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Discover Your Wine Horoscope For 2018

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We all know our signs of the Chinese zodiac and horoscope, our elements and spirit animal. But do not miss the wine of your soul. At Uvinum, we have consulted the stars to know which wine matches best with your essence in this year 2018.

Aries

The Aries are strong, a little stubborn and always wanting to come first. As a force of nature, you know how to impress those around you and are not easy to forget. Such a memorable character is only satisfied with an unforgettable wine like the Belondrade y Lurton 2015. This wine, which has revolutionised the Spanish white wine market, highlights an incredible integration between fruit and wood.

Taurus

Why do we love the Taurus so much? Because you are a kind, honest person that gives us a sense of security. But above all, you like to enjoy everything that life has to offer. A zodiac as sensual as you finds the best company in the Llopart Brut Rosé Cava, an elegant cuvée of Garnacha, Monastrell and Pinot Noir that seduces on any occasion.

Gemini

As a Gemini, you are always in search of a new experience. Your restless spirit knows how to move worlds and adapts perfectly to any situation. No wonder you have so many different friends. In the famous “Comfort Zone” you do not feel comfortable at all. If they were people, your best friends would be Adventure, Innovation and Curiosity. With these strengths, no one can stop you. You want to fly, you’re going to fly. You do not follow, but you create trends among your friends. And therefore, the wine that best represents you in 2018 is the Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial: Balanced, cool and trendy.

Cancer

Under that hard shell is a heart of gold. Cancers, like good wines, need time. But once opened, they develop all their beauty and inner delicacy. You choose your friends very carefully but then you take care of them as if they were your children. And they know how lucky they are to enjoy such a special person like you. Each cup that is taken with you is a cup full of love and compassion. A classic like you needs a classic like the Marqués de Murrieta Reserva 2013. Favourite of experts like Robert Parker and an excellent companion that improves with each vintage.

Leo

The world hears your roar, and your family and your friends follow you wherever you go. You break with old habits and create new trends. Deservedly the protagonist, unique and of an indomitable character you need a worthy wine like Gérard Bertrand’s Naturalys Merlot. A biodynamic French that, just like you, is a leader in his area that also shows great respect for its roots and the earth.

Virgo

Although many think you are sensitive and fragile, you are a more complex person. You are very strong, but you show a lot of sensitivity and tenderness. With your arms always open, ready to welcome strangers and turn them into friends, sometimes they leave you with wounds. But these small sacrifices are worth it and you quickly recognize who your true friends are, of whom you have many. The Miraval Rosé 2016 frames your spirit to perfection: it is fresh and has a complex structure with delicious notes of red fruits.

Libra

The classic pound that always seeks balance. You like making decisions but it is not one of your strengths. In moments of chaos you offer tranquillity and serenity, and when the party lacks spirit you come to the rescue telling the latest adventures of your daily life with grace and elegance. We do not know how, but you always know how to contribute just what was missing and that is why you have so many friends. You do not forget anyone, and nobody forgets you. You are an integral part of the life of your loved ones. And this leads to the following conclusion: your wine of 2018 is the Llopart Integral Brut Nature.

Scorpio

Friendly, empathetic and ambitious – Scorpio-like, you are very popular among your friends. Another of your superpowers is your subtlety and your pure presence. You stay behind the scenes to get out at the right time. Be at work, at a party or to defend your friends against any danger with your poisonous sting. No one has seen you come but you have come to stay. Pleasant and with a special touch, the Sommos Collection Gewürztraminer 2016 – just like you – knows how to conquer hearts in seconds.

Sagittarius

It’s amazing how you always know how to aim with your bow. Optimism, ambition and a fever of travel are your constant companions. You like to travel, see beautiful landscapes and expand the horizon. You enjoy giving colour to your life and that of your loved ones because a world without colours would be sad and boring. You believe in opportunities offered by destiny and in some magical way you do not miss one. In 2018, your path will take you to many various places, but it will be framed by a glass of Gïk Live, a pioneer like you, the first blue wine in the world.

Capricorn

Each of your steps is well thought out. You know the way, although not always the destination. But it is just what makes you so special. Enjoying the present, you face the future. You quickly come out as the unexpected star of each party, turning strangers into friends and you will keep many of them for the rest of your life thanks to your persistent character. A person like you only finds the best companion in a wine like El Molar 2016. It is written as your biography, experts and novices evaluate this Spanish with excellent reviews, like a diamond to discover.

Aquarius

All life begins in the water. This simple fact makes you an important connector of humanity. And although you are not always the protagonist, you will always be a fundamental part of your group of friends. You are a welcome guest at each party and you should not miss out on any wines, such as the Pago de los Capellanes Joven Roble. Young, fresh, tasty and vivacious, it combines power, structure and rich freshness.

Pisces

Under the sea, under the sea, darling it’s better, down where it’s wetter.” Cheerful and moved, you find security and more happiness when you are surrounded by your family and your closest friends. But to truly appreciate these treasures of life, from time to time it is good to get away. Whether it’s by plane, car or bike – it does not matter, because you’re only going to come back with recharged batteries and new energies. That’s why the 2016 Bicicletas y Peces Verdejo seems to be specially made for you. Vivacious and made to enjoy, this is your wine to enjoy in 2018.

Best Rioja Wines for under £10

 TAGS:undefinedWhen we think of Rioja we ‘re immediately referring to one of the most important wines from Spain and, of course, one of the most famous worldwide. A glass of Rioja is perfect to enjoy with some classic Iberian ham or a very good Spanish cheese. But more than that, it’s  an all-time-favourite for the Christmas season and family dinners that come with it.

The Tempranillo is the soul of this region. An autochthone grape variety that provides the wines with a fruity, young and easy-to-drink character. If you’re not sure which wine to offer, this wine is perfect for beginners and experienced wine lovers. Moreover, it’s very easy to pair with food and offers a good conversation topic. 

In order to enjoy a good Rioja, you don’t have to grab deep into your pockets. Spain offers very affordable wines at good quality. Discover here some great Riojan gems for under £10 to top off your Christmas season.

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Cune Crianza is a red wine with DOC Rioja, made from three grape varieties: Tempranillo, Grenache and Mazuelo. Ageing takes place in French and American oak barrels for 12 months. 

 

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Viña Real Crianza 2014: After harvesting good scores and reviews on its previous vintages, Viña Real Crianza 2014 is once again a benchmark to keep in mind for Crianza wine lovers

 

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Luis Cañas Crianza 2014, one of the most outstanding Rioja wines. This vintage excels for its tasty, spicy and elegant character, along with for an exceptional value for money. 

 

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Baron de Ley Reserva 2012 is mainly made from Tempranillo. Its long ageing period of 20 months in American oak barrels brings structure and complexity to a group that stands out for its intensity and balance

 

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El Coto Crianza 2013 is a classic Rioja wine, a wine to look good without spending too much money trying.

Rioja vs Ribera

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The most famous Designations of Origin in Spain and those whose wines sell best are, beyond any doubt, the Rioja and the Ribera del Duero. Their red wines are famous not only in Spain but worldwide. Each receives a fervent support from their amateurs whose positions hardly seem compatible. But what are the differences between these regions’ red wines? In order to answer, I have to go through some of the “boring” differences … Before getting to the interesting part!

The creation

La Rioja has been a Designation of Origin (Denominación de Origen, DO) since 1925 and even received the “Denominación de Origen Calificada, DOC” in 1991, which implies an excellent quality. On the other hand, the Ribera del Duero is a relatively new DO as it was only recognized in 1982.

The geographical situation

The Rioja  DOC’s production area is located in Northern Spain on the banks of the Ebro river, mainly in the autonomous communities of the Rioja and the Basque Country. Moreover, the region is subdivided into three geographical designations: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Baja. All in all, the DO counts 63.593 hectares of vineyards producing between 280 and 300 million litres (90% of red, 5% of white and 5% of rosé).

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The production area of the Ribera del Duero DO stretches over the south-east of Castile and León, mostly in the provinces of Burgos, Segovia, Valladolid and Soria. There are 22.320 hectares of vineyards which produce about 130 million litres (98% of red and 2% of rosé).

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Regarding the geographical situation, it is not so much the formal delimitation between the various areas that matters but rather their soils or “terroir” as well as their respective climate. The soils and the climate determine the wine quality among other factors.

As to the Rioja DOC, generally speaking for the three production areas, the climate is continental, moderate, and almost Mediterranean in the Rioja Baja’s case. The mild temperatures allow for a slow and careful maturation of the grapes. The designation is characterized by a diversity of soils, though clay-calcareous, clay-ferrous and alluvial types of soil predominate.

Typical for the Ribera del Duero DO is the extreme continental climate along with scarce rainfalls. Winters are cold with icy winds whereas summers are hot and dry but with low nocturnal temperatures. As a result, the grape ripens faster and is more concentrated. Soils are rather diverse in this DO even if limestone prevails.

Varieties of grape

The main grape variety grown in both DOs is the Tempranillo but that is where their similarity ends. Indeed, in the Rioja, the allowed red varietals include the Tempranillo (the most common), the dark Grenache, the Carignan and the Graciano as well as three white varietals: the Malvasia, the Macabeu and the white Grenache.

In the Ribera del Duero, red varieties include the Tempranillo, also called locally Tinto  Fino or Tinta del País, the Cabernet, the Sauvignon, the Merlot and the Malbec. Additionally, they have a small amount of Grenache and, for whites, the Albillo.

Although the Tempranillo is the most commonly grown and used varietal in the elaboration of wines from both DOs, their wines remain truly different.

Aroma, power in the mouth, alcohol and alcohol level, colour and savour

In short, red wines from the Rioja can be described as sweet and hardly astringent. They do not leave a dry feeling in the mouth and are not harsh.

Ribera del Duero’s wines are more concentrated and intense both in their colour and their savour thanks to the extreme climate and the grape’s quicker maturation. They give a sensation of greater astringency, dryness and harshness in the mouth. They can be described as powerful.

For the same reasons as their power in the mouth, wines from the Ribera de Duero have a higher level of alcohol than those from the Rioja. Though, if the wines are well elaborated, one does not necessarily notice their higher alcohol content.

The Rioja wines’ aroma reminds us of red fruits and they leave a fresh aftertaste thanks to their acidity. The aroma of the Ribera del Duero wines calls ripe fruits to mind, appears smoother and rounder in the mouth and tends to end with a lactic hint, similar to a strawberry yoghurt.

Both DOs classify their wines according to their time of ageing in barrels or bottles (Crianza):

  • Joven / Roble (they do not age in wooden barrels neither do they mature in barrels for more than 12 months)
  • Crianza (minimum two years of ageing, one of which in a barrel)
  • Reserva (minimum three years of ageing, one in a barrel and the other in bottle)
  • Gran Reserva (minimum five years of ageing, two in a barrel and three in bottle)

The graph below shows the ageing potential of wines over time according to their “Crianza”. For both DOs, young wines should be drunk rapidly, whereas “Crianza” and “Reserva” wines can be savoured over a longer period.

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The boring, yet objective, part is finally over and we can now focus on the more interesting part.

The price difference

Why are Rioja wines generally cheaper than the Ribera del Duero’s? I answered this question to a large extent in my previous explanations: the production area and the number of litres produced in the Rioja is sensibly higher than in the Ribera. Indeed, we still have in mind the Rioja’s 63.593 hectares of vineyards in contrast to “only” 22.320 hectares in the Ribera. Moreover, the climate has a defining influence. Indeed, it is easier to produce wine in the Rioja than under the Ribera’s extreme conditions. The Ribera’s cellars face more frost problems which limit the yields of the vines. Less wine, higher prices!

To summarize, these DOs are different regions with different soils, climates and varietals. So, why do people keep arguing over the superiority of one designation over the other? To each his own tastes, no? Or should I prefer meat over fish?

This being said, some issues and disagreements are brought to light. Nowadays, several estates in the Rioja Alavesa wish to break away from their current DO to create a new one (“D.O. Viñedos de Álava”). Local Alavese winegrowers (about 42) promote the differences and the unique character of their wines. If we consider the French or Italian classification system, their demands would be quite sensible. In 2015, the famous ARTADI Bodega quit the Rioja DO. The winemaker justified his choice declaring, “Renowned wine regions such as Bordeaux (with 52 sub-designations) or Burgundy (96) offer their consumers wines which evoke specific areas. It is essential to provide the consumers with the opportunity to discover our land’s diversity, which grants quality wines their uniqueness and authenticity”.

While they are right to wish for a distinct recognition and to promote their wines’ particularities, I might have some reservations. Indeed, let us not forget that the reputation and the fame of the Rioja wines are the result of its winegrowers’ efforts and dedication, but also the considerable resources deployed by the DOs to support their products’ commercialisation and promotion. It is necessary to thank the DOs for their great work. Yet, it can hardly be otherwise: just like every child will eventually stand on its own feet and trace its own path, winegrowers will aspire to a greater autonomy and step outside the DOs’ framework.

In the Ribera del Duero’s case, the situation is quite different. Here, we talk about those excluded from the DO. Some of the most famous cellars of the Castile and León region such as Mauro, Abadía Retuerta, Bodegas Leda, … Do not belong to the Ribera del Duero DO but to the “Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León”. Is it a problem? Abadía Retuerta answers, “At Abadía Retuerta, we could say that our auto-regulation is much stricter than other designations. Though our application to the Ribera del Duero was refused, today, we can affirm that this event is one of the secrets of Abadía Retuerta’s success. We are currently in touch with the administration to create our own designation in compliance with the recently voted Wine Law”.

As for Mauro, they are among the best red wines from Spain and acknowledged as such by the greatest critics in the world.

Every day in France, there are more winemakers who decide to break away from the designation of origin and to commercialize their wines under the name of “Vin de France”. It might be time for designations to rebrand or reinvent themselves. A similar situation is happening in Catalonia with the Cava DO where several estates quit their DO but, unlike other regions, they created two classifications: Clàssic Penedès and Cava de Paraje.

But let’s get back to our DOs: Would it be more sensible or relevant to distinguish Modern vs Classical wines? Are the former better than the latter?

It would like asking whether one prefers our grandmother’s traditional recipes or sushi … Wouldn’t it be possible to enjoy both? These are two totally different types of vinification and we shouldn’t compare them.

The so-called modern wines are usually more full-bodied and fleshy, they also have a greater intensity as well as a greater power and a higher alcohol content. These wines undergo their ageing process in new barrels (my best friends …). At first, it might sound unsavoury, but nothing is further from the truth! These wines’ problem is that they are drunk too soon, too young. They must remain in their bottle for 10 years before consumption in order to let them balance themselves and achieve their ideal drinking point. They should not be consumed too soon.

On the contrary, classical wines, my personal favourite, are left for a long period of time in used barrels, that is, in barrels previously used to mature other wines. The wood’s influence on the wine quality decreases and the wine becomes smoother. Moreover, once bottled, the wines are stocked in cellars for some time before commercialisation. For example, Viña Tondonia, La Rioja Alta, Vega Sicilia are wines bearing a tile colour with an evolved nuance and a very agreeable mouth.

Actually, the Rioja vs Ribera distinction does not really make sense. There are safe bets in both DOs, indispensable great wines and small cellars to give them a novel distinction. When well elaborated, a good wine with its own character can be found in every cellar and suit every pocket.

This being said, the wine landscape in Spain has tremendously changed over a short period of time. Some smaller regions unveil an incredible and fantastical potential thanks to a new generation of winegrowers who travelled, studied and worked in Spain or abroad with great winemakers. This generation shows a clear will to develop their vineyards, autochthonous varietals and quality wines which deserved to be known, and of course, enjoyed.

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Campo Viejo Tempranillo, a red wine from Rioja that is based on Tempranillo grapes.

 

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Pruno 2014, a red wine from Ribera del Duero vinified with cabernet sauvignon and tinta fina.

Best Wine for Chinese Takeout

 TAGS:undefinedWhen it comes to Chinese food, we hardly know which wine to choose to accompany our dishes. But in reality it’s easy, you could pair it with both champagne and sparkling wine, as well as white and red wine.

Sparkling wines, in general, are the best pairing for this type of cuisine because their taste can contrast the taste of soy and rice balls. With rice, we can also integrate the semi-dry red wines and the Merlot variety.

White wines are perfect to refresh the mouth with some fried dishes, sauces and noodles or seaweed. They go very well with fish, vegetables and legumes, which usually represent Chinese cuisine.

Among the varieties of white wines to enhance the flavours of Chinese food, we find Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay.

Regarding meat dishes like Peking duck, chicken or veal, always joined by spices, a young red wine is a perfect option. In this case, the best-known wines are Rioja and Ribera del Duero. Enjoy a duck with wines like Monastrell and Bobal, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, amongst many others.

For spicy food, sweet varieties make the better pairing. You should rather grab a Gewürztraminer or a Sauvignon Blanc.

 

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Algueira Cortezada 2016, the power of Albariño

 
 
 
  

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Pata Negra Gran Reserva 2007, un tinto clásico

Which wines should be cooled and how?

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All wine lovers know that each variety has an ideal temperature to drink: some must be consumed at room temperature and that, at times, we can spoil the experience of drinking a wine by serving it too cold or too hot.

For example, most young white and rosé wines, sparkling wines and sweet wines, improve if served cold. In contrast, wines with more body lose some of their richness in aromas and flavors if their temperature it’s too low.

Although we know that reds, for example, shouldn’t be served cold, this doesn’t mean that they should be consumed hot, as sometimes what we call “room temperature” is far from the ideal temperature that should be. This inconvenience disappears almost always if we have a cellar with a good temperature of conservation, but not everybody is that lucky and ends up drinking red wine (in summer, for example, or in homes with heating) warmer than it would be advisable.

A good solution is to put them in the fridge for a while, and check the temperature from time to time using a wine bottle thermometer. In the case of red wines, it’s best to keep them in a cool and ventilated place for the time necessary to cool them until reaching at least about 20º C. If it’s not possible, with 10 or 15 minutes in the refrigerator will be enough.

A low temperature can be, on the other hand, a good ally when it comes to masking, to a certain extent, the deficiencies of a mediocre wine, something that we can easily see in many bars and restaurants, which tend to cool above the normal to hide these irregularities.  

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Vidigal Porta 6 2015

 

 

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La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2005

Winter wines for bad weather

 TAGS:undefinedAt home, in the restaurant in the bar or in the winery doesn’t matter, as long as it is warm: Winter is the season to eat more hearty dishes, based on stews and baked in the oven, that should go with their respective wines.

So, wines we drink in winter depend on the food we eat during that time of the year. In general, red wines, full bodied, strong and with an acceptable degree of alcohol that make us warm are the preferred wines of the season.

The presence of tannins is another factor to keep in mind when choosing  a winter wine. For strong meat, stews and other traditional plates, red wines with a long aging and maturing in barrels are best. However, we can also opt for the young wines that are emerging these days.

Not only red wines nourish us during the winter. White wines and rosés can also play a role. Also, the white wines should have a slightly higher alcohol content, well aged. White wine goes very well together with birds, certain fish seafood and pasta or winter salads. Even if white wine should be taken cold, in winter a drinking temperature of about 9° is recommendable.

The best drinking temperature for red wine in winter is around 17°. Room temperature is better than serving them cold.

Regarding the grapes, there are many possibilities. You can choose from Merlot to Cabernet Sauvignon, through Syrah, Chardonnay or Viognier, the latter regarding white wines. Malbec also goes very well with red meat and game, which are also important protagonists of these hard cold months.

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Mala Vida 2013: a red wine from the Valencia DO with the best bunches of syrah and tempranillo from the 2013 vintage. 

 

 

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Borsao Selección 2014: a red wine Campo De Borja with the best bunches of syrah and tempranillo from the 2014 vintage and with an alcoholic strength of 14º. 

 

 

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Wines inspired in TV series

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In recent years, television has taken over from cinema as for the quality and popularity of its productions, and this is also reflected in the field of popular culture and, of course, also in the world of wine, that reinvents itself constantly, seeking new ways to entice consumers.

In this sense, there are already several wine producers who, inspired by the most successful series, are launching to the market “thematic” wines, such as “Wines of Westeros”, based on the well known HBO series “Game of Thrones”.

This range of wines, produced by Australian company Common Ventures, consists of 12 varieties named according to the various families and characters of the television production, with a minimalistic design and several varieties of grapes used in its production, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Merlot…

Also animation classics as “The Simpsons” have their dedicated bottles, in this case just a graphic concept performed by designers Constantin Bolimond and Dimitry Patsukevich, who adapted the strokes of Marge and Homer Simpson in the form of typical “Bordeaux” bottles. Although we know that the characters of the veteran American series have more fondness for beer, we are sure they will not despise a tasting of these wines, with still no date of release.

And finally, good fiction with The Sopranos as protagonists. Although the series aired its last chapters a few years ago, it is still possible to get the different varieties dedicated to its protagonists, with prices ranging from $ 10 to $ 30 and grape varieties as Chianti, Pinot Grigio or Pinot Noir, that will make us feel like we were having dinner at Artie Bucco’s restaurant, the scene of many of the adventures of the Italian-American gangsters.

 

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Francis Ford Coppola Archimedes Cabernet Sauvignon 2010:  a red wine with California DO produced with cabernet sauvignon from the 2010 vintage and with an alcoholic strength of 14.5º.

 

 

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Francis Ford Coppola Sofia Blanc de Blancs 2013: a sparkling wine from the California DO vinified with riesling and muscat from 2013 and with an alcoholic strength of 12º. 

 

 

Do you know the wine regions of Argentina?

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Located in the southern tip of the American continent, Argentina is a beautiful country and also the fifth largest wine producer in the world. The mineral richness of its soil and climate favor the production of different types of vines.

Today, Argentina has over 200,000 hectares cultivated with vineyards to date, that is 2.7% of all the vineyards in the world.

Initially the development of Argentina’s wine industry was slow. Since 1853, thanks in part to the arrival of European immigrants, occurred a major transformation: these immigrants brought knowledge of new cultivation techniques, noble strains and wine elaboration processes.

The main wine regions of Argentina are:

  1. Region of Salta and Catamarca. This region lies between 22 and 29 degrees south latitude, comprises Cachalquies Valley, west of Salta and north of Catamarca (where Chardonnay, Chenin and Cabernet Sauvignon are grown), the valleys of the province of Catamarca (where the landscape is mountainous and the climate depends on altitude, white and rosé varieties are grown).
  2. Rioja region. Made up of small valleys west of the province, between the mountains of the Sierra de Velasco and Famatina, Chilecito and Aminga, is where good red wines are grown. It has alluvial type soils that can produce both white and rosé varieties, like Rioja Torrontés, Muscat of Alexandria and Torrontés Sanjuanino. The wines of this area are intense, fruity and with sweet tannins.
  3. Region of San Juan. Viticulture is developed mainly in the Valley of Tulum and less in the valleys of Onda and Ullum. This region is the main producer of table grapes in the country, with a cultivated area of 60,000 hectares. It has a stable climate and low rainfall, and its varieties are predominantly rosé and white. The most popular variety of the area is the Cereza (rosé grape), in addition to Muscat of Alexandria, Pedro Giménez and the Rioja Torrontés.
  4. Mendoza region. It is called ?The land of good sun and good wine?. Among the red varieties in the region there are Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tempranillo. It is divided into 4 areas: Norte Mendocino (producer of white wines such as Chenin, Ugni Blanc and Torrontés); High Zone of the Mendoza River (producer of red varieties such as Syrah, Merlot and Boyarda and white varieties such as Viognier, Chardonnay and Merlot); East Mendocino area (producers of Tempranillo and Syrah); Valle de Uco (producers of red varieties such as Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and white varieties such as Chardonnay and Semillon).
  5. Southern Argentina Region. It is located in the town of Epuyén in the province of Chubut. This region is an excellent producer of white wines, but it is also recognized worldwide for its early ripening Merlot and its Pinot Noir.

In all these regions, as well as in Patagonia, there are born great wines which compete among the greatest wines in the international market. And, of course, all of them are wines to try and… enjoy!

 

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Puro is the maker of this Dieter Meier Puro Malbec Cabernet 2013, a red wine from this DO: Mendoza based on the top of malbec from 2013 vintage and 14º of volume of alcohol.

 

 

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Humberto Canale Gran Reserva Pinot Noir 2003 is a red wine with Alto Valle del Río Negro DO from Humberto Canale cellar with pinot Noir of 2003 and 14.5º of alcohol.

 

 

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Michel Torino is the maker of this Michel Torino Don David Malbec 2012, a red wine from Valle de Cafayate with malbec of 2012 and 13.75º of alcohol content.

 

 

The new fashion in natural wines: wild vines

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The cultivation of wild vines is emerging as the real way to get natural crops and organic wines, according to grape geneticist Jose Vouillamoz, who denies that vines growing from seeds may be natural.

Meanwhile, Frank Cornelissen says that vines grown from seeds may be more resistant to several diseases, to which Vouillamoz responded that these vines from seeds are less resistant to disease than the wild vines that he vehemently promotes.

Cornelissen, during the MW symposium in May in Florence, said he had planted an ?experimental vineyard? on the slopes of Etna, containing vines that grow only from seeds, and also said he was hoping ?to develop varieties which resist the attacks of new diseases?.

But Vouillamoz, who was also a speaker at the MW symposium, quickly refuted the feasibility of this approach, saying that this experimental vineyard system can produce more vulnerable vines. ?I have a concern with this; seeds are the result of fertilization, so if it were a Nerello Mascalese vine then they will change their identity, they would not be Nerello Mascalese anymore?. Vouillamoz’s words denote concern about the loss of the essence of the vines.

Continuing its reasoning, he said, ?But the production is mainly the result of self-fertilization, so the result is much less resistant, and very prone to several diseases?. Vouillamoz added that he had already shared their views with the renowned Californian winemaker Randall Grahm, which is also awaiting the seed vine harvest for his property Bonny Doon.

Despite this, Vouillamoz said that the goal of Grahm was different, because he wants to use the seed vines grown as rootstocks and these are less dependent on irrigation. He also told MW symposium attendees that the older age of grape cultivation, the higher the number of clones.

Then we see as the future of grape vines can be really differentiated regarding production methods and how they affect their vulnerability or strength against disease, giving more or less effective results to the goals of producers.

Do you think that wild vines give more authentic wines? Or is it just a trend? Today we recommend two organic wines for you to appreciate the differences:

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Lamb stew with wine

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The dishes taste better with wine. Today, after the most delicious recipes that include wine, I recommend this recipe for lamb stew with wine. I assure you that you will enjoy it!

Ingredients

  • 1 leg of lamb
  • 1 glass of red wine, a good Carignan or Calatayud red will be perfect.
  • 1 yogurt
  • A pinch of curry
  • 1 onion
  • Water, oil, salt and pepper
  • Flour
  • Mint

Preparation

This delicious dish is easy to prepare. What is sought is the diversity of flavors, with a spicy touch of curry and oriental flavors. The recipe is for about four people.

For starters, take the lamb pieces previously cut from the butcher. It is better if they are cut so you do not have to do it, you will go much faster. Enter the lamb in a pan with oil, add salt.

Warm a frying pan with oil, chopped onion and mix properly. Insert the lamb pieces, pour the red wine, a pinch of curry powder and cover with water. Let stand for about 15 minutes until the meat is tenderer.

To accompany the meat, we have several options: fry the vegetables separately and then add them to the pan to combine. Another option is to do some apples next to the meat. Put them in a saucepan to brown. We can add some yogurt to mix with apples and meat. This touch is used to create more oriental flavours. At the time to decorate the dish, add a little pepper, parsley or some type of mint leaves, usually important in oriental cuisine.

And what do we have to accompany this dish? Today we recommend you:

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