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How to pair your fruit successfully?

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If you are a big wine fan and lover like all of us here, surely you love drinking it while enjoying your favorite dishes and foods. And taking into account that these days are hot, we thought to propose fruit and wine pairings, an option that, in addition to being delightful, you will find it refreshing.

In general, any light, sweet and fruity wine is good to accompany your favorite fruits. It is also recommended that you test combinations and pairings with rosé wines or sparkling wines, as it will give your meal that special and delicious touch that you are looking for.

Special recommendations

Mango is undoubtedly one of the most delicious fruits that Mother Nature could give us. In addition, it is very popular, especially in summer, as it is common to find it in desserts or salads at the time. Because of its citrus affinity, a good Riesling is the best choice to accompany food made out from this fruit. You can also opt for a mature Sauvignon Blanc. But if the dish is something stronger than a dessert or a salad, either something like chicken or fish with mango cream, a good sweet Chardonnay will be your best choice.

If you are going to eat something like peaches, strawberries or oranges you should then choose a fruity and refreshing red wine, and the best of them it is a good Pinot Noir. In fact, a very good and typical Mediterranean cuisine dessert are macerated peaches with wine, an excellent sweet delicacy that for sure you have tasted once.

Salads and muscatel

Lastly, you can go with a sweet muscatel to pair with your summer salads. Although these wines come mostly from warmer areas and are generally stronger, you will find that they go along very well with fruity salads. And besides, you do not have to spend a lot of money: both Spanish muscatel wines such as those developed in the south of France are accessible and will make your summer salad a much more enjoyable meal.

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Charles Smith Riesling Kung Fu Girl Ancient Lakes 2014: a white wine from Washington produced by Charles Smith produced with riesling from the 2014 vintage and shows an alcoholic strength of 12%. 

 

 

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Waltraud 2013: a white wine from Penedes that is based on 2013 sauvignon blanc and riesling and presents an alcohol content of 12.5%. 

 

 

Sweet wine to start drinking

 TAGS:Muscat has never gone through such a good moment. From being regarded to very old ladies, from being almost exclusively used on those aged female meetings in between knitting and gossiping on neighbors, daughters in law and TV characters. It has scaled to fame as now it is placed in the top trend of cool drinks that a teenager can take. Oops, let’s clear that, you cannot drink when you are a teenager… Then let´s say above twenty or whatever.

Of course, the concept has also varied a bit. That old glass muscat bottle that lasted weeks or months almost as part of the decoration of the home is not the same as the current bottle of Asti Spumante. Now it shows quite a look: with its colours and its label, pure design. And it has also become ephemeral, because you know that once you open it, that´s it… it will not last until the next.

This set of attributes positions the sweet wine as gateway to wine consumption. If a few decades ago people began to drinking wine through mixtures: with Cola, with lemonade, or with several juice and spirits (named calimocho, sangria, zurracapote … everything is already invented ) today youngsters prefer to remove bitterness to the wine without having to think much and improving in the whole presentation thing.

Hey, of course it is not the same to share a liter of any of the mixtures proposed in previous lines in a plastic glass than inviting your darling to a sweet sparkling wine with its cool bottle and two glasses. Come on. What a knock on effect. There is no possible comparison.

And there it begins. I’m talking about the wine. So Muscat is followed by a Lambrusco or other sparkling rosé or cava, the natural progression would continue with a glass of white wine and there we are on the red wine doors.

This progression is similar to that of beverages. You start with a martini with lemon or Ponche Caballero and coke, there can be nothing sweeter. You continue with whiskey, vodka or gin accompanied by their sodas. And finally you start tasting it without anything else apart from water at most . Luckily, we will always have mojitos and daiquiris to remember those first toast without having to taste their original combinations. because, after achieving a trained palate and a certain drinks understanding, they would know probably taste like hell.

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Sumarroca Temps de Flors 2012

 

 

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Perfum de Vi Blanc 2011

How many bottles must I buy?

 TAGS:Are you one of those people who enjoy organizing meeting with friends and family at home, but always doubt about the right amount of wine you need to buy? It might help you to know that the international standards are 6 glasses of wine per bottle. But you must consider some specificities in order to please all your guests.

It is important to note that the amount of wine used is different for each occasion. If during a regular occasion you will be able to serve 6-7 glasses of wine per bottle, you must keep in mind that the tasting glasses have less capacity than regular glasses.

The wine bottles classic content is 0.75 liters, and the glasses themselves have a standard capacity of 125 milliliter. But those standards can be changed, a good example is the glass of Bordeaux. These differences are generated by the type of wine and its flavor, because some of them (such as Muscat) should be used moderately in order to keep the taste.

The temperature issue has an impact on the number of glasses per bottle. Sometimes, by serving hosts several small amounts of wine in repeated rounds you can prevent a too big change of temperature.

If you take these factors into account, and if you do a conscious choice on the type of wine you will serve, you will have a better estimation of the amounts of wine you need to buy for your celebration.

Are you ready to serve wine? Today we recommend two great wines at the best price:

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Siglo Saco Crianza 2008

 

 

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Palacio de Monsalud

The wines of Alicante

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Spain has exceptional wines in each of its provinces. Alicante could not be less, and the DOP Alicante ensures enhancing its wines and expanding its sales and popularity.

We’re talking about wines elaborated thanks to a wide variety of climates, where the Mediterranean is one of the highlights. The style of the wines of Alicante is one of their values, and the winemakers from this area struggle everyday for it. Its wide range of wines offers different tastes, so there’s one for every type of consumer. Choose yours!

The moscatel of Alicante stands among the most renowned sweet wines. Ideal for desserts and to drink with appetizers, this is a sweet liqueur wine that is made solely with the Muscat grape variety. Its color is clear and bright, and notes of flowers and young fruits. The palate is fresh and has a distinctive flavor. You may be surprised by the amount of flavors that come in a bottle of it. Exceptional!

As in other appellations of origin from the Comunidad Velanciana, the reds are some of the higher quality wines. The variety Monastrell is the protagonist, as its bright red color, totally distinctive characteristic of this grape variety. The fruit aromas are intense and it’s often combined with all kinds of food, including a great paella by the sea, traditionally paired with white wines.

While sparkling wines have a different quality than reds, in Alicante DOP we can find aromatic varieties of sparkling wines. They have Mediterranean Sea flavors, an atmosphere where these wines acquire the marine environment of the land. To a lesser extent, we have to emphasize the noble wines still preserved fruit of long and strong aging.

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Beryna 2009

 

 

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Marina Espumante

Sweet sparkling, another option for the desserts

 TAGS:Tired of the typical muscat? Bored of that glass of port that looks like the after lunch official drink? Come on man, there are other options, just encourage yourself and try something new. Sweet sparkling wines are the chic option to accompany desserts.

Sweeter than a champagne or a cava (Spanish sparkling wine), but not as mellow as muscatel or port wine, sweet sparkling wines are the youngest choice for an evening that ends withan original point.

But you need to find the appropriate glasses because sweet sparkling wines should not be served in shot glasses! You will make a very good impression if you also include any of thesesparkling wines in your wine list. And if you are worried about your image and you are always trying to find the perfect way for the food to be presented, sweet sparkling wines will help you get that infallible gourmet touch.

You can bring them to the table with a grape or with a lychee inside. Or you can cut a slice of strawberry and use it to decorate the edge of the cup. Because the variety of colors and flavors of these wines will help you get a beautiful table, where the pink, green or golden colours of the wines you choose can match with details of the dessert or the dishes or linens, why not?

Usually, this kind of wines has a lower graduation than other. This fact makes them perfect for extending the after lunch or dinner. They are also the preferred option for many women because of how easy they are to drink and also due to their sweet but not too much touch which makes them perfect to have one more glass.

Moscatel, muscat, moscato, is it the same?

 TAGS:For several years, a glass of Muscat in the late afternoon is my way of shared way of celebrating January the first. It started as a coincidence, but now getting together a small group of friends, after family after dinner, to have the glass of Muscat wines which opens the year is a tradition that we never skip.

The one I like best, without going into specific brands, is the classic sweet Muscat (AKA Moscatel in Spain). It is also true that some of the Muscats that can be found today are quite attractive, such as those made from orange peels or flowers. That?s a great idea. The imagination has no limits and regarding mixtures to try is always a good idea, because sometimes you find your favorite flavor.

The choice depends on each one liking, if we seek the purity of flavor or if we prefer originality in flavorings instead. Although I tend to be single-minded, occasionally I love to taste some new Muscat. And there are plenty to choose from: Malaga muscat, muscat de Valencia, Cadiz Muscat, Muscat of Alicante … and besides these regions, which are the most typical producers, new wineries, which surprise us with their contributions, are joining them from all over Spain.

Going out of Spain we change the Moscatel for the Moscato Bianco, Muscat, Muscadet … which are the names as it is known Muscat in Italy or France. We can also find it in Portugal, South Africa, Hungary and the USA.

The results in international competitions reveal that Spain, France and Portugal are, in that order, the producers of the best muscatel of the world and these are the sources that we have to look for when we choose one, especially if we are embarking on this great liquor consumption for the first time.

Those who are just about to taste their first Muscat should accompany it with some kind of sweet made of puff pastry or the famous “Músico” (?Musician?), a traditional Catalan cake absolutely delicious but also a calorie bomb, how could it be otherwise. On a thin pastry base, which may or not be accompanied by a very slight layer of chocolate, you find the cream and on top of it hazelnuts, almonds, walnuts and pine nuts inserted. Depending on the recipe the cake may also include raisins and dried figs.

But we cannot forget that Muscat is not only tasted by the glass, but it can also be eaten as an ingredient in recipes for desserts or sauces to accompany game, poultry and meat.

More varieties of white grape

Many of you have commented on the previous post on Twitter, missing some white grape types. As discussed, the post was talking about some white grapes. However, since your wish is my command, here are some more, so you can buy wine knowing what flavor you seek:

 - Verdejo

The verdejo grape has boomed since the late years, when has jumped from Rueda, where it originated and was the ?queen?, to many other areas now investigating and working it with relative success. Verdejo wines usually have a very light color, something that is taken as a merit, and a flavor somewhere between sour and bitter (sour at first, and slightly bitter aftertaste at the end). Hence, people identify the sour aromas of the grape with those from green apple, citrus (lemon, lime, grapefruit), and even pineapple and banana. A good verdejo wine usually comes pretty inexpensive compared to other grapes, like the Afortunado 2010, which is really delicious.

Malvasia

Malvasia is a grape that produces intense golden yellow wines, with aromas of peach, litchi, pineapple… In the same manner verdejo is midway between sour and bitter, malvasia is halfway between sour and sweet, although the latter usually prevails. This plant is very delicate, so there are no great malvasia vineyards, but is often used to give a sweet touch to some white wines, except in the Canary Islands, producing great wines of this variety, for example, El Grifo Malvasia Seco 2011.

Macabeo (or viura)

The macabeo/viura is one of the most widespread grapes, since it resists the cold very well and is sensitive to Botrytis, a mold that is used to elaborate certain sweet wines such as Tokay. It produces a wine with delicate aromas of fresh grass, hay, white flowers and pale yellow color with green shades, slightly alcoholic. Ideal for white rice or gnocchi. It is widely used as a mixture for the production of cava. There are not many macabeo varietal wines, which tend to be very dry. Still, there are good white wines from macabeo such as Albet I Noya 3 Macabeus 2009, a special and delicate wine.

Muscat

We continue with the muscat grape, which can be both red and white, though normally used only in white wines. As the grape skin is what gives color to the wine, when using the red muscat grapes, the must has to be separated from the skin immediately, in order to avoid its coloration. Still, muscat wines tend to be amber or copper colored. As malvasia, it contains quite sugar, so usually holds up well over time, and the raisin can be used to make sweet wines (the muscat wines we have ever known). It has aromas of honey, peaches in syrup, candied fruits… A very good young muscat wine (less sweet) at a great price is Reymos, from the appellation of origin Valencia.

Riesling

Finally, although there are still many, we end, at least for today, with the riesling, a grape which produces wines with very light colors with bright highlights, and aromas of green apple, citrus and orange flowers. It is a wine with low alcohol and is used especially in cold areas, since otherwise it can be poorly aromatic. If you want to try a tasty wine from this grape, Sumarroca elaborates the Sumarroca Riesling 2011, which has very good value for money.