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Elegant Cocktails with Cava

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Each year, the holiday season witnesses the come back of sparkling wines in our lives as we celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve with friends and family. Along with Champagne and ProseccoCava is an all time favourite and its popularity never decreases. Yet, after numerous celebrations, one might need some novelty as we toast with our loved ones. This is why we discovered these interesting ideas to pimp up your Cava and add some dash to your usual drink.

The Bubbly Mary

The lightest offspring of the Bloody Mary Family is an interesting cocktail to add some elegance and refinement to your Friday usual. What’s more, the bubbles transform an old-fashioned cocktail into a modern drink

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon slice
  • 1 lime slice
  • 2 oz Cava
  • 4 oz Tomato juice
  • 2 dashes of Tabasco sauce
  • 2 dashes of Worcester sauce
  • 1 pinch of Ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch smoked paprika 
  • 1 pinch celery salt

Preparation 

Squeeze the lemon and lime slices in the shaker, add the tomato juice and the paprika, celery salt and pepper, as well as the Tabasco and Worcester sauce in the shake the mix. Pour in a glass and add the Cava which you will gently mix with the preparation to preserve the sparkling properties. 

The Apple Pumpkin Spice Sangria 

Over the last decade, pumpkin has been invading your autumnal coffee with regularity. Now, you can extend the trend to the heart of winter thanks to this exciting recipe!

Ingredient

  • 4 apples
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 pears
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin purée
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 cups apple cider
  • 4 cups apple moonshine
  • 1 bottle of Cava

Preparation

Cut the apples, oranges, pears and place them in a punch bowl. After, add the cranberries, the pumpkin purée and all the spices along with the cider and moonshine. Pour the Cava and let sit overnight for the ingredients to release their aromas. 

The Pomegranate Twist

This easy cocktail will revolutionise your boring New Year’s appetiser into an innovative drink. Sometimes, simplicity is the answer and the association pomegranate juice really does create a novel beverage.

Ingredients

  • 1 sugar cube
  • 30ml pomegranate juice
  • 90ml Cava 
  • Pomegranate Arils

Preparation

Mix the cold Cava with the pomegranate juice. To strengthen the sweetness, do not hesitate to add a sugar cube. Finally, to give your drink a more sophisticated look, simply add some frozen pomegranate Arils which will keep the liquid cold and release a more intense aroma as it melts.   

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Freixenet Excelencia Brut is a sparkling wine made by Freixenet from the region of Cava.

 

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Codorniu Cuvée Gran Cremant Brut is a sparkling wine made by Codorníu from the region of Cava based on viura, xarel·lo and macabeo.

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.

 

Delicious Cocktails for your Holidays

 TAGS:undefinedAs daylight makes itself scarce, you might feel like retreating into your home to drink tea under blankets. This also means longer nights and more time to go out and spend time with your friends. A great alternative to fight winter blues and to make the most of your holiday season. Here are some ideas to brighten your social evenings: 

Cranberry Mojitos

What says party better than a mojito and what fruit evokes Christmas better than cranberries? None, that is why Cranberry Mojitos were created for December!

Ingredients for 4 drinks:

  •  8 oz cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 40 mint leaves 
  • 4 tablespoon of lime juice
  • 8 oz of rum
  • Seltzer water

Preparation:

Add the cranberries, sugar and water to a pot and let it simmer for 10 minutes (but do not bring to a boil). Once cold, you can start the making the mojitos: put 10 mint leaves,  and one tbsp of lime juice, and press the leaves to release the mint aromas. Pour 2 oz of rum and 2 oz of the cranberry preparation in the glass. Finally, fill up the glass with the Seltzer water, ice cubes and some fresh cranberries. 

Winter Sangria

Though Sangria is traditionally associated with Summertime, there is no reason to deprive yourself of a fun sangria evening thanks to this spice-rich recipe!

Ingredients for one punch bowl

  • 1 bottle of sweet red wine
  • 1 bottle of apple cider
  • 2 clementines
  • 2 apples
  • 1 cup cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate
  • Rosemary for each glass

Preparation

Peel and slice the mandarines and the apples and cut the cranberries in half. Pour the wine, cider and sliced fruits in a large bowl stir to mix the whole and let infuse in a cold place. Serve with ice cubes and a branch of rosemary.

Jingle Juice

The perfect rum-based fruity cocktail to forget the harshness of winter and celebrate the holiday season with friends.

Ingredients for a punch bowl

Citrus Sugar:

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon grapefruit zest
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Punch:

Preparation

To make the citrus sugar, put all the zests with the sugar, the ginger and the cinnamon, press it to release the aromas and put it to rest. Next, place the citrus sugar in the punch bowl and add the add the juices and nectars while stirring. Pour the alcohol and the sparkling water. Finally, incorporate the freshly sliced fruits into the mix. 

Christmas Coffee Cocktail

The ideal drink if you want to stay awake, savour an original cocktail and enjoy the holiday spirit. Moreover, this drink can be served warm or cold! 

Ingredients

4 oz strong coffee
1 1/2 oz amaretto liqueur
1 1/2 oz coffee liqueur
1 oz butterscotch schnapps
1 oz creme de cocoa
fresh whipped cream
grated chocolate, for garnish

Preparation

Mix and stir the coffee and liqueurs in a glass. Add whipped cream and garnish with grated chocolate.

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Faustino VII is a blend based on tempranillo grapes becoming more and more popular. Not only in Spain but all over the world.

 

 

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Porta 6 Branco 2016 is an entertaining composition of Portuguese and French grape varieties such as sauvignon blanc, arinto and fernao pires.

 

15 Best Christmas Wines for under £12

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It’s three weeks until Christmas, just in case you haven’t noticed. All the lights on the streets, Christmas markets, the smell of mulled wine mixed with wet asphalt, that’s the holly jolly season in the city. But there’s one thing that really matters, and that’s wine. The right wine for your personal Christmas feast makes the difference. And it doesn’t even have to be just for one day, Christmas is a season and it started already. 

At Uvinum, we have prepared a delicious selection of white, red and sparkling wines for under £12 for you that set the perfect framework from now until the big family dinner.

White Wines for under £12

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A must-have wine in every wine collection, summer and winter. A nice white, fresh, fruity but not without character. Delicious, unctuous and fresh are the 3 qualifiers that perfectly represent this classic of the Domaine du Tariquet. A safe value and with excellent value for money. 

 

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Vigneti del Vulture Pipoli Bianco Basilicata 2016 comes as the elegant ambassador of the Italian region of Basilicata. There, Vigneti del Vulture puts great efforts into the elaboration of the autochthone Greco and Fiano grapes. The output of this work is very presentable, a delicious and fruity white wine for young drinkers that are looking for an excellent value for money. 

 

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Villa Sparina Gavi Di Gavi 2016 stands out as the historic identity of Villa Sparina. The Italian winemaker creates a true classic from Piedmont with the autochthone Cortese grapes showing a vivid expression and a unique freshness. A gem on every Christmas menu.

 

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Nuviana Blanco 2016, wine from the region of the Cinca Valley. Bodega Nuviana uses modern techniques of vineyard management with drip irrigation and treatments that respect the environment.
It stands out for its freshness, its remarkably fruity character and its great aromatic intensity. The ideal wine to accompany the starters at your Christmas dinner. 

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El Grifo Malvasia Seco Coleccion 2017: a white wine from the region of Lanzarote based on Malvasía of 2017. According to Uvinum users, this white deserves an evaluation of 4 of 5 points. Perfect to warm up from the cold outside.

 

Red Wines for under £12

 

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From the fertile lands of La Rioja comes this Marqués de Cáceres Allevamento, a special red that combines tradition and innovation.
Elaborated by Marques de Cáceres, a winery that has been producing quality wines for more than four decades. It was founded in 1970 by Enrique Forner and was a pioneer in the renewal of Rioja wines. Currently, the fifth generation of the family is in charge of the winery. 

 

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The most wanted red wine at Uvinum also come at the market’s best price. It’s one of the most appreciated and praised wines on the Spanish market: Pruno 2015. It has been qualified as one of the world’s best wines for its price-value-ratio in several vintages, spoiling our palate with its juicy aromas and fruity, smooth and enjoyable character once again.

Discover a wine, at under £10, that also conquered the heart of Robert Parker. Moreover, this vintage comes in a lot fewer bottles: Don’t miss out on yours!

 

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The E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône year after year remains faithful to its quality. A great classic, a know-how and an incomparable quality-price ratio. The E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône 2013 is an indispensable wine in its cellar which vintage after vintage is Nº1 of sales at Uvinum and many other wine merchants.

 

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Honoro Vera 2016, a young red with personality. One of the most renowned wines of the Spanish appellation DO Calatayud on an international level. this wine delivers a Garnacha, grown at an average altitude of 850m above sea level – fresh, fruity and powerful. Bodega Ateca has created an expressive wine that’s easy-to-drink and to enjoy, easy to pair with any kind of dishes. Get seduced by an excellent vintage as this 2016.

 

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With El Molar 2016, Propiedad Vitícola Casa Castillo proves its high expertise once more. This Garnacha from Jumilla emphasises the appellation’s singularity. In a region with a hot and dry climate, where the brand’s winemakers mainly cultivate Monastrell grapes, El Molar 2016 stands out like a shiny diamond for its fruity touch. The previous vintage of 2015 already received high evaluations from nationally renowned wine guides and this vintage targets anew, excellent and well-earned critics. Don’t wait any longer and try a glass of this Jumilla gem.

 

Sparkling Wines for under £12

 

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Parxet elaborates this Parxet Brut (£8.30), a sparkling wine from Cava vinified from Viura, Parellada, Pansa Blanca and Macabeo and has an alcohol content of 11.50%. The Parxet Brut finds an ideal companion in food like white meat and roast. The Uvinum community values the Parxet Brut with 3,7 of 5 points and also has the following ratings: peñín: 90. 

 

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Col Vetoraz Prosecco Extra Dry is made with the Charmat method. This Prosecco Extra Dry wine has a persistent perlage. It’s a fruity sparkling, easy to drink, enjoyable. To be sipped with friends as an aperitif.

 

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Over the decades, the Castillo Perelada Brut Reserva created its own identity thanks to the use of native grapes and the cultivation area’s mild climatic conditions. The Xarel.lo adds the sparkling’s distinctive character, flavour, and structure, the Macabeo cares for appreciated freshness and the Parrelada provides delicacy and elegance. Castillo Perelada Brut Reserva is a true masterpiece!

 

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Just like the rose could be defined by the element of fire, this Aviva Gold might be perfectly equalled to liquid gold. Glowing, bright, magical, this sparkling wine is a pleasure for the sight as well as the palate. It is ideal to accompany desserts, sweets, chocolates, in a way which will delight the most glutton and will give your party the unique fun and bright touch that this sparkling wine can give. 

 

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Cordon Negro Brut is Freixenet’s most popular cava and is often referred to as the “Black Bottle Bubbly.”
Wine Spectator – “This shows more finesse than many of its peers, displaying a subtle juiciness, joined by aromatic apricot, quince, mandarin orange and almond notes. Finely meshed, with a lightly spiced finish.”

Christmas DIY with Wine Bottles

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The holiday season is approaching and, with it, the pretext to enjoy a drink with your loved ones. Instead of recycling empty wine bottles, why don’t you seize the opportunity to start a DIY activity and dive into the Christmas spirit. Indeed, the holiday season is probably one of the best periods to boost your creativity. Here are a few ideas: 

Glitter Holiday Message Bottles

These lettered wine bottles can express your winter felicity for the coming holidays. All you need is to paint the bottles in any colour of your choice and, then, to write your message This probably is the loveliest way to share your Christmas spirit with the whole family.

Christmas Wine Bottle Lamps

After cleaning up your bottles, place bright Christmas lights inside them and watch how they turn into perfect holiday lamps which warmly illuminate any room. You’d better drill a small hole in the bottom of the bottle to let the cable an easy-way-out. 

Twined and Painted Bottles

Use some bottles with twine at the tops and give them a casual look. First, paint them white and then add red decorations or lettering in order to write a heart-warming holiday wish. To finish off the look, add red berries, tiny pine cones and some holly leaves. 

Candlestick Bottles

If you can draw properly, paint white bottles to look like Santa or any other usual Christmas character. After that, you can display them on tall candlesticks and put them wherever you prefer in your living room. This is an elegant and alternative way to cheer up your home!

Santa Face Bottles

Santa Claus is the most important Christmas character. So you can pick up a few red bottles and draw the white of Santa’s beard, don’t hesitate to go one step further and stick cotton balls to make it a bit more lifelike. If full, the bottle becomes an original gift for your friends while, if it is empty, the fabrication will entertain the youngsters. 

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Terras de Alleu 2013 is a wine made by the winemakers Rui Madeira and Luís Cortinhas who focussed on the area’s three main grapes: Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional.

 

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Casal Mendes Branco, is a traditional wine from the Vinho Verde region, Portugal, and is one of the most important wines of this country.

 

Warm up your Holiday Season

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Gluehwein

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 orange
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 1 bottle of red wine

Preparation:

  1. In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar, and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer.
  2. Cut the orange in half, and squeeze the juice into the simmering water. Push the cloves into the outside of the orange peel, and place peel in the simmering water. Continue simmering for 30 minutes, until thick and syrupy.
  3. Pour in the wine, and heat until steaming but not simmering. Remove the clove-studded orange halves. Serve hot in mugs or glasses that have been preheated in warm water (cold glasses will break.)

Hot Spiced Cide

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1 large orange, quartered with peel
  • 2-quarts apple cider

Preparation:

  1. Place filter in coffee basket
  2. Fill with brown sugar, allspice, cloves, cinnamon stick, salt, nutmeg, and orange wedges.
  3. Pour apple cider into the coffee pot where the water usually goes.
  4. Brew, and serve hot.

Colonial Hot Buttered Rum

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2-quarts hot water
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 cups rum
  • 1 cup sweetened whipped cream

Preparation:

  1. Combine the brown sugar, butter, salt and hot water in 5-quart slow cooker.
  2. Add cinnamon sticks and cloves.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours.
  4. Stir in rum.
  5. Ladle from the slow cooker into mugs, and top with whipped cream and a dusting of nutmeg

Instant Russian Tea

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups orange-flavoured drink mix (e.g. Tang)
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/4 cup instant tea powder
  • 3/4 cup lemon-flavoured instant tea powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves

Preparation:

  1. In a large bowl, combine orange drink mix, sugar, tea powder, cinnamon and cloves.
  2. Mix well and store in an airtight container.
  3. To serve, put 3 teaspoons of mix in a mug.
  4. Stir in 1 cup boiling water.
  5. Adjust to taste.

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Campo Viejo Tempranillo is a composition of Tempranillo grapes from various regions of the Rioja to enhance the true taste of the variety.

 

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Pruno 2014, s one of Spain’s most famous and wanted wines. To Robert Parker it’s the world’s best wine according to its price-value-ratio.

 

9 Champagnes, Spanish cavas and Italian proseccos for Christmas Eve

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Good fizz pairs with nearly everything – from sushi to steak – but it goes especially well with parties. From affordable Spanish cava or Italian prosecco to sparkling prestige cuvées, discover the corks to pop for Christmas, that is just around the corner.

  

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Sacchetto Fili Prosecco Vino 2015: elegant, fresh, gently.

 

 

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Prosecco Belstar Extra Dry: fresh, soft, creamy, with a rich finish and very tasty.

 

 

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Bellavista Alma Cuvée Brut Franciacorta Franciacorta: lively and persistent, the bubbles small and long-lasting.

 

 

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Gramona Argent Rose 2012: attractive, dry, with fruity notes and a slightly floral background.

 

 

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Llopart Integral Brut Nature 2015: fresh, fruity, flavourful, with a good acidity.

 

 

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At Roca Rosat Reserva 2014: Very fruity, fresh and with a great acidity, fine and elegant.

 

 

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Veuve Clicquot Brut: Frank and dynamic. Its persistence is extraordinary aromatic.

 

 

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Laurent Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut: An excellent and elegant champagne with a complex, fine perlage. 

 

 

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Dom Pérignon Vintage Luminous Label 2006: succulent champagne with aromas of cassis cream, toasted almond, coffee and anise.

 

 

Thank you for helping us preserve our planet!

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It’s the goal of this organisation to preserve the last old-growth forests in Spain, one of Europe’s most important exponents of extraordinary biodiversity. This is already the second project, that we financially support via the platform, Worldcoo. This website facilitates organized group financing of solidary projects. We are very proud of having accomplished our goal and that we were able to add our little share to improve our unique planet together with your help.

 TAGS:undefinedBut the challenges don’t stop here. There are a lot of causes and people, that need help from all of us. Along the past year, thousands of persons were forced to leave their homes behind because of war and poverty. This is why we want to get back to Worldcoo supporting Oxfam Intermón, a social project to help the refugees.

The goal of Oxfam Intermón is to provide the refugees with clean water, shelter and essential help. With the contribution, collected via the purchases at Uvinum, the organization will distribute hygienic kits and blankets to 154 refugee families in Serbia.

We’d like to encourage you to participate as well. Together we can help lots of refugees in need.

Thank you for trusting in Uvinum and thank you for your solidarity!

Merry Christmas from Uvinum

 TAGS:undefinedChristmas is around the corner. Not only in Uvinum but also at your home, mine and our neighbours’. It’s about time then to cool the champagne or decant the Gran Reserva. Everything has to be done and ready for the arrival of your cheerful family, raising your glasses to a very merry Christmas – even if you have to do so in your ugly Christmas sweater, your mother-in-law gave you last year. There is no escape. The time has come to think of all the good that happened during the past 12 months. Let’s celebrate these precious moments with family and friends.

We sincerely hope we were a small part of your year with what we love most: Wine. After 6 years online there still is nothing more endearing to us than helping you discovering new, great and the most awarded wines… always aiming at offering you the best options for the best price according to your needs.

On top of all, we tried to make your holidays, even more, colourful this year. For example, we launched our first Christmas Catalogue and we worked on offering you a special offer on shipping costs, so you can save money. We hope our new endeavours helped you discover new wines, cavas, champagnes and hooch to share, drink and enjoy with your loved ones.

Even Star Wars didn’t miss out on us as we coined our own Wine Wars. (Did you decide which side of the force you’re on, yet?) Christmas spirit and the premiere of Star Wars: The force awakens beamed our own spirit all the way through the wine galaxy.

That being said, after an intensive holiday season, in the name of our team – Nico, Albert L., Albert G., Vero, Ben, Ana, Óscar, Fran, Audrey, Pablo, Eduard, Marcos, Javi, Sandra, Francesca, Giovanni, Roberto, Sara, Miguel, Maria, Pri, Elisabeth, Johanna, Rafa und Cèlia – we’d like to wish you merry Christmas and the happiest new year. To health and wine! (And don’t worry, you’re allowed to drink two or more glasses this year, if you’re the winner of the Christmas sweater lottery. We understand.)

Christmas dinners in Europe

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Soup, seafood, nougat and cava will be present in many Spanish tables this Christmas, but what usually eat and drink during the Christmas dinners in the rest of Europe? Let’s do a review of some of them. Take note if you want to incorporate some dishes into your menus!

Christmas dinners in England

As you already know, in Anglo-Saxon countries there are plenty of sweets and desserts, therefore, at Christmas puddings of different flavours with seasonal fruits are common, in addition to ginger cookies that can be decorated with Christmas designs and cakes as the Yule log. But before, the English eat roast turkey accompanied by side dishes such as potatoes. To drink, as is often quite cold, Mulled Wine is a tradition, being a hot wine with sugar and other spices.

Christmas dinners in Belgium

Turkey is repeated to eat at Christmas dinner, and sweets run through the holidays. During the dinner is usually eaten a dessert made with cream, in addition to the special and differently flavoured Belgian chocolates. Champagne and wine from France or Italy are the preferred drinks for Belgians.

Christmas dinners in Italy

Christmas dinner in Italy mix capon and turkey with different types of fish. The dessert is known worldwide: panettone and pandoro. Besides Italian D.O. wines to drink, it is also frequent the mulled wine and fruits.

Christmas dinners in Sweden

In the countries of northern Europe drinks also must be hot, so the Swedes drink julmust, with malt and hops, in addition to delicious fish, ham, chocolate candy and gingerbread cookies.

Christmas dinners in Germany

The combination of dishes is rich, so we can find lamb, duck and fish. As in other countries, it’s usually a family dinner, in which each member receives dishes with fruits and varied sweets. And mulled wine, which in this case is a mixture of red wine, lemon, cinnamon, cloves or other spices, and sugar. Besides champagne, also not lacking in the German Christmas tables.

Christmas dinners in Spainn

Seafood, fish, soups, Iberic ham have always a highlighted place in Christmas dinners, and so have sweets. The so-called “turrones”, also known as Nougat (a family of confections made with sugar or honey, roasted nuts, whipped egg whites, and sometimes chopped candied fruit) are equally important in Christmas dinners, as much as wine and sparkling wines.

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Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial:  a sparkling wine from Champagne DO of the best of pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes and 12,5º of alcohol strength.

 

 

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