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How has wine consumption changed over the last years?

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The food market grows at a very fast pace and today, consumers have become a lot more demanding towards this market including the world of wine. Let’s take a look at how trends have changed over the past years!

Customers want what’s best: Because of the huge amount of information that has been put out there online over the last years, consumers become more demanding each day. They know exactly what they need and want, especially in terms of quality.

The new generation: With the rising of social networks and blogs, a lot of new consumers are influenced by content, comments and feedback they get from these social networks. They don’t have a deep understanding of the wine industry, but they are fast learners and become very demanding clients. They’re usually young people that look for specific products and new vintages.

Marketplace: According to studies conducted by SymphonyIRI, consumers don’t go to wineries anymore to purchase a product. Instead, they have become more practical and prefer to buy wine in supermarkets, specialized grocery stores, food boutiques, and other convenient stores. Also, online purchasing is a rather new trend that has been growing fast over the years.

Consumption place: Additionally, the place where people drink has changed radically. From the restaurant, consumers have moved to local bars, neighborhood parties, casual meetings and cultural events where they usually get to compare different tastes of wine.

Brand drinkers: Since a lot new consumers don’t really understand the “science” behind the consumption of wine, they have been considered “brand drinkers”. These consumers use to always ask and drink a certain type of wine because it belongs to a recognized region or just because it is advertised everywhere.

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Tarima 2014: a red wine from Alicante DO of Bodegas Volver cellar with a blend based on Monastrell of 2014 and with an alcoholic strength of 14.5º. 

 

 

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Viña Ardanza Reserva 2005: a red wine with DO Rioja produced with tempranillo and Garnacha from the 2005 vintage and 13.5º of alcohol content. 

 

 

Red wine could help prevent erectile dysfunction

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According to a recent research conducted by the UK and USA, the wine and grapes in general are “super sexual” foods that are able to help to prevent erectile dysfunction. This is another good thing to add to the list of advantages that wine provides to our health such as the cardiovascular system protection and memory improvement.

The research, conducted by Harvard University and East Anglia University teams, has been published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and revealed that middle-aged men who drank and ate foods such as red wine, berries and citrus fruits were 10% less likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction due to the presence of flavonoids.

These substances are natural pigments that help protect the body from damage caused by oxidizing agents such as ultraviolet rays or environmental pollution and thus also help prevent some diseases. In this sense, beverages such as wine and tea contain high levels of flavonoids, which are also present in fruits and vegetables.

To conduct the study, more than 50,000 test results were taken, on which men were asked their ability to have and maintain an erection. They were tested every four years, gathering all kinds of information such as their daily diet, weight, physical activity, caffeine intake and other habits like tobacco.

One third of the population reported suffering erectile dysfunction during the study, but those with a diet rich in anthocyanins and flavonoids were less likely to suffer from it. On the other hand, men who maintained an active physical activity like walking up to 5 hours per week, combined with a diet rich in flavonoids, had a lower rate of erectile dysfunction.

Professor from East Anglia University Aedin Cassidy explained: “We examined six major types of flavonoids commonly consumed and found that 3 in particular -anthocyanins, flavanones and flavans- are beneficial.” He concluded: “men who regularly consume foods rich in these flavonoids are 10% less likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction”.

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Coto de Imaz Reserva 2010: a red wine with Rioja DO which blend contains tempranillo of 2010 and with an alcohol content of 13.5º.

 

 

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La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Magnum 2004: a red wine with the Rioja DO based on the top of tempranillo and graciano from 2004 vintage and 12.5º of alcohol strength.

 

 

What are the most common wine bottles?

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The wine bottle as we know it today was not used until 17th century. Before its appearance, other materials such as clay urns, animal guts or wooden barrels were used as containers.

Today, the bottle is essential to preserve the wine once it leaves the winery.  The liquid will continue to grow and evolve inside the bottle until his quality reaches the highest point. Depending on the type of wine, the best moment for consumption will arrive earlier or later on.

Types of bottles according to materials:

The majority of wine is bottled in glass bottles, but there are some other materials like bricks or special cans, however, none of these are recommended to keep wine for long periods of time.

Types of bottles according to shape:

  • Borgoña: it’s the oldest design known. It gets its name for the region it was first created. It is characterized by the long should falling along the side. Some Spanish wines started to use this type of bottle to get differentiation from others.
  • Bordelesa: is the most common bottle. His cylindrical aspect makes possible to store the wine in a horizontal way. For white wines the bottle it’s painted green or light green. For sweeter wines a transparent bottle is preferred.
  • Rhin: it was born near the river Rhin in Germany. It is known for its height and fallen shoulders.
  • Cava or Champagne: this bottle has it shoulders low and thick glass. It contains a hollowness in the bottom of it to resist the pressure of sparkling wines.
  • Jerezana: created by Spaniards. It has a thick neck and it’s used to bottle fine Jerez wines and manzanillas.

Types of bottles according to their capacity or size:

The size of the bottle significantly influences the aging and storage of the wine, since wine evolution is slower as the size of the bottle increases.

  • Benjamin: 18 centiliters
  • 3/8: 37 centiliters
  • 3/4: 75 centiliters (most common one)
  • Magnum: 1.5 liters
  • Jeroboam: 3 L
  • Imperial: 4 L
  • Rehoboam: 4.8 L
  • Mathusalem: 6.4 L
  • Salmanasar: 9.6 L
  • Baltasar: 12.8 L
  • Nabucodonosor: 16 L
  • Salomon: 18 L

Types of bottles according to the color:

The color is a factor that influences the protection of wine from the sun. The most used colors for wine bottles are green, blue and black.

The darker colors are used for wines that will age while lighter or transparent colors are used for white young wines to highlight its color.

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Viña Ardanza Reserva 2005: a red wine with DO Rioja produced with tempranillo and garnacha from the 2005 vintage and 13.5º of alcohol content.

 

 

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Honoro Vera 2014: a red wine Calatayud with garnacha of 2014 and presents an alcohol content of 14º. 

 

 

How long does an open wine bottle last?

 TAGS:undefinedSurely, the following situation will sound familiar to you. You just bought a bottle of excellent wine or sparkling for a party. With a thrill of expectation, you open and enjoy it very much but at the end of the evening, there is still some wine left inside. You think it would be a shame to leave this bottle open because the wine runs the risk to go bad.
Fortunately, there are some tips and tricks which help conserve open bottles better and avoid that this wine which you fell so much in love with converts into a vinegar-like liquid.

For instance, respect the optimal time regarding the type of wine and its appropriate environmental conditions. So, if you don’t want to preoccupy yourself with vinegar wine, discover our infographic about conserving opened wine bottles and learn what you can do to maintain the open bottle of wine in good conditions.

Discover our new infographic about storing wine!

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Viña Ardanza Reserva 2005 is a Rioja from the La Rioja Alta cellar based on tempranillo and garnacha of 2005 and 13.5º of alcohol strength.

 

 

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Pruno 2014: a red wine with Ribera del Duero DO from Finca Villacreces cellar which blend contains tinta fina of 2014 and 13.5º of volume of alcohol.

 

 

I practice athletics, ¿Can I drink wine without any problems?

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Sports and wine are not incompatible and can coexist without any problems whenever the consumption is moderate. Indeed, numerous studies have shown that wine offers advantages and benefits for the body in general.

But it is normal that many athletes wonder if they can drink wine, because they spend a lot of energy and often eat and drink healthily, and do not want to lower their effort level. The truth is that moderate wine consumption is not only possible, but also provides benefits for those who practice athletics, among other sports.

However, doctors and nutritionists state that it is best not to drink too much wine just before competing. And it reaffirms because, according to studies of Sport Medicine journal, excessive wine consumption before practicing athletics can increase the number of injuries and the athlete will dehydrate much earlier.

Virtues of wine

On the other hand, the virtues of wine reaffirm the theory of cardiovascular benefits, especially for those who practice regular exercise. It also increases levels of good cholesterol and prevents the bad. Other benefits of moderate consumption of wine combined with sports is that it relaxes the muscles in the arteries, lowers blood pressure and helps preventing osteoporosis…

It is well known that red wine carries flavonoids, which are antioxidants that reduce the risk of heart disease. And American doctors have stated that ?a glass of wine with dinner the night before a race is nothing worrying?.

In addition, nutritionists state that each person processes alcohol differently, and that depends less on quantity. Some athletes and wine drinkers limit their intake to one or two glasses of wine or beer per day, and drink lots of water to compensate for dehydration, always before the day of the race or competition.

Long live to wine!

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Pintia 2008

 

 

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Monte Real Reserva 2007

 

 

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Honoro Vera 2013