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The Best Wine Choices For Christmas Dinner

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Yes, it is that time of year … Christmas is on our doorsteps and time has come to choose the best wines to drink and offer as gifts for Christmas. However, finding the most appropriate red, white or rosé is not the easiest undertaking considering the growing number of options.

If you need to give wine as a Christmas gift, you might want to take into consideration the personality of the person, and, obviously, their tastes and preferences. You could opt for a specific DO (Denomination de Origen), as your loved one could have a personal relationship with a region or as a way to remember a shared memory. It is also a possibility to let someone discover your own homeland through its terroir.

If you know the person well, don’t hesitate to be daring and score wine cellars for unusual combinations, exotic locations or audacious looks. On the other hand, if you want to impress your family-in-law, you might want to invest in a classic from a traditional country. 

Pairing Wines for Christmas Dinner

If in addition to wine as a gift, you need something that goes with dinner. Once you have a clear menu in mind, you can start looking for the appropriate wines to serve with the dishes. However, you may be wondering what type of wine to drink with fish dishes, or how to wine with lamb the best.

The key to pairing wine with dishes lies in the type of grape. The varietals will guide you through choosing one type of wine or another. The red wines are traditionally associated with the meat and the main dish. For instance, the Cabernet Sauvignon is ideal to accompany heavier dishes rich in fat and umami while the Merlot is softer and nicely complements traditional Italian cuisine like pasta or lasagna. You can also choose wines with several varietals to enjoy a richer and more complex experience. 

On the other hand, sparklings and white wines are often drunk with seafood and fish. Indeed, Cavas and Proseccos have a light, cheerful and fruity character which are infallible. You can also choose mineral white wines, which tend to be fruity, fresh and with a good acidity. Here again, the varietals’ features will help you make the best choice. For example, Chardonnay grapes are wide, versatile and refreshing whereas Riesling is aromatic, delicate, and expressive.

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Terras de Alleu 2013, a red wine from the Douro Region that contains Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca.

 

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José Pariente Verdejo 2016, a white wine with the best Verdejo grapes from the 2016 vintage.

 

The best wines for desserts

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Sweet but with some taste of fruit. Wines suitable for desserts can actually be quite varied. We propose some ideas for dessert wine.

Sparkling wines like Spanish cava or champagnes go well with any dessert: they are very suitable for cakes, pastries, frozen cakes, and chocolate … at any big celebration, sparkling wine plays an important role at the end of the evening, accompanying the desserts.

White wine is always preferred with a slightly lighter dessert. Some desserts such as creams are perfectly accompanied with a rather fresh, sweeter, fruity young wine. A good choice may be a Riesling or Monastrell that go well with desserts like vanilla-based puddings and fruit tarts.

And what about red wine? More and more, red wine finds itself specifically made for desserts to combine very well with savory desserts like cheeses, curds, nuts or pancakes of various flavors. But, undoubtedly, red wine becomes the star when there is chocolate in the center. The flavors are sublime and enhanced when you combine cocoa and red wine. It goes also well with desserts like pies with berries, ice cream or coffee … always including a hint of cocoa.

A good Pinot Noir, a Porto and a variety of Rioja Somontano  are perfect for desserts where chocolate makes an appearance. At the same time, the Pedro Ximenez is another alternative which offers a wide range to choose from and combines well with chocolate sweets. As for sweet reds, some types such as Garnacha and Monastrell go perfectly with creams, pastries, cakes or other less heavy dessert.

As always, we offer some suggestions so you can enjoy the sweet life. Cheers!

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Vista Alegre Reserva Ruby Decanter: a fortified wine of the Port DO

 

 

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Dow’s Fine Tawny: a fortified wine Port is made with port and 19º of alcohol content.

 

 

Wineries and wines from Penedès

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The Penedès wine region is probably one of the most characteristic and recognized of Catalunya, especially as the main place of production of cava, Catalan sparkling wine par excellence.

But in this Designation of Origin we can find more than cava, since in its over 27,000 hectares of vineyards there are produced grapes intended for the elaboration of white, rosé and, in a lesser extent, red wines. The extension of vineyards of Penedès includes 47 municipalities in the province of Barcelona and 16 in the province of Tarragona, with its headquarters located in Vilafranca del Penedès, and is remarkable for its great variety of microclimates, which makes this grape production to present countless distinctive features, depending on the environment.

The cultivated varieties include the more international Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but we can also find more specific grapes of the Iberian Peninsula, as Cariñena, Tempranillo and Garnacha Tinta, and some local (Monastrell, Samsó, Xarel·lo and Macabeu).

Among the most prominent cellars in the region, we can find firms as recognized as Agusti Torelló i Mata, Blancher, Caves Hill, Gramona, Jaume Serra, Juvé y Camps, Pinord, Raventós i Blanc, René Barbier, Sumarroca, in addition to many small producers which, however, are able to offer real jewels thanks to a know-how that comes from their experience of generations of grape growers and oenologists.

Internationally acclaimed wines

If we look at the results of the last Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, one of the most prestigious awards in the international world of wine, among its winners we find several references from the DO Penedès, like Cossetània Tinto Reserva 2009 (Bodega Castell d’Or), Gran Clot dels Oms Negre 2011 and Xarel·lo 2013 (Bodegues Ca N’Estella), Parató Passió 2006 (Parató) and Vino Pata Negra 2014 (Jaume Serra – J. García Carrión).

A small sample of what the tradition of the Penedès wine can get and that we recommend you try if you have not already done so.

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Iohannes Reserva 2006: a red wine with Penedes DO from Juvé y Camps cellar

 

 

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Rocaplana 2013: a red wine from Penedes DO of Oriol Rossell cellar is made with syrah 

 

 

Drinks for a summer dinner

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During summer, we go out more, go to the beach, we move more and lunches and dinners are usually outside. All these celebrations are accompanied by soft drinks, very popular in summer.

Among them, especially for a good summer dinner, white wine is the king. It goes well with almost everything, especially salads, paella, rice, fish and seafood, which are generally the preferred dishes these months. Fresh white wine brings sweetness to any dish, and many young flavors of grapes, flowers and fruits. Rosé wine can also accompany these dinners.

The beers are special. They are made with great care by professionals and beer lovers, and are currently very popular. One summer evening is the perfect time to try some of these lagers, especially if they are served very fresh. We also have premium beers and special editions that can be purchased in Uvinum.

If we are a group and we want the meal to turn into party, we will choose some cocktails. The caipirinha is the queen of summer. The cocktail with rum, lime, sugar and lots of ice can be prepared at home. But if we are tired of staying in the kitchen, we can always choose to buy creams and liqueurs of capirinha already prepared … They are really good and your guests will love it!

The sangria is also the queen of this season. In general, many people like it, so that your success is assured. Its advantage lies in its freshness. The mixture of red wine and fruit makes it easy and simple to prepare. Surprise your guests with another variant of sangria such as cava sangria.

Want to surprise your friends with a big party? We recommend you the refresh:

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Real Sangría 1.5L

 

 

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Taras Boulba

 

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

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

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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

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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.

How portuguese vinho verde is made

 TAGS:The Vinho Verde is a wine from Portugal and more specifically from the province of Minho. Is has acid dyes and is slightly frothy. The vinho verde is produced in a wide area ranging from Cambra Valley to the Rio Minho, which forms the border with Galicia – Spain. Its name Vinho verde (green wine) comes from the youth of the grapes used and is an appellation of origin since 1984.

It has digestive properties due to its freshness; it is consumed during the summer and can be red (full-bodied, intense color and slightly sparkling) or white (greenish or straw). The history of Vinho Verde was initiated by the religious  who made contributions to the Portuguese crown.

The vinho verde is made in the traditional manner without the technological artifacts; young musts rich in sugar and acidity are collected, then treated with nitrogen for a more effective fermentation (sudden temperature increases must be avoided).

For the preparation this wine must pass by a malolactic fermentation, which involves the conversion of malic acid (present in grapes and other fruits) to lactic acid by the bacteria and using vitamin B, purines, pyridines and some amino, reducing the acidity and enhance its quality.

Sometimes malolactic bacteria are artificially added to this wine to cause fermentation. In the special case of the Portugal green wine, we try to prevent that the fermentation takes place in the bottle.

One of the grapes that is more used for the production of Vinho verde is the Albariño grape. It is used for white wine production in the region of vinho verde. Additionally are harvested white caste of Arinto, march back, Azal, Batoca, Laurel, and Trajadura, among others. And red caste of Amaral (Azal red), Borracal, Espadeiro, Baker, Horsetail Anho and Pedral, among others.

As we begin the summer, vinho verde, for its freshness and softness, is a must. Do you sign up to buy vinho verde? Then we recommend:

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Casal Mendes Vinho Verde

 

 

 

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Quinta do Dorado Auratus 2008

What is a sweet red wine ?

The natural sweet wine is a wine with high sugar content, and comes from the same process as fortified wine. It may be red, rosé or white. Some people find it easier to drink sweet red wines than traditional wines, stronger and more complex.

Some well-known sweet reds that you can find on the market are fruit wines made from blueberries and strawberries. You can also find sparkling Lambrusco wines from northern Italy, Port wine, of Portuguese origin, and the sweet reds with Monastrell, from Jumilla, Alicante and Malaga, for example.

The vintage drafting process is delayed, so that the grapes are even more mature than usual. When the grape juice is fermented and sugar has turned into alcohol, alcohol is added (5-10%), in order to stop the process of the yeast, preventing a part of the natural sugars from becoming alcohol.

The quality sweet wines are quality liqueur and as such they are regulated by the rules of designations of origin too. To be considered as such a sweet red wine must have more than 250 grams of natural sugars per liter, and its alcohol content is usually from 12% by volume. The sum of rectified alcohol from other distilled wine products will reach between 15% and 22%.

Garnacha wines are one of the sweetest, with low tannins and quite fruity, but with a light body, and that?s why we like it so much. Do we recommend any? Of course! Here you go:

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Solera 1847 Oloroso Dulce

 

 

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Ferreira Dona Antonia Reserva