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3 Best Wines to Pair with Pizza and Your Friday Night Dinner Date

 TAGS:undefinedPizza and wine are a match made in heaven, but it is important to get the pairing right. Some of the wines that you may want to choose for pairing with pizza include red wines, sparkling wines and even some white wines for specific types of pizza. Here are a few of the best wines to consider for pairing when you have a Friday night pizza date:

Classic Italian Pizzas and Mild Red or Rose Wines

Pizza may seem like a casual food but pairing it with the right wine may be more difficult than you think. Combinations of ingredients, base sauces and meat make mild red wines the best choice for classic pizzas. Some of the best wines for the pizzas we all know, and love include:

  • Chateau Lestrille Capmartin Bordeaux Clairet for spicy pepperoni pizza
  • Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016 For Classic Margherita (tomato sauce) and cheese pizza
  • Lambrusco Palazzo Vecchio Rosso to a mild wine to pair with authentic Italian pizza

The best wines for pairing with pizza are those that help to bring out the flavours of ingredients without overpowering them with the flavour of the wine. And, it often depends on the type of pizza and ingredients as to what wine you pair with it.

Pairings for Other Italian Dishes and Meaty or Spicy Pizza Variations

Your date may want to try something other than pizza or choose to order a speciality pizza without the classic ingredients. Here are some wines to pair with dessert and other Italian dishes to cover any situation:

  • Reds for BBQ and Pizza with Red Meat
  • Red Lambrusco for pizza with meaty flavours

Prosecco and Italian Sparkling Wines for Desert Dishes

If you want to impress your dinner guest, pair desert dishes with mildly sweat sparkling wines. Prosecco is an excellent choice, for sweater deserts, choose brut sparkling wines, and for deserts with less sugar, pair them with seco, semi seco or dolce sparkling wines.

As you can see, choosing the right wines to pair with your favourite pizza is harder than you may think. Try some of these wines for your pizza dinner date to match the Italian flavours with the perfect wines.

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Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016 is beyond any doubt the most emblematic wine from New-Zealand.

 

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Chateau Lestrille Capmartin Bordeaux Clairet: a rosé wine from Bordeaux produced by Chateau Lestrille Capmartin. 

 

3 Red Wine Desserts To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

 TAGS:undefinedIf you have a sweet tooth and are looking for great desert recipes, red wine may be the secret ingredient you were looking for. It will add the perfect colour and flavour to poached apples and pears, or even give your chocolate cake a tasty kick. Some of the best dessert recipes that are infused with red wine include:

Poach Red Wine Apples to Make a Boring Fruit Desert Delicious

Poached fruit like apples or pears are an excellent choice to start with an easy infused wine recipe. Apples and cinnamon are a fail-proof dessert if you are looking for something easy and elegant. To start, you will need to gather ingredients, which include:

• Fresh red apples
• Cinnamon
• Red wine
• Sugar
• Water

First, peel 4 apples and cover them with a tablespoon of cinnamon, 2 cups of sugar, and approximately 2 cups of red wine. Add water up to the top of the apples and boil. Once the water is boiling, turn the heat down and let it simmer until the liquid has been reduced to a thick syrup. To serve, remove the apples from the pot and place them on dishes. Leave the poaching liquid in the pot and use it to garnish the apples with a small amount of whipped cream.

Red Wine Chocolate Truffles: The Chocolate and Wine Lover’s Dream

If you are a chocolate lover, as well as a wine lover, then you are going to love this next recipe. Chocolate truffles infused with a red wine are a match made in heaven. These chocolate truffles will require the following ingredients to make them:

• ¼ cup of your favourite red wine
• Semi-sweet dark chocolate
• ½ cup of heavy cream
• Powdered sugar
• Vanilla extract
• Cocoa powder
• Instant expresso mix

To start, whip milk and melted butter together to make your heavy cream. Heat the cream until it barely starts to boil, and then, slowly stir in 8 ounces of chocolate shavings. Turn the heat off and stir in the red wine, ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract, powder sugar and espresso mix. Now, blend all the ingredients until the mixture is smooth, and then, put it in a mixing bowl and let it sit in the fridge for 2-hours.

After the mixture has set, use the cocoa powder to dust a baking sheet. Use a spoon to scoop out balls and roll them in the cocoa powder. Put the truffles back in the refrigerator to let them rest until you are ready to serve them.

Sangria Cupcakes Even After Summer Is Over

Sangria is a drink that we normally think of for hot summer days, but this cupcake recipe will be a treat any time of the year. Sangria cupcakes are easy to make, and the only ingredients you are going to need are:

• Red wine
• Flour
• Baking soda
• Salt
• Sugar
• Butter
• Vanilla
• Heavy cream
• Fresh strawberries
• 1 apple

First, you will want to make the batter for your cupcakes. To start the making the cupcake batter, combine all the dry ingredients and set them aside in a small bowl. Now, in a mixing bowl, add 2 eggs, ½ cup of heavy cream and ½ cup of melted butter, and finally, dry ingredients and the diced apples. Beat the mix until there are now lumps in the batter and pour it into cupcake pan or cups. Bake the cupcakes in the oven at 350 degrees for 10-to-15 minutes. While you are waiting for the cupcakes to bake, make the cream topping. In a saucepan add 2 cups red wine and 2 cups of sugar. Reduce the wine and sugar to a syrup and add 8 ounces of butter and a dash of vanilla extract. Once the mixture has thickened into a creamy texture, put it in the refrigerator and let it sit up before putting it on the cupcakes. Use fresh cut fruit to garnish your finished cupcakes and they are ready to serve.

These wines infused deserts are great recipes to try something different. Try some of our red wines to create some of these fantastic infused deserts.

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Pruno 2016: Based on 90% of Tinta Fina and 10% of Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the secrets of Pruno emerges precisely in the 64 hectares owned by Finca Villacreces in the “Golden Mile” of the Ribera del Duero.

 

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El Molar 2016: In a region with a hot and dry climate, where the brand’s winemakers mainly cultivate Monastrell grapes, El Molar 2016 stands out like a shiny diamond for its fruity touch. 

In which countries is it most expensive to buy wine?

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When we travel, one of the things that most strikes us from new places we visit, are the price differences in consumer products. It is easy to find surprises in such everyday things as public transportation, some food and, of course, alcoholic beverages in general. Wine in particular is no exception.

Recently, the company MoveHub have done a study of the average price of a bottle of wine in different parts of the world, making, based on the data provided by the California Wine Institute, a ranking of the most expensive countries.

The result, which comes from statistics of countries on five continents, shows a clear tendency to find the most expensive wines in luxury tourist destinations, tax havens and oil-rich Middle Eastern countries, while in Europe in general, wine is more affordable, except in Iceland, which with an average price of 19.42 Euros, is ranked as the third most expensive country in the world.

Below you can find the top 3 countries where enjoying a bottle of wine may prove more prohibitive:

  1. Marshall Islands. This archipelago in the middle of the Pacific Ocean has the record of average price per bottle, with £18,57. Bearing in mind that to get there you have to literally walk half a world, we do not believe that the lucky ones who can afford it matter a lot.
  2. Indonesia. A little closer, but not too much, this island country located between Southeast Asia and Oceania is in second place, with £17,49.
  3. Iceland. We knew the Icelandic cod, but we did not assume that accompanying it with wine would be quite expensive, with an average price of £16,56.

The remaining countries to the tenth position worldwide are Singapore, with £16,51, Jordan, £16,05, Qatar, £15,61, Cayman Islands, £15,18, Maldives, £14,9, Emirates United Arab Emirates, £14,46 and, closing the ranking, Aruba, with £14,18.

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Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial

 

 

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Bollinger Spécial Cuvée Brut

The Perfect Pairing: Bread & Wine

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Bread with cereals, bread with wine, dark bread and bread of diverse flavors. Bread is one of the most important and nutritious foods, and you can never miss at good meal, either to accompany your dish or to make sandwiches.

Although it is a grateful food that goes well with many drinks and easy to accompany with other foods, we must know how to properly combine. Black, rye and cereal breads can be mixed with cheeses, jams and also with pates. They are perfect breads to spread everything you want, especially at breakfast.

The whole wheat bread is also good to sprinkle and to accompany really strong plates and dishes. To make sandwiches with tomatoes and sausages, there are several types of breads, such as the traditional chapata that sausages with ham serrano, chorizo or loin. In the same way that the bread of peas is perfect for tortillas and sandwiches of fuet.

The meat can be combined with a red wine accompanied with candeal bread that presents low humidity, and the Castilian loaf. These breads can also be served with fish, although it is always better with loaves of bread (when bought at the bakery). And bread with paprika is especially for seafood.

Bread with wine presents many alternatives. For example the baguette, the best known and sold bread, usually has a delicate flavor, so white wine is preferred along with cheeses and something stronger to contrast flavors.

Focaccia bread can be combined with red wine and also with very fresh rosé wine. Being a traditionally Italian bread nothing beats combining it with an Italian wine, such as the pink Chianti.

The breads that has raisins, nuts and other fruits go well with the somewhat sweet wines and with the cava or champagne.

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Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale 2012

 

 

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Ruffino Chianti 2014

Why can a wine can cost much more (or less) than another?

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Every so often we read or hear that in a blind tasting a cheaper wine has outscored a much more expensive one. It can happen, of course. There are some wines from 5€ which, comparatively, have nothing to envy one of 20€. But that still does not mean that many of the wines that cost 20 or 30 or 100 euros are not worth the extra cost.

So, is the quality always appropriate compared to the price? For example, a study published in the spring of 2008 by the Journal of Wine Economics, where 506 people participated (12% of which were knowledgeable in the field) concluded that regular consumers are not familiar with the art of how to best value wines with lower price, while the connoisseurs made a better judgement between the price and the quality of the wine.

As you might understand from the study, there are some qualities of the wine valued better if you have more knowledge of wine, but the average consumers do not have the sufficient knowledge to properly value the different wines. But if one has a certain degree of inside on the subject itself, one can value more objectively and according to the price it has. Thus, we could deduce that the more expertise you have about wine the more some specific qualities are appreciated, without detracting your personal taste (at the end the most important thing is that you drink the wine you like and that you enjoy it).

Beyond studies and knowledge, and as David Williams explains in an article recently published in The Guardian, the price of wine can also be explained with issues of taxes, the cost of land or marketing, all elements necessary for the wine to reach our tables.

To begin with, the more expensive a wine is, the more VAT tax levied on it and this input itself will be raising the price. However, if it is less expensive, less VAT is added. Then there is the issue of land prices: in places like Burgundy or French Champagne region, the land prices are astronomical, the most expensive in the world by far. So this also affects the final price of the product.

Moreover, we can not forget that there are processes more expensive than others, which require more hands and more time processing and therefore more investment. If a producer selects the best grapes from the bad before and during harvest and also makes it manually, you must pay more than others that combine grapes and get a higher volume. And, as a result, you will notice in the price (and most likely in quality).

So it makes sense to think that most of the time a higher priced wine has features that increase its value, without implying that the wines of lower prices should be avoided. On the contrary, the best thing is being able to enjoy a wine considering the occasion and valuing it within its range. Because … we do not always want to eat caviar, do we? Well, the same concept can be applied to wine.

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El Molar 2015: a red wine from Jumilla produced by Propiedad Vitícola Casa Castillo that is based on 2015 garnacha and has an alcohol content of 15%.

 

 

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La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2005:  a red wine from Rioja with the best graciano and tempranillo grapes from the 2005 vintage and has an alcohol content of 13%.

 

 

5 tips on how to enjoy a hedonistic tasting

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The search for the maximum sensory pleasure is taking centre stage in the world of tourism and gastronomy. It seeks to give pleasure through food or drink, to reach a maximum sense of wellbeing. So when we talk about hedonistic tastings they are those that provide this pleasure when drinking, for example, wine.

  1. Good ambience. For a hedonistic tasting, you should be surrounded by something good and enjoyable. Either the best atmosphere, friends, relatives, people that make us feel free while we taste good wine. Everything is linked. Living situations, relaxing, in a carefree atmosphere.
  2. Enjoyment. On the contrary to professional tastings, at hedonistic ones you’re looking to have fun. You’re going to this tasting with the goal of having a good time. 
  3. Enjoy the sensory pathways. In this type of tasting, several things are important for the best experience, sight, smell, and taste. We need to condition this tasting to all of these sensory stimuli to learn to seek new flavours and aromas that will allow us later to distinguish one wine from another, and always with pure pleasure.
  4. Wines to fascinate you. It is believed, according to wine experts that hedonistic tastings bring you joy and euphoria; they’re intended to fascinate and enthral pleasure at its best.
  5. It can be practised anywhere. This type of tasting, unlike most professional ones, can be done where ever you want to – at home, in a garden, or a bar. Invite friends and/or persons who understand the subject like an oenologist or sommelier, to guide the guests and help them develop new knowledge, as well as their palate.

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

 

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Partially matured in French barriques, the Pipoli Aglianico DOC 2013 from Basilicata spoils your palate with a bouquet of red berries, cherries and violets and hints of vanilla, liquorice, and black pepper.

The value of education on responsible use of alcohol

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Alcohol consumption among the younger population grows with each passing year. The figures speak for themselves when it states that, according to the Public Health Agency of Catalonia, more than half of 17-year-olds acknowledge that they have been drunk at least once during the last month. Therefore, we need to raise social awareness and promote education from the family and teachers to reduce alcohol consumption among the younger population.

  • Encourage good habits. Better health and good food habits can slow excessive consumption of alcohol. Also, young people drink mainly for fun, so we have to look for alternative entertainment to escape this problem.
  • Increase exercise. One of leisure activities that promote a more active life is the practice of sport. Not only during the week but also on weekends, doing group activities, adventure activities. And also extreme sports which can replace the adrenaline rush some feel from alcohol.
  • Family education. In recent years, studies demonstrate that one starts to drink at a younger age, and are more likely to have problems with alcohol if you are raised in a family that has a looser level of permissiveness. Perhaps it is good to talk to parents and children, encourage moderation in alcohol consumption at home, knowing effects, what to drink and what not.
  • Better educational campaigns in school. When it comes to education on alcohol in schools, it seems that their campaigns against alcohol are not working well enough. New values, new models of society, and therefore new realizations are needed to solve this problem.

In short, to prohibit consumption does not work, one need to offer leisure alternatives equally interesting for the young ones. This is would be the best way to educate and promote moderation in drinking, thus promote a taste for calm and pleasant consumption, and also get the advantage of the health benefits of drinks such as wine.

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Erdinger alcohol-free

 

 

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Karamalz Bottles alcohol-free