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What kind of Wine is Amarone?

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Amarone della Valpolicella it’s a very particular wine, made from raisins, previously dried in the sun, as is done with the variety Pedro Ximénez to get the sweet wine of the same name. For this wine, and contrary to what is usually done in most raisin wines, local red varieties are used first instead of white, and secondly, the result would be dry wine with different organoleptic characteristics.

Its color is dark red, which tends to garnet as the wine ages. It has an accentuated odor, a full, warm and velvety flavor and a touch of ripe fruit, cherry and raspberry as its aroma

As they age, you can also identify some moss and tar aromas. The residual sugars are of a maximum of 12 g/l, whereas the alcoholic graduation oscillates between 14 and 16 degrees. The production area is located in the province of Verona, in the Veneto region of northern Italy, and the varieties normally used are corvina veronese, corvinone and rondinella, with a limited presence of other red varieties.

The particular elaboration of the Amarone follows the same principle as that of other wines in which the concentration of sugar is raised and the aromas and acidity are enhanced, as in the German Eiswein or Strohwein, The French Vin de Paille, and other wines from Greece, Cyprus or Italy, almost always paired with desserts.

Amarone, on the other hand, is usually combined with autumn and winter dishes, such as roasts, meat, cheese, risottos and other typical dishes of the region, and it can also be drunk alone as the culmination of a good dinner. It is served in a large glass, to favor its oxygenation at a temperature of 18 to 20 ºC.

The process of drying the grapes takes about 120 days or more, according to the water content of the fruit, under a strict control of ventilation and humidity, to avoid the appearance of fungi and take care of the correct drying when external climate changes as winter arrives. At the beginning of February, the grape is pressed and the skins macerated until 30-50 days, so that the sugars, as a result of the yeast, are gradually converted into alcohol, until reaching the degree determined for the Amarone. If the concentration of sugars remains above the marked, the resulting wine is renamed Recioto della Valpolicella, a sweet red wine that has different characteristics.

Do you want to try Valpolicella wines? We suggest an Amarone or a Reciotto:

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Zenato Amarone Della Valpolicella 2011

White Wines from La Rioja, are they any good?

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To speak of a Rioja wine is to make it with distinction since it’s a DO that it’s famous all around the world and which groups more and more regions throughout Spain as time goes by. Traditionally, the wines of Rioja have been red, with different nuances, special flavors and potent blends on the palate. They are perfect mostly for meats and other foods related to hunting.

But for some years, the regulating council of La Rioja itself recognizes that things are changing because the white wines of Rioja are striking with fiercely, more than ever, bringing freshness and high-quality standards.

Although it may be seen as a novelty, it’s not, because white wines in this area have been proven and, in fact, they were the best and more abundant than reds back in the 17th century.

La Rioja is boosting these wines because beyond the consolidated reds, there is a world of white to discover. They are characterized by their complexity and variety, perfect to pair with many foods, both in summer and winter, or just any other time in the year. For example, young fresh and fruity white wines can be paired with seafood, pasta and rice, among others, while those white wines that are fermented in barrels go well with cured cheeses and blue fish. Long-aged whites are consumed with poultry, meat and stews.

For all this, the whites of La Rioja are reborn to bring more flavors to this DO. Would you like a glass of white wine?

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Capellanía 2010

How are Spanish people doing in the kitchen?

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The Spanish gastronomy has a great international reputation. The creativity and top-quality ingredients give a wide variety of dishes to suit all tastes: from traditional stews to the most innovative Michelin star restaurants. TV programs and gastronomic guides have helped build the international prestige of its restaurants.

But have you ever wondered what Spaniards are like in the kitchen? Crock-Pot, the brand specialising in slow cooking, hired consulting Toluna to answer this question. This is based on the study: The Spaniards in the kitchen: tastes and customs.

The study was based on surveys of 1,000 Spaniards through an online platform. The sample in question included men (50.7%) and women (40.3%) of the following age ranges: 25-39 41.4%), 40-54 (44.8%) and 55-60 (13.8%).

Among the results, the predilection for the traditional cuisine (76.9%) stands out against the new creative cuisine (23.1%). With such an overwhelming figure, there is no doubt that in Spain they prefer the taste, aroma and texture of the classic stews. In fact, 98% of respondents would like to recover the essence and taste of the dishes of yesterday.

However, as far as the source of inspiration is concerned, the new technologies take the lead: 40% of respondents admit to getting the recipes they cook through the internet, while 38.4% use the grandmother’s recipe.  A very tight difference that reveals how the multiple food blogs that exist in the web environment have taken the lead against oral transmission between generations.

On the other hand, it highlights the evolution in the distribution of roles in the kitchen, As the presence of men within them has increased significantly. While the most famous chefs in Spain are male figures, the daily menu of homes used to be established by women so far. Although not yet achieved equity, the data show that 43% of the households surveyed men are in charge of the cooking on a daily basis.

And if there was any doubt as to why Spanish cuisine succeeds, this study confirms that good eating is a true pleasure. That’s why 62% of the country cooks for pleasure, to enjoy a delicious dinner in good company. And if it is accompanied by a Spanish wine, better yet.

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Botani 2015

 

 

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Beronia Reserva 2011

Protocol at the table, a matter of good education

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In life, there are many sciences and arts that are complicated but necessary to live the good life. The table manners are certainly one of them. Perhaps for some, it sounds a little overwhelming with all those rules that must be followed or the amount to be memorised, but in reality, is only a matter of education, good manners and a little common sense. Below you will find some points about what is considered as the basic rules of protocol.

What not to do at the table?

  • No smoking during the meal, wait until dessert.
  • The napkin goes on your lap, not the neck, arm or table itself.
  • Do not blow to cool soups or hot drinks.
  • No combing your hair or touching up your makeup.
  • Do not start eating before your host or before directed. Yes, you will have to be a little patient before digging in.
  • And speaking of digging in, eat neither too fast nor too slowly, try to keep pace with the others at the table.

Utensils, a necessary evil

  • Start with the silverware from the outside and advance inwards as they serve the dishes.
  • Forks to the left, knives and spoons on the right.
  • Dessert utensils will be above your plate, normally a small fork and spoon.

The art of serving wine

  • Red wine is served in large, round glasses with a short stem. Usually at room temperature. It is typically enjoyed with red meat. Fill 1/3 of the glass.
  • The white wine is served cold (about 6 to 8 degrees) in a slightly smaller and longer-stemmed glass. Fill 1/2 of the glass.
  • Similarly, sparkling wines are served in their respective glasses, fill 3/4 and cold.
  • Rosé wines are usually served cold in a glass, as white wine, and you can pair with any type of meat, it much depends on your taste.
  • It is not recommended to serve a white or pink wine after a red since the latter, being stronger, numbs the palate from appreciating the lighter.

As you see, these are very simple tips that will help you succeed during your next formal dinner. Enjoy!

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Beronia Reserva 2011

 

 

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4 keys that indicate which wines young people want to drink

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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 Caronne Sainte-Gemme 2010

Cambados: What to do in the European City of Wine 2017?

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On November 4 2016 the Board of the Network of European Wine Cities (Recevin) chose Cambados (Galicia, Spain) as the new ‘European Wine City’. The Pontevedra locality will hold the title throughout the year 2017 thanks to an attractive project that allowed it to step in front of other Spanish cities with a great wine tradition like Aranda de Duero, La Palma del Condado and Vilafranca de Penedès.

This recognition is not surprising to those who have visited this city before, because Cambados has an extensive relationship with wine; It is known worldwide as the Capital of Albariño. This is because the Denomination of Origin Rias Baixas was promoted in this town in order to improve local wine production for export to major international markets; A task that they have accomplished with palpable success for years.

There is no doubt that the Capital of Albariño will be a destination of high tourist interest for lovers of good drinks. A total of 80 enotourism activities make up the program presented by Cambados in his candidacy for the ‘European Wine City’. To this we must add the wide offer of activities related to the wine that usually offers the city among which they stand out:

  • The Albariño festival:

Held on the first Sunday of August, this is one of the oldest wine festivals in Spain. Every year thousands of lovers of gastronomy and good wine come to this celebration that holds the title of ‘National Tourist Interest’ since 1977.

  • Ethnographic and Wine Museum:

This is the first museum in Galicia of its kind. Located in a historical point of Cambados, between the ruins of Santa Mariña Dozo and a temple of the s. XV, in its interior it is proposed a tour of the history, art and popular culture of the Rías Baixas related to the vitivinícolas aspects.

  • Wine Route:

A total of 21 wineries make up the “Ruta do Viño“, a route of 23.5 km in which you can enjoy a walk around the historic set of Cambados, declared a Cultural Interest; At the same time as commented visits and tastings in the wineries whose wines have given international renown to this region.

To make matters even better, this seafaring village is kind to lovers of good food. Scallops, seafood and fresh fish in abundance on the menus of restaurants and seafood restaurants in the city. We are talking about the perfect cuisine to accompany an Albariño in a wonderful setting

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Mar de Frades 2015

Tips on pairing wine and cured meat

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They are two of the most exquisite delicacies. The wine, on the one hand, and the cured meats combined correctly they enhance each other and offer very special pairings.

Broadly speaking, cured meats, which are usually fatty, combines well with wines like Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot, intense red wine and also with some sparkling white wines. For a serrano ham, star in Spain, is ideal to combine with red wine, generous, full-bodied, young red light, in addition to dry, and leading grape variety Cabernet Sauvignon. On the other hand, the fine and delicate sherries are very good with all kinds of cured meat, and especially with ham.

Who does not feel like a good bacon with fried eggs? Well it can be a first class plate if mix with a glass of young red wine, or a white wine with a stronger body.

Appreciated in all kitchens, the loin can be eaten in different ways, especially with bread and tomato, or in the form of a sandwich. This meat also benefits from pairing with red wine, especially if it is aged and of merlot grapes or tempranillo. Many DO will do well, but we recommend the Ribera del Duero wines that highlight the flavour loin greatly.

Iberian chorizo is made from pork. It is one of the best known and tastiest food products from Spain. The best wine to accompany the chorizo is preferably red (better if it’s fruity with red fruit flavours and a little acidity). Best choices are the wines made from the grape Syrah. They can be from Rioja to the lesser known of the DO Alicante, which is rising in popularity due to wines with intense flavour.

Salami, due to its composition, can be paired with a rose wine, or with a young red wine. Cured sausages are preferably combined with young red wines.

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Aalto 2013

5 less known wine regions worth noticing

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When we talk about wine and designations of origin there is a tendency of conservatism amongst consumers, in the sense that many of us do not change from our best-valued appellations or even grapes variety, once we find one wine that suits our taste. But, while it is true that the popularisation of wine culture has allowed us to reach wines from the most diverse backgrounds, we normally stick to two or three names we know best. We will present five regions of which you probably never heard of, but that they are well worth noticing.

Canary Islands (Spain)

Even in Spain one can find wine regions that surprise us, as is the case of the Canary Islands, especially Tenerife, where volcanic soils around Teide give the wines a distinctive flavor, in addition to the Listan grapes used for red wines, and Malvasia, star of sparkling and dry and sweet whites.

West Sussex (England)

In addition to its beer and spirits, the UK also worth a visit for its wines, at least the county in southern England that has taken the production of wine seriously. It has ideal conditions, with a chalky soil similar to the French region of Champagne, and the end results are as good as is the ones of their counterparts across the English Channel.

Styria (Austria)

An area often ignored in favor of the regions west of the Danube, but that has hidden gems, wines made from grapes like Pinot Blanc (Pinot Blanc), Sauvignon Blanc, Welschriesling, Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris) and Morillon.

Prince Edward County (Canada)

This Canadian region borders with the state of New York (United States), in addition to beautiful scenery, has a very favourable soil for cultivation consisting predominantly of limestone. This provides a refreshing flavor to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir produced here, in addition there are excellent examples of Cabernet Franc, Pinot Gris and Riesling.

Thailand

Indeed, in Southeast Asia grapes are also grown, and with them wines that are really worth trying, especially those produced with Syrah. A destination best known for its resorts and paradisiacal beaches not so much for its wines. We recommend testing their wines if you travel to this remote but great tourist country.

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Yaiza Malvasia Seco Blanco

 

 

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The secret of reaching 110 years of age? A sip of whisky every day

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One would think that living for many years comes from living a healthy lifestyle, with a very well balanced diet and regular physical activity to maintain ones shape. However, although this should not be ruled out at all, the world’s longest-living people have admitted that alcohol is part of their daily diet and that, for them, it has helped them to live for such a long time.

Grace Jones is now the UK’s tenth-longest living person at 110 and has confessed that a small sip of whisky every night has been her most trusted secret to living for so long. “I never suffer from heartburn during the night and it’s the only thing I drink”, says Mrs. Jones, who has been practising this for 60 years. “Whisky is very good for your health. I started with the night sip when I turned 50 and I have not stopped for 60 years, and I do not intend to do it. The doctor told me to continue taking it because it is good for the heart”, confesses Jones.

And, certainly, it is not the first time that something like this has happened. We have already heard of a 102-year-old woman who credits beer for her longevity. We also have another woman over 100 who claimed that 6 gin & tonics a day have done her well while a 107-year-old Spanish wine producer claims that his long age is due to the benefits of wine he consumes daily.

Jones celebrated his birthday last September with his 78-year-old daughter and enjoyed pleasant company, food, drinks and, of course, his mythical drink of whisky. She was born on September 16, 1906 in Liverpool, in the United Kingdom, and has already received seven letters from the Queen of England. And, most likely, it will probably not be the last.

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In Italy, they are very clever: free wine from a reservoir 24/365

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It is true: in Italy, there is a fountain that provides red wine for free 24 hours a day throughout the year. This is an initiative of the winery Dora Sarchese, with the purpose of offering a comforting glass of wine to the pilgrims who stop in the region of Abruzzo during their trajectory on the Cammino di San Tommaso.

In Italy there are other sources of wine such as Carosino (Taranto), San Floriano del Collio (Gorizia) or Marino (Rome). However, you can only enjoy their wines during special occasions like their respective patron saint festivities. In fact, a technical error in the preparation of the Marino fountain for the 2008 Grape Festival in Marino made wine come from the taps of all the houses in this town during one season. What differentiates the Fontana from the Abruzzo Wine is that it is the first source that offers wine throughout the year in a completely free way and without any restrictions of schedule.

Inspired by the Irache Fountain, which offers wine from the Navarra Irache winery to the pilgrims who walk the Camino de Santiago, this fountain welcomes those who walk from Rome to the Cathedral of Santo Tomás de Ortona to visit the holy remains. In this way they carry on an old European tradition, in which monasteries and abbeys gave wine to those pilgrims who sought refuge during their journey following the steps of saints. From the time of Charlemagne to the French Revolution, the monks who inhabited these spaces quenched the thirst of travellers, penitents and religious who came to their doors, with wines made from the fruits of their ancient vineyards.

In spite of its short existence, the source is already a tourist success of the region. Visitors are starting to see queues to admire the design of the famous Italian architect Rocco Valentini, as well as taste the red wine that comes from it. An excellent option to taste a glass of delicious local red wine with D.O. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane, while enjoying the beautiful landscape of this region bathed by ancient vineyards.

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Tenuta Ulisse Amaranta Montepulciano D’Abruzzo 2013