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Sparkling Wine On Ice

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What’s that, you ask? Usually, you pour your champagne, cava or prosecco into a narrow and high glass and that’s it. No ice cubes allowed in order to preserve the taste and aromas. Because ice melts and waters your wine. However, these Ice sparkling wines are specially created for summer. You have to pour them over ice to enjoy their full saviours during the hot season. 

Ice sparkling wines simply are innovative versions of famous champagnes and cavas from Möet & Chandon up to Freixenet. For years, they have been growing a special audience just to excel this summer with hopefully more years to come.

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When we talk about sparkling pioneers, we can’t go without mentioning the Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial made by Moët & Chandon. The French winery found an innovative way of tasting the classic Champagne variety. Also available in the pink version, Ice Impérial Rosé, for those who prefer fruitier notes of red and black berries with soft nuances of roses and spices.

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Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial: the first champagne created to be enjoyed with ice. An ideal drink to quench your thirst during hot days and which will achieve a touch of distinction in the most glamorous and chic summer festivals parties. Imperdible!

 

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Moet & Chandon Ice Impérial Rosé: a sparkling wine from Champagne based on Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Dishes like shrimp and white fish make for an ideal match for the Moet & Chandon Ice Impérial Rosé.

One of the most famous brands for sparkling wines, the Catalan winery Freixenet, brings the Freixenet Ice on the table and has already made it to the top of the icy list. A blend of autochthone grapes, Xarel.lo, Parellada and Macabeo in combination with the French Chardonnay results in a creamy, sweet cava with aromas of ripe pear, white flowers and tropical fruits. The perfect introduction to these types of wine.

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Freixenet Ice is a sparkling wine made by Freixenet from Cava from the Xarel·lo, Parellada, Macabeo and Chardonnay grapes. According to Uvinum users, the Freixenet Ice deserves an evaluation of 4,3 of 5 points.

Further ones worth mentioning are the Nicolas Feuillate Graphic Ice, as well as the François Montand Ice. The most famous brands have opened a new path for enologists and winemakers to target a broader audience and offer an innovative tasting experience. 

With the ice sparklings, the sky’s the limit. Drink them poured over ice in balloon glasses. Turn them into gorgeous cocktails with brand new tastes and aromas and get creative. Maybe you’re the first amongst your friends and you’ll get a chance to impress them with a whole new experience!

Which wines should be cooled and how?

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All wine lovers know that each variety has an ideal temperature to drink: some must be consumed at room temperature and that, at times, we can spoil the experience of drinking a wine by serving it too cold or too hot.

For example, most young white and rosé wines, sparkling wines and sweet wines, improve if served cold. In contrast, wines with more body lose some of their richness in aromas and flavors if their temperature it’s too low.

Although we know that reds, for example, shouldn’t be served cold, this doesn’t mean that they should be consumed hot, as sometimes what we call “room temperature” is far from the ideal temperature that should be. This inconvenience disappears almost always if we have a cellar with a good temperature of conservation, but not everybody is that lucky and ends up drinking red wine (in summer, for example, or in homes with heating) warmer than it would be advisable.

A good solution is to put them in the fridge for a while, and check the temperature from time to time using a wine bottle thermometer. In the case of red wines, it’s best to keep them in a cool and ventilated place for the time necessary to cool them until reaching at least about 20º C. If it’s not possible, with 10 or 15 minutes in the refrigerator will be enough.

A low temperature can be, on the other hand, a good ally when it comes to masking, to a certain extent, the deficiencies of a mediocre wine, something that we can easily see in many bars and restaurants, which tend to cool above the normal to hide these irregularities.  

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Vidigal Porta 6 2015

 

 

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La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2005

The origin of toast

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New Year’s Eve is coming! Time to celebrate, go out, have a drink with friends… And time to toast. So today we want to talk about the origin of toasting, the moment of a celebration in which guests get up and collide their glasses with each other to express their good wishes.

It is also known as a toast the set of words spoken at that moment. The term comes perhaps from the use of spiced toast to flavour drinks.

Many claim that the act of toasting originated in the fourth century BC, and was made in the ancient Rome to show confidence by the hosts to their guests, in times when poisonings were relatively frequent. When jumping a little liquid from a cup to another, they showed no intention of poisoning their guests.

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910 edition, the custom of toasting was used to drink to the health of the living and probably was derived from the act of toasting in the religious rites for the dead and the gods.

According to the Royal Spanish Academy, the toast originated in the sixteenth century when celebrating the victory of the army of Charles V on its opponent.

On Monday, May 6, 1527, the troops of Charles V took and sacked Rome. To celebrate this victory, history tells that military commanders filled their glasses with wine, rose them to the front and said the following statement said: “bring dir’s”, “I offer you” in German.

Needless to say that the most common is toasting with champagne or cava, but other types of beverages, whether alcoholic or not can not be excluded.

The celebrations in which traditionally toasts take place are:

  • In the wedding banquets: in these cases the best man is responsible for raising his glass and say a few words to congratulate the couple and show their good wishes to the newly-weds.
  • In the Christmas and New Year holidays: It’s also common to toast in order to wish the best to the guests for the year coming and say goodbye to the one culminating.

In a toast you can collide or not the glasses. Although you only have to make the gesture, there are many times that we like the clash of our glasses with our table neighbours. The right thing is not doing so.

Another theory suggests that the act of hitting the glasses makes the evil spirits to leave the drink at the sound of the glass, so that everyone is safe to drink.

Today we propose a toast with the following champagnes. Cheers!

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Pol Roger Brut Réserve: a wine sparkling with DO Champagne a based on pinot noir and pinot meunier and 12.5º of alcohol.

 

 

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Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve: a sparkling wine from this DO: Champagne made with pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes and with an alcohol proof of 12.5º.

 

 

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Veuve Clicquot Brut:  a sparkling wine from the Champagne DO from the pinot noir and pinot meunier varieties and with an alcoholic strength of 12º.

 

 

Images: Uvinum and Juan Antonio Capó Alonso

What makes different champagne and prosecco?

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When we talk about sparkling wines, the first that come to mind are of course champagne, cava and prosecco, from Italy, specifically from the Veneto region. But, what makes different this Italian wine and its French counterpart? What is the reason because its price and reputation are lower? Here are some of these differences.

Origin, elaboration and price

While champagne is produced in the homonymous French region (in the north-east of France and around the city of Reims), prosecco is produced in Veneto, near the city of Treviso and north of Venice.

The grapes used in the production of champagne are chardonnay, pinot noir and pinot meunier, and in order to obtain the final product they use the traditional method or champenoise (the same used in cava, American sparkling wines and Italian Franciacorta), the costlier system among the ones used to add bubbles to wine.

As for the Italian sparkling wine, it is made from Prosecco grapes, also known as glera, and following the Charmat or Italian method, in which the second fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks, which makes its production cheaper.

Is this because champagne is more expensive? Partly yes, although the processing method alone does not explain why a good “inexpensive” champagne can cost about 40 Euros and a prosecco in the same category costs only 12-15 Euros. The higher price of champagne is also explained by the perception of luxury product that it has been able to generate over its history in consumers worldwide.

Taste

Champagne is aged longer, so it presents typical notes from a longer contact with the yeast, which can range from cheese rind to cake. The bubble is finer and more persistent and we can also find tastes of almonds, orange zest and white cherry.

In prosecco we can find more fruity and floral aromas, due to the grape variety, with thicker and less persistent bubbles and tastes of tropical fruit, hazelnut or vanilla.

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Pol Roger produces Pol Roger Brut Réserve, a sparkling wine of the Champagne DO which blend contains pinot Noir and chardonnay and with an alcoholic strength of 12.5º. 

 

 

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Vigna Dogarina is the maker of this Vigna Dogarina Prosecco Extra Dry.

 

 

Do you know the wine regions of Argentina?

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Located in the southern tip of the American continent, Argentina is a beautiful country and also the fifth largest wine producer in the world. The mineral richness of its soil and climate favor the production of different types of vines.

Today, Argentina has over 200,000 hectares cultivated with vineyards to date, that is 2.7% of all the vineyards in the world.

Initially the development of Argentina’s wine industry was slow. Since 1853, thanks in part to the arrival of European immigrants, occurred a major transformation: these immigrants brought knowledge of new cultivation techniques, noble strains and wine elaboration processes.

The main wine regions of Argentina are:

  1. Region of Salta and Catamarca. This region lies between 22 and 29 degrees south latitude, comprises Cachalquies Valley, west of Salta and north of Catamarca (where Chardonnay, Chenin and Cabernet Sauvignon are grown), the valleys of the province of Catamarca (where the landscape is mountainous and the climate depends on altitude, white and rosé varieties are grown).
  2. Rioja region. Made up of small valleys west of the province, between the mountains of the Sierra de Velasco and Famatina, Chilecito and Aminga, is where good red wines are grown. It has alluvial type soils that can produce both white and rosé varieties, like Rioja Torrontés, Muscat of Alexandria and Torrontés Sanjuanino. The wines of this area are intense, fruity and with sweet tannins.
  3. Region of San Juan. Viticulture is developed mainly in the Valley of Tulum and less in the valleys of Onda and Ullum. This region is the main producer of table grapes in the country, with a cultivated area of 60,000 hectares. It has a stable climate and low rainfall, and its varieties are predominantly rosé and white. The most popular variety of the area is the Cereza (rosé grape), in addition to Muscat of Alexandria, Pedro Giménez and the Rioja Torrontés.
  4. Mendoza region. It is called ?The land of good sun and good wine?. Among the red varieties in the region there are Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tempranillo. It is divided into 4 areas: Norte Mendocino (producer of white wines such as Chenin, Ugni Blanc and Torrontés); High Zone of the Mendoza River (producer of red varieties such as Syrah, Merlot and Boyarda and white varieties such as Viognier, Chardonnay and Merlot); East Mendocino area (producers of Tempranillo and Syrah); Valle de Uco (producers of red varieties such as Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and white varieties such as Chardonnay and Semillon).
  5. Southern Argentina Region. It is located in the town of Epuyén in the province of Chubut. This region is an excellent producer of white wines, but it is also recognized worldwide for its early ripening Merlot and its Pinot Noir.

In all these regions, as well as in Patagonia, there are born great wines which compete among the greatest wines in the international market. And, of course, all of them are wines to try and… enjoy!

 

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Puro is the maker of this Dieter Meier Puro Malbec Cabernet 2013, a red wine from this DO: Mendoza based on the top of malbec from 2013 vintage and 14º of volume of alcohol.

 

 

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Humberto Canale Gran Reserva Pinot Noir 2003 is a red wine with Alto Valle del Río Negro DO from Humberto Canale cellar with pinot Noir of 2003 and 14.5º of alcohol.

 

 

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Michel Torino is the maker of this Michel Torino Don David Malbec 2012, a red wine from Valle de Cafayate with malbec of 2012 and 13.75º of alcohol content.

 

 

Why drink a glass of sparkling wine? 8 reasons to drink one

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Whether in special dates or for specific occasions, sparkling wine or cava fills the tables of any celebration. Its bubbles, its unique flavor and many more features are some of the reasons to enjoy a glass of sparkling. We give you eight reasons to drink one… Do you fancy a toast?

A reason for celebration. Whenever we make a toast with sparkling wine is cause for celebration. It’s usually the drink par excellence in family, personal and even company events.

Health benefits. The cava and sparkling wine, whenever you drink it in moderation, offers a number of health benefits, being included in the Mediterranean diet. For example, a glass of sparkling wine is natural, is good for the heart and prevents from different diseases.

Source of youth and beauty. Some of the reasons of why to drink a glass of sparkling wine is that it contains antioxidants, which benefits the skin in general to make it silkier, smoother and younger. Sparkling wine moisturizes the skin and generates the well known hyaluronic acid, useful to get more beauty.

Perfect for pairing. Sparkling wine can be drunk throughout the meal, not only with desserts when it’s traditional. The result of the combination of quality grapes, chosen for its elaboration, combines perfectly with different foods, always depending on the variety.

Sweet flavors. Those who are not accustomed to drinking wine, will find in the sparkling wines softer, fruity, sweetish flavors so that they become substitutes for traditional wine.

Different varieties. Like the rest of wines, sparkling wines also have diversity of categories and varieties. We have the Brut, Reserve, Semi-dry… so you can choose according to taste, preferences and meals.

Appellations of Origin. This type of wine and cava comes from places with renowned quality and designation of origin, which provides a full guarantee of elaboration, always classified by region.

Elegance and romance. A glass of sparkling is synonymous with celebration, but also of elegance and romance, being associated to a somewhat snobbish life, having formerly an elevated price.

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Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve

 

 

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Mercier Demi Sec

 

 

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Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve

Qualified Single estate Cava, is it the solution to the lack of territorial unity of cava DO?

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Probably one of the most notorious problems of the designation of origin cava is its lack of territorial unity, which means that in certain markets, there is confusion about the origin and quality of the Spanish sparkling wines. While exports of cava show an increasing trend, we must also bear in mind that the competition is fierce, especially in reference to Italian sparkling wines, very successful in key markets such as the Anglo-Saxon.

Given this situation, the Cava Regulatory Board has raised the creation, by the end of the year, of a new designation called ?Qualified Single estate Cava?, directed to highlight the quality credentials of the national cava. The new designation may include only cavas produced in single vineyards, with the additional requirement that producers will have to make their own base wines and will be subject to strict quality controls imposed by the Council.

Recently the President of the Council, Pere Bonet, stated that

?With this new classification we adopt the ‘château’ philosophy, which will give producers the opportunity to gain recognition for wines produced in a specific place in his vineyard. We have received great interest from producers about this initiative and, although it is too early to say how many wineries will participate, we anticipate it will be a significant amount?.

Although the final restrictions on access to the denomination ?Qualified Single estate Cava? are yet to be defined, everything anticipates that they will exceed those of Cava Gran Reserva, an action that intends to reach consumers around the world with the great variety of sparkling wine producers and promote a ?premium? image of cava in all potential markets.

In addition, as part of the strategy of producers guild, Bonet also noted that the reason for the drop in sales of cava in the UK in recent years is the cessation of distribution agreements with several supermarkets, which were detrimental to the intended image of quality given its low prices. The goal now is to get into high-end restaurants and specialist retailers in the British Isles to change public’s perception.

Today we recommend:

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Juvé y Camps Reserva de la Familia

 

 

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Sacchetto Pinot Rosa Frizzante Rose

The Italian spumante, a competition of cava in UK

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However, there are products such as the Italian prosecco that, unlike the French champagne, appear to represent a serious competitive threat to the advancement of our sparkling wines, as revealed by a recently published report elaborated by Rabobank, and focused on the latest trends in the world of wine.

According to this study, the Italian sparkling wine exports to the UK rose a spectacular 40.2% in 2013 over the previous year. One of its authors, Stephen Rannekleiv stresses that, as happened in the U.S. during recent years, the prosecco has become an everyday product, consumed in informal celebrations and an ?affordable luxury? for the British consumers.

The funny thing is that, contrary to what you might think, the Italian and Spanish sparkling wines are not ?stealing? market share to the French ones, which are usually reserved for special occasions and are holding pretty well the verve of the ?newcomers?, keeping in the minds of British consumers much of its traditional image.

No doubt, the decisive factor in the rise of these wines is the price, which has made its consumption spread as a drink of an almost daily consumption, in a similar manner to that we associate here with opening a bottle of wine for an informal meeting with friends or even for lunch or dinner on a weekday.

In fact, for the first time prosecco sales have surpassed champagne with 307 million bottles exported worldwide, while the French producers exported only 304 million bottles.

Do you like Prosecco? Today we recommend 2:

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Villa Sandi Prosecco Spumante Brut “il Fresco”

 

 

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Foss Marai Prosecco Di Valdobbiadene Extra Dry

How to serve sparkling wines ?

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Considered as one of the favorite women drinks and the ideal choice for important meetings, sparkling wines are delicious when served at the ideal temperature, either as an aperitif or to accompany a dessert or dinner.

When serving a sparkling wine or champagne the question is what is the best way to do so for a maximum enjoyment. The ideal temperature for serving sparkling wines is between 7 and 12 degrees. Too cold, the flavors are lost. The perfect way to keep the glass is by the base, not the body, not to alter the temperature of the drink and therefore the flavours.

Serve champagne

Hold the bottle of sparkling wines to serve is one thing you need to know to do properly. Sparkling wine bottles have a slot at the base to introduce your thumb. This position allows you to serve slower and ensures a sparkling result.

Enjoy a champagne

During the tasting of champagne or other sparkling wine like Reymos, you must take into account the three following steps :

  • Visual : This is where you can enjoy the bubbles. The more they will present the best the drink will be. The crown of bubbles that forms on the glass and the colours of the bubbles are factors to consider. Color bubbles can be evaluated by putting the glass on a white background.
  • Nose: In this phase it is possible to appreciate the floral notes found in sparkling wines. To do so we must not move the cup, but simply smell.
  • Taste : In this phase of tasting it is possible to assess the quality of the bubble and whether it is creamy, soft and fine, noting the flavors in the mouth.

Do you plan to buy sparkling wines for Christmas ? We recommend you:

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Champagne Billecart Salmon Brut Réserve

 

 

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Castello Banfi Rosa Regale 2012

The 5 best champagnes to beat the heat with elegance

Champagne is the area where are developed some of the most luxurious and world famous sparkling. Leaving aside the comparison with the Spanish Cava, it is true that “richer” choose to buy champagne for its exclusivity, elegance and ease with which we can find it anywhere in the world.

Choosing the best champagne is a matter of taste, but also fashion, personality, experience … If we dedicate ourselves to try all of them to decide the best champagnes, next year champagne would be released before we could finish it. So today, I offer you the 5 most sold champagnes at Uvinum this year, to know where to start:

5. The classic

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Champagne Laurent-Perrier Demi Sec

 

 

 4. The elegant

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Clos des Goisses Brut 1991

 

 

 3. The special one

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Bollinger Spécial Cuvée Brut

 

 

2. The proper

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Cordon Rouge Jeroboam

 

 

1. The leader

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Champagne Billecart Salmon Brut Réserve