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The perfect gift for wine lovers

 TAGS:Choosing a gift for a wine lover can be tricky if you are not an expert on the subject. If you do not want to take risks when deciding between on one or another designation of origin or you do not want bugs at the time of choosing the vintage: consider the wine accessories. In the following lines you will know the essential accessories that any wine lover may need. There is something for everyone.

The typical corkscrew kit that includes other elements may be an option, but the problem is that surely the person that goes to already has at least one of these sets. So if you want to give a corkscrew dive into something more original, design, engraved with his or her name or any model not so easy to find something more special as we introduced in one of the previous posts on this blog.

Wine glasses seem an excellent idea to me. Choose quality over quantity and you will succeed. Any wine lover worth his salt knows that there is no comparison between drinking your favorite wine from a good wine glass and using for it one that is not so good. The thickness of the glass and the design details will guide you in your choice.

The decanter. You can decide on the typical one or let your mind get blown by a whole world of forms, brands, prices, etc., However, perhaps you will choose one that can accompany you everywhere you go as the wine oxygenators do. They meet the same function as the decanters in less time and saving space as evident.

If your budget allows, you might consider the gift to turn really cool as it would be a wine cellar. The price of this gift is far superior to any of the other proposals but it also guarantees you a sure hit. Among the different possibilities when buying one of these refrigerators you can also consider choosing a model with two different temperature spaces, perfect for preserving red wine and white wine.

A little less expensive are wine cabinets that do not include this option among which you also have lots of choices. Starting with details such as capacity, lighting system, single or double door, brand, etc.. When you commit to one or the other, make sure it’s not too noisy and that the space designed for each bottle is enough to keep those wines that come in formats a little longer or wider than usual.

Buy wine for tapas

 TAGS:Buy wine for tapas should be at this point our favorite subject, but if it is not, we are still on time to become the Cum Laude of wine choices for starters, that kind of expert who becomes essential at any meeting, whenever there is good food involved. We will choose the best Spanish wines to go with tapas.

The first thing to do is getting straight down to the business. Let?s get inspired with two examples: one sunny day in the Calle Laurel in Logrono or an afternoon at La Latina area in Madrid. Streets full of bars, bars full of people and tapas, glasses of red wine, white wine, rosé and also some beers.

The important thing in tapas and the basic to enjoy an original ?tapeo? are the moment, the conversation and the combination of flavours. Clearly, a Spanish omelet could taste better accompanied by a Gran Reserva or a known Crianza, but it is also true that the wine itself is not fundamental, but an accessory, only one element.

The wine we choose for tapas has to be good, it has to taste good and has to be consistent with the tapas that we will have, but it does not need to be expensive. I recommend doing a small selection of inexpensive wines with ten or fifteen affordable ones, in which we will have to include different grape varieties, different backgrounds and multiple red and white wines to choose from. Just in case, we can also include some rosés.

This will be our basic list to choose which wines will go with the tapas. It should often be updated and improved. To do this all the wines on the list must have been tasted before, it is best not to risk. In this way we will also know how to be right in our choice depending on the menu and guests.

It’s easy to find good wines from Rioja for less than 10 euros: El Coto, Ramón Bilbao, Cune, Luis Cañas, Vina Albina, Viña Herminia Excelsus, Beronia or Azpilicueta. Many wines are around 6 euros what means that success is guaranteed in return for very little investment.
La Planta, Protos, Prado Rey or any of Pago de los Capellanes are red wines from Ribera del Duero that may be on our table from 6 euros to just over 8.

We cannot ignore in our list wine regions as Penedes, Extremadura, Toro, Jumilla, etc … So, in our selection of inexpensive wines we have to include wonders like Habla del Silencio 2010, Erumir Crianza 2006, Finca Constancia 2009, Martúe 2008, Prima 2009 or Gotim Bru 2008. In addition to their low price these are some extraordinary wines.

As for buying white wines, I can sum up my choices in Albariño and Verdejo, with some contributions to the list of Txacolís, wines from Catalunya and wine of Cadiz, a land of which I have great memories: Protos Verdejo, José Pariente Verdejo, Blanc Pescador Premium, Txomin Etxainz Txacoli, Txacoli Eizaguirre, Martin Códax, Barbadillo Castillo de San Diego and Oda Blanc.

Finally one of the pink wines I usually have, if given the chance to take them: Marqués de Riscal Rosado, Peñascal Rosado Aguja and Enate. I am waiting for your contributions to my list!

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Blanc Pescador, the jewel from Catalonian Coast to share with fish tapas.

 

 

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Palacio de Monsalud, a red wine to pair with meats.