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Barcelona Restaurants With Organic Wines

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Organic wines can be found in many types of establishments. When talking about organic wines we could mention many different denominations, although in this case, we are referring to a type of crop where the sulfur addition limits are lower and the use of chemical synthesis products are kept as low as possible.

There is an increasing demand from customers for these wines and today many restaurants have added them to their menus. Have a look at our selection of Barcelona restaurants that offer organic wines in case you will be passing through the city or are going there for a holiday.

El Petit Celler

El Petit Celler is more than just a restaurant. It is a sensory experience where you can taste a variety of wines. Recently they have opened Tribut which is a space within El Petit Celler itself where you can taste more than 250 kinds of the best wines by the glass. The place also has a Vermutería where you can taste a large selection of vermouths accompanied by the best preserves. It was originally opened as a store, so it has endless shelves with a great selection of bottles that you can buy and bring home. The organic wines are well represented.

La Dentellière

Located in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona this restaurant stands out for the quality of its products. With a central location, it offers eggs from Calaf, rice from Delta del Ebre, and of course, a good list of wines of Catalan and Spanish origin, among which you can find the organic Mureda and DO Castilla La Mancha, both red and white wine types.

Vistro49 Wine Bar and Cocktail Bar at Hotel Ohla Barcelona

Hotel Ohla Barcelona offers several gastronomic areas. Florian David from France has been Caelis’ sommelier for more than two years and he is responsible for Vistro49. The extensive menu includes organic wines and little-known wineries that produce precious wines. They also have a wide representation of well-known wines and cavas.

La llavor dels orígens

The name refers to two restaurants in Barcelona which are located in two alternative and trendy neighbourhoods: Grácia and El Born. Both restaurants have dishes with products from Kilometre 0. Their wine lists have some organic wines such as the Bouquet d’Alella, DO Alella, which is produced using the grape pansa blanca which is native to Alella.

 

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Hécula 2014

 

 

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Castaño Monastrell Ecológico 2016

Wine Pairing for Chinese Food

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How many times have we gone to eat Chinese food not knowing what wine to order! Combining this type of cuisine is possible, both with cava and sparkling wine, white wine and red wine.

The sparkling wines, in general, are the ones that better will accompany this type of cuisine. They contrast the taste of soybeans, empanadillas and rice, of course, in all its aspects. With rice we can also incorporate semi-dry red wines and merlot varieties.

White wines also go well and refresh the palate along with fried dishes, sauces, noodles or seaweed. And also with the fish dished, as well as with the vegetables, which usually represent this cuisine.

Among the varieties in white wines to combine with Chinese cuisine, we find Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, as well as other native white Spanish varieties, which are often similar to the mentioned grapes.

When it comes to pairing with meats, such as the lacquered duck, the chicken or the veal, which are rich spices, a good choice is a young red wine. In this case, the best known wines of Rioja and Ribera del Duero will triumph. Lacquered ducks can be enjoyed with grapes such as Monastrell or Bobal, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah, among many others.

When the chinese dishes that are somewhat spicy and multi flavored, the varieties Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon blanc are recommended. In addition we will mention that tasting Chinese wines is another way of getting into the oriental culture, not all chinese restaurants have a grand variety of chinese wine, but some do. And in online wine stores and supermarkets are an option to broaden your horizon on oriental wine. Some oriental customs suggest to drink warm wine, of very low alcoholic level. This in fact, multiplies its organoleptic qualities.

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Ferghettina Franciacorta Brut

 

 

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Ca’ del Bosco Cuvée Prestige Franciacorta

How are Spanish people doing in the kitchen?

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The Spanish gastronomy has a great international reputation. The creativity and top-quality ingredients give a wide variety of dishes to suit all tastes: from traditional stews to the most innovative Michelin star restaurants. TV programs and gastronomic guides have helped build the international prestige of its restaurants.

But have you ever wondered what Spaniards are like in the kitchen? Crock-Pot, the brand specialising in slow cooking, hired consulting Toluna to answer this question. This is based on the study: The Spaniards in the kitchen: tastes and customs.

The study was based on surveys of 1,000 Spaniards through an online platform. The sample in question included men (50.7%) and women (40.3%) of the following age ranges: 25-39 41.4%), 40-54 (44.8%) and 55-60 (13.8%).

Among the results, the predilection for the traditional cuisine (76.9%) stands out against the new creative cuisine (23.1%). With such an overwhelming figure, there is no doubt that in Spain they prefer the taste, aroma and texture of the classic stews. In fact, 98% of respondents would like to recover the essence and taste of the dishes of yesterday.

However, as far as the source of inspiration is concerned, the new technologies take the lead: 40% of respondents admit to getting the recipes they cook through the internet, while 38.4% use the grandmother’s recipe.  A very tight difference that reveals how the multiple food blogs that exist in the web environment have taken the lead against oral transmission between generations.

On the other hand, it highlights the evolution in the distribution of roles in the kitchen, As the presence of men within them has increased significantly. While the most famous chefs in Spain are male figures, the daily menu of homes used to be established by women so far. Although not yet achieved equity, the data show that 43% of the households surveyed men are in charge of the cooking on a daily basis.

And if there was any doubt as to why Spanish cuisine succeeds, this study confirms that good eating is a true pleasure. That’s why 62% of the country cooks for pleasure, to enjoy a delicious dinner in good company. And if it is accompanied by a Spanish wine, better yet.

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Botani 2015

 

 

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Beronia Reserva 2011

Bon appetit! French gastronomy for beginners

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One way to organize a well-combined meal is to pay attention to the current season. French food is considered one of the most important cuisines in the world. It is often very aromatic and stands out for its textures and fats, especially in winter time, accompanied by full-bodied wines. Here are some examples of typical dishes of the gallic cuisine. Bon appetit!

Crêpes: you can eat them sweet or savory. Our recommendation is a pancake with mushrooms and ham, or crêpes filled up with shrimp, gruyere cheese and wheat flour, accompanied by apple cider. Delicious!

Niçoise salad: is typical of the Cote D’Azur region and is mainly made of lettuce, tuna, mushrooms and potatoes. What to drink? This salad will be nicely accompanied with dry rosé wine of Syrah, Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon.

Pumpkin cream: is a perfect choice to prepare for the up and coming season. And to accompany this lovely soup, a good choice would certainly be a sparkling wine.

Zucchini Quiche Lorraine and Emmental: made from pastry, bacon, zucchini, Emmental cheese, and onion, it is typical of French food. Don’t hesitate in pairing it with a young and fruity white wine.

Parmentier of foie: made of mashed potatoes and foie gras, can be accompanied by a port wine.

Desserts: two options of common desserts in France are the St. Honoré Cake (made of puff pastry base) or the classic French Cupcakes (also served as breakfast), accompanied by a sweet red wine.

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Château La Vieille Cure 2006:  a red wine from Canon-Fronsac produced with cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and merlot from the 2006 vintage and has an alcoholic strength of 14.00%. 

 

 

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Château Brown 2010:  a red wine from the region of Pessac-Léognan based on petit verdot, merlot and cabernet sauvignon of 2010 and has an alcoholic content of 14%.

 

 

Portuguese cuisine for beginners

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Portuguese cuisine can be considered part of Mediterranean cuisine. Its 3 axes are bread, wine, and oil. But it also has a significant influence from the Portuguese ex-colonies of Asia, Africa and Latin America (Brazilian cuisine), mostly in the use of spices such as piri piri, paprika and cinnamon.

What is the basis of Portuguese cuisine? We will briefly explain below.

1. Bread:

The bread (called PAN or PAO) is one of the basic elements of Portuguese cuisine. It is not always made with wheat flour but is frequent made of corn (especially in northern Portugal). The bread is part of very traditional dishes such as açordas and breadcrumb lentils. Among the best known you find the round loaves and medium-sized Broa de Avintes called Fogaça and “caralhotas” Almeirim. The “pão-com-chouriço” are consumed at fairs and festivals. While in northern Portugal, the “balls” are popular (bolas) they are similar to rolls but are stuffed with minced meat inside them. In this case, it is a good choice to combine with a good port wine.

2. Fish and seafood:

There are a variety of Portuguese dishes based on fish and shellfish. They eat a lot of freshwater fish. With the exception of the cod, which is very present in the Portuguese cuisine. For a better the conservation of this fish, it is usually dried with salt, since it is often consumed in areas distant from the sea.

3. Soups:

During Fall and Winter, soups are an extremely popular part of the Portuguese cuisine. Among them, we find the chestnut soup that also can be eaten sweet, green broth consisting of sausage, cabbage, and potatoes that can be paired with a good red wine and “fejoada”. To achieve a good pairing, we recommend warm wines, preferably a rustic variety of Carignan.

4. Wines:

In addition to Porto and Madeira, there are also green wines from the north,  white wines and young Porto (generally made in the city of Vila Nova de Gaia), Madeira wine Carcavelos, or muscatel of Setubal, and also the red wine Borba or Dão, among others. However, wines from Portugal deserve a separate chapter… Stay tunned!

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Ferreira Dona Antonia Reserva: a fortified wine from Port made of tinta barroca, touriga franca, tinto cão, tinta amarela, tempranillo, tinta çao, port, tinta roriz, touriga nacional and touriga francesa and presents an alcohol content of 20.00%.

 

 

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Blandy’s Duke Of Clarence Rich: a fortified wine from the region of Madeira and shows an alcoholic content of 19%. 

 

 

How is the Brazilian cuisine?

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Brazil is a dynamic country. Its wealth of cultures is influenced by the proximity of other Latin American countries and European countries. Today, with less than a few hours to go before the Olympics 2016 start off in Rio de Janeiro, we want to share some of the keys to the cuisine of one of the fascinating countries in the world. Discover the flavors, and get inspired to prepare typical Brazilian food at home!

Acarajé

This delicacy is based on bread rolls made from white beans and onions fried in palm oil and are usually served with sauce. It is a dish of clear African influences, originating from indigenous communities in Africa who immigrated to Brazil. A dish that serves as an appetizer for various occasions.

Bode buchada

Like many other dishes, it is of Portuguese origin, a kitchen that mixes quality fish and meat. This is usually a filling dish, which usually include several ingredients, like kidneys, viscera … with cooked blood. A dish for winter time and it is more typical of the south and southeast part of the country.

Tacaca

Quite different is the tacaca, a soup with which herbs and spices, such as coriander, Jambu, plus prawns, tapioca, basil, etc. are used. It is served hot, so it is another dish for the colder months. In northern Brazil, it can be found in many places and is common on street stalls.

Tapioca

Very popular in other neighboring countries, it is crunchy bread made of cassava, which is used for various meals. Cassava is one of the basic ingredients of many countries in South America and is used to make bread, pancakes, main dishes and snacks.

Queijo Coalho

From European influences, the cheese is present in Brazilian cuisine, and cooked in different ways. This one in particular consists of strips of fried cheese based on pasteurized cheese, fermented cow’s milk. It is eaten as an aperitif and they are commonly sold on street stalls.

Churrasco and other meats

In many areas near Argentina, beef is highly popular. Roast beef of excellent quality accompany parties and other events. In Europe the churrasco is the best known and most frequently eaten meat from the region. In Brasil it is usually roasted or grilled, and accompanied by manioc flour and tomato sauce.

 

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Sambão Cachaça

 

 

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Cachaça Ypioca Ouro 1L

 

 

9 bars to enjoy a good wine in Paris

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  1. Madeleine L’Écluse. Here, you can taste delicious Bordeaux wines and other regional specialities. Don’t miss out on the good desserts and cheeses to accompany your wine.
  2. Grands Augustins. Rich desserts and an exceptional charcuterie are the hallmarks of this bar, with wines from official French appellations.
  3. Nicolas Bercy. They offer a menu of about 15 different wines. One can choose to drink them per glass or bottle, in addition to eating good and traditional French delicacies.
  4. Vinomania. The name says it all, tasty wines, from various designations of origin and also a selection of new and rare wines.
  5. Le Comptoir Marguery. Try out and taste various types of wines and champagnes.
  6. Le Tambour. This small bar has an unpretentious cuisine accompanied by local wines. Moreover, the kitchen is open until 3.00 am.
  7. Avant Comptoir. The decoration of the bars and restaurants of Paris is often very exclusive and personal, this is also the case at  the Avant Comptoir which offers a varied menu of dishes and a large assortment of wines.
  8. Aux Bons Crus. A small, unknown wine bar that offers regional specialities. The wines are selected by the owner of the bar.
  9. O Chateau. A popular bar that offers an abundance of well-known wines, cheeses, good food and an excellent atmosphere. It is frequented both by Parisians and tourists.

And alas, if you do not have the opportunity to travel to Paris, you can always have a glass of good French wine to console yourself. Cheers! 

Uvinum recommendations for French wines: 

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The Whispering Angel Rosé 2015 has its name from the Whispering Angels chapel from the early 19th century with two cherubs above the altar. The rosé managed to outshine its 2014 vintage which had already convinced many renowned wine critics.

 

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M. Chapoutier Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem 2014: Through biodynamics Michel Chapoutier gets the best out of his wines, reminding us of images from the South of France with its warm colours and scents of Mediterranean woods. 

5 ways to ruin a good meal with wine

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Artichokes

Artichokes and wine are not a good combination. Although this statement is not entirely true, because combined with the right wines it can be good. Apparently, artichokes have a component called cinarina that makes the wine’s taste somewhat strange. It is best to choose light-bodied white wines.

Wine temperature

Each wine type should be consumed according to the recommended temperature. A red served too hot, or a very cold white can spoil the taste of certain foods. If you notice that the red wine is too warm, just put it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving. On the other hand, remove the white wine from the refrigerator a few minutes before serving.

Bad combinations

Matching flavours and recipes with wines to enhance the taste isn’t always as simple as it seems. A good meal can be ruined if the wine is not suitable for the actual type of dish. Too sweet doesn’t pair well with rather fatty foods. With desserts, however, they do. White wines don’t work with game dishes. It is better to inform yourself on the matter before choosing the best combinations and wines for each type of cuisine.

Don’t use ice cubes to cool the wine

Wine lovers already know about this. If the wine we serve is too warm, we might think of adding an ice cube. But by adding ice, we are mixing wine with water. That being said it is best to put the bottle into the refrigerator for 10 minutes. 

Don’t mix two different wines in the same glass

When we drink wines of different brands, backgrounds, and taste from the same glass the taste can be somewhat strange. The best thing is to have separate glasses for each wine to enjoy each one’s particular characteristics at its most.

Uvinum wine recommendations: 

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The Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2015: White meat and seafood is an ideal match for this Sauvignon Blanc. A wine white rated with 4 points on 5 according to Uvinum’s users. 

 

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Vidigal Porta 6 2015: A red wine with Lisbon DO is made with 2015 grapes and with an alcohol content of 13º.

The 8 worst pairings in the world

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There are pairings between wine and food you should avoid at all costs as they are carried as bad as cats and dogs. It is way better to learn how you should accompany your meals and get the best of your eating experience. In some cases a bad pairing can cause heartburnor and hangover, and in other cases it could completely spoil the taste of your dishes.

1. You should never pair with champagne

One of the worst combinations for dry champagne is the sweet cakes served at weddings, as they make out of your palate battlefield of tastes. Another combination to avoid is the vintage champagne and curry.

2. Cabernet Sauvignon is your friend

In the case of a Cabernet that stands by its tannic character is best to avoid combining with ice cream: you will find the wine too bitter and ice cream too sweet. Another is the unpleasant combination of Cabernet Sauvignon and oysters, because the texture of oysters you will find a sandy and metallic taste. One last very poor combination is the sole and Cabernet, as its delicate flavor will be lost in the wine.

3. Don’t combine acid with Pinot Noir

If you want to enjoy a chicken with tarragon vinegar sauce, avoid combining it with a Pinot Noir, you will lose the bottle. Herbal vinegar and any acid plate dampens the fruitiness of this wine.

4. If you like Sauvignon Blanc…

Caviar is one of the foods you should stay away from when drinking Sauvignon Blanc, because you will lose all of its features. Another food is the blue cheese, which by its strong flavor will compete with wine on your palate.

5. The Chardonnay hates sweetness

You may find interesting combination of ice cream and Chardonnay, but it is a surefire way to (get) a hangover recipe. It is also advisable to stay away from mackerel, which by its oily taste completely change the taste of wine on your palate, as well as the raw oysters because they lose their delicate flavor. Finally, the Chardonnay will flatter when combined with spicy foods such as chorizo.

6. Chianti dislikes tuna

The chianti is not the best wine to accompany tuna salad or similar dishes, because the latter will make the wine acquires a metallic taste on the palate.

7. Do not spoil a wine of Merlot

If you love artichokes, brussels sprouts, green beans and collards, avoid combining them with red wine based on Merlot. In general, the harmonies for these dishes are best with white wines.

8. Do not throw away a bottle of Burgundy

The Burgundy and the lasagna is one of those combinations that can cause you heartburn. Cheese, tomato sauce and wine are such a strong combination for your stomach.

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Château Citran 2009: a red wine with the best bunches of 2009 cabernet sauvignon and 13.5º of alcohol. 

 

 

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Château la Garricq 2009:  a red wine from the Moulis DO made with petit verdot and merlot of 2009 and with an alcohol content of 14º.