Tag: wine cellars

5 Tips to Start Wine Collecting On a Tight Budget

 TAGS:undefinedIf you are interested in starting a wine collection, there are many different wines to choose from. Some of the wines cost a fortune, but there are still some very good options if you want to start collecting wine. Some things that you may want to do to start collecting wine on a budget include:

Plan Your Budget and Your Storage

First, you will want to plan your wine collection. To start, set a budget for how much you want to spend on your wine collection, which can be monthly or annually. Storage of wine is also important, and there are many different options today, which include storing your wine in a cellar, buying a wine cooler or investing in a custom-built wine cabinet to keep your wines at the perfect temperature.

Choose Wines That You Are Familiar With

One mistake that beginning wine collectors make is that they get too carried away with their wine choices. If you are just starting your collection, it is best to start off slow and with wines that you are familiar with or have some knowledge of. Keep it simple and choose wines that are well-known. You will have a chance to be more daring with your wine choices as your collection begins to grow.

Be Daring, But Taste Wines Before Collecting Them

Investing in wine for your collection can be fun, and you may want to be more daring. As a rule of thumb, you will want to taste wines before you buy them. As you establish your wine collection, more wines will become familiar to you and the process of tasting and buying wine will be easier.

Find Deals on Wines That Are Overstocked

There are many choices of wines that range in price from a few pounds to thousands. If you have a set budget, you will get the most value from more affordable wines. There are also many wines that are on sale and need to be sold to make room for new stock. Start your wine collection with discounts and deals on wines that are on sale.

Choose Wines to Start Your Collection and Store Them Safe in The Cellar

When you have a plan and are ready to start your collection, you will be ready to start choosing your first wines. Start with a variety of wines that you have tasted and are familiar with. If you want to be daring and add something special to your collection, you can choose wines like, Brunello di Montalcino, which is becoming a popular choice amongst collectors.

Getting a wine collection started may not be as difficult as you think. With a little knowledge and a small budget, you can start storing wines away in a cellar or specially designed wine cabinet.

 TAGS:Bruno Colin Chassagne-Montrachet 1Er Cru Morgeot Blanc 2015Bruno Colin Chassagne-Montrachet 1Er Cru Morgeot Blanc 2015

Bruno Colin Chassagne-Montrachet 1Er Cru Morgeot Blanc 2015: a white wine from Chassagne-Montrachet made of 2015 grapes. Uvinum users reviewed this white wine with 4 of 5 points. 

 TAGS:Domaine Hubert Lamy Chassagne-Montrachet 1Er Cru Les Chaumées 2015Domaine Hubert Lamy Chassagne-Montrachet 1Er Cru Les Chaumées 2015

Domaine Hubert Lamy Chassagne-Montrachet 1Er Cru Les Chaumées 2015: a white wine from Chassagne-Montrachet with 2015 grapes. At Uvinum, this white wine scores an average rate of 4 of 5 points. 

Gifts for wine lovers

 TAGS:undefined

True wine lovers have it easy this holiday season, thanks to the number of wine-related gadgets and objects that can be given. Knowing how to appreciate wine is much more, so if you know someone interested in wine world and gourmet items, we suggest these products.

Glassware

Wine should be served in a good glass. That is because it is preferable to see its colour and features, being able to notice them through a good quality and transparent glass. In order to make the gift more complete, we advise to give cases where there are several sets of glasses to delight friends and family at a time.

 TAGS:Glass Bubble ReservoirGlass Bubble Reservoir

Glass Bubble Reservoir:  the Bubble Reservoir Absinthe Glass is a delight to behold.

 

 

Wine cellars

To keep the wine properly, the best thing is to get a good wine cellar. They usually are placed on specialized places, such as wineries and restaurants, but it is perfectly possible to have one at home. It is the best way to keep each wine at its highest level, and offers the latest technology for a better use and enjoyment of wine. Depending on the capacity, they can accommodate 15, 28 or even more bottles. A true wine cellar at home!

 TAGS:Wine Cabinet 100 Bottles Cv-100 Cave VinumWine Cabinet 100 Bottles Cv-100 Cave Vinum

Wine Cabinet 100 Bottles Cv-100 Cave Vinum: specially designed for optimal preservation of wine. 

 

 

Wine coolers and other accessories

The temperature of wine is a key element to drink it properly. To always keep it in the state it deserves before being served, coolers are essential items. There are cooling blankets, buckets, and other accessories to give.

The ritual of serving wine is also a factor to consider. Decanters are ideal to guarantee a proper serving of wine, which make it a great gift for wine professionals or amateurs. These containers are bottle-shaped and you can use them to decant the solid residues of wine, making it to breathe and offering the best flavour and aroma.

 TAGS:Wine and Champagne chiller blanket PulltexWine and Champagne chiller blanket Pulltex

Wine and Champagne chiller blanket Pulltex: It is reversible for use on wine or champagne, is stored in the freezer and when used ensures the cold much longer than ice.

 

 

There are mermaids under the sea… and wine

 TAGS:undefined

Under the sea there are marine species, a world to explore… and it seems that, from time to time, we can also find wine. Yes, because wine tourism experiences always go beyond in order to provide new attractions to consumers.

That’s what happened at the Aquarium of San Sebastian that, along with the underwater cellar Crusoe Treasure, have created a special event to introduce several proposals. The cellar has bottles into the waters of Plentzia and presents this novelty to publicize the process of elaboration of wine in a different way.

On this guided tour of the Aquarium of San Sebastian, those who want so can see how wine is made and then taste it in an experience that lasts two hours, in which visitors can immerse themselves in the Cantabrian Sea.

The cellar Crusoe Treasure is located in an artificial reef in the Biscayne waters of Plentzia. Thanks to this environment, they can make several experiments with wine in order to do it better, as it was stated that sea is good for wine, providing it youth.

Their elaboration process is pioneer and different, always respecting the environment. While, as previously noted, in the reef where the cellar is installed there is a research team, part of the University of the Basque Country, who are still studying the species in this place.

The experience of entering these particular cellars is something unseen, and is very successful in San Sebastian. So much so that is also expected to attract tourists coming from around the world, driven by wine tourism, which is now reaching another dimension.

There is another similar experience in Girona, since in Tossa de Mar there are wooden chests submerged with bottles of cava, hidden by a cellar that already have experience in such activities. Visitors get explanations about the process and features provided by the ageing of wine under the sea. Then the instruction leads to a diving baptism to descend to the cellars.

 TAGS:Belondrade & Lurton Magnum 2013Belondrade & Lurton Magnum 2013

Belondrade & Lurton Magnum 2013:  a white wine Rueda which blend contains verdejo of 2013 and 13º of alcohol. F

 

 

 TAGS:Château Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2012Château Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2012

Château Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2012:  a white wine from the Columbia Valley DO which blend contains chardonnay of 2012 and has a volume of alcohol of 13.5º.

 

 

Spanish harvest arrives earlier and shows promise

 TAGS:undefined

Each year these times, a somewhat global perspective of what may be the season of harvest of the year is given. Much of the current wine cellars predict that vintage will arrive earlier this year, but it will be much good.

High temperatures in recent months may be good or bad, depending on how you look. In this case, they are good to stop some vine diseases, with a strong expansion in the quality of its grapes. And it also makes some grapes to be ripe to be harvested.

Much of the Spanish win cellars say that the 2015 vintage will advance between 10 and 15 days on average, compared to the dates from other years. These high temperatures are ensuring an acceleration of vegetative growth. While some win cellars do not advance so much quality, saying that it will come forward, but it could be a normal year with no variation.

But others, like Pernod Ricard Winemakers Spain predict that the quality is now outstanding, so the cycle will be short. There is, therefore, an important advance of cycle.

It all depends on the different areas, because in the north it is true that usually it rains more, something important for some Galician wine cellars. As for the Rueda wine appellation of origin, seems that the harvest will be fine, but irrigation will be necessary. Something also needed in other areas.

They also foresee a high quality vintage in areas of Castilla y León. The appellation of origin in this area are numerous, with emphasis on those of Toro or Ribera del Duero. However, other areas fear the widespread of rising temperatures throughout the country on an ongoing basis, because this might set a remarkable lowering in production.

 TAGS:Pago de los Capellanes Crianza 2010Pago de los Capellanes Crianza 2010

Pago de los Capellanes Crianza 2010: a red wine from the Ribera del Duero DO is made with tempranillo and cabernet sauvignon of 2010 and 13.50º of volume of alcohol. 

 

 

 TAGS:Pinna Fidelis Roble 2013Pinna Fidelis Roble 2013

Pinna Fidelis Roble 2013: a red wine with Ribera del Duero DO with tinta del país of 2013 and with an alcoholic strength of 13,5º. 

 

 

Images: Uvinum and Abadia Retuerta

Places to drink a good wine in Madrid

 TAGS:undefined

Madrid is a cosmopolitan city, where restaurant business is one of its hallmarks. If you are planning your holiday there, you can get into its fantastic traditional bars and restaurants, that blend with the newest and trendiest ones. And, in many of them, you can drink a good wine. Find out which are they!

Bodegas Rosell. It is one of the classics. Located on Calle General Lacy, you can taste more than 200 different references of wine, without missing its good tapas.

Taberna Laredo. From wineries to taverns, another classic of Madrilenian life. In this case, on Calle Doctor Castelo, we can find a local run by the Laredo brothers, where to try wines from different appellations of origin with first-class tapas. It is noteworthy that it is one of the places frequented by King Juan Carlos.

Alhuzena. This restaurant is located in the Argüelles area and its rustic furniture are really impressive. Elaborated and large tapas, always paired with great wines.

El Tempranillo. The name says it all in this bar in La Latina, really affordable. It is ideal for wine lovers, offering a multitude of wines from all Spanish regions. Tapas for everyone.

El Quinto Vino. And the first or the second! This tavern highlights by providing an excellent and extensive wine list, with quality and good prices. Dishes, tapas and many more to satisfy our hunger.

Vinícola Mentridana. In the neighborhood of Lavapiés, this bar has an extensive wine cellar. The list also includes wines by the glass, both hot and cold.

Bodegas Ricla. From taverns we return to traditional wineries in central Madrid. Although it is a small place, they offer wine and sherry at greatly reduced prices. Their classic and modern tapas are very good.

Are you planning your holidays? Is Madrid one of your top destination? If so, do not forget this list 😉

 

 TAGS:El Coto Crianza 2010El Coto Crianza 2010

El Coto Crianza 2010

 

 

 TAGS:Juan Gil 12 Meses 2012Juan Gil 12 Meses 2012

Juan Gil 12 Meses 2012

 

 

 TAGS:El Coto Crianza 2009El Coto Crianza 2009

El Coto Crianza 2009

 

What wines do celebrities drink?

 TAGS:undefined

Actresses, singers, leading figures of social life… they all influence us when making decisions, such as the fact of choosing one or another wine. Celebrities also drink wine and have their favorite, even some of them dare to elaborate it at their own cellars. Let us know what wines drink the celebrities, and take good note if you want to look like them!

Arnold Schwarzenegger. The actor, famous for his roles in Terminator movies and by being governor of California for a time, has a somewhat refined taste and opts for Italian wines. Although it is also a good ambassador for the wines produced in California.

Michelle and Barack Obama. The US president and his wife are also prone to drink good wine. They like French and Italians, and even in his Chicago home have a big wine cellar with many references.

Keanu Reeves. The versatile actor is a passionate of the famous Italian wine Chianti. It is the wine made in the Italian region of Tuscany, distilling mild flavors.

Johnny Depp. Again French wines are positioned by celebrities, since Johnny Depp prefers Romanée Conti or Chateu Ségur Saint Estephe AOC wines.

Andres Iniesta. We know the passion of FC Barcelona player Andres Iniesta for the world of wine. So much that he has its own winery, located in Fuentealbilla, Albacete, where his family originated. Their wines belong to the D.O. Manchuela.

Francis Ford Coppola. The film director likes many different wines, but his favorite ones are from California. And he owns a cellar with his name, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, in California.

Antonio Banderas. In order to foster the Spanish culture, Antonio Banderas usually drink wine from Spain wherever he is. It also owns some shares in a cellar, Anta Banderas, with over 200 hectares of vineyards in Ribera del Duero. The actor was also looking elsewhere, for example in Penedes area, in Catalonia.

Would you like to try some of these wines? You have them at your fingertips with just one click!

 TAGS:Geografico Chianti Classico Montegiachi Riserva 2010Geografico Chianti Classico Montegiachi Riserva 2010

Geografico Chianti Classico Montegiachi Riserva 2010

 

 

 TAGS:Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Silver Label Pinot Noir 2012Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Silver Label Pinot Noir 2012

Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Silver Label Pinot Noir 2012