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World’s most expensive wines

 TAGS:Have you ever thought which wine would buy if you won the lottery? It is clear that in addition to the usual, but rather than bottles or boxes, in pallets, we should probably go for one of the most expensive wines in the world. At least one bottle of some of those wines attached to a prohibitive price which only a few privileged ones can enjoy some time in their life.

I already have my Christmas lottery numbers (as I have notice that the EuroJackpot pass by every week) and have I started to investigate which ones are these wines so expensive. As you can see I feel very optimistic about the whole matter. Specifically, at clubdarwin.net web page I have found a list of the 10 most expensive wines in the world.

Not to be a tough nonconformist but the first name on the list, Château Lafite Rothschild, and the accompanying exorbitant amount: nothing more and nothing less than 166,000 Euros, have given to me the drive enough to go start a search online to confirm such disbursement for just 75 ounces of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

On the website of the winery there is no price information, very elegant, but on Uvinum you can find some of the vintages between four hundred and up to twelve hundred Euros. It is not as bad as it seems. For example, regarding 2011 vintage you can buy it for almost two hundred Euros less now, as its price has dropped from six hundred to four hundred twenty. What a bargain! Those lucky enough ones to win anything in the lottery, but not the main prize, can go for the second wine from the house which is also a little cheaper: Carruades de Lafite 2009.

In the second position of this ranking we have Bodegas Vega Sicilia. In the above mentioned web they explain that someone have come to pay fifty thousand Euros for a bottle. $ 65,000 for a double magnum from 1986 at an auction held at the Naples Winter Wine Festival Miami.

Following the list we can find:  Massandra a Russian wine with a Ukrainian origin (43,500 Euros); Penfolds Grange Hermitage, Australia (30,000 Euros, which make of it the most expensive wine of that continent), Petrus, from France (15,000 Euros) and Romanée Conti, a French white wine which can be tasted for 7,000 Euros a bottle.

Screaming Eagle U.S. (4,500 Euros) remains in seventh place followed by Château Margaux, French and with a price according to the list: 1,750 Euros approximately; Perrier Jouët (1000 Euros per bottle for the world’s most expensive sparkling) and finally, in tenth place, another Spanish wine: Pingus, a thousand Euros a bottle for this Ribera del Duero with Danish essence.

 

How to choose wines by their label

 TAGS:The issue of wine labels is a tricky business. I have already been doing the experiment for a while and I have noticed that in addition to the inevitable subjectivity, factor consumer country of origin is an important point to consider. In other words, as far as I, a lifelong Spanish, think a label looks elegant, modern and evocative (sweets) to me belonging to a wine for which I would pleasantly pay a good sum, a person from another country can apparently consider it a true reflection of the table wine made sticker and vice versa.

If we choose a wine letting us be guided by its label we consider all this, but of course, the evidence is the evidence, and at the time of the tasting unanimously can reign beyond that first shocking or creepy impression.

Some of the labels that have lately attracted my attention belong to wines from Mallorca. 12 Volts, 4 kilos or Gallinas & Foques are some of the designs that make me feel an impulse to buy and taste the wine that is enclosed in such packaging.

At the opposite pole are the minimal wines Habla, which also made me succumb to temptation but this time for the opposite. The simplicity of their staging, their dark glass bottle and the black and white contrast managed that trying to suppress my curiosity was a losing battle (thank goodness, because now they are among my favorites).

I have noticed that wines from Yecla, Jumilla and Aragon are being launched to innovation as far as labels are concerned. Stunning designs that get your attention with a promise: that the content is as good as different and original label you see first.

Lately it seems that we run away from the gold, the too rococo types and the image of a classic wine too. But what would happen to Marqués de Riscal or Vega Sicilia, for instance, if they changed the label? Would they still be the same? Or what you think your future in-laws would think of you if they see the bottle of wine you bring to the lunch with them and they discover that the name of it is for example ?Con un par? -for my guts- (Albariño) or “Cojón de gato”, -cat testicle-, (Somontano)?

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Red wines from Ribera del Duero

 TAGS:Tempranillo, sun and chalky soils are the main ingredients in the Ribera del Duero wine. Red wines from this region seem custom-made by a tailor with magic hands and unique nose. The grapes selection and the wine aging do the rest to get some of the most expensive red wines in the world.

Pingus, a simple name for a wine which price goes over 1.000 euros. A masterful combination born of Valladolid soils and the wisdom and grace of a Dane, Peter Sisseck, who lives in Spain now, precisely in the middle of Ribera del Duero. This man, a lover of good wine like most Danes, and who has a vast wine culture forged in Bordeaux and in California, caused a stir when surprised Parker and start selling Spanish wine these exorbitant prices, as never happened before.

Flor de Pingus and PSI came later. The same attention in grapes and a similar strategy in the wood … but nothing can compare to the first. Neither prices, of course.

Vega Sicilia. A myth of Spanish wines and, of course, also of Ribera del Duero. A red wine that oozes history and tradition, its origins date back to 1848 … nothing to do with the youth of Pingus. Vega Sicilia has roots and is a known symbol of prestige. Vega Sicilia makes the table speak for itself.

But Ribera del Duero is not only made of great expensive wine. We can also find great wines at good prices. An example is Protos, a classic. This red wine is known by all, acclaimed by the experts and also loved by those who do not understand much of wines. You can take home a bottle of Protos Roble for just over six euros, but I would rather go for a Crianza (aged) for a few more euros but a much deeper pleasure.

Arzuaga. A wine that I love. I loved 2005 and 2006 and still keep a few bottles at home, although I have in mind to make them disappear for the next year. Perhaps too woody for some and too bitter for others, but then just let it stand and enjoy the colors in each sip. What is true is that who likes it, loves it because it?s different.

Pago de los Capellanes: a leopard never changes its spots. This wine meets all expectations and never fails. It is also one of the favorites of Uvinum users.

Carmelo Rodero, a wine pampered from the stock that becomes art while is decanted. A good choice of Ribera del Duero red wine for a different occasion.

From 6 euros until 1.500, in the Ribera del Duero anything is possible and that’s why when choosing a red, you can never fail if you look for it in this region.

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Pruno 2009

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