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3 things to consider while drinking wine in high altitude

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We’ve all had to travel by plane, and to do so without the possibility to enjoy a delicious glass of wine can make it a more stressful and less fun trip. Luckily, there are people like Andrea Robinson, one of 23 women who have the degree of Master Sommelier in the world. She has, with her experience, given us easy tips to choose the best wines while we are in the air.

1. Pay attention to the temperature

It is a basic and very important aspect when serving wine. Generally, there is the notion that the ideal is to serve the drink at room temperature. However, this paradigm does not work on the plane. On the heights, due to pressure and other aspects, taste buds can be affected and therefore the enjoyment of wine. Always ask them to give you a wine that is cooled to avoid any problems.

2. Keep in mind the acidity

“The low pressure in the air disables your sense to smell flavors. In addition, the dryness prevents you from feeling flavors and even textures,” says Robinson. That is why, at high altitudes, it is best to choose a softer wine instead of a very strong or acidic because, in these circumstances, these wines tend to take a much more bitter and sour taste than normal.

3. Combination with food

Another misconception that wine drinkers often have is that red meat should be paired with red wine, while white meat with white wine. Although it is partially true, it is much more important to pay attention to how the meat is prepared. For example, if it is a lemon chicken dish, a white wine would be nice, however, if the same type of meat is served on a base of legumes or fungi, then a red wine will be the best option. Everything has to do with consistency, sauces and side dishes. Do not only focus on the protein which the dish is based on.

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E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône 2012:  a red wine from Côtes Du Rhône produced by E. Guigal made of grenache, Mourvedre and syrah of 2012 and shows an alcoholic strength of 13.5%.

 

 

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M. Chapoutier Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem 2014:  a red wine from Côtes Du Roussillon Villages Latour De France based on the best syrah, grenache and carignan from 2014 and presents an alcohol content of 14%. 

 

 

Smell the wine and improve your memory!

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Research conducted in Las Vegas concludes that the sommeliers and wine tasters have some areas of the brain more developed than other people. The study suggests that these areas are directly related to memory, thus reducing the vulnerability of these people to diseases like Alzheimer’s.

The key to this discovery lies in smell and scent. Because of their profession, these wine experts have a greater developed sense of smell. The work over the years affects the acute development of this sense as well as certain areas of the brain that other people do not usually exercise. Thus, the study concludes that to exercise the sense of smell promotes the development of brain memory and preventing Alzheimer’s.

This research conducted by Dr. Sarah Banks, a neuropsychologist at the Mental Health Center of Cleveland, tried to answer the mystery of why experts wine tasters can perceive aromas and flavors that other people cannot. The study was to conduct scans of brain activity of 13 non-experts and 13 sommeliers when exposed to various flavors of wine and fruit. While the study found that wine experts are able to detect odors and sensations indistinguishable to the others, the greatest discovery was locating the parts of the brain exercised by the professional sommeliers. Areas between which it is precisely those susceptible to memory diseases.

“This is good news for sommeliers; as they may have some degree of protection against Alzheimer’s, “said Dr. Banks in a recent interview with US network CBS. Although it is only a guess for now, the neuropsychologist says that in this way the wine could guide her towards a breakthrough on the development of memory; as well as prevention and treatment of diseases that affect it.

So it is definitely worth taking the time to smell every glass of wine before drinking it, both to enjoy a pleasant sensory experience and to improve our memory.

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Pruno 2015:  a red wine from Ribera del Duero based on the best cabernet sauvignon and tinta fina from 2015 and has an alcoholic strength of 14%.

 

 

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Viña Ardanza Reserva 2007 is a red wine made by La Rioja Alta from the region of Rioja made of tempranillo and garnacha of 2007 and has an alcoholic content of 13.5%.

 

Does ecological wine taste better than the conventional wine?

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Organic wines are on an upward trend, both in Spain and in countries like France, where the bio-culture takes time seeping deep among consumers. More than a fashion, it is a trend that, besides adding value to the product, is helping to minimize the environmental impact of the crop at the hands of man.

However, can we say that the bio wine is tastier than conventional wine? While there are no large studies or deep research that are focusing on it, both the United States and France in Spain have carried out two studies where everything seems to indicate that the biological wine, under similar conditions, comes out better than the rest of wines.

Specifically, the US study, led by Kedge Business School and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), also including the French portal Notre-planet.info indicates that bio-certified Californian wines taste better than the conventional ones. To conduct the study, the leaders took as a starting point more than 74,000 references valued by experts at The Wine Advocate, Wine Enthusiast, and Wine Spectator. After making the appropriate weights, the result was that organic wines have an average of 4.1 points more than conventional wines on a scale of 100 points.

While the results are only applicable to wines made in California, a similar study in France presents some preliminary result, still by a lack of conclusive results they are not published. The study is being conducted by the Kedge Business School and, to date, suggests that in France the biological wine tastes better.

As always, since Uvinum always argue that the best wine is the one you personally like to drink and that it also may depend on factors such as the company, the mood and the pairing. However, if something is true, it is that wine making which takes into account the environment and respects and contributes to enriching the environment, land, and biodiversity ,has a huge benefit for all and also for wine.

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Las Hermanas Eco 2014: a red wine based on monastrell of 2014.

 

 

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Marques de Caceres Bio Ecologico 2014: a red wine from the region of Rioja with the best tempranillo grapes from the 2014 vintage.

 

 

Pair wine and pasta?, yes! There’s more beyond Lambrusco

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As we know, pairing is an art that, as the time goes by, with enough experience you will eventually dominate it, and what we are presenting is not something that you have to follow exactly, is not a science, they’re only tips to help enjoy your pasta with the best choice of wine. Sure, everyone has their tastes and for that matter nothing is written. But beyond personal tastes, what we propose here today are some choices to alternate Lambrusco to accompany your favorite pasta.

Keys to pair pasta according to taste

Usually, the taste pasta is determined by the type of sauce with which it’s associated, it is why we first discuss the best wines to pair according to the chosen sauce:

  • Sauces or side dishes based on vegetables: better use rosé wines with acidity and body.
  • Pesto sauces and other fungi: for these delicious plates of pasta you can take preferably white or Sauvignon Blanc breeding.
  • Tomato sauces: probably the most popular, and very delicious too. It is advisable to combine with light rosé wines, because, again, the acidity of these ties very well with tomato. If you are more of tradition, you can accompany with Chianti, as dictated by the Italians.
  • Pasta with seafood and fish: for these dishes whites will be your best choice, especially Pinot and Malvasia. Also, a good cava or dry champagne can be a good choice if you prefer them.
  • Pasta with meat: the taste of a strong red wine will give your palate a full and pleasurable satisfaction.
  • Light Pasta: those that are only accompanied by some mozzarella cheese and vinaigrette fall very well with rosé wines.

With these tips, you have no excuse to run to the kitchen to prepare your favorite pasta or go down to a pasta restaurant in your town, and delight yourself with your favorite wine. Bon Appetite!

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Juvé y Camps Reserva de la Familia

 

 

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Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale 2012

New studies indicate that the Mediterranean diet improves your memory

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It is well known that the Mediterranean diet has many benefits. In addition to fruit, you eat olive oil, fish and some meat, this diet also recommended one glass of wine to be consumed daily.

Now new benefits appear as a result of this diet According to a study by the Centre for Human Psychopharmacology Swinburne University of Technology Melbourne in Australia, it shows that the Mediterranean diet improves memory. It was shown that it affects the cognitive processes of all kinds of people from all countries, not only in the Mediterranean region.

Other conclusions of the study are that the benefits in this area of ??the Mediterranean diet not only is beneficial to the elderly but in all population groups. So the diet is good for children and adults.

The researchers believe that enhancing this diet is a success, and one of the measures to solve the problems of dementia. Something very important given the progressive aging of the population.

According to the Mediterranean Diet Foundation, this diet – is a valuable cultural heritage that is much more than a simple nutritional, rich and healthy pattern. Hence it’s a lifestyle that is based on the balance of food and recipes, forms of cooking, celebrations, customs, the typical products and various activities.

The Mediterranean diet is based on the moderate intake of several key foods such as fruit, cereals, vegetables, water, eggs, fish, nuts … always with seasonal foods, natural spices, and natural herbs.

In addition to this discovery linked to memory, the Mediterranean diet prevents the onset of cardiovascular disease, lowering bad cholesterol, as well as reduce the risk for diabetes, etc.

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El Sequé 2014

 

 

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Mestizaje 2013

 

No, wine will not replace your workout, but it can help you

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A couple of years ago, a researcher and scientist at the University of Alberta, in Canada, Jason Dyck, published a study on the relationship between an element found in many foods, including grapes, called resveratrol and physical activity.

To the surprise of many, including scientists involved in the investigation, it was found that resveratrol shows very similar results to those that can be observed after a hard workout. Jason Dyck says that this element can help improve physical performance or help those who are unable to perform this type of activity because of limitations such as cardiovascular problems or exhaustion, among others.

While all this is true, much of the people, especially the Internet, has been convinced that drinking wine is a better alternative than going to the gym and sweat, and that is something that is not entirely true. Scientist Dyck has already conducted several interviews to try to clear up this confusion. First of all, Dyck says that physical activity can never be replaced by anything and is necessary to maintain a healthy body.

But not everything is bad news. Jason has continued his research and concluded that resveratrol could be used as an additive to increase performance when exercising. It also concluded with what we all know: a glass of wine a day is recommended for health benefits such as reducing bad cholesterol, prevention of various cancers and slowing of brain decline, among many others illnesses. So now that you know, go and exercise and, at the end, reward yourself with a fresh and nice well-deserved glass of wine.

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Hacienda López de Haro Crianza 2014

 

 

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Beronia Reserva 2011

Bon appetit! French gastronomy for beginners

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One way to organize a well-combined meal is to pay attention to the current season. French food is considered one of the most important cuisines in the world. It is often very aromatic and stands out for its textures and fats, especially in winter time, accompanied by full-bodied wines. Here are some examples of typical dishes of the gallic cuisine. Bon appetit!

Crêpes: you can eat them sweet or savory. Our recommendation is a pancake with mushrooms and ham, or crêpes filled up with shrimp, gruyere cheese and wheat flour, accompanied by apple cider. Delicious!

Niçoise salad: is typical of the Cote D’Azur region and is mainly made of lettuce, tuna, mushrooms and potatoes. What to drink? This salad will be nicely accompanied with dry rosé wine of Syrah, Pinot Noir or Cabernet Sauvignon.

Pumpkin cream: is a perfect choice to prepare for the up and coming season. And to accompany this lovely soup, a good choice would certainly be a sparkling wine.

Zucchini Quiche Lorraine and Emmental: made from pastry, bacon, zucchini, Emmental cheese, and onion, it is typical of French food. Don’t hesitate in pairing it with a young and fruity white wine.

Parmentier of foie: made of mashed potatoes and foie gras, can be accompanied by a port wine.

Desserts: two options of common desserts in France are the St. Honoré Cake (made of puff pastry base) or the classic French Cupcakes (also served as breakfast), accompanied by a sweet red wine.

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Château La Vieille Cure 2006:  a red wine from Canon-Fronsac produced with cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon and merlot from the 2006 vintage and has an alcoholic strength of 14.00%. 

 

 

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Château Brown 2010:  a red wine from the region of Pessac-Léognan based on petit verdot, merlot and cabernet sauvignon of 2010 and has an alcoholic content of 14%.

 

 

Portuguese cuisine for beginners

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Portuguese cuisine can be considered part of Mediterranean cuisine. Its 3 axes are bread, wine, and oil. But it also has a significant influence from the Portuguese ex-colonies of Asia, Africa and Latin America (Brazilian cuisine), mostly in the use of spices such as piri piri, paprika and cinnamon.

What is the basis of Portuguese cuisine? We will briefly explain below.

1. Bread:

The bread (called PAN or PAO) is one of the basic elements of Portuguese cuisine. It is not always made with wheat flour but is frequent made of corn (especially in northern Portugal). The bread is part of very traditional dishes such as açordas and breadcrumb lentils. Among the best known you find the round loaves and medium-sized Broa de Avintes called Fogaça and “caralhotas” Almeirim. The “pão-com-chouriço” are consumed at fairs and festivals. While in northern Portugal, the “balls” are popular (bolas) they are similar to rolls but are stuffed with minced meat inside them. In this case, it is a good choice to combine with a good port wine.

2. Fish and seafood:

There are a variety of Portuguese dishes based on fish and shellfish. They eat a lot of freshwater fish. With the exception of the cod, which is very present in the Portuguese cuisine. For a better the conservation of this fish, it is usually dried with salt, since it is often consumed in areas distant from the sea.

3. Soups:

During Fall and Winter, soups are an extremely popular part of the Portuguese cuisine. Among them, we find the chestnut soup that also can be eaten sweet, green broth consisting of sausage, cabbage, and potatoes that can be paired with a good red wine and “fejoada”. To achieve a good pairing, we recommend warm wines, preferably a rustic variety of Carignan.

4. Wines:

In addition to Porto and Madeira, there are also green wines from the north,  white wines and young Porto (generally made in the city of Vila Nova de Gaia), Madeira wine Carcavelos, or muscatel of Setubal, and also the red wine Borba or Dão, among others. However, wines from Portugal deserve a separate chapter… Stay tunned!

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Ferreira Dona Antonia Reserva: a fortified wine from Port made of tinta barroca, touriga franca, tinto cão, tinta amarela, tempranillo, tinta çao, port, tinta roriz, touriga nacional and touriga francesa and presents an alcohol content of 20.00%.

 

 

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Blandy’s Duke Of Clarence Rich: a fortified wine from the region of Madeira and shows an alcoholic content of 19%. 

 

 

How to pair your fruit successfully?

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If you are a big wine fan and lover like all of us here, surely you love drinking it while enjoying your favorite dishes and foods. And taking into account that these days are hot, we thought to propose fruit and wine pairings, an option that, in addition to being delightful, you will find it refreshing.

In general, any light, sweet and fruity wine is good to accompany your favorite fruits. It is also recommended that you test combinations and pairings with rosé wines or sparkling wines, as it will give your meal that special and delicious touch that you are looking for.

Special recommendations

Mango is undoubtedly one of the most delicious fruits that Mother Nature could give us. In addition, it is very popular, especially in summer, as it is common to find it in desserts or salads at the time. Because of its citrus affinity, a good Riesling is the best choice to accompany food made out from this fruit. You can also opt for a mature Sauvignon Blanc. But if the dish is something stronger than a dessert or a salad, either something like chicken or fish with mango cream, a good sweet Chardonnay will be your best choice.

If you are going to eat something like peaches, strawberries or oranges you should then choose a fruity and refreshing red wine, and the best of them it is a good Pinot Noir. In fact, a very good and typical Mediterranean cuisine dessert are macerated peaches with wine, an excellent sweet delicacy that for sure you have tasted once.

Salads and muscatel

Lastly, you can go with a sweet muscatel to pair with your summer salads. Although these wines come mostly from warmer areas and are generally stronger, you will find that they go along very well with fruity salads. And besides, you do not have to spend a lot of money: both Spanish muscatel wines such as those developed in the south of France are accessible and will make your summer salad a much more enjoyable meal.

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Charles Smith Riesling Kung Fu Girl Ancient Lakes 2014: a white wine from Washington produced by Charles Smith produced with riesling from the 2014 vintage and shows an alcoholic strength of 12%. 

 

 

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Waltraud 2013: a white wine from Penedes that is based on 2013 sauvignon blanc and riesling and presents an alcohol content of 12.5%. 

 

 

Wine for cats?

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Have you ever thought to share some of your delicious wine with your cat while relaxing in the comfort of your home? As the title suggests, the new trend, or rather, the new fashion for our beloved feline pets has come to us, and, apparently, has arrived to stay. Apollo Peak is the company that is behind this innovative idea.

But do not panic, obviously, Apollo Peak has created a special drink with no alcohol or grapes for our feline friends as these two substances, especially the first, are dangerous and harmful to any kind of pet. With super original and funny names like Pinot Meow or MusCAT, the wines are made from organic herbs and dyes of the same range to make them attractive and delicious for our little friends.

Brandon Zavala is the founder of Apollo Peak, who, curiously, named his company after the name of one of his cats, Apollo. He claims that this drink is like a tea for cats, but since they are very similar to wine colors, he decided to market it as wine to attract the attention of potential consumers and all those cat-lovers. This way, says Brandon, owners will feel they are having a drink with their pet, isn’t that great?

Zavala began distributing its creation in November last year and has received very good response from users. However, the idea is not entirely original. The company Nyan Nyan Nouveau (referring to the colorful viral cat released some years ago), created a similar product but with two big disadvantages compared to the wines of Apollo Peak: 1) is only available in Japan and 2) is made with grapes, which, as mentioned earlier, may be harmful to the health of cats. Brandon Zavala’s wines, on the other hand, are organic and made with beets, which have no negative effect on cats and has been approved by several veterinarians.

Although studies show that the beets are not harmful to our cats, or even our dogs, it is best to consult with your veterinarian before acting. Also, remember that in tastes genres are broken, and, as much as these drinks look delicious and appetizing, your pet may ignore them or hate… after all, they are cats.

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Jean Pla Selection Pink Cat 2015: is a rosé wine made by Jean Pla Selection from the region of Languedoc-Roussillon that is made of 2015 grapes and has an alcoholic content of 13%.

 

 

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Moscato Gato Pardo: a white wine from Moscato d’Asti that is made with moscatell.