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Tips for Ordering Wine in a Restaurant

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It might seem like a simple task for some people, but it is not always easy to know which wine to order in a restaurant. The choice should depend on the type of company that you are in and the type of wine that you want. We offer you some tips below to make it easier to choose the right wine.

Ask for Advice from the Sommelier

The first and easiest rule is to heed the advice from the sommelier if the restaurant has one. The sommelier is the one who understands the wines and has the perfect knowledge of what will pair well depending on the occasion, the dish and our tastes. So, there is no need to worry; if you are in doubt, ask the sommelier who will guide you well in making your choice.

It Depends on the Food

We will usually base our choice of wine depending on the dish. As a basic guideline white wines go well with rice and fish and red wines are great with meat. But it is not always that simple. You should also consider the type of meat and whether the wine is young or not. One of the important basic rules of pairing is that it is best to serve the lighter wines before the more full-bodied wines. The world of pairing is very extensive and there are flavours that pair better with a white wine while others will pair fantastically well with a rosé.

By Order

You can also choose the wines for your long lunch or dinner according to the order. The basic norm is to first have the sparkling wines which usually pair well with the appetisers. The whites will go well with lighter first courses. The rosés, the young red wines and fuller red wines pair well with meat, game or something heartier.

Depending on the Company or Occasion

It is safe to choose a well-known wine, such as Rioja or Toro, if you are having a business lunch and want to treat your guests. These wines pose little to no risk of anyone not liking it. But if you are on a date you can experiment a bit more and take your partners tastes into consideration as well.

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Porta 6 2017

Porta 6 2017 is the product of the fertile vineyards from Alenquero and Cadaval, in the mountains in the North of Lisbon.

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Terras de Alleu 2016

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Does the socio-economic level affect the health benefits of wine?

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Studies that state the benefits of wine for health are innumerable. Now, in addition, there are other investigations that could relate those benefits, like protection against heart diseases, with having a good socio-economic level.

Studies on the benefits of wine and economic level

Specifically, the PLOS Medicine study deepens the relationship between wine and health through a socio-economic vision. The researchers state that economic differences regarding health are a great challenge for the public health system, and especially in the investigation on alcohol, several previous studies have observed a paradox. Although individuals with a low socio-economic status drink less, on average, compared to those with a higher position, they tend to end up in the hospital more frequently due to alcohol-related illnesses.

Keys of the research

The researchers analysed consumption habits and economic level, according to the household conditions, the household income and the education levels of more than 207,000 Norwegian adults from 1987 to 2003. They classified the data according to the frequency of alcohol consumption, and three classifications of socio-economic position were created: low, medium or high. Then they calculated the risk of cardiovascular disease for each group.

The researchers focused on the frequency with which each person drank, and less on the amount consumed per session of drinking, although the study differentiates between drinking in excess (five or more drinks per occasion) and not in excess. They concluded that excessive alcohol consumption and a higher frequency of consumption were linked.

Moderately frequent consumption (drinking alcohol two or three times per week) was associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease than lower consumption (less than once per month). This benefit was significantly more important among those with a higher socio-economic status.

Previous studies

But these are not the only studies that relate economic level with health benefits of wine. In 2016, a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) analysed the relationship between income and life expectancy, based on the income data of 1.4 billion US tax records. It was concluded that a higher income was associated with a longer life at all levels of wealth.

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Lifestyle differences among socio-economic classes

In short, the Norwegian study analyses lifestyle differences between socio-economic classes as a possible explanation: those who occupy a higher position may be more likely to consume their alcohol with a meal, which is believed to be healthier than drinking without eating. In addition, this includes a greater knowledge about healthy living and access to better medical care for wealthier people.

Regardless of the socio-economic status, it seems that wine lovers should be able to keep this risk to a minimum, and possibly enjoy some protection benefits, if they practice moderation and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Love is also shared in drinks

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They say that two who live together end up having the same tastes, even in drinks. In a study, published in the behavioural science journal Appetite, researchers from the University of Wrocław in Poland and the University of Dresden in Germany tested the aroma and flavour preferences of 100 heterosexual couples whose relationships ranged from three months to 45 years . They discovered that the longer the couples had been together, the more similar their preferences were.

Organization of the study

The study was based on each participant smelling 38 aroma samples, which included fragrances such as eucalyptus, butanol, orange, smoked meat and caramel. The researchers also dissolved samples of each of the five basic flavours: sweetness (10 grams of D-sucrose), sourness (5 grams of citric acid), saltiness (7.5 grams of NaCl), bitterness (0.05 grams of quinine hydrochloride) and umami (10 g of sodium glutamate). The participants were asked to rate each aroma and flavour sample from 1 (“I like it a lot”) to 5 (“I do not like it at all”).

The more time together, the more similarity in taste

The study examined not only how preferences might be affected by the longevity of a relationship, but also how they might be influenced by how happy the couple was. Happy couples did not have more similar preferences compared to those that were less satisfied. However, greater satisfaction in the relationships had a slightly negative correlation with similar smell preferences.

It is logical that the more years (and bottles of wine) a couple has shared, the preferences end up adapting to each other. The study concluded that even in an unhappy relationship, especially if the couple lives together, it is likely that the couples still smell and eat the same things out of habit, need or convenience.

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Couples who drink together are happier

But there is more, because a new study from the University of Michigan states that couples who drink together are happier. Researchers have interviewed 2,700 married couples and analysed how much and how they drink. The conclusions were that the 2 members were more likely to consider themselves happy in their relationship when they shared these habits than those who remained sober while the other consumed alcohol, and vice-versa.

There are still many studies to be conducted to fully understand why the tastes of couples are aligned, but for now, why not use it as another great reason to spend time with our partner and our favourite bottle of wine?

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Porta 6 2017

Porta 6 2017 is the product of the fertile vineyards from Alenquero and Cadaval.

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Borba 2016

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Esters, the substance responsible for the pleasant taste of wine

Wine has many flavours and the esters are responsible for them by being substances that are formed by the combination of an organic acid and an alcohol. Therefore, they give pleasant smells and flavours to wine. Let’s learn a little more about esters.

What are the esters of wine and how do they form?

Such flavours and aromas are associated with fruity and delicate flavours, such as banana, raspberry and pineapple, for example, among many others, and they are detected in fruity wines. In total, more than 160 esters have been identified in wine, and many of them are produced in concentrations below our sensory threshold. When they are together, some esters can create a totally different aroma than the one they possess individually, while the presence of one can greatly affect the intensity of another.

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It should be noted that a large majority of esters produced in wine are created during fermentation. Esters tend to be much less stable than these other aromas and reach their intensity at the end of the fermentation, when they dominate the character of a wine, but they degrade almost completely during the first year of the wine’s life and do not leave a long term mark.

Esters, in addition, tend to be more aromatic than alcohols, acids and aldehydes. During fermentation, yeasts produce fruity esters or short-chain esters, and heavier esters, which are the long-chain esters. The first ones are produced in low temperature fermentations and some examples are the Riesling and Chardonnay wines.

Formation of esters is quite complex because it depends on numerous reactions between multiple compounds. In general, esters are formed from reactions between alcohols (mainly superior alcohols) created by yeasts and components (usually fatty or organic acids) from grapes.

wine esters

In addition to using aromatic yeasts, winemakers can also use carbonic maceration to achieve high levels of esters during fermentation. In addition to the yeast, the fermentation temperature is another important factor in the amount and type of esters produced, as well as the degree of retention in the wine.

For example, a winemaker who wants to create wines with high ester content will usually use an aromatic yeast, clear the must and then ferment the wine at a temperature as cold as the yeast can tolerate. It is not surprising that wine professionals discuss the impact of wild and commercial strains on fermentation.

Water that tastes like wine (and doesn’t get you drunk)

A company from Cerdedo-Cotobade, in the province of Pontevedra, has developed a water that tastes like wine. It can be amazing and almost miraculous (like when Jesus turned the jars of water into wine), but it is a matter of biology. Let’s learn more about the water that tastes like wine.

Vida Gallaecia, water with a wine flavour

This company, called Líquido Gallaecia, has counted, to elaborate this water, with the collaboration of Misión Biológica de Salcedo, and the result is an enriched water, with a wine flavour, that doesn’t get you drunk (it doesn’t carry alcohol) and doesn’t get you fat (it almost don’t have calories because it is water). Its name is Vida Gallaecia.

wine flavoured water

This product is a novelty that will be talked about a lot and that marks a before and after in this kind of beverages. In addition, it has been presented together with the State Agency of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), because this drink has been made thanks to years of study, commitment and research.

The basis of this study, which began in 2016, was to find ways to enrich the water with the flavonols present in the grape, and also with waste from the wine making of the Godello variety. Although they have specified that later they want to expand this water with other varieties of grapes, their commercial formula has not been revealed. The water, as if it were wine, comes in both white and red varieties, and can be made with or without gas. Its creators have given hints of its development: totally natural and without the intervention of chemical solvents. And this is because its base comes from Galician springs.

wine flavoured water

A healthy drink

We can say that it is a healthy water because flavonols provide a diversity of properties, such as antioxidants, the protection of the heart, the improvement of the skin… and it prevents some diseases such as diabetes. And it is also a pioneer beverage since it is the first wine flavoured water.

This water, which is increasingly gaining popularity, was presented in Madrid and has also travelled to Japan, at the Foodex fair. And for now, a Japanese airline is interested in distributing it on its flights. To call this hybrid, they have named it flavoured water. At the moment we can not test the water because it has not been yet released, but everything is ready for it to be. In the meantime, we can always enjoy good wines…

Wine & Yoga: a rising trend

And yoga and beer, and Pilates and many other drinks. Although it may seem like an eccentric idea, it is a reality and more and more centres and lessons aim at the fashion of wine & yoga, since both concepts are very healthy.

The benefits of yoga are well known, but wine also brings a world of sensations and advantages to take care of the body. So if we unite one thing and the other, the result is magical.

Yoga in the vineyards

It is a new trend that can be interpreted in two ways. On the one hand, places where you can practice yoga and then you drink a glass of relaxedly, and on the other hand, there are several wineries to which health is a main concern where, in addition to enjoying the environment and the vineyards, we can also practice yoga.

Exercise with a glass of wine

It seems that the trend will continue to grow: what is fashionable is not only to go to wineries and relax but also the way of doing exercises and postures (asanas as they are called in the world of yoga) with a glass of wine in hand. This is styled in many places in New York, for example, and as we already said, this also extends to other beverages such as beer.

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In fact, those who love yoga consider it a strange thing, because little yoga can be done while we try to hold the cup and drink at the same time. It’s about doing something different, original and fun. It really serves to socialize with others, and to say that you are doing sports while drinking a glass of wine or a pint of beer.

Benefits of yoga

It is interesting to see how a session of this type is carried out, and even some people say that they are not able to perform some rather complicated postures of yoga if it is not with a sip of wine.

Improving mind and body in a single discipline. It could be a definition of yoga, since among its benefits, we find cardiovascular ones, besides knowing how to handle stress and anxiety thanks to meditation and knowing how to breathe correctly. A study by the American College of Cardiology in Dubai showed that patients with heart disease who practice yoga in addition to aerobic exercise reduce blood pressure, body mass index and cholesterol levels up to twice as much.

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Porta 6 2017

Porta 6 2017 is a delicious Portuguese red wine

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Pruno 2015

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Chocolate and wine delay ageing

Two of the most precious pleasures of this life, chocolate and wine, can preserve us from ageing. A research published in the journal BMC Cell Biology shows that human cells can be rejuvenated, if we eat and drink both (always in moderation). Let’s discover why.

Resveratrol, an antioxidant against ageing

Although studies have already emerged pointing to this claim, this recent research shows that chemicals similar to resveratrol, which is an antioxidant found in several plants and some foods, such as cocoa or grapes, bring youth to the skin.

The study, conducted by researchers at the Universities of Exeter and Brighton (UK), and led by professors of molecular genetics, found that by adding resveratrol-like substances to the ageing of human cells, it not only made older cells look younger, but they also began to divide again, as young cells would.

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The researchers explained that they repeated the experiments several times and, in each case, the cells were rejuvenated. So the research reaffirms that both cocoa and wine, are powerful antioxidants that regenerate our cells and slow down the ageing of skin.

Benefits of chocolate

As we see, then, thanks to antioxidants, chocolate transforms the skin and leaves it younger and smoother. It is therefore known that aesthetic treatments of “chocotherapy” for the body allow to leave the epidermis in much better shape.

But, in addition, chocolate is good for the heart, since the Spanish Society of Dietetics and Food Sciences, SEDCA, tells us that dark chocolate is what gives us the most nutrients and lowers blood pressure.

At a psychological level, doctors establish that a normal portion of chocolate has a high psychopharmacological activity. Therefore it is recommended to combat depression or sadness because it activates the “hormone of happiness”, while giving us energy and well-being. As we say, dark cocoa is the best for health, although we can not abuse it either.

Properties of wine

Especially red wine has a lot of properties. On the one hand, as grapes contain antioxidant polyphenols, they bring youth to our skin. But it also helps fighting against free radicals, increases good cholesterol, protects the heart, and relaxes us. Like chocolate, it even provides energy by releasing endorphins.

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Wine should be consumed in moderation, although the Mediterranean diet includes it and it is advisable to have a glass of wine per day.

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Porta 6 2017

Porta 6 2017 is the product of the fertile vineyards from Alenquero and Cadaval, in the mountains in the North of Lisbon. This region strongly benefits from the wind of the ocean and the land’s fertility.

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Flor de Lis Reserva 2016

Flor de Lis Reserva 2016 is a wine made to please. Born from the blend of 3 grape varieties: the Aragonez variety brings the spicy side, the Touriga Nacional the red fruits and the Syrah the sweet and velvety tannins.

Christmas dinners in Europe

Soup, seafood, nougat and cava will be present in many Spanish tables this Christmas, but what usually eat and drink during the Christmas dinners in the rest of Europe? Let’s do a review of some of them. Take note if you want to incorporate some dishes into your menus!

Christmas dinners in England

As you already know, in Anglo-Saxon countries there are plenty of sweets and desserts, therefore, at Christmas puddings of different flavours with seasonal fruits are common, in addition to ginger cookies that can be decorated with Christmas designs and cakes as the Yule log. But before, the English eat roast turkey accompanied by side dishes such as potatoes. To drink, as is often quite cold, Mulled Wine is a tradition, being a hot wine with sugar and other spices.

Christmas dinners in Belgium

Turkey is repeated to eat at Christmas dinner, and sweets run through the holidays. During the dinner is usually eaten a dessert made with cream, in addition to the special and differently flavoured Belgian chocolates. Champagne and wine from France or Italy are the preferred drinks for Belgians.

Christmas dinners in Italy

Christmas dinner in Italy mix capon and turkey with different types of fish. The dessert is known worldwide: panettone and pandoro. Besides Italian D.O. wines to drink, it is also frequent the mulled wine and fruits.

Christmas dinners in Sweden

In the countries of northern Europe drinks also must be hot, so the Swedes drink julmust, with malt and hops, in addition to delicious fish, ham, chocolate candy and gingerbread cookies.

Christmas dinners in Germany

The combination of dishes is rich, so we can find lamb, duck and fish. As in other countries, it’s usually a family dinner, in which each member receives dishes with fruits and varied sweets. And mulled wine, which in this case is a mixture of red wine, lemon, cinnamon, cloves or other spices, and sugar. Besides champagne, also not lacking in the German Christmas tables.

Christmas dinners in Spainn

Seafood, fish, soups, Iberic ham have always a highlighted place in Christmas dinners, and so have sweets. The so-called “turrones”, also known as Nougat (a family of confections made with sugar or honey, roasted nuts, whipped egg whites, and sometimes chopped candied fruit) are equally important in Christmas dinners, as much as wine and sparkling wines.

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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.

Wine and pasta pairing

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.