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Wine for couples


At a romantic dinner, chocolate or oysters can offer a somewhat aphrodisiac effect, and so can wine. There are numerous wines perfect to share between two, beeing white, red or sparkling.

With a white wine you are almost certain og success. Especially if you have pasta, rice or fish. It is best to opt for the white wines that are stronger, dry, and fruity. In this way, they will match both him and her. White wines made with cabernet sauvignon, malvasia and garnacha are recommended. They are usually wines that go well with everything, so if you are going to have wild meat for dinner, they also pair well with white wines.

When it comes to red wine, there are many quality Rioja wines. Actually, this DO offers wines with body and stronger, richer taste. This may be favorable for him but not so much for her, although more and more women enjoy a good, strong red wine.

The red wines are reserved for meat dishes, carpaccios, chocolate desserts. The varieties of garnacha or merlot provide fine wines that are a true pleasure to the pallate and very tasty.

When we are a a date we can allow ourselves to experiment and to taste quality wines. One dont mind to pay a little extra if the bottle is well worth it, whether the dinner is at home or ina restaurant. Anyway, at the moment, there are new good wines for less than 10 euros, which are of great quality and that offer all the characteristics that we need for a perfect pairing.

If what we want is to seduce our partner, then we will opt for the sparkling wines. The bubbles will enhance a sensual and dynamic atmosphere, a perfect choice. They are also perfect for desserts, and as an after dinner drink. And not to forget, the sparkling ones are also the perfect choice as an appetizer before dinner.

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Pol Roger Brut Réserve



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Bollinger Spécial Cuvée Brut

White Wines from La Rioja, are they any good?


To speak of a Rioja wine is to make it with distinction since it’s a DO that it’s famous all around the world and which groups more and more regions throughout Spain as time goes by. Traditionally, the wines of Rioja have been red, with different nuances, special flavors and potent blends on the palate. They are perfect mostly for meats and other foods related to hunting.

But for some years, the regulating council of La Rioja itself recognizes that things are changing because the white wines of Rioja are striking with fiercely, more than ever, bringing freshness and high-quality standards.

Although it may be seen as a novelty, it’s not, because white wines in this area have been proven and, in fact, they were the best and more abundant than reds back in the 17th century.

La Rioja is boosting these wines because beyond the consolidated reds, there is a world of white to discover. They are characterized by their complexity and variety, perfect to pair with many foods, both in summer and winter, or just any other time in the year. For example, young fresh and fruity white wines can be paired with seafood, pasta and rice, among others, while those white wines that are fermented in barrels go well with cured cheeses and blue fish. Long-aged whites are consumed with poultry, meat and stews.

For all this, the whites of La Rioja are reborn to bring more flavors to this DO. Would you like a glass of white wine?

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Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva 2002



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Capellanía 2010

Cambados: What to do in the European City of Wine 2017?


On November 4 2016 the Board of the Network of European Wine Cities (Recevin) chose Cambados (Galicia, Spain) as the new ‘European Wine City’. The Pontevedra locality will hold the title throughout the year 2017 thanks to an attractive project that allowed it to step in front of other Spanish cities with a great wine tradition like Aranda de Duero, La Palma del Condado and Vilafranca de Penedès.

This recognition is not surprising to those who have visited this city before, because Cambados has an extensive relationship with wine; It is known worldwide as the Capital of Albariño. This is because the Denomination of Origin Rias Baixas was promoted in this town in order to improve local wine production for export to major international markets; A task that they have accomplished with palpable success for years.

There is no doubt that the Capital of Albariño will be a destination of high tourist interest for lovers of good drinks. A total of 80 enotourism activities make up the program presented by Cambados in his candidacy for the ‘European Wine City’. To this we must add the wide offer of activities related to the wine that usually offers the city among which they stand out:

  • The Albariño festival:

Held on the first Sunday of August, this is one of the oldest wine festivals in Spain. Every year thousands of lovers of gastronomy and good wine come to this celebration that holds the title of ‘National Tourist Interest’ since 1977.

  • Ethnographic and Wine Museum:

This is the first museum in Galicia of its kind. Located in a historical point of Cambados, between the ruins of Santa Mariña Dozo and a temple of the s. XV, in its interior it is proposed a tour of the history, art and popular culture of the Rías Baixas related to the vitivinícolas aspects.

  • Wine Route:

A total of 21 wineries make up the “Ruta do Viño“, a route of 23.5 km in which you can enjoy a walk around the historic set of Cambados, declared a Cultural Interest; At the same time as commented visits and tastings in the wineries whose wines have given international renown to this region.

To make matters even better, this seafaring village is kind to lovers of good food. Scallops, seafood and fresh fish in abundance on the menus of restaurants and seafood restaurants in the city. We are talking about the perfect cuisine to accompany an Albariño in a wonderful setting

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Terras Gauda 2015



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Mar de Frades 2015

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.



2015: a crop that will make history in La Rioja


We have already exposed sometimes that the 2015 vintage will be one of the strongest and highest quality throughout Spain. In fact, it has come before and the collecting of grapes is ahead because of the high temperatures occurred in recent months.

The Plenary of the Regulatory Board of the Qualified Appellation of Origin Rioja announced that this year’s harvest will be so important that can make history. This makes them feel motivated to predict good prospects for the 2015 harvest and the Spanish wine in general.

Thus, the regulatory board has highlighted and raised the maximum performance of production up to 6,955 kg per hectare for red varieties compared to 2014. It is estimated that the productive potential of the current vintage will be 61,912 hectares, and of these, the most (57,907) are for red varieties, while 4,005 hectares are for white varieties. Both increase compared to the 2014 campaign.

The council considered that these data can be positive and very encouraging, estimating 441.3 million kilos of grapes to harvest. This figure is 1.7% more than last year.

In total, the Qualified Appellation of Origin Rioja, one of the most important in Spain and the world, can produce 308.9 million litres of wine from the 2015 harvest. This figure would be 4.6% higher than the 2014 vintage, which was 295,2 million litres of Rioja wine.

These figures would give an historic record for this appellation, promising fine wines, crops, production and sales for next season.

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Coto de Imaz Reserva 2008 is a red wine with DO Rioja from the El Coto de Rioja cellar produced with tempranillo from the 2008 vintage and 12.5º of volume of alcohol. 



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Viña Ardanza Reserva 2005: a red wine with Rioja DO made with tempranillo and garnacha of 2005 and 13.5º of alcohol strength.



Is it a myth the concept of terroir?


A French professor named Valéry Michaux, director of research at Neoma Business School, says that quality of some of the best wines in the world has been reduced to the concentrated knowledge instead to the importance of terroir.

According to this professor, wines as the sparkling from Champagne and the ones from Rioja do not succeed due to soil chemistry but to a concentration of knowledge, and thus he has written it up in a book recently.

Titled ?Strategies of wine-making territories, clusters, governance and territorial brand?, the book co-authored by Professor Michaux is based on the argument that the cluster effect, strong management and territorial brand are now more important than the terroir knowledge.

For the materialization of this book, several researchers were pooled and they analyzed cases from different vineyards around the world, including the successful regions of Champagne and Rioja, as well as regions such as Cahors and Armenia, and more dispersed producers found in northern Italy and in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.

Under this premise, Michaux ensures the success of wine regions not based on the taste of wine, but on a collaborative effort between oenologists and related producers.

To Michaux, California’s Silicon Valley is a perfect example of ?cluster effect?, which connects several disparate circles, including a strong entrepreneurial culture, direct competition, continuous experimentation, innovation, mutual aid and solidarity, finding then the key to success.

In his words:

?The presence of a strategic alliance between professionals contributes significantly to the development of a single territorial umbrella brand and thus its influence. A strong local self-governance is also essential for a territorial brand to exist.?

Definitely, it will be interesting to learn more about the scenario expressed in the book co-written by Professor Michaux, and discover a little more about cooperation between oenologists and producers from the most important wine regions of the world.

What do you you think? What influences the most in the success of a wine region? And in winemaking? Today we recommend:

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Aviva Platinum



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Taittinger Brut Réserve

Wine tours: Rioja


If there is one place where the wine is his identity, that’s Rioja. Community is rich in wines and where the tourism -related sector is fully settled for years. Join this route if you have a weekend, and discover the birthplace of wine as wineries and vineyards.


The wine is attached to this culture. You can?t miss all the buildings type existing. Visit the monasteries of Suso and Yuso in San Millan de la Cogolla, named a World Heritage Site. Or the Cathedral of Santo Domingo de la Calzada.

Events and activities

Besides walking trails and cities, it’s time to have fun thanks to wine-related events. This is the case of the Grape Harvest Festival, Sept. 21 in Logrono, coinciding with the San Mateo Fiesta. In addition, Wine Tours, walks are conducted with a group that brings together nine of the most important wineries in the QDO. Rioja, wine tasting, sports among vineyards, wine at their centers and more.

Museum of Wine Culture

It is vital to reach the town of Briones to see the Museum of Wine Culture Vivanco Dynasty Foundation. Located in a wine history, opened in 2004 and collected from the vineyard to see the rooms where work on the vine. It occupies 9,000 square meters on five permanent exhibition halls, plus a temporary exhibition hall, documentation center of the Foundation, Conference room, tasting room, restaurant, cafe and wine shop .

Other museums and wine

The wineries in this region are truly museums. In this case, we recommend watching the winery Ontañón Museum in Logroño, where it is interesting to see the breeding area and a permanent display of art by Miguel A. Sainz on an iconographic cycle dedicated to Dionysus and wine.

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Viña Albina Reserva 2004



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Viña Ardanza Reserva

The aging of Spanish wines

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The wines can be classified in the following way:

  • The young wines are those wines of the year, made to be marketed immediately. They don?t age in barrels, or the aging time used for them is smaller than provided for aged wines.
  • Crianza wines: those red wines that are spending two years in age, with at least 6 months in wood (12 months for Rioja), and put on sale in the third year. The rosé and white wines remain one year aging in the cellar and six months in wooden barrels, to be sold in the second year.
  • Reserva Wines: in the case of red wines, it must remain three years in the cellars, at least 12 months must be in oak barrels, for marketing in the fourth year. The rosé and white wines require two years and six months in warehouses in wooden barrels to be sold in the third year.
  • Gran Reserva wines: wines made from the best vintages, in the case of the reds, they have to spend a minimum of two years in wooden barrels, the rosé and white wines spend four years in the cellars, six months in barrels and are sold during the sixth year.

Instead, aging of noble wines or fortified wines should be:

  • Nobles wines: They are aged for a period of 18 months in wooden barrels
  • Añejos wines: They are aged for a period of 24 months in wooden barrels
  • Old wines: They are aged for 36 months in wooden barrels.

All Spanish autonomous communities are producers of wine, but half of the vineyards are in Castilla-La Mancha. This is the largest wine region of the world.

Do you like aged wines? Then we recommend 2 good ones:

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Viña Cubillo Crianza 2005, the Riojas have always a great value for money



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Viña Arana Reserva 2004, one great reserva wine

The quality of Rioja wines, a debate

According to the affirmations of many wine-growers”,  Rioja, which is one of the most  TAGS:important wine regions of Spain, is becoming more polarized in what is concerning the quality of their wines.  “The region has become more divided. On the one hand, in the extreme south they produce wine in big quantities, while in other parts they focus more on good quality rather than on quantity.

There are wine-growers that damage the image of the Rioja wine when they place Gran Reserve wines at the market at the price of only 8 pounds (12 euros)”,  Jesús Madrazo, head of Viñedos del Continuo, told Uvinum during his last visit to London.  

According to this experienced oenologist, the future of Rioja wine may depend on a new generation of oenologists that will pay special attention to the soul for incrementing the quality of their wines: “The majority of wines is produced in small family-owned companies that wish to learn a lot about the soul and its components and how to get the best out of them without lacking the respect it deserves.

“The division of Rioja is due to 2 different perspectives regarding the wine and has negative influences on the region on a market which is already complex nowadays. Apart from this fact, Madrazo recognized that these divisions do not always occur and that big producers as “Bodegas Muga, Cune (CVNE) and Viña Tondonia – Bodegas López de Heredia produce wines of great quality mentioning CVNE as a good example because they produce 300.000 bottles of Imperialwine a year, whose quality remained excellent despite the large scale production.

Regardless of the division of Rioja, Madrazo considers that there will be a reconsideration of the terrain in future: “The chalky clay souls of Rioja Alavesa have effects on the wine, they profit from the mediterranean climate and also from the influence of the atlantic ocean, which differentiates it from the other 2 sub-regions.

“Now we have to wait to see what the future of Rioja wine will be like, in terms of quality as well as  concerning its position on an international market compared to other options that are available to the consumers and lovers of good wine.

“Do you want to try Rioja at a good price? Today we recommend you two basics you should have in your wine cellar.

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Murua Reserva 2004, a perfect option for dinner.



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Remelluri Reserva 2007, good quality price relation.