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5 Great Wines Made By Women

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Traditionally the world of wine has been a world dominated by men. However, slowly (too slowly) women are getting their names recognised in the world of wine. To put a spotlight on the great work done by women in the industry today we are sharing 5 wines made by women. We hope you like them! 

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This balanced and elegant Albariño white wine from Rías Baixas is a safe buy, and behind the wine, we find the winemaker Ana Quintela, who has been with Pazo de Señorans since 1990, and the owner of the winery, Marisol Bueno, a revolutionary of Galician white wines.

 

 

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María Larrea is the winemaker and technical director of CVNE, one of the most important and largest wineries in Spain. There she produces must-taste wines from Rioja like this Cune Reserva 2011, produced mainly from Tempranillo and it is both soft, pleasant and easy to drink.

 

 

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Nita is the result of the sound suggestion by Meritxell Pallejà, who is responsible for wine, to establish a personal biodynamic wine project. This is a wine with a pronounced fruitiness that reminds us of the minerals of the lands of Priorat. It is also a great RCP wine.

 

 

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Viña Tondonia is one of the most prestigious wineries in Rioja. Here we find María José López de Heredia, great-granddaughter of the founder and one of the most important women on the wine-making scene in Europe. She follows the family tradition with wines such as this great Viña Tondonia Reserva.

 

 

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When Sara Pérez was born it was written in the stars that she would grow up to make great wines, and this has been demonstrated through Mas Martinet. In this Priorat winery, Sara utilises the experience passed on from her father and spoils us with great wines such as Camí Pesseroles.

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Wine And Fast Food – A Possible Combination?

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Where is it written that eating pizza or hot dogs cannot be combined with a good wine? Wine does not always have to be accompanied by fancy cuisine as it can successfully be paired with an infinite variety of dishes.

Limitations are not our philosophy. Even the experts say it, like Nicolás Boise, chief sommelier of Mugaritz restaurant, who was quoted in the Spanish Newspaper El País recommending that junk food and wine can be a perfect combination.

But what wines pair well with fast food? It depends on the ingredients in each dish. If you are eating a sausage the choice of wine will depend on the type of sausage, the sauces and the other ingredients in that particular dish.

The basic hot dog (with mustard and ketchup and nothing else) goes well with white wines of the Gewürtzraminer type. If the hot dog also has crispy onions both rosés and sparkling wines will pair very well.

Nowadays it’s pizza and wine! Beer is not the only drink that goes well with pizza; if you prefer having a glass of wine instead we recommend rosé as the best option. Young red wines are also a good pairing. If the pizza has anchovies (something that is currently scarce), it is better to choose a white wine to counteract the flavour, and if you opt for a barbeque pizza you might find that going for a consistent and full-bodied red wine, like a Merlot, is an excellent choice.

Chocolate desserts marry perfectly with many kinds of wines. We already feel quite uncomfortable about the milkshakes found in many fast food establishments, and if we had wine with our dinner we would also like to finish with wine. In fact, you will find that there are some wine and chocolate combinations that maximise the flavours. For these types of desserts, we recommend red wines.

For certain spicy dishes, like kebab, the best combination is made with an intense and stronger wine. And red wines are also preferred when pairing with hamburgers. For some quick tapas, the white and sparkling wines are excellent choices, while taking into account the type of tapas and whether the dish has meat or fish.

 

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Organic Wine, Drinks and Online Consumption: 2018 Trends

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Talking about trends is never easy. I am not Zoltan, so I can not tell you with my crystal ball or reading in the sea of wine which wines you will like in 2018. But yes, my experience in this sector, my training and my conversations with consumers give me the opportunity to explain certain tendencies. Consumers and their consumption habits, wines that are going to be drunk, communication, digitalization and even the impact of climate change have significantly changed the landscape of the wine world.

Consumer Trends

Consumers are heteroclite. We find fans of the great classics, those who swear only by the notes of most famous guides or those who are more curious – as is the case of millennials – who are not loyal to a single brand but who constantly experiment.

Label Design

Not only is it a matter of curiosity, but also a way to approach wine. It does not matter if it is a Crianza, a Gran Reserva, “elaborated since 1890” or Reserva de la Familia, that has 95/100 or a gold medal. What matters in the first place is the label and its design. The colours, what represents the drawing or the photo and especially the emotion or the history behind each label and each wine.

Price-Quality-Ratio

In 2018, if one wine is more expensive than another, it does not mean that it is better. The public is less knowledgeable but does not have complexes and it does not matter to them not to know about wine to enjoy it and to detect the wine they like. That’s what it’s about, find the wine that excites you. Therefore, the disappearance of the great classics is not for now. The clearest trends are the search for the best value for money, where traditional and millennials coexist in total harmony.

The Wine Trends

Light red wines

At last! The time of the wines is very dark, concentrated, fleshy, structured, powerful and often drying because of a massive use, not to say abusive, of the ageing in new and very toasted wood. Wines that became fashionable in the 90s with the criterion of the great critic Robert Parker. I do not mean that they are bad wines, but that they are always consumed too young: they are wines that would have to wait to be consumed for at least 10 years to be able to appreciate themselves well. That’s as long as they are well made from the beginning because often the wood also serves to cover and disguise defects or poor quality. But this is another subject …

It was about time! The time comes for friendly, fresh and spontaneous red wines, with less alcohol, easier to understand and to enjoy. In the end, that’s what it’s about, enjoy with a glass of wine. It is more, to enjoy a glass of red wine until in the heat of summer. Wines to share, to accompany the aperitif, for the after work. Live the fruit and live the freshness without losing the quality. This challenge has been achieved by wine growers who have known and wanted to work with native grapes that have almost disappeared or that have worked in very different ways the best-known ones.

Appear red wines from Galicia of unknown varieties such as red Caiño, Brancellao, Bastardo, Loureiro, Mencía by the best known, Trepat and others. But, Miss Uva 2018, it is, without doubt, the Garnacha. For a long time, winegrowers have turned their backs on it because it is a difficult grape to work with, low yield and fragile, but it has been recovered by small producers willing to give it the opportunity it deserves in areas such as Madrid, Gredos or Catalonia. Great wines have come from there at affordable prices.

Organic, biodynamic and natural wines, from zero kilometres, terroir and made from native grapes

The trend is healthy, healthy and sustainable. The consumer is increasingly concerned about the environment, health and well-being. Organic wines are an important part of the market, but not only. Every time there is more interest for the terroir wines, of “terroir”: the town, the farm or the plot are current concepts and very appreciated that also appear on the labels. The consumer pays more attention to the most unknown and autochthonous varieties, which are valued more and more by small processors every day. It would be very interesting if the consumer was also worried about the packaging. Is it really necessary that the bottles are so thick and heavy?

White and rose wines

The consumption of white wines is increasing. And, unlike the trend in red wine – which seeks the light style – with white wines the opposite happens. White wines with more character, volume and personality are sought. Wines with an ageing “on lees”, which can have a more golden and more intense colour. Does not matter. The whites of Rueda and Galicia are no longer the only ones. The Catalan white wines (white Garnacha) and the Rioja whites, totally devalued by the national market for decades, enter through the front door. Well, it’s to be happy that fashions change because both Catalonia and Rioja produce extraordinary white wines.

The pink ones are still fashionable. Less and less are associated with temporary summer consumption and more and more are of better quality. The preference goes to the pink wines of Provencal style, that is to say: very pale pink and presented in special or different bottles. Packaging matters as much as colour. Why Provencal style? Because the great rosé wines of Provence are the best sellers and sought after in the world.

Wine without alcohol

A tendency to rise, although it does not grow as fast as others. However, wines without alcohol have more and more presence in the market, especially effervescent wines and those presented with a very careful and surprising packaging. There is also a clear commitment to quality because what matters is a product without more qualitative alcohol. Even so, I do not know if we can really call them wines!

The wines suitable for vegans called vegan wines

The other trend that many people will say that it is not a fad, but a lifestyle that is generalized: wines suitable for vegans or vegans. Veganism, the answer to our stressful and frenetic modern life. According to a study published by The Green Revolution, prepared by the Lantern consultancy, 1.3% of the Spanish population follows a vegetarian diet and 0.2% has opted for veganism. In other words, in Spain, there are around 3.6 million people (7.8% of the total) who base their diet exclusively, or with few exceptions, on products of vegetable origin. Can we afford to leave this market without wine?
The wines suitable for vegans are made without using products of animal origin. Normally, the problem is that the clarification of traditional wines is carried out with products such as egg albumin, casein (a protein derived from milk), gelatin (obtained from animal cartilages) or the ichthyosaur. of fish (obtained from the swim bladder of some fish). But, to avoid these products, the most used product is bentonite, a chemical product … Just what they avoid using the wineries that make natural wines. Is not it the fish that bites its tail?

Colourful wines

Totally contrary to all previous trends, the colour wine, that is the main protagonist of 2018. The first most famous colour wines have been Passion Blue and Gik Live, two blue wines that were and are a national and international success. Now they are appearing more colours (orange, green, violet, etc.) and every day more wineries are aimed at the production of blue or coloured wines. There are also sparkling wines of colour that devastate the young. With bright colours, with iridescence, with flaming effects and more.

For many they are not wines – for me, they are not -, but if thanks to these wines the consumers end up being interested in wines … So, welcome. And, as with generations, consumers and their tastes have changed and the wines they are looking for too.

The consumption trend

Wines by the glass

We have never seen so many bars that serve wines by the glass as now. This trend is on the rise in 2018. Above all, we find bars with wine lists that offer a good and careful selection to enjoy and try different styles, which will delight from the knowledgeable lover to the neophyte. And they also make an important rotation, monthly or weekly, in their wine lists to surprise their clients and especially so that they do not get bored. The great evil of the millennial generation, which gets bored very quickly.

Blending

A fashion that comes with strength. Play to be the winemaker making your own wine, or rather, mixing varieties of grapes to get the perfect wine! Many restaurants and bars offer a selection of different wines specially designed to make the blend or the blend and the client imagine his own wine. More than one, less of the other, a little of this, etcetera, etcetera. It’s a bit like playing magician apprentice but it’s very trendy!

Wine tourism

Wine tourism or tourism in the vineyard is confirmed as fashion. This is not what I say, says the General Director of the portal Turismodevino *. Interest in visiting the wineries and an emotional experience with the wines we like were aroused. We like the story behind each wine, the memory that each drink transmits to us, just like the scents that remind us of our grandmother’s kitchen or the flavours of our childhood. Feeling closer to nature seeing how the vineyard is grown …

Online consumption

The year 2018 or the boom in the use of social networks … We consume “information” about wines: before buying or ordering a wine to be sure not to make mistakes, when we have the bottle in front to take a photo and share it, after drinking it for share our opinion … Clearly, the use of social networks is very important and fascinating. We seek the personal opinions of those who have tasted the wine before even the wine’s own information. It matters more and more the opinion of others.

It is the reality in a world where the school wants and says to develop more the critical spirit to young people. It is clear: know how to synthesize and take distance to have an opinion of our own is something that we will have to teach future generations.
Communication trend

Evolution of wineries and processors

Faced with the evolution of consumer tastes, wineries have to adapt. Many of the famous ones have already done it. Great winemakers are precursors to changes and trends. This is the case of Artadi, who left the D.O. Rioja to produce wines from villages and plots. But it is not the only one, many more do it. In addition, a generation of young processors is doing an exceptional job with native grapes and new techniques or recovering the ancestral ones. Working in an ecological or natural way their vineyards and the wines with ageing in amphoras or “used” barrels, that is to say where several wines have already evolved, and very little toast. They do not look for quantity but for quality and pleasure.

A large number of wineries are using organic products of proximity to developing their wines without adding any type of additive, without manipulating them. Others go further and have specialized in making wines suitable for vegans, or, as I said before, in coloured wines. They are also being renovated with wine tourism. They make their products known in a different way beyond the simple visit-tasting, but providing a true experience in the vineyard, explaining a story, exciting the consumer with leisure and enjoy.

The wineries are linked to sporting events, musical events (such as Turmalina, the first wine festival held in the Comunidad Foral de Navarra) and fashion, where good wines, friends and/or personalities come together. They also enter the digital world. They no longer fear it so much …

But in addition to the product, the quality, the ingredients, the colour or where we drink it, we care how they tell us about wine. We leave behind the pompous speeches of experts such as ageing in Allier barrels, aromas of white pepper, malolactic fermentations, batonnage, residual sugar or volatile acidity and other rude words! The simple, affordable and accessible language of anyone arrives. A good sommelier is the one who knows how to explain the wine without reciting the technical specifications of the winery, which uses words and stories that will bring the wine closer to the customer.

Another great trend in the world of wine 2018 is the increase in the edition of wine comics. In Spain, there are still few, but in France, it is a phenomenon of great magnitude. It is a strong bet to spread the culture of the wine world through comics and entertainment. One of the most famous is Los Ignorantes, also Vinómics, or the manga Las Gotas de Dios. If there are still few titles in Spain, in France you can find many styles.

The digital revolution in the world of wine

The wine industry has been slow enough to adapt to the digital world, but we can say that its evolution is impressive. It could not be otherwise! Nowadays everyone is looking for information or online shopping in one click. We know the wine stores that have their website, wine stores exclusively online sales, monthly subscription and send a batch adapted to your tastes but surprising, private exclusive sales, but where is the offer in 2018?

The figure of the online Marketplace to buy wine is becoming a powerful force. The leader in Spain with the most extensive wine catalogue in Europe is Uvinum with more than 100,000 listings of wines, distillates and beers for sale.

Startups innovate more than ever. In 2018, the growth of smartphone use is confirmed and will increase. They are improving the apps that already exist and others are created, all very interesting depending on what we are looking for: price comparators; albums for collectors; to qualify a wine and buy it; another that aspires to become the wine assistant for poorly understood people; to register the wines you are tasting and record their main characteristics and include the personal tasting notes; to provide information on the quality of the harvests of the main producers taking into account the year and the appellation of origin of the wine of the main wine-producing countries; to match the pairing of their wines and food (there are exclusive ones for pairings with cheeses); to indicate the ideal consumption date of a specific wine bottle; to indicate the ideal time of consumption of natural or biodynamic wines depending on the moon and the appropriate days to open the wines (if it is a flower day, a day leaf … ok, this is very freaky, but it is fantastic); to detect new features according to your tastes; etc…

Applications about wines exist for all tastes, the number goes up and above all, they are fine-tuned. It ended up having only one web page, the app format for a smartphone is essential if you want to reach the new generation of consumers. Not only do they have to be interesting, easy to use and adapted to any device. The payment system has to be agile and secure, shipping faster, cheaper and more efficient. And, above all, that everything is “shareable” on any social network such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and all that exist …

International trends

So far the trends for 2018 in Spain. But, the fashions here are not those of other countries.

Outside of our borders, the consumption of wine in Bag in Box is imposed. Do you think it’s shabby? It will arrive here too … But, above all, it is the consumption of the magnum format that stands out the most. A festive and convivial volume (convivial is a French expression to speak of a happy atmosphere during a shared meal).
The use of screw caps for quick-consumption bottles. In Spain, it has not been imposed yet but it is not long. On the other hand, in France, it is the glass stopper that is the trend.

Outside of Spain, another trend is the consumption of sparkling wines -with better reception than they have here-, especially Prosecco and Cava, which tend to be cheaper than champagnes.

Finally, a trend that will or will come, but of course the worst, is the increase in the price of wine. Spain, Italy and France – which together produce more than half of the world’s wine – have experienced their worst harvests in decades after the grapes were damaged by extreme weather (severe drought, repeated frosts). This is also the case in South Africa – because of the drought – or in California – which has been devastated by fires – and thus for each wine-producing country.

Large producing countries such as Australia or Chile are exploring their colder zones to plant vineyards. We hope that the countries that were not producers until now see an opportunity here. England has started producing sparkling wines. Even large wineries like Taittinger are planting vineyards there. Let’s see what my wine glass says …

 

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Pasion Blue Chardonnay (blue wine) 2016:Daring and different, that’s the blue wine Pasion Blue Chardonnay, but also fruity, fresh and aromatic. 

 

 

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Beefeater Pink adds a new and bold pink face to the brand’s product range and appears as a punky hommage of London’s underground club culture. 

The Best Wine To Pair With Fish

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Fish is one of the best foods for the body. Nourishing, healthy for the heart and with the vitamins and minerals needed to be well. As it should be consumed all year, it goes well with some drinks, such as wine.

White wine

This wine is perfectly suitable for fish. In fact, it is usually consumed with paellas, seafood and whitefish. For whitefish, precisely, with albariño or sauvignon blanc wines. The fruity, fresh and aromatic white wines are the best as well as the Verdejo. Muscat grapes are also highly prized in the kitchen, especially in all kinds of fish.

Rosé wines

Along with white wine, rosé is another perfect choice when we eat fish, both whitefish and oily fish. For example, cod or salmon can be combined with powerful rosé wines. As we will also choose mullets when we want a good rosé wine.

Red wines

Yes, red wines are also suitable for fish. Especially for oily fish and raw tuna, young red wines are recommended. If they have a fruity taste, much better. Smoked fish are also a good match for red wines, by enhancing the flavour of this type of fish.

Wines for seafood

Mention aside are the wines that are suitable for seafood. For example, oysters match well with white and sparkling wines, especially dry cava. Crustaceans can be paired with slightly more acidic wines.

On the other hand, octopus dishes need a more powerful wine, such as red wine. In recent times, the pairing of wine and fish is having a good acceptance among wine lovers. It is not always known which wine is good for each fish.

 

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El Molar 2016 stands out like a shiny diamond for its fruity touch. 

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

Wine and Salad: The healthy couple!

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On hot days, the best choice for your meals is a salad, and there’s a thousand ways to prepare them. Also, if you pair it with a good wine, the moment will become delightful and sophisticated. So today we will show you some salads and some of the wines that would go well to accompany them. Appetizing, right?

1. Summer rice salad

Ingredients:

  • 200 grams of basmati rice
  • 6 black olives
  • 12 capers
  • 2 boiled eggs
  • 1 can of tuna
  • 2 slices of canned pineapple
  • 4 cherry tomatoes
  • 16 raisins
  • 6 prawns
  • Salt

For the dressing:

  • 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of cream

Preparation:

  1. Cook the rice. Cool it under running water and drain.
  2. Cook the eggs. Leave to soak the raisins to rehydrate.
  3. Cut the remaining ingredients into small pieces. Mix all ingredients in the bowl and finish assembling the salad with tuna chunks spread over the surface.

For this recipe, we recommend a young and slightly needle point red wine, like the Baigorri, a wine ideal to drink along with a complex salad like this.

2. Beans salad with french fries

Ingredients:

For the vinaigrette:

  • 20 milliliters of apple cider vinegar
  • 60 milliliters of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Black pepper
  • Salt

For the salad:

  • 100 grams of French green beans
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 50 grams of tuna in olive oil
  • 100g of potatoes (boiled)
  • 50 grams of cherry tomatoes
  • 30 grams of pitted black olives
  • 4 or 5 anchovies
  • 1 egg

Preparation:

  1. We put all vinaigrette ingredients in a bowl. Whisk to emulsify with a pair of metal rods.
  2. Wash the green beans and remove the ends. Boil water in a pan and add the baking soda.  Leave the green beans in the boiled water for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the beans from water and place them in a bowl with ice water. Let it cool, drain and dry.
  4. Drain and chop the tuna with your hands. Cut the potatoes into small pieces, cut the cherry tomatoes and olives in half and cut the anchovies into small pieces. Mix all ingredients.
  5. Peel the boiled egg, cut into quarters and set aside. Spread the salad with the vinaigrette and garnish with the egg.

How about a French rose wine for a French themed salad? Now is the best time to enjoy a good pink wine like the Miraval Rosé.

3. Zucchini noodle salad

Ingredients:

  • 4 zucchinis
  • 8 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 slices of ham
  • 80 grams of Parmesan cheese
  • 40 grams of pinions
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 5 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 bunch of basil
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation:

  1. Cut the ham into thin strips. Fry the pine nuts in a skillet.
  2. Wash the tomatoes, dry them and cut them into quarters. Wash the basil and dry it well. Reserve a few sprigs for garnish at the end and chop the rest.
  3. Cut the parmesan cheese into thin slabs. Peel the garlic clove and mince it.
  4. Wash the zucchini and cut into thin strips using a peeler, discarding the central part with the seeds.
  5. Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet. Add the zucchini and fry it over high heat for 2 minutes. Stir continuously with a wooden spoon.
  6. Stir in garlic and tomatoes, season all with salt and freshly ground pepper. Cook for another minute.
  7. Turn off the heat, sprinkle some chopped basil then add the pine nuts and strips of ham and mix.
  8. Serve the zucchini noodles with tomatoes, the pine nuts and ham. Add parmesan cheese and sprinkle the remaining oil. Garnish with basil and serve.

You will like to pair this delicious salad with white wine. The delicate body of the Enate Chardonnay 234 2015 will work very well for this soft and tasty salad. Enjoy yourself!

8 wine cocktails to celebrate the warm season

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Are you looking for a cocktail based on a really good wine? Today we offer you the following ideas for the upcoming season. We hope you’ll enjoy them all!

  1. Coke: If you love red wine but want to take a different drink to escape the routine, try adding an equal portion of coke. This cocktail is called Kalimotxo. Complete the preparation with some ice and a few drops of lemon juice.
  2. Sparkling water: Mixing 1 part of sparkling water and 2 parts of chilled wine you’ll get an ideal cocktail to fresh up your evening. Complete with a slice of lemon and ice.
  3. Fruit and brandy: Another way to give it a twist is to mix 4 cups of wine with 1 or 2 cups of chopped fruit into small cubes, 2 tablespoons of brandy, 2 tablespoons of syrup and some soda.
  4. Pineapple slices: Whether white, rosé, sparkling or red, adding a few slices of pineapple to the edges of the glasses always adds sweetness to your drink give it an attractive presentation.
  5. Cantaloupe: Add some cantaloupe cut into small cubes to any white or rose wine, garnish your glass with a slice of lemon and sprinkle some fresh mint before serving.
  6. Lemonade: To transform a boring white wine into a delicious cocktail, mix equal parts of lemonade with white wine. Finish with some crushed ice and sparkling water.
  7. Nectar:That’s how you improvise a Bellini: Add a splash of fruit nectar to your wine. If you are out of champagne or sparkling wine, just add sparkling water.
  8. Granita: And for a quick and easy liquor dessert while serving it as a cocktail in the hot afternoons, mix 1 cup of wine and 2 tablespoons syrup. Right out of the refrigerator you will have a very tasteful beverage.

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Pétalos del Bierzo 2014: a red wine Bierzo based on Alicante Bouchet and Mencía of 2014 and with an alcohol proof of 14º.

 

 

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Remelluri Reserva 2007: a red wine Rioja based on Tempranillo and Graciano of 2007 and has a volume of alcohol of 13.5º

 

 

Great tips to pair your desserts like a pro

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Combining your desserts with wine is one of the best options to highlight flavours and live the best sensual experience possible. Take note of these tips and spoil your guests with the most delicious combinations of dessert and wine to your guests at home or get the best out of your next restaurant visit.

  • Cakes: Sweet wines like Sauternes (Bordeaux) make for a great companion for desserts based on fruits and nuts. In other cases, like cakes and such made of creams you’d rather prefer a semi-dry rosé or sparkling.
  • Chocolate desserts: Cakes and other desserts made of chocolate can be accompanied by sweet white, fortified, and natural sweet wines. Also, many choose to go for the risk-free option to avoid any mistake: the Port.
  • Spirits and liqueurs to make desserts: spirits are used for the manufacture of Biscuits or to make reductions. On other occasions, we use those drinks to make ice cream. Examples include brandy like the Poire Williams for pears, Maraschino for cherries and the Grand Marnier for oranges. For chocolate-based desserts, cognacs and brandies are your best choice. In these cases, we recommend pairing the dessert with the same liquor which the dessert has been prepared with.

Candied or dried fruits such as figs, raisins, dates and apricots go very well with Pedro Ximenez wines and aged Muscat.

Nuts such as chestnuts, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pine nuts and peanuts could be combined with fortified wines with a strong and persistent flavour.

Red and black fruits such as cherries, raspberries and strawberries get along very well with young red wines showing more vivid and violet colours.

Citrus fruits may be accompanied by sweet wines with high citrus notes, as aged Muscat.

And remember: For the right pairing, it’s important to consider the balance between fruit flavours and aromas of wines, as well as the fruit’s colour and the wine’s colour which should be similar.

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Pedro Ximenez Reserva de Familia 50cl: a sweet wine with Málaga DO of the best of Pedro Ximénez-grapes and 17.00º of alcohol. Pedro Ximenez Reserva de Familia 50cl can be matched with desserts.

 

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Moscatel Naranja 50cl: a fortified wine from Málaga DO vinified with  Muscat of Alexandria and Moscatel and has an alcohol content of 15º.

 

 

How to choose the right wine glass

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Just like there are dozens of different types of wine, each suitable for a particular time or event, the glasses in which they are served must also offer a wide degree of variety since the shape influences the taste of wine. A fact that we have to take into account when enjoying a drink.

Generally speaking, all the experts agree that the wine glasses should be made of crystal or transparent glass, without decorations and colours and, if possible, they must be made with materials of the highest quality possible. The disadvantage is that price of the finest crystal glasses can be quite high, considering the fact they can be very fragile as well. As for the shape, the goal is to enjoy the wine’s taste and aroma in the best possible conditions.

Wine glasses

  • Glasses for red wine: red wines are usually served in tall cups with a big and rounded chalice with a large aperture (“mouth”) that enables the wine to breathe. Through the contact with the open air, we can appreciate its aromas. Among the glasses of red wine, there are also more specific varieties. For instance, a Bordeaux glass is tall with a smaller chalice, designed for the wine to reach the back of the mouth easily and maximise the flavour. Burgundy glasses are slightly shorter with a wider chalice to better appreciate the qualities of wines like Pinot Noir.
  • Glasses for white wine: these glasses are usually narrower, allowing the wine to keep a cooler temperature and offering its aromas to us.
  • Glasses for rosé wine: although a white wine glass can also be used for rosé, there are specific designs for them. Ideally, the best thing is to drink it in a short chalice and a slightly flared base.
  • Glasses for sweet wine: they are smaller than the previous glasses and there’s a vast variety of shapes that will depend on the kind of wine you are drinking.

Glasses for champagne and sparkling wine

You can find plenty of different shapes on the market. But it’s recommended that the cups for sparkling wine are transparent and made of thin and fine glass without decorations or colours. This way, we can better appreciate the overall look of cava or champagne, the quality of their bubbles, transparency and colour tones. The aim is to achieve a glass that allows the bubbles to float naturally, to keep its temperature as long as possible and to promote the wine’s appreciation of aromas and flavours.

As for glasses of champagne or sparkling wines, there are basically four types:

  • Pompadour: it has a wide mouth and its chalice is short in height. This glass is not recommended to taste sparkling wines since the gas escapes very quickly and its shape promotes the heating of the wine.
  • Flute: this glass is tall and narrow, useful to keep bubbles and temperature on its ideal levels, but bad to appreciate its aromas.
  • Trumpet: a very popular type of glass which allows us to appreciate the aroma, but because of its overly narrow base it may not be ideal for proper release of bubbles.
  • Tulip: probably the best choice because of its wide and flared shape of the base that allows a proper release of bubbles and at the same time a great appreciation of the aroma and taste, keeping its temperature.
  • Normal wine glass: experts recommend using wine glasses to taste the most exceptional sparkling wines as they are specifically designed to encourage the tasting.

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Pack 2 Riedel Wine Glasses

 

 

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Syrah Riedel Glass

 

 

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.