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How does drinking affect your skin?

Surely when we talk about wine and skin care, grape’s polyphenols come to mind: they are really antioxidants and take care of our skin in general, rejuvenating it. However, beverages, especially the alcoholic ones, can have somewhat negative effects, starting with the dehydration that affects the body and also the skin.

Effects of drinking on the skin

According to Wine Spectator, some beverages, such as wine, dehydrate the body and skin. So, if we drink them excessively, the skin looks more wrinkled and dry. Alcohol is a vasodilator, which means that your blood vessels widen when you drink. This, combined with water retention due to dehydration, can cause swelling in certain areas of the body.

Effects of wine on skin

In any case, it was established that if you drink in moderation, it is not often that you see many side effects on the skin, especially for healthy people, meaning people who drink enough water every day, eat properly, exercise…

Spirits

The majority of spirits such as rum, tequila or vodka usually reduce the levels of oxygen in the blood and this can unbalance the production of collagen in the skin. As a result, the epidermis becomes somewhat dull.

In turn, the consumption of alcohol increases the number of blackheads and pimples on the skin, and causes dryness because it reduces the amount of oxygenated blood from the veins. In addition, there is the swelling caused by drinking excessively, because spirits are high in sugar and cause fluid retention.

Beer and skin

Everything that is drunk in excess has negative effects on the organism. Beer contains salt and may not be as beneficial as it was believed for the body. On the other hand, if it is drunk in moderation it offers softness and hydration in face, body and hair, strengthening them. In fact, there are facial beer masks and spa with treatments with this drink having important success.

The polyphenols of red wine

As we announced at the beginning of the article, red wine has anti-ageing properties, thanks mostly to resveratrol, the polyphenol found in the skin of grapes. Resveratrol stands out for its ability to fight free radicals, the unstable molecules that come from things like pollution and sun damage.

Resveratrol can fight oxidative stress and mitigate the damage it causes in the body. While a glass of wine a day will not counteract the natural ageing process of your body on its own, it can help when combined with a healthy lifestyle.

The most original wine and pasta pairings

White wine is not always the best for pairing pasta. It depends on the sauces added and, in the case it is stuffed pasta, the ingredients that are inside. We’ll show you some tricks to learn how to pair wine and pasta.

Wines for light sauces

There are a lot of sauces to complement pasta. From oil with oregano to béchamel, or even made from softer tomato. For these sauces, we will pair with white or rosé wines. If the sauce is carbonara, in addition to the white wine, it goes well with a good cava. Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the varieties that pair better thanks to its touch of freshness, which breaks with the eventual acidity of the dish.

Wines for meat sauces

In this case, the sauces are more powerful and offer strongest flavours to the dish. It is clear that, with meat sauces, it is better to choose a red wine. But this can be either young or aged. Here we can choose from the most powerful Rioja to the Merlot and other softer varieties that help soften a strong dish.

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Wines with pesto sauce

Pesto is a particular sauce. For many it can be too strong and for others, rather light, it depends on the taste of each one. In this sense, the wine that best suits pasta with pesto sauce is a white Sauvignon Blanc, because it provides the freshness needed to counteract the strong flavour of the dish.

Wines with pasta stuffed with mushrooms

We have already specified that we should be attentive to the filling of the fresh pasta, beyond the sauces. For this type of pasta we can choose either red, Merlot type wines, or whites that have a lot of body, such as Chardonnay.

Pasta with seafood and fish

Pasta is a very versatile dish that can be accompanied with vegetables, meats and fish. In this case, we will pair wine and pasta with a young white.

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Pasta with vegetables

If it includes vegetables, then the pairing will be made with Sauvignon Blanc varieties and also light rosé wines.

Wines according to the cheese

Cheese must also be taken into account, because it usually accompanies pasta and marks unmistakable flavours. We usually use not too strong cheeses or the classic parmigiano. This cheese goes perfect with red Italian wines although a white Spanish wine can also do a good job.

Where in the World Was Wine First Produced?

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Russia is the cradle of vodka. Mexico invented tequila. Cuba gave us rum. Scotland is the birthplace of whiskey. But … where does wine originate from? Which country claims the honour of having created wine for the first time? It is doubtful who can be granted the honour of this attribution, and it is not an apolitical issue. Being recognised as the country that discovered such a divine drink would be considered a very beautiful award indeed. However, the origin of wine is not a fact that can be isolated from history. On the contrary, it is inseparable from the historical evolution of agriculture and gastronomy.

The history of wine was born in the Neolithic

All evidence suggests that the wine was born during the Neolithic (stone age). Early remains of what could be wine were found in the Zagros Mountains (in the region now occupied by Armenia, Georgia and Iran), specifically in the Neolithic town of Hajji Firuz Tepe.

It was in this settlement that a vessel dating from 5400 BC was first found. It contained tartaric acid, present in the skin of the grapes, which seems to indicate that it contained wine. In addition, it could be determined that this wine originated from the variety Vitis Vinifera Sylvestris.

The development of trade routes

As cultures around the world evolved many nomadic societies shifted to become sedentary societies. This paved the way for improving the mastery of agricultural techniques. In addition, new professions would appear, and with them the exchange of merchandise and trade. Because of this expanding trade wine from Eastern Europe now found its way to India and China.

Wine in Ancient Egypt

Pictorial representations showing Egyptians harvesting were made during the reign of Udimo, fifth Pharaoh of the 1st dynasty of Egypt (between 2914 BC and 2867 BC). In the beginning, the wine, which could also come from pomegranate juice, was used in religious ceremonies and was called shedeh. During the holiday periods, even the Egyptians of the lower classes had access to wine. Usually wine was reserved for the noble classes and the priesthood.

The wine was kept in sealed amphorae to conserve it. Some of these even became part of the funeral trousseau of the pharaohs. Archaeologists also found thirty large jars of wine when they uncovered Tutankhamun.

In Ancient Egypt, the wine was also used to clean the bodies before and after emptying them during the mummification process.

From Egypt to Greece

It is believed that wine came to the cradle of modern civilization through the mythical islands of Greece in the eastern Mediterranean given the geographical proximity of Crete with Egypt and Phoenicia.

Wine had become a habitual drink around 700 BC. It had become so popular that it was even assigned a god of its own: Dionysus. People would usually drink the wine mixed with water due to the high alcoholic strength of the wines. It was only consumed in its pure form during rituals and religious celebrations.

The cultivation of the wine by the Mediterranean countries expanded in the hands of the Greek culture. And the first documentation about wine also comes from ancient Greece: under the title Works and Days, the Greek poet Hesiod (8th century BC) described the harvesting and pressing of grapes, how wine was consumed – with water – and its conservation – in goat skins.

Wine in the Roman Empire

Towards 200 BC the wine arrived in the peninsula of Italy and even the southern lands were beginning to be known as Oenotria (“grape land”), given the ease of cultivation of the vine. The Roman Empire had a fundamental role in the dissemination of wine and the spread of grape cultivation in Europe. Vines were planted in latitudes as far as Normandy, Flanders or the Baltic countries. It was a glorious time for wine, and we owe our thanks to the technique of grafting on wines, among others.

The Romans also began using wooden barrels to store and transport the wine. It was a method that came from northern Europe where it was being used for the storage of other beverages.

With the fall of the Roman Empire, the Christian monasteries would continue with the cultivation of the vine during the Middle Ages to obtain wines for the consecration of the mass.

Wine in the New World

The introduction of the vine and wine in what we call the New World was at the hands of the Jesuits and the conquerors. It was necessary to guarantee the supply of wine in the religious services. Little by little they were importing and planting vines, a process that was accelerated with the rootstocks. In just under 100 years, during the sixteenth century, wine arrived in Mexico and Baja California to further reach Peru, Chile and Argentina.

More history and curiosities about wine

On the Uvinum Blog, we love writing, learning, and spreading information about wine. If you want to continue reading articles about the history and curiosities of wine, we are sharing some links below that will surely interest you. Cheers!

The Most Interesting Wine and Food Museums in the World

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You shouldn’t miss these food and wine museums if you are going travelling or are planning an exciting wine route. Take note and write them down on your bucket list. And remember to enjoy the wine!

Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture, Spain

One of the most interesting and oldest wine museums in the world is the Vivanco Museum of Wine Culture in Spain. The museum is catalogued as the best wine museum in the world by the World Tourism Organisation-UN. The place allows you to travel through no less than 8,000 years of history with 20,000 works of art. You will find authentic archaeological pieces with hundreds of years of history. But you will also be able to enjoy more modern works by creators such as Picasso, Sorolla, Juan Gris, Chillida, Barceló, Genovés, or Warhol. The museum also allows you to enter the winery, do tastings and attend conferences and workshops. Here you will see 220 varieties of wine from around the world.

Pleven Wine Museum, Bulgaria

The museum is located inside a cave in the park of Kaylaka in Bulgaria. It contains many objects related to the viticultural tradition of the city. The park also boasts beautiful flora and vegetation. As in many other museums of this type, of course, you will also find the opportunity to taste their wines.

The Living Museum of Gingerbread, Poland

This museum does not focus on wine, but it contains many curiosities. The Living Museum of Gingerbread in Poland (Muzeum Piernika) offers visitors a glimpse of the rituals and traditions involved in the making of gingerbread. The place features activities, temporary exhibitions, interactive exhibitions, and you will also be able to make your own gingerbread.

Frietmuseum in Bruges, Belgium

You may not know that french fries originated in Belgium. In Bruges, you can find a museum that is divided into three parts dedicated to the good old chip. The history of the chip is exhibited along 400 antique objects on display. The visit also includes an opportunity at the end to taste the chips

Deutsches Currywurst Museum, Berlin

This museum could not be located anywhere else seeing that the currywurst was invented in Berlin. Fine slices of currywurst with curry ketchup. The museum showcases how this sausage became so popular, thanks to interactive exhibits and much more. Don’t forget to taste the sausages at the various street stands in the city.

India, an Emerging Wine Market

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India is an emerging country with a great promising future in many areas. Likewise, the market for wine in India has a great future ahead. This is predicted by a recent report on the wine market in India, conducted by Wine Intelligence in collaboration with Sonal Holland, the only Master of Wine in this country. The study equates it to China.

World Economic Power

For years India has been cementing its place as a strong world economic power and this is one of the reasons that the country is attractive to the wine export market. Also, India is the second most populated country in the world with 1.3 billion people living here.

Imports

India imported around 475,000 boxes of wine in the last 12 months until March 2017. The country has more than 300 wine importers. These numbers were reached despite the high taxes on imported wines, with wine import duties of more than 152%.

A Lot of Young People

The population of the country is relatively young which is another reason for the prediction of an optimistic future. India has more than 800 million people under the age of 35. This suggests that they will be exponential consumers in a few years.

Increasing Wine Production

Other beverages than wine dominate the sales in India and wine has not been produced locally for a long time. This fact sparks the interest of the people who want to consume more wine. Moreover, the study states that between 2010 and 2017 the Indian wine industry recorded a double-digit annual growth rate of more than 14%. This makes wine the fastest growing alcoholic beverage in India.

Mumbai, City of Wine

The study also shows that more wine is consumed in the cities. Specifically, Mumbai represents 32% of the total wine consumption in India, followed by Delhi NCR and its technological suburb Gurugram with 25%; Bangalore 20%; and Pune and Hyderabad with 5% and 3% respectively.

More Studies on the Subject

Research is demonstrating the growing interest in the world of wine in India. And we can also look forward to a more exhaustive and in-depth analysis of the wine consumption in India which is expected to be released this year.

Red wine, an ally against prostate cancer

We have already stated several times what the benefits of red wine are. In addition to containing polyphenols from the grape, which are antioxidants, being good for memory and offering us doses of well-being, now it is also an ally against prostate cancer.

This is confirmed by a study in which urologists have shown that red wine can reduce the risk of prostate cancer. However, white wine can increase the risk of suffering from it.

So their research found that the moderate consumption of wine by the men who underwent the study did not increase the risk of prostate cancer. But it is important to note that the results varied significantly according to the colour of the wine.

White wine drinkers faced a slight increase in the risk of prostate cancer. And the men who drank red wine, always in a moderate way, had a significant 12% decrease in the risk of suffering from this type of cancer.

It is not the first time that wine is related to the improvement of various types of cancers and hence doctors would like to go deeper into this topic, since there were contradictory global studies.

When differentiating between types of alcoholic beverages and types of consumption, specifically red wine, in moderate or very low consumption, it turned out that it can significantly reduce the risk of suffering some cancers.

In addition, another study published in the journal Cancer Science showed that resveratrol, a chemical found in red wine but not in white wine, can increase the effectiveness of radiation to destroy prostate cancer cells.

What is clear is that one of the major conclusions is that the level of prevention and reduction of this disease depends on the type of beverage consumed. Not all alcoholic beverages produce the same result then, as the researchers saw.

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How does wine affect your diet?

The relationship between wine and diet has never been clear at all. On the one hand, we have the Mediterranean diet, which praises the wine and allows us to enjoy one or two drinks a day during the meal. But on the other hand, is the concern for calorie control while drinking alcohol.

It is well known that studies on the Mediterranean diet have shown that these eating habits (and the consumption of wine) have been linked to numerous health benefits, including better cardiac health and a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.

To gain better knowledge, some wine producers offer nutritional information on their labels, although it is difficult to know exactly how many calories you consume with each sip, and the final count may vary by a lot.

Despite the number of carbohydrates the wines can contain, there are many wines that work within the objectives of low carbohydrate consumption. A good general rule that can help us is that the sweeter the wine, the higher the count of carbohydrates; Dry reds and whites are often excellent low carb options.

There is another side to this: alcohol interrupts the metabolic process. The body cannot store alcohol because it is a toxin, and because it contains nutrients such as proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Instead, it is filtered from the body. Because it cannot be stored, the body prioritizes the processing of alcohol and stops the metabolization of all other nutrients, which means that carbohydrates that have been consumed are less likely to burn and are more likely to break down into sugars which are then stored as fat.

But it is not entirely correct to say that alcohol is fattening unless it is consumed in large quantities. Dietitians say that what makes you gain weight are probably other foods that you eat that can turn into fat when you drink too much. Moreover, they say that when drinking alcohol combined with proteins and vegetables, which are low carbohydrate foods, it is almost impossible to gain weight.

Other nutritionists and doctors point out that many studies have analysed components of a healthy lifestyle… and one of them is the moderate consumption of alcohol.

 

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Tips for Ordering Wine in a Restaurant

Even if it may seem a simple task, one can not always be right when ordering wine in a restaurant. Everything depends on the people we bring with us and the type of wine we want. In order to help you hit the target, we offer you some tips:

Follow the sommelier’s advice

The first and easiest rule is to be advised by the sommelier of the restaurant, in case there is one. He is the one who understands wines and will know perfectly which one will pair with the food and our taste, according to the occasion. So take it easy: when in doubt, ask the sommelier, who will know how to give the right indications.

It depends on the food

It is clear that, depending on what we are going to eat, we will order different types of wine. Rice and fish with whites and meat with red wines can be a guide, but not always. It also depends on the type of meat and whether the wine is young or not. Among the basic rules of pairing we emphasize that it is better not to serve full-bodied wines before lighter ones. The world of pairing is very extensive, so there are flavours that go better with a white wine, while others will be fantastic with a rosé.

By order

Another way to choose wines at a long lunch or dinner is according to the order. The basic rule is: firstly the sparkling wines, which usually pair well with the appetizers, whereas the white wines would go with the lightest first courses, the rosé, young reds and aged red wines for hunting meats or rather strong dishes.

Depending on the date or company

When we have a business lunch and we want to impress our guests, we can choose a well-known wine, such as Rioja or Toro, because there will be no risk of somebody not liking it. If it is a date, maybe we can experiment and try to guess the tastes of our partner.

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Women are better tasters than men

It seems that women could understand more about wines and be better tasters. This is what a study says -made by the Polytechnic University of Madrid and published by the magazine Food Quality and Preference-, thanks to a research carried out with a total of 208 volunteers among men and women.

For the investigation, each person had to taste six drinks: two whites, one rosé and three reds, and give them a score according to personal criteria. The director of the project, Dr Caroline Chaya, explained by seeing the results that men gave higher scores, based on emotions, and women gave, in this case, lower grades, but managed to indicate greater differences between wines.

This is an essential characteristic that makes women have greater perception when it comes to tasting wine and know how to differentiate better between them. It was also shown that all beverages evoked significantly higher scores in older adults than in middle-aged and young adults. And it was also concluded that the youngest are more likely to enjoy any specimen regardless of its characteristics.

They also focused on experiencing the flavour notes. And from the study, it was revealed that fruity and floral aromas and tastes provoked more positive emotions. And on the contrary, the sensations of liquorice, clove and vanilla had a higher rejection rate. More studies should be done to know why this is so.

Then, far from what had been thought until now, females are again protagonists, in this case for being better wine tasters. So there is no male rival to resist us.

Although in this sector there are fewer female sommeliers, it is something that is increasing over the years. And surely we will see more and more of them with greater success.

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Florent Dumeau: “Provence is Provence, it is the rosé capital of the world”

Interview published in issue 4 of Click & Drink with Florent Dumeau, winemaker of the Faculty of Enology of Bordeaux and advisor to wineries and vineyards for more than 15 years. Currently, he collaborates with wineries in 8 countries, mostly in France (Saint Emilion, Pomerol, Provence), Spain (Bodegas Habla, Bodega La Mejorada and a project in La Rioja Alavesa), Italy (Valpolicella, Sicilia), South Africa, and Greece, Turkey, Serbia and Hungary.

He has worked with Bodegas Habla since 2005, and four years ago they started the Rita project; it is a very unique wine that has given us the opportunity for a deeper conversation with Florent about rosés.

How was Rita born? And the project in France?

It is very simple. In 2009, Juan Tirado – president of Bodegas Habla – told me that he admired the great rosés, particularly those from Provence like Château d’Esclans or Domaine d’Ott, and he asked me how we could produce a great rosé here. I replied: “Well, let’s go to Provence!” That’s how it started. After several trips and three years of searching, we finally found a vineyard in a good area of Côte de Provence, facing the mountain Sainte Victoire.

Spain boasts good vineyards and terroirs for producing rosé wines. Why has Bodegas Habla decided to make a wine in Provence?

It is true, Spain has great potential to produce great rosé wines. But Provence is Provence, it is the rosé capital of the world, and I think its chic side and its glamour with Saint Tropez and the other typical towns of the area, fits very well with the philosophy and image of Habla.

And the name, why Rita? It’s funny, different…

It is a question for Valentín, our graphics and artistic creator, but the shape of Rita’s bottle and the exuberant character of the wine remind us of the famous Hollywood sex appeal that Rita Hayworth embodied in the 40s … It is a tribute to the glamour of the time.

Another distinctive feature of Rita is the glass stopper, why was it decided to use it?

It should be noted that the glass stopper allows preserving the wine and its aromas in better conditions than a classic cork. Our first concern is to present the wine to the consumer in perfect conditions, therefore the choice of the stopper has not been purely aesthetic. However, it is true that its aesthetic fits perfectly with Rita.

Turning the conversation to Provence; is it the best area to produce rosé wines?

Surely one of the best; undoubtedly the most famous.

Why do certain rosé wines have such a high price? Do grape varieties, the production process or a reduced production have any influence on this?

First, because the area of Côte de Provence is limited, and as the consumption of rosé wine has skyrocketed in recent years, there is less and less availability in the market and – logically – prices go up.

Furthermore, Côte de Provence has worked extensively on communication and some brands are enjoying great worldwide success today: this is the case of Minuty, Miraval or Whispering Angel by Sacha Lichine.

Where else is Rita sold; in Spain or abroad?

Today Rita is mostly sold in Spain, but sales abroad are growing, particularly on the two American continents.

Do you think that the consumption of rosé wine is a passing fad or a trend that will last over time?

In recent years the consumption of rosé in France has increased between 20% and 35% each year… It is an incredible growth and given the trend and global warming, we can imagine that this development will continue that way for many more years.

Are the rosé wines already considered as good food pairing wines in Spain, or are they still considered more as summer wines?

I believe that there is a tremendous potential for development in Spain. Gradually, I find more and more rosé wines in more restaurants. We have observed the same phenomenon in Italy for a few years. It is difficult to change the habits of consumers: this is where avant-garde wineries such as Habla have an important role to play.

What do you like to pair Rita with? 

I love pairing Rita with seafood, even oysters, but in my opinion, it is a must to try it with white cheeses like Beaufort or Comté.

Provence produces rosés that can be kept for several years. How long can you save a Rita?

The grand rosés from Provence always present freshness and aromatic exuberance. These are characteristics that are lost over time. Its light pale colour also tends to evolve over the years. I am not in favour of aging rosés: to really enjoy them, you should drink them young, I would say bottles between one and three years of age, and the same goes for Rita.

Has Bodegas Habla considered expanding the range of rosés? A Rita Ice, for example? 

I don’t think you will see a Rita Ice… But another rosé in our range, surely yes. We are evaluating it, although it will have to be unique and original, as always… And, at this moment in time, the truth is that it will be difficult to find a place for another rosé to stand side by side with Rita…

 

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