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To drink more and spend less

 TAGS:In 2012 Spanish households increased their wine consumption and reduced the spending on these purchases. They tend to choose cheaper wines and increased their consumption by 0.2% over the previous year.

We’ve seen cheap wine options that have emerged successfully in Spanish market thanks to the new behavior of consumers, looking for new options in order to serve wine at their tables and enjoy a good family meal.

Spending on wine purchases fell 2.6%, representing 2.36 Euros per liter. This is a reflection of the fall of prices for wines with denomination of origin and sparkling ones. In addition, there was an increase in the consumption of wines without designation of origin at affordable prices in the Spanish market.

Wine consumption in Spain increased to reach 435, 3 million liters in 2012, this is a considerable amount and a good part of this consumption comes from Catalonia. This Autonomous Community consumes more wine and spends more money on food.

Today we recommend the most popular and economical wines with denomination of origin in Uvinum:

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Txomin Etxaniz Txakoli 2011

 

 

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Gran Feudo Chivite Reserva 2006

Wines to celebrate Labor Day

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May 1st, Labor Day, is a holiday and to celebrate nothing better than a glass of wine… A great way to discover new flavors along with a wide range of cuisine! Pair the wine with a snack or a special meal and enjoy this day with your loved ones. 

As we are in spring, weather is getting warmer and the sun is the protagonist. To fight the hot days, white wine is fantastic. Soft, fresh, sweet or with a spicy touch. Choose the one that best fits with you. 

A clear example are the Verdejo wines from Valladolid; they provide golden colors, ideal for the times in which we are, blending with the reflected sunlight. The Verdejo white tastes of fruits, providing a sweet and refreshing taste that we can share on a terrace next to the sea. 

Although the most remarkable Rioja wines are generally red, it also produces excellent white varieties. Therefore, for Labor Day, share a bottle of white Rioja, produced usually with Viura, Garnacha Blanca, Malvasia, Maturana white, Tempranillo white and Torrontés varieties. 

And the Moscatell Alicante white wines are very sweet, with unmistakable aromas of flowers and fruit with a different and renowned variety, with a sweet touch, perfect after a good meal. 

Along with white wines, rosés also arise during this time. Navarra rosé wines provide a full personality, with transparent burgundy color and special strawberries flavors. Rosé wines of Penedes and Priorat are quite desirable in a holiday that welcomes the summer. Merlot, Sumoll and Pinot Noir are some of the varieties used in the elaboration of these rosés, which define a full range of colors and flavors. 

Do you prefer a red? Then, we choose a Merlot variety wine, which features much sweeter and softer flavors than other more powerful reds. 

Any more recommendation? Sure! Today we recommend two wines with great value for you to save money and enjoy:

Albariño, Galician perfum

 TAGS:The Albariño grape is a white variety grown mainly in Galicia and more specifically in the area of the Rias Baixas appellation. It is also widely used in the northern Portugal area of Vinho Verde.

It is considered one of the most important indigenous varieties of Galicia. The grape clusters are small, with early maturity and medium vigor. Wines made from this variety are often called “Albariño” and have a straw-yellow, bright, with hints of gold and green. They have floral and fruity aromas (apricot, pineapple …), fine and distinguished, which impress pleasantly. The taste is fresh and soft, with body and alcohol (between 11 and 13% Vol), balanced acidity (between 7 and 9 g/l), and large harmonious shades. Its taste is pleasant, elegant and complete.

The “Albariño” are the most famous white wines of Galicia, and have develop in recent years with a variety of brands, styles and presentations. They are considered the ideal complement to the Galician seafood and are listed in almost all wine lists in Spain. They begin to make their way in many countries, where they are notable for being made ??with native variety and be highly perfumed, elegant and aromatic.

Despite being white wines, Albariños consumed in its second year reach their highest expression and balance.

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Albariño de Fefiñanes 2011

 

 

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Pequeño Santos 2011

More varieties of white grape

Many of you have commented on the previous post on Twitter, missing some white grape types. As discussed, the post was talking about some white grapes. However, since your wish is my command, here are some more, so you can buy wine knowing what flavor you seek:

 - Verdejo

The verdejo grape has boomed since the late years, when has jumped from Rueda, where it originated and was the ?queen?, to many other areas now investigating and working it with relative success. Verdejo wines usually have a very light color, something that is taken as a merit, and a flavor somewhere between sour and bitter (sour at first, and slightly bitter aftertaste at the end). Hence, people identify the sour aromas of the grape with those from green apple, citrus (lemon, lime, grapefruit), and even pineapple and banana. A good verdejo wine usually comes pretty inexpensive compared to other grapes, like the Afortunado 2010, which is really delicious.

Malvasia

Malvasia is a grape that produces intense golden yellow wines, with aromas of peach, litchi, pineapple… In the same manner verdejo is midway between sour and bitter, malvasia is halfway between sour and sweet, although the latter usually prevails. This plant is very delicate, so there are no great malvasia vineyards, but is often used to give a sweet touch to some white wines, except in the Canary Islands, producing great wines of this variety, for example, El Grifo Malvasia Seco 2011.

Macabeo (or viura)

The macabeo/viura is one of the most widespread grapes, since it resists the cold very well and is sensitive to Botrytis, a mold that is used to elaborate certain sweet wines such as Tokay. It produces a wine with delicate aromas of fresh grass, hay, white flowers and pale yellow color with green shades, slightly alcoholic. Ideal for white rice or gnocchi. It is widely used as a mixture for the production of cava. There are not many macabeo varietal wines, which tend to be very dry. Still, there are good white wines from macabeo such as Albet I Noya 3 Macabeus 2009, a special and delicate wine.

Muscat

We continue with the muscat grape, which can be both red and white, though normally used only in white wines. As the grape skin is what gives color to the wine, when using the red muscat grapes, the must has to be separated from the skin immediately, in order to avoid its coloration. Still, muscat wines tend to be amber or copper colored. As malvasia, it contains quite sugar, so usually holds up well over time, and the raisin can be used to make sweet wines (the muscat wines we have ever known). It has aromas of honey, peaches in syrup, candied fruits… A very good young muscat wine (less sweet) at a great price is Reymos, from the appellation of origin Valencia.

Riesling

Finally, although there are still many, we end, at least for today, with the riesling, a grape which produces wines with very light colors with bright highlights, and aromas of green apple, citrus and orange flowers. It is a wine with low alcohol and is used especially in cold areas, since otherwise it can be poorly aromatic. If you want to try a tasty wine from this grape, Sumarroca elaborates the Sumarroca Riesling 2011, which has very good value for money.

Barsac, French excellence

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It’s no secret that some of the most celebrated wine specialties are produced in the Bordeaux region. This is the case of the Barsac wine, a delight for your senses, made in white grape calcareous soils.

Among the specialties that comprise it highlights the Sémillon grape giving smoky hints, and Sauvignon Blanc, very fresh. We also found the variety of Muscadelle, with aromas of spices. The result is a wine of superb quality, among which are located world’s best. Being a young wine, it’s fruity and smooth, and eventually takes a peculiar personality with a smashing taste.

How does it smell? Its infinity of flavors transmits us fruit, citrus, vanilla or quince. The sweet and sour mix gives us a world of different flavors.

In the mouth, the sweet touch derived from white grapes is what is most striking. Because we have to keep in mind that this area it’s flatter than others in the neighboring region, and gives us smoother wines than the famous Sauternes region, where we also found very important wines.

Fresh, full-bodied, flavored like various fruits, is ideal as an aperitif, with all kinds of cheeses, especially Roquefort, or with foie. With the first, we recommend pairing the Barsac wine with fish like sole with sauce. It is also worth trying with chicken and flavorful meats.

Our recommendations:

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100% semillon grapes, fine and soft on the palate and should be served cold. We recommend it in summer in a terrace by the sea.

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One of the most affordable of this appellation A white bodied wine with tradition, exported around the world. Much better in appetizers, to continue with a red.

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Albariño wines, more than a grape

Albariño Wines

Albariño wines are among the best-known wines, popular and appreciated.. We have several varieties ranging from excellence a bit expensive to others quite renowned at a very affordable price for all budgets.

Speaking of Albariño is thinking about Galicia, a noble land of wines and large areas of vineyards who has been able to sell and export these varieties, headed by the Rias Baixas.

Elegant, soft, well balanced and powerful at the same time offering a very distinguished white wine that goes perfectly for the season in which we are now. If you’re traveling for tourism in Galicia during these months, please take a glass of Albariño and take some bottles home too.

This is the best investment for moments of leisure!

This specialty shows soft aromas of flowers, mixed fruit and a touch of acidity, it is fresh on the palate. They are delicious very cold and especially if paired with seafood, fish, salads, pasta and strong cheeses.

 

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A Special design on the outside and intense flavors in the inside. This delicate Albariño has a color that catches our attention for mixing yellows and shinny greens. The apple and pineapple are in its aromas and when you drink it, you discover a fresh and deep flavor. Smells like flowers and very tasty fruits. 

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Try this sublime wine. A well consolidated wine with a deep yellow color. We like the color hints, the aroma of ripe fruit like peach and flowers, as well as smoky wood. Ideal with crayfish or tasty prawns!!

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Finally, this wine is more affordable and offers flavors of citrus, soft aromas mixed with other more acidic.

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Good wine is expensive… or not

 TAGS:When we speak about the wines best rated in the guides, we always have the same idea: small production, long stay in barrels, selected grapes and huge prices. It is the general idea, for example, among the 10 best wines of Spain in 2011, according to Parker.

Well this year Robert Parker scores have yielded a surprise to us: wine Rua Blanco 2010, of the Bodega Cooperativa Virgen de las Viñas, has been rated with 90 points, quite high score, especially having in mind that the wine at issue is worth … 1 euro and fifty cents.

To give you an idea, you can check the best wines of Catalonia in 2011, according to Parker. The best rated white wine is Coma Blanca 2009, with 93 points, and it sells for around 36 euros. 30 times more than the cost of the Rua Blanco, who has become the revelation of the season.

Robert Parker’s only values, by principle, wine with a distribution in the U.S., because although its influence is worldwide, its market is mainly the U.S. Over there the price of this White Rua 2010 is considerably higher (between 7 and $ 38) due to transport costs and customs, and it varies depending on the specific laws of each state. Still, the price is affordable compared to other wines. But in Spain the wine is sold at a dollar and a half, which caused an immediate flurry of orders to the warehouse.

In addition, another of the wines they make, the Tempestad Godello has obtained even a highest score, 92 points, and it also has an excellent price: Uvinum sells this wine at a great pice, just over 6 euros. So if you want to buy cheap wine, you know…

A few years ago, Robert Parker caused a similar effect when he evaluated the Las Rocas Garnacha Vinas Viejas 2003 vintage saying: “This must be the biggest breakthrough in my 25 years of work.” He added: “Without doubt, the best value in Europe that I found in my 25 year career.” Back Then the wine was sold between 1 and$ 3. Today Las Rocas Garnacha Vinas Viejas 2008 worth 11.50 euros, and still remains as one of the most popular wines in the U.S.

White Wines of France

White wines of France

White wines of France are not, probably, the first- to come to mind when you think of our neighbor country. The red wines of Bordeaux, Burgundy or Rhône are top rated in the guides and those who carry the greatest fame, but if we look at white wines you will notice that French white wines have enough quality and diversity to make out of France one of the countries with the best white wines in the world.

We will approach to some types of French white wines which are recognized worldwide:

  • Sauternes: Sauternes wines are the more international and sweet French white wines. They are usually made from Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle grapes affected by botrytis, that is, slightly past by the action of the fungus Botrytis cinerea, which causes a higher concentration of sugar . Natural conditions of the area are causing the fungus to develop properly and affect the vineyards, so keeping these conditions is essential for growers. The awesome Sauternes can reach expectacular prices in some auctions. The result is a wine with aromas of caramel, honey and nuts, and the perfect accompaniment to chocolate desserts, strong cheeses, foie gras and, by contrast, acidic red fruits like strawberries or raspberries. In Sauternes, Barsac is an area with an own name where these type of wines are – truly spectacular.
  • Chablis: Chablis wines are immediately associated with the Chardonnay grape, but you can also use the Sauvignon Blanc. They are produced in the area with the same name in Burgundy, and they are dry and extremely fragrant wines. The cold is crucial to ripen slowly the Chardonnay, producing – aromas typical of this variety, together with the unique characteristics of the soil makes this French white wine to be so special. In fact, the name does not include a large area, and each “pago” is considered meter by meter to be accepted, and it is meticulously classified Grand Crus -, Premier Cru, … The grapes are grown and vinified in those pagos and usually sold afterwards to “Négociants” in charge of assembling and nurture different wines and then selling them for a higher price That is why it is so difficult to distinguish the best Chablis, because they depend heavily on thee acquired grapes each year. Finally it should be noted the controversy raised in the area about the use of winemaking: some processors make their wines in stainless steel tanks, because they say they have the best Chardonnay in the world and it has to be expressed as it is, while others use oak barrels – for a more complex wine, arguing that if the white grape Chardonnay is thr best to be aged in barrels – is their obligation to make the best match. There are great Chablis wines processed one way or another.
  • Alsace: If Chablis dominates , Sauternes the Semillon, Alsace in the reign of Gewürztraminer and Riesling, which create great wines here, with aromas of citrus (orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, mixed with those,…) white bone fruit (peach, apricot,…), a great combination. They are also so successful here the late harvest wines, combining the sweetness of the wine with the slightly acidity of these varieties.

And yet we leave a lot of white wines and interesting areas such as: Champagne, Cognac and Calvados, where white grape are grown with very different purposes to the traditional, Monbazillac with fantastic sweet wines could compete with, Sauternes or Châteauneuf-du-Pape in the Rhône, do not forget the large areas like Burgundy Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet,…

Want to try French white wines? Then let us recommend a few:

  • J. Moreau – Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon 2008: J. Moreau is one of the most important wineries in Chablis, which allows it to sell some of these wines at a price more than interesting.
  • Bestheim Gewurztraminer Reserve 2009: You have so many flavors dancing in the glass you will not know how to define it. Definitely a great wine.
  • Château Haut Bommes 2003: It’s hard to find, but there also exist a Sauternes to an affordable price. The 2003 Haut Bommes, has aromas of caramel and leaves an aftertaste of nuts. Of course, we would reccomend you to keep it storaged for a couple of years to reach its splendor.

Have you tried white French wines? What is your favorite?

New vineyards, old vineyards

V3, Viñas Viejas VerdejoOne of the most beautiful mysteries of wine is the constant evolution that suffers. The same bottle, tested several days apart, can develop different nuances. This is because wine is housed with a multitude of bacterial that changes and changes the characteristics of the beetled wine.

In the barrels significant changes takes place too, when the wine’s contact with the wood of the barrel due to the particles that fall off from wood and mix with the liquid.

But one of the most important changes and less significance is the vine itself, which over the years builds up grapes with different characteristics. That means that each year the wine is unique and unrepeatable, because factors will never be exactly the same again.

 

What is the mystery of a good harvest? The grape has to grow with nutrients metabolized by the plant. That is, if a vine is watered and generously provided with salts, the grapes grow large and full of juice, but that juice will only contain water and salts. However, if a vineyard suffers the lack of water to feed the grapes, the plant will slowly break down every molecule of water that the roots are able to find on earth, and therefore the grapes will grow small and the production will be low, but full of the vine properties.

On the early years of a vineyard, the vines produce grapes in abundance. We will get plenty and beautiful fruits with lots of sugar and really tasty to the palate. However, its use to produce wines is not recommended because the grapes have very few nutrients provided by a plant too young in which sap flows quickly and comfortably though and If we made wine with them it would turn to be quite acidic and poor in flavor.

It is well known that until the vineyard was 5 years old it was not recommended to use the grapes to produce wine. Now a days, the new vineyards care techniques has accelerate the development of the plant and vineyards so within 3 years more than acceptable wines can be made.

Through the first 20 years, a vineyard increases producing grapes. Moreover, one generally has to “cut” grapes (cut bunches before the vintage, so the plant will produce fewer but higher quality grapes). The fruits are still great and full of nutrients.

After 30 years, we face what are considered old vines. Regardless of the richness of the soil, the plant has undergone many pruning and “arteries” do not work as they did due to ageing and so that the transition from the sap of the plant is done slowly and with difficulty, making the clusters scarce, small and full of tannins. It is difficult to make wine from old vines, among other things because you need a larger vineyard to get the same amount of wine, but the quality increases over the same vineyard as a youth.

That does not necessary mean that wines from old vines are always better, because as important as age is the state of conservation. Someone Tell that to George Clooney …

In Spain there are several wines from old vines that have been internationally recognized. Among them, who opened the “path” was “Baltasar Gracian Viñas Viejas Grenache, San Alejandro’s Co., in Calatayud, of which Robert Parker said that it was incredible that such an excellent wine cost less than $ 3 (at the time)…

It is less common to find wines from old white vines, we distinguish the V3, a Verdejo in Rueda, a wine that will surprise you, no doubt, the producer winery is “Terna.”

To end, here is a phrase of Sir Francis Bacon: “Old wood to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust and old authors to read.”

White grapes’ aromas

Classic questions in those who approach to the world of wine tasting are on the aromas. How does this wine smell? What should you smell? The smell of one thing or another, is it good or bad?
White Wine GlassIf you’ve ever seen in movies the classic sketch in which an expert is able to reveal the vintage, type of grape, the origin, the make and even if the keeper of the wine cellar had cached a cold in October, you cannot help feeling frustrated, when then you go and smell a wine and you?re not able to identify any does things. However, it is normal at first not to know how does the wine you taste exactly smells. 

In my case, the transition has been far more natural than that. I tasted a wine, and if I liked it I would look at the label and tried to remember the name. Later, what type of grape was? In varietal wines, went gradually finding matches between a Chardonnay, for example, and a different grape. So I learned the aromas given off by each grape.
I could not name the aromas, but I knew the difference between a Macabeo and Riesling.
I always recommend start on tasting white wine, because the range of aromas are much different between each other (floral, fruit, herbs, honey ,…) than red wines, which can also include aromas of barrel aging .

Finally, in a tasting course they gave me the proper names for the impressions perceived. And so I began to be considered as an assessor, but I like to think I’m just a wine lover.
“Do grapes smell different? Yes, as you know a cherry tomato is different form a pear tomato. But if you make a gazpacho mixing these two varieties, it would be difficult to distinguish them. So If you’re interested in learning how to taste wines start with varietals in order to recognize each grape individually.

The smell of one thing or another, is it good or bad? Depends on whether you like the scent or not. There are very faithful to the generic flavor of the grape wines, because the grape winery that wants to take his best, but some wineries (or winemakers) make completely different wines, in which you can hardly recognize the grapes, because they want to emphasize that their vineyards are unique and different, or are able to obtain new flavors in this variety. Everything is ok if you like the result.
What should a white wine smell like? Who knows. Throughout history a standard of aromas have been established, which are the aromas that are usually present in each type of grape. But it is not the same a Gewürztraminer grown in La Mancha than in Austria.Even with a particular wine, as the vineyard ages or external factors change (global warming, new pressing and lift, winemakers contributions), the resulting wine might have change its aromas.
Finally, we must consider that it will not smell the same when wine grapes are collected green, from those collected mellow. It is Logical, right?

Albariño GrapesThe standard of white grapes are more or less, the following:

? Chardonnay: Green apple, lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, melon, banana, …
? Riesling: Green apple, citrus, quince, smoked, spicy, petroleum, …
? Gewürztraminer: rose, gardenia, lychee, mango, peach, …
? Macabeo / Viura: green fruit, apple, white flowers, wine, …
Muscat: There are as many varieties of Muscat as aromas. Also, when it comes to wine varietal it overripe grapes are often used: candied fruits, honey, dried rose petals, orange blossom, peaches in syrup, …
Sauvignon Blanc: ripe fruit, smoke, asparagus, green pepper, passion fruit, …
Albariño: golden apple, honey, apricot, floral, …
Airen: banana, pineapple, hay, barley, lavender, …
Malmsey: white fruit, lemon, peach, plum, …
Palomino: Lima, bitter almonds, aniseed, salt, balsamic, …
Verdejo: White fruit, green grass, mango, melon, fennel, …
Can a wine made from these grapes smell like something else? Yes, of course. Additionally, the name of the aroma must be named after whatever that aroma reminds you. In some tasting notes can be read: aromas “dew of a morning in October,” “recently changed sheets”, “red apple cut in two”,? bakery working full time “,… seem absurd, but if you read carefully that would bring up to your mind some aroma.
How do we know if a wine that smells like apple is a Chardonnay, Riesling, Macabeo, Albariño or any other grape? Well, the aromas are not exclusive. The same wine has several flavors at once, so try to identify other aromas in the glass to help you to decide. More than a recommendation it is an obligation for those who like wine: try, try, try and try …