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Beat the heat with 4 delicious vegan cocktails

 TAGS:undefinedBeing vegan is not incompatible with the ability to enjoy a delicious cocktail. That’s why today, we suggest some cocktails that contain no ingredients of animal origin. Refreshing and delicious at the same time – beat the heat with these recipes!

Bellini:

Ingredients:

  • 3 White peaches
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1 bottle of Prosecco

Preparation:

  1. Place the peaches in boiling water. After two minutes, drain and peel them.
  2. Cut the peaches into pieces and blend with a tablespoon of lemon juice.
  3. Pour the mix into a jar and add the Prosecco.
  4. Mix and serve in glasses.

Mojito orange

Ingredients:

  • 2 parts of dark rum
  • 1 orange
  • 2 twigs of mint
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • Crushed ice 
  • Fruit 

Preparation:

  • Add the sugar, mint leaves and the previously cut orange into pieces and put the ingredients into a large glass. Crush using a mortar.
  • Run the juice through a sieve and pour the mix into two glasses. Add the crushed ice and rum. Garnish with mint and fruit.

Sangría

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup of brandy
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 2 bottles of white wine
  • 3 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 6 diced white fleshed peaches
  • 2 sliced lemons
  • ½ cup of blueberries
  • ½ cup of strawberries
  • 2 cups of ice cubes

Preparation:

  1. Mix the brandy and sugar in a bowl until the latter is dissolved.
  2. Add the white wine and the fruit.
  3. Leave the prepared mix in the refrigerator overnight.
  4. Add ice cubes before serving.    

Amaretto Aloha cocktail:

Ingredients:

  • 1 measure of cranberry juice
  • 1 measure of pineapple juice
  • 1/2 measure of Amaretto   

Preparation:

Mix the ingredients and serve them in a glass with crushed ice.

Uvinum wine recommendations:

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Whispering Angel Rosé 2015:  The rosé managed to outshine its 2014 vintage which had already convinced many renowned wine critics. 

 

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Blanc Pescador  is a true success of an aromatic wine with a refreshingly light spritz. One of the top selling Spanish white wine made by Castillo de Perelada from Empordà. 

Wine regions from Germany 1/3

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German wines have been a tradition for a long time and their popularity is increasing a lot. To know more about these wines it’s necessary to know something about Germany’s major wine regions.

The areas are divided into 13 designations of origin with an average size of 100,000 hectares each one and the vast majority is concentrated in the South and Southwestern part, given the better weather conditions for processing.

Its most important strains are the Riesling and Müller-Thurgau, bestsellers that are cultivated to achieve fresh white wines. Most of the European countries benefit from their exportation, especially Great Britain, and overseas, the United States.

Some of the German wine regions are Ahr, Baden, Franken, Hessische Bergstrasse, Mittelrhein, Nahe, Pfalz, Rheinhessen, Saale-Unstrut and Württemberg.

Ahr wine region

The landscapes of this wine region are carried out by the river that holds his name, along with hills and rocks. It has 552 hectares of cultivated wines and a large majority of its production are red wines, with varieties of Pinot Noir, the Portugieser, Dornfelder and Frühburgunder. The most widespread white grape of the area is the Riesling, with 41 hectares of surface. Much of the local wine growers have a secondary activity, while a new generation of young winemakers who are reviving the sector in this area is growing very fast. Moreover, it’s one of the country’s smallest wine regions.

Baden area

With an out-of-this-world landscape, Baden offers a sunny and warm weather, becoming one of the best areas for wine production. In this case, 60% of the vineyards is formed by white grapes, while the remainder corresponds to red grapes. The region’s most significant variety is the Spätburgunder, with the famous variety Burgunder (Pinot) besides the white Riesling and Müller-Thurgau; that’s why Baden is also known as the “Burgunder paradise“. It is noteworthy that the wineries here are mostly held by a family with over 77 subsidiaries and 400 wine farms.

Recommended German wines

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Karl Pfaffmann Sauvignon Blanc Trocken 2015:  A wine white with the Pfalz DO is made with sauvignon blanc of 2015 and with an alcohol content of 12.5º. 

 

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Weißherbst Halbtrocken Baden 2014: A rosé wine with Baden DO harvested in 2014 and 12º of alcohol strength.

 

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Ruppertsberger Trocken Dornfelder 1L 2014: A  red wine of the Pfalz DO made with dornfelder of 2014 and with an alcoholic strength of 12º. 

 

 

5 ways to ruin a good meal with wine

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Artichokes

Artichokes and wine are not a good combination. Although this statement is not entirely true, because combined with the right wines it can be good. Apparently, artichokes have a component called cinarina that makes the wine’s taste somewhat strange. It is best to choose light-bodied white wines.

Wine temperature

Each wine type should be consumed according to the recommended temperature. A red served too hot, or a very cold white can spoil the taste of certain foods. If you notice that the red wine is too warm, just put it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving. On the other hand, remove the white wine from the refrigerator a few minutes before serving.

Bad combinations

Matching flavours and recipes with wines to enhance the taste isn’t always as simple as it seems. A good meal can be ruined if the wine is not suitable for the actual type of dish. Too sweet doesn’t pair well with rather fatty foods. With desserts, however, they do. White wines don’t work with game dishes. It is better to inform yourself on the matter before choosing the best combinations and wines for each type of cuisine.

Don’t use ice cubes to cool the wine

Wine lovers already know about this. If the wine we serve is too warm, we might think of adding an ice cube. But by adding ice, we are mixing wine with water. That being said it is best to put the bottle into the refrigerator for 10 minutes. 

Don’t mix two different wines in the same glass

When we drink wines of different brands, backgrounds, and taste from the same glass the taste can be somewhat strange. The best thing is to have separate glasses for each wine to enjoy each one’s particular characteristics at its most.

Uvinum wine recommendations: 

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The Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2015: White meat and seafood is an ideal match for this Sauvignon Blanc. A wine white rated with 4 points on 5 according to Uvinum’s users. 

 

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Vidigal Porta 6 2015: A red wine with Lisbon DO is made with 2015 grapes and with an alcohol content of 13º.

8 wine cocktails to celebrate the warm season

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Are you looking for a cocktail based on a really good wine? Today we offer you the following ideas for the upcoming season. We hope you’ll enjoy them all!

  1. Coke: If you love red wine but want to take a different drink to escape the routine, try adding an equal portion of coke. This cocktail is called Kalimotxo. Complete the preparation with some ice and a few drops of lemon juice.
  2. Sparkling water: Mixing 1 part of sparkling water and 2 parts of chilled wine you’ll get an ideal cocktail to fresh up your evening. Complete with a slice of lemon and ice.
  3. Fruit and brandy: Another way to give it a twist is to mix 4 cups of wine with 1 or 2 cups of chopped fruit into small cubes, 2 tablespoons of brandy, 2 tablespoons of syrup and some soda.
  4. Pineapple slices: Whether white, rosé, sparkling or red, adding a few slices of pineapple to the edges of the glasses always adds sweetness to your drink give it an attractive presentation.
  5. Cantaloupe: Add some cantaloupe cut into small cubes to any white or rose wine, garnish your glass with a slice of lemon and sprinkle some fresh mint before serving.
  6. Lemonade: To transform a boring white wine into a delicious cocktail, mix equal parts of lemonade with white wine. Finish with some crushed ice and sparkling water.
  7. Nectar:That’s how you improvise a Bellini: Add a splash of fruit nectar to your wine. If you are out of champagne or sparkling wine, just add sparkling water.
  8. Granita: And for a quick and easy liquor dessert while serving it as a cocktail in the hot afternoons, mix 1 cup of wine and 2 tablespoons syrup. Right out of the refrigerator you will have a very tasteful beverage.

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Pétalos del Bierzo 2014: a red wine Bierzo based on Alicante Bouchet and Mencía of 2014 and with an alcohol proof of 14º.

 

 

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Remelluri Reserva 2007: a red wine Rioja based on Tempranillo and Graciano of 2007 and has a volume of alcohol of 13.5º

 

 

Great tips to pair your desserts like a pro

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Combining your desserts with wine is one of the best options to highlight flavours and live the best sensual experience possible. Take note of these tips and spoil your guests with the most delicious combinations of dessert and wine to your guests at home or get the best out of your next restaurant visit.

  • Cakes: Sweet wines like Sauternes (Bordeaux) make for a great companion for desserts based on fruits and nuts. In other cases, like cakes and such made of creams you’d rather prefer a semi-dry rosé or sparkling.
  • Chocolate desserts: Cakes and other desserts made of chocolate can be accompanied by sweet white, fortified, and natural sweet wines. Also, many choose to go for the risk-free option to avoid any mistake: the Port.
  • Spirits and liqueurs to make desserts: spirits are used for the manufacture of Biscuits or to make reductions. On other occasions, we use those drinks to make ice cream. Examples include brandy like the Poire Williams for pears, Maraschino for cherries and the Grand Marnier for oranges. For chocolate-based desserts, cognacs and brandies are your best choice. In these cases, we recommend pairing the dessert with the same liquor which the dessert has been prepared with.

Candied or dried fruits such as figs, raisins, dates and apricots go very well with Pedro Ximenez wines and aged Muscat.

Nuts such as chestnuts, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pine nuts and peanuts could be combined with fortified wines with a strong and persistent flavour.

Red and black fruits such as cherries, raspberries and strawberries get along very well with young red wines showing more vivid and violet colours.

Citrus fruits may be accompanied by sweet wines with high citrus notes, as aged Muscat.

And remember: For the right pairing, it’s important to consider the balance between fruit flavours and aromas of wines, as well as the fruit’s colour and the wine’s colour which should be similar.

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Pedro Ximenez Reserva de Familia 50cl: a sweet wine with Málaga DO of the best of Pedro Ximénez-grapes and 17.00º of alcohol. Pedro Ximenez Reserva de Familia 50cl can be matched with desserts.

 

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Moscatel Naranja 50cl: a fortified wine from Málaga DO vinified with  Muscat of Alexandria and Moscatel and has an alcohol content of 15º.

 

 

The 8 worst pairings in the world

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There are pairings between wine and food you should avoid at all costs as they are carried as bad as cats and dogs. It is way better to learn how you should accompany your meals and get the best of your eating experience. In some cases a bad pairing can cause heartburnor and hangover, and in other cases it could completely spoil the taste of your dishes.

1. You should never pair with champagne

One of the worst combinations for dry champagne is the sweet cakes served at weddings, as they make out of your palate battlefield of tastes. Another combination to avoid is the vintage champagne and curry.

2. Cabernet Sauvignon is your friend

In the case of a Cabernet that stands by its tannic character is best to avoid combining with ice cream: you will find the wine too bitter and ice cream too sweet. Another is the unpleasant combination of Cabernet Sauvignon and oysters, because the texture of oysters you will find a sandy and metallic taste. One last very poor combination is the sole and Cabernet, as its delicate flavor will be lost in the wine.

3. Don’t combine acid with Pinot Noir

If you want to enjoy a chicken with tarragon vinegar sauce, avoid combining it with a Pinot Noir, you will lose the bottle. Herbal vinegar and any acid plate dampens the fruitiness of this wine.

4. If you like Sauvignon Blanc…

Caviar is one of the foods you should stay away from when drinking Sauvignon Blanc, because you will lose all of its features. Another food is the blue cheese, which by its strong flavor will compete with wine on your palate.

5. The Chardonnay hates sweetness

You may find interesting combination of ice cream and Chardonnay, but it is a surefire way to (get) a hangover recipe. It is also advisable to stay away from mackerel, which by its oily taste completely change the taste of wine on your palate, as well as the raw oysters because they lose their delicate flavor. Finally, the Chardonnay will flatter when combined with spicy foods such as chorizo.

6. Chianti dislikes tuna

The chianti is not the best wine to accompany tuna salad or similar dishes, because the latter will make the wine acquires a metallic taste on the palate.

7. Do not spoil a wine of Merlot

If you love artichokes, brussels sprouts, green beans and collards, avoid combining them with red wine based on Merlot. In general, the harmonies for these dishes are best with white wines.

8. Do not throw away a bottle of Burgundy

The Burgundy and the lasagna is one of those combinations that can cause you heartburn. Cheese, tomato sauce and wine are such a strong combination for your stomach.

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Château Citran 2009: a red wine with the best bunches of 2009 cabernet sauvignon and 13.5º of alcohol. 

 

 

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Château la Garricq 2009:  a red wine from the Moulis DO made with petit verdot and merlot of 2009 and with an alcohol content of 14º.

The best pairings for smoked salmon

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When we think of food pairing possibilities for salmon our first option’s usually white wine or champagne. However, there are many other possible pairings for this tasty and soft fish. Whether wine, beer or spirits, there is a wide range of drinks: it is just a matter of putting aside traditions and try something new and different.

Wines

  • Sancerre, Pouilly-Fumé and other Sauvignon from the Loire: these wines are known for their dry minerals, with delicate flavours of gooseberry that are perfect for smoked salmon. Other Sauvignons can also work as long as they are not too “herbal”.
  • Chablis: young Chablis’ work better since they have a clean freshness and just the right amount of acidity to counteract the salmon’s greasiness. Chardonnays also go well with hot smoked salmon.
  • Riesling: young German Riesling wines like Kabinett with their intense flavours of green apple combine especially well. Young Alsace wines and Australian Rieslings are also a good choice for this dish.
  • Gewürztraminer: Gewürztraminer and smoked salmon make an excellent couple. Just give this two a shot.
  • Dry sherry. If you like dry sherry, this might be your best choice. The sherry’s salty and spicy taste is perfect as long as it is served cold and directly after the bottle was opened.

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Grand Regnard Chablis 2013: a white wine with Chablis DO with the best bunches of chardonnay from the 2013 vintage and with an alcohol content of 12º.

 

Beers and spirits

  • Czech or German pilsner beer: the freshness and slight bitterness of pilsner is just the thing to serve with your dish of smoked salmon.
  • Weissbier, Witbier or wheat beer: the ‘white’ beers go with most types of seafood in addition to smoked fish. An excellent option that will go great with your meals.
  • Malt Whisky: it may not be the first thing on your mind thinking of smoked salmon but it makes for an excellent choice. Choose a light malt whisky if the taste of salmon is soft or an Islay whisky if it’s stronger.
  • Aquavit: this is an aromatic spirit from the Nordic countries and a very original option to enjoy with salmon. Its dill and cilantro aromas make it a perfect partner for the fish’s taste.
  • Vodka: good cold Polish vodka can work just fine. With this combination, you get to give an unexpected twist to your evening dining.

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Absolut Electrik Silver: a vodka from distillery The Absolut Company from Sweden. 

How to choose the right wine glass

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Just like there are dozens of different types of wine, each suitable for a particular time or event, the glasses in which they are served must also offer a wide degree of variety since the shape influences the taste of wine. A fact that we have to take into account when enjoying a drink.

Generally speaking, all the experts agree that the wine glasses should be made of crystal or transparent glass, without decorations and colours and, if possible, they must be made with materials of the highest quality possible. The disadvantage is that price of the finest crystal glasses can be quite high, considering the fact they can be very fragile as well. As for the shape, the goal is to enjoy the wine’s taste and aroma in the best possible conditions.

Wine glasses

  • Glasses for red wine: red wines are usually served in tall cups with a big and rounded chalice with a large aperture (“mouth”) that enables the wine to breathe. Through the contact with the open air, we can appreciate its aromas. Among the glasses of red wine, there are also more specific varieties. For instance, a Bordeaux glass is tall with a smaller chalice, designed for the wine to reach the back of the mouth easily and maximise the flavour. Burgundy glasses are slightly shorter with a wider chalice to better appreciate the qualities of wines like Pinot Noir.
  • Glasses for white wine: these glasses are usually narrower, allowing the wine to keep a cooler temperature and offering its aromas to us.
  • Glasses for rosé wine: although a white wine glass can also be used for rosé, there are specific designs for them. Ideally, the best thing is to drink it in a short chalice and a slightly flared base.
  • Glasses for sweet wine: they are smaller than the previous glasses and there’s a vast variety of shapes that will depend on the kind of wine you are drinking.

Glasses for champagne and sparkling wine

You can find plenty of different shapes on the market. But it’s recommended that the cups for sparkling wine are transparent and made of thin and fine glass without decorations or colours. This way, we can better appreciate the overall look of cava or champagne, the quality of their bubbles, transparency and colour tones. The aim is to achieve a glass that allows the bubbles to float naturally, to keep its temperature as long as possible and to promote the wine’s appreciation of aromas and flavours.

As for glasses of champagne or sparkling wines, there are basically four types:

  • Pompadour: it has a wide mouth and its chalice is short in height. This glass is not recommended to taste sparkling wines since the gas escapes very quickly and its shape promotes the heating of the wine.
  • Flute: this glass is tall and narrow, useful to keep bubbles and temperature on its ideal levels, but bad to appreciate its aromas.
  • Trumpet: a very popular type of glass which allows us to appreciate the aroma, but because of its overly narrow base it may not be ideal for proper release of bubbles.
  • Tulip: probably the best choice because of its wide and flared shape of the base that allows a proper release of bubbles and at the same time a great appreciation of the aroma and taste, keeping its temperature.
  • Normal wine glass: experts recommend using wine glasses to taste the most exceptional sparkling wines as they are specifically designed to encourage the tasting.

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Pack 2 Riedel Wine Glasses

 

 

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Syrah Riedel Glass

 

 

2 easy and delicious recipes for the spring

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With the arrival of spring comes the opportunity to enjoy seasonal products and all the benefits they bring to our body thanks to its quality and freshness. In the spring season, it is better to eat fresh foods such as meat, fish, vegetables and fruits.

Boiled eggs stuffed with spinach

This is an excellent entry into the spring season, is a recipe of French origin that takes half hour, and is for 4 people.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 80 grams of spinach puree
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon raisins
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation: 

  1. Let the raisins soak for 30 minutes in a bowl with very hot water. Drain, dry and cut into pieces. Chopped pine nuts.
  2. Cook eggs in boiling water for 10 minutes. Let cool before peeling. Cut a piece of egg on the widest part so that it can keep up. Cut the other end to a cap. Remove the yolks.
  3. Crush the yolks in a bowl, mix with spinach puree and olive oil until smooth paste. Add salt and pepper, pine nuts and raisins. Mix well.
  4. Fill the eggs with withthe mix and serve them on lettuce leaves.

Lasagna chicken with vegetables

This is a main course you can prepare in about 45 minutes, cooked in the oven, and serves 2 guests.

Ingredients:

  • 125 grams of lasagna sheets
  • 150 grams of chicken
  • 50 grams of carrots
  • 50 grams of squash
  • 10 ml fresh whole milk
  • 5 ml dry white wine
  • 10 grams of flour
  • Olive oil to taste
  • Salt to taste

Preparation:

  1. Heat 2 liters of salted water in a large saucepan. Then proceed to dice the squash, the carrots and the chicken breast.
  2. Saute the carrots in oil. Add white wine and let evaporate.
  3. Add chicken, cook for 8 minutes, add the diced squash. Continue cooking for about 6 minutes. Add salt and turn off the heat.
  4. Mix flour and oil, pour the milk gradually. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes stirring constantly. Add salt.
  5. When the water starts to boil add a drizzle of olive oil and lasagna sheets. Cook for the time indicated on the package, stirring occasionally.
  6. When the lasagna sheets are cooked, drain and place on a hot tray.
  7. Add the chicken and bechamel sauce to the lasagna and serve.

And you can also accompany these delicious recipes, by serving the following recommended wines:

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Gessamí 2015: a white wine from Penedes DO of Caves Gramona cellar produced with moscatell and muscat de frontignan from the 2015 vintage and 11.5º of alcohol strength.

 

 

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Jean Leon 3055 Chardonnay 2015: a white wine Penedes vinified with chardonnay from 2015 and with an alcoholic strength of 13º. 

 

How has wine consumption changed over the last years?

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The food market grows at a very fast pace and today, consumers have become a lot more demanding towards this market including the world of wine. Let’s take a look at how trends have changed over the past years!

Customers want what’s best: Because of the huge amount of information that has been put out there online over the last years, consumers become more demanding each day. They know exactly what they need and want, especially in terms of quality.

The new generation: With the rising of social networks and blogs, a lot of new consumers are influenced by content, comments and feedback they get from these social networks. They don’t have a deep understanding of the wine industry, but they are fast learners and become very demanding clients. They’re usually young people that look for specific products and new vintages.

Marketplace: According to studies conducted by SymphonyIRI, consumers don’t go to wineries anymore to purchase a product. Instead, they have become more practical and prefer to buy wine in supermarkets, specialized grocery stores, food boutiques, and other convenient stores. Also, online purchasing is a rather new trend that has been growing fast over the years.

Consumption place: Additionally, the place where people drink has changed radically. From the restaurant, consumers have moved to local bars, neighborhood parties, casual meetings and cultural events where they usually get to compare different tastes of wine.

Brand drinkers: Since a lot new consumers don’t really understand the “science” behind the consumption of wine, they have been considered “brand drinkers”. These consumers use to always ask and drink a certain type of wine because it belongs to a recognized region or just because it is advertised everywhere.

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Tarima 2014: a red wine from Alicante DO of Bodegas Volver cellar with a blend based on Monastrell of 2014 and with an alcoholic strength of 14.5º. 

 

 

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Viña Ardanza Reserva 2005: a red wine with DO Rioja produced with tempranillo and Garnacha from the 2005 vintage and 13.5º of alcohol content.