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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.

Drink wine and … stay with your partner!

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Alcohol and wine drinking is an activity that, if done in moderation, can bring great benefits, both for the health and for the quality of life in general, including married life and many other aspects.

A new study led by the University of Michigan, US, has concluded somewhat surprising in relation to consumer habits and life in marriage. According to this research, married couples over 50 years of age and that have the same habits of alcohol consumption tend to show significantly stronger signs of happiness compared to those couples with unequal habits of consumption.

One thing that stood out, which was relevant to the study and very important, is that wives were more dissatisfied with their marriage when only they had the habit of consumption and their husbands did not drink alcohol.

“Wives which have a habit of alcohol consumption reported a decrease positive marital quality over time when their husbands had similar consumption habits. While on the other hand, there was reported an increase of negative marital quality when their partners did not consume”.

Dr. Kira Birditt was the author of this study that was applied to 2,767 couples between 2006 and 2016. All participants were interviewed face to face with researchers and subjected to questionnaires about their eating habits: whether or not they drank, how many days a week and how many drinks consumed daily.

Also, they were subjected to questions about their marriage and quality of it having to respond on aspects from what they thought of the partner, if they were very demanding or critical, whether they were trustworthy and reliable in difficult times or whether they thought their partner was irritating .

Couples averaged a time of marriage of 33 years and at least 2/3 of the participants were couples living in their first and only marriage.

You can learn more about this research here. And remember, excessive consumption of alcohol can be bad for your health.

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Barbazul 2012: a red wine from Cadiz produced by Huerta de Albalá that is based on the best of tintilla de rota, syrah, merlot and cabernet sauvignon of 2012 and shows an alcoholic strength of 14%.

 

 

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El Molar 2015  is a red wine from Jumilla produced by Propiedad Vitícola Casa Castillo that is based on 2015 garnacha and has an alcohol content of 15%. 

 

 

How has wine consumption changed over the last years?

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The food market grows at a very fast pace and today, consumers have become a lot more demanding towards this market including the world of wine. Let’s take a look at how trends have changed over the past years!

Customers want what’s best: Because of the huge amount of information that has been put out there online over the last years, consumers become more demanding each day. They know exactly what they need and want, especially in terms of quality.

The new generation: With the rising of social networks and blogs, a lot of new consumers are influenced by content, comments and feedback they get from these social networks. They don’t have a deep understanding of the wine industry, but they are fast learners and become very demanding clients. They’re usually young people that look for specific products and new vintages.

Marketplace: According to studies conducted by SymphonyIRI, consumers don’t go to wineries anymore to purchase a product. Instead, they have become more practical and prefer to buy wine in supermarkets, specialized grocery stores, food boutiques, and other convenient stores. Also, online purchasing is a rather new trend that has been growing fast over the years.

Consumption place: Additionally, the place where people drink has changed radically. From the restaurant, consumers have moved to local bars, neighborhood parties, casual meetings and cultural events where they usually get to compare different tastes of wine.

Brand drinkers: Since a lot new consumers don’t really understand the “science” behind the consumption of wine, they have been considered “brand drinkers”. These consumers use to always ask and drink a certain type of wine because it belongs to a recognized region or just because it is advertised everywhere.

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Tarima 2014: a red wine from Alicante DO of Bodegas Volver cellar with a blend based on Monastrell of 2014 and with an alcoholic strength of 14.5º. 

 

 

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Viña Ardanza Reserva 2005: a red wine with DO Rioja produced with tempranillo and Garnacha from the 2005 vintage and 13.5º of alcohol content. 

 

 

Red wine could help prevent erectile dysfunction

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According to a recent research conducted by the UK and USA, the wine and grapes in general are “super sexual” foods that are able to help to prevent erectile dysfunction. This is another good thing to add to the list of advantages that wine provides to our health such as the cardiovascular system protection and memory improvement.

The research, conducted by Harvard University and East Anglia University teams, has been published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and revealed that middle-aged men who drank and ate foods such as red wine, berries and citrus fruits were 10% less likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction due to the presence of flavonoids.

These substances are natural pigments that help protect the body from damage caused by oxidizing agents such as ultraviolet rays or environmental pollution and thus also help prevent some diseases. In this sense, beverages such as wine and tea contain high levels of flavonoids, which are also present in fruits and vegetables.

To conduct the study, more than 50,000 test results were taken, on which men were asked their ability to have and maintain an erection. They were tested every four years, gathering all kinds of information such as their daily diet, weight, physical activity, caffeine intake and other habits like tobacco.

One third of the population reported suffering erectile dysfunction during the study, but those with a diet rich in anthocyanins and flavonoids were less likely to suffer from it. On the other hand, men who maintained an active physical activity like walking up to 5 hours per week, combined with a diet rich in flavonoids, had a lower rate of erectile dysfunction.

Professor from East Anglia University Aedin Cassidy explained: “We examined six major types of flavonoids commonly consumed and found that 3 in particular -anthocyanins, flavanones and flavans- are beneficial.” He concluded: “men who regularly consume foods rich in these flavonoids are 10% less likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction”.

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Coto de Imaz Reserva 2010: a red wine with Rioja DO which blend contains tempranillo of 2010 and with an alcohol content of 13.5º.

 

 

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La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Magnum 2004: a red wine with the Rioja DO based on the top of tempranillo and graciano from 2004 vintage and 12.5º of alcohol strength.

 

 

What are the most common wine bottles?

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The wine bottle as we know it today was not used until 17th century. Before its appearance, other materials such as clay urns, animal guts or wooden barrels were used as containers.

Today, the bottle is essential to preserve the wine once it leaves the winery.  The liquid will continue to grow and evolve inside the bottle until his quality reaches the highest point. Depending on the type of wine, the best moment for consumption will arrive earlier or later on.

Types of bottles according to materials:

The majority of wine is bottled in glass bottles, but there are some other materials like bricks or special cans, however, none of these are recommended to keep wine for long periods of time.

Types of bottles according to shape:

  • Borgoña: it’s the oldest design known. It gets its name for the region it was first created. It is characterized by the long should falling along the side. Some Spanish wines started to use this type of bottle to get differentiation from others.
  • Bordelesa: is the most common bottle. His cylindrical aspect makes possible to store the wine in a horizontal way. For white wines the bottle it’s painted green or light green. For sweeter wines a transparent bottle is preferred.
  • Rhin: it was born near the river Rhin in Germany. It is known for its height and fallen shoulders.
  • Cava or Champagne: this bottle has it shoulders low and thick glass. It contains a hollowness in the bottom of it to resist the pressure of sparkling wines.
  • Jerezana: created by Spaniards. It has a thick neck and it’s used to bottle fine Jerez wines and manzanillas.

Types of bottles according to their capacity or size:

The size of the bottle significantly influences the aging and storage of the wine, since wine evolution is slower as the size of the bottle increases.

  • Benjamin: 18 centiliters
  • 3/8: 37 centiliters
  • 3/4: 75 centiliters (most common one)
  • Magnum: 1.5 liters
  • Jeroboam: 3 L
  • Imperial: 4 L
  • Rehoboam: 4.8 L
  • Mathusalem: 6.4 L
  • Salmanasar: 9.6 L
  • Baltasar: 12.8 L
  • Nabucodonosor: 16 L
  • Salomon: 18 L

Types of bottles according to the color:

The color is a factor that influences the protection of wine from the sun. The most used colors for wine bottles are green, blue and black.

The darker colors are used for wines that will age while lighter or transparent colors are used for white young wines to highlight its color.

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Viña Ardanza Reserva 2005: a red wine with DO Rioja produced with tempranillo and garnacha from the 2005 vintage and 13.5º of alcohol content.

 

 

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Honoro Vera 2014: a red wine Calatayud with garnacha of 2014 and presents an alcohol content of 14º. 

 

 

How long does an open wine bottle last?

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Fortunately, there are some tips and tricks which help conserve open bottles better and avoid that this wine which you fell so much in love with converts into a vinegar-like liquid.

For instance, respect the optimal time regarding the type of wine and its appropriate environmental conditions. So, if you don’t want to preoccupy yourself with vinegar wine, discover our infographic about conserving opened wine bottles and learn what you can do to maintain the open bottle of wine in good conditions.

Discover our new infographic about storing wine!

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Viña Ardanza Reserva 2005 is a Rioja from the La Rioja Alta cellar based on tempranillo and garnacha of 2005 and 13.5º of alcohol strength.

 

 

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Pruno 2014: a red wine with Ribera del Duero DO from Finca Villacreces cellar which blend contains tinta fina of 2014 and 13.5º of volume of alcohol.

 

 

Wine in the evening helps your heart

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The benefits of wine are always increasing. There are new studies that ratify it, and now, specifically one from Israel, which states that a glass of red wine in the evening helps caring our heart.

This research, called “Effects of moderate alcohol consumption on cardiometabolic risk in adults with type 2 diabetes”, has been made with the Harvard School of Public Health, in the United States, and the University of Leipzig in Germany. This study has given some conclusions which state that drinking wine at night can protect the heart.

In addition, some findings in the field of diabetes were demonstrated, since the study sample was conducted with adults with type 2 diabetes, as well as people without any disease. For the sample, those people had to drink 150 millilitres of mineral water, white wine or red wine.

The most people had healthy diets, marked by the healthy Mediterranean diet, with major differences in drinks by type of wine or water. Among the conclusions, after some days, the cholesterol levels are much lower for those who drank a glass of wine in the evening.

The study found that people who drank white and red wine had better sleep quality than those who drank water. The researchers said that red wine offers more properties in a general way, not only to prevent heart disease.

Always with a moderate consumption of red wine, diabetics improve also by reducing cardiovascular risk. Clearly it is always combined with a healthy diet and exercise. Researchers believe that what has been discovered helps identifying which diabetic patients consuming red wine at night have improved.

As has happened before, the antioxidants of red grapes are key to these general benefits.

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Pesquera Crianza 2011 is a Ribera del Duero from the Tinto Pesquera cellar based on the best of tinta fina and tempranillo from 2011 and 13º of alcohol.

 

 

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Pruno 2013, a red wine of the Ribera del Duero DO with the best bunches of 2013 tempranillo and cabernet sauvignon and with an alcohol proof of 13.5º. 

 

 

Do we prefer wines with more or less alcohol content?

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Tastes are changing and what was once the rage now seems to be not so. And in terms of wines it’s the same. The latest studies by the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL) and the Basque Culinary Center (Spain), give surprising results on some aspects of wine consumption.

To produce wines that have commercial success, many winemakers take into account the needs and preferences of consumers. And above all they value when it comes to wines of more or less alcohol content.

To find out if we like more or less powerful wines, the investigations performed by the organizations previously mentioned made a selective tasting wine of eight different wines grouped in pairs. The difference between them laid in alcohol content, since each pair of wines had the same grapes and acidity.

The research concluded that those participants who did the tasting were far more interested in wines that had less alcohol content. Thus, according to these data, from two wines from the same grape, consumers prefer the softer or that with lower alcohol content.

The heads for the investigation say that wines with lower alcohol content induce an increased brain attention. They also suggest that consumers may focus more on key issues such as the wine aromas and flavours, if they choose wines with less alcohol. Therefore consumers experience more pleasure with those wines that offer a lower alcohol content.

All this means that companies may have special attention to these experiments to provide more attractive wines from the functional and commercial point of view. And producing companies value increasingly the neuronal marketing, which is directly related to the tastes of consumers.

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Abadía Retuerta Selección Especial 2009: a wine red with the VT Castilla y León DO made with syrah and cabernet sauvignon of 2009 and 14º of alcohol.

 

 

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Coto de Imaz Reserva 2008: a red wine from this DO: Rioja with the best bunches of tempranillo from the 2008 vintage and presents an alcohol content of 12.5º. 

 

 

English drink far more wine than the estimated

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Alcohol consumption in England is increasing, in fact, English drink a lot more than the studies, often, say. Consumption has been underestimated by the equivalent of 12 million bottles of wine per week. They are statements from new researches on the subject, which say that there are differences between the published by reports and the amount of alcohol really sold.

Awareness on this subject is important because these studies find that alcohol consumption is linked to about 200 different health conditions. In 2012 it was responsible for 3.3 million deaths worldwide.

According to scientists, the problem is that in the polls they always ask about the typical drink. To do this, researchers conducted telephone interviews with 6,085 randomly selected members of the population of England.

Participants were requested on normal consumption patterns and those that fall outside the usual circumstances. So, in conclusion it was established that most categories of drinkers, by age groups and levels of typical consumption, reported an increase in its consumption on holidays or special occasions. The largest increase was observed in people aged between 25 and 35 years, as they had the highest level of typical consumption.

The doctors concluded that consumption patterns have a significant influence on the impacts on health of alcohol. So, protective effects of moderate drinking on the heart decrease as a consequence of episodes of excessive consumption.

If the average consumption levels are analysed, there is a very rough impression of drinking behaviours, as well as the associated risks.

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Blanc Pescador is a  a wine white with the Empordà DO produced with xarel·lo and parellada grapes.

 

 

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Miraval Rosé 2014 is a wine rosé with DO Côtes De Provence with a blend based on cinsault and syrah of 2014 and 13º of alcohol content.

 

 

Drinking wine makes us more beautiful

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Since Roman times wine was already used to beautify the skin. A number of treatments use grape seeds to achieve greater oxygenation of the epidermis and hydration. So, besides its good properties for the body, wine makes us more beautiful also externally.

The idea has come down to our times, since in the very XXI century several studies show that wine makes us more attractive and sexy. The latter has been carried out by researchers from the UK, linking alcohol with some personal appeal, and it indicates that wine makes sexiest the people who drink it.

First conclusions

Apparently, the reason is because wine causes a direct vasodilation, the same that causes skin flushing when we are sexually aroused. The first conclusions of the study established that in addition to perceive others as more attractive after drinking some wine, the same person may be perceived more attractive for others.

Other findings of the study determined that low alcohol consumption leads to increased skin redness and to have some facial appeal, but it has not been proven conclusively. But this can increase in a more sexual context, on relationships between two people. Thus, it appears that alcohol influences social behaviour.

Moreover, the study concludes that the faces of people who have consumed a low dose of alcohol are rated as more attractive than faces of sober people, while this was not observed on the faces of people who had consumed a high dose of alcohol.

For the study, a number of people were photographed while they were both sober and just after having consumed alcohol, in order to decide which image was more attractive to the others.

 

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Pintia 2008: is a red wine with DO Toro from the Pintia cellar which blend contains tempranillo and tinta de Toro of 2008

 

 

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Luis Cañas Reserva Selección de la Familia 2008: is a red wine Rioja vinified with tempranillo and graciano from 2008 and with an alcoholic strength of 14.5º.