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The shape of the glass determines the taste of wine

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It is well known that for different wines, glasses of different shapes are used, which favour the tasting of their contents by presenting specific features, but so far we haven’t had news about the shape of the container being able to change the taste of the wine itself.

Well, this is the conclusion reached by a group of Japanese scientists, analysing the ethanol vapour emanating from a wine glass by means of a camera system developed at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University. The experiment uses a mesh impregnated with the enzyme alcohol oxidase, which converts the low molecular weight alcohols to aldehydes and hydrogen peroxide. This mesh is also impregnated with peroxidase and luminol, and the whole, placed on top of a glass of wine, triggers a chemical reaction that causes a colour change, then collected and analysed by the camera.

Thus, depending on the shape of the glass and the temperature of wine, very different images are captured, indicating changes in the taste we would perceive while tasting the wine in different containers, providing different “bouquets” and taste effects.

Specifically, the study director Kohji Mitsubayashi, reveals that at 13º C the concentration of alcohol emanating is lower at the centre than at the rim of the glass, resulting in a ring-shaped pattern that favours the appreciation of wine aroma without interference from ethanol.

Conversely, at higher temperatures and differently shaped glasses (straight cut glasses, Martini glasses, etc.), this pattern disappears and the wine loses (apparently) its most characteristic properties, demonstrating that the design of the glasses plays a decisive role in the enjoyment of wine. Thus, this system is also emerging as an ideal help to perfect the design of glasses, supported by scientific evidence.

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Viña Ardanza Reserva 2005: a red wine from the Rioja DO which blend contains tempranillo and garnacha of 2005 and presents an alcohol content of 13.5º.

 

 

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La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2004: a red wine Rioja produced with graciano and tempranillo from the 2004 vintage and with an alcoholic strength of 12.5º. 

 

Wine, an ally to prevent skin cancer

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Wine has many benefits for the body, both exterior and interior. Several studies have established the advantages of wine on the skin, giving it greater elasticity and youth. And now it could also prevent skin cancer, as it happens with other types of cancer.

To this statement, four scientific studies that have been developed in various countries, show some of the effects of wine in preventing skin cancer. Specifically, they state that the effects of wine polyphenols act against the various cell types of skin cancer.

For example, one study states that resveratrol inhibits the growth of a type of squamous cancer, which like the rest, is caused by the ultraviolet rays from the sun, while another study establishes that resveratrol can induce opoptosis of cells from cardinoma epidermoid type A431.

One of these studies that demonstrate the relationship between wine and prevention of skin cancer was performed in Spain, specifically in Madrid. In this case, the research concluded that three red wine polyphenols inhibit the growth of melanoma cells. There are different types of skin cancers, being the melanoma the most dangerous of all them, being malignant. Skin cancer goes unnoticed by many people and, in fact, is one of the most spread among Spanish population.

Finally, another study tested in this area established that polyphenolic combination has a strong therapeutic potential in the treatment of melanoma on humans, which reproduces and grows with sun exposure, mostly.

In these studies it was found that the application of various types of polyphenols that compose wine on the dorsal area of mice affected by skin cancer could stop the degree of development of this type of cancer.

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Bodegas Castaño is the maker of this Solanera Viñas Viejas 2012, a wine red with the Yecla DO made with garnacha tintorera and cabernet Sauvignon of 2012 and with an alcohol proof of 14.5º.

 

 

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Hécula 2012: a wine red with the Yecla DO made with monastrell of 2012 and 14º of volume of alcohol.

 

Fall in love or drink wine and be happy!

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Alcohol consumption could be related with what we feel when we are in love. Not what we say, but a neuroscience study by the University of Birmingham, which states that when one drinks a bit too much, his or her behaviour is similar to that of a person in love. And that thanks to oxytocin, the so called “love hormone”.

Oxytocin is an important brain chemical for several physical and mental actions, which determines some social interactions and the reactions to romantic partners.

The researchers working in this international study concluded that chemical increases that occur in behaviour related to altruism, generosity and empathy, make us more willing to trust others, eliminating social inhibitors such as fear, anxiety and stress.

Thus, some dose of alcohol or oxytocin might influence how we treat others by improving the perception of reliability. But researchers cautioned that they were against self-medication with either the hormone or a drink, consumed quickly, to provide confidence.

In fact, although they have found these similarities, the study investigators do not believe that oxytocin may be used socially as an alternative to alcohol. But they consider it a fascinating neurochemical and, away from matters of the heart, it has a potential use in the treatment of psychological and psychiatric disorders.

Thus, the study shows how many people change their behaviour, and this could provide real benefits for people who have specific psychological problems. Its researchers expect that the university study will serves to shed light on these behavioural measures and open up avenues that were not yet considered in this field.

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Clos Marie L’Olivette 2013: is a Pic-saint-loup from the Clos Marie cellar with the best bunches of cinsault and syrah from the 2013 vintage and with an alcohol content of 13.5º.

 

 

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Domaine Léon Barral Valinières Magnum 2009: a red wine Faugères with a blend based on syrah and mourvedre of 2009.

 

South Africa reaches its highest revenues in wine exports

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South Africa hit a record high level of revenue from wine exports, growing its turnover by 6.3% in 2014 thanks to sparkling wines and packaged wines.

South Africa is the ninth wine producer country in the world and has been recognized as a wine zone for over 300 years.

South Africa, along with Chile and Argentina, was affected by high harvests in the northern hemisphere in 2013. For this reason the volume of exported wine decreased by 5.6%, but got the greatest gain to date thanks to its packaged wines and sparkling wines exported.

According to reports of OEMV (Spanish Observatory of Wine Market), the volume of wine exports from South Africa dropped 16.6% due to the fall of bulk and bag in box. This is a situation that has not affected economically the country thanks to the profits obtained from other types of wines aforementioned.

The first market for South African bulk is the UK, with good numbers in prices and a slight drop in volume figures, followed by Germany.

From the 100% of wine exports from South Africa during 2014, 50% were white varieties, 40.6% red varieties and the other 8.6%, Blanc de Noir and Rosé.

South Africa is the oldest wine producer from the New World, and its most important producing areas are: Robertson, Stellenbosch, Paarl, Worcester, Tullbagh, Overberg, Constantia and Calitzdorp.

The most widely planted grape varieties include Chenin Blanc and Colombard. Its most popular wines are: Pinatage, a medium colour wine, ruby ??red with hints of plums and raspberries, and Roodeberg, a red wine made only in South Africa with hints of red fruits.

Recall that according to reports by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) for 2013, South Africa, along with Chile, was noted for wine exports, experiencing such growth in volume that allowed it to beat Australia by taking the fourth position worldwide as a wine exporter.

By 2014 the situation changed and, despite not increasing its numbers in terms of export volume, exceeds its own earned income records through exports. This indicates how valued is South African wine worldwide.

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Arabella Cabernet Sauvignon 2013: is a red wine with DO Robertson from the Arabella cellar produced with cabernet Sauvignon from the 2013 vintage

 

 

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Neethlingshof Malbec 2011: a red wine with Stellenbosch DO with a blend based on malbec of 2011 and with an alcohol content of 14º. 

 

 

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Simonsig Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2012: a red wine from the Stellenbosch DO which blend contains shiraz and cabernet Sauvignon of 2012 and with 14º of alcohol content. 

 

Images: Uvinum and Tim Parkinson

Which wines are best to pair with paella?

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Paella is that great signature dish from Spain, which usually has its origin in Valencia, although it is consumed in several Spanish regions. Made with rice, broth, fish, meat or vegetables, there are a lot of types of paellas, all of them delicious. If you have questions about what kind of wine goes best with paella, we give some recommendations.

Seafood and fish paella goes perfect with a white or rosé wine. For example, some wines from Ribera del Duero and DO Galicia, which often pair well with fish dishes. Whites from Alicante, Valencia and Penedès are also recommended. They must be very fruity and fresh wines, being a dish that is preferably consumed in summer.

White wines with aromas of flowers and fruits also pair well, while introducing aromatic and citrus notes. The ones from chardonnay variety are also highly recommended. Pedro Ximenez wines have delicate and sweet flavours. In this case, sparkling wines can also be at the table when we eat paella. While white, rosé and sparkling wines, also pair well with paellas with vegetables and legumes.

For seafood paella, one of the most widespread, Rueda, Verdejo and, of course, the Galician Albariños are also recommended.

Paella can be elaborated with meat, such as chicken, beef, rabbit or duck, mixed with some vegetables such as artichokes or peppers. In this case, rosé wines will pair exceptionally, and also young and rather soft reds. Merlot and Monastrell reds, showing hints of red fruits and spices, intensify the flavour of the rice. Other wines that are recommended for this kind of paella are the “crianzas”.

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Mar de Frades 2013: a white wine with Rias Baixas DO from Mar de Frades cellar made with albariño of 2013 and with an alcoholic strength of 12.5º.

 

 

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Minuty Prestige Rosé 2014, a rosé wine from Côtes De Provence DO of Château Minuty cellar based on the top of tibouren and syrah from 2014 vintage and with an alcoholic strength of 13º.

 

 

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Enate 2009 is a Somontano from the Enate cellar with the best bunches of 2009 merlot and has a volume of alcohol of 14º.

 

May day is coming… let’s drink a good wine!

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As May Day is coming, we would like to share with you some wines that will make you have the best celebration ever. Let you seduce with these soft and beautiful wines, cheers!

 

Red Wines

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Viña Tondonia Reserva 2001 is a red wine of the Rioja DO which blend contains garnacha tinta and viura of 2001 and 12.50º of volume of alcohol. Foie and chocolate makes an ideal match for Viña Tondonia Reserva 2001. Robert Parker gave it 95 points and the Guía Peñín gave it 92 points.

 

 

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Pintia 2008 is a great red wine, powerful but also provided with great finesse. Is a red wine with DO Toro from the Pintia cellar which blend contains tempranillo and tinta de Toro of 2008 and with an alcohol content of 15º. 

 

 

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A safe value, Vega Sicilia Único 2002 is an elegant wine that everyone should try at leat once. Is a red wine with DO Ribera del Duero which blend contains tempranillo and merlot of 2002 and with 13º of alcohol content. 

 

 

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The vintages 2007 and 2009 of this wine were scored with 100 points by Robert Parker and this vintage has 95 points. Alto Moncayo 2011 is a red wine from Campo De Borja DO with the best bunches of 2011 garnacha and presents an alcohol content of 15,5º.

 

 

White Wines

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Fruity and fresh, this Finca las Caraballas 2013  is a white wine from the Rueda DO based on the best of verdejo from 2013 and 13º of alcohol strength. 

 

 

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Hamilton Russell Vineyards produces this Hamilton-Russell Chardonnay 2013, a white wine from the Walker Bay DO with chardonnay of 2013 and with 13º of alcohol content. Robert Parker, with 92 points, and Wine Spectator, with 93, has recognized its quality. 

 

 

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Peach, apple… This La Cana 2013 has lots of fruit in its aromas and its taste. Made in Rias Baixas, Galicia, is an albariño that will delight you.

 

 

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Château Haut-Brion Blanc 2004 is a a white wine from Pessac-Léognan DO made with 2004 grapes and with an alcohol proof of 14.6º. Pair it with cheese or mushrooms and will love it forever. 

 

Images: Uvinum and Heather Katsoulis

The red wine that will help you lose weight

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On many other occasions we talked about some of the benefits of wine for health, referring to cardiovascular diseases, as an anti-ageing factor… But so far we haven’t had news of its possible influence as accelerator of weight loss, something that would be added to a long list of good reasons to drink wine, always in moderation.

According to a recent study by Oregon State University, a specific type of red wine slows the growth of fat cells in the liver, a finding that would indicate, once all relevant testing is performed, that consumption of red grapes -fresh, in form of juice or fermented as wine- could help solving health problems related to obesity, especially hepatic steatosis, also known as “fatty liver” or FLD.

In particular, the compound responsible for this beneficial behaviour of some types of grape is the ellagic acid, also present in oak galls, in addition to several fruits (for example blackberries and raspberries) and nuts (walnuts, pecans…), green tea and oolong tea. This polyphenol is found in grape varieties such as Red Muscadine, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, etc., and ageing in oak barrels multiplies its presence in the wine resulting of its fermentation, so the more ageing, the better.

The study, conducted by biochemists and molecular biologists from the College of Agricultural Sciences at OSU in collaboration with the Universities of Florida and Nebraska, concludes that ellagic acid improves fat accumulation in the liver and reduces the presence of blood sugar (in an experiment performed with laboratory mice overfed with a high fat diet).

This finding, if a similar behaviour in humans is confirmed, would prevent the occurrence of this type of liver fat, very common in people with obesity and diabetes, merely adding to a balanced diet and moderate exercise, the consumption of a small bunch of grapes daily, a glass of red wine, grape juice or its equivalent in other foods with presence of ellagic acid, which is also beneficial in the treatment of chronic inflammation, cholesterol, free radicals and even some types of cancer.

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Arabella Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 is a red wine with DO Robertson from the Arabella cellar produced with cabernet Sauvignon from the 2013 vintage and 13º of volume of alcohol.

 

 

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Catena Malbec 2012 is the maker of this Catena Malbec 2012, a red wine from this DO: Mendoza based on the top of malbec from 2012 vintage and 14º of alcohol.

 

Stressed out? Drink a glass of good wine!

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While it is known for its delicious taste and for being the preferred drink to accompany meals at meetings, wine also offers a number of health benefits to which are now added the results of a study performed by the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, indicating that drinking wine reduces stress.

According to the cardiologist Raul Pastor, head of the department of Internal Medicine, Clinical Hospital of Buenos Aires, one glass of wine daily in the case of women and two glasses of wine a day for men, significantly reduce the oxidative stress, which damages the genetic material of cells and is responsible for ageing, as well as for tumour formation and generation of chronic diseases.

Resveratrol, a component present in red wine, is one of the new alternatives to combat cardiovascular disease and to maintain a youthful skin thanks to its antioxidant properties.

Additionally, the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, has discovered that resveratrol also stimulates an anti-stress gene, which in turn activates other genes that protect the body from infection and even from ultraviolet radiation.

Paul Schimmel, one of the scientists in charge of the investigation indicated that ?this stress response represents a stage of biology that we had overlooked, and it appears that resveratrol activates it at concentrations much lower than those used in previous studies?.

Other benefits of resveratrol are:

  • Cardiovascular disease: it helps reducing inflammation, prevents oxidation of cholesterol by preventing platelets from sticking together and forming clots that cause heart attacks.
  • Diabetes: helps preventing insulin resistance.
  • Cancer: reduces the spread of cancer cells.
  • Alzheimer: it is able to protect nerve cells from the accumulation of plaques, responsible for Alzheimer.

Previously they had already released the benefits of resveratrol, but in this particular study was discovered the way how it works on the body: according to the results, resveratrol adheres to the PARP-1 protein and this generates an anti-stress and DNA repair response factor.

As for the stress, it is a feeling that produce excessive feelings of frustration and anxiety, but at low levels can help you perform your daily activities.

Stress is generated by several reasons, depending on the lifestyle of each person, from work, economic status or relationships, and can be identified by symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, dizziness, tremors and sweating.

Doing sports, resting, eating a balanced diet and drinking wine in moderation can help reduce stress and improve your quality of life. So get going and leave the stress aside!

  

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Descendientes de J. Palacios is the maker of this Corullón 2012, a wine red with DO Bierzo made with mencía of 2012.

 

 

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Arabella Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 is a red wine with DO Robertson from the Arabella cellar produced with cabernet Sauvignon from the 2013 vintage and 13º of volume of alcohol.

Tell me what movie you like and I’ll tell you what wine you should drink

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If you are a wine and cinema lover, you’d probably already discovered some films related to the world of wine that filled you with joy and made you feel completely identified. In fact, since cinema is as a good universal symbol, there are all kinds of films having wine as a background, protagonist or theme.

Here are some of our suggestions:

1. A Good Year: This film released in 2006 tells the story of Max Skinner, an investor who inherits his uncle’s vineyard in Provence. When he visits it, memories of his childhood and family traditions revive, and he also meets a woman who will change his perception of life.

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Miraval Côtes de Provence Blanc 2012 is a French wine from the Provence, the region in which it develops A Good Year.

 

2. The Grapes of Wrath: This film is an adaptation of the novel of the same title written by John Steinbeck, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for this work. It tells the life of Tom Joad, his exodus, that of his family and other California wine producers because of the Great Depression in the United States in 1929.

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This Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection could be one of the wines that were harvested in those years when the dust covered everything. On this occasion, we selected it because of its undeniable connection with the world of cinema.

 

3. Sideways: This Oscar winning film is an adaptation of the novel by Rex Pickett, entitled Sideways. It tells the story of a couple of men with opposite personalities that make a trip to the Santa Barbara vineyards.

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Will this 4 Hands Hot To Trot White Blend 2012 up to the roof of the protagonists of this already classic road movie?1

 

 

4. Autumn Tale: Two friends decide to move to Provence; one of them wants to get a partner for the other friend and uses the classified ads for that purpose.

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Chateau de Pibarnon 2008 Château de Pibarnon 2007 is also harvested in the idyllic land of Provence. What this region has to be one of the busiest scenarios of cinema?

 

5. Corked: This mockumentary is the story of 4 different wineries in California, looking to get the attention of a critic while he visits the area.

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In ?Tinseltown? they take advantage to elevate the nearest wine areas, such as California. This Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 is also a Californian wine.

 

6. A Walk in the Clouds: This romantic movie starring Keanu Reeves tells the story of a couple who falls in the vineyards at harvest time.

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This list could not miss Tuscany, the land of which Castello Banfi Rosso Di Montalcino 2012 is a good example.

 

7. Mondovino: This documentary by sommelier and filmmaker Jonathan Nossiter covers the issue of loss of identity of large transnational corporations over small winemakers and family wineries.

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Lafou Els Amelers Blanc 2013 is a wine produced by a family who works the land in La Terra Alta, an example of small scale winemaking.

 

 

8. You Will Be My Son: This is the story of Paul Marceaul, owner of the known vineyard Saint Emilion. This man is passionate oenologist that does not sees his son as a worthy successor to perpetuate the tradition of the family business.

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Château Dassault 2010 is a wine with Saint-Emilion appellation, the scenario that hosts this film.

 

 

9. Red Obsession: This documentary narrated by Russel Crowe compiles a series of interviews with various wine producers and resellers, as well as wine experts, to analyze the Chinese market demand.

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Habla del Silencio 2011 certainly will like any wine consumer in China, where imports of Spanish wine has grown markedly in recent years.

 

 

So, for you, what are the best wine-related movies or series? Do you agree with our selection?

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