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4 Tips For A Healthy Life Drinking Wine

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Every so often new studies documenting the health benefits from drinking wine are published, and almost just as often other studies showing links between diseases and frequent wine consumption appear.

Some of the benefits of enjoying a daily glass of wine include the reduction of cholesterol, stress and diabetes; on the other hand, you also risk the possibility of developing cancer and liver problems. With all this conflicting information it is ok to ask: Can you lead a healthy life when drinking wine? The answer is yes. In the wine itself certain elements are present that are known to be beneficial to health, and so it is advisable to drink a glass of wine a day.

4 tips for a healthy life drinking wine

Moderate consumption of wine does not have to be harmful to your health, indeed, it can even be beneficial if it is included as part of a lifestyle with healthy habits.

  1. Eat a healthy and balanced diet. The most important habit to maintain a healthy lifestyle is to consume a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables being the main food group and make sure your diet also contains sufficient fibre. There are numerous wines that are perfect for pairing with salads and stews. Meat and fish are also important parts of your diet but make sure to choose lean pieces and reduce the intake of animal fats.
  2. Lead an active life. Exercising on a regular basis also contributes to your overall health. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a strenuous sport, the most important thing for improving your health is to exercise regularly.
  3. Reduce stress in your life. Feeling relaxed and avoiding stress is just as important as eating well and exercising. A nice way to try to control the stress is to enjoy good times with friends from time to time, perhaps accompanied with a good bottle of wine.
  4. Drink wine responsibly. Wine can be part of a healthy lifestyle and can even be the perfect excuse to meet friends or to enjoy a meal in pleasant company. Just keep in mind to be aware of how much you drink – the recommendation is a daily glass of wine of 125 ml – and do not drink on an empty stomach.

So, yes, it is possible to lead a healthy life when drinking wine. And, by the way, although it is usually red wine that is mentioned when talking about the benefits of wine, it is worth mentioning that white wine possesses exactly the same positive health effects as red wine.

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Peñascal Rosado

 

 

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Porta 6 2016

5 Great Wines Made By Women

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Traditionally the world of wine has been a world dominated by men. However, slowly (too slowly) women are getting their names recognised in the world of wine. To put a spotlight on the great work done by women in the industry today we are sharing 5 wines made by women. We hope you like them! 

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This balanced and elegant Albariño white wine from Rías Baixas is a safe buy, and behind the wine, we find the winemaker Ana Quintela, who has been with Pazo de Señorans since 1990, and the owner of the winery, Marisol Bueno, a revolutionary of Galician white wines.

 

 

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María Larrea is the winemaker and technical director of CVNE, one of the most important and largest wineries in Spain. There she produces must-taste wines from Rioja like this Cune Reserva 2011, produced mainly from Tempranillo and it is both soft, pleasant and easy to drink.

 

 

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Nita is the result of the sound suggestion by Meritxell Pallejà, who is responsible for wine, to establish a personal biodynamic wine project. This is a wine with a pronounced fruitiness that reminds us of the minerals of the lands of Priorat. It is also a great RCP wine.

 

 

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Viña Tondonia is one of the most prestigious wineries in Rioja. Here we find María José López de Heredia, great-granddaughter of the founder and one of the most important women on the wine-making scene in Europe. She follows the family tradition with wines such as this great Viña Tondonia Reserva.

 

 

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When Sara Pérez was born it was written in the stars that she would grow up to make great wines, and this has been demonstrated through Mas Martinet. In this Priorat winery, Sara utilises the experience passed on from her father and spoils us with great wines such as Camí Pesseroles.

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Wine And Fast Food – A Possible Combination?

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Where is it written that eating pizza or hot dogs cannot be combined with a good wine? Wine does not always have to be accompanied by fancy cuisine as it can successfully be paired with an infinite variety of dishes.

Limitations are not our philosophy. Even the experts say it, like Nicolás Boise, chief sommelier of Mugaritz restaurant, who was quoted in the Spanish Newspaper El País recommending that junk food and wine can be a perfect combination.

But what wines pair well with fast food? It depends on the ingredients in each dish. If you are eating a sausage the choice of wine will depend on the type of sausage, the sauces and the other ingredients in that particular dish.

The basic hot dog (with mustard and ketchup and nothing else) goes well with white wines of the Gewürtzraminer type. If the hot dog also has crispy onions both rosés and sparkling wines will pair very well.

Nowadays it’s pizza and wine! Beer is not the only drink that goes well with pizza; if you prefer having a glass of wine instead we recommend rosé as the best option. Young red wines are also a good pairing. If the pizza has anchovies (something that is currently scarce), it is better to choose a white wine to counteract the flavour, and if you opt for a barbeque pizza you might find that going for a consistent and full-bodied red wine, like a Merlot, is an excellent choice.

Chocolate desserts marry perfectly with many kinds of wines. We already feel quite uncomfortable about the milkshakes found in many fast food establishments, and if we had wine with our dinner we would also like to finish with wine. In fact, you will find that there are some wine and chocolate combinations that maximise the flavours. For these types of desserts, we recommend red wines.

For certain spicy dishes, like kebab, the best combination is made with an intense and stronger wine. And red wines are also preferred when pairing with hamburgers. For some quick tapas, the white and sparkling wines are excellent choices, while taking into account the type of tapas and whether the dish has meat or fish.

 

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Miraval Rosé 2017

 

 

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By Ott Rosé 2016

New Studies Reveal That Red Wine Has Additional Benefits To The Heart

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There are already several proven studies that show that red wine is good for the heart. And now more evidence of its benefits has been discovered. The study comes from the Department of Comparative Biomedical Sciences of LSU in the United States, where they have developed a new stent that releases red wine antioxidants slowly over time, promoting healing and preventing blood clotting and inflammation.

The people responsible for this development explain that by delivering red wine antioxidants during conventional angioplasty, it may be possible to prevent the build-up of excess tissue and the blood vessel from narrowing again as it heals.

In addition to the stent, they are also in the process of developing a balloon coated with the same compounds to treat blood flow blockages throughout the body called peripheral artery disease. Drug-coated balloons are a relatively new product and are being developed to help interventional cardiologists treat arteries that are difficult to treat with traditional angioplasty and stent treatments.

As mentioned there are more studies that highlight the benefits that red wine possesses to protect the heart. A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that resveratrol was unrelated to rates of heart disease, cancer and death. It was also shown in controlled studies that people who drink moderate amounts of alcohol, regardless of the type of drink, tend to have better blood records.

As for a recent study published by the National Institute of Wine Research in Australia, it was shown that drinking wine in moderation reduces the risk of heart disease. People who regularly drink a small amount of red wine, especially if accompanied with food, have a 30% lower risk of heart disease.

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Varvaglione Papale Linea Oro Primitivo Di Manduria 2014

 

 

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Castello di Ama Chianti Classico Ama 2014

Toni Coca: Interview With The Winemaker Of Clos Galena

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“We started making ECO wines from the beginning (1991)…; for us, it is more a matter of philosophy than of being commercial.”

When it comes to sustainable viticulture and organic production in the DO Priorat, the Clos Galena winery has positioned itself as a pioneer since its inception. What started as a matter of philosophy for the team behind the Catalan brand has now evolved into a clear trend. And in 2017 one of its wines was represented at the Nobel Prize gala. Here at Uvinum, we got the opportunity to sit down for an interview with Toni Coca, the winemaker at Clos Galena, to learn more about the winery and its successes.

In the past few years there has been a growing trend when it comes to eco-friendly or organic wines. What, according to your opinion, is the reason for this development?

Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of health issues, meaning, we are giving more and more attention to what we eat and drink and the ECO-certified products have greater guarantees.

What is the role of Clos Galena in the organic wine movement in Priorat?

We started making ECO wines from the beginning (1991) in Domini de la Cartoixa; for us, it is more a matter of philosophy than of being commercial. Today there are many producers in Priorat who are making ECO wines, it is a clear trend. We were only a few in the beginning but every year we are growing in numbers.

This year the star of our winery is without a doubt the Formiga de Vellut 2014, the wine that was chosen to be served at the Nobel Prize gala in Stockholm.

How does the Formiga wine connect with this event with regards to the values and ethics represented by the Nobel Prizes?

The Formiga de Vellut wine was chosen for this event through blind tasting, which means that those who have tasted it were looking for an honest wine with multiple nuances, freshness and above all a wine with a Mediterranean character.

What impact have you noticed after being represented at the Nobel Prize dinner?

On the media level, it has had a lot of impact; it has given a lot of visibility to both the wine and the winery.

The director of Clos Galena, Merche Dalmau, has already expressed his pride, saying that “it is a great honor that the Formigas del Vellut 2014 wine was served to harmonize the Nobel dinner”. Being the winemaker and creator, what are your thoughts on the fact that Formigas was invited to the “most intellectual table in the world”?

Without a doubt the importance is remarkable. Primarily because it was chosen and because of this the most cultured minds of today have now tasted it. For me, it is very gratifying to have played my part in this project and to recognise the remarkable work done by many skilled people also working on this project.

Of all the wines of Clos Galena, which one is your favourite?

Actually, although it sounds a little cliché, all the wines we make have their own personality, which connects with your preferences in different ways depending on the moment, but if I have to choose one I would choose the Clos Galena for its complexity, character, and kindness.

Do you have any special recommendations for others to enjoy a wine that you are passionate about?

It is time, especially to connect with wine, to reach a little further than the obvious, emotion and seduction. I think it often depends more on oneself than on the wine.

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Formiga de Vellut 2015

 

 

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Clos Galena 2013

Barcelona Restaurants With Organic Wines

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Organic wines can be found in many types of establishments. When talking about organic wines we could mention many different denominations, although in this case, we are referring to a type of crop where the sulfur addition limits are lower and the use of chemical synthesis products are kept as low as possible.

There is an increasing demand from customers for these wines and today many restaurants have added them to their menus. Have a look at our selection of Barcelona restaurants that offer organic wines in case you will be passing through the city or are going there for a holiday.

El Petit Celler

El Petit Celler is more than just a restaurant. It is a sensory experience where you can taste a variety of wines. Recently they have opened Tribut which is a space within El Petit Celler itself where you can taste more than 250 kinds of the best wines by the glass. The place also has a Vermutería where you can taste a large selection of vermouths accompanied by the best preserves. It was originally opened as a store, so it has endless shelves with a great selection of bottles that you can buy and bring home. The organic wines are well represented.

La Dentellière

Located in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona this restaurant stands out for the quality of its products. With a central location, it offers eggs from Calaf, rice from Delta del Ebre, and of course, a good list of wines of Catalan and Spanish origin, among which you can find the organic Mureda and DO Castilla La Mancha, both red and white wine types.

Vistro49 Wine Bar and Cocktail Bar at Hotel Ohla Barcelona

Hotel Ohla Barcelona offers several gastronomic areas. Florian David from France has been Caelis’ sommelier for more than two years and he is responsible for Vistro49. The extensive menu includes organic wines and little-known wineries that produce precious wines. They also have a wide representation of well-known wines and cavas.

La llavor dels orígens

The name refers to two restaurants in Barcelona which are located in two alternative and trendy neighbourhoods: Grácia and El Born. Both restaurants have dishes with products from Kilometre 0. Their wine lists have some organic wines such as the Bouquet d’Alella, DO Alella, which is produced using the grape pansa blanca which is native to Alella.

 

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Hécula 2014

 

 

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Castaño Monastrell Ecológico 2016

Bodegas Torres: The World’s Most Admired Winery 2018

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To the professional’s of this sector, Bodegas Torres stands out again as “The world’s most admired brand of wines” according to the British magazine, Drinks International.

Again, the ancient family winery from the Penedès, Spain, occupies the pole position of the magazine’s annual ranking of 50 brands as it had before. It’s the only Spanish and European bodega leading the first place.

The winery goes back in history nearly 150 years and has been in family hands for 5 generations. Discover our Favourites from Bodegas Torres!

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Celeste Roble 2016

 

 

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Altos Ibéricos Crianza 2014

 

 

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Altos Ibéricos Reserva 2012

 

 

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Torres 10

Top 20 Products of March at Uvinum

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Wine Selection

 

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Borsao Selección 2016

 

 

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Farnese Fantini Sangiovese Terre Di Chieti 2016

 

 

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Porta 6 2016

 

 

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Aviva Pink Gold

 

 

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Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial

 

 

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Domaine Horgelus Colombard-Sauvignon Blanc 2017

 

 

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E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2016

 

 

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E. Guigal Tavel Rosé 2016

 

 

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Les Jamelles Chardonnay 2015

 

 

Spirits Selection

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Courvoisier V.S. 1L

 

 

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Fernet Branca

 

 

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Grey Goose Vodka 1L

 

 

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Chivas Regal 12 Year old 1L

 

 

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Jinzu Gin

 

 

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Bombay Sapphire 1L

 

 

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J&B 1L

 

 

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Cîroc Vodka 1L

 

 

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Gordon’s London Dry Gin 1L

 

 

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The Macallan Amber

 

 

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Gin Puerto de Indias Strawberry

 

 

How The Shape Of The Glass Affects The Taste Of Wine

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It is not only an aesthetic question. Among all the different gadgets that make up the world of wine, the glass is one of the essentials because it directly affects its flavour.

The cup itself must be of quality and with specific forms, because thanks to it, it enhances both the fruit flavour, as well as the acidity or that helps to balance all these flavours. There are studies that have confirmed this, such as the Institute of Biomaterials and Bioengineering of the Medical and Dental University of Tokyo, which explained that the way in which ethanol evaporates depends on the structure of the cup.

In this study, as reported by CNN, the red colour detected by the olfactory chamber shows large concentrations of ethanol evaporating in different glasses with wine at 13 degrees Celsius. In one part of the study, three wine glasses were analyzed: a standard wine glass, a straight glass and a martini glass. Although the same amount of wine was served in the three glasses and examined at 13 degrees Celsius, the images revealed that a rim-shaped vapour pattern was created on the rim of the wine cup. This allows the wine to be appreciated without interfering with the smell of ethanol.

At the same time, wine tasting also speaks not only of the shape of the glass but also of the cleanliness of these. If you have traces of detergents or smell of plastic, then it will also condition the taste of a good wine.

Moreover, it also depends on the capacity, volume or opening of the wine glass to enhance the different aromas and nuances. But experts understand that in wine tasting everything depends, also, on the subjective factors of each person and the temperature and changes that the wine receives at each moment.

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Pruno 2016: Based on 90% of Tinta Fina and 10% of Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the secrets of Pruno emerges precisely in the 64 hectares owned by Finca Villacreces in the “Golden Mile” of the Ribera del Duero. 

  

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El Molar 2016: This Garnacha from Jumilla emphasises the appellation’s singularity.

 

Every Little Sip You Take: 4 Surprising Facts About Sting’s Wine Estate

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Whether you are a fan of Sting and the Police or not, there is a wine that you will be a fan of. Sting’s Tuscan estate Il Palagio is home to the production of one of the best wines in Italy. So, what is the wine about and where can you get it? Here are some facts about Sting’s Tuscan wine that will surprise you:

An Estate That Sting Bought Fifty Years Ago and Lives at With His Family

Fifteen years ago, Sting bought an estate in the rolling Tuscan hills, which is home to a 15-century villa and more than 900 acres of pristine vineyards, orchards and forests. It is also where he lives with his family when he is not on tour.

The Fine Grapes That Are Grown at Stings Estate to Make Wine

There are several different types of grapes that are grown on the estate, which are used in several different wines produces on the estate. Several of these wines carry names of his hit songs including:

• Sister Moon
• Massage in a Bottle
• When We Dance

The first of these, Sister Moon is a wine that has been recognized by experts around the world as one of the finest Italian wines today.

American And Tuscan Wine Experts Contributed to The Development of Stings Wine

The wines produced on Sting’s estate have been developed by wine experts from Tuscany and the United States of America. These are wines that were developed using some of the grape varieties that are important to the Tuscan wine region, such as Sangiovese and Brunello di Montalcino.

The Centuries-Old Estate Produces A Lot More Than Just Fine Wine

In addition to the wine that is produced by the centuries-old vineyards, it is also home to the production of organic produce, oils and honey. So, for honey glazed ham dinner, you may want to try using Sting’s organic honey and pairing it with a bottle of Sister Moon.

These are some of the facts about Sting’s wine that will surprise you. If you want to try Sting’s fine Tuscan wine, it can be found right here on Uvinum.

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Il Palagio Sting Message In A Bottle Bianco 2016 is a dedication to the pop hit of musician and winemaker Sting. 

 

 

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Il Palagio Sting Chianti When We Dance 2016: A red wine from the region of Chianti produced with Sangiovese, Colorino and Canaiolo from the 2016 vintage. 

 

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Il Palagio Sting Sister Moon 2013 is a delicious red Tuscan wine named after Sting’s famous world hit “Sister Moon”.