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Grapes that have crossed borders and their most common food pairings

Do you know which grapes are the most popular ones? And which are the best pairings for them? Don’t miss the infographic which we have elaborated just for you in order to offer you some information about the most common grapes as well as some pairings, so that you can enjoy their taste even more. And all that in the most simple and effective way! Discover and share!


The Chinese vineyards threaten the habitat of the pandas

 TAGS:The spread of the culture of wine (and its industry) may be a good engine of development for areas of the planet that had traditionally based their economy on agriculture, given that the final product has a higher value. This is especially true when the promoters of this adaptation are already experts, sometimes from the most recognized wine regions of the world.

The reverse of the coin is that this transformation of the economic activity of a region can have harmful effects on the environment, especially when it comes to traditional habitats of endangered species.

This is the case that has recently comes to light in the Chinese provinces of Shaanxi and Sichuan, which has announced planting 18,000 hectares of vineyards. These regions of China are the home of a stable population of 1,600 wild giant pandas, who are threatened by this project, according to reports from numerous environmental organizations and voices in the scientific world.

Although pandas usually live in protected reserves, which in principle would not be affected by the project, it is usual that they leave the defined area in search of new territories for feeding and breeding. The project might limit their mobility, being confronted with vineyard areas, plants that are absolutely foreign to these cute animals. The effects on their behavior are unknown, and it might question the viability of the species in these provinces.

In addition, if the grapes are grown on land traditionally used by cattle, this could be driven to invade panda?s reserves, entering into direct competition with them, which could be disastrous.

This is an issue that is worth considering carefully before making any move that could be beneficial for the local economy, but could also lead to an irreparable loss to the country’s natural heritage. In addition to the provinces listed, in the Liangshan prefecture, Aba and Ganzi, the issue is the same. It highlights the government’s economic priorities, which often clash with the conservation of nature, an always precarious balance.

As it is, before choosing wines from those areas of China, will you give a chance to the european wines? So we recommend:

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Toso Marne Forti Barolo



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Vega Sicilia Único 2000

Different places to buy cabernet sauvignon

 TAGS:When buying a good Cabernet Sauvignon wine we feel inevitably tempted to choose a Bordeaux, the weight of tradition, its fame, or rather the experience and extension are forceful reasons. But make no mistake, they are good and they are a lot, but these French are not the only Cabernet Sauvignon that can impress us. Let?s see what else can be found around.

For instance, now Bulgaria has more than eighteen thousand acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, which means nearly as many as the aforementioned Bordeaux, the French region best known for this grape. It is not the only country in Eastern Europe that enjoys the benefits of these small, very dark and thick skin grapes. We can also keep track of Cabernet Sauvignon (as if looking for Carmen Sandiego) in Moldova, Romania, Slovenia, Hungary and Greece and of course also in Russia, Georgia, Lebanon, Israel, Cyprus or Turkey.

Even if we have to choose from those mentioned, France takes the cake so far because this grape, which fits almost all conditions, reaches its sublimation in temperate climates which are able to ensure mild autumns as Cabernet Sauvignon?s late maturity requires such special treatment. If the weather is too warm, it will probably succeed but it could get to be too sweet and excessively candied and if the weather is cooler it will tend more to the herbal flavors, but if temperatures drop too low, then we are placed in danger.

For the same climatic (and very logical) reasons, California (Napa Valley) and Chile are other good choices when buying a Cabernet Sauvignon wine. The same applies to Australia and South Africa, where we can find very good examples. However, I would not say so about New Zealand, which unfortunately has had a difficult start with this grape variety.

Many times we can find a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, starring the wine that performs, although it is usually found together with other grapes such as Merlot, who tried to steal its fame, or Cabernet Franc. The latter combination is particularly well known when it comes from another French region, the Loire Valley, which together with Midi and Bergerac, is the part of France out of Bordeaux where this grape can be found.

Cabernet Sauvignon in Italy is more recently grown and that happens also in Spain. Although in these two countries is possible to find older strains, like in the South of Italy or in Rioja, that give us more satisfaction providing us with wines as good as some Bordeaux.

Synonyms for grape names (part III)


Albano, canine Tosca…

No, we are not talking about artists, or operas, or animals. Today we will continue with the different names that grapes may receive.
Grapes receive very curious names sometimes. Some of them are very old and others which end up passing. Lets know more about synonyms of grapes names. How many can you identify?

Sangiovese – is one of the most famous Italian grapes, one of the oldest and her name means “Blood of Jupiter”, but it is also knownas Brunello, Brunello Di Montalcino, Calabrese, Cardisco, Cordisio, Dolcetto Precoce, Ingannacane, Lambrusco Mendoza, Maglioppa, Montepulciano, Morellino, Morellone, Negretta, Nerino, Niella, Nielluccia, Nielluccio, Pigniuolo Rosso, Pignolo, Plant Romain, Primaticcio, Prugnolo, Prugnolo Di Montepulciano, Prugnolo Gentile, Prugnolo Gentile Di Montepulciano, Riminese, San Zoveto, Sancivetro, Sangineto, Sangiovese Dal Cannello Lungo, Sangiovese Di Lamole, Sangiovese Di Romagna, Sangiovese Dolce, Sangiovese Gentile, Sangiovese Grosso, Sangiovese Nostrano, Sangiovese Toscano, Sangioveto Dell’Elba, Sangioveto Dolce, Sangioveto Grosso, Sangioveto Montanino, Sanvincetro, Sanzoveto, Tignolo, Tipsa, Toustain, Abruzzi grape, Tosca grape, Uvetta, San Gioveto, brunella grape and Canina grape.

Chenin – This white grape of French originis produced in almost allwine producing countries, is also known as: Anjou, Blanc d’Aunis, Capbreton Blanc (Landes, Francia), Confort, Coue Fort, Cruchinet, Cugnette, Feher Chenin, Franc Blanc, Franche, Gout Fort, Luarskoe, Pineau d’Anjou, Pineau de Briollay, Pineau de la Loire, Pineau de Savennières, Pineau Gros, Pineau Gros de Vouvray, Pineau Nantais, Plant de Brézé , Romorantin, Plant de Salces, Plant de Salles, Plant du Clair de Lune, Quefort, Rajoulin, Rouchalin, Rougelin, Steen (Sudáfrica), Stein, Tête de Crabe, Vaalblaar Stein, Verdurant, Blanc d’Anjou, Gros Chenin, Gros Pinot Blanc de la Loire, Plant d’Anjou and  Gamet blanc.

Riesling – This grape originated in central Europe, is one of the most popular in Germany, that is why it receives so many synonyms as: Beregi Riesling, Beyaz Riesling, Biela Grasevina, Dinca Grasiva Biela, Edelriesling, Edle Gewuerztraube, Feher Rajnai, Gentil Aromatique, Gentile Aromatique, Gewuerzriesling, Gewuerztraube, Graefenberger, Graschevina, Grasevina Rajnska, Grauer Riesling, Grobriesling, Hochheimer, Johannisberg, Johannisberger, Karbacher Riesling, Kastellberger, Kis Rizling, Kleigelberger, Kleiner Riesling, Kleinriesler, Kleinriesling, Klingelberger, Krauses, Krausses Roessling, Lipka, Moselriesling, Niederlaender, Oberkircher, Oberlaender, Petit Rhin, Petit Riesling, Petracine, Pfaelzer, Pfefferl, Piros Rajnai Rizling, Pussilla, Raisin Du Rhin, Rajinski Rizling, Rajnai Rizling, Rajnski Ruzling, Rano, Reichsriesling, Reissler, Remo, Rendu, Reno, Renski Rizling, Rezlik, Rezlin, Rezlink, Rhein Riesling, Rheingauer, Rheinriesling, Rhiesling, Riesler, Riesling Bianco, Riesling Blanc, Riesling De Rhin, Riesling Echter Weisser, Riesling Edler, Riesling Gelb Mosel E43, Riesling Giallo, Riesling Grosso, Riesling Gruener Mosel, Riesling Mosel, Riesling Reinskii, Riesling Rhenan, Riesling Rhine, Rieslinger, Rislinenok, Rislinok, Rizling Linner, Rizling Rajinski, Rizling Rajnai, Rizling Rajnski, Rizling Reinskii, Rizling Rynsky, Roessling, Rohac, Rossling, Rosslinger, Ruessel, Ruessling, Russel, Ryn-Riesling, Ryzlink Rynsky, Starosvetske, Starovetski, Szuerke Rizling, Pussila grape and Weisser Riesling.

Trebbiano – This is a white grape which originates in the Eastern Mediterranean at the Roman times. Also known as: Albano, biancone, blanc auba, blanc de cadillac, blancoun, bobiano, bonebeou, branquinha, brocanico, bubbiano, buriano, buzzetto, cadillac, cadillate, castelli, castelli romani, castillone, chator, clairette d’Afrique, clairette de Vence, clairette ronde, engana rapazes, espadeiro branco, falanchina, greco, gredelin, hermitage white, juni blan, lugana, malvasía fina, muscadet aigre, padeiro branco, perugino, procanico, procanico dell’isola d’Elba, procanico portoferraio, queue de Renard, romani, rossan de Nice, rossetto, rossola, rossula, roussan, roussea, rusciola, saint emilion, saint emilion des Charentes, santoro, shiraz white, spoletino, talia, trebbianello, trebbiano, trebbiano della fiamma, trebbiano di Cesene, trebbiano di Empoli, trebbiano di Lucca, trebbiano di Tortona, trebbiano fiorentino, trebbiano toscano, trebbianone, tribbiano, tribbiano forte, turbiano, ugni blanc, trebbiano di Soave, trebbiano romagnolo, trebbiano gallo, bouan, beau, thalia and trebbiano d’Abruzzo.

Pedro Ximenez – This is a grape originally from Spain muscat type, also known as: Ximénez, Jimenez, Ximénès, Pedro, Pedro Giménez, Pedro Jimenez, Pedro Khimenes, Pedro Ximénès, Pedro Ximenes De Jerez, Pedro Ximenez De Montilla, Pero Ximen, Pasa Rosada De Malaga, Uva Pero Ximenez, Uva Pero Ximen, Pero Ximenez, Alamis De Totana, Uva Totanera, Alamis, Myuskadel, Ximenecia, and the abbreviation PX.

Do you want to try some of these wines? At your service!

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This wine has a combination of Riesling, Chardonnay, Müller-Thurgau, Macabeo, Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc, Parellada, Viognier, Albariño and Rousanne. Ay caramba, it has everything!, right?

Buy Auzells 2009 10,70


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Malaga is a charming area with special sweet wines. López Hermanos – brings us a sweet wine that blends the Mediterranean character, sweet, young and – modern that we like best, as the family-style.

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