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11 false myths about wine

 TAGS:undefinedWine can sometimes be related to ideas that seem very far from reality. But if you are a true wine lover or simply want to learn more about wine, you’ll certainly find this interesting. 

1. The older the better

Many people believe that the more time wine is kept in the barrel for aging, the better it gets. The describing terms, “young”, “barrel aged” and “reserve”, do not indicate the quality of the wine but its age. It is true that some types of wine need longer time to mature and, for this reason, they have higher production costs than other with less maturing time, like the “reserve” wines. Hence, they are more expensive, but not necessarily better.

Most of the wines produced today are meant to be consumed within 3 years. As to the “maturity” of a wine, there are many myths. There are many “reserve” wines that are of lower quality.

2. Red wine with meat, white wine with fish

This is another phrase that many have taken as the standard but it’s not necessarily true. Although red wine goes better with stronger dishes and white wine with soft dishes, this rule is subject to the type of wine and plate to serve. The real secret of a good combination is that wine enhances the flavor of the food and the other way round.

3. Rosé wine is for women

Rosé wine always had a reputation as an easy-to-drink-wine and to be of lower quality than red or white, chosen by people that are not too keen on wine and women. But this belief, in addition to being sexist, is meaningless. There are high-quality rosé wines which, moreover, are an ideal accompaniment to vegetables, pasta, rice or omelets.

4. I only drink Rioja and Ribera to make sure 

No one disputes that the origins of Rioja and Ribera del Duero are Spain’s most famous appellations and have various premium wineries. But because of this reason, many of their wines have a premium quality without any justification.

It is also true that there are appellations with an excellent quality offering good wines at a lower price. Some Spanish examples include Toro, Bierzo, Rias Baixas, Somontano, Penedes, Terra Alta, Jumilla, and Alicante.

5. Spanish cava or champagne are for desserts

Another myth asserted without substance. Although it is common to enjoy champagne or cava together with the dessert, this is the worst thing you can do with a Brut or a Dry cava as it spoils the sweet combination. For dessert or after dinner, it is best to choose a sweet or semi-dry cava which is fresher and smoother.

Similar to wines, there are also different kinds of Spanish cavas depending on their maturing time (Young, Reserva, and Gran Reserva) and the type of grapes used in the assemblage (cava can only be made of 9 varieties). In addition, they are distinguished by the amount of contained sugar. There are 6 varieties depending on the sweetness of cava: Brut, Extra Brut, Brut, Extra Dry, Dry, and Sweet. Dry Spanish cavas are suitable to pair with appetizers, seafood, and fish while a Brut goes perfectly with stews or ham.

6. If the cap is not corked the wine is bad

We have become very used to corks but many wines are kept well with screw caps. This doesn’t only apply to wines of poor quality.

On the one hand, screw caps can be problematic for packing vintage wines with more need for oxygen. But on the other hand, they are perfect for young wines.

7. White wine is served cold, and red tempered

Wine should be served at the temperature indicated by the production warehouse. Wines with long aging are usually served at approximately 18 degrees; White wines are served colder: a young white wine should be served at about 6 or 8 degrees meanwhile the matured ones at about 9 or 12 degrees.

8. Look at the cork to see if it’s gone bad

In many restaurants, the waiter leaves the wine cork on the table so the guest can smell it. And surely, you can smell it, but the smelling of the cork will not tell you anything about the wine you’re about to drink. But you can check if the cork is whole and, therefore, no cork pieces in the wine.

9. White wines give a headache

False, the addition of sulfites to wines for their conservation is something that is studied increasingly, and now you can obtain a better preservation with a smaller amount of added sulfites. Anyway, the sulfur of sulfites is not responsible for headaches.

10. The wine acids are bad

Heartburn is alkaline. If the wine has no acidity, it will not combine with any food.

11. Open the bottle and let the wine breathe

A question often asked in restaurants. But they might as well serve it straight away. To have any effect on the wine, the bottle has to be opened several hours before serving. You will get the same effect and much faster after some minutes in the glass. 

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Cune Crianza 2012: a red wine with Rioja DO from Cune (CVNE) cellar based on the best of Garnacha Negra and Garnacha Tinta from 2012 and with an alcoholic strength of 13.5º

 

 

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Hacienda López de Haro Tempranillo 2014: a red wine with DO Rioja based on the top of tempranillo from 2014 vintage and has an alcohol content of 13.5º.

 

 

How long does an open wine bottle last?

 TAGS:undefinedSurely, the following situation will sound familiar to you. You just bought a bottle of excellent wine or sparkling for a party. With a thrill of expectation, you open and enjoy it very much but at the end of the evening, there is still some wine left inside. You think it would be a shame to leave this bottle open because the wine runs the risk to go bad.
Fortunately, there are some tips and tricks which help conserve open bottles better and avoid that this wine which you fell so much in love with converts into a vinegar-like liquid.

For instance, respect the optimal time regarding the type of wine and its appropriate environmental conditions. So, if you don’t want to preoccupy yourself with vinegar wine, discover our infographic about conserving opened wine bottles and learn what you can do to maintain the open bottle of wine in good conditions.

Discover our new infographic about storing wine!

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Viña Ardanza Reserva 2005 is a Rioja from the La Rioja Alta cellar based on tempranillo and garnacha of 2005 and 13.5º of alcohol strength.

 

 

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Pruno 2014: a red wine with Ribera del Duero DO from Finca Villacreces cellar which blend contains tinta fina of 2014 and 13.5º of volume of alcohol.

 

 

Ideas to recycle your wine boxes

 TAGS:undefinedThere is a wide variety and I would say almost endless material that can be recycled to make our projects come to life, both useful and decorative. It is only a question of patience and organization. Just like wine bottles, wine boxes are an excellent material to recycle and to be turned into countless objects that apart from being decorative can be very useful.

  1. Jewelry boxes: One option to recycle wine boxes is to turn them into a box or separator for your jewelry. To do this cut the side and bottom parts of the box with a hacksaw or jigsaw. Fix the position of the parts with glue and with wooden nails and a hammer secure them. For the lid, cut a piece of the same size as the bottom of your box. If you like a rougher style, you don’t need to paint it, if you don’t like it, paint it two times, let each cover dry for two hours and there you go.
  2. Medicine chest: To create a medicine chest out of a wine box, first reinforce the structure of the wine box with wooden nails using a hammer. For the door, you can use wooden lathes and finally install some hinges.
  3. Suitcase: If you want something a little more sophisticated you can build a suitcase out of a recycled wine box. Therefore, cut the box in two parts, to form the two parts of the suitcase. Reinforce the structure wtih wooden panels and finally add the details with your preferred material like hinges and leather bands for the edges.
  4. Box or magazine rack: If you want some more storage space at home and you have a wine box to recycle, you can line it with cloth or paint it in you favorite color and put some legs on it. It serves as a box to store whatever you want or as a magazine rack.
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  5. Pet accessories: You can clean and decorate the wine box, e.g. lining it with cloth or sanding it around the edges and varnish it. Then you can add a cushion and offer it as a new bed to you pet. If you want to use it as a feeding place for you dog or cat, you only need to turn it upside down and cut two holes the size of their water and food bowls. Like this, your pet won’t drag its bowl anymore and can feed more easily. You can also build a bird feeder, cutting the pieces to construct a mini house with some big holes in the walls so the birds can feed. Remember to sand the feeder, so your guests feel well and brighten your day with their singing.
  6. Wall cabinet: If you like ambitious projects, you have 15 or more wine boxes to recycle and the style of your home os modern, this recycling project is for you: it is building a wall unit either for books, decorative objects or to store other useful objects. First, you need to attach the wine boxes to one another (horizontally) with nails and a hammer in groups of three. Once finished all the levels of three boxes, attach them to one another. Sand paper and paint your new furniture before you install it.

Would you like to read more about recycling? Get some ideas to give a second life to wine bottles!

 

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Pruno 2014:  a red wine with Ribera del Duero DO from Finca Villacreces cellar which blend contains tinta fina of 2014 and 13.5º of volume of alcohol.

 

 

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Pago de los Capellanes Crianza 2012: a red wine with Ribera del Duero DO with tempranillo and cabernet sauvignon of 2012 and 13.50º of volume of alcohol.

 

 

*Picture: Design Initiative y Ruben (flickr)

Football and wine: A passionate combination

 TAGS:undefinedAlthough at first sight it might seem that wine and sports do not have a lot in common, there are well-known sports persons who have taken seriously their passion for wine and have built up business on it.

Michael Laudrup, distribution entrepreneur

Michael Laudrup is an ex-football player and coach of the Welsh club of Swansea. He became famous in the 1990s when he played for the FC Barcelona, where he started to try and enjoy Spanish gastronomy and wine. Following his own website, Laudrup got to know another Danish family, the Buhls. Out of nostalgy for all these discovered delights, he founded a small business to import wine, almost exclusively for himself and some family and friends.

Like this, Laudrup Win & Gastronomi came to live in 1993. This business grew step by step and became later the most important importing company for wine and gourmet products from Spain to the Scandinavian country. Among its biggest sales there are some of the most famous Spanish wines: Muga, Allende, Artadi, Viña Pedrosa, Toro Albalá, Can Rafols del Caus and many more.

David Ginola, from ball artist to wine lover

Frenchman David Ginola became famous when he played for Paris Saint Germain. During this time he started to collect bottles. His passion made him meet Philippe Faure-Brac, former world champion sommelier and owner of Le Bistrot du Sommelier in Paris. He made him go into this interesting passion and thus he started to try and buy some of the best wines in the world. He soaked more and more knowledge about wine and different wine regions and today is a real expert.

Andrés Iniesta, the crazy heart (corazón loco) of wine

Andrés Iniesta, the famous player at Barça, opened his own winery in his native town Fuentealbilla, owning already some vineyards in the family. The winery is attached to the D.O. Manchuela and following the medals it has won in various competitions we can conclude that it is succeeding. His white wine elaborated from Verdejo stands out especially.

Andrea Pirlo, a passion since childhood

Pirlo started playing for Brescia in the mid-1990s and has remained faithful to his football roots with the purchase of a vineyard located in the hills of the city. Pirlo grew up in a wine-loving family and went to the vineyards already as a child. This vineyard Pratum Coller (which means ‘meadow hill’ in Latin) produces between 15.000 and 20.000 bottles of wine a year. Currently, they produce two kinds of red wine, one rosé and one white wine. They are planning to expand their range and volume of production.

The wine that crosses borders and sports

American football also has its representatives in the world of wine. The ex quarterback Dan Marino and Joe Montana are the two most famous ones who own their own wineries (Marino States and Montagia Wines respectively). Ice hockey also counts with some wine representatives: former Canadian star Wayne Gretzky has his own winery in the Niagara area, well known for producing outstanding ice wines.

 

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Corazón Loco 2014: a red wine from the Manchuela DO made with graciano and syrah of 2014. 

 

 

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Corazón Loco Blanco 2015: a white wine of the VT Castilla DO based on verdejo and sauvignon blanc of 2015. 

 

*Picture: Pratur Coller Wines 

3 beautiful combinations of vegetarian meals and wine for this winter

 TAGS:undefinedToday we present you 3 vegetarian recipes for this winter to give you a treat without having to spend hours in the kitchen. On top, we’ll suggest an organic wine for each meal so you can enjoy even more!

1. Brussels sprout with pistachio dukkah

This may be the ideal entry or garnish to any other recipe you prepare at home. Brussels sprouts with pistachio dukkah is a rather light meal and if you wish you can brown them on top with some cheese and bechamel sauce.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 500 grams of Brussels sprouts
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt

For the pistachio dukkah

  • 2 tablespoons toasted pistachios
  • 1 tablespoon almond flour
  • 1 tablespoon freshly roasted sesame
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tablespoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tablespoon cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper (optional)
  • 1 pinch of salt

Preparation

  1. Remove the outher leaves of the cabbages and wash the sprouts. Put them in a pot with salted water and cook until soft.
  2. Put mustard seeds, coriander and cumin in a mortar and grind to powder. Add the sesamo seeds, black pepper, almond flour, chili and salt and grind again. To finish the dukkah, add the chopped pistachios.
  3. Peal the garlic cloves and cut them into thin slices. Heat a little olive oil in a skillet and fry the garlic until golden. Add the drained Brussels sprouts and the dukkah. Sauté and remove from the heat.

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Ratpenat 2013 comes from the agreement between Celler Credo and the Museu de Ciències Naturals de Granollers for the defense of the evironment and the living beings that inhabit it.

 

 

 

2. Tomate curry

This recipe is ideal as a starter. It has some strong flavours to wake up your palate.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried chickpeas or 400g cooked chickpeas
  • 5 tomatoes or a can of tomatoe pulp
  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 heaped tablespoon curry
  • 1 ginger to taste
  • Cumin to taste
  • Cilantro to taste
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Courgette
  • Eggplant

Preparation

  1. Cook the (soaked during the night) chickpeas in water for 15 minutes in the pot together with ½ onion, 2 potatoes cut in medium pieces, lemon, 1 garlic clove, a drizzle of olive oil and salt. You can add courgette, eggplant or squash.
  2. Beaten the tomatoes and cook them together with half an onion, 1 garlic clove, a drizzle of olive oil and salt in a pot over low heat for 30 minutes.
  3. Add the tomatoes and the spices to the chickpeas. Stir well, cover the pot and cook for 5 more minutes.

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Terra Remota Caminito Rosat 2014 is a rosé wine with DO Empordà from the Terra Remota cellar made with garnacha negra and syrah of 2014 and has a volume of alcohol of 14º.

 

 

3. Chestnut cream with mushrooms

Prepare this fine cream of chestnuts with fresh sautéd mushrooms. The preparation is very simple.

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 200 grams of fresh chestnuts
  • 1 or 2 mushrooms
  • 2 onions
  • 1 cup cream
  • ¾ liter of vegetable broth
  • Water
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 or 2 star anise
  • Vinaigrette

Preparation:

  1. Put water and salt in a pot. Add a couple of star anise. Make a cut in the skin of the chestnuts and put them in the pot. Cover and cook for 15 minutes.
  2. Julienne the onions and poach them in a pot with olive oil. Peal the chestnuts and add them to the onions.
  3. Pour the chestnut broth and the vegetable broth, season and cook for 15 minutes. Add the cream and purée to smooth cream.
  4. Season with pepper and olive oil.
  5. Slice the mushrooms and season them with salt and olive oil. Sauté them in a skillet with salt, pepper and a drizzle of Vinaigrette.
  6. Serve the cream with the mushrooms on top.

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Alaya Tierra 2013 a red wine from the DO Almansa is made with garnacha tintorera of 2013 and 16º of alcohol.

 

 

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More wine and… better sex life

 TAGS:undefinedLet’s begin the new year with some good news: Drinking wine has, apart from several other benefits for health, a possible positive effect on women’s sex life.

This is the result of a study by Ricardo Bartoletti and Nicola Mondaini, two doctors from the University of Florence. Following their investigation there is a causal relationship between the moderate and regular consumption of wine and a better sexual health of women.

The study shows that drinking wine with moderation, about 1 to 2 glasses daily, makes women relax and loose inhibitions.

The study was carried out between approximately 1.000 Italian women between 18 and 50 years of age. In the group, there were as many non-drinking women as women drinking wine moderately on a regular basis.

The objective of the research was to measure the rate of female sexual function (a measure used in other scientific studies to investigate femal sexuality including issues such as sex life, desire, interest in sex, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction in relationships or pain while having sex). As a result, the doctors found out that the group of women drinking 1 or 2 glasses a day, had a better index of sexual desire compared to the non-drinking women of the group.

From these results the doctors concluded that “there is a potential relation between the consumption of wine and a better sexuality“. Their hypothesis states that the chemical components of wine might stimulate the circulation towards the erogenous zones of the body and in this way increase the sexual stimulation.

Mondaini pointed out that red wine “makes women feel more relaxed and their body react better to sexual incentives” and he suggests that the Mediterranean diet, that includes a little wine, can help to improve health and sex life.

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Psi 2013: a red wine from Ribera del Duero DO based on the best of tinta fina and garnacha from 2013 and has a volume of alcohol of 13.5º.

 

 

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Flor de Pingus 2005: a red wine with Ribera del Duero DO based on tempranillo of 2005 and with 14º of alcohol content. 

 

 

Are you aware of the benefits of wine on health? Discover them now!

 TAGS:undefinedDrinking wine is an undisputable joy. The better if it comes with a great number of advantages for our health. Do you want to know which ones?

Among others, wine improves the memory, helps prevent the apparition of cataracts as well as improve our cardiovascular system and even diminishes tooth decay.

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But why does wine bring so many advantages for your health? One of the keys lies in the resveratrol, a vegetal component (polyphenols), which is found in red grapes’ skins as well as seeds and contains multiple benefits for your organism. Containing more of this component, red wine delivers far more benefits than white wine.

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Well, now you know, if you maintain a balanced diet, exercise regularly and drink one of two glasses of red wine per day as per the World Health Organization, your body will benefit from the numerous advantages of wine. Would you like to discover all of them? See our infographic!

 

Some songs about wine

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Wine is closely linked to bar or restaurant songs. Although wine has now refined, once it was connected with visits to wine bars where sipping wine in small glasses. Here were sung countless songs that have become totally traditional. Here are some of them:

Bottle of Red Wine by Eric Clapton. A familiar song by Eric Clapton extolling red wine over many other drinks.

Blood Red Wine by the Rolling Stones. One of the songs of the legendary band. As always, powerful rock is the protagonist of the track.

Red Red Wine, by UB 40 and Neil Diamond. A song that became very popular during the 80s and 90s, but its origin is previous, by Neil Diamond. A perfect song to dance, which was a milestone in the clubs.

 

 

Champagne Supernova by Oasis. A documentary about champagne inspired Noel Gallagher to name this song after the most glamourous drink in th world. “Some day you will find me caught beneath the landslide. In a champagne supernova – A champagne supernova in the sky”.

Ironic by Alanis Morrisette. One of the most famous hits on 1996 included a Chardonnay mention in the lyrics. “It’s a black fly in your ChardonnayIt’s a death row pardon two minutes too late. And isn’t it ironic… don’t you think”.

And what about you? Do you have any favourite song about wine?

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Wines That Rock Rolling Stones Forty Licks Merlot 2012

 

 

Wineries and wines from Penedès

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The Penedès wine region is probably one of the most characteristic and recognized of Catalunya, especially as the main place of production of cava, Catalan sparkling wine par excellence.

But in this Designation of Origin we can find more than cava, since in its over 27,000 hectares of vineyards there are produced grapes intended for the elaboration of white, rosé and, in a lesser extent, red wines. The extension of vineyards of Penedès includes 47 municipalities in the province of Barcelona and 16 in the province of Tarragona, with its headquarters located in Vilafranca del Penedès, and is remarkable for its great variety of microclimates, which makes this grape production to present countless distinctive features, depending on the environment.

The cultivated varieties include the more international Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but we can also find more specific grapes of the Iberian Peninsula, as Cariñena, Tempranillo and Garnacha Tinta, and some local (Monastrell, Samsó, Xarel·lo and Macabeu).

Among the most prominent cellars in the region, we can find firms as recognized as Agusti Torelló i Mata, Blancher, Caves Hill, Gramona, Jaume Serra, Juvé y Camps, Pinord, Raventós i Blanc, René Barbier, Sumarroca, in addition to many small producers which, however, are able to offer real jewels thanks to a know-how that comes from their experience of generations of grape growers and oenologists.

Internationally acclaimed wines

If we look at the results of the last Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, one of the most prestigious awards in the international world of wine, among its winners we find several references from the DO Penedès, like Cossetània Tinto Reserva 2009 (Bodega Castell d’Or), Gran Clot dels Oms Negre 2011 and Xarel·lo 2013 (Bodegues Ca N’Estella), Parató Passió 2006 (Parató) and Vino Pata Negra 2014 (Jaume Serra – J. García Carrión).

A small sample of what the tradition of the Penedès wine can get and that we recommend you try if you have not already done so.

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Iohannes Reserva 2006: a red wine with Penedes DO from Juvé y Camps cellar

 

 

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Rocaplana 2013: a red wine from Penedes DO of Oriol Rossell cellar is made with syrah 

 

 

Wines to give at weddings

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Wine is a more original gift than the usual presents at weddings. We can surprise the newly-weds and they the guests with new wines, wines of different appellations of origin, those which no one has yet tasted and even original sets or packs.

  • Wine miniatures. In order to provide variety, we can give to the guests at the ceremony several wine miniatures, which are usually bottles of about 50 cl from various regions. So they can taste a bit of everything, both reds and whites. It is an unexpected gift that guests usually like.
  • Awarded wines. You can also give bottles of the best wines that have had some award and are recognized for their prestige. They don’t need to be expensive as some of these wines stand out for different reasons. It is important to put it on the gift card.
  • Packs of bottles and glasses. Packs are also cherished by guests. The mini bottle packs with two matched wine glasses are a perfect gift.
  • Wines from the region. To give quality within the province in which the couple marry, the cellars of the place can make a selection of their wines in small samples to promote the appellations of origin in the region.
  • Design bottles. Another original way is offering design. Yes, the wine must be of some quality, but the thing that must be different is the bottle packaging, with original labels and bright colours.
  • Customized bottles. In order to provide a good memory to family and friends, wine bottles can be customized, by ordering the wine most liked by the newly-weds and applying the desired design to the label, with their names and photos on it.