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What Do We Know About The Oldest Wine In The World?

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Wine lovers not only look for news about wine to know more about the industry. It is also fun to know some curiosities. For example, it was recently discovered that the oldest wine in the world is about 8,000 years old. The first example of winemaking in the world, which was discovered in excavations carried out in Georgia, dates from the Neolithic period around 6,000 BC. That means the making of wine dates back 600 to 1,000 years earlier than previously thought.

Specifically, researchers from the University of Toronto and the National Museum of Georgia have been working in two Neolithic sites known as Gadachrili Gora and Shulaveris Gora. The sites are located around 50 kilometers from Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. Here they have found remains of early ceramics that were used between 6,000 BC and 4,500 BC. The people in charge of this excavation affirm that they believe it is the oldest example of the domestication of a wild-growing Eurasian vine grown specifically for the making of wine.

They base this on the analysis of the parts of the eight jars recovered where they discovered thousands of remains of tartaric acid on the insides of the jars, the compound that allows us to identify the grapes and the wine.

The sites that were excavated by the University of Toronto and a team from the National Museum of Georgia who was in charge of the study are the remains of two towns that date back to the Neolithic around 15,200 BC.

The researchers confirm that the ceramic was ideal for processing, serving and storing fermented beverages and that it was invented in the Neolithic. Furthermore, the team describes an ancient society where drinking and offering wine was very important in many aspects of life, special celebrations, as a religious cult or in the society in the Near East.

Further conclusions drawn from the remains that were analysed is that the Eurasian vine ‘Vitis vinifera’ was growing abundantly around the sites, and today this vine is being used in the production of ‘premium’ wine in Italy and in the south of France.

 

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Pruno 2016

 

 

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Laya 2016

Ideas to recycle your wine boxes

 TAGS:undefinedThere is a wide variety and I would say almost endless material that can be recycled to make our projects come to life, both useful and decorative. It is only a question of patience and organization. Just like wine bottles, wine boxes are an excellent material to recycle and to be turned into countless objects that apart from being decorative can be very useful.

  1. Jewelry boxes: One option to recycle wine boxes is to turn them into a box or separator for your jewelry. To do this cut the side and bottom parts of the box with a hacksaw or jigsaw. Fix the position of the parts with glue and with wooden nails and a hammer secure them. For the lid, cut a piece of the same size as the bottom of your box. If you like a rougher style, you don’t need to paint it, if you don’t like it, paint it two times, let each cover dry for two hours and there you go.
  2. Medicine chest: To create a medicine chest out of a wine box, first reinforce the structure of the wine box with wooden nails using a hammer. For the door, you can use wooden lathes and finally install some hinges.
  3. Suitcase: If you want something a little more sophisticated you can build a suitcase out of a recycled wine box. Therefore, cut the box in two parts, to form the two parts of the suitcase. Reinforce the structure wtih wooden panels and finally add the details with your preferred material like hinges and leather bands for the edges.
  4. Box or magazine rack: If you want some more storage space at home and you have a wine box to recycle, you can line it with cloth or paint it in you favorite color and put some legs on it. It serves as a box to store whatever you want or as a magazine rack.
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  5. Pet accessories: You can clean and decorate the wine box, e.g. lining it with cloth or sanding it around the edges and varnish it. Then you can add a cushion and offer it as a new bed to you pet. If you want to use it as a feeding place for you dog or cat, you only need to turn it upside down and cut two holes the size of their water and food bowls. Like this, your pet won’t drag its bowl anymore and can feed more easily. You can also build a bird feeder, cutting the pieces to construct a mini house with some big holes in the walls so the birds can feed. Remember to sand the feeder, so your guests feel well and brighten your day with their singing.
  6. Wall cabinet: If you like ambitious projects, you have 15 or more wine boxes to recycle and the style of your home os modern, this recycling project is for you: it is building a wall unit either for books, decorative objects or to store other useful objects. First, you need to attach the wine boxes to one another (horizontally) with nails and a hammer in groups of three. Once finished all the levels of three boxes, attach them to one another. Sand paper and paint your new furniture before you install it.

Would you like to read more about recycling? Get some ideas to give a second life to wine bottles!

 

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Pruno 2014:  a red wine with Ribera del Duero DO from Finca Villacreces cellar which blend contains tinta fina of 2014 and 13.5º of volume of alcohol.

 

 

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Pago de los Capellanes Crianza 2012: a red wine with Ribera del Duero DO with tempranillo and cabernet sauvignon of 2012 and 13.50º of volume of alcohol.

 

 

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There are mermaids under the sea… and wine

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Under the sea there are marine species, a world to explore… and it seems that, from time to time, we can also find wine. Yes, because wine tourism experiences always go beyond in order to provide new attractions to consumers.

That’s what happened at the Aquarium of San Sebastian that, along with the underwater cellar Crusoe Treasure, have created a special event to introduce several proposals. The cellar has bottles into the waters of Plentzia and presents this novelty to publicize the process of elaboration of wine in a different way.

On this guided tour of the Aquarium of San Sebastian, those who want so can see how wine is made and then taste it in an experience that lasts two hours, in which visitors can immerse themselves in the Cantabrian Sea.

The cellar Crusoe Treasure is located in an artificial reef in the Biscayne waters of Plentzia. Thanks to this environment, they can make several experiments with wine in order to do it better, as it was stated that sea is good for wine, providing it youth.

Their elaboration process is pioneer and different, always respecting the environment. While, as previously noted, in the reef where the cellar is installed there is a research team, part of the University of the Basque Country, who are still studying the species in this place.

The experience of entering these particular cellars is something unseen, and is very successful in San Sebastian. So much so that is also expected to attract tourists coming from around the world, driven by wine tourism, which is now reaching another dimension.

There is another similar experience in Girona, since in Tossa de Mar there are wooden chests submerged with bottles of cava, hidden by a cellar that already have experience in such activities. Visitors get explanations about the process and features provided by the ageing of wine under the sea. Then the instruction leads to a diving baptism to descend to the cellars.

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Belondrade & Lurton Magnum 2013:  a white wine Rueda which blend contains verdejo of 2013 and 13º of alcohol. F

 

 

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Château Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2012:  a white wine from the Columbia Valley DO which blend contains chardonnay of 2012 and has a volume of alcohol of 13.5º.