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2 easy and delicious recipes for the spring

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With the arrival of spring comes the opportunity to enjoy seasonal products and all the benefits they bring to our body thanks to its quality and freshness. In the spring season, it is better to eat fresh foods such as meat, fish, vegetables and fruits.

Boiled eggs stuffed with spinach

This is an excellent entry into the spring season, is a recipe of French origin that takes half hour, and is for 4 people.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 80 grams of spinach puree
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon raisins
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation: 

  1. Let the raisins soak for 30 minutes in a bowl with very hot water. Drain, dry and cut into pieces. Chopped pine nuts.
  2. Cook eggs in boiling water for 10 minutes. Let cool before peeling. Cut a piece of egg on the widest part so that it can keep up. Cut the other end to a cap. Remove the yolks.
  3. Crush the yolks in a bowl, mix with spinach puree and olive oil until smooth paste. Add salt and pepper, pine nuts and raisins. Mix well.
  4. Fill the eggs with withthe mix and serve them on lettuce leaves.

Lasagna chicken with vegetables

This is a main course you can prepare in about 45 minutes, cooked in the oven, and serves 2 guests.

Ingredients:

  • 125 grams of lasagna sheets
  • 150 grams of chicken
  • 50 grams of carrots
  • 50 grams of squash
  • 10 ml fresh whole milk
  • 5 ml dry white wine
  • 10 grams of flour
  • Olive oil to taste
  • Salt to taste

Preparation:

  1. Heat 2 liters of salted water in a large saucepan. Then proceed to dice the squash, the carrots and the chicken breast.
  2. Saute the carrots in oil. Add white wine and let evaporate.
  3. Add chicken, cook for 8 minutes, add the diced squash. Continue cooking for about 6 minutes. Add salt and turn off the heat.
  4. Mix flour and oil, pour the milk gradually. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes stirring constantly. Add salt.
  5. When the water starts to boil add a drizzle of olive oil and lasagna sheets. Cook for the time indicated on the package, stirring occasionally.
  6. When the lasagna sheets are cooked, drain and place on a hot tray.
  7. Add the chicken and bechamel sauce to the lasagna and serve.

And you can also accompany these delicious recipes, by serving the following recommended wines:

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Gessamí 2015: a white wine from Penedes DO of Caves Gramona cellar produced with moscatell and muscat de frontignan from the 2015 vintage and 11.5º of alcohol strength.

 

 

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Jean Leon 3055 Chardonnay 2015: a white wine Penedes vinified with chardonnay from 2015 and with an alcoholic strength of 13º. 

 

Wine is to drink it… and to paint!

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Plastic artist Jorge Martorell has come up with an idea to use wine in a new and very original way: he uses it as the protagonist in his artistic work. How? Painting his canvas with Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet and Chardonnay wines, among others.

In his pictures, Martorell replaces the traditional acrylic paintings for wine, a technique he discovered by accident when he was working and spilled a glass of wine over the canvas and stained it. It was that moment when Martorell decided to leave the wine stain as a part of his artwork. He was so amazed by the result that he continued to use wine in his other paintings.

That’s how Martorell’s paintings became well known for using stains of red wine all over his pictures. His work materials changed and are now the wine, adulterated wine, and natural inks. Jorge Martorell uses all kinds of wines and strains: from high-end wines to minor ones.

Wine has a lot of properties and qualities very similar to watercolors and its range of colors after its oxidation is great for the paintings: red, purple, crimson, rusty red, gray, moss green, plum, blue navy, teal, lavender are some of them, while white sparkling wines leave yellows and oranges tones.

“The process to paint with wine is based on trial-and-error” confirms Martorell. During the process of his artwork, he uses the wine’s oxidation to obtain the desired results and colors. On the other hand, if he wishes to stop the oxidation, he uses acrylics, natural inks or iron oxide. Martorell keeps it very professional and he works along with an oenologist who teaches him more about wine to get better colors, paints, and textures.

Music is also part of the concept of his art, which is often inspired by tangos, phrases, and emblematic names: Uno, Tinta Roja, La última curda, Las vueltas de la vida, Déjame que llore, Me quedé mirándola, Rodando por Callao are some of them.

The list of materials is still growing. For example, in his painting “Last Tango in Paris” (inspired on Argentinian Gato Barbieri‘s composition for the movie from Bertolucci) he incorporated a drop of blood to finish the work.

And if you are wondering, no, he does not drink while he works, he barely gets his lips wet.

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Château Malartic-Lagravière 2008  is a Pessac-Léognan from the Château Malartic Lagravière cellar is made with petit verdot and merlot of 2008 and 13º of alcohol strength. 

 

 

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Château Quinault L’Enclos 2006 is a wine red with DO Saint-Émilion Grand Cru from the 2006 harvest. 

 

 

How has wine consumption changed over the last years?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

Red wine could help prevent erectile dysfunction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

What are the most common wine bottles?

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

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

Types of bottles according to materials:

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

Types of bottles according to shape:

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

Types of bottles according to their capacity or size:

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

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

Types of bottles according to the color:

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

Wine is beneficial to women’s hearts

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The analysis’ were performed on women between 27 and 44 years of age who filled out questionnaires about their health habits and lifestyles. The analysis found that women who followed certain six healthy habits were less likely to suffer from cardiovascular diseases.

Moderate wine consumption, at a rate of one drink per day, was one of the 6 habits. The other 5 were not smoking, maintain a low body mass index, endure at least 2.5 hours of physical activity a week, watch less than 7 hours of television a week and eat in a healthy and balanced way.

What researchers believe is that 73% of the cases of coronary heart disease recorded while the study was conducted could have been avoided if all participants had followed these lifestyle habits.

“Adherence to a healthy lifestyle is also associated with a significant reduction in the risk of developing heart disease among women who had already developed a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, such as diabetes, or hypertension, or hypercholesterolemia.” – says Dr. Andrea K. Chomistek, lead author and assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Indiana in Bloomington.

On the other side, the researchers at Harvard Medical School have released findings on the relationship between moderate alcohol consumption and the decreased risk of developing heart failure.

“What we have found was that those who drank moderately up to seven drinks a week had a lower risk of heart failure“, Solomon said. For men, the protective effect seemed to come at about two drinks per day, and for women one drink per day.

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

 

 

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Honoro Vera 2014: a red wine Calatayud with garnacha of 2014 and presents an alcohol content of 14º. Honoro Vera 2014 is ideal to combine with hard cheese and manchego cheese.

 

 

10 Foods you thought were bad for your health but aren’t

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A few months ago, nutritionist and published author Sarah Flower revealed the truth regarding some foods that were thought as harmful to our health. However, she has redeemed them to show us that we can actually include these foods in our daily diets without any problems.

We have been taught that food like coffee, eggs, coconut oil and whole milk are bad for our health but reality tells us a different story. They can provide us with a lot of benefits. For instance, it is proven that whole milk is better for our health than skim milk, for example. Eggs, on the other hand, are an essential component for those who want to lose weight.

A very good low-cost snack with few calories that we can enjoy in all conscience at home is popcorn; another beneficial food is potatoes as they are full of vitamin C, B6, potassium, phosphorus, and zinc; plus coffee, in a moderate diet, can improve our brain activity and overall performance.

For many years, we have been told that fat is bad for us, that eggs are not healthy and, instead, they have been suggesting us to submit ourselves to a diet based on processed food. It’s time to let that go and start enjoying real and authentic food – eggs, whole milk, cheese, butter, peanut butter… everything is good if we follow one simple rule: eat them in their pure state”, Flower says.

It is not the food what makes us sick, is all the processing they go through. It’s time to change our way of thinking towards the food we eat and stop being paranoid about fat and calories. A cereal rich diet and real food are what we need.

Following these nutritional recommendations, here are 10 foods you thought were bad for your health but really aren’t:

  1. Coffee: excessive coffee consumption can disrupt our nervous system, produce gasses and cause a laxative effect. However, consuming coffee in moderation, you can improve brain health, lose weight faster and lower the risk of Alzheimer.
  2. Potatoes: this vegetable is considered a starchy food, which is then converted into glucose that increases the sugar levels in our blood. It is also very rich in other nutrients: A medium potato can provide us 50% of our daily dose of vitamin C, 30% of B6 and 25% of potassium. It also contains magnesium, vitamin B, and zinc.
  3. Eggs: eggs have been avoided for the risk of salmonella, their high cholesterol, and fat. However, this kind of fat, high in protein, provides a sensation of satisfaction, satiety, for a longer time which helps those who are looking to lose weight.
  4. Peanut Butter: a lot of people avoid peanut butter for its contained fat as well, but peanuts are rich in protein, magnesium, vitamin E, antioxidants, potassium, and fiber.
  5. Canned beans: the liquid used to preserve the beans can have a high amount of sodium, so it’s better to read the labels first. However, they are a rich source of protein and fiber.
  6. Popcorn: we are talking about delicious low-calory, homemade popcorn. The one that you buy at the grocery store for the microwave can be full of processed sugars and you should avoid those.
  7. Whole milk: whole milk is generally associated with harmful fat, but it really has a higher amount of nutrients than skim or semi-skim milk. It also provides a satiety sensation.
  8. Yogurt: many people stop eating yogurt because of the amounts of sugar that are added by the companies. Low-fat yogurt, natural yogurt, and greek yogurt are excellent choices and rich in probiotics.
  9. Salt: you should avoid salt in large amounts. There is lots of it in processed food. Himalayan salt, on the other hand, is much better. You can start using it in your cooking and benefit from its 84 minerals.
  10. Coconut oil: since this oil has a high amount of saturated fat it is often avoided. But just a few know that it stimulates your immune system and helps lose weight.

As always, we also advise to drinking wine in moderation, live a healthy and active life and improve its quality!

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Campo Viejo Tempranillo: a red wine of the Rioja DO made with tempranillo and with an alcohol proof of 13º. 

 

 

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Cune Crianza 2012: a red wine from Rioja DO with Garnacha Negra of 2012 and has an alcohol content of 13.5º

 

 

The best wines for desserts

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Sweet but with some taste of fruit. Wines suitable for desserts can actually be quite varied. We propose some ideas for dessert wine.

Sparkling wines like Spanish cava or champagnes go well with any dessert: they are very suitable for cakes, pastries, frozen cakes, and chocolate … at any big celebration, sparkling wine plays an important role at the end of the evening, accompanying the desserts.

White wine is always preferred with a slightly lighter dessert. Some desserts such as creams are perfectly accompanied with a rather fresh, sweeter, fruity young wine. A good choice may be a Riesling or Monastrell that go well with desserts like vanilla-based puddings and fruit tarts.

And what about red wine? More and more, red wine finds itself specifically made for desserts to combine very well with savory desserts like cheeses, curds, nuts or pancakes of various flavors. But, undoubtedly, red wine becomes the star when there is chocolate in the center. The flavors are sublime and enhanced when you combine cocoa and red wine. It goes also well with desserts like pies with berries, ice cream or coffee … always including a hint of cocoa.

A good Pinot Noir, a Porto and a variety of Rioja Somontano  are perfect for desserts where chocolate makes an appearance. At the same time, the Pedro Ximenez is another alternative which offers a wide range to choose from and combines well with chocolate sweets. As for sweet reds, some types such as Garnacha and Monastrell go perfectly with creams, pastries, cakes or other less heavy dessert.

As always, we offer some suggestions so you can enjoy the sweet life. Cheers!

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Vista Alegre Reserva Ruby Decanter: a fortified wine of the Port DO

 

 

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Dow’s Fine Tawny: a fortified wine Port is made with port and 19º of alcohol content.

 

 

Key aspects to bear in mind for a wine cellar

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Before you choose and install a new wine cabinet in your living room, first, you have to consider some key aspects which are generally related to temperature management and other features.

Type of System

The best system out there for a wine cabinet is the thermoelectric one. These systems work very well and provide a lot of advantages for wine conservation. For instance, it does not create any kind of vibrations nor noise. Additionally, they are environment-friendly and therefore, more recommended for a personal use at home.

Size

This is a very important feature to consider for your wine cabinet. You need to think of the available space, as well as of how many bottles of wine you’d like to store in it. You don’t want it to be too small or too big, or you’ll be losing space and money.

Location

Like in real-estate, it’s all about location. Your cabinet can’t be placed anywhere. It’s better if it’s placed on the coolest part of your home to avoid any direct contact with the sun. Also, it’s highly recommended to keep the cabinet isolated from other domestic appliances.

Temperature

This is the key feature for any wine cabinet you can purchase. Luckily for you, today’s modern systems are equipped and programmed to automatically keep your wine at the best temperature making your life a lot easier and having your wine ready for you. From the cabinet directly into your mouth.

Power Consumption

Last but not least, this is another aspect you have to keep in mind. Generally, wine cabinets do not have a high power consumption but it will better to check that out before getting one. You don’t want to spend a lot of money paying your energy bills.

 

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Wine Cellar 10S

 

 

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Wine cellar 161 bottles

 

 

La Rioja according to Tim Atkin

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One of the most famous and well-known critics on the international spectrum is British Tim Atkin who has a vast knowledge about La Rioja’s wine region. He recently published his first warehouse classification in the zone and decided to sort them according to very controversial criteria.

To make this whole classification, Atkin established 5 different categories based only on the quality of each cellar and their wine. It is a model inspired by the Bordeaux one, used since the 19th century in France and made up by Napoleon III to classify the Bordeaux Chateaux. 

Until now, no one had dared to use it in Spain, but Atkin has been the first one to do it, assuring that he will be actively updating his list.

After paying a visit to all of the cellars from La Rioja, he made the following classification:

  • First Category: Abel Mendoza, Artadi, Contador, Finca Allende, La Rioja Alta SA, López de Heredia, Marqués de Murrieta, Muga, Remélluri, Sierra Cantabria, Vinos de Telmo Rodríguez and Viñedos de Páganos.
  • Second Category: Artuke, Contino, CVNE, Marqués de Riscal, Ostatu, Palacios Remondo, Pujanza, Ramírez de Ganuza, Roda, Tentenubio, Valenciso and Viña Real.
  • Third Category: Amézola de la Mora, Basilio Izquierdo, Bodegas Bhilar, Castillo de Cuscurrita, Dominio de Berzal, Finca Valpiedra, Hermanos Peciña, Miguel Merino, Pedro Balda, Peña del Gato (JC Sancha), Rothschild/Vega Sicilia and Tobía.
  • Fourth Category: Baigorri, Biurko Gorri, Bodegas Bilbaínas, Bodegas de la Marquesa, Exopto, Gómez Cruzado, Marqués de Cáceres, Marqués de Terán, Marqués de Vargas, Olivier Riviër, Orben and Vivanco.
  • Fifth Category: Amarén, Barón de Ley, Benito Urbina, Carlos Serres, Eguren Ugarte, La Emperatriz, Lacus, LAN, Landaluce, Luis Cañas, Sonsierra, Torre de Oña and Crus Bourgeois.

There were some unclassified cellars, which would equal to Crus Bourgeois, such as: Aldónia, Bagordi, Bárbara Palacios, Beronia, Bodegas del Medievo, Bodegas Palacio, Campillo, Covila, El Coto, Faustino, Finca Nueva, Hacienda El Ternero, Ijalba, Ilurce, Izadi, Juan Carlos Sancha, Laventura, Leza García, Luis Alegre, Manzanos Wines, Martínez Lacuesta, Miguel Ángel Muro, Navarrsotillo, Ontañón, Paco García, Perica, Petralanda, Proelio, Puelles, Quasar, Ramírez de la Piscina, Ramón Bilbao, Santalba, Valdemar, Viña Bujanda, Viña Herminia, Viña Salceda, Viñedos de Aldeanueva, Viñedos Real Rubio and Zugober.

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Luis Cañas Reserva Selección de la Familia 2008 is a wine with a very good vintage in which the harvest was late compared to usual in La Rioja and in which wines have a fruity, fresh and aromatic profile.

 

 

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La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2004 is a red wine from this DO: Rioja is made with graciano and tempranillo of 2004 and has a volume of alcohol of 12.5º.