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Cava : the memory keeper

 TAGS:In recent years, multiple studies have shown the benefits of food and wine on the health of people, if consumed with moderation. The presence of certain chemical compounds in the alcohol, associated with a balanced diet (which should be close to the Mediterranean diet) and regular and light exercise, demonstrate, therefore, to be a good way to prevent diseases of all kinds, especially those related to cardiovascular problems, certain cancers, high cholesterol or arthritis.

But what had not been tested so far were the advantages of drinks like cava with the memory. Thus, an investigation of the University of Reading says that drinking three glasses of this sparkling wine can help to fight the effects of brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. The last one, dementia, although usually manifesting in advanced age, probably finds its roots in middle age, from age 40.

According to this study, the presence of phenolic acid in the grape varieties that cava is made of is directly related to these beneficial effects. To do this, there?s been experiments with laboratory animals, and it was found that after regular consumption of sparkling wine (mixed with food), subjects improved their performance to run a maze, going from 50% success to 70% within a period of only six weeks.

Traditionally, it is always said that the grapes are an infallible remedy for memory loss. But we did not know if this statement had any scientific basis. Now we have a hint of something similar, but the final test still has to be done, with a group of over 60 years, for three years. They will be the subject of a study to definitively prove or disprove the preliminary findings of the study, led by biochemistry professor Jeremy Spencer.

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Sangue di Giuda : The wine of Judas

 TAGS:The wine of Judas (Sangue di Giuda) is called in this way for its intense ruby red color with purple and bright flashes. It is originated from Italia. The legend says that Judas, after betraying Jesus, returned to his land as a sign of repentance and more specifically to the city of Oltrepo. The locals recognized him and tried to kill him. In order to save himself from this death he solved the vineyards? problems with a miracle. After that the red wine of this region was called Judas or Judas’ Blood.

Its flavor is slightly sweet and slightly sparkling, is produced in the cellars Conte Vistarino in Giordi Rocca district, featuring 826 acres where Croatina, rare grape and Barbera are grown. Its production is special:  fermented twice, in his second alcoholic fermentation it is poured in pressure tanks, producing the bubbles of CO2 that please the consumers. The result is a very fresh and sweet wine like Lambrusco.

This wine is very well appreciated by female consumers who enjoy its sweetness and fruit flavor, also great for pasta, cheeses and white meats. It is available in the Spanish and English market since not long, be sure to try and evaluate its flavor and quality.

Want to try the Sangue di Giuda? Today we recommend:

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Sangue Di Giuda Gatopardo

 

 

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La Versa Sangue Di Giuda Frizzante Dolce Doc 2012

To drink more and spend less

 TAGS:In 2012 Spanish households increased their wine consumption and reduced the spending on these purchases. They tend to choose cheaper wines and increased their consumption by 0.2% over the previous year.

We’ve seen cheap wine options that have emerged successfully in Spanish market thanks to the new behavior of consumers, looking for new options in order to serve wine at their tables and enjoy a good family meal.

Spending on wine purchases fell 2.6%, representing 2.36 Euros per liter. This is a reflection of the fall of prices for wines with denomination of origin and sparkling ones. In addition, there was an increase in the consumption of wines without designation of origin at affordable prices in the Spanish market.

Wine consumption in Spain increased to reach 435, 3 million liters in 2012, this is a considerable amount and a good part of this consumption comes from Catalonia. This Autonomous Community consumes more wine and spends more money on food.

Today we recommend the most popular and economical wines with denomination of origin in Uvinum:

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Txomin Etxaniz Txakoli 2011

 

 

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Gran Feudo Chivite Reserva 2006

Wine against stress

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Campo Viejo Crianza 2008

 

 

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Dinastia Vivanco Reserva 2005

The 10 favorite drink of the gay community

 TAGS:What created the recent interest the alcohol industry showed toward the gay community? A new social fight for the industry ? Let?s be honest, the reason of this renewal of consideration is more likely to be laying on the results of a new study that revealed this breaking news: the gay population invests between 6000 and 8000 billion Euros a year in beverages in the UK. In those conditions, satisfying the tastes of this huge market might not be a bad idea. Question is, is there?s any specific ?gay community tastes?? (In terms of cocktails.) Or is it just a new marketing invention? Well, let?s give some credit to the Queerty Web Site and see what those so called favorite drinks are. 

10 – The Margarita. Faithful to his great fame all over the world, the Margarita seems to be consumed within the gay community too. The key to its success definitely is the tequila‘s quality.

9 – Granada Martini: The gay Queerty website affirms that it has been popularized thanks to resemblance with the Cosmopolitan, in term of color.

8 – The Mojito: Despite appearing simple at first, this drink hides a complex equilibrium that is hard to reach. Its Latin origins and its strong taste make it a daring cocktail that is consumed everywhere in the world. The gay community seems to drink it too.
7 ? Égalité (Equity): We already mentioned the launch of this Cremant de Bourgogne specially created for gay weddings. This New York label is known for its heart surrounded by the gay community rainbow.
6 – Dirty Martini is made with a splash of olive juice, and is garnished with olives. It tastes delicious and gives a new facet to the common Martini.

 5 – Appletini: Its flavor is very delicate, thanks to the fruits that are used as a main ingredient.  
4 – Purple Hand Beer: This drink was created in 2011 in Mexico. It is very easy to recognize thanks to the purple hand label.
3 Rosé Wine: The rosé wine is a classic and doesn?t lose its fame thanks to innovating winemakers. For example, the St. Ynez vineyard is only produced by women. Such a great progress needed to be mentioned.
2 – Two-Manhattan: Few cocktails have as much personality as this one.
1- The Cosmopolitan: Is Sex and the City a reference in terms of drinks? Finally the ultimate gay drink cocktail is the Cosmopolitan. Its invention is claimed between Miami and New York but the fact is that since its creation in the late 1980s it never went out of fashion.

Do you think the “gay drinks” really exist? Or is it just a new marketing creation? Anyway, we recommend you two good vodkas in order to try the famous cosmopolitan !

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Spring is here! Long live the wine!

 TAGS:Spring is here! long live the wine! Yes, yes, do not look so surprised and let me explain you what I mean because I am sure you are going to understand it at first and I bet you that you will start feeling exactly the same way I do regarding this season… Once the last weekend of March is over, all I see reminds me of wine (in all its varieties, what I am going to hide it for?).

In spring the weather starts to give us a break and those cold winter temperatures give way to others, warm and delicious, perfect for tasting a chilled rose wine, a claret Designation of Origin Rioja (we do not need to look any further). What I mean is that kind of wine that makes you regret not to have one more bottle cooling in the fridge.

The arrival of warm weather coincides with the appearance of the first flowers, with their delicate aromas that remind me of those central European white wines which combine beautifully with cold starters and seafood dishes.

The flowers are beautiful, we rejoice to life with their colours, but many also cause us the dreaded hay fever of every year. Every spring we have to suffer until the summer starts. We spend more than half the day sneezing while we try to hide our big red nose. And whenever I think of something crimson with an intense and noteworthy nose I remember those wonderful Ribera del Duero red wines, I cannot help it.

In the coming weeks we will only be able to get rid of the symptoms of allergy to pollen when some clouds appear on the horizon and we enjoyed one of those rainy days. The raindrops pattering on the windows, while the temperature drops a few degrees, that smell of wet ground, those puddles … those puddles where drops falling make appear some small bubbles… Do not they look like sparkling wines?

I do not know if it will happen to anyone else or do I have to get it checked, but I am not able to go out at this time of the year without thinking about wine, so if you cannot beat them, join them. Long live the wine! Viva the spring! And to celebrate it let’s get some bottles:

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Wine, the best afterchristmas present for dads

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Wine lovers! If you have been good this year, you deserve the best and so you will certainly end up the holidays very happily with a good wine as a gift. Perfect for welcoming a year full of good hope.

You know, wines have many properties to the body and also give us a great deal of comfort. Request, then, a wine for special occasions, a wine tasting to learn about the aromas and the various flavors or a day at a spa trying the benefits of wine therapy.

And do not forget the Corkscrews and Decanters, so you’ll have a complete wine kit for your special moments.

This time, one of the wines that you can include in your letter to Santa Claus is the white Paco & Lola 2010. DO Rias Baixas and elaborated with albariño, it will delight you by its yellow-green transparent color, its aroma of citrus and fresh and a light and fresh flavor that makes it the perfect wine for seafood.

The rosés are increasingly gaining projection. This is because its bubbles and freshness are ideal in in any season, but in spring they taste better. Surely Santa will not ignore you and bring a Gran Caus Rosado 2011. A delightful Penedès which is great for sweets and fruits. Its intense fruity aroma will transport us to other seasons and its powerful taste, more like a red than a rosé, are something different.You can not wait that long to open it!

The red star to celebrate Christmas is Pago de Carraovejas Crianza 2010, a fine red, merlot and cabernet sauvignon based Ribera del Duero that goes well with any dish. You will enjoy for sure!

Cold wines for the summer

 TAGS:Summer this year with temperatures high enough to make us fear the worst for July, force us start looking for fresh wines as a light option to our regular wine choices. People like me, looking deep into the red flavors and intense aromas without half measures, should change their minds, for their own sake, and make their way towards new experiences, less direct and more evocative, less aged and a little younger.

For this temporary amendment purpose, I have prepared a list of wines that I would like to try, because of their freshness, novelty and also just because. During the colder months I have been postponing these tastings, preferring the security that knowing what will happen after uncorking gives to you, but spring is in the air and this saying also applies to wines. Let?s taste.

White wines. I would start by a Palacio de Menade Verdejo 2011 or the same wine but in its Sauvignon Blanc version. Try them because after learning a little better what’s behind these wines, reading their website they have seduced me with their adventurous nature, their passion for things well done and their dedication.

I am also determined to take home a Blue Nun Eiswein Riesling 2008, because seeing the bottle so stylized and original with that blue color has been like love at first sight. I will not resist to it.

And by the way, this winery also has a version, low cost, low fat and low alcohol of this very wine called Blue Nun Low Alcohol 0.5%: the ideal choice for those who have started their pre summer diet, pregnant women and anyone looking for low alcohol wines.

I must confess that pink wines are my unresolved matter, but with this heat its refreshing taste and spring color I must admit that they seem the best claim to pour a drink. I propose two of the ones I’ll try in the coming weeks. A Sparkling Italian: Canti Pinot Grigio Rosé Brut, with a pale tone that gives an irresistible vintage touch to it and a Californian one, the Big House Pink, which has me crazy after a look at its great illustrated label (that all wines from this winery have).

And as I can never say no to discover a new red wine, on my list for this spring there is a Chilean wine: 35 South Carmenere 2010, a slightly lower speed than the ones I usually like, but with that touch of wood that always seek. It replaces the bitterness by sweet notes at the end and surprises with those green pepper notes that Carmenere grape gives to wines, in addition to the Cabernet Sauvignon that is also in its composition. I’ll keep you informed.

And if you need further suggestions, we recommend you these 2:

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Viña Albali Gran Reserva 2006, a great, affordable spanish wine

 

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Black Tower Classic Riesling 2009, a smooth and fresh white wine

Elaboration of rosé wines

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Previously we talked about the origin of rosé wine and how it has evolved in terms of production and consumption so far, even explained the difference between a claret and a rosé. This time we will show, in summary, the process of elaboration of this type of wine.

Any wine that claims to hold the title of rosé should be slightly acidic, have fruity aromas and a bit of residual sugar, which can be perceived or not when drinking them. However, its creation does not respond to a single recipe but there are at least three different methods for obtaining them.

The so-called gray wine is made the same way that white wine: Once harvested, the grapes are pressed and its juice is fermented. Since the dye compound of the wine (anthocyanins) is in the peel or skin, this wine has almost no color.

A second way would be to follow the steps of the red wine vinification, i.e. the harvested fruit is placed in stainless steel barrels or tanks to macerate for 1 to 3 days, in order to extract color and chemical compounds which become aromas and flavors. Here usually the wine takes shades ranging from pink to salmon and deep orange, also called ?bird’s eye?.

 - Finally there is the method Saignée, resulting from the maceration of the grapes previously broken in a period between 12 and 24 hours, which therefore has a color ranging from strawberry to a light red. In all cases the juice, free of skins and seeds, is fermented by microorganisms called ?yeast?, which consumed the sugar in the liquid and release as residue alcohol and carbon dioxide. Similarly, in this process also remains an unfermented sugar residue providing balance to the natural acidity of the beverage. In some cases this sweetness is easily detectable and highly appreciated.

Gastronomically, for example, these sweetened versions are ideal companions of sugary Moroccan dishes like cous cous royal or spicy recipes from India, while the driest wines go well with Asian dishes like sushi, cooked vegetables and even green salads. In conclusion, the rosé is an ideal drink for a beach weather menu (we recommend consuming it young), and may even join, along with sparkling and white wines, the New Year’s Eve toast.

Rosé wines

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After centuries of marginalization, rosé wine made its way to success in the twenty-first century. According to historians, it was the first wine ever made by man, and its character, so revered by the Greeks and Egyptians, always resided in the brightness of its color.

Product of the ignorance of winemaking techniques, at that time the grapes were trodden, pressed, to separate the liquid from the skin and seeds of the fruit, then the liquid was placed into jars, fermented and drank. Since then, the wine in the world was rosé, a curious fact if you think that, nowadays, its production represents only nine percent of the total consumption of this drink.

The French, famous not only for its white and red wines, but also for its rosés, especially those produced in regions such as Provence and Bordeaux, always said that these wines go well with any meal, and thus promote them: ?rosé-qui-va-avec-tout?. While actually not every recipe receive these bottles as its perfect match, they became essential in the summer days. Perhaps this is a result of the freshness offered by drink them, because of their slightly acidic and fruity taste.

It is said that rosés are red wines stripped of their aggressiveness, but with aromas and flavors typical of the grapes with which they have been developed. They result from the vinification of red grapes, but the rosés differ from reds depending on the time the fruit has been in contact with its skin and seeds. In the first case, the bunches are harvested before being macerated in vats or tanks, usually six to twelve days. In the second, instead, the contact time usually don?t exceed three days, and sometimes is just a few hours. This process seeks to remove the tannin content, usually associated with a sensation of astringency in the mouth, and the coloring matter, among other compounds present in the peel of the grape.

The classification of a rosé or claret wine sometimes is confusing, and this is easy to clear as for the claret wine, the fermentation is done along with the skins, in a similar manner to red wines, and with the rosés, the fermentation process is carried out without the participation of these.

There are several methods of elaboration of rosé wines: in general highlight three of them, which we will explain in an upcoming post on the Uvinum?s blog.