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The secret of reaching 110 years of age? A sip of whisky every day

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One would think that living for many years comes from living a healthy lifestyle, with a very well balanced diet and regular physical activity to maintain ones shape. However, although this should not be ruled out at all, the world’s longest-living people have admitted that alcohol is part of their daily diet and that, for them, it has helped them to live for such a long time.

Grace Jones is now the UK’s tenth-longest living person at 110 and has confessed that a small sip of whisky every night has been her most trusted secret to living for so long. “I never suffer from heartburn during the night and it’s the only thing I drink”, says Mrs. Jones, who has been practising this for 60 years. “Whisky is very good for your health. I started with the night sip when I turned 50 and I have not stopped for 60 years, and I do not intend to do it. The doctor told me to continue taking it because it is good for the heart”, confesses Jones.

And, certainly, it is not the first time that something like this has happened. We have already heard of a 102-year-old woman who credits beer for her longevity. We also have another woman over 100 who claimed that 6 gin & tonics a day have done her well while a 107-year-old Spanish wine producer claims that his long age is due to the benefits of wine he consumes daily.

Jones celebrated his birthday last September with his 78-year-old daughter and enjoyed pleasant company, food, drinks and, of course, his mythical drink of whisky. She was born on September 16, 1906 in Liverpool, in the United Kingdom, and has already received seven letters from the Queen of England. And, most likely, it will probably not be the last.

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Johnnie Walker Blue Label

 

 

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Scapa 16 Year old

One dish for every beer

 TAGS:Blonde, red, stronger and well spiced. Each beer has different specificities and is better or worse with a type of food. Since a while now, the pairing of beers is more and more taking into account. Many people are now interesting into knowing what beer goes better with each food to enhance its flavor.

With its deep color, Porter is a type of Ale and is usually somehow bitter. This particular flavor characterizes much of the black beer. It?s ideal for smoked foods, different types of meats, strong cheeses and desserts with chocolate or coffee.

A famous variety of the Porter and the Guinness, (very popular in Ireland) is the Stout beer. Most of the foods we have cited above also go with the flavor of this beer. But we may add salted, certain fish and oysters.

If you’ll take an American Lager, we recommend eating exotic cuisines like Thai, Mexican or Peruvian. In this case, it also enhances the flavor of brie cheese, perfect for a snack with this refreshing beer.

Although there are many varieties of them, the Belgian Ale type has a special flavor and different spices are added. For a rich salad, rice, feta cheese or other citrus, this beer is perfect.

The Amber Lager is a lager with a fairly mild flavor. This gives you the opportunity to marry it to all kinds of food, especially pizza, pasta and rice (seasoned with tomato sauce and cheese.) The flavors of pasta have much more consistency.

The taste of Brown Ale beer, English origin, caramel, chocolate and roasted malt, is ideal for taking with pork, sausage, chicken and other grilled meats. For dessert, goes well with almost everything, but especially with nuts such as walnuts.

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Brahma

 

 

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Alhambra Reserva 1925

8 health benefits of red wine

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Wine is one of the world’s oldest drinks. Its history dates back thousands of years, and while drinking to excess any alcoholic beverage is dangerous for health, it is scientifically proven that drinking a glass of red wine per day brings its benefits.

Reducing the risk of death in many cases: European researchers argue that moderate daily consumption of red wine (22-32 g of alcohol) has a good effect on mortality. According to studies carried out in France, UK, Finland and Denmark, moderate consumption of wine is more beneficial than beer or other spirits.

Smoking: Smoking damages the natural ability of blood vessels to relax, what is called vasodilation. Red wine, with or without alcohol , decreases the harmful effects of tobacco consumption in the endothelium – layer of cells that reduces friction in the lining of lymph vessels , blood vessels and heart.

Heart problems: One of the most known and recognized wine consumption virtues is the protective effect on the heart. Indeed, the moderate and regular consumption of red wine can be preventive in the heart and cardiovascular problems. Scientists believe the red wine reduces the risk because it minimizes the production of low density lipoprotein (LDL) and the formation of high density lipoprotein (HDL).

Blood clots: Red wine produced an anticoagulant action or anti -thrombotic. Occasional or moderate wine consumers show a lower level of fibrinogen proteins that are responsible for the formation of blood clots.

Hypertension: Excessive alcohol consumption is generally considered a risk factor for hypertension. However, clinical trials show positive effects of red wine on blood pressure. Two glasses of red wine (250 ml), while eating, reduces blood pressure after meals.
Kidney Stones: wine consumption reduces the risk of kidney stone formation.

Alzheimer’s disease: The moderate consumption of wine is often put forward in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers have shown that resveratrol, a polyphenol found in red wine, has neuroprotective effects.

Thus, I will not conclude by saying that everyone should drink wine every day, but it can be worth if you are in one of the situations above. Therefore, let’s all buy wine!

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Chateau Lynch-Bages 2005

The 5 strongest beers to celebrate Oktoberfest

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It?s Oktoberfest! Beer is the star of this festival of German tradition, which, despite its name is not celebrated in October, but the third week of September. The reason? Although Oktoberfest was originally celebrated in October, it was suggested to celebrate Oktoberfest in September because the weather is more favorable.

In October in Germany the weather is quite cold, so most beers consumed for Oktoberfest are of a higher alcohol content (the highest). But what are these superpower beers? There are beers up to 65% alcohol (the famous Armageddon), but if you have not been lucky enough to buy one when it was still available (it is made in very small quantities and on a short period), and want to enjoy a different Oktoberfest with stronger beers today I present to you five of the strongest beers sold on Uvinum. Yes, if you buy beer for Oktoberfest, drink in moderation!

 Here are the 5 strongest beers sold on Uvinum:

5. With 13% of alcohol content, the “demon” beer

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Belzebuth 250ml

 

 

4. 14% of alcohol content for the strongest lager

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Samichlaus

 

 

3. 15% of alcohol content, the whiskey land’s beer

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Brewdog Paradox Isle Of Arran

 

 

2. 15% of alcohol content, the Bordeaux style beer

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De Molen Bommen & Granaten Bordeaux

 

 

1. 32% of alcohol content, the nuclear bomb

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Brewdog Tactical Nuclear Penguin 375ml

Daily consumption of beer prevents kidney stones

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From time to time, studies reveal the benefits of a particular food or drink in reference to certain health problems, or related to the prevention of all kinds of diseases. Some of them are already too well known, as the beneficial effects, for example, of wine. Consumed in moderation and with a balanced diet, it helps prevent cardiovascular disease and also contains an appreciable amount of antioxidants, key controlling many related health problems, especially with aging.

In this case, the beer is aprotagonist too. In the same way, this ancient drink, with origins lost in the mists of time, is gaining popularity and, in time, more and more things about its properties have been discovered : its benefits and, of course, its wide variety of elaborations, which allow marry it with many meals. As for wine, nowadays projects put to light scientific evidence that shows that responsible consumption can be directly related to different health problem solutions.

Recently, the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology published a study analyzing the effects of certain drinks in the possibility of developing kidney stones, the famous and very painful ?stones ?in the kidney.

Thus, the study shows that sugary drinks favor the occurrence of these problems, which can be severe, while beer, however, reduced by up to 41 % chance of developing the disease.

The study analyzed data from over 190,000 people, mostly middle-aged who had no history of kidney stones. For eight years, 4,462 of these subjects had stones, being fans of sugary drinks. Specifically, those who had drank one or more sugary drinks a day during the time of the study, were to have a 23 % higher risk than those who drank it once a week.

As for the beer, the highest risk reduction, cited above, was achieved with a beer a day, while wine also presents a risk reduction of 33%, as for the white wine, and 31% in reference to the red wine. Coffee reduces the risk by 26 %, orange juice, 12% and tea by 11%.

Would you like to consume beer? Well with the 2 we recommend today, you will have a great time. Enjoy in moderation:

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Damm Inedit 75cl

 

 

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Heineken Can

Top 10 best-selling wine brands in 2012

 TAGS:We are used to describe the wines according to their organoleptic qualities, our tastes, where they come from or vintage, but what if we start to think about the sales? What are the best-selling wine brands in the world? Surely in the ranking we are going to present, you will find many surprises … In fact, the first thing that may draw attention is the total absence of French, Italian or Spanish brands.

10. Jacob?s Creek. A range of Australian wines belonging to the multinational Pernod Ricard who have experienced tremendous growth in emerging markets like Chinese or Japanese, with nearly 7 million of 9 L cases sold.

9. Lindeman?s. With 7 million cases sold, the brand owned by the Australian company Treasury Wine Estates, based in Hunter Valley has a large circulation in the UK market, thanks to its great value for money, including its new selection of ?discoveries” from South Africa and Chile.

8. Beringer. From the same company, this label is well known in households andestablishments in the United States, thanks to sponsorship activity of sporting events such as the PGA golf tour, already reaching the figure of 8 million cases sold.

7. Robert Mondavi. One of the kings of Napa Valley Californian wines, owned by Constellation Brands, with over 11 million cases sold.

6. Sutter Home. Owned by Trinchero Family Estates , this Californian brand which dates back to the late nineteenth century, comfortably exceeds the 11 million cases , with a predominance of light rose wines, appealing and high quality for low price.

5. Yellow Tail. With nearly 13 million cases sold, the brand owned by Casella Wines is one of the largest in Australia, with a large volume of exports and currently expanding to conquer the British market.

4. Concha y Toro. More than 13 million cases worldwide. This brand Chilean, not in vain represents 33 % of total exports of the South American country.

3. Hardy?s. This Australian brand Accolade Wines Company can be found in more than 80 countries on five continents, with a special emphasis on the UK and a total of 14 million cases sold.
2. Great Wall. The fact that a brand from a country such as China rises to second place in this classification should not be surprising at this point. More than 15 ½ million boxes sold seems much, but it seems splendid future for processors worldwide on the Asian giant.

1. Gallo. Thanks to its wide range of varieties, the California manufacturer E & J Gallo Winery stands with pride of place in the Top 10 best-selling wine brands, with over 16 million cases of 9 l.

Want to try any of the wines sold in the world? We will bring them to you:

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Amelia 2007

 

 

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Yellow Tail Shiraz 2011

Celebrities who make wine

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More and more celebrities and stars produce their own wines; fame increases the success of their releases, a phenomenon that we already witnessed in perfume and clothing. But the new trend for those stars seems to be the production of wine.

The couple formed by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie continues to be in the center of all the attention. Pitt took advantage of this situation by launching its inaugural vintage, and Angelina its Miraval Rosé 2012, which were sold in 5 hours.

This sales record had an impact on the wine community and generated reflections. It also showed the desperation of the fans for purchasing a wine bottle launched by Jolie and Pitt. This event generated many press releases and further interest in wine. In order not to take too much advantage of their names, the bottles were not marketed at exorbitant prices, with a 15 ? per bottle.

However, not every famous stars offer fair prices or accessible wine bottles onto the wine market. Yao Ming (former basketball player in the NBA) charged 390 Euros for every bottle of its first harvest. Other stars linked their names to wine like Fergie (Black Eyed Peas vocalist), Drew Barrymore, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi. But some of them engage themselves further in the process of production, vineyards and crops such as Francis Ford Coppola, who owns part of Inglenook Estate and has managed to create a great and highly respected brand in the wine marketplace.

The quality of the celebrities wines varies at least as much as their prices, and in my personal opinion they should be selected in the same way you would select a regular wine, unless you’re a self-confessed fan of any specific personality, and wish to purchase a bottle for your collection.

And if you are, we recommend:

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Miraval Rosé 2012

 

 

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Leo Malbec 2011

How to pair beer well?

Luckily, nowadays we can enjoy a great range of beer flavours: sweet, bitter, somewhat spicy? that means we can mix them more efficiently with food flavours. Now, we can find ways to marry beer and food.

For example, lager marries perfectly with some fishes such as tuna, salmon, and with Sushi as it enhances the flavour of soy and raw fish. Exactly as for wine, the flavour of the beer must never contrast with that of the food to maintain the aromas and flavours, it has to enhance it even more.

Wheat beer marries well with all kinds of aperitif snacks and first courses such as pasta, salads, shrimp, asparagus, cured meet? and many more, thus giving a refreshing touch to all kinds of dishes. For more substantial dishes like meets and main courses, it is best to drink a beer with more body, like roasted beer, flavoured lager or even ale.

With desert, spicy or home made beer marry perfectly, especially ones with touches of liquorish flavours or any flavour that the consumer rather enjoys. With sweet foods such a chocolate, it?s better to favour an ale that will leave you with touches of liquorish and dried fruit.

A fresh lager tends to marry well with more tart flavoured dishes with a strong vinegar touch because it reduces the sourness of the vinegar or escabeche, that is too strong for some palates. You can choose a fresh lager to accompany spicy dishes like curry to also mild out the strong tart and sour flavours. When it comes to cheeses, it?s important to know that not all can marry with beer, it?s always better with cow cheese, and among those, there will also be various degrees of compatibility.

Anyway, every palate is a universe, it?s a matter of the taste and the colour, some people will find that some foods marry perfectly with beer and others won?t.

Which beer do you find marries best with your food? Here are our recommendations:

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Carlsberg Beer, the tasty Danish beer 

 

 

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Desperados, you will love this gold beer, and its tequila flavour

Marsala wine

 TAGS:Marsala wine is produced in Sicily, Italy, in a region that has the same name and received a protected designation of origin in 1969. Marsala wine is similar to port; it was initially fortified to withstand sea travels and then gained in popularity.

Marsala wine is produced under the process ?In Perpetuum?, very similar to the one used to make sherry. This process is to raise the level of alcohol while preserving the characteristics during long sea voyages. It is made from white grapes Grillo, Inzolia and Catarratto types, among others.

The Marsala wine was served as an appetizer between the first and second dish, and most recently served as a dessert with Roquefort cheese, Parmesan and other spicy cheeses, fruits or pastries.

Marsala Wine is classified according to its sweetness, color, and aging; levels of sweetness are dry (with maximum 40 grams of sugar per liter) semi (41-100 grams per liter) and sweet (with more than 100 grams per liter)

With regard to aging, it may be Gold, Ambra, Rubino, Fine (aged one year), Superiore (Aged two years), Superiore Riserva (Aged at least 4 years), Vergine or Pavers (Aged at least 5 years), Vergine or screeds or screeds Stravecchio e Vergine Riserva (aged at least 7 years). Marsala wine is also quite used for cooking and making sauces.

The appearance of Marsala wine can vary from golden brown to ruby, to amber, and is popular in Americans Italian restaurants for his versatility and because it allows you to create all kinds of recipes. Some popular recipes made from wine are Chicken Marsala, Beef Marsala, Marsala and Fruit Tofu, and seafood Marsala.

The Chinese vineyards threaten the habitat of the pandas

 TAGS:The spread of the culture of wine (and its industry) may be a good engine of development for areas of the planet that had traditionally based their economy on agriculture, given that the final product has a higher value. This is especially true when the promoters of this adaptation are already experts, sometimes from the most recognized wine regions of the world.

The reverse of the coin is that this transformation of the economic activity of a region can have harmful effects on the environment, especially when it comes to traditional habitats of endangered species.

This is the case that has recently comes to light in the Chinese provinces of Shaanxi and Sichuan, which has announced planting 18,000 hectares of vineyards. These regions of China are the home of a stable population of 1,600 wild giant pandas, who are threatened by this project, according to reports from numerous environmental organizations and voices in the scientific world.

Although pandas usually live in protected reserves, which in principle would not be affected by the project, it is usual that they leave the defined area in search of new territories for feeding and breeding. The project might limit their mobility, being confronted with vineyard areas, plants that are absolutely foreign to these cute animals. The effects on their behavior are unknown, and it might question the viability of the species in these provinces.

In addition, if the grapes are grown on land traditionally used by cattle, this could be driven to invade panda?s reserves, entering into direct competition with them, which could be disastrous.

This is an issue that is worth considering carefully before making any move that could be beneficial for the local economy, but could also lead to an irreparable loss to the country’s natural heritage. In addition to the provinces listed, in the Liangshan prefecture, Aba and Ganzi, the issue is the same. It highlights the government’s economic priorities, which often clash with the conservation of nature, an always precarious balance.

As it is, before choosing wines from those areas of China, will you give a chance to the european wines? So we recommend:

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Toso Marne Forti Barolo

 

 

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Vega Sicilia Único 2000