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Which wines are best to pair with paella?

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Paella is that great signature dish from Spain, which usually has its origin in Valencia, although it is consumed in several Spanish regions. Made with rice, broth, fish, meat or vegetables, there are a lot of types of paellas, all of them delicious. If you have questions about what kind of wine goes best with paella, we give some recommendations.

Seafood and fish paella goes perfect with a white or rosé wine. For example, some wines from Ribera del Duero and DO Galicia, which often pair well with fish dishes. Whites from Alicante, Valencia and Penedès are also recommended. They must be very fruity and fresh wines, being a dish that is preferably consumed in summer.

White wines with aromas of flowers and fruits also pair well, while introducing aromatic and citrus notes. The ones from chardonnay variety are also highly recommended. Pedro Ximenez wines have delicate and sweet flavours. In this case, sparkling wines can also be at the table when we eat paella. While white, rosé and sparkling wines, also pair well with paellas with vegetables and legumes.

For seafood paella, one of the most widespread, Rueda, Verdejo and, of course, the Galician Albariños are also recommended.

Paella can be elaborated with meat, such as chicken, beef, rabbit or duck, mixed with some vegetables such as artichokes or peppers. In this case, rosé wines will pair exceptionally, and also young and rather soft reds. Merlot and Monastrell reds, showing hints of red fruits and spices, intensify the flavour of the rice. Other wines that are recommended for this kind of paella are the “crianzas”.

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Mar de Frades 2013: a white wine with Rias Baixas DO from Mar de Frades cellar made with albariño of 2013 and with an alcoholic strength of 12.5º.

 

 

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Minuty Prestige Rosé 2014, a rosé wine from Côtes De Provence DO of Château Minuty cellar based on the top of tibouren and syrah from 2014 vintage and with an alcoholic strength of 13º.

 

 

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Enate 2009 is a Somontano from the Enate cellar with the best bunches of 2009 merlot and has a volume of alcohol of 14º.

 

Are you less of a man if you drink wine?

 TAGS:British men have acknowledged fear of making a fool drinking wine with their friends in bars, but not in the comfort of their homes.

When we see the wine drinking customs in different countries, we always get differences and in this case the studies have revealed unexpected data. According to a study by the Wine Association of Côte du Rhône, made with 1,500 men, 9 out of 10 men enjoy drinking a bottle of wine at home but only 1 in 4 does it on nights out with their friends, for fear of ridicule.

The reason for this teasing can be associated to be or look like an expert on the world of wine, or maybe not drink stronger and more popular beverages as other men do. The fact is that this belief generates a different pattern of consumption in the UK.

This study was commissioned by the Wine Association of Côtes du Rhône, and in this it was discovered that a quarter of men serve wine at their meetings to positively impress guests.

These data also demonstrate that wine is more appreciated in intimate evenings and lunches at home with friends and family. Perhaps for these reasons it is so common to see buyers making a very specific choice of wine to take home depending on the dish to cook or the occasion in question.

And you? Would you see strange a friend ordering wine? If you are brave, we recommend two exceptional wines of Côtes du Rhône:

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Château la Rolière Côtes Du Rhône Brézème Tradition 2012

 

 

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Coudoulet de Beaucastel 2010

Drinks for a summer dinner

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During summer, we go out more, go to the beach, we move more and lunches and dinners are usually outside. All these celebrations are accompanied by soft drinks, very popular in summer.

Among them, especially for a good summer dinner, white wine is the king. It goes well with almost everything, especially salads, paella, rice, fish and seafood, which are generally the preferred dishes these months. Fresh white wine brings sweetness to any dish, and many young flavors of grapes, flowers and fruits. Rosé wine can also accompany these dinners.

The beers are special. They are made with great care by professionals and beer lovers, and are currently very popular. One summer evening is the perfect time to try some of these lagers, especially if they are served very fresh. We also have premium beers and special editions that can be purchased in Uvinum.

If we are a group and we want the meal to turn into party, we will choose some cocktails. The caipirinha is the queen of summer. The cocktail with rum, lime, sugar and lots of ice can be prepared at home. But if we are tired of staying in the kitchen, we can always choose to buy creams and liqueurs of capirinha already prepared … They are really good and your guests will love it!

The sangria is also the queen of this season. In general, many people like it, so that your success is assured. Its advantage lies in its freshness. The mixture of red wine and fruit makes it easy and simple to prepare. Surprise your guests with another variant of sangria such as cava sangria.

Want to surprise your friends with a big party? We recommend you the refresh:

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Real Sangría 1.5L

 

 

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Taras Boulba

 

Daily consumption of beer prevents kidney stones

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From time to time, studies reveal the benefits of a particular food or drink in reference to certain health problems, or related to the prevention of all kinds of diseases. Some of them are already too well known, as the beneficial effects, for example, of wine. Consumed in moderation and with a balanced diet, it helps prevent cardiovascular disease and also contains an appreciable amount of antioxidants, key controlling many related health problems, especially with aging.

In this case, the beer is aprotagonist too. In the same way, this ancient drink, with origins lost in the mists of time, is gaining popularity and, in time, more and more things about its properties have been discovered : its benefits and, of course, its wide variety of elaborations, which allow marry it with many meals. As for wine, nowadays projects put to light scientific evidence that shows that responsible consumption can be directly related to different health problem solutions.

Recently, the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology published a study analyzing the effects of certain drinks in the possibility of developing kidney stones, the famous and very painful ?stones ?in the kidney.

Thus, the study shows that sugary drinks favor the occurrence of these problems, which can be severe, while beer, however, reduced by up to 41 % chance of developing the disease.

The study analyzed data from over 190,000 people, mostly middle-aged who had no history of kidney stones. For eight years, 4,462 of these subjects had stones, being fans of sugary drinks. Specifically, those who had drank one or more sugary drinks a day during the time of the study, were to have a 23 % higher risk than those who drank it once a week.

As for the beer, the highest risk reduction, cited above, was achieved with a beer a day, while wine also presents a risk reduction of 33%, as for the white wine, and 31% in reference to the red wine. Coffee reduces the risk by 26 %, orange juice, 12% and tea by 11%.

Would you like to consume beer? Well with the 2 we recommend today, you will have a great time. Enjoy in moderation:

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Damm Inedit 75cl

 

 

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Heineken Can

How are the wines of Sardinia

 TAGS:In Italy, the cuisine is really one of its greatest assets. And if it’s on an island, even better. This is the case of Sardinia, which offers really tasty food and, of course, wines.

The introduction of wine in Sardinia goes back many centuries ago and that is why it currently provides a wide range of wines, from reds to sparkling passing by whites. We must talk about the DO Alghero, that offers powerful wines, many of them enshrined in the Sella & Mosca winery, one of the most popular features transparent white, fine and pure Torbato grapes, ideal pink for summer as well as red with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and vernaccia di Oristano. As we see, a variety we can admire.

Among the best-known wines, we want to speak about the cannonau, which is produced in the eastern part of the island. He has DO and fills the mouth with a dry and powerful flavor, a ?must try? if we are on the island.

In the South, we recommend the Medio Campidano wines, with the Nuragus native varieties, and the Sardinian Monica.

Strangely, we can also find the Malvasia, a unique wine that we see in different Spanish regions. It also has the OD and is naturally sweet and dry. As elsewhere, are also perfect for desserts at the end of a great meal.

Next to Cannonau, Carignano is another of the popular wines of Sardinia. Basically made ??in the Sulcis area, it is known for its strong ruby color, very warm and full-bodied, usually taken with pastas, meats and sausages.

Other proposals of high quality wines on the island are the Mandrolisai, Moscato di Sorso and Sennori, or Vernaccia di Oristano, which also include designation of origin, and represent some of the most popular wines in Sardinia.

Do you want to buy a wine of Sardinia? Today we recommend:

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Mesa Buio Buio 2010

 

 

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Sella & Mosca Monteoro Vermentino Di Gallura Docg 2011

Stellenbosch, the great South African wine area

 TAGS:Italy, France, Spain, United States … Now the big wine producers will have to count with countries referred as the ‘new world’, (talking about wine aspects). There are many areas of the world where good wines are made, and among them, South Africa is an emerging area that stands out for the quality of its wines. It has 100,000 hectares of vines, being the seventh largest producer of wine.

Among these areas, Stellenbosch, near Cape Town, is one of the most popular, where are made the Cape Town or Western Cape wines. Excellent and tasty white and red wines are made from Pinotage landraces for the red and Semillon for the whites, (depending on the area in which they are produced).

Stellenbosch has a diverse climate with mountains and sea, which creates rich varieties of wines with power, color, taste and personality. The climate is Mediterranean, with hot summers and cool winters and very clear skies.

The grapes that are grown are used for the production of wine, and not for table grapes. The vineyards of the region have heights of over 140 meters to 600 meters and you can visit it, which favors wine tours to see the countryside and visit the wineries of this beautiful area.

The promotion of these wines is getting bigger and stronger, and it is said that it is a region that is getting a very special place in the wines talks from now on. Those wines traveled many countries of the world and this export is getting bigger. A lot of growers are investing in foreign Stellenbosch, seeing in it a powerful and tasty wine that marries with all kinds of food.

Would you like to try different wines? Then do not miss our recommendations today:

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Pierre Jourdan Brut

 

 

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Kleine Zalze Cellar Selection Chenin Blanc Bush Vine 2012

Lanzarote wines

 TAGS:The Canary Islands are popular for its beaches, great weather and nature reserves. But wine is also important with various denominations of origin which are increasingly present in restaurants and diner tables.

In this case, the OD of Lanzarote is one of the most popular of the island. This ideal place can count with a unique and special weather with high temperatures (averages about 20 º ) with many hours of sunlight. One of the curiosities of the island’s vineyards is that they sit on volcanic soils, with black volcanic ashes that prevent the growth of other vegetation, and also has excellent water retention properties. Those conditions are very unique, especially compared to other Spanish areas where wines are made.

However, the harvest is traditional, done without any machining. The grape varieties of this DO can be white or red. Among the first category we find the Volcanic Malvasia, Muscat of Alexandria, Gual and Verdelho. And, for the second, Black Listán or Almuñeco, Malvasia Rosada, Bastardo Negro, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Black Muscat. As you see, a wide variety of grape wine lead to those strong wines.

Lanzarote wines can be white, red, rosé, and sparkling, each one with its particular characteristics. Whites have yellow and transparent colors, and fruits and flower aromas, and fresh in the mouth. Sitting on the beach of Lanzarote, it will be a pleasure to have a rosé wine of this DO. Fruit aromas will be much more intense, being balanced and soft in the mouth.

The red wines are bright, with colors ranging from ruby to cherry. With a ripe fruit flavor, they have a strong persistence in the mouth. Sparkling wines, meanwhile, have fruit flavors, fresh aromas and are usually delicate in the mouth, so that it marries well with first dishes and desserts.

Have you tried Canary wine? Today we recommend two good white wines of Lanzarote:

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El Grifo Ana Moscatel

 

 

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El Grifo Malvasía Seco 2012

Marsala wine

 TAGS:Marsala wine is produced in Sicily, Italy, in a region that has the same name and received a protected designation of origin in 1969. Marsala wine is similar to port; it was initially fortified to withstand sea travels and then gained in popularity.

Marsala wine is produced under the process ?In Perpetuum?, very similar to the one used to make sherry. This process is to raise the level of alcohol while preserving the characteristics during long sea voyages. It is made from white grapes Grillo, Inzolia and Catarratto types, among others.

The Marsala wine was served as an appetizer between the first and second dish, and most recently served as a dessert with Roquefort cheese, Parmesan and other spicy cheeses, fruits or pastries.

Marsala Wine is classified according to its sweetness, color, and aging; levels of sweetness are dry (with maximum 40 grams of sugar per liter) semi (41-100 grams per liter) and sweet (with more than 100 grams per liter)

With regard to aging, it may be Gold, Ambra, Rubino, Fine (aged one year), Superiore (Aged two years), Superiore Riserva (Aged at least 4 years), Vergine or Pavers (Aged at least 5 years), Vergine or screeds or screeds Stravecchio e Vergine Riserva (aged at least 7 years). Marsala wine is also quite used for cooking and making sauces.

The appearance of Marsala wine can vary from golden brown to ruby, to amber, and is popular in Americans Italian restaurants for his versatility and because it allows you to create all kinds of recipes. Some popular recipes made from wine are Chicken Marsala, Beef Marsala, Marsala and Fruit Tofu, and seafood Marsala.

What is a sweet red wine ?

The natural sweet wine is a wine with high sugar content, and comes from the same process as fortified wine. It may be red, rosé or white. Some people find it easier to drink sweet red wines than traditional wines, stronger and more complex.

Some well-known sweet reds that you can find on the market are fruit wines made from blueberries and strawberries. You can also find sparkling Lambrusco wines from northern Italy, Port wine, of Portuguese origin, and the sweet reds with Monastrell, from Jumilla, Alicante and Malaga, for example.

The vintage drafting process is delayed, so that the grapes are even more mature than usual. When the grape juice is fermented and sugar has turned into alcohol, alcohol is added (5-10%), in order to stop the process of the yeast, preventing a part of the natural sugars from becoming alcohol.

The quality sweet wines are quality liqueur and as such they are regulated by the rules of designations of origin too. To be considered as such a sweet red wine must have more than 250 grams of natural sugars per liter, and its alcohol content is usually from 12% by volume. The sum of rectified alcohol from other distilled wine products will reach between 15% and 22%.

Garnacha wines are one of the sweetest, with low tannins and quite fruity, but with a light body, and that?s why we like it so much. Do we recommend any? Of course! Here you go:

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Solera 1847 Oloroso Dulce

 

 

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Ferreira Dona Antonia Reserva

The aging of Spanish wines

 TAGS:The Spanish wine classification about aging time has been adapted to the 2003 Spanish wine and vineyards law, in order to guarantee a standard quality for the designation of origin. Besides these there are other classifications, about control and characteristics. For example, in order to get the crop year printed on the label,  85% of the wine must have been produced in the same year.

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