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Wine for couples


At a romantic dinner, chocolate or oysters can offer a somewhat aphrodisiac effect, and so can wine. There are numerous wines perfect to share between two, beeing white, red or sparkling.

With a white wine you are almost certain og success. Especially if you have pasta, rice or fish. It is best to opt for the white wines that are stronger, dry, and fruity. In this way, they will match both him and her. White wines made with cabernet sauvignon, malvasia and garnacha are recommended. They are usually wines that go well with everything, so if you are going to have wild meat for dinner, they also pair well with white wines.

When it comes to red wine, there are many quality Rioja wines. Actually, this DO offers wines with body and stronger, richer taste. This may be favorable for him but not so much for her, although more and more women enjoy a good, strong red wine.

The red wines are reserved for meat dishes, carpaccios, chocolate desserts. The varieties of garnacha or merlot provide fine wines that are a true pleasure to the pallate and very tasty.

When we are a a date we can allow ourselves to experiment and to taste quality wines. One dont mind to pay a little extra if the bottle is well worth it, whether the dinner is at home or ina restaurant. Anyway, at the moment, there are new good wines for less than 10 euros, which are of great quality and that offer all the characteristics that we need for a perfect pairing.

If what we want is to seduce our partner, then we will opt for the sparkling wines. The bubbles will enhance a sensual and dynamic atmosphere, a perfect choice. They are also perfect for desserts, and as an after dinner drink. And not to forget, the sparkling ones are also the perfect choice as an appetizer before dinner.

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Pol Roger Brut Réserve



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Bollinger Spécial Cuvée Brut

4 keys that indicate which wines young people want to drink


Movement Wine DO, an initiative promoted by the Spanish Conference of Regulatory Councils Vitivinícolas (CECRV), it aims to bring the values of wine with Appellation to young people. A survey conducted through social networks, with a participation of 1000 people, show us which are the preferences as well as the trends concerning wine culture among young people. The main conclusions were as follows:

1. Quality above all

The most important thing to consider for young people today is the quality of what they consume. So said 93% of the respondents, while the second most important factor, according to 74% of the participants, is that wine has Appellation. The price comes in third place and the brand is only an important factor for 16% of the participants.

2. Appellation

As mentioned in the previous point, this is a fundamental (47%) feature that young people take into account when choosing a wine. Another 49% said they always have this in mind when consuming wine.

3. Red is the preferred choice

Being the king of kings among wines, red wine is the preferred choice for contemporary consumers. Although they drink the other types, “red” is leading in the race preferences, followed by white, sparkling, pink and others like fine, liqueur or sweets.

4. Drink to enjoy time with loved ones

The main reason why wine drinking among young people is to enjoy it with friends, 74%, and with a partner by 71%. There is no doubt that the best moments are enjoyed more and better with a good glass of wine.


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Château Charmail 2010



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Château Caronne Sainte-Gemme 2010

Why can a wine can cost much more (or less) than another?


Every so often we read or hear that in a blind tasting a cheaper wine has outscored a much more expensive one. It can happen, of course. There are some wines from 5€ which, comparatively, have nothing to envy one of 20€. But that still does not mean that many of the wines that cost 20 or 30 or 100 euros are not worth the extra cost.

So, is the quality always appropriate compared to the price? For example, a study published in the spring of 2008 by the Journal of Wine Economics, where 506 people participated (12% of which were knowledgeable in the field) concluded that regular consumers are not familiar with the art of how to best value wines with lower price, while the connoisseurs made a better judgement between the price and the quality of the wine.

As you might understand from the study, there are some qualities of the wine valued better if you have more knowledge of wine, but the average consumers do not have the sufficient knowledge to properly value the different wines. But if one has a certain degree of inside on the subject itself, one can value more objectively and according to the price it has. Thus, we could deduce that the more expertise you have about wine the more some specific qualities are appreciated, without detracting your personal taste (at the end the most important thing is that you drink the wine you like and that you enjoy it).

Beyond studies and knowledge, and as David Williams explains in an article recently published in The Guardian, the price of wine can also be explained with issues of taxes, the cost of land or marketing, all elements necessary for the wine to reach our tables.

To begin with, the more expensive a wine is, the more VAT tax levied on it and this input itself will be raising the price. However, if it is less expensive, less VAT is added. Then there is the issue of land prices: in places like Burgundy or French Champagne region, the land prices are astronomical, the most expensive in the world by far. So this also affects the final price of the product.

Moreover, we can not forget that there are processes more expensive than others, which require more hands and more time processing and therefore more investment. If a producer selects the best grapes from the bad before and during harvest and also makes it manually, you must pay more than others that combine grapes and get a higher volume. And, as a result, you will notice in the price (and most likely in quality).

So it makes sense to think that most of the time a higher priced wine has features that increase its value, without implying that the wines of lower prices should be avoided. On the contrary, the best thing is being able to enjoy a wine considering the occasion and valuing it within its range. Because … we do not always want to eat caviar, do we? Well, the same concept can be applied to wine.

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El Molar 2015: a red wine from Jumilla produced by Propiedad Vitícola Casa Castillo that is based on 2015 garnacha and has an alcohol content of 15%.



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La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2005:  a red wine from Rioja with the best graciano and tempranillo grapes from the 2005 vintage and has an alcohol content of 13%.



Which is better, Ribera or Rioja?


So much has been said and written about the virtues of the wines of Ribera del Duero and La Rioja that they end up being rivals. Both are excellent and known by the world thanks to the large scale of exports.

If we talk about the early days, it is indisputable that the appellation of La Rioja was the first to be certified in Spain while the appellation of Ribera del Duero wine was certified later. As for grapes, the ones that are used for the production of wines of La Rioja are Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano red and Viura, Malvasia and white Garnacha. Ribera del Duero authorizes the grape Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec, Grenache and small amounts Albillo grapes. Both of them use the tempranillo grape wines.

There are differences in the wines but also certain similarities. Perhaps the biggest differences between them are the taste on the palate, because La Rioja is known for its more fruitiness, and Ribera wine is more intense

The wines of Ribera del Duero are elaborated in the southeast of Castilla and Leon (in Burgos, Segovia, Soria and Valladolid) and Rioja has an extension in different Spanish regions: From the Basque Country to Castilla and Leon, to other nearby.

The different climates of each appellation may also vary in some areas. For example, Ribera del Duero has a more extreme climate both in summer and winter, meanwhile in the Rioja there are different parts, each of which with a more specific atmosphere: Rioja Alta offers a moderate temperature; Rioja Baja has areas with frequent rain in winter, and Rioja Alavesa usually has dark temperate soils. What they do share, is that each one of these climates allows production of different but great quality wines.

To summarize, what is clear is that there is no absolute or closed in response to the question and that fundamentally it all depends on the quality of the crop and the taste and palate of the one who drinks it. After all, you choose the one you prefer.

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Pago de los Capellanes Crianza 2012: a red wine from Ribera del Duero based on tempranillo, tinto fino and cabernet sauvignon of 2012 and presents an alcohol content of 13.50%. 



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Muga Reserva 2012: is a red wine made by Bodegas Muga from the region of Rioja from the 2012 vintage and has an alcoholic content of 14%.



Appellations of origin names

 TAGS:Knowing the equivalents in terms of appellations of origin of wines from different countries can be an easy task if you master some basic concepts. In the following lines we will go through the different appellation of origin terms so we know what are we buying.

France was the pioneer in introducing this concept as a protection of the quality of some of their wines on one hand, and as recognition, on the other. Other countries have followed them establishing their appellations of origin that serve particular geographical, quality, composition or common characteristics shared among a group of wines.

If in France, for example we can find AOC or VDQS, corresponding to a qualified designation of origin and a designation of origin. Both indicate a high quality level. In Spain is used the acronym DOCa and DO to bring together the different wines depending on the region they come from and the age of the vines.

In Italy, a very similar acronym is used: DOCG and DOC, claiming the guaranteed denomination of origin and the designation of origin, respectively.

Germany chooses QmP for quality wine with honour and QbA for quality wines, which would be equivalent to the two that have been mentioned in previous lines.

All these countries also have some lower quality wines, which are classified differently in each place. We are talking about the land wines and table wine. Although the latter does not meet certain quality standards as other wines mentioned here, the land wine does and goes much further indeed.

However, it often happens that some wines cannot be considered quality wines, VDQS, DOGC, DOCa or QbA because they either do not reach the desired level of uniformity in production, or the strains are not old enough, among other reasons.

In France these land wines are known as Vin de Pays, Italy calls them IGT and Germany Landwein. In Spain they are called VdlT and in many cases while you uncork you realize that they have nothing to envy to some DO or DOCa.

In addition to the most important wine producers in Europe of which we have been speaking about, on this continent there are many countries producing their own wine, subjecting it to classification and very similar rating systems.

This is the case of Portugal, with its DOC and IPR, Greece, with its Reserves or Grand Reserve and controlled appellations of origin, England, with Nil and Quality Wines and Austria, which has Vinea Wachau and Qualitätswein Prädikatswein Kabinett.