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Kidneys in sherry: recipes with wine

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The kidneys in sherry are one of those dishes that not everyone had the chance to try, but who does it just fall in love. This being so, why won?t you try it? Today we show you one of the classic ways to prepare one of the most classic recipes with wine: the kidneys in sherry.

Kidneys in sherry

Ingredients:

  • 500 gr. lamb kidney
  • 150 ml. sherry
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of mustard
  • Virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

The first thing to do is to wash the kidneys, because even sold in clean trays, we make sure that no trace can alter the taste (blood, bile …). Once done cut them into quarters and take the white part of the inside.

Once this is done, threw in a bowl with water and a splash of vinegar and save for at least fifteen minutes.

Chop the garlic, cut the onion into small squares and fry in plenty of oil (3-4 tablespoons).

Drain the Kidneys, add salt and pepper (I recommend a little bit of paprika from La Vera picante ), and add to the pan.

Add the mustard and a glass of sherry. You can use any other dry fortified wine (not the ports, marsalas or sweet madeiras), and even whiskey, gin or rum, but we recommend sherry to give a unique touch to the recipe.

Cook kidneys for 8-10 minutes on low heat, until the liquid reduces and becomes a thick sauce. If the texture of the sauce is not as thick as you want, turn up the heat and wait until it has the consistency you want.

You see, it’s a very simple recipe that is delicious to eat freshly cooked (hot), and it works very well in times of winter, so why not let prejudices aside and bring yourself to the kidneys?

And for pairing with kidneys in sherry, what better than a couple of good Sherries which enhance the flavor of food. Normally it is best to take them cold (from the fridge) to reduce the alcoholic feel and enjoy its salty hints and nuts. Today we recommend 2 large Sherries to rediscover this area:

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Croft Original (Pale Cream) 1L

 

 

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Tío Pepe

French or American oak?

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When we speak of oak, it always seems that there is unanimity that the French oak is better than the American oak. It is said that one can see it in the wines which aged in those barrels. The wood also leaves its mark on the precious perfumed wines, much more in the French ones than when it was a barrel from US. 

This was demonstrated by Matías Calleja, a winemaker from Beronia in London who, during a lecture a few months ago, explained that the main difference between the two origins lays in the aroma and tannins. The first is noted in the case of French oak, while the second is the main quality of the American oak.

When tasting, although it was the wine from French oak barrels which received most votes, the difference between the two notations was not too explicit.

The secret is in the mix

The knowledge of oak which in bodegas is very important. It helps combine successfully the essence that aromatizes the wine: more spice in the case of French oak and toast, with hints of coconut and chocolate, in the case of American. At that one must add the vanilla aromas each particular wine can develop.

There are other options: Some wineries use Central European oak, or Caucasian, who come from countries like Hungary, Slovenia, Russia, Romania, Bosnia and Poland. Those are woods which are said to have a high potential of aging, not as tannic and much cheaper.

Other wineries opt for the Spanish oak, although It has good quality, there are few companies that exploit it, and hence the difficulty of getting to great wineries.
Finally, there are also wineries which are beginning to bet for other woods like acacia or beech, especially for white wines age in which we seek the expression of the grape tannins above.

What type of barrel your favorite wines are aged in? What shades provided do you most like?

Today we recommend 2 great (and well- aged) wines:

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Faustino I Tinto Gran Reserva 2001

 

 

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El Coto Crianza 2009

Women too like beer

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The beer market has been favored by the preference of women to consume this refreshing drink. For example, recently it has been known that the number of female?s beer lovers in the UK has grown in the last three years.

Camra, an association for the promotion of ale beer in the UK, has been commissioned to study the figures with the launch of its Great British Beer Festival in London and says that, compared to the previous year, over 20,000 more women have joined the list of beer fans. In addition they have found that one third of women attending preferred Ale. This amount is twice bigger than 3 years ago.

This shows that women have had a higher level of openness to try the beer Ale and enjoy its delicious taste. There are currently 8,000 different brands of beer on the market, so that the British are leaning toward locally produced beers in the UK.

Some words from a representative of Camra were:

It is interesting that more and more women are preferring ale. Our national drink changed its image years ago and is now increasingly seen as a drink for women, more than for men. This trend will help put all the British beer market back on a growth path.

Christine cryne, national executive member of Camra , said :

The increased interest in real ale among women in the UK is largely due to the wide variety of beer which is now available. So it is not surprising that this trend will be replicated in countries around the world and especially in those with a prominent craft beer production.

What is your favorite type of beer? We recommend:

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Buxton Der Nord Sekt

 

 

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Moor Hoppiness 66cl

The origin of wine

 TAGS:There are two myths about the origins of fermentation. The first is that the beer was “invented” or more accurately, discovered by chance. The second, that the wine was also an accident. It is highly unlikely that, given the elegantly simple and yet so complex brewing process, the beer was no more than a coincidence. The same goes for the wine, although it is likely that our ancestors watch how fruit juices changed when they were left to rot or decompose under certain conditions.

The reason why it is unlikely that the wine discovery was an accident is due to the discovery of grape seeds, or pips, which are found in abundance in the lower parts of Georgia – Russia. The seeds have been carbon- dated and are estimated to have around 7,000 years old. What makes these seeds exceptional is not only their wealth but their shape. The seeds that have come together to grow differ in shape and genetic information from the wild seeds.

All modern grapes grown are hermaphrodites, or have the characteristics of both sexes. This is because our relatives from the late Stone Age harvested only female vines. Grape vines when left by themselves, are male and female. The females bear fruit, while males pollinate. When primitive man arrived they saved the female plants and reduced males. Over time, only hermaphrodite?s vines were able to survive. One of the survivors of the experiments with the primitive man came called vitis vinifera, which is the species from which they sprang wine grapes. People in these early days were attentive enough to highlight this kind of grapes for its high sugar content. No sugar, no wine.

Why fermentation was not an accident? This is open to discussion, but the wine, like beer, could not have come into existence without matching certain conditions. Along with sugar it is necessary to have the yeast, and the grapes of the first men have gathered it in their skin, seemingly randomly, and its many types must be naturally creating yeasts. Now we know that some of these natural yeasts are not very good for wine and can only lead to fermentation as much, but probably did enough work to get that the primitive man came up where he had to arrive, which is, according to early writings on wine, the place of the gods.

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Dinastia Vivanco Reserva 2005

 

 

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Gran Feudo Chivite Reserva 2006

How to remove the smell of wine cork

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The American food popularizer Harold McGee published some time ago in a U.S. newspaper a curious article in which, with his usual dose of good humor as well as scientific rigor, he spoke about the delicate organoleptic balance of the wine and how easily we can ?spoil ” a good wine according to the materials with which it may enter in contact.

The author, always ready to experiment, found, for example, as in contact with different types of metal wines free electricity, which in itself is not important, but he created a curious devise to remove odor to cork that some bottles sometimes have. There for through market you can find devices that promise to speed the aeration of wine, but often also produce an effect of loss of the original flavors and aromas.

The truth is that these products are often expensive and their effectiveness questionable. We can even find necklaces bottle magnets whose manufacturers claim to allow you to taste the wine in all its fullness immediately, no need to decant, or inlaid copper discs promising precious metal, in seconds, to get the same effect that a year aging in the cellar.

With the help of some friends specialists, respectively, in chemistry and enology, McGee made some blind tastings in which he failed to verify the actual effectiveness of most devices on the market, taking into account that there are practices (as dipping copper coins came to remove unwanted flavors) that meet the same task at a fraction of the cost .

In fact, the only trick that was effective in this case to eliminate the unpleasant taste of some wine cork, is quite simple: just dip for a few minutes a bit of “film” plastic food in wine. Is compelling scientific explanation : the molecule responsible for the smell of cork , called 2,4,6- trichloroanisole , is very similar to polyethylene, and almost instantly adheres to the plastic , which when removed, wine aromas have lost cork?s. The downside? Many other aromatic molecules will also be lost, and the result can be a wine without cork smell, but with less aromas. But still drinkable.

What wine would you hate to spoil you? Today we recommend two wines that you really have to enjoy in the right conditions, because they are fantastic!

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Finca las Caraballas 2012

 

 

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La Gioiosa Fragolino Rosso

How to quickly cool your beer

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At certain times of year, like summer, some drinks heat up quickly, losing its freshness and flavor. This is the case of beer, which warm or hot, it doesn?t taste the same and isn?t as good on the palate. The beer should be drunk chilly to take away the heat. To cool it quickly, we have some options.

We can put the beer in a large bowl filled with water and ice. It is perfect when we are away from home, as we have on hand a large bowl and ice.

If we want the beer to be fresh instantly, then we can use the same bowl, water, ice and salt. Strangely, with salt, ice and cold water cools beers more quickly. At the same time, we can put the bowl in the freezer. It is recommended to put the beer bottles in a bag so you do not have some salt taste when you drink it.

If you come home with warm beer, you can always put it in the freezer. Now freezers are at high temperatures and in a few minutes the beer Is ready. Not as effective as the previous case, but while we wait we can always prepare something to eat.

If you are in the mountains and close to a river, you can use the following trick. We can always leave our beer cans or bottles into the river, anchored with stones or some support to prevent escape. The river water is usually colder, so we’ll have our fresh beers as we need.
We can also make use of the method of paper or newspaper, it is very simple to perform. Just break a paper or newspaper strips, wash it or soak it in water for a moment and paste or wrap directly on the bottle or can of beer.

What are your favorite beers? We recommend:

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Waterloo Double Dark 8

 

 

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Orval

The most important Italian grapes

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The Italian wine does not lose hope to keep climbing position within marketing sectors and worldwide popularity. Much has been achieved with the quality of crops marketed and currently a number of indigenous grapes are giving a lot to talk about.

Nebbiolo

It is one of the most prominent Italian grapes, in many parts of the world the harvest of this grape is attempted but none has found the secret of Piedmont, most likely by the terroir, as indicated by Berry Green. Alba and Nebbiolo Langhe Nebbiolo represent excellent choices for this grape.

Nerello Mascalese

This grape from Sicily is made at the foot of the highest active volcano in Europe and turns out to be as versatile as Pinot Noir. It is produced in limited quantities and in Sicily, this makes it become known in other parts of the world.

Nero D’ Avola

One of the grapes that have become popular in Italy specifically in Sicily is the Nero D’ Avola. It is dark and the time that is used to produce wines of entry, Pierpaolo Messina ( Producer ) ensures that this grape can age up to 10 years and this would give greater position of fine wine, but people quickly trade it, ignoring its potential.

Aglianico

This Italian grape grown in volcanic soils of Basilicata concentrate good potential to produce wines. Their plantations continue to grow and it is said that it is robust and tannic, but lacking the smooth fruity flavor. For now it is sold in small quantities and is considered by many astringent and heavy.

Fiano, Falanghina and Greco Bianco

These grapes for white wines stand out for their potential. Fiano is accessible and is the most popular Falanghina and Greco have some similarities based on their minerality and are expected to reach the level of a Sauvignon Blanc in the future.

Vermentino

Another white variety is ideal to successfully insert in the UK markets. It is less oily and citric than other Tuscan varieties. The harvested soil is not changed in the town it?s made and this gives uniformity. There are different shades of Vermentino.

Glera

Another primary grape in Italy is Glera, it is used to make the UK Prosecco. In  Uk Prosecco sold more than Champagne in 2012.

Trebbiano

Trebbiano positive features are its tropical fruity flavor, creaminess and minerality. It is the favorite of all winemakers but is an excellent alternative crop for premium wines. He won first place in the competition of the best wines of Italy Sommelier Luca Gardini.

Pinot Grigio

The wine made from this grape has been undervalued because of mass production, but it is looking to rebuild its image on the basis of quality that characterizes him. Dividends from the producers of this grape in Italy are greatly favored by UK demand but their status does not rise even being the more potential white variety for fine Italian wines.

What is your favorite Italian grape? Today we recommend two great Italian wines:

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La Gioiosa Fragolino Rosso

 

 

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Fazi Battaglia Titulus Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi Doc Classico 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

Lanzarote wines

 TAGS:The Canary Islands are popular for its beaches, great weather and nature reserves. But wine is also important with various denominations of origin which are increasingly present in restaurants and diner tables.

In this case, the OD of Lanzarote is one of the most popular of the island. This ideal place can count with a unique and special weather with high temperatures (averages about 20 º ) with many hours of sunlight. One of the curiosities of the island’s vineyards is that they sit on volcanic soils, with black volcanic ashes that prevent the growth of other vegetation, and also has excellent water retention properties. Those conditions are very unique, especially compared to other Spanish areas where wines are made.

However, the harvest is traditional, done without any machining. The grape varieties of this DO can be white or red. Among the first category we find the Volcanic Malvasia, Muscat of Alexandria, Gual and Verdelho. And, for the second, Black Listán or Almuñeco, Malvasia Rosada, Bastardo Negro, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Black Muscat. As you see, a wide variety of grape wine lead to those strong wines.

Lanzarote wines can be white, red, rosé, and sparkling, each one with its particular characteristics. Whites have yellow and transparent colors, and fruits and flower aromas, and fresh in the mouth. Sitting on the beach of Lanzarote, it will be a pleasure to have a rosé wine of this DO. Fruit aromas will be much more intense, being balanced and soft in the mouth.

The red wines are bright, with colors ranging from ruby to cherry. With a ripe fruit flavor, they have a strong persistence in the mouth. Sparkling wines, meanwhile, have fruit flavors, fresh aromas and are usually delicate in the mouth, so that it marries well with first dishes and desserts.

Have you tried Canary wine? Today we recommend two good white wines of Lanzarote:

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El Grifo Ana Moscatel

 

 

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El Grifo Malvasía Seco 2012

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.