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Sour wine? Don’t throw it away! You can take advantage of it

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If you have a sour wine in your home and you cannot drink it, there are always other ideas to get the most out of it. Do not throw it away!

One of the best ways to use it is in the kitchen. As long as you don’t drink it from a cup, you can use the sour wine in the preparation of certain dishes and improve those flavors of the meat or fish, either baked or cooked in the pot. With spices, citrus and a splash of wine you’ll be making delicious dishes!

It has always been said that wine is a perfect antioxidant for the skin. It renews it, leaving it brighter and silky, and is used in beauty salons and spa for treatment. Therefore, you may use your own sour wine to make a homemade mask with other ingredients that result in something finer, smoother and brighter for your skin health.

In the kitchen, a sour wine can have other uses. Besides cooking, it’s used to wash fruits and vegetables, because alcohol dissolves impurities and kills those microorganisms that may be in certain foods.

Also, it works wonderfully in our home glasses and crystals. In particular, white wine, because it contains vinegar that we can apply to our windows and clean all of them from our different rooms. It is very recommended you use these sour wines for that benefit, they shall be shining!

And talking about vinegar, sour wine can be used to make some of it too. It will serve to you as an extra condiment for your cooking. Just pour the leftover wine in jars or bottles and leave it to marinate so it gets vinegary. As older the bottle is the more vinegar taste will get, which is perfect. This vinegar will always be of higher quality than the ones we can buy at the supermarket and will give a different flavor to your dishes.

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Blanc Pescador: is a white wine made by Castillo de Perelada from the region of Empordà vinified from xarel·lo, parellada and macabeo and has an alcoholic content of 11.5%.

 

 

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Casal Mendes Rosé:  is a rosé wine from Vinho Verde produced by Aliança Vinhos de Portugal and has an alcohol content of 10.5%.

 

9 bars to enjoy a good wine in Paris

 TAGS:undefinedAlthough Spain is emerging as one of the most gastronomic countries, Paris is still famous for its cuisine, champagne and good wines. If you go to Paris for a romantic getaway or holidays, this is where you’ll get the city’s best wines.

  1. Madeleine L’Écluse. Here, you can taste delicious Bordeaux wines and other regional specialities. Don’t miss out on the good desserts and cheeses to accompany your wine.
  2. Grands Augustins. Rich desserts and an exceptional charcuterie are the hallmarks of this bar, with wines from official French appellations.
  3. Nicolas Bercy. They offer a menu of about 15 different wines. One can choose to drink them per glass or bottle, in addition to eating good and traditional French delicacies.
  4. Vinomania. The name says it all, tasty wines, from various designations of origin and also a selection of new and rare wines.
  5. Le Comptoir Marguery. Try out and taste various types of wines and champagnes.
  6. Le Tambour. This small bar has an unpretentious cuisine accompanied by local wines. Moreover, the kitchen is open until 3.00 am.
  7. Avant Comptoir. The decoration of the bars and restaurants of Paris is often very exclusive and personal, this is also the case at  the Avant Comptoir which offers a varied menu of dishes and a large assortment of wines.
  8. Aux Bons Crus. A small, unknown wine bar that offers regional specialities. The wines are selected by the owner of the bar.
  9. O Chateau. A popular bar that offers an abundance of well-known wines, cheeses, good food and an excellent atmosphere. It is frequented both by Parisians and tourists.

And alas, if you do not have the opportunity to travel to Paris, you can always have a glass of good French wine to console yourself. Cheers! 

Uvinum recommendations for French wines: 

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The Whispering Angel Rosé 2015 has its name from the Whispering Angels chapel from the early 19th century with two cherubs above the altar. The rosé managed to outshine its 2014 vintage which had already convinced many renowned wine critics.

 

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M. Chapoutier Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem 2014: Through biodynamics Michel Chapoutier gets the best out of his wines, reminding us of images from the South of France with its warm colours and scents of Mediterranean woods. 

How to clean wine stains?

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Sure has happened to us that we stumbled upon a glass of wine in a meeting and we get a stain on our clothes. Wine stains may be a little difficult to remove and depending on the type of fabric you must use different methods.

  • For dry wine stains you should leave the stain to soak in some warm milk until you see how it disappears. Then you can wash the garment as you usually do.
  • For fresh wine stains: pour some salt on them and then proceed to wash the garment with soap and water.
  • To get rid of white wine stains there are several options: If it is a thick fabric, you can wash it with warm water and soap, if it is a more delicate fabric you can rub it with alcohol before wetting it. You can also put a splash of lemon juice or fine salt.
  • To remove red wine stains on tablecloths fabric, rub them with white wine.
  • For red wine stains on shirts or blouses, you can can rub them with cold water mixed with a touch of ammonia. A second option is to mix liquid soap with peroxide and apply it to the stain.
  • To remove wine stains on carpets: Dissolve 1 tablespoon of detergent and 1 tablespoon of ammonia in a glass of warm water. Dampen a sponge with the mix and then rub the stain. Finally rinse with water and vinegar and let dry.
  • To remove red wine stains on marble: Use a damp cloth if it is fresh and if it is dry, mix a splash of bleach with a some water to clean.
  • To clean red wine stains on the walls, whether they are painted or papered, you can clean with white wine and finish with hydrogen peroxide diluted in water.

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Borsao Selección 2014: The current vintage of Borsao Selección as well as the previous ones have received medals and awards from some of the most prestigious international competitions.

 

 

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La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Magnum 2004:  a red wine from Rioja DO of La Rioja Alta cellar made with tempranillo and graciano of 2004 and 12.5º of volume of alcohol. 

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