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10 Foods you thought were bad for your health but aren’t

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A few months ago, nutritionist and published author Sarah Flower revealed the truth regarding some foods that were thought as harmful to our health. However, she has redeemed them to show us that we can actually include these foods in our daily diets without any problems.

We have been taught that food like coffee, eggs, coconut oil and whole milk are bad for our health but reality tells us a different story. They can provide us with a lot of benefits. For instance, it is proven that whole milk is better for our health than skim milk, for example. Eggs, on the other hand, are an essential component for those who want to lose weight.

A very good low-cost snack with few calories that we can enjoy in all conscience at home is popcorn; another beneficial food is potatoes as they are full of vitamin C, B6, potassium, phosphorus, and zinc; plus coffee, in a moderate diet, can improve our brain activity and overall performance.

For many years, we have been told that fat is bad for us, that eggs are not healthy and, instead, they have been suggesting us to submit ourselves to a diet based on processed food. It’s time to let that go and start enjoying real and authentic food – eggs, whole milk, cheese, butter, peanut butter… everything is good if we follow one simple rule: eat them in their pure state”, Flower says.

It is not the food what makes us sick, is all the processing they go through. It’s time to change our way of thinking towards the food we eat and stop being paranoid about fat and calories. A cereal rich diet and real food are what we need.

Following these nutritional recommendations, here are 10 foods you thought were bad for your health but really aren’t:

  1. Coffee: excessive coffee consumption can disrupt our nervous system, produce gasses and cause a laxative effect. However, consuming coffee in moderation, you can improve brain health, lose weight faster and lower the risk of Alzheimer.
  2. Potatoes: this vegetable is considered a starchy food, which is then converted into glucose that increases the sugar levels in our blood. It is also very rich in other nutrients: A medium potato can provide us 50% of our daily dose of vitamin C, 30% of B6 and 25% of potassium. It also contains magnesium, vitamin B, and zinc.
  3. Eggs: eggs have been avoided for the risk of salmonella, their high cholesterol, and fat. However, this kind of fat, high in protein, provides a sensation of satisfaction, satiety, for a longer time which helps those who are looking to lose weight.
  4. Peanut Butter: a lot of people avoid peanut butter for its contained fat as well, but peanuts are rich in protein, magnesium, vitamin E, antioxidants, potassium, and fiber.
  5. Canned beans: the liquid used to preserve the beans can have a high amount of sodium, so it’s better to read the labels first. However, they are a rich source of protein and fiber.
  6. Popcorn: we are talking about delicious low-calory, homemade popcorn. The one that you buy at the grocery store for the microwave can be full of processed sugars and you should avoid those.
  7. Whole milk: whole milk is generally associated with harmful fat, but it really has a higher amount of nutrients than skim or semi-skim milk. It also provides a satiety sensation.
  8. Yogurt: many people stop eating yogurt because of the amounts of sugar that are added by the companies. Low-fat yogurt, natural yogurt, and greek yogurt are excellent choices and rich in probiotics.
  9. Salt: you should avoid salt in large amounts. There is lots of it in processed food. Himalayan salt, on the other hand, is much better. You can start using it in your cooking and benefit from its 84 minerals.
  10. Coconut oil: since this oil has a high amount of saturated fat it is often avoided. But just a few know that it stimulates your immune system and helps lose weight.

As always, we also advise to drinking wine in moderation, live a healthy and active life and improve its quality!

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Campo Viejo Tempranillo: a red wine of the Rioja DO made with tempranillo and with an alcohol proof of 13º. 

 

 

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Cune Crianza 2012: a red wine from Rioja DO with Garnacha Negra of 2012 and has an alcohol content of 13.5º

 

 

9 benefits of wine for your health

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Drinking wine is an undisputable joy. The better if it comes with a great number of advantages for our health. Do you want to know which ones?

Among others, wine improves the memory, helps prevent the apparition of cataracts as well as improve our cardiovascular system and even diminishes tooth decay.

But why does wine bring so many advantages to your health? One of the keys lies in the resveratrol, a vegetal component (polyphenols) which is found in red grapes’ skins as well as seeds and contains multiple benefits for your organism. Containing more of this component, red wines deliver far more benefits than white wines.

Well, now you know if you maintain a balanced diet, exercise regularly and drink one of two glasses of red wine per day as per the World Health Organization, your body will benefit from the numerous advantages of wine. Would you like to discover all of them? Check out our infographic!

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Pruno 2014: Pruno 2014 is 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, highly praising it at several occasions.

 

 

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Macán Clásico 2011: a vintage of the successful game of Macán Clásico wines is only released.

 

 

8 foods that are no good for your digestion

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  1. Fats and fried food: We all like fried food once in a while. The problem arises if we want to eat it frequently and night time. “The stomach can’t  cope with that large amount of fat at a time, so it slows down”, says Dr. Anton Emmanuel, director at the Charity Core Center. It can cause heartburn, acid reflux and nausea.
  2. Spicy food: If you are not used to eating very spicy food it is very likely that it causes you stomach pain. A dairy product can help to calm down the nausea after having a spicy meal.
  3. Cheese and milk: If you feel stomach cramps or swelling after consuming these foods you might me suffering from lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance occurs when people do not produce enough digestive enzymes to break down the sugar which is found in milk, called lactose. If you are intolerant to lactose, you can take other products with calcium like eggs, meat and fish.
  4. Fruit: Citrus fruits can cause heartburn, especially if taken on an empty stomach.
  5. Processed food: Processed food contains various chemical ingredients and high amounts of sugar and salt. They can cause stomach pain, diarrhea and mood swings.
  6. Coffee: Coffee stimulates the production of stomach acid. If consumed excessively it can cause inflammation, heartburn and stomach cramps. It is best to consume it together with other food.
  7. Gum: Some gum brands contain sweetener called sorbitol which can cause bloating and diarrhea.
  8. Ketchup: this sauce contains wheat and can therefore be difficult to digest.

We for our part, recommend a balanced diet, do some exercise and drink a little bit of wine every day, which is always good for both health and for joy 🙂

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Cune Crianza 2012: Cune Crianza 2012 is the evolution of “Tercer Año”, the first to be produced in Haro. Its vinification followed the ste ‘Claret’-style of the Médoc in Bordeaux

 

 

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Corimbo 2012: a red wine from Ribera del Duero DO of Bodegas La Horra cellar made with tempranillo of 2012 and 14,5º of alcohol. 

 

 

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More wine and… better sex life

 TAGS:undefinedLet’s begin the new year with some good news: Drinking wine has, apart from several other benefits for health, a possible positive effect on women’s sex life.

This is the result of a study by Ricardo Bartoletti and Nicola Mondaini, two doctors from the University of Florence. Following their investigation there is a causal relationship between the moderate and regular consumption of wine and a better sexual health of women.

The study shows that drinking wine with moderation, about 1 to 2 glasses daily, makes women relax and loose inhibitions.

The study was carried out between approximately 1.000 Italian women between 18 and 50 years of age. In the group, there were as many non-drinking women as women drinking wine moderately on a regular basis.

The objective of the research was to measure the rate of female sexual function (a measure used in other scientific studies to investigate femal sexuality including issues such as sex life, desire, interest in sex, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction in relationships or pain while having sex). As a result, the doctors found out that the group of women drinking 1 or 2 glasses a day, had a better index of sexual desire compared to the non-drinking women of the group.

From these results the doctors concluded that “there is a potential relation between the consumption of wine and a better sexuality“. Their hypothesis states that the chemical components of wine might stimulate the circulation towards the erogenous zones of the body and in this way increase the sexual stimulation.

Mondaini pointed out that red wine “makes women feel more relaxed and their body react better to sexual incentives” and he suggests that the Mediterranean diet, that includes a little wine, can help to improve health and sex life.

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Psi 2013: a red wine from Ribera del Duero DO based on the best of tinta fina and garnacha from 2013 and has a volume of alcohol of 13.5º.

 

 

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Flor de Pingus 2005: a red wine with Ribera del Duero DO based on tempranillo of 2005 and with 14º of alcohol content. 

 

 

10 foods you thought hurt you (and turns out they don’t)

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Nutritionist and writer Sarah Flower revealed some months ago the truth about some foods that were thought harmful to health, and vindicated them in the eyes of everyone so that we can include them in our diets.

So, contrary to what we have believed for a long time and because of the bad press they received, coffee, eggs, coconut oil and whole milk, among others, may be beneficial to health.

For example, whole milk is beneficial to your health and contains more nutrients than semi skimmed or skimmed milk; eggs are an essential food in the breakfast of those who want to lose weight; homemade popcorn are an inexpensive snack and low in calories for everyone; potatoes contain vitamin C, B6, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and zinc; and drinking coffee in moderation can improve brain health, help you lose weight and improve performance.

According to Dr. Flower, “For years we have been told that fat is bad for us, eggs are unhealthy and instead they suggested to us a diet high in refined and processed foods. It’s time to rest and start enjoying authentic food – eggs, whole milk, butter, cheese, peanut butter… All of them are good if you follow the simple rule: eat them in their pure state”.

“It’s not the food that makes us sick, are all the refinements. So we must change our way of thinking, ignore the low fat content and the amount of calories and opt for a diet rich in whole grains and real food”.

Following the recommendations of the nutritionist, we present the 10 foods that, contrary to what you think, are good for your health:

  1. Coffee: Coffee consumption in excess can disrupt the nervous system, produce gases and have a laxative effect. But consumed in moderation has shown to improve brain health, helps you lose weight, lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
  2. Potatoes: This starchy food converts into glucose and can raise blood sugar. But it is also rich in nutrients: A medium potato can provide 50% of the daily requirement of vitamin C, 30% of B6 and 25% of the requirements of potassium. It also has potassium, magnesium, vitamin B and zinc.
  3. Eggs: Eggs have been avoided because of the risk of contracting salmonella and their high fat content. But fats high in protein are beneficial and allow you to feel full for longer, making them ideal for those looking to lose weight.
  4. Peanut butter: Many avoid eating peanut butter because it contains fat. Peanuts are rich in protein, magnesium, vitamin E, antioxidants, potassium, fiber.
  5. Canned beans: The liquid in which beans are preserved may have high amounts of sodium, so you must read labels carefully. However, they are a rich source of protein and fiber.
  6. Popcorn: processed microwave popcorn can be full of processed sugars, but homemade popcorn is delicious and low in calories.
  7. Whole milk: Many associate whole milk with fats harmful to health. Whole milk contains more nutrients that skimmed or semi skimmed milk, and produces satiety.
  8. Yogurt: Many stop consuming yogurt for the amount of sugar that manufacturers add to them. Low-fat yogurt, plain yogurt and Greek yogurt are excellent options rich in probiotics.
  9. Salt: We all should avoid eating too much salt, many of us consume it in processed foods. Home cooking reduces salt intake, and if replaced by Himalayan Crystal Salt, you can enjoy the benefits of its 84 minerals.
  10. Coconut Oil: Many avoid consuming coconut oil because it is a saturated fat. Few know that it stimulates the immune system and contributes to weight loss.

And remember: a glass of wine a day, keeps doctor away.

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Finca Valpiedra Reserva 2009: a red wine from the Rioja DO with the best bunches of 2009 tempranillo and graciano.

 

 

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Marqués de Murrieta Reserva Magnum 2010: a red wine from the Rioja DO which blend contains carignan and cannonau of 2010 and 14º of alcohol.

 

 

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How much can hangover cost to a government?

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At Uvinum we have always advocated for responsible and moderate alcohol consumption, as only healthy and effective way to enjoy the pleasure of tasting a glass of wine or any of the drinks we talk about in these pages.

In fact, there is evidence that excessive consumption of alcohol affects not only people as individuals, but society as a whole, being a matter that directly affects the levels of health welfare of a country and, as discussed below, its economy.

This is what emerges from a study performed by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention of the US, concluding that hangover, i.e., “the delayed aftereffects of drinking too much alcohol in a relatively short period of time”, costs the US economy $77bn per year, as a result of low productivity and missed working days.

Thus, among all economic damages caused by the excessive consumption of alcohol, such as traffic accidents, health, public safety problems, etc., the greatest impact is produced by hangover. If we add up all these factors, the economic impact rises to $249bn, an impressive amount that, according to the study, implies that each drink sold in the US has a cost to the economy of $2.05.

We are convinced that if we conducted this study in Spain or other European countries, the results also would be equally surprising and disturbing, something that probably should be taken very seriously by the authorities, especially in times of recession as we currently live.

The study, which analysed economic data from 2010, has been led, among others, by Robert Brewer, head of CDC’s Alcohol programme, which stated: “The increase in the costs of excessive drinking from 2006 to 2010 is concerning, particularly given the severe economic recession that occurred during these years. Prevention strategies across the country are being under-used”.

10 tips for a healthy nutrition

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Eating well is not synonymous with diet. Having a varied menu, with the presence of fruit and vegetables, and good habits can be the best advice for a healthy nutrition.

With Dr. Jesús Román, nutrition expert, and the people from the Spanish web service La Nevera Roja, here we share some tips, very useful to take care of your nutrition.

Tips for a healthy nutrition

  1. Plan the week: Plan your nutrition. Take pen and paper and write down the meals of the week for you and your family. They are just a few lines you can modify if necessary, but will allow you to get organized.
  2. Force yourself to choose healthy food: Eat daily a vegetable dish, 2 or 3 pieces of fruit, use olive oil to cook your food and choose wholemeal bread and pasta. Cook fish 2 or 3 times per week: blue fish is very nutritious and healthy. When selecting meat, choose lean and birds, try to eat legume dishes 1 or 2 times a week and, if possible, snack a handful of nuts.
  3. Be attentive to the preparation ways: Take care not only of the foods you eat, but also the way in which they are cooked. There are many which will go well almost always (baked, boiled, steamed, grilled, etc.) and others that should not be abused of (fried, with heavy sauces, etc.).
  4. Respect the customs: For example, never skip breakfast, and if you can, eat at the table with family or friends without distractions like television.
  5. Drink water: The main source of hydration for your body is water. Sodas and sugary drinks should be consumed sporadically. Fermented beverages (wine, beer, cider) can be consumed in moderation, 1 or 2 glasses daily.
  6. Bread is not fattening: A reasonable amount of bread will not hurt you and could even raise the profile of your diet, but try to choose the wholemeal one.
  7. Few sweets: A sweet dessert is ideal to celebrate something, but not good to be consumed daily. For your daily routine it is better to choose a piece of fruit.
  8. Watch your salt intake: Usually precooked meals will reach on their precise point of salt. So avoid using the salt shaker without tasting the food. This way you can avoid cardiovascular problems.
  9. Try new dishes: A varied diet is less boring and more appetizing.
  10. Discover the ritual of eating: Eat quietly, with the meal cold or hot depending on the type of dish… Enjoy your food!

As usual, in addition to a healthy diet, we recommend a couple of wines to please your palate 🙂

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La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2004, a red wine from the Rioja DO with graciano and tempranillo of 2004 and presents an alcohol content of 12.5º.

 

 

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José Pariente Verdejo 2014 is a white wine with DO Rueda from the Bodegas José Pariente cellar based on verdejo of 2014 and 13.5º of alcohol content. 

 

 

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8 foods that do not help your digestion

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If you have digestive problems you should avoid some foods that can worsen your flatulence and cramping problems. So, if you select carefully your food, you can greatly improve your digestion. What foods should you avoid?

  1. Fats and frying: We all like to eat some fried food, the problem arises when we eat them often and at night time. “The stomach can not cope with so much fat at once, so it gets slow”, says Dr. Anton Emmanuel, medical director of the intestinal health charity Core. It can cause heartburn, acid reflux and discomfort.
  2. Very spicy meals: If you usually do not eat very spicy food, it is quite possible that they may generate stomach discomfort. To calm a little the discomfort, after eating very spicy food, any dairy product will help you.
  3. Cheese and milk: If after eating these foods you feel stomach cramps or swelling, you may be suffering lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance occurs when people do not produce enough digestive enzymes to break down the sugar found in milk, called lactose. If you are lactose intolerant, you can eat other products with calcium such as eggs, meat or fish.
  4. Fruits: Citrus fruits can cause heartburn, especially if eaten on an empty stomach.
  5. Processed foods: Processed foods are made up of various chemical ingredients and high amounts of salt and sugar. They can cause stomach pain, diarrhea and mood swings.
  6. Coffee: Coffee stimulates the production of stomach acid, if consumed in excess can cause inflammation, heartburn and stomach cramps. It is ideal to consume it with other foods.
  7. Gum: Some chewing gum brands contain an artificial sweetener called sorbitol, which can generate bloating and diarrhea.
  8. Ketchup: “There’s wheat in a lot of things you normally would not expect”, says Dr. Emmanuel. Some foods like tomato sauce and bouillon cubes are example of it.

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Château Dassault 375ml 2008: a red wine from Saint-Emilion with the best bunches of 2008 merlot and cabernet sauvignon.

 

 

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Château la Marzelle 2006: is a red wine with DO Saint-Émilion Grand Cru from the Château La Marzelle cellar with the best bunches of 2006 merlot and cabernet franc and with 13.5º of alcohol content.

 

 

And, remember, to have a healthy life, you just need to eat properly, to do some physical exercise and to drink a glass of wine a day. Cheers!

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The secret of a long life? A healthy lifestyle… and some wine

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National Geographic explorer Dan Buettner, after performing hundreds of interviews with elderly, has discovered five regions in Europe, America and Asia called “Blue Zones”, which have the highest concentration of centenarians in the world.

Buettner, in his book The Blue Zones Solution speaks precisely about the feeding of the inhabitants of these areas. For the author, Americans should follow the example of these people, with extremely low rates of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

The inhabitants of the blue zones keep in motion, have social circles with healthy lifestyles and take time to relax. But they also give importance to their diets.

Buettner recommends to follow the example of this centenarians “eating the lightest meal of the day in the evening or at night” or “eat most vegetables, especially legumes. Eating meat infrequently and on servings of 85 to 110 grams”. On average, people in the blue zones consume servings of this size 5 times per month.

Besides this, Buettner said each zone is characterized by foods that seem to be conducive to longevity. On the island of Ikaria, he says “what separates this island from other parts of the region, is the emphasis on potatoes, goat milk, honey, beans, chickpeas and lentils, wild vegetables, fruits and fish”. Other foods eaten by centenarians are feta cheese, lemon and herbs such as sage or marjoram.

In Sardinia they consume a large quantity of sheep’s milk and pecorino cheese, in addition to “a moderate amount of carbohydrates, flat bread, sourdough bread and barley”, the diet is balanced with fennel, beans, chickpeas, tomatoes, almonds and one or two glasses of wine a day (mostly Grenache grape variety).

Meanwhile in Japan, centenarians have maintained “the habit of eating a food from the land and from the sea every day”. The preferred ingredients are bitter melon, tofu, garlic, rice, green tea and Shiitake mushrooms, besides a large number of medicinal plants in infusions.

In an adventist community in Loma Linda, California, they seek to extend the life by not drinking, no smoking, no dancing, and follow a biblical diet which consists of cereals, nuts, fresh fruits, vegetables and water.

In Costa Rica, the great secret of the diet are “the three sisters” of Mesoamerican agriculture: beans, corn and squash. Besides papayas, yams, bananas and peach palm fruits, rich in vitamins A and C. The water of the area is also rich in calcium.

Dan Buettner believes that we can imitate the eating habits of these places as far as possible. In the U.S. started the “Blue Zone Project” to help communities adapting to this healthy lifestyle.

So, if you want to start leading a healthier life, start eating a balanced diet, do some sport and drink one or two wine glasses every day. Cheers!

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M. Chapoutier Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem 2013: a red wine from Côtes du Roussillon Villages DO of M. Chapoutier cellar with the best bunches of 2013 syrah and grenache and has a volume of alcohol of 14º.

 

 

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Camins del Priorat 2013: a red wine with this DO: Priorat vinified with cariñena and cabernet sauvignon from 2013 and with an alcohol content of 14.5º. 

 

 

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Are you more like Mary Poppins or Hemingway?

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If one thing is certain in the field of alcoholic beverages, is that today all kinds of studies are performed, something that shows the interest in this world among the general public. Even the most serious and substantiated studies are echoed in the media by striking approaches, like the one recently conducted by the University of Missouri-Columbia, in the US, which distinguishes between drinkers of four different personalities.

The essay, titled “Searching for Mr Hyde: A five-factor approach to characterizing ‘types of drunks’”, published in the journal Addiction Research and Theory, presents the results obtained from surveying over 300 men and women about their behaviour either when sober and when drunk.

Thus, factors such as extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, intellect and emotional stability are evaluated to classify the types of drinkers, resulting in four basic categories, namely, “Mary Poppins”, “Hemingway”, “Nutty Professor” and “Mr. Hyde”.

Interestingly, a large amount of people surveyed, up to 40% of them, fall in the “Hemingway” category, reserved for people who apparently see little decline in their intellect or conscientiousness when drinking, and consider themselves to be reliable and able to process complex ideas. In this typology, men and women divide their role.

In contrast, men predominate in the “Nutty Professor” type, which includes 20% of the participants, which are considered introverts who become extroverts when they drink.

Women are the majority when we speak about “Mary Poppins”, which frames drinkers who remain friendly, cooperative, compassionate and agreeable (15% of the total).

Finally, the “Mr. Hyde” type, with a considerable 23% of drinkers and again dominated by women, represents those who appreciate intellect, conscience and kindness lows when they drink, with a tendency to suffer blackout episodes and to be arrested because of their behaviour.

Whatever it is, we would like to recommend you drinking in moderation and choosing good wines and spirits, as the ones below.

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Lan Reserva 2008:  a red wine Rioja produced with mazuelo and garnacha from the 2008 vintage. 

 

 

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Juan Gil 12 Meses 2013: a red wine with Jumilla DO with the best bunches of monastrell from the 2013 vintage and 15º of alcohol content.