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Chapel Down Rose Brut, a fresh sparkling and unique rosé