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Stuffed medallions of lamb

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The medallions of lamb stuffed with liver, bacon and dried apricots with a wine sauce is a delicious recipe with medium difficulty level, ideal to make during a weekend with some time left for some guests at your table.

Lamb is a very intense flavor meat, so make sure your guests like it before preparing. If so, they surely will enjoy it because, despite being relatively simple to prepare if you follow the steps, it is laborious and today, in the rush, we usually do not take the time needed. So if you surprise them with this recipe, count with their eternal gratitude.

As for the filling, you can use your imagination (or the Internet), and change it with many different choices: we suggest always intense flavors with a sweet spot, so they do not get hidden by the taste of lamb, offering a different note. One alternative, for example, is using mushrooms and mango, or any other combination of earth and fruit you can think of.

Ingredients

  • 25 g lamb liver
  • 400 g lamb loin
  • 50 g lamb meat
  • 50 g Iberian bacon
  • 2 leeks
  • 3 dried apricots
  • 1 handful of previously toasted corn
  • 15 g breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Olive oil
  • tablespoon sherry
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Caul fat
  • 200 g roasted lamb bones
  • 25 g lamb liver
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 poached onion
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon potato starch
  • 1/2 glass red wine
  • 1/2 glass white wine

Preparing stuffed medallions of lamb

  1. Step 1: Start with making the sauce cooking the lamb bones with poached onion, garlic, liver, pepper and salt in a pan with red and white wine until reduced.
  2. Step 2: When the preparation is reduced, put some water and reduce again the sauce, which you will proceed to drain and mix with potato starch to cook a couple more minutes. When you finish it, put aside.
  3. Step 3: Cut the leeks and roast them in a pan with a drizzle of olive oil.
  4. Step 4: Chop the lamb meat, liver and bacon. You can place them in the grinder with the egg yolk, dried apricots and breadcrumbs.
  5. Step 5: Remove from the grinder and put salt and pepper. If necessary grind the result again.
  6. Step 6: Place the mince in a bowl and put aside.
  7. Step 7: Cut the loin into medallions, flatten them using a knife, cut the caul fat into squares and place a lamb medallion in the center of each one.
  8. Step 8: Proceed to cover the medallions with the mince and wrap them with the caul fat. Then fry each one in a frying pan with hot oil.
  9. Step 9: Serve the medallions accompanied by leeks, then dip them in sauce and sprinkle with some salt.

This recipe is worth seeing the smiles of pleasure of your guests and family when tasting every bite.

For pairing, we recommend an intense wine, red, of long aging: it will enhance the flavor of the dish and it will not be overshadowed by its taste. Today we recommend:

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Faustino I Gran Reserva 2001

 

 

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Sella & Mosca Tanca Farra’ 2008

Marinated sardines

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Marinated sardines are an ideal option for a healthy meal at home with family. This recipe makes 4 servings and its preparation is really simple and fast.

The iron uptake of sardines is really good for our body and it’s part of a balanced diet, and its touch of white wine enhances the delicious taste in our mouth.

We should consider that iron is a great ally to prevent stomach upsets and anemia in our family members, and a great way to get Omega 3, found in different fish.

Ingredients:

  • 12 sardines
  • 50 g flour
  • 200 ml white wine
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 onions
  • 1 stick of celery
  • Bay leaf
  • Parsley
  • Thyme
  • Olive oil
  • Sherry vinegar
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Preparation:

  1. Step 1: Cut the carrots, onions and celery in small dices and put apart.
  2. Step 2: Heat 4 tablespoons oil in a pan and saute the vegetables for about 1 minute.
  3. Step 3: Lower the heat to low and proceed to soften the vegetables for 10 minutes.
  4. Step 4: Then proceed to flour the sardines and then heat 4 tablespoons of oil in a frying pan.
  5. Step 5: Remove the stems from the parsley, add the vegetables, bay leaf, thyme. Then add pepper, parsley and salt to the pan.
  6. Step 6: Bath with wine and vinegar the contents of the pan to completely cover them and cook for about 10 minutes.
  7. Step 7: Pour over the sardines the result of cooking in the pan and let all the preparation made for approximately 12 hours in the refrigerator.
  8. Step 8: To serve, distribute the sardines in the dishes and then bath them with the marinade.

The wonderful thing about this recipe is that you can prepare it during a weekend and have it ready to serve on weekdays, and so optimize your time with a healthy and delicious alternative.

And besides to marinate the dish, today we recommend two white wines to enjoy these marinated sardines in all its glory:

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Faustino VII Blanco 2012

 

 

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Terras Gauda 2013

The summer wine festivals

 TAGS:Wine is one of the favorite drinks worldwide, and in summer the wine festivals are a way to raise awareness of the winemaking process to the highest quality standards, acquire excellent products, and try the local cuisine area, activities that promote tourism and create an atmosphere of hospitality and joy that invites back every year. Today I will show wine parties of 2 of the most active communities in this regard, Galicia and La Rioja:

Galician wine festivals

  • From 7 to the 9 of September La Festa do Viño no Pelete held in the parish of Covelo honors the Virgin of the Remedies annually.
  • From September 29th to October 7th la Festa de Vendimia is celebrated in its second edition, with wine tastings and octopus for attendees.
  • On August 3 the Infesta do Río, held in the village Monforte de Lemos.
  • From 23 to 25 August, the festa do Viño do Condado in his 53 anniversary with concerts, products and the best local wines to taste.
  • The Festa do Albariño, from 31 July to 4 August in the town of Cambados, with tastings of the best wines from the wineries.

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  • Rioja celebrates Rioja Harvest Festival – Fiesta de la Vendimia Riojana – from 21 September for a week to coincide with the Feast of St. Matthew; they develop a traditional ceremony on the Paseo del Espolón, where they is offer to the Virgin of Valvanera (patron of La Rioja) the first wine of the Harvest, and parade floats, food tasting, concerts, theater, street music and fireworks.
  • Also in the Rioja the Battle wine gives to talk about, this latest edition was held on June 29, while the Battle of clarete was held around the July 25.

Have you ever been in a wine fair? Like combining tasting and party? Today we recommend a large Galician white wine and a great red wine from Rioja:

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Luis Cañas Crianza 2009

 

 

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Martín Códax 2011

The 5 strongest beers to celebrate Oktoberfest

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It?s Oktoberfest! Beer is the star of this festival of German tradition, which, despite its name is not celebrated in October, but the third week of September. The reason? Although Oktoberfest was originally celebrated in October, it was suggested to celebrate Oktoberfest in September because the weather is more favorable.

In October in Germany the weather is quite cold, so most beers consumed for Oktoberfest are of a higher alcohol content (the highest). But what are these superpower beers? There are beers up to 65% alcohol (the famous Armageddon), but if you have not been lucky enough to buy one when it was still available (it is made in very small quantities and on a short period), and want to enjoy a different Oktoberfest with stronger beers today I present to you five of the strongest beers sold on Uvinum. Yes, if you buy beer for Oktoberfest, drink in moderation!

 Here are the 5 strongest beers sold on Uvinum:

5. With 13% of alcohol content, the “demon” beer

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Belzebuth 250ml

 

 

4. 14% of alcohol content for the strongest lager

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Samichlaus

 

 

3. 15% of alcohol content, the whiskey land’s beer

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Brewdog Paradox Isle Of Arran

 

 

2. 15% of alcohol content, the Bordeaux style beer

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De Molen Bommen & Granaten Bordeaux

 

 

1. 32% of alcohol content, the nuclear bomb

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Brewdog Tactical Nuclear Penguin 375ml

The new “magic pill” is made with red wine

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Some time ago we discussed the beneficial effects of Resveratrol, a component present in the skins of red grapes (and therefore also in red wine) that has begun to be tested by medical scientists on animals, in order to study there benefits. Among them, reducing obesity, their antioxidant capabilities, anti-aging benefits and prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

Though one of the testing stages Resveratrol is still practiced in rats and mice, it is a reality that it has managed to absorb free radicals and aging culprits to cancer.

The Journal of Physiology recently discovered that these free radicals are necessary for the body to recover after exercise, so that a daily dose of this miracle pill also reverses the effects of exercise, including lowering blood pressure and lower levels cholesterol.
This should not alarm the wine lovers.

Remember that a dose of resveratrol is equivalent in power to 100 glasses of red wine, so it is not possible to suffer the adverse effects through a glass of wine or two. This experiment made on sixty-five years old men during eight weeks.

Similarly Resveratrol component remains the most praised for its beneficial properties since its discovery and remains accessible to everyone from ancient time through a delicious glass of red wine, as we recommend today:

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Palacio de Monsalud

 

 

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Dinastia Vivanco Reserva 2005

Celebrities who make wine

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More and more celebrities and stars produce their own wines; fame increases the success of their releases, a phenomenon that we already witnessed in perfume and clothing. But the new trend for those stars seems to be the production of wine.

The couple formed by Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie continues to be in the center of all the attention. Pitt took advantage of this situation by launching its inaugural vintage, and Angelina its Miraval Rosé 2012, which were sold in 5 hours.

This sales record had an impact on the wine community and generated reflections. It also showed the desperation of the fans for purchasing a wine bottle launched by Jolie and Pitt. This event generated many press releases and further interest in wine. In order not to take too much advantage of their names, the bottles were not marketed at exorbitant prices, with a 15 ? per bottle.

However, not every famous stars offer fair prices or accessible wine bottles onto the wine market. Yao Ming (former basketball player in the NBA) charged 390 Euros for every bottle of its first harvest. Other stars linked their names to wine like Fergie (Black Eyed Peas vocalist), Drew Barrymore, Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi. But some of them engage themselves further in the process of production, vineyards and crops such as Francis Ford Coppola, who owns part of Inglenook Estate and has managed to create a great and highly respected brand in the wine marketplace.

The quality of the celebrities wines varies at least as much as their prices, and in my personal opinion they should be selected in the same way you would select a regular wine, unless you’re a self-confessed fan of any specific personality, and wish to purchase a bottle for your collection.

And if you are, we recommend:

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Miraval Rosé 2012

 

 

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Leo Malbec 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.

How portuguese vinho verde is made

 TAGS:The Vinho Verde is a wine from Portugal and more specifically from the province of Minho. Is has acid dyes and is slightly frothy. The vinho verde is produced in a wide area ranging from Cambra Valley to the Rio Minho, which forms the border with Galicia – Spain. Its name Vinho verde (green wine) comes from the youth of the grapes used and is an appellation of origin since 1984.

It has digestive properties due to its freshness; it is consumed during the summer and can be red (full-bodied, intense color and slightly sparkling) or white (greenish or straw). The history of Vinho Verde was initiated by the religious  who made contributions to the Portuguese crown.

The vinho verde is made in the traditional manner without the technological artifacts; young musts rich in sugar and acidity are collected, then treated with nitrogen for a more effective fermentation (sudden temperature increases must be avoided).

For the preparation this wine must pass by a malolactic fermentation, which involves the conversion of malic acid (present in grapes and other fruits) to lactic acid by the bacteria and using vitamin B, purines, pyridines and some amino, reducing the acidity and enhance its quality.

Sometimes malolactic bacteria are artificially added to this wine to cause fermentation. In the special case of the Portugal green wine, we try to prevent that the fermentation takes place in the bottle.

One of the grapes that is more used for the production of Vinho verde is the Albariño grape. It is used for white wine production in the region of vinho verde. Additionally are harvested white caste of Arinto, march back, Azal, Batoca, Laurel, and Trajadura, among others. And red caste of Amaral (Azal red), Borracal, Espadeiro, Baker, Horsetail Anho and Pedral, among others.

As we begin the summer, vinho verde, for its freshness and softness, is a must. Do you sign up to buy vinho verde? Then we recommend:

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Casal Mendes Vinho Verde

 

 

 

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Quinta do Dorado Auratus 2008