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Sour wine? Don’t throw it away! You can take advantage of it

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If you have a sour wine in your home and you cannot drink it, there are always other ideas to get the most out of it. Do not throw it away!

One of the best ways to use it is in the kitchen. As long as you don’t drink it from a cup, you can use the sour wine in the preparation of certain dishes and improve those flavors of the meat or fish, either baked or cooked in the pot. With spices, citrus and a splash of wine you’ll be making delicious dishes!

It has always been said that wine is a perfect antioxidant for the skin. It renews it, leaving it brighter and silky, and is used in beauty salons and spa for treatment. Therefore, you may use your own sour wine to make a homemade mask with other ingredients that result in something finer, smoother and brighter for your skin health.

In the kitchen, a sour wine can have other uses. Besides cooking, it’s used to wash fruits and vegetables, because alcohol dissolves impurities and kills those microorganisms that may be in certain foods.

Also, it works wonderfully in our home glasses and crystals. In particular, white wine, because it contains vinegar that we can apply to our windows and clean all of them from our different rooms. It is very recommended you use these sour wines for that benefit, they shall be shining!

And talking about vinegar, sour wine can be used to make some of it too. It will serve to you as an extra condiment for your cooking. Just pour the leftover wine in jars or bottles and leave it to marinate so it gets vinegary. As older the bottle is the more vinegar taste will get, which is perfect. This vinegar will always be of higher quality than the ones we can buy at the supermarket and will give a different flavor to your dishes.

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Blanc Pescador: is a white wine made by Castillo de Perelada from the region of Empordà vinified from xarel·lo, parellada and macabeo and has an alcoholic content of 11.5%.

 

 

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Casal Mendes Rosé:  is a rosé wine from Vinho Verde produced by Aliança Vinhos de Portugal and has an alcohol content of 10.5%.

 

Which are better, the Priorat’s wines or the Montsant’s wines?

 TAGS:undefinedIf we talk of Catalan wines, there is no doubt that renowned names as Priorat and Montsant come to mind, both of which have been booming over the recent years. The location for production of these two can easily be confused, as geographically the areas of growth overlap each other. One winery can produce Priorat, and the neighboring one might grow Montsant.

As for the Priorat, it is the only Catalan wine recognized with the highest quality. Even though Montsant does not yet have this distinction, this does not mean in the slightest that it is of secondary quality. On the contrary, both regions produce high-quality wines.

While it is true that Priorat wines tend to be better valued economically, this is more due to the particular organization of the wineries in the different regions, and due to the fact that Priorat has focused on author wines. Moreover, there is a tradition of cooperatives which makes the production system very different from the Montsant system.

There are also differences in agricultural land and weather: in Priorat, slate soil predominates, and this gives the wines a particular organoleptic quality. Also, rainfall is scarce. In the Montsant there is a combination of clay and limestone soils. In addition, rainfall is more generous, resulting in increased quantity in the production of grapevines.

Consequently, while the wines of Priorat consists of aromas and very particular flavors, reminiscent of the predominant minerals in the ground and with a high ranking, the Montsant are fresher and fruity.

So we are faced with two very close wine regions, but with very different characteristics. A question such as “What is better?” Would likely remain unanswered because it always depends on the subjective taste of each one of us.

 

 

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Scala Dei Negre Jove 2015

 

 

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Flor del Montsant

You can’t miss these wines perfect for the summer and your wallet!

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One of the most enigmatic and great nights of the year it’s about to start. Summer is still here and we should celebrate it with style. To offer you the best we’d like to propose some wines that you cannot miss. 

Wines for less than £8 with good quality

Cheap doesn’t always mean bad. Nowadays there are a lot of wines and champagnes that are cheap but have a very good quality. Some are young wines that want to make presence while others are recognized brands offering their signature quality.

D.O. Alicante has under its belt some wines that are well worth checking out. One of them is the Marina Espumante, from Bocopa vineyards, a very fresh and low alcohol wine, ideal for summer and celebrations. You can eat with whitefish and other light dishes.

Another recommendation is the Flor de Vetus Verdejo 2015 D.O. Rueda, also fresh, with citrus aromas and kind of fruity, perfect for fish, cheese or smoked meals.

Betting for Rioja is a safe choice. In this case, we recommend their reds to pair with delicious meats, such as the Azpilicueta Crianza 2013, a wine of great warmth, soft and very aromatic. It is especially delicious with cold cuts, perfect for this summer.

Wines for celebrating just between £8 – £20 

When toasting, either with family or friends, you cannot miss a good sparkiling wine. Integral Llopart is made with Chardonnay, Xarel·lo and Parellada grapes, and with great quality thanks to the long tradition of wine and champagne cellar of Heretat de Can Llopart de Subirats. It is a soft and fresh cava, which will lay great for toasting.

Some other wines that exceed the £10 euro milestone that we dare to recommend you it’s the In Macula 2013, a good flavored white wine D.O. Navarra. Very well appreciated.

The Ribera de Duero always gives good results as well. In this price range, the Parada Atatua 2012, a red wine that goes very well when rices with meat or selected meats to celebrate summer nights. It is an elegant one that smells to wood berries, is fleshy and soft.

Deluxe products of more than £20 

For foodies and all kind of food lovers here are some of the best wines to be drunk on special occasions. The tastiest white wines come in the form of tropical freshness. O Luar do Sil 2014, made from grapes of Godello and aromas of wildflowers and tropical fruit from D.O. Valdeorras, is a suitable wine for soft cheeses and fish.

We are taking a look at the best Spanish wines from different D.O. Now turn to a red luxury, worth 50 euros, and called Clos Fontà 2009, from the Priorat. Note its intense cherry color! It has a strong and deep smell and several other spices, such as black cocoa and red fruits. It is a powerful wine, with body, personality, and color. If you are celebrating a dinner with roast meats, there’s nothing better than uncork this bottle and enjoy the fest with your beloved ones.

And when toasting, the cava Sabaté i Coca Reserva Familiar 2008 is exceptional. It presents a golden yellow and transparent color that tastes ripe and dry fruits.

Once you have chosen with whom, how and with what you will be celebrating the shortest night of the year, you’ll be one step closer to have the best time, cheers!

8 Keys to understanding how Brexit might affect the wine industry from a Spanish perspective

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Almost a month since the ‘no’ came from the UK to Europe, the most immediate response in consequences on the economy was the low level of the pound.

The time passed since the referendum has inspired one to envision various possible economic scenarios, especially in the field of food and wine, in which the UK has a primary role as a buyer.

Consequences for the export of Spanish and European wine

Following the referendum, it has opened a horizon of difficult questions for the future. The question is how Brexit will affect the economy? The truth is that it is difficult and complicated to try to provide an answer, although we can highlight some keys to try approach the question.

1. Lowering of the purchase power of the British people. If there is a factor that may affect the current export of wine, we are at the lowest concerning consumption capacity of the English as a result from a weak pound. If this trend is maintained in the future, it could ultimately affect the export of wine to the UK.

2. More depreciation of the pound against the dollar than against the euro. According to information published by the Spanish Observatory Wine Market (OEMV), the pound has depreciated more against the dollar than against the euro, so in this sense, could affect the  Americans wine industry more than the European wine industry. And this, a priori, could be positive for the Spanish and European market.

3. Free trade Tradition and raw material shortages. It is unlikely that the United Kingdom decides to impose new tariffs on European products because of its need for raw materials and its pro-free trade political tradition. Thus, given the circumstances, these two factors could facilitate exchange agreements.

4. The time needed for negocación of new trade relations. As pointed out in the article Brexit for wine lovers, published on Jancisrobinson.com, renegotiating agreements with the United Kingdom as a third country could take up to a decade, considering that within two years it will be necessary to determine the legal precepts from the United Kingdom. Therefore, a span this long could ultimately affect exports.

5. A healthy economy in Spanish wine exports. Despite the uncertainty, the current situation regarding Spanish wine exports to the UK is good, especially in terms of value. Thus, while the future is unclear, the Spanish market is in a good position, which can help offset possible negative effects.

In this sense, according to figures OEMV 2015, Spain exported to the UK a total 159.3 million liters of wine worth 343 million euros, representing an increase of 0.1% in terms of volume and 0.5% in terms of value. In fact, over the past 20 years, the average annual growth was 3.3% in volume and 4.9% in value. We can say, therefore, that the UK is buying Spanish wine, and does so with a growing trend of wines with O.D.

6. Competitive advantage in the price of Spanish wine. Although France, Italy, and Portugal top the list of wine suppliers to the UK, the fact is that the prices of Spanish wines are more competitive than those of other countries, a factor that undoubtedly plays a role for them. By contrast, wine of Burgundy which has been more costly since 2012 and that due to the adverse conditions of the current crop, could do even more- it would be most affected by the loss of purchase power of the English population.

Consequences from the English point of view

The consequences of Brexit, however, may not only affect exports, but also domestic business and exports from the United Kingdom.

7. Boost for English wine. For example, according to the analysis of Brexit for Wine lovers, producers of English wine could benefit from a hypothetical increase in the price of European wine, as they could position itself as a cheaper alternative for British consumers. Due to the fact of having more attractive prices, English wines could also gain a better position in the international market.

8. Loss of advantageous agreements for other industries. Although we have spoken mainly of wine, we can not forget that there is another large industry that could be affected in the medium and long term: namely the whiskey industry.

According to the specialized portal The Drinks Business in late June, the Scotch Whisky Association, they conceive the single European market as “a key to the success of Scotch” and for giants like Diageo and Pernod Ricard which voted to stay, the industry has substantially benefited from free trade agreements with South Korea, Vietnam, and Colombia. It is unclear, therefore, what will be the situation of the industry following the departure from the EU.

A lot at stake, a lot to decide

To conclude, if anything is clear, is that with so much at stake, decisions that will be taken at a high level will not be easy. The coming months will be decisive for the future, but the view must be set already and change is coming. Future scenarios, although not catastrophic, still represent a challenge for the wine- and spirit sector.

How is the Brazilian cuisine?

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Brazil is a dynamic country. Its wealth of cultures is influenced by the proximity of other Latin American countries and European countries. Today, with less than a few hours to go before the Olympics 2016 start off in Rio de Janeiro, we want to share some of the keys to the cuisine of one of the fascinating countries in the world. Discover the flavors, and get inspired to prepare typical Brazilian food at home!

Acarajé

This delicacy is based on bread rolls made from white beans and onions fried in palm oil and are usually served with sauce. It is a dish of clear African influences, originating from indigenous communities in Africa who immigrated to Brazil. A dish that serves as an appetizer for various occasions.

Bode buchada

Like many other dishes, it is of Portuguese origin, a kitchen that mixes quality fish and meat. This is usually a filling dish, which usually include several ingredients, like kidneys, viscera … with cooked blood. A dish for winter time and it is more typical of the south and southeast part of the country.

Tacaca

Quite different is the tacaca, a soup with which herbs and spices, such as coriander, Jambu, plus prawns, tapioca, basil, etc. are used. It is served hot, so it is another dish for the colder months. In northern Brazil, it can be found in many places and is common on street stalls.

Tapioca

Very popular in other neighboring countries, it is crunchy bread made of cassava, which is used for various meals. Cassava is one of the basic ingredients of many countries in South America and is used to make bread, pancakes, main dishes and snacks.

Queijo Coalho

From European influences, the cheese is present in Brazilian cuisine, and cooked in different ways. This one in particular consists of strips of fried cheese based on pasteurized cheese, fermented cow’s milk. It is eaten as an aperitif and they are commonly sold on street stalls.

Churrasco and other meats

In many areas near Argentina, beef is highly popular. Roast beef of excellent quality accompany parties and other events. In Europe the churrasco is the best known and most frequently eaten meat from the region. In Brasil it is usually roasted or grilled, and accompanied by manioc flour and tomato sauce.

 

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Sambão Cachaça

 

 

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Cachaça Ypioca Ouro 1L

 

 

Kosher food: how is it?

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The kashrut is a series of laws regulating the Jewish religion preparation and consumption of food. The term kosher or casher thus defines the set of safe food, which exclude animals considered “impure” such as pork and shellfish, most of the insects, including some lobsters, mixtures of meat and milk…

Accepted animals must also be killed following a few defined guidelines, and agricultural products should also comply with particular precepts. The reasons for this can be sought both in Jewish philosophy, which according to some theologians gives kosher animals representing virtues, while non-kosher symbolize vices, such as health and health reasons, although this is quite debatable.

Mammals that can be consumed, in general, have two fundamental characteristics: they must have a cloven hoof and be ruminants, while birds have traditionally been kosher, and fish must have fins and scales. All invertebrates are prohibited, excepting certain types of grasshoppers, as already mentioned, as well as reptiles and amphibians.

In addition, among other foods, also the meat of an animal that is considered kosher is prohibited if it has not been slaughtered according to the laws of shechinah; for example animals showing lesions or significant defects; their blood; certain parts of the abdominal fat of cattle; or fruit produced by a tree in the first three years after planting, which also affects the grapes and the wine that they produce at later stage.

Certain mixtures such as meat and milk are not permitted, plants that have grown together, such as any grain or vegetable planting are also prohibited with a vineyard, milk that has been mixed with non-kosher animals and their derivatives.

As for the wine, it must be produced exclusively by Jews and grapes can not be stepped on, because the feet are considered impure. Thus, all wines, to be considered kosher, require special certification by a rabbi, something that producers in many parts of the world are increasingly aware of.

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Nexus Kosher 2013

 

 

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Domaine de la Commanderie (Kosher) 2014

 

 

German Wine Regions (3/3)

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Germany and its wines occupy various zones and areas of great beauty in the country. It deserves to know about its wine regions and learn about the different wines. We’ll stop at other areas to find these varieties, grapes, wines and extension.

Mittelrhein

Although it’s small in size, it offers diverse and important wines, such as Riesling, Müller-Thurgau and Kerner, the first being the most prominent of them with a 70% of all varieties. These varieties are available in areas of the city of Bacharach and surroundings. We also found the Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) and Grauburgunder (Pinot Gris) grapes.

Saale-Unstrut region

It is perhaps one of the most beautiful areas in which we can explore landscapes full of vineyards. It includes more than 30 varieties of grapes, from which we see the variety of Müller-Thurgau, Weissburgunder and Silvaner. There are also Riesling and Gutedel white wines. While among the red Portugieser, Blauer Zweigelt or Spätburgunder are the highlights. Approximately 500 producers are dedicated to produce in here, making high quality wines.

Platz or Palatinate region

A large part of the vineyards are located in the region of Mittelhaardt. The area brings together more than 5,000 hectares area and highlights the Riesling above any other variety. It is not surprising, therefore, that is one of the most exported German wines. We can also find white wine varieties such as Gewürztraminer and Scheurebe, and red varieties are Dornfelder, Portugieser, Spätburgunder and Regent. About 3,000 families are involved in wine production in this area, many of which sell in their own warehouses.

A long tradition in Rheingau

It is extended for over 3,000 hectares of vineyard area were the Riesling it’s farmed mostly. Other varieties that can be found are Spätburgunder, Müller-Thurgau, Ehrenfelser, Weissburgunder, although, international varieties like Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc are the order of the day.

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Pawis Freyburg Edelacker Weißer Burgunder Trocken 2014:  a red wine with Saale-Unstrut DO made with 2011 grapes and 14º of alcohol.

 

 

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Hey Naumburger Blauer Zweigelt Trocken 2011:  a red wine with Saale-Unstrut DO made with 2011 grapes and 14º of alcohol.

 

 

Wine and Salad: The healthy couple!

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On hot days, the best choice for your meals is a salad, and there’s a thousand ways to prepare them. Also, if you pair it with a good wine, the moment will become delightful and sophisticated. So today we will show you some salads and some of the wines that would go well to accompany them. Appetizing, right?

1. Summer rice salad

Ingredients:

  • 200 grams of basmati rice
  • 6 black olives
  • 12 capers
  • 2 boiled eggs
  • 1 can of tuna
  • 2 slices of canned pineapple
  • 4 cherry tomatoes
  • 16 raisins
  • 6 prawns
  • Salt

For the dressing:

  • 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of cream

Preparation:

  1. Cook the rice. Cool it under running water and drain.
  2. Cook the eggs. Leave to soak the raisins to rehydrate.
  3. Cut the remaining ingredients into small pieces. Mix all ingredients in the bowl and finish assembling the salad with tuna chunks spread over the surface.

For this recipe, we recommend a young and slightly needle point red wine, like the Baigorri, a wine ideal to drink along with a complex salad like this.

2. Beans salad with french fries

Ingredients:

For the vinaigrette:

  • 20 milliliters of apple cider vinegar
  • 60 milliliters of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Black pepper
  • Salt

For the salad:

  • 100 grams of French green beans
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 50 grams of tuna in olive oil
  • 100g of potatoes (boiled)
  • 50 grams of cherry tomatoes
  • 30 grams of pitted black olives
  • 4 or 5 anchovies
  • 1 egg

Preparation:

  1. We put all vinaigrette ingredients in a bowl. Whisk to emulsify with a pair of metal rods.
  2. Wash the green beans and remove the ends. Boil water in a pan and add the baking soda.  Leave the green beans in the boiled water for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the beans from water and place them in a bowl with ice water. Let it cool, drain and dry.
  4. Drain and chop the tuna with your hands. Cut the potatoes into small pieces, cut the cherry tomatoes and olives in half and cut the anchovies into small pieces. Mix all ingredients.
  5. Peel the boiled egg, cut into quarters and set aside. Spread the salad with the vinaigrette and garnish with the egg.

How about a French rose wine for a French themed salad? Now is the best time to enjoy a good pink wine like the Miraval Rosé.

3. Zucchini noodle salad

Ingredients:

  • 4 zucchinis
  • 8 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 slices of ham
  • 80 grams of Parmesan cheese
  • 40 grams of pinions
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 5 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 bunch of basil
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation:

  1. Cut the ham into thin strips. Fry the pine nuts in a skillet.
  2. Wash the tomatoes, dry them and cut them into quarters. Wash the basil and dry it well. Reserve a few sprigs for garnish at the end and chop the rest.
  3. Cut the parmesan cheese into thin slabs. Peel the garlic clove and mince it.
  4. Wash the zucchini and cut into thin strips using a peeler, discarding the central part with the seeds.
  5. Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet. Add the zucchini and fry it over high heat for 2 minutes. Stir continuously with a wooden spoon.
  6. Stir in garlic and tomatoes, season all with salt and freshly ground pepper. Cook for another minute.
  7. Turn off the heat, sprinkle some chopped basil then add the pine nuts and strips of ham and mix.
  8. Serve the zucchini noodles with tomatoes, the pine nuts and ham. Add parmesan cheese and sprinkle the remaining oil. Garnish with basil and serve.

You will like to pair this delicious salad with white wine. The delicate body of the Enate Chardonnay 234 2015 will work very well for this soft and tasty salad. Enjoy yourself!

German Wine Regions (2/3)

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Thanks to its many contrasts of temperatures, Germany has several wine regions that produce red and white wines. After seeing some of these areas in the first article, in this second we will reveal other areas where good wine is made.

Franken or Franconia area

This huge place it’s just next to Main River. A large part of the vineyards are in the city of Wurzburg and its surroundings, and the wines produced are diverse, highlighting the Steinwein, Silvaner and Müller-Thurgau. If we talk about red wine we have the Domina and Spätburgunder. The zone groups together more than 5,400 wine companies, with renowned vineyards of history, such as Kallmuth Homburger, Rödelseer Küchenmeister, Randersackerer Pfülben and Escherndorfer Lump.

Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Area

This is the oldest region dedicated to wine production in Germany. It occupies 10,400 hectares and consists of a varied microclimate that makes it develop one of the most famous wines in the country, the famous Riesling, an elegant acid wine and considered one of the best white wines in the world. And the specialty is ancient grape variety Elbling, in addition to the Muller-Thurgau, the Burgunder and Grau Weiß. There are a total of 2,000 farms committed in their own wines and taste them all it’s a wide spread activity.

Hessische Bergstraße wine region

Although it is the smallest in the country, it has a lot of history and background, therefore encompasses 440 hectares of vineyard area, where, as in other regions, white wines are preferred. In this case, Riesling, Grauburgunder, Weissburgunder, Müller-Thurgau and Silvaner. Other red varieties are Blauer Spätburgunder, Dornfelder and Gewürztraminer.

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Josef Rosch Riesling Spätlese Trittenheimer Apotheke 2013:  a white wine with Mosel DO from Josef Rosch cellar with a blend based on riesling of 2013 and 8º of alcohol strength. 

 

 

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Ruppertsberger Classic Rivaner 2013: a white wine from the Pfalz DO based on the best of rivaner from 2013.

 

 

9 bars to enjoy a good wine in Paris

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  1. Madeleine L’Écluse. Here, you can taste delicious Bordeaux wines and other regional specialities. Don’t miss out on the good desserts and cheeses to accompany your wine.
  2. Grands Augustins. Rich desserts and an exceptional charcuterie are the hallmarks of this bar, with wines from official French appellations.
  3. Nicolas Bercy. They offer a menu of about 15 different wines. One can choose to drink them per glass or bottle, in addition to eating good and traditional French delicacies.
  4. Vinomania. The name says it all, tasty wines, from various designations of origin and also a selection of new and rare wines.
  5. Le Comptoir Marguery. Try out and taste various types of wines and champagnes.
  6. Le Tambour. This small bar has an unpretentious cuisine accompanied by local wines. Moreover, the kitchen is open until 3.00 am.
  7. Avant Comptoir. The decoration of the bars and restaurants of Paris is often very exclusive and personal, this is also the case at  the Avant Comptoir which offers a varied menu of dishes and a large assortment of wines.
  8. Aux Bons Crus. A small, unknown wine bar that offers regional specialities. The wines are selected by the owner of the bar.
  9. O Chateau. A popular bar that offers an abundance of well-known wines, cheeses, good food and an excellent atmosphere. It is frequented both by Parisians and tourists.

And alas, if you do not have the opportunity to travel to Paris, you can always have a glass of good French wine to console yourself. Cheers! 

Uvinum recommendations for French wines: 

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The Whispering Angel Rosé 2015 has its name from the Whispering Angels chapel from the early 19th century with two cherubs above the altar. The rosé managed to outshine its 2014 vintage which had already convinced many renowned wine critics.

 

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M. Chapoutier Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem 2014: Through biodynamics Michel Chapoutier gets the best out of his wines, reminding us of images from the South of France with its warm colours and scents of Mediterranean woods.