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Barcelona Restaurants With Organic Wines

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Organic wines can be found in many types of establishments. When talking about organic wines we could mention many different denominations, although in this case, we are referring to a type of crop where the sulfur addition limits are lower and the use of chemical synthesis products are kept as low as possible.

There is an increasing demand from customers for these wines and today many restaurants have added them to their menus. Have a look at our selection of Barcelona restaurants that offer organic wines in case you will be passing through the city or are going there for a holiday.

El Petit Celler

El Petit Celler is more than just a restaurant. It is a sensory experience where you can taste a variety of wines. Recently they have opened Tribut which is a space within El Petit Celler itself where you can taste more than 250 kinds of the best wines by the glass. The place also has a Vermutería where you can taste a large selection of vermouths accompanied by the best preserves. It was originally opened as a store, so it has endless shelves with a great selection of bottles that you can buy and bring home. The organic wines are well represented.

La Dentellière

Located in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona this restaurant stands out for the quality of its products. With a central location, it offers eggs from Calaf, rice from Delta del Ebre, and of course, a good list of wines of Catalan and Spanish origin, among which you can find the organic Mureda and DO Castilla La Mancha, both red and white wine types.

Vistro49 Wine Bar and Cocktail Bar at Hotel Ohla Barcelona

Hotel Ohla Barcelona offers several gastronomic areas. Florian David from France has been Caelis’ sommelier for more than two years and he is responsible for Vistro49. The extensive menu includes organic wines and little-known wineries that produce precious wines. They also have a wide representation of well-known wines and cavas.

La llavor dels orígens

The name refers to two restaurants in Barcelona which are located in two alternative and trendy neighbourhoods: Grácia and El Born. Both restaurants have dishes with products from Kilometre 0. Their wine lists have some organic wines such as the Bouquet d’Alella, DO Alella, which is produced using the grape pansa blanca which is native to Alella.

 

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Hécula 2014

 

 

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Castaño Monastrell Ecológico 2016

10 Best Value Wines For January

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The holidays are over, but that does not mean we have to give up the small pleasures of life. Today, we have 10 cheap quality wines to offer you, so that the rising prices of January will cost you less. Are you going to try them?

1. Basa 2016

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Basa 2016, a white wine of the D.O. Rueda that maximises the varietal character of the Verdejo grape. Ideal to pair with vegetables, white meats, white fish, seafood, bluefish, baked fish, smoked, foie gras, soups and creams.

 Buy Basa 2016

 

2. Protos Roble 2016

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Protos Roble 2016: an unquestionable top of the Ribera del Duero. It is elaborated with an exhaustive selection of Tinta del Pais, in whose fermentation process, the temperature is controlled with extreme stealth, resulting in a red of precious expressiveness and potency.

 

3. Blau 2016

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Blau 2016: worthy representative of the wines of Montsant. It is a complex red on the nose that shows fresh, balanced, complex, fruity and impregnated with the notes of the terroir, wide flavours and a fresh, spicy and slightly mineral finish.

 

4. Baltasar Gracian Viñas Viejas 2015

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Baltasar Gracian Viñas Viejas 2015: red 100% Garnacha that comes from vines up to 80 years old. It is cheerful, fresh and young, an excellent way to get to know D.O. Calatayud Grenache lovers, do not hesitate a second: it is a good choice.

5. Viña Real Crianza 2014

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Viña Real Crianza 2014: a broad and fleshy Rioja ageing, with noble mature tannins that transmits a perfect roundness and balance. For quality and price, it is a good choice for varied occasions and meals based on simple meats.

 Buy Viña Real Crianza 2014

 

6. José Pariente Verdejo 2016

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José Pariente Verdejo 2016: intense, elegant, complex, fruity … Not in vain has it become one of the most famous wines of Rueda and that has brought fame to the increasingly valued verdejo wines. What a wonderful varietal! Enjoy with fish dishes, seafood or rice, the perfect combinations! 

 

7. Llavors 2015

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Llavors 2015: in Empordà, in the northeast of Catalonia, wines such as Llavors 2015 allow us to enjoy the wonders of a land bathed in the wind. In the case of this young red, in addition, we can enjoy the exquisiteness of simple and well-made wines.

 

8. Gaba do Xil Mencía 2014

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Gaba do Xil Mencía 2014: this wine from the D.O. Vadeorras is a 100% Mencía monovarietal made by traditional viticulture and respectful of the environment. You will enjoy its pleasant and slightly fruity character, with a long finish and very good acidity.

 

9. Semele 2015

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Semele 2015 is one of the most anticipated wines of the D.O. Ribera del Duero 2017. It is an organic red wine grown locally and organically, which is very aromatic and spicy on the nose, and round and fresh on the palate, with aromatic richness and varietal expression.

 

10. El Perro Verde 2016

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El Perro Verde 2016: Sympathetic, casual, expressive, tasty … With each vintage that passes, this Verdejo maintains the character that has made it famous and appreciated. In Uvinum always stands out with top sales and is the white wine that has been scored well by experts.

Winter wines for bad weather

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So, wines we drink in winter depend on the food we eat during that time of the year. In general, red wines, full bodied, strong and with an acceptable degree of alcohol that make us warm are the preferred wines of the season.

The presence of tannins is another factor to keep in mind when choosing  a winter wine. For strong meat, stews and other traditional plates, red wines with a long aging and maturing in barrels are best. However, we can also opt for the young wines that are emerging these days.

Not only red wines nourish us during the winter. White wines and rosés can also play a role. Also, the white wines should have a slightly higher alcohol content, well aged. White wine goes very well together with birds, certain fish seafood and pasta or winter salads. Even if white wine should be taken cold, in winter a drinking temperature of about 9° is recommendable.

The best drinking temperature for red wine in winter is around 17°. Room temperature is better than serving them cold.

Regarding the grapes, there are many possibilities. You can choose from Merlot to Cabernet Sauvignon, through Syrah, Chardonnay or Viognier, the latter regarding white wines. Malbec also goes very well with red meat and game, which are also important protagonists of these hard cold months.

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Mala Vida 2013: a red wine from the Valencia DO with the best bunches of syrah and tempranillo from the 2013 vintage. 

 

 

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Borsao Selección 2014: a red wine Campo De Borja with the best bunches of syrah and tempranillo from the 2014 vintage and with an alcoholic strength of 14º. 

 

 

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What are the 10 most expensive wines in the world in 2015?

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Wine Searcher recently published a list of the most expensive wines in the world in the year 2015, which first 10 positions can be seen below. As expected, the top positions are dominated by French wines, an international benchmark in terms of wine investment.

  1. Henri Jayer Richebourg Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits (France) at $ 13,580: This wine is made from Pinot Noir. This makes it the most expensive wine; its price has increased these past 3 years and is one of the most popular in Europe and Asia. Made from Pinot Noir.
  2. Domaine de la Romanee Conti Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits (France) at $ 13,196: The critics have named it one of the top 5 French wines; The Wine Advocate gave the 2012 vintage a score of 99 and Jancis Robinson gave the 2012 vintage a score of 19/20. Its price gradually increased the last three years to become the second most expensive Burgundy. Made from Pinot Noir in Romanee-Conti, a Grand Cru vineyards site (and the corresponding designation of origin) of the sub-region of Burgundy’s Cote de Nuits.
  3. Henri Jayer Cros Parantoux, Vosne Romanee Conti Grand Cru (France) at $ 8,473: Rated by the critics as one of the top 5 Vosne-Romanee Cros Parantoux wines, it is the second most expensive Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru wine. Its price has risen in the last year. Cros Parantoux is one of the most respected areas in Vosne-Romanee, considered by many to be worthy of Grand Cru status. It is located on the slopes above the Richebourg Grand Cru climat, and like its famous neighbour, is used to plant Pinot Noir.
  4. Ego Muller Scharzhof Scharzhofberger Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese, Mosel (Germany) at $ 6,924: This is the white wine with the highest price in Germany and the third most popular. In the past three years the price has increased. Made from Riesling in Wiltingen, a small but important town in the Saar river. Wiltingen has three vineyards that have been classified by the VDP as Erste Lage – Scharzhofberger, Braunfels and Gottesfuss.
  5. Domaine eFlaive Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune (France) at $ 5,769: This is the white wine with the highest price of Cote de Beaune. Its price has been rising in the last three years. Made from Chardonnay.
  6. Domaine Georges & Christophe Roumier Musigny Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits (France) at $ 4,935: This wine is the most expensive of Chambolle-Musigny. In the past three years its price has increased. Made from Pinot Noir (the key red wine grape in Burgundy) in Le Musigny, a Grand Cru vineyard in the heart of the wine region of Burgundy’s Cote de Nuits.
  7. Jon. Jos. Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese, Mosel (Germany) at $ 4,867: This is the third best rated wine by The Wine Spectator and the second most expensive in Germany. Made from Riesling in Wehlen, one of the most popular villages in the Germany’s Mosel wine region, located just under the waters of Bernkastel-Keus and Graach, and immediately before Zeltingen.
  8. Domaine de la Romanee Conti Montrachet Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune (France) at $ 4,458: Rated by The Wine Advocate as one of the top 5 Puligny-Montrachet wines, has received more awards than any other wine from this region. Made from the Chardonnay variety in the Montrachet vineyard, the crown jewel of Burgundy white wines.
  9. Domaine LeRoy Musigny Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits (France) at $ 4,454: This is the second most expensive wine of Chambolle-Musigny, its price has increased over the past three years. Made from Pinot Noir in Le Musigny, a Grand Cru vineyard in the heart of the wine region of Burgundy’s Cote de Nuits. As its name suggests, it is located in the parish of Chambolle-Musigny. This vineyard has played an important role in local life – so much so that in 1882, its name is added to the village name (originally only “Chambolle”). The vineyard was officially classified as Musigny Grand Cru in 1936.
  10. Domaine Jean Louis Chave Hermitage Cuvee Cathelin, Rhone (France) $ 4,131: This is the third French wine with the highest rating at The Wine Advocate and Wine Spectator. This is the most expensive wine of Rhone, in the last two years the price has been trending upward. Made from Syrah, a dark skin red wine grape. Its origins have been popularly discussed, but its modern home is certainly the Rhone Valley in north-eastern France.

For our part, today we propose two wines from France that you’ll love, although not listed in this luxurious classification:

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Château Talbot Double Magnum 2004: a red wine with this DO: Saint-Julien with the best bunches of petit verdot and merlot from the 2004 vintage and with an alcoholic strength of 13º.

 

 

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Château Pavie Saint Emillion 2004: a wine red with the Saint-Emilion DO from the 2004 harvest and 14º of alcohol strength.

 

 

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Which wines are best to pair with paella?

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Paella is that great signature dish from Spain, which usually has its origin in Valencia, although it is consumed in several Spanish regions. Made with rice, broth, fish, meat or vegetables, there are a lot of types of paellas, all of them delicious. If you have questions about what kind of wine goes best with paella, we give some recommendations.

Seafood and fish paella goes perfect with a white or rosé wine. For example, some wines from Ribera del Duero and DO Galicia, which often pair well with fish dishes. Whites from Alicante, Valencia and Penedès are also recommended. They must be very fruity and fresh wines, being a dish that is preferably consumed in summer.

White wines with aromas of flowers and fruits also pair well, while introducing aromatic and citrus notes. The ones from chardonnay variety are also highly recommended. Pedro Ximenez wines have delicate and sweet flavours. In this case, sparkling wines can also be at the table when we eat paella. While white, rosé and sparkling wines, also pair well with paellas with vegetables and legumes.

For seafood paella, one of the most widespread, Rueda, Verdejo and, of course, the Galician Albariños are also recommended.

Paella can be elaborated with meat, such as chicken, beef, rabbit or duck, mixed with some vegetables such as artichokes or peppers. In this case, rosé wines will pair exceptionally, and also young and rather soft reds. Merlot and Monastrell reds, showing hints of red fruits and spices, intensify the flavour of the rice. Other wines that are recommended for this kind of paella are the “crianzas”.

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Mar de Frades 2013: a white wine with Rias Baixas DO from Mar de Frades cellar made with albariño of 2013 and with an alcoholic strength of 12.5º.

 

 

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Minuty Prestige Rosé 2014, a rosé wine from Côtes De Provence DO of Château Minuty cellar based on the top of tibouren and syrah from 2014 vintage and with an alcoholic strength of 13º.

 

 

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Enate 2009 is a Somontano from the Enate cellar with the best bunches of 2009 merlot and has a volume of alcohol of 14º.

 

Daily consumption of beer prevents kidney stones

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From time to time, studies reveal the benefits of a particular food or drink in reference to certain health problems, or related to the prevention of all kinds of diseases. Some of them are already too well known, as the beneficial effects, for example, of wine. Consumed in moderation and with a balanced diet, it helps prevent cardiovascular disease and also contains an appreciable amount of antioxidants, key controlling many related health problems, especially with aging.

In this case, the beer is aprotagonist too. In the same way, this ancient drink, with origins lost in the mists of time, is gaining popularity and, in time, more and more things about its properties have been discovered : its benefits and, of course, its wide variety of elaborations, which allow marry it with many meals. As for wine, nowadays projects put to light scientific evidence that shows that responsible consumption can be directly related to different health problem solutions.

Recently, the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology published a study analyzing the effects of certain drinks in the possibility of developing kidney stones, the famous and very painful ?stones ?in the kidney.

Thus, the study shows that sugary drinks favor the occurrence of these problems, which can be severe, while beer, however, reduced by up to 41 % chance of developing the disease.

The study analyzed data from over 190,000 people, mostly middle-aged who had no history of kidney stones. For eight years, 4,462 of these subjects had stones, being fans of sugary drinks. Specifically, those who had drank one or more sugary drinks a day during the time of the study, were to have a 23 % higher risk than those who drank it once a week.

As for the beer, the highest risk reduction, cited above, was achieved with a beer a day, while wine also presents a risk reduction of 33%, as for the white wine, and 31% in reference to the red wine. Coffee reduces the risk by 26 %, orange juice, 12% and tea by 11%.

Would you like to consume beer? Well with the 2 we recommend today, you will have a great time. Enjoy in moderation:

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Damm Inedit 75cl

 

 

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Heineken Can

How are the wines of Sardinia

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The introduction of wine in Sardinia goes back many centuries ago and that is why it currently provides a wide range of wines, from reds to sparkling passing by whites. We must talk about the DO Alghero, that offers powerful wines, many of them enshrined in the Sella & Mosca winery, one of the most popular features transparent white, fine and pure Torbato grapes, ideal pink for summer as well as red with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and vernaccia di Oristano. As we see, a variety we can admire.

Among the best-known wines, we want to speak about the cannonau, which is produced in the eastern part of the island. He has DO and fills the mouth with a dry and powerful flavor, a ?must try? if we are on the island.

In the South, we recommend the Medio Campidano wines, with the Nuragus native varieties, and the Sardinian Monica.

Strangely, we can also find the Malvasia, a unique wine that we see in different Spanish regions. It also has the OD and is naturally sweet and dry. As elsewhere, are also perfect for desserts at the end of a great meal.

Next to Cannonau, Carignano is another of the popular wines of Sardinia. Basically made ??in the Sulcis area, it is known for its strong ruby color, very warm and full-bodied, usually taken with pastas, meats and sausages.

Other proposals of high quality wines on the island are the Mandrolisai, Moscato di Sorso and Sennori, or Vernaccia di Oristano, which also include designation of origin, and represent some of the most popular wines in Sardinia.

Do you want to buy a wine of Sardinia? Today we recommend:

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Mesa Buio Buio 2010

 

 

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Sella & Mosca Monteoro Vermentino Di Gallura Docg 2011

Sancerre’s wines

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The vineyards of Sancerre were created in the Middle Ages. King Henry IV was a lover of good wine. According to the legend, King Henry IV used to say that the local wine was so good, that wars would not have existed if his enemies had tried it. During the nineteenth century the wines of Sancerre, Beaujolais and Côtes-du-rhône were the closest and best-selling wines in Paris. At this time the wine had soft colors and poor concentration, as they were very exhausted to offer larger quantities. This technique led to booming sales of white wines.

The grapes most commonly used to make wines of Sancerre are Sauvignon Blanc for whites and Pinot Noir for reds. In the late nineteenth century were grown Pinot Noir and Gamay for reds and for whites Meslier and Sauvignon. But it was not until after the First World War that the wine country truly developed, replanting the area with Sauvignon.

Until the late 80s and early 90s all Sancerre white wines were fermented and aged bypassing or oak wood barrels. They were carried out in steel tanks without lees for approximately six months before bottling. In recent years, many producers use wood for the fermentation process, producing the best cuvées in the oldest vines. Producers Thomas-Labaille Crochet create late harvest during favorable vintages.

The reds are not very colorful, but they are very aromatic with red fruit, licorice, cinnamon and flower tastes. The pink ones have opened color, aromas of fruit, mint, and pepper.

Want to try wines from Sancerre? We recommend:

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Sancerre Saget Rouge 375ml 2009

 

 

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Sancerre Pierre Archambaut Rosé 2009

Wines of DO Bierzo, innovation and tradition

 - Do you know the wines of Bierzo region? They are becoming more and more popular and widespread thanks to their tradition and pure modernity offer to suit the times.

The Bierzo is a region located in the west of the province of León in the autonomous community of Castilla y León, a well known land by its production of wines, varied and rich in aroma and flavor.

For this reason the wines of DO Bierzo are unique, thanks to the land where they are produced, with diverse landscapes with fields, valleys and mountains and a special orography which determines the character of its wines.

The varieties used for their production are the red grapes Mencía and the whites Doña Blanca and Godello, but also highlights the Garnacha Tintorera, Palomino or Malvasia.

The reds are quite popular and we can highlight the young wines, often performed with 70% of the Mencia variety, while the aged wines are exceptional 4 years after their elaboration. The red wines taste and smell of wild fruits and can become a bit acidic, elegant and velvety.

But whites are also tasty, with aromas of fruit and flowers, with hints of herbs, very fresh, something sweet, full-bodied and also recommended for all seasons. The colors, transparent or straw yellow, offer vivid reflections.

The rosés are usually result of a mixture of red grapes, 50% Mencia grape with white grapes. It is notable by its different colors, from burgundy to orange, plum or light pink. And in their taste you’ll notice strawberries, raspberries… and sweet notes that recall the mixture of white varieties used in their elaboration.

Liebfraumilch, a German white wine

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Some say that thanks to global warming, Germany is becoming warmer, and consequently produces more and better wine. Light, low in alcohol graduation and slightly sweet, these labels increase their popularity among consumers.

According to statistics from the International Organisation of Vine and Wine -OIV-, in 2008 Germany was the fifth largest wine consumer, with 20.7 million hectoliters of wine per year, with an increasing trend. The first four places on this list were held by France, USA and Italy. In the same year, the country has the ninth place among the top 12 producers of wine.

Despite its renowned reputation among experts, in international markets Germany was always associated with the elaboration of white wines lacking personality, cheap and sweet, taking the latter feature as a pejorative aspect, called Liebfraumilch.

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This label, presented in a typical blue flute bottle, created in large volumes, without special care on the vineyard or in wine making, was for years the country’s export flag. However, the Germans have been de-stigmatized not only by their largest importer, the UK, but also by the Americans and Scandinavians, who now believe that there are made the best white wines in the world.