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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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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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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.

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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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