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The Year 2017 At Uvinum: 85,122 Stories

 

It is difficult to fit one year into numbers. So many things have happened! Just to give a brief example: in 2017 we made exactly 85,122 shipments to 35 different countries, and behind each shipment, there is a story. It is the story of a person who lives in Brazil, or in Sweden or in Galicia and who wanted a wine that was in Uvinum or is the story of Hannah, who recently placed an order from London to celebrate her father’s 60th birthday. It is very exciting to think that our wines were at such an intense and moving moment. How can we summarize all these stories into just a few paragraphs?
There are 85,122 stories that take place in thousands of cities. In Spain, for example, they took place in Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia – the places that have bought from us the most – but also in places as remote from the point of view of these cities as Pau, in the province of Gerona (with only 551 inhabitants) or Adeje, on the island of Tenerife. And they happen in cities of other countries, of course: in London, Birmingham or Glasgow; in Berlin, Munich or Hamburg; or in Paris, Lyon or Bordeaux. Ubiquity. It is the magic of the online world.

Behind these 85,122 stories, in addition, there are sub-stories. We could say that Spin-offs if we keep the analogy of TV series. For example, many of these people from all the countries in which we sell had the desire to buy the same product, which in 2017 was the Smirnoff Red Label. The most purchased Uvinum product in the world, and also the United Kingdom … In Spain, however, they opted for a white wine, José Pariente Verdejo, or in France for the M of Minuty Rosé. Birds of a feather flock together.

More and less

As in all stories, there are contrasts, of course. Big and small, maximum and minimum, ambition and contention. For example, someone among these 85,122 people made a purchase of great value: spent nothing more and nothing less than € 14,440, the most expensive order this year in Uvinum, an amount similar to that spent by someone who in 2017 bought a Peugeot 208 LPG or a Dacia Lodgy Stepway. In contrast, there was someone much more content that made an order worth € 5.20, the cheapest order this year in Uvinum.

There was someone – the person who most times bought in 2017 – who made 138 orders, which is as if he had placed a daily order for just over 4 months. And there was someone who decided to buy a Petrus for € 3,893.96, the most expensive wine sold this year in Uvinum, and someone else who bought what they say is one of the best beers in the world (and the most expensive), Westvleteren 12, for € 11.05. And even a whiskey aficionado who bought The Macallan Fine Oak 25 Years for € 1,031.69 per bottle, the most expensive distillate sold this year.

Solidarity, originality and future

Also, as in all history, there is solidarity, that of 5,980 customers who during 2017 decided to contribute a euro in solidarity with their purchase. With this euro, we were able to contribute to improving the lives of 43 children in India with leprosy -in support of a reconstructive surgery project- and the 50 children of Mandrosoa (Madagascar), with a scholarship project, assures them a daily meal at school.

There is, of course, a bit of originality. For example, do you know the exclusive edition of Absolut Elyx? In 2017 it was one of the most striking products in our catalogue and, in addition, Uvinum is one of the few sites in Europe and the only one in Spain that has it for sale. We are happy to contribute these little details to history, just as we are happy to offer more and more products: last year we made available to our customers more than 100,000 products, 34% more than in 2016. Because this is also a story of growth. 

And, in 2018 we will continue like this. With a team of 10 different nationalities involved 100% to keep growing (in addition, a team that grows in many ways, because we had 3 new babies on board!). We will continue improving. Expanding Offering distillates, beers and, above all, wines that are part of the lives of our customers, that make them smile, dream, that becomes part of their memory when, as in the case of Hannah, remember the moment in which she toasted for his father’s 60th birthday.

That is our story. To be continued…

Merry Christmas from Uvinum

 TAGS:undefinedChristmas is around the corner. Not only in Uvinum but also at your home, mine and our neighbours’. It’s about time then to cool the champagne or decant the Gran Reserva. Everything has to be done and ready for the arrival of your cheerful family, raising your glasses to a very merry Christmas – even if you have to do so in your ugly Christmas sweater, your mother-in-law gave you last year. There is no escape. The time has come to think of all the good that happened during the past 12 months. Let’s celebrate these precious moments with family and friends.

We sincerely hope we were a small part of your year with what we love most: Wine. After 6 years online there still is nothing more endearing to us than helping you discovering new, great and the most awarded wines… always aiming at offering you the best options for the best price according to your needs.

On top of all, we tried to make your holidays, even more, colourful this year. For example, we launched our first Christmas Catalogue and we worked on offering you a special offer on shipping costs, so you can save money. We hope our new endeavours helped you discover new wines, cavas, champagnes and hooch to share, drink and enjoy with your loved ones.

Even Star Wars didn’t miss out on us as we coined our own Wine Wars. (Did you decide which side of the force you’re on, yet?) Christmas spirit and the premiere of Star Wars: The force awakens beamed our own spirit all the way through the wine galaxy.

That being said, after an intensive holiday season, in the name of our team – Nico, Albert L., Albert G., Vero, Ben, Ana, Óscar, Fran, Audrey, Pablo, Eduard, Marcos, Javi, Sandra, Francesca, Giovanni, Roberto, Sara, Miguel, Maria, Pri, Elisabeth, Johanna, Rafa und Cèlia – we’d like to wish you merry Christmas and the happiest new year. To health and wine! (And don’t worry, you’re allowed to drink two or more glasses this year, if you’re the winner of the Christmas sweater lottery. We understand.)

Grapes that have crossed borders and their most common food pairings

Do you know which grapes are the most popular ones? And which are the best pairings for them? Don’t miss the infographic which we have elaborated just for you in order to offer you some information about the most common grapes as well as some pairings, so that you can enjoy their taste even more. And all that in the most simple and effective way! Discover and share!

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A great proposal for your Christmas menu paired with the best wines!

Doubts about your Christmas dinner? A proposal for your Christmas menu paired with the best wines. Certainly a resounding success!

Christmas is around the corner and we are sure that you are already thinking in your menu. Let yourself be inspired by our menu paired with the best wines, sparkling wines and liqueurs to ensure that you will seduce your commensals with one of your best allies.

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Appetiser

Prawn cocktail

The best meal deserves a great appetiser. An option? Taste a prawn cocktail with a quality sparkling. ¡A winner combination!

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Laurent Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut

 

 

Main course

Christmas turkey

The traditional Christmas table is always crowned with a big roast turkey. And a big roast turkey needs a wine at its level. So, if you choose this plate, you will need a bordeaux blended with a combination of power and elegance.

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Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2010

Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2010

 

 

Side dishe

Brussels sprouts gratin with bacon, cream and almonds

And so it happens with the side dish: your turkey will be the best turkey ever if you accompany it with this seasoned brussels sprouts and another glass of this great wine.

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Simonsig “labyrinth” Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Simonsig “labyrinth” Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

 

 

Dessert

Irish cream and chocolate cheesecake

To end a meal of such a quality, what better than a soft and sweet dessert paired with a delicious liqueur? A great end to a great start!

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Orujo Pazo de Señorans 50cl

Orujo Pazo de Señorans 50cl

 

Feel like this paired menu? Find the selection of products at Uvinum and enjoy a more than excellent paired menu. And, if you are running out of ideas, you can always read other inspiring articles for your Christmas celebretions. Don’t miss them!

*Images: Flickr y Uvinum

Did you know that alcohol excites but, in excess, delays orgasm?

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Brain and cardiovascular system have an important role when coordinating the relationship between orgasm and drinking alcoholic beverages.

It has been proven that excessive alcohol consumption delays the moment of orgasm in both men and women, since the role of alcohol is depressant, so it makes you feel uninhibited when flirting and having sex, but physically the body is not ready.

The delayed response of the central nervous system may be useful for men who have trouble lasting longer during sex. However, excessive consumption of alcohol generates greater overall loss of sensitivity and poor performance.

As for women, the brain’s response to alcohol is quite useful if their problems are about inhibition and psychological type to reach an orgasm but, as in the case of men, excessive alcohol ends ruining the whole scenario.

Another disadvantage of excessive alcohol consumption in the sexual arena is that by decreasing sensitivity, you may also feel less pleasure with the stimuli presented, in the same way as when you get hit under the influence of alcohol you feel pain less intensity.

For men, excessive consumption of alcohol instead of delaying orgasm, also affects the cardiovascular system, and thereby the blood pumping to different parts of the body.

To reach an orgasm the sympathetic nervous system response must be activated, but is difficult to reach it if alcohol is consumed excessively. The best practice, therefore, is to drink in moderation. A good wine or a cocktail after dinner will give the evening a touch of sensuality, without spoiling the evening.

So what is the right choice? Low alcohol beverages or fruity cocktails, and the spirit, champagne or wine of your choice.

 

 

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Pago Florentino from La Mancha is a wine made by Las Bodegas Arzuaga Navarro one of the most famous Bodega in Ribera del Duero. A tasty wine with a real good value for money.

 

 

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Alhambra Reserva is dark yellow to light copper tones with bubbles, and sweet due to grain and hops.

Wine at home spoils 4 times sooner

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The wine that we store in a dark room at our homes spoils faster than at a professional wine cellar, according to scientists who have made this comparison to analyze results.

The investigation performed was part of a symposium on wine at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco, and the results showed that wine lovers should we buy the wine that will be consumed in relatively short periods of time if we have homemade cellars with warm temperature levels.

For testing, scientists put 400 bottles of Sangiovese wine in a professional cellar at Jesus College of Oxford. In this cellar, the temperature conditions are constant at 15-16 degrees Celsius, allowing to maintain the wines as fresh as possible.

Additionally, another group of scientists placed wine bottles in a dark cellar that simulated the conditions in which they are kept in a more familiar environment. These conditions were warmer, with temperatures ranging between 20 and 26 degrees Celsius.

The main investigator was Fulvio Mattivi, from the Instituto Fondazione Edmund Mach in San Michele all’Adige, Italy, and he said: ?We found that a small difference in wine temperature accelerates several chemical reactions associated with the ageing of wine and even promote new reactions which are not observed at lower temperatures?.

He added: ?After six months in ?domestic? conditions, the wine in the bottle is approaching ageing levels of bottles stored for 2 years under professional cellar conditions?.

Wine stored in a homemade way, with warmer temperature conditions aged 4 times faster than the wine stored in professionals cellars. In addition, when tasting these wines, additional differences were discovered, such as lower levels of antioxidants, coloring and flavor.

Today, keeping up with the wines on the analysis, we recommend two Sangiovese wines, so you can start beginning and enjoying this grape, if you have not already tried it:

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Francesconi Paolo Limbecca Sangiovese Di Romagna Superiore 2011

 

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Tenuta Poggio Pollino Sangiovese Riserva Campo Rosso 2009

Poached eggs with wine sauce

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The preparation of poached eggs is really simple, and with the wine sauce touch, their elegance increases to delight palates.

Ingredients:

  • Water
  • 3 shallots
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 100 g margarine
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar
  • 3/4 l red wine
  • Thyme
  • Parsley
  • Bay leaf
  • 100 g Parmesan cheese
  • 1 slice of bread for each poached egg
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Preparation:

  1. Step 1: Take margarine out of the fridge in time for it to be soft.
  2. Step 2: Peel the shallots and chop each into small pieces and then place them in a pan with red wine, thyme, parsley and bay leaf.
  3. Step 3: Cook the shallots with wine, thyme, parsley and bay leaf and boil them until liquid is reduced by half.
  4. Step 4: Place 1 liter of water in a casserole with a tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar and bring to a boil.
  5. Step 5: Break the eggs into a cup and when you see the water boiling, place the cup over water for the eggs to fall one by one in it.
  6. Step 6: Using a slotted spoon, bring the white of the egg close to the yolk, to wrap it delicately.
  7. Step 7: Let cook for 3 minutes and remove each egg from water using a slotted spoon.
  8. Step 8: Mix flour with a portion of margarine in a container, in order to obtain a dough ball
  9. Step 9: Take 3 tablespoons of wine and dissolve the created dough on it, place in a saucepan and bring to low heat until thickened with a little salt and pepper.
  10. Step 10: Remove the sauce from the heat, add small portions of the remaining margarine and mix gently.

To serve, cover the eggs with wine sauce, decorated with triangles of fried bread battered in Parmesan.

With this recipe, today we recommend:

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Juan Gil 12 Meses 2012

 

 

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Simonsig Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2012

Can the Google Glasses change the world of wine?

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Technology can be a great tool for many, and as it covers more and more areas in modern life, is now turn for the wine world, that has begun to be overturned by Google Glasses. Want to know their possible applications in the world of wine? Here they are:

  • Multisensory tasting: It was recently discovered that sound and color affects our perception of wine, helping enhance and improving it. Google Glasses can help create that mood with the projection of certain colors and ideal music for enjoyment.
  • Scanning barcodes and disclosing data: you can be shopping and scan the bar code of a wine on a shelf to compare prices and see the available information about the brand.
  • Augmented reality: information can overlay the real world you’re looking through the glass, so wine cellars can begin to allow consumers to make videos about their brands or transmit online the description of an oenologist.
  • They can change the dynamics of waiters and sommeliers: waiters would take orders directly to their glasses, in addition to reviewing new cocktail recipes, applying them without customers noticing.
  • Real time translations: you can make an app for recognition or translation. With it you can see the labels on the bottles or the menu at a bar and instantly translate it to place your order.
  • Video recording: It is an ideal resource to perform wine tours and tastings. You can record video and share what you see with the network.
  • Travel to wineries: Napa Valley is already promoting the use of Google Glasses with a video called ?trip to Napa Valley?. You can see the vineyards at different times of year and look inside the cellars. Some of them have banned the use of glasses in tours, so check before use.
  • Winemaking: Ricardo Peñalba prepares wine for tastings in the Peñalba cellar in Aranda de Duero. You can see what he does in real time and get advice about winemaking with this experience, which is seen as the first of many.
  • Livestream: Watching a winemaker in an online interview, you can know his opinions and reactions, but with a livestream you can see winemaking, blending, selection of grapes, and add your live comments to give feedback to the winemaker itself.

Today we recommend two wines for you to enjoy without Google Glasses:

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Azpilicueta Crianza 2010

 

 

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Viña Ardanza Reserva 2004

Beauty treatments based on wine

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Day by day, increasing benefits of the wine resveratrol are found, and in the world of beauty, its contribution is not less, since different brands of skin care have begun to use its antioxidant qualities.

Resveratrol is the antioxidant found in the skin of red grapes, and is now part of the ingredients in many beauty products, promising to delay aging of the skin, giving it greater firmness and elasticity.

Among the most striking beauty treatments we can find the Malbec DNA, that entered the skin care industry through grape-based products in 1995, and now spas offer wine therapies in tubs for about $ 2,000.

Others who have not been left behind about skincare using the benefits of resveratrol are Arcona, located in Los Angeles, with moisturizing wine masks, and the Greek brand Apivita, with its anti-wrinkle cream.

?Resveratrol has proven to be very powerful, and people -as it comes from wine- reacts with interest?, said cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Paul Frank from New York to the Financial Times.
Furthermore, the brand 100% PureBeauty offers products based on resveratrol, such as masks, eye creams, serums and lip glosses, and have increased their sales by over 1,000% in the last three years.

A world of possibilities has opened up for entrepreneurs in the world of beauty and with this, a range of options to pamper the skin of men and women around the world thanks to the wine.

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Arzuaga Crianza 2010

 

 

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Conde de Valdemar Reserva 2006

ICANN puts off domains .wine and .vin

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This decision was directly taken by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to help owners of designations of origin to protect themselves against requests that may endanger the integrity of the industry.

Meanwhile, Brussels believes that the .wine and .vin domain programs should not be started until the rights of wine producers and consumers are protected.

Before the suspension of the .wine and .vin domains, Internet users were free to purchase them keeping or not a direct relationship with the geographic locations of the wine websites. One of the most serious consequences of these risks is the economic depreciation of designations of origin, affecting more, of course, to those with the highest market value on an international level.

These designations of origin with great importance in the international market are, for example, the Rioja and Bordeaux, so although at first it may seem an extreme measure, EC only wants to ensure the rights and rules of protection of geographical indications to be respected in Internet as they are in everyday life.

But regarding this matter, the approach of EFOW (European Federation of Origin Wines) and the CECRV (Spanish Conference of Regulatory Wine Boards) is more suspicious, fearing that these domains will be delegated in the future with no real control and protection as it has already happened.

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Montes Kaiken Malbec Reserve 2011

 

 

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Sella & Mosca Tanca Farrà Alghero 2008