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Organic Wines in Madrid’s Restaurants

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Recently, organic wines have been gaining momentum, appealing to an always larger audience. It is all the more so when customers can appreciate them in elegant locations along with delicious dishes. This trend spread so much that organic wines are now available in all types of establishments and are not restricted to hip vegan restaurants.

Mama Campo

Located in the neighbourhood of Chamberí, it is a completely ecological restaurant. Their meat received the ecological certification and they offer wines coming from organic farming. Its attractive and stunning design makes it worth a stop for a healthy meal.

Montia

In San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Montia is the ideal restaurant to savour local products from the Sierra de Guadarrama. It boasts an extensive cellar with wines from many Denominations of Origin. Their natural, biodynamic and ecological bottles definitely stand out and make a perfect match for their tasty dishes. 

La Encomienda

La Encomienda is the result of the union of three vegan friends, Mito, Kani and Bernardo, who banded together to create a place to eat but also to go for tapas and drink “cañas” in Madrid. Its beverage offer consists in organic wines from Madrid, craft beers, organic juices and even gins, vodkas and whiskeys always made from organic raw ingredients.

La Terraza del Casino

Great restaurants and hotels are joining this trend as well. Paco Roncero, two Michelin stars, and his team offer compelling author dishes and, besides the wines from the Madrid DO, they list 900 different references which include young wines from unknown cellars and organic wines.

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Clearly Organic Tempranillo 2016, a red wine from the region of La Mancha that contains tempranillo of 2016.

 

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Clearly Organic Airén 2016, a refreshing blend of apple and kiwi notes.
This is a light white wine, almost a must-have on a hot summer’s day.

Healthy restaurants in Spain that will dazzle you

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There is no doubt that the concern for maintaining a healthy lifestyle grows daily in our society. Thus awareness have emerged on the need to reduce the bad habits of our routine, and to replace them with healthier options; among which are included from the typical weekly visits to the gym, to a healthy and balanced diet. That is why in Uvinum we present a selection of healthy restaurants that will dazzle you, so you can maintain a healthy life style eating out. Flirtatious spaces with delicious dishes:

Olivia te cuida – C / Santa Teresa, 8. Madrid:

This cozy restaurant is known for its homemade food made with great care and quality products. Ideal for breakfast and lunch, with a varied menu of salads that we recommend.

Il Tavolo Verde – C / Villalar, 6 Madrid:

Have you ever thought what it would have a coffee in an antique shop? Leo og Martina created this wonderful space in which the two great vocations of this couple interact: the organic food and antique furniture. More than a space, an experience.

Mama Campo – Calle de Trafalgar, 22. Madrid:

If you are looking for traditional flavors, Mama Campo is your place. A cozy place where you feel right at home with their homemade dishes of a lifetime, made from 100% organic products.

Flax & Kale – C / Tallers, Barcelona 74B:

This is the latest project of the cook Teresa Carles and her husband Ramon Barri, who opened the first vegetarian restaurant in 1979. Here is a commitment to flexiteriana cuisine, with a menu made up 80% of vegetarian dishes and 20% in which fish is included.

The Juice House – C / Parlament, 12. Barcelona:

Nothing more and nothing less than the first Cold Pressed Juice Bar in Barcelona. After Light and Dani, two artists from the stove caraqueñas settled down in Barcelona. We highly recommend their menu, which varies every week. clean and delicious food at a fair price.

RawCoco Green Bar – C / San Bernardo, 36. Gijón

The letter of this cosmopolitan Asturian restaurant is based on the benefits of fruits and vegetables and detoxifying elements. A philosophy that can be summed up in the famous phrase from Hippocrates: “Let your medicine be your food, and food your medicine.”

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Las Hermanas Eco 2014

 

 

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Pedra Cancela Eco Friendly 2011

9 eco-friendly markets you can’t miss visiting Spain

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Going green is an ever-growing trend and just something everyone should be moving to. People prefer fresh seasonal food from the local surroundings. Let’s take a look at some of the organic markets that you shouldn’t miss if you ever visit Spain.

  1. La Buena Vida in Madrid is one of the best for those who prefer organic wines and homemade products.
  2. From the capital, we go straight to Barcelona where all kinds of markets fill the streets on weekends. In this case, we highlight the market on the Avinguda de Diagonal which takes place every Friday. It is called Mercado Ecológico where you can find the best ecological products.
  3. While in Valencia, don’t miss Godella’s Ecological Market which takes place on Saturdays from 9 to 2 pm at the Plaza de la Ermita. A wide variety of 100% green friendly food products is available.
  4. If you go to Vigo you will also find these kinds of markets. The best food of Galicia reaches its peak here. During the second and last Saturday of each month, where the old Tui prison was, the Mercado de Verdura de Tui takes place. There, you’ll find products from the main Galician orchard.
  5. Also, Valls in Tarragona offers a variety of products in its stores. The Mercado Agroecológico yVariedades is a place with a lot of local fresh products, traditional recipes and lots of additional activities.
  6. In Bermeo, Bilbao, there are two markets. On the one hand, we have the Fish Fair which takes place from the 20th to the 22nd of May offering a broad range of fresh fish.  And on the other hand, there’s the Mercado del día Santa Eufemia which is usually held in September offering organic products and a lot of stands to stop by.
  7. Still in the north, in Galicia, specifically in La Coruña, Mercanatura is one of the best known ecological markets, where you can also find lots of handcrafted products.
  8. In Buenavista del Norte, Tenerife, you can also go to green markets. In this case, we’d like to highlight the farmer’s market Mercado del Agricultor held every Saturday. It brings together several producers offering the best of the local farms.
  9. And near Barcelona, in Montgat, the Mercado Ecológico y Artesano is usually organised on the third Saturday of each month at the Mallorquines Square.

 

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Honoro Vera Organic 2014 is a young wine made by Bodegas Juan Gil, easy and fun to drink and from ecologically sustainable cultivation. 

 

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Eko Organic Monastrell is the result of the selection of grapes of the classic Monastrell variety from the best vineyards of the Alicante Origin Denomination.

 

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Villa Maria Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough Organic 2014 is a white wine from the Marlborough DO with a blend containing Sauvignon Blanc of 2014 and 13º of alcohol. 

3 beautiful combinations of vegetarian meals and wine for this winter

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1. Brussels sprout with pistachio dukkah

This may be the ideal entry or garnish to any other recipe you prepare at home. Brussels sprouts with pistachio dukkah is a rather light meal and if you wish you can brown them on top with some cheese and bechamel sauce.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 500 grams of Brussels sprouts
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt

For the pistachio dukkah

  • 2 tablespoons toasted pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon freshly roasted sesame
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tablespoon cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper (optional)
  • 1 pinch of salt

Preparation

  1. Remove the outher leaves of the cabbages and wash the sprouts. Put them in a pot with salted water and cook until soft.
  2. Put mustard seeds, coriander and cumin in a mortar and grind to powder. Add the sesamo seeds, black pepper, almond flour, chili and salt and grind again. To finish the dukkah, add the chopped pistachios.
  3. Peal the garlic cloves and cut them into thin slices. Heat a little olive oil in a skillet and fry the garlic until golden. Add the drained Brussels sprouts and the dukkah. Sauté and remove from the heat.

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Ratpenat 2013 comes from the agreement between Celler Credo and the Museu de Ciències Naturals de Granollers for the defense of the evironment and the living beings that inhabit it.

 

 

 

2. Tomate curry

This recipe is ideal as a starter. It has some strong flavours to wake up your palate.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried chickpeas or 400g cooked chickpeas
  • 5 tomatoes or a can of tomatoe pulp
  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 heaped tablespoon curry
  • 1 ginger to taste
  • Cumin to taste
  • Cilantro to taste
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Courgette
  • Eggplant

Preparation

  1. Cook the (soaked during the night) chickpeas in water for 15 minutes in the pot together with ½ onion, 2 potatoes cut in medium pieces, lemon, 1 garlic clove, a drizzle of olive oil and salt. You can add courgette, eggplant or squash.
  2. Beaten the tomatoes and cook them together with half an onion, 1 garlic clove, a drizzle of olive oil and salt in a pot over low heat for 30 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes and the spices to the chickpeas. Stir well, cover the pot and cook for 5 more minutes.

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Terra Remota Caminito Rosat 2014 is a rosé wine with DO Empordà from the Terra Remota cellar made with garnacha negra and syrah of 2014 and has a volume of alcohol of 14º.

 

 

3. Chestnut cream with mushrooms

Prepare this fine cream of chestnuts with fresh sautéd mushrooms. The preparation is very simple.

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 200 grams of fresh chestnuts
  • 1 or 2 mushrooms
  • 2 onions
  • 1 cup cream
  • ¾ liter of vegetable broth
  • Water
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 or 2 star anise
  • Vinaigrette

Preparation:

  1. Put water and salt in a pot. Add a couple of star anise. Make a cut in the skin of the chestnuts and put them in the pot. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  2. Julienne the onions and poach them in a pot with olive oil. Peal the chestnuts and add them to the onions.
  3. Pour the chestnut broth and the vegetable broth, season and cook for 15 minutes. Add the cream and purée to smooth cream.
  4. Season with pepper and olive oil.
  5. Slice the mushrooms and season them with salt and olive oil. Sauté them in a skillet with salt, pepper and a drizzle of Vinaigrette.
  6. Serve the cream with the mushrooms on top.

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Alaya Tierra 2013 a red wine from the DO Almansa is made with garnacha tintorera of 2013 and 16º of alcohol.

 

 

*Picture: arsheffield (flickr)

Go green: the best eco-initiatives in wine production

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In recent years, winemakers have begun to participate in environmental initiatives to reduce the impact of wine production on the environment. There are many initiatives that have been undertaken and, thankfully, we will see many more. Today, some of the success stories related to wine production from a sustainable perspective are based on the following methodologies.

Solar energy:

The use of solar panels is increasingly becoming a constant feature in wineries. Far Niente pioneered the use of solar panels in California in 2008. The winery was the first to test the system called Floatovoltaic. Also De Bortoli, with the largest solar panel in Australia and Jackson Family Wines is already building the largest solar installation for a vineyard existing so far.

Water Footprint:

Jackson Family Wines has a water conservation strategy that allows them to save 9 gallons per year in California; Borboli Down Under in Australia created a green farm to reuse waste water to irrigate their grain and fodder crops. Concha y Toro was the first winery in the world to measure its water footprint in 2010: about 97% of the irrigation water they use comes from groundwater sources.

Design wineries:

Ven Cava, located in the Guadalupe Valley in Mexico, opened a cellar with a roof made from recycled ships. The couple Alejandro D’Acosta and Claudia Turrent designed these vaulted ceilings and decorated the walls with old glasses from a local factory. In Chianti, the Antinori building designed by the architectural firm Archea Associati was made to harmonize with the landscape, with rows of vines in the ceiling and holes that fill the interior with light.

Drones:

Drones are helping winemakers to defend themselves against diseases that kill their vines. The magnate Bernard Magrez, Airbus and Bordeaux engineers, plus a financing from BIVB made possible the testing of drones to detect diseases of vines. The idea is that what drones detect can be used in order to obtain better results.

Geothermal energy:

In New Zealand geothermal energy is used to produce 13% of electricity supply in the country. They are lucky to get 70% of its energy from renewable sources and hope to increase this figure to 90% by 2025. In California, geysers are one of the two locations with high temperature geothermal resources, used to power turbines and generate electricity.

Packaging:

Last year went on sale the first paper wine bottle called Paperboy. Made of compressed paper, recycled and printed with natural inks, this 65 grams bottle has been created by the manufacturer Greenbottle, the beverage packaging designers Stranger and Stranger, and Californian producer True-Hurst.

“Paperboy is as green as it is possible to make a bottle of wine”, says Kevin Shaw from Stranger and Stranger. “It weighs only one ounce empty, and so a huge amount of energy is saved in shipping; it is rigid and strong, and safe for three hours in an ice bucket”.

Species recovery:

Wine cooperative Plaimont decided to lead an innovative initiative against climate change, reviving ancient grapes that naturally have low alcohol content and are planted in sandy deep soil, allowing the vineyards to survive roots diseases, decreasing therefore the pesticide use. In a 39 hectares plot different varieties of grapes are planted, of which 12 grapes are unknown to the wine world.

Transportation:

The Cono Sur winery in Chile also marked its green attitude with transport: all workers use bicycles to move within the facilities. This winery compensates 100% of its carbon emissions, so it was awarded in 2011 with the “Green Company Of The Year” in the “Green Awards”. “The bicycle symbolizes the passion of Cono Sur, commitment and respect for the environment”, says head oenologist Adolfo Hurtado, and adds: “Cycling is my favourite hobby, I use my mountain bike whenever I can and I carry it on vacation”. At the Chimbarongo facilities there is a giant sculpture of a bicycle located in the heart of the vineyard.

In the same vein, at Cono Sur they also use a flock of geese to reduce the cost of fuel used to plough the vineyards. In Bordeaux, Château Pontet-Canet is the first winery to use this process with horses, and the same pattern has been repeated in Rhône by Michel Chapoutier, biodynamic producer with sheep.

Honey:

One way that green mentality vineyards have increased their biodiversity is through the production of honey. In Pessac-Léognan, Château Brown released his first batch of honey for vintage 2011. Produced by 20 beehives located near the Bordeaux vineyards, 65000 bees fed with flowering acacias made possible the vintage. Hives contribute to pollination of vines, their bees help reducing the amount of insecticides used in the vineyard. The director of Château Brown, Jean-Christophe Mau considers the possibility of increasing the number of hives in the coming year because, in addition, honey is put on sale in the estate shop.

This green initiative inspired Emiliana in Chile, where employees develop a parallel project that includes the production of honey, olive oil, herbs and vegetables that provide an extra income to the people involved.

In the line of this post, we propose today wines already produced organically, minimizing the environmental impact caused by working the vines.

 

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Château Jonc Blanc Les Sens du Fruit is na organic wine of the Wines without Appellation (France) DO.

 

 

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Porto J.W. Hart Réserve Ruby Bio Rouge is a organic wine with DO Port and 20º of alcohol strength. 

 

 

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Pinord is the maker of this Natura Ecologico 2012, an organic wine with this DO: Penedes with the best bunches of xarel·lo from the 2012 vintage.

 

Organic wine vs. biodynamic wine, what is the difference?

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Today in Europe, there is a real consumer movement towards organic and/or biodynamic wines. But what does mean and what is the differences between the two?

Firstly we must know that the terms organic, ecological or biological are synonymous throughout the European Union. In Spain, it is recognized to write down ?ecological? or ?biological? in the label. Organic wines, like the biodynamic ones, wear a label that allows their identification (AB, Biological Agriculture, Demeter, Ecocert, Biodyvin…).

Ecological and Bio wines

They are from organic farming. The vineyard is treated with agricultural techniques that exclude artificial fertilizer, antibiotics and pesticides and herbicides. Nor additive substances or genetically modified organisms, dyes or preservatives are allowed. In the cellar the ?winemaking? practices are also reduced, but not completely. Sulfites and some other products must be reduced. But still, the use of selected (chemical) yeasts and other treatments are allowed.

Biodynamic wines

These are wines from biodynamic farming. Not a new concept, as it reaches the beginning of the last century. Vineyard or terroir is considered as a living being. The goal for the vineyard is to develop its own immune defenses against disease, insects and microbes. How? Promoting microorganisms and biodiversity taking into account the energies of heaven and earth, following a biodynamic (lunar) calendar and with ?biodynamic preparations?. Then, these concepts are still followed in the cellar and winemaking stage. The use of technology, treatments and sulfites should be reduced, and only native or natural yeasts must be used.

However, for most of the wineries that produce ?bio? or ?biodynamic? wines, the concept goes beyond European standards reaching a true philosophy of life and a way of leaving a healthier earth to future generations. The work in the vineyards is more difficult, often working with horses and ?by hand?. In addition, the yields are often lower. But the big advantage is that they are authentic wines with real personality, where the characteristics of the soil are noticeable.

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Puro Malbec Corte Bio 2012

 

 

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Sabatacha Ecológico 2010

Organic wines

 TAGS:Organic wines are a trend. No one can deny that in these days all that bears the name of ecological sells a lot. It is true that the price of this kind of products is usually higher (although in the case of wine, not always happens like that), but the consumer of such goods rather pay a little more for something that is elaborated in a certain way.

Foods without preservatives or dyes, accompanied by organic wine at a table dressed by organic products is the ultimate trend in this decade in which sustainability and all what is natural are values that go hand in hand.

But is it true that organic wines taste better? Do they have a stronger flavor? Does its bouquet convinces us more? As usual consumer of wine, the first time I heard about organic wine I could not resist tasting one and it really disappointed me. Let?s leave brands and denominations of origin aside. Although of course, which did not pass the test was not the condition of organic but the wine itself.

Last week, without going any further, I had the chance to be invited to a dinner where the wine was a red organic from South Africa and it was quite an experience. Aromatic, intense color, delicious in the mouth and even better if while tasting you remember that it is organic.

An organic wine is a wine that respects our health while doing the same with nature. In the vineyards from where it comes from no fertilizers or pesticides or other chemicals have been used.

They have worked the land and the field in a natural and traditional way. Just thinking about it everything tastes much better. Like when you eat a salad in which tomatoes, lettuce and every ingredient is organic. It is not only healthier, but each element tastes to what it has to taste in a more intense way.

I recycle, I do not use sprays, I do a responsible consumption of electricity and water and whenever I can I replace the car for the bike. I have organic cotton shirts and I also drink organic wine. But it is also true that some of my favorite wines are not organic, so I hope that environmentalists do not get pissed at me now. And please, after this post, which I really hope that all the biodynamic (which we’ll discuss another day) and organic wines enemies have not gone completely crazy.