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How to prevent a headache associated with wine drinking?

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Beyond the fearsome hangovers after a night of which one have a glass too many, some people suffer headaches associated with wine drinking. Normally it only takes one or two glasses for these people to suffer from migraines. This is a more common reaction than we think, so multiple scientific studies have been done with the aim of deciphering the trigger of this malaise.

There is no definitive answer to the origin of these headaches. Some studies suggest that these discomforts may be due to sulfites. Others talk about tyramine or histamines. Whatever the final responsibility, they are all natural elements the grape contains or that appear during the different processes of winemaking, helping its conservation, color and even flavor.

Since the potential detonators are naturally found in grapes and wine – in addition to being essential to give life to those wines that we like so much – we have selected a series of tips to help prevent these headaches.

The scientists and physicians responsible for the studies in question point out that it is necessary to observe variables such as the moment of consumption to be able to determine the degree of sensitivity of the people to these elements according to different factors, and thus to avoid situations of discomfort. Experts say that stress could be a major cause, so it is recommended to meditate on whether migraines appear after an arduous work day, or also in times of relaxation as a vacation.

Also, staying hydrated and drinking in moderation is a basic way to prevent headaches associated with wine and other alcoholic beverages; Even an effective method to avoid hangovers the next day. Complementarily, experts also advise taking an antihistamine to block the symptoms of discomfort.

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Drink with your friends – It’s healthy now

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Drinking is a social act that has become more and more popular to do in good company. Certain studies show that social drinkers have more friends and receive more emotional support in various life situations.

The social consumption of alcohol can have a great effect on the well-being of people. It is linked to social activities, such as laughter, singing and dancing. With this, we strengthen our social ties.

Over the years, the link between alcohol and the release of endorphins has also been demonstrated, which is especially relevant. But only when consumed in moderation. In fact, the activation of endorphins not only makes us more relaxed but also seems to tune the immune system.

The fact that drinking continues to be a social fact is significant, and this is because it brings two potential social benefits: One is that moderate alcohol consumption increases psychological well-being and, directly or indirectly, promotes the construction of close personal ties and supports social bonds.

Recent research has shown that low or moderate levels of alcohol consumption may have beneficial effects on cognition and that this may include social cognition. That is to say, if you cultivate a healthy attitude towards alcohol consumption, not only do you avoid abuse but also give a positive example to friends and family.

Tips for moderate drinking

  • Combine the drink with food and tapas, especially when you go out with friends.
  • Mix it up with non-alcoholic beverages like water between each consumption.
  • Drink quality wine, experiment with new flavours to enter the world of pairing.
  • Take vitamin supplements with folic acid, especially if you’re a woman, because alcohol consumption lowers your levels.
  • Do not drink alone.
  • Do not drink if you are planning to drive or you are in situations of risk or at work.

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Resveratrol: Could Also Help against Infertility

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Resveratrol, a polyphenol found in grape skins and therefore in wine, has been prooved by a scientific study to be very beneficial against a hormonal problem that 10% of women of reproductive age around the world suffers from: Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS. This is according to the study published in the Endocrine Society Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.

The endocrine problem causes women to produce higher levels of testosterone and other androgen hormones such as dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate, DHEAS, which can cause infertility, menstrual irregularities and weight gain, as well as increase risks of diabetes

The study was conducted at a university in Poland where 30 women diagnosed with PCOS underwent tests where one group was given a resveratrol supplement while the other group was given a placebo.

After 3 months of the study, women who consumed resveratrol showed a reduction in testosterone and DHEAS levels by 23.1% and 22.2%, respectively, while the placebo group saw a 2.9% and 10.5% increase. In addition, women under resveratrol showed increased insulin sensitivity throughout the study.

“There are not many treatments for PCOS, and there are those that reduce the ability to conceive,” explains Antoni Duleba of the University of San Diego, “however, resveratrol is a natural substance that does not appear to show any side effects.” “Although it is too early to know whether this treatment will lead to the complete restoration of regular menstrual cycles or if fertility will improve, we have faith that it will soon and we will be safe. The bad news is that to get the resveratrol administered during the test would need to drink 100 to 200 liters of wine a day,” concluded Duleba.

We know that the consumption of resveratrol and other antioxidants contained in red wine can be very beneficial to our health, as long as it is consumed moderately. In the long run, and as more studies continue to confirm the benefits of wine, it is better to continue drinking not to be at risk.

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The foods most susceptible to fraud

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Unfortunately, food fraud is a widespread practice around the world today. The substitution of ingredients for cheaper ones is a practice that affects all types of food: from exclusive products that have gained popularity in recent years, to those that make up our daily food consumption.

Even though precautionary measures increase every year to prevent such practices, consumers still need to be prepared to avoid deception. That is why we have made a list of the foods most susceptible to fraud:

  • Ecological foods: Despite consumption and interest in organic food in recent years, a study in the United States found that 40% of foods marketed as ‘organic’ contain pesticides and other traces of products used in The industrial crop.
  • Rice: There are different varieties of rice classified according to grain shape, texture, color and, of course, quality. Precisely, one of the most common deceptions is the sale of rice of inferior quality as if they were others of superiors that share certain attributes; Such as fraudulent risotto rice marketed in the United Kingdom. In some cases, the grains are infused with the resins, reducing their quality from imperceptible to being cooked.
  • Fish: Fish is a food highly susceptible to fraud. Among the most common forms, we find the alteration of the date of fishing in order to sell it as a fresh product, as well as incorrect labelling in which species of lower commercial value are substituted by similar ones with higher commercial value.
  • Fruit Juices: It is no secret that fruit juices usually are diluted with water, as well as containing sweeteners and colorings. In spite of this, many of them bear the label of 100% natural or ‘concentrate’.
  • Milk and dairy: In the face of increased fraud, many countries are promoting the incorporation of a label of origin to all their dairy products. The most common alteration is the mixtures with water or other milk of lower quality; However, in recent years frauds have been discovered with products that could endanger the health of its consumers.
  • Wine: Unfortunately the fraud of wine production is more common than we think. In fact, it is estimated that 70% of the wine sold in China could be fake. Usually, these are mixtures of grapes of lower quality that are sold as premium product, or broth mixed with chemicals.

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Choose wine like an expert

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There is no doubt that having knowledge of wine has become an indispensable requirement in any type of social gathering. From intimate dinners in restaurants to family gatherings around the table, we have all felt the social pressure to know how to choose the right wine for the occasion. Faced with this situation, many people are forced to simulate their wisdom in this matter; Especially when we face the menu list in a restaurant.

Therefore Uvinum want to give you valuable advice on choosing wine as an expert: choose the most economical bottle of the menu. It is not a cheap attitude, but a suggestion endorsed by industry professionals such as food critic Jay Rainer, or authors Madeline Puckett and Justin Hammack.

Why opt for the cheapest option? These experts provide the following arguments to support their suggestion:

  1. Do not fall into snobbery

The high prices of some bottles are only a consequence of snobbery. They are denominations of origin and the varieties that have gained fame, reason why the demand increases and their prices increase. However, these appellations of origin or grapes are usually neither the most exciting nor the most innovative. By contrast, wines from lesser-known regions have a great potential yet to be discovered.

       2. Think global, consume local

This also happens with foreign products, to which we usually attribute a certain prestige for the simple fact of being from another country. The costs of transport and distribution tend to increase the prices of these wines, which we usually attribute to the quality of the product. For their part, local wines are usually the most economical options, and their quality is usually similar or even higher than the foreign ones.

       3. Accept recommendations

Finally, it is always advisable to be recommended a wine by a good sommelier. This way you can discover wines that you have never heard of before. In case you do not trust the recommendation of the sommelier or waiter of the place or restaurant, you can always look for information on specialized websites like Uvinum before ordering a bottle.

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How are the wines of Croatia?

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In recent years Croatia has experienced a tourist boom, which has made its wines reaching unprecedented levels of international recognition. With a long history of wine production, comparable to that of the most traditional Mediterranean countries, Croatian wines were well known at different times, but Ottoman invasions, phylloxera, world wars, communism and conflicts in the former Yugoslavia caused it to fall into oblivion.

For decades, Croatian wine production was simply divided into “coastal” and “continental”, but a few years ago a group of producers, sommeliers and experts created a new system that emphasized four regions, divided into 12 subregions with 66 Designations of origin. The country has 64 local grape varieties, in addition to an important presence of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Chardonnay.

Dalmatia

It is the most southerly area, with a sunny and warm climate ideal for the cultivation of white wine, rich and fruity wines that are made with Posip, Debit and Marastina grapes. Red wines include varieties such as the Babic and Plavac Mali, with very good denominations of origin such as the Peljesac peninsula and the subregions of Dingac and Postup.

Istria and Kvarner

Located in the northwest of the country, it is known as “the other Tuscany”, and the region includes the islands of the Kvarner Gulf. It is known for its refreshing white wines, ideal for fish and seafood and made with Malvasia Istriana and Zlahtina. The reds are produced basically with Teran grapes and some international varieties.

Highlands

Is situated in the center of the country, on the border with Slovenia and Hungary, this region produces Sauvignon Blanc, Muscat, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Sylvaner, Gewürztraminer and Chardonnay, as well as some reds made with Pinot Noir grapes and excellent sweet wine and ice wine.

Slavonia and Danube

Last, the region of Slavonia and Danube is known for its dry white grape wine Grasevina, known elsewhere as Welschriesling or Riesling Italico. Other whites are also produced, made from Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc, and Blaufränkish reds among other international varieties.

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White Wines from La Rioja, are they any good?

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To speak of a Rioja wine is to make it with distinction since it’s a DO that it’s famous all around the world and which groups more and more regions throughout Spain as time goes by. Traditionally, the wines of Rioja have been red, with different nuances, special flavors and potent blends on the palate. They are perfect mostly for meats and other foods related to hunting.

But for some years, the regulating council of La Rioja itself recognizes that things are changing because the white wines of Rioja are striking with fiercely, more than ever, bringing freshness and high-quality standards.

Although it may be seen as a novelty, it’s not, because white wines in this area have been proven and, in fact, they were the best and more abundant than reds back in the 17th century.

La Rioja is boosting these wines because beyond the consolidated reds, there is a world of white to discover. They are characterized by their complexity and variety, perfect to pair with many foods, both in summer and winter, or just any other time in the year. For example, young fresh and fruity white wines can be paired with seafood, pasta and rice, among others, while those white wines that are fermented in barrels go well with cured cheeses and blue fish. Long-aged whites are consumed with poultry, meat and stews.

For all this, the whites of La Rioja are reborn to bring more flavors to this DO. Would you like a glass of white wine?

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Protocol at the table, a matter of good education

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In life, there are many sciences and arts that are complicated but necessary to live the good life. The table manners are certainly one of them. Perhaps for some, it sounds a little overwhelming with all those rules that must be followed or the amount to be memorised, but in reality, is only a matter of education, good manners and a little common sense. Below you will find some points about what is considered as the basic rules of protocol.

What not to do at the table?

  • No smoking during the meal, wait until dessert.
  • The napkin goes on your lap, not the neck, arm or table itself.
  • Do not blow to cool soups or hot drinks.
  • No combing your hair or touching up your makeup.
  • Do not start eating before your host or before directed. Yes, you will have to be a little patient before digging in.
  • And speaking of digging in, eat neither too fast nor too slowly, try to keep pace with the others at the table.

Utensils, a necessary evil

  • Start with the silverware from the outside and advance inwards as they serve the dishes.
  • Forks to the left, knives and spoons on the right.
  • Dessert utensils will be above your plate, normally a small fork and spoon.

The art of serving wine

  • Red wine is served in large, round glasses with a short stem. Usually at room temperature. It is typically enjoyed with red meat. Fill 1/3 of the glass.
  • The white wine is served cold (about 6 to 8 degrees) in a slightly smaller and longer-stemmed glass. Fill 1/2 of the glass.
  • Similarly, sparkling wines are served in their respective glasses, fill 3/4 and cold.
  • Rosé wines are usually served cold in a glass, as white wine, and you can pair with any type of meat, it much depends on your taste.
  • It is not recommended to serve a white or pink wine after a red since the latter, being stronger, numbs the palate from appreciating the lighter.

As you see, these are very simple tips that will help you succeed during your next formal dinner. Enjoy!

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4 keys that indicate which wines young people want to drink

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Movement Wine DO, an initiative promoted by the Spanish Conference of Regulatory Councils Vitivinícolas (CECRV), it aims to bring the values of wine with Appellation to young people. A survey conducted through social networks, with a participation of 1000 people, show us which are the preferences as well as the trends concerning wine culture among young people. The main conclusions were as follows:

1. Quality above all

The most important thing to consider for young people today is the quality of what they consume. So said 93% of the respondents, while the second most important factor, according to 74% of the participants, is that wine has Appellation. The price comes in third place and the brand is only an important factor for 16% of the participants.

2. Appellation

As mentioned in the previous point, this is a fundamental (47%) feature that young people take into account when choosing a wine. Another 49% said they always have this in mind when consuming wine.

3. Red is the preferred choice

Being the king of kings among wines, red wine is the preferred choice for contemporary consumers. Although they drink the other types, “red” is leading in the race preferences, followed by white, sparkling, pink and others like fine, liqueur or sweets.

4. Drink to enjoy time with loved ones

The main reason why wine drinking among young people is to enjoy it with friends, 74%, and with a partner by 71%. There is no doubt that the best moments are enjoyed more and better with a good glass of wine.

 

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Cambados: What to do in the European City of Wine 2017?

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On November 4 2016 the Board of the Network of European Wine Cities (Recevin) chose Cambados (Galicia, Spain) as the new ‘European Wine City’. The Pontevedra locality will hold the title throughout the year 2017 thanks to an attractive project that allowed it to step in front of other Spanish cities with a great wine tradition like Aranda de Duero, La Palma del Condado and Vilafranca de Penedès.

This recognition is not surprising to those who have visited this city before, because Cambados has an extensive relationship with wine; It is known worldwide as the Capital of Albariño. This is because the Denomination of Origin Rias Baixas was promoted in this town in order to improve local wine production for export to major international markets; A task that they have accomplished with palpable success for years.

There is no doubt that the Capital of Albariño will be a destination of high tourist interest for lovers of good drinks. A total of 80 enotourism activities make up the program presented by Cambados in his candidacy for the ‘European Wine City’. To this we must add the wide offer of activities related to the wine that usually offers the city among which they stand out:

  • The Albariño festival:

Held on the first Sunday of August, this is one of the oldest wine festivals in Spain. Every year thousands of lovers of gastronomy and good wine come to this celebration that holds the title of ‘National Tourist Interest’ since 1977.

  • Ethnographic and Wine Museum:

This is the first museum in Galicia of its kind. Located in a historical point of Cambados, between the ruins of Santa Mariña Dozo and a temple of the s. XV, in its interior it is proposed a tour of the history, art and popular culture of the Rías Baixas related to the vitivinícolas aspects.

  • Wine Route:

A total of 21 wineries make up the “Ruta do Viño“, a route of 23.5 km in which you can enjoy a walk around the historic set of Cambados, declared a Cultural Interest; At the same time as commented visits and tastings in the wineries whose wines have given international renown to this region.

To make matters even better, this seafaring village is kind to lovers of good food. Scallops, seafood and fresh fish in abundance on the menus of restaurants and seafood restaurants in the city. We are talking about the perfect cuisine to accompany an Albariño in a wonderful setting

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