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White Garnacha, a treasure of the Mediterranean

 - The Garnacha Blanca wine is a mediterranean variety that derives from a mutation of the Garnacha Noir. From the 40.000 hectars that exist in the world, 25.000 are located in the spanish Mediterranean, between Navarra, Rioja, Aragon and Catalonia.

 The area that developped and protected the White Garnacha the most, is without any doubt the region of Terra Alta. In this region they identified and promoted the white wines of the Ribera d’Ebre of Tarragona, respecting and elaborating that variety.

Some of them are elaborated through fermentation and aged in barrels because Granach blanc wines need to age in order to taste better.

In that way, wines with a good body and high alcohol content are created. Shades of yellow are the dominating colours and their aromas are floral and fruity with a taste of understory, which confers originality to the wine. In the mouth it is soft, it has the right fat content and balance, with evident acidity and warmth, although you can also feel the freshness.

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Edetaria Blanc 2010

 

 

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Bàrbara Forés Blanc 2011

 

 

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Odysseus Garnatxa Blanca 2011

 

 

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Jordi Miró Garnacha Blanca 2011

 

 

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Garnatxa Sols 50cl

The best vodkas

 TAGS:Vodka is a type of distillate that can be spelled in different ways: Vodka, Wodka, Vodca,… What is out of any discussion is that it is one of the most universal alcohol types.

The origin of the vodka could also be a reason for discussions. It’s not well known if it has polish or russian origins but the original word meant “water of life”. From there the diminutive “vodca” which literally means “water”. After that they added a “k”, maybe for underlining its russian origin.

Vodka is an alcoholic beverage mixed with water. It was not produced through distillation but through fermentation of different products  as potatoes, rye, wheat and beet with water. After fermentation it was filtered in charcoal to separate the main water quantity and augment the alcohol content.

Every kind of grain distillate was called vodca, as a comparison to the whisky. When the vodka started to become famous in Europe and the USA it was produced through distillation as a form of making the process easier and augmenting the production.

Which one is the best vodka?

Usually a defect in other drinks, the lack of aromas in the vodka is its biggest virtue. While producing vodka what you want to achieve is a distillate with a high alcohol content coming from vegetable products that don’t add any flavour to the product. That’s the reason why we don’t find aged or aromatised vodkas on the market nor vodkas with herbs or artificial aromas. An exception is the polish Zubrowka that is mixed with fermentation paste to obtain a light yellow vodka with a certain flavour.

The biggest advantage of vodka is that because of its lack of aromas and flavours it gives strength to the vodka but it doesn’t make tired as it happens with brandies. That’s the reason why it is the perfect drink to use in cocktails with any type of juice as it doesn’t interfere on the aroma of the mixture and still has an alcohol content. It is one of the best distillates to combine with juices and with different vegetables as in the Bloody Mary.

Nowadays the vodka is one of the most consumed drinks in the world. Although in Baltic countries and in Russia it is still taken pure and cold to reduce the alcoholic sensation, in the rest of the world it has become a universal drink. There are many different producers and they changed and improved their elaboration techniques in the years. The vodkas you can find on the market now don’t have anything to do with the ones you could buy 10 years ago.

Do you want us to recommend you some vodkas? These are the most modern ones:

  • Vodka Grey Goose: One of the most trendy vodkas nowadays. It is produced by a french expert in cognacs through a new distillation process in 5 steps that make this vodka one of the purest.
  • Purity Vodka: Produced by Thomas Kuuttanen, one of the best and most prestigious mixers in the world. Just his name linked to this vodka is a guarantee of its quality and prestige.
  • Vodka Ketel One: The most revolutionary vodka on the market. First because of its homecountry Holland and second because it has a very light flavour which is a bit spicy at the same time. White magic.

And which one is your favourite vodka?