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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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How portuguese vinho verde is made

 TAGS:The Vinho Verde is a wine from Portugal and more specifically from the province of Minho. Is has acid dyes and is slightly frothy. The vinho verde is produced in a wide area ranging from Cambra Valley to the Rio Minho, which forms the border with Galicia – Spain. Its name Vinho verde (green wine) comes from the youth of the grapes used and is an appellation of origin since 1984.

It has digestive properties due to its freshness; it is consumed during the summer and can be red (full-bodied, intense color and slightly sparkling) or white (greenish or straw). The history of Vinho Verde was initiated by the religious  who made contributions to the Portuguese crown.

The vinho verde is made in the traditional manner without the technological artifacts; young musts rich in sugar and acidity are collected, then treated with nitrogen for a more effective fermentation (sudden temperature increases must be avoided).

For the preparation this wine must pass by a malolactic fermentation, which involves the conversion of malic acid (present in grapes and other fruits) to lactic acid by the bacteria and using vitamin B, purines, pyridines and some amino, reducing the acidity and enhance its quality.

Sometimes malolactic bacteria are artificially added to this wine to cause fermentation. In the special case of the Portugal green wine, we try to prevent that the fermentation takes place in the bottle.

One of the grapes that is more used for the production of Vinho verde is the Albariño grape. It is used for white wine production in the region of vinho verde. Additionally are harvested white caste of Arinto, march back, Azal, Batoca, Laurel, and Trajadura, among others. And red caste of Amaral (Azal red), Borracal, Espadeiro, Baker, Horsetail Anho and Pedral, among others.

As we begin the summer, vinho verde, for its freshness and softness, is a must. Do you sign up to buy vinho verde? Then we recommend:

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Casal Mendes Vinho Verde

 

 

 

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Quinta do Dorado Auratus 2008

Wine against stress

We know that wine has many properties. It maintains heart rate, is an antioxidant and provides general health. Many doctors recommend drinking one or two glasses a day.

It also serves to reduce the stress. A study of the University of Sunderland in England analyzed the drinking habits of five different groups of workers, both public and private sector between 21 and 55 years old. It states that British consumers who drink wine use it as a stress reducer.

This happens much more in the middle class workers. In fact, it establishes that they can drink wine to escape, for example, after a tiring day. The choice is based on the knowledge of each drink when choosing the type of drink they want, either for dinner or for a quiet drink.

Research of the University of Sunderland concluded that there is a common perception among some groups of people who regularly drink wine at home to combat stress. And it states that they normally have a low consumption, regulated, studied and nothing problematic.

And that wine, particularly red wine, provides minerals for the body, such as zinc, magnesium, iron and potassium, as well as improving blood circulation in the brain.

Wine is an anti-stress drink, since the percentage of alcohol is relatively low and acts directly as relaxing in the brain.

Does it mean that a good Rioja wine will help you be more relaxed? By the way, today I recommend two great wines for you:

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Campo Viejo Crianza 2008

 

 

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Dinastia Vivanco Reserva 2005

Wines of DO Bierzo, innovation and tradition

 - Do you know the wines of Bierzo region? They are becoming more and more popular and widespread thanks to their tradition and pure modernity offer to suit the times.

The Bierzo is a region located in the west of the province of León in the autonomous community of Castilla y León, a well known land by its production of wines, varied and rich in aroma and flavor.

For this reason the wines of DO Bierzo are unique, thanks to the land where they are produced, with diverse landscapes with fields, valleys and mountains and a special orography which determines the character of its wines.

The varieties used for their production are the red grapes Mencía and the whites Doña Blanca and Godello, but also highlights the Garnacha Tintorera, Palomino or Malvasia.

The reds are quite popular and we can highlight the young wines, often performed with 70% of the Mencia variety, while the aged wines are exceptional 4 years after their elaboration. The red wines taste and smell of wild fruits and can become a bit acidic, elegant and velvety.

But whites are also tasty, with aromas of fruit and flowers, with hints of herbs, very fresh, something sweet, full-bodied and also recommended for all seasons. The colors, transparent or straw yellow, offer vivid reflections.

The rosés are usually result of a mixture of red grapes, 50% Mencia grape with white grapes. It is notable by its different colors, from burgundy to orange, plum or light pink. And in their taste you’ll notice strawberries, raspberries… and sweet notes that recall the mixture of white varieties used in their elaboration.