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You can’t miss these wines perfect for the summer and your wallet!


One of the most enigmatic and great nights of the year it’s about to start. Summer is still here and we should celebrate it with style. To offer you the best we’d like to propose some wines that you cannot miss. 

Wines for less than £8 with good quality

Cheap doesn’t always mean bad. Nowadays there are a lot of wines and champagnes that are cheap but have a very good quality. Some are young wines that want to make presence while others are recognized brands offering their signature quality.

D.O. Alicante has under its belt some wines that are well worth checking out. One of them is the Marina Espumante, from Bocopa vineyards, a very fresh and low alcohol wine, ideal for summer and celebrations. You can eat with whitefish and other light dishes.

Another recommendation is the Flor de Vetus Verdejo 2015 D.O. Rueda, also fresh, with citrus aromas and kind of fruity, perfect for fish, cheese or smoked meals.

Betting for Rioja is a safe choice. In this case, we recommend their reds to pair with delicious meats, such as the Azpilicueta Crianza 2013, a wine of great warmth, soft and very aromatic. It is especially delicious with cold cuts, perfect for this summer.

Wines for celebrating just between £8 – £20 

When toasting, either with family or friends, you cannot miss a good sparkiling wine. Integral Llopart is made with Chardonnay, Xarel·lo and Parellada grapes, and with great quality thanks to the long tradition of wine and champagne cellar of Heretat de Can Llopart de Subirats. It is a soft and fresh cava, which will lay great for toasting.

Some other wines that exceed the £10 euro milestone that we dare to recommend you it’s the In Macula 2013, a good flavored white wine D.O. Navarra. Very well appreciated.

The Ribera de Duero always gives good results as well. In this price range, the Parada Atatua 2012, a red wine that goes very well when rices with meat or selected meats to celebrate summer nights. It is an elegant one that smells to wood berries, is fleshy and soft.

Deluxe products of more than £20 

For foodies and all kind of food lovers here are some of the best wines to be drunk on special occasions. The tastiest white wines come in the form of tropical freshness. O Luar do Sil 2014, made from grapes of Godello and aromas of wildflowers and tropical fruit from D.O. Valdeorras, is a suitable wine for soft cheeses and fish.

We are taking a look at the best Spanish wines from different D.O. Now turn to a red luxury, worth 50 euros, and called Clos Fontà 2009, from the Priorat. Note its intense cherry color! It has a strong and deep smell and several other spices, such as black cocoa and red fruits. It is a powerful wine, with body, personality, and color. If you are celebrating a dinner with roast meats, there’s nothing better than uncork this bottle and enjoy the fest with your beloved ones.

And when toasting, the cava Sabaté i Coca Reserva Familiar 2008 is exceptional. It presents a golden yellow and transparent color that tastes ripe and dry fruits.

Once you have chosen with whom, how and with what you will be celebrating the shortest night of the year, you’ll be one step closer to have the best time, cheers!

The origin of toast


New Year’s Eve is coming! Time to celebrate, go out, have a drink with friends… And time to toast. So today we want to talk about the origin of toasting, the moment of a celebration in which guests get up and collide their glasses with each other to express their good wishes.

It is also known as a toast the set of words spoken at that moment. The term comes perhaps from the use of spiced toast to flavour drinks.

Many claim that the act of toasting originated in the fourth century BC, and was made in the ancient Rome to show confidence by the hosts to their guests, in times when poisonings were relatively frequent. When jumping a little liquid from a cup to another, they showed no intention of poisoning their guests.

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910 edition, the custom of toasting was used to drink to the health of the living and probably was derived from the act of toasting in the religious rites for the dead and the gods.

According to the Royal Spanish Academy, the toast originated in the sixteenth century when celebrating the victory of the army of Charles V on its opponent.

On Monday, May 6, 1527, the troops of Charles V took and sacked Rome. To celebrate this victory, history tells that military commanders filled their glasses with wine, rose them to the front and said the following statement said: “bring dir’s”, “I offer you” in German.

Needless to say that the most common is toasting with champagne or cava, but other types of beverages, whether alcoholic or not can not be excluded.

The celebrations in which traditionally toasts take place are:

  • In the wedding banquets: in these cases the best man is responsible for raising his glass and say a few words to congratulate the couple and show their good wishes to the newly-weds.
  • In the Christmas and New Year holidays: It’s also common to toast in order to wish the best to the guests for the year coming and say goodbye to the one culminating.

In a toast you can collide or not the glasses. Although you only have to make the gesture, there are many times that we like the clash of our glasses with our table neighbours. The right thing is not doing so.

Another theory suggests that the act of hitting the glasses makes the evil spirits to leave the drink at the sound of the glass, so that everyone is safe to drink.

Today we propose a toast with the following champagnes. Cheers!

 TAGS:Pol Roger Brut RéservePol Roger Brut Réserve

Pol Roger Brut Réserve: a wine sparkling with DO Champagne a based on pinot noir and pinot meunier and 12.5º of alcohol.



 TAGS:Billecart-Salmon Brut RéserveBillecart-Salmon Brut Réserve

Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve: a sparkling wine from this DO: Champagne made with pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes and with an alcohol proof of 12.5º.



 TAGS:Veuve Clicquot BrutVeuve Clicquot Brut

Veuve Clicquot Brut:  a sparkling wine from the Champagne DO from the pinot noir and pinot meunier varieties and with an alcoholic strength of 12º.



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