Tag: wine

9 bars to enjoy a good wine in Paris

 TAGS:undefinedAlthough Spain is emerging as one of the most gastronomic countries, Paris is still famous for its cuisine, champagne and good wines. If you go to Paris for a romantic getaway or holidays, this is where you’ll get the city’s best wines.

  1. Madeleine L’Écluse. Here, you can taste delicious Bordeaux wines and other regional specialities. Don’t miss out on the good desserts and cheeses to accompany your wine.
  2. Grands Augustins. Rich desserts and an exceptional charcuterie are the hallmarks of this bar, with wines from official French appellations.
  3. Nicolas Bercy. They offer a menu of about 15 different wines. One can choose to drink them per glass or bottle, in addition to eating good and traditional French delicacies.
  4. Vinomania. The name says it all, tasty wines, from various designations of origin and also a selection of new and rare wines.
  5. Le Comptoir Marguery. Try out and taste various types of wines and champagnes.
  6. Le Tambour. This small bar has an unpretentious cuisine accompanied by local wines. Moreover, the kitchen is open until 3.00 am.
  7. Avant Comptoir. The decoration of the bars and restaurants of Paris is often very exclusive and personal, this is also the case at  the Avant Comptoir which offers a varied menu of dishes and a large assortment of wines.
  8. Aux Bons Crus. A small, unknown wine bar that offers regional specialities. The wines are selected by the owner of the bar.
  9. O Chateau. A popular bar that offers an abundance of well-known wines, cheeses, good food and an excellent atmosphere. It is frequented both by Parisians and tourists.

And alas, if you do not have the opportunity to travel to Paris, you can always have a glass of good French wine to console yourself. Cheers! 

Uvinum recommendations for French wines: 

 TAGS:Whispering Angel Rosé 2015Whispering Angel Rosé 2015

The Whispering Angel Rosé 2015 has its name from the Whispering Angels chapel from the early 19th century with two cherubs above the altar. The rosé managed to outshine its 2014 vintage which had already convinced many renowned wine critics.

 

 TAGS:M. Chapoutier Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem 2014M. Chapoutier Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem 2014

M. Chapoutier Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem 2014: Through biodynamics Michel Chapoutier gets the best out of his wines, reminding us of images from the South of France with its warm colours and scents of Mediterranean woods. 

Which is healthier: beer or wine?

 TAGS:undefined

Have you ever you wondered about what’s the best drink for your health? Taking into account that you enjoy both beer and wine, clear all your doubts thanks to the curiosity and persistence of researchers.

Mack Mitchell, a member of the Texas Southwestern University Medical Center has carried out a study, which ABC has released recently. For this study, Mitchell asked a group of 15 men who take certain drinks on different days. Mitchell assured that alcohol content was proportional to body weight of each of the participants and make them drink at the same pace for 20 minutes. The results revealed some interesting facts that will definitely clear doubts that we have all had at some point.

  1. Wine enters the system faster: As per the study, Mitchell found that spirits entered the bloodstream faster. It took 54 minutes for wine to enter whereas the beer took 62 minutes after finishing drinking.
  2. Weight gain: Scientists conducting the research reviewed several studies on alcohol intake and weight gain and concluded that when consumed moderately weight difference appears to be minimal. However, the longest period they reviewed and evaluated at the time was only 10 weeks meaning that the data is not sufficient.
  3. Hangover: Researchers have not reached any conclusion regarding the hangover. Apparently, congeners, charged organic molecules that give each drink its unique taste and aroma, are responsible for the famous hangover effect which causes headaches and nausea and mostly appears the next day after drinking. Currently it is believed that dark beverages have more concentration of these molecules, but no more specific data has been concluded so far.
  4. The king of health: Large amounts of polyphenols are found in red wine which have beneficial effects on cardiovascular health, while beer contains minor amounts of polyphenols and more similar to those of white wine. Both options are healthy if consumed moderately, although red wine, having more polyphenols, may bring more benefits. You can also check out our infographic about 9 benefits of wine for your health.

Uvinum wine recommendations: 

 TAGS:Pétalos del Bierzo 2014Pétalos del Bierzo 2014

Floral, elegant, silky… the Pétalos del Bierzo 2014 is a wine that seduces and invites to a relaxed dinner with friends and family. Thanks to the vine’s progressive age, Descendientes de J. Palacios achieves a profound and fresh red at the same time.

 

 TAGS:Whispering Angel Rosé 2015Whispering Angel Rosé 2015

The Whispering Angel Rosé 2015 has its name from the Whispering Angels chapel from the early 19th century with two cherubs above the altar. The rosé managed to outshine its 2014 vintage which had already convinced many renowned wine critics.

Chocolate and wine: 2 delicious desserts you can’t resist

 TAGS:undefined

If your two passions are wine and chocolate, you’re in luck! Today, we’ll show you how to combine these delicacies in some dessert recipes with delicious wine.

French Gâteau with wine and chocolate

Ingredients:

  • 6 egg-yellow
  • 1 ½ cups of flour
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder
  • ½ cup of unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 cup of sweet white wine
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar

For the filling:

  • 2 cups of heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons of confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons of instant coffee

For the wine syrup:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of sweet white wine

Preparation:

  1. For the syrup, boil the water and sugar for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add the wine.
  2. For the frosting, mix the egg-yellow with the sugar for 15 minutes. Then, sieve the flour, baking powder and cocoa. Mall together and add the cup of wine.
  3. Pour the mixture into a buttered 22cm diameter-recipient and bake at 170 degrees for 40 minutes.
  4. For the filling, mix the cream with powdered sugar and sprinkle some cocoa and coffee to mix again.
  5. Cut the cake horizontally into 4 parts. Pour the syrup of wine and then spread the whipped cream.
  6. Put together the layers of cake and decorate again with cream. 

Chocolate cake with red wine

Ingredients:

  • 90 grammes of dark chocolate
  • 1 egg
  • 30 grammes of butter
  • 30 grammes of sugar
  • 40 grammes of flour
  • 1 of vanilla
  • 70 ml of red wine

For the cream:

  • 370 grammes of condensed milk
  • 50 ml of evaporated milk
  • 3 egg egg-yellow
  • vanilla pod

Preparation:

  1. Mix the sugar with the eggs. Add the chocolate and the melted butter.
  2. Mix the vanilla with the flour and add the wine.
  3. Pour the dough into a greased baking pan. Bake at 170 degrees for 40 minutes.
  4. To prepare the cream, heat the condensed and evaporated milk while mixing with the vanilla pod. Then remove the vanilla pod and heat the mixture a little more.
  5. Mix the egg yolks and warm milk.
  6. Pour the cream into a pan and low heat it stirring constantly until it thickens.
  7. Remove from heat and bring to the refrigerator.
  8. Serve the cake with some cream on top.

To accompany, how about a delicious wine?

 TAGS:Sangre de Toro 2014Sangre de Toro 2014

Sangre de Toro 2014: Miguel Torres chose the name of the Sangre de Toro 2014 as an homage to Bacchus, the Greek wine god.

 

 TAGS:Pétalos del Bierzo 2014Pétalos del Bierzo 2014

Floral, elegant, silky… the Pétalos del Bierzo 2014 is a wine that seduces and invites to a relaxed dinner with friends and family.

 

 TAGS:Pruno 2014Pruno 2014

Pruno 2014 is one of Spain’s most famous and wanted wines. To Robert Parker it’s the world’s best wine according to its price-value-ratio, highly praising it at several occasions.

 

Need therapy? Go to France and drink wine!

 TAGS:undefined

Wine is healthy in many ways and provides a variety of benefits for consumers, besides being linked to a social act or a form of entertainment. Moreover, the French have been trying to promote wine in a hospital. There, a wine bar opened to encourage patients to consume wine as part of a palliative therapy.

This initiative offers several benefits that position France as a pioneer in the introduction of wine as palliative therapy. The hospital lies in Clermont-Ferrand and therapy’s working very well, which is helping to encourage patients to keep going with their treatment. They feel just fine, having fun and medical attention while drinking wine!

Usually, life in the hospital lacks some pleasures we enjoy in our daily lives, so these initiatives are proving to be of interest also to other countries.

Key Benefits

  • Patients and family relationship. In these wine bars, family and patients get together to have a good quality time – away from this hospital atmosphere.
  • Improving the lives of patients. These palliative therapies aim to improve the lives of patients during the time they are in the hospital.
  • Wine cellar. This wine bar has featured wines, it has a cellar to preserve the wines in point.
  • Hospital workers. For workers in the hospital, this initiative is entirely positive. Firstly, because they will also benefit from this wine bar. Secondly, this initiative reinforces contact between the patients and the hospital employees.

Although France is a pioneer of this initiative, it is worth mentioning that other hospitals in other countries have also signed up to offer this kind of therapy.

Uvinum wine recommendations 

May the selection be helpful while therapy!

 TAGS:M. Chapoutier Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem 2014M. Chapoutier Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem 2014

M. Chapoutier Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem 2014: Through biodynamics Michel Chapoutier gets the best out of his wines, reminding us of images from the South of France with its warm colours and scents of Mediterranean woods. 

 TAGS:Whispering Angel Rosé 2015

Whispering Angel Rosé 2015

Whispering Angel Rosé 2015has its name from the Whispering Angels chapel from the early 19th century with two cherubs above the altar. The rosé managed to outshine its 2014 vintage which had already convinced many renowned wine critics. 

 TAGS:Château Bergat 2009Château Bergat 2009

Château Bergat 2009: Pork and lamb are ideal to match this red wine from Saint-Emilion. 4,5 points on 5 is the average score of Château Bergat 2009 according to Uvinum users with scores of Wine Spectator: 91. 

Wine regions from Germany 1/3

 TAGS:undefined

German wines have been a tradition for a long time and their popularity is increasing a lot. To know more about these wines it’s necessary to know something about Germany’s major wine regions.

The areas are divided into 13 designations of origin with an average size of 100,000 hectares each one and the vast majority is concentrated in the South and Southwestern part, given the better weather conditions for processing.

Its most important strains are the Riesling and Müller-Thurgau, bestsellers that are cultivated to achieve fresh white wines. Most of the European countries benefit from their exportation, especially Great Britain, and overseas, the United States.

Some of the German wine regions are Ahr, Baden, Franken, Hessische Bergstrasse, Mittelrhein, Nahe, Pfalz, Rheinhessen, Saale-Unstrut and Württemberg.

Ahr wine region

The landscapes of this wine region are carried out by the river that holds his name, along with hills and rocks. It has 552 hectares of cultivated wines and a large majority of its production are red wines, with varieties of Pinot Noir, the Portugieser, Dornfelder and Frühburgunder. The most widespread white grape of the area is the Riesling, with 41 hectares of surface. Much of the local wine growers have a secondary activity, while a new generation of young winemakers who are reviving the sector in this area is growing very fast. Moreover, it’s one of the country’s smallest wine regions.

Baden area

With an out-of-this-world landscape, Baden offers a sunny and warm weather, becoming one of the best areas for wine production. In this case, 60% of the vineyards is formed by white grapes, while the remainder corresponds to red grapes. The region’s most significant variety is the Spätburgunder, with the famous variety Burgunder (Pinot) besides the white Riesling and Müller-Thurgau; that’s why Baden is also known as the “Burgunder paradise“. It is noteworthy that the wineries here are mostly held by a family with over 77 subsidiaries and 400 wine farms.

Recommended German wines

 TAGS:Karl Pfaffmann Sauvignon Blanc Trocken 2015Karl Pfaffmann Sauvignon Blanc Trocken 2015

Karl Pfaffmann Sauvignon Blanc Trocken 2015:  A wine white with the Pfalz DO is made with sauvignon blanc of 2015 and with an alcohol content of 12.5º. 

 

 TAGS:Weißherbst Halbtrocken Baden 2014Weißherbst Halbtrocken Baden 2014

Weißherbst Halbtrocken Baden 2014: A rosé wine with Baden DO harvested in 2014 and 12º of alcohol strength.

 

 TAGS:Ruppertsberger Trocken Dornfelder 1L 2014Ruppertsberger Trocken Dornfelder 1L 2014

Ruppertsberger Trocken Dornfelder 1L 2014: A  red wine of the Pfalz DO made with dornfelder of 2014 and with an alcoholic strength of 12º. 

 

 

3 delicious wines for spring

 

 TAGS:undefinedNights are getting shorter and the days are getting longer again. After a cold and wet winter, we welcome this easy and fresh springtime with open arms. This free and easy mindset finds the best company in fresh wines with a long aftertaste. And so, we’re starting our quest for this type of wines. 

That’s why we prepared three first-class wines for you that fulfil these standards and moreover, show up in an outstanding price-value-ratio.

Who knows how to enjoy doesn’t drink wine anymore but tastes secrets instead. – Salvador Dalí (1904 – 1989).

 TAGS:Kiefer Schmetterlinge Im Bauch Rosé 2015Kiefer Schmetterlinge Im Bauch Rosé 2015

We start our recommendations with a wine to fall in love with. Rosé wines like this “Schmetterlinge im Bauch” (Butterflies in the stomach) made by Weingut Kiefer make a perfect match for spring and give variation to our wine routine. Because let’s be honest, we often stick to our favourites and save-bet wines. This rosé from Baden, Germany, adds to the brand’s product range named “Junge Poeten” (Young Poets) and convinces with vigour, poetry, and colour. The fresh variety quartet of Pinot Noir, Dornfelder, Cabernet Mitos, and Cabernet Carol delivers a fizzy and fruity wine and an absolutely fine taste on the palate. Fun to drink and fun to share!

 

 TAGS:Cantina Terlan Pinot Bianco 2015Cantina Terlan Pinot Bianco 2015

The Pinot Bianco 2015 made by Cantina Terlan from South Tyrol offers lots of power and tension with fresh fruity notes of pear and quince. Since the beginnings, this white belongs to the winery’s most important wines. With its delicate and mineral character, typical for Cantina Terlan, the terroir finds its wonderful expression. An ideal white wine for fresh salads, light fish dishes and diverse antipasti. That’s how  you chink glasses on spring.

 

 TAGS:Tariquet Premières Grives 2015Tariquet Premières Grives 2015

Our third recommendation takes us to France, where we find the Tariquet Premières Grives 2015, a wonderful and fresh white wine. Lovely and at the same time full-bodied, this Gros Manseng dances on the aficionado’s tongue living “from the joy of  surrendering itself”. On the finish, the white wine from Gascony is deliciously long revealing fruity notes of grapes. The Premières Grives stands for an exotic but fine character and you can still welcome spring 2018 with this bottle – if you store it correctly.

Did we increase your appetite for wine? Search through our product catalogue at www.uvinum.co.uk and discover new wines in our bestsellers, recommendations, or  filtered searches.

Give wine barrels a great second life

 TAGS:undefined

Wine barrels aren’t only useful to wineries. You can breathe new life into old wine barrels and use them as decorative elements like furniture. Yes, you read well. Following this link, you can find more creative ideas to decorate your home with wine.

Use barrels as ice buckets

Once the barrel has fulfilled its original function, cut it in half and fill it with ice. For example, you can put a beer keg in the centre and enjoy cold drinks at your party the whole night long.

As a treasure chest

Whether you cut a small window inside or leave it as it is – you can use the wine barrel to store all kinds of things giving your room a neat and original touch. Especially your wine loving friends will love it.

As a lamp

Another way to recycle these barrels is transforming them into lamps. Just drill holes in the barrel and introduce a light bulb inside. As a result, you’ll get a beautiful garden lamp illuminating your garden or your terrace.

As a vintage table

In this case, we take advantage of the barrel’s round shape. Just cut it in half and there you go. Put a glass on top of it, paint it as you like – some individual arrangements will give your new table a personal touch. 

As a bar table

Because of its height, weight and width, you can use the barrel as a support for nearly anything. Just put a larger round board on top. Congratulations, you just built yourself a wonderful bar table!

As shelves

For handy persons: Cut the barrel in half vertically. Then you can either connect them through chains, ropes or whatever comes to your mind. Finally, you put your new shelve either into a corner or hang them on the wall.

Uvinum wine recommendations

 TAGS:Las Gundiñas 2013Las Gundiñas 2013

With 94 Parker points, the Las Gundiñas 2013 plays in the league of the great wines from Bierzo. 

 

 TAGS:Pétalos del Bierzo 2014Pétalos del Bierzo 2014

Floral, elegant, silky… the Pétalos del Bierzo 2014 is a wine that seduces and invites to a relaxed dinner with friends and family. This new vintage fits perfectly into the world of a well-earned fame due to Robert Parker.

 

5 ways to ruin a good meal with wine

 TAGS:undefinedImagine the following scenario: You organize a meal to celebrate something with your friends or family. It took you several days thinking of the food you serve and the ideal wine pairing. When the day arrives, everything is perfect; however, small details that seemed unimportant end up distracting from efforts invested in the preparation. If you don’t want this to happen, we recommend paying attention to some things you should avoid to not ruining an excellent meal.

Artichokes

Artichokes and wine are not a good combination. Although this statement is not entirely true, because combined with the right wines it can be good. Apparently, artichokes have a component called cinarina that makes the wine’s taste somewhat strange. It is best to choose light-bodied white wines.

Wine temperature

Each wine type should be consumed according to the recommended temperature. A red served too hot, or a very cold white can spoil the taste of certain foods. If you notice that the red wine is too warm, just put it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving. On the other hand, remove the white wine from the refrigerator a few minutes before serving.

Bad combinations

Matching flavours and recipes with wines to enhance the taste isn’t always as simple as it seems. A good meal can be ruined if the wine is not suitable for the actual type of dish. Too sweet doesn’t pair well with rather fatty foods. With desserts, however, they do. White wines don’t work with game dishes. It is better to inform yourself on the matter before choosing the best combinations and wines for each type of cuisine.

Don’t use ice cubes to cool the wine

Wine lovers already know about this. If the wine we serve is too warm, we might think of adding an ice cube. But by adding ice, we are mixing wine with water. That being said it is best to put the bottle into the refrigerator for 10 minutes. 

Don’t mix two different wines in the same glass

When we drink wines of different brands, backgrounds, and taste from the same glass the taste can be somewhat strange. The best thing is to have separate glasses for each wine to enjoy each one’s particular characteristics at its most.

Uvinum wine recommendations: 

 TAGS:Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2015Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2015

The Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2015: White meat and seafood is an ideal match for this Sauvignon Blanc. A wine white rated with 4 points on 5 according to Uvinum’s users. 

 

 TAGS:Vidigal Porta 6 2015Vidigal Porta 6 2015

Vidigal Porta 6 2015: A red wine with Lisbon DO is made with 2015 grapes and with an alcohol content of 13º.

5 tips on how to enjoy a hedonistic tasting

 TAGS:undefined

The search for the maximum sensory pleasure is taking centre stage in the world of tourism and gastronomy. It seeks to give pleasure through food or drink, to reach a maximum sense of wellbeing. So when we talk about hedonistic tastings they are those that provide this pleasure when drinking, for example, wine.

  1. Good ambience. For a hedonistic tasting, you should be surrounded by something good and enjoyable. Either the best atmosphere, friends, relatives, people that make us feel free while we taste good wine. Everything is linked. Living situations, relaxing, in a carefree atmosphere.
  2. Enjoyment. On the contrary to professional tastings, at hedonistic ones you’re looking to have fun. You’re going to this tasting with the goal of having a good time. 
  3. Enjoy the sensory pathways. In this type of tasting, several things are important for the best experience, sight, smell, and taste. We need to condition this tasting to all of these sensory stimuli to learn to seek new flavours and aromas that will allow us later to distinguish one wine from another, and always with pure pleasure.
  4. Wines to fascinate you. It is believed, according to wine experts that hedonistic tastings bring you joy and euphoria; they’re intended to fascinate and enthral pleasure at its best.
  5. It can be practised anywhere. This type of tasting, unlike most professional ones, can be done where ever you want to – at home, in a garden, or a bar. Invite friends and/or persons who understand the subject like an oenologist or sommelier, to guide the guests and help them develop new knowledge, as well as their palate.

Wine recommendations by Uvinum

 TAGS:M. Chapoutier Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem 2014Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem 2014

Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem 2014: Through biodynamics Michel Chapoutier gets the best out of his wines, reminding us of images from the South of France with its warm colours and scents of Mediterranean woods. 

 

 TAGS:Pipoli Aglianico del Vulture DOC 2013Pipoli Aglianico DOC 2013

Partially matured in French barriques, the Pipoli Aglianico DOC 2013 from Basilicata spoils your palate with a bouquet of red berries, cherries and violets and hints of vanilla, liquorice, and black pepper.

8 wine cocktails to celebrate the warm season

 TAGS:undefined

Are you looking for a cocktail based on a really good wine? Today we offer you the following ideas for the upcoming season. We hope you’ll enjoy them all!

  1. Coke: If you love red wine but want to take a different drink to escape the routine, try adding an equal portion of coke. This cocktail is called Kalimotxo. Complete the preparation with some ice and a few drops of lemon juice.
  2. Sparkling water: Mixing 1 part of sparkling water and 2 parts of chilled wine you’ll get an ideal cocktail to fresh up your evening. Complete with a slice of lemon and ice.
  3. Fruit and brandy: Another way to give it a twist is to mix 4 cups of wine with 1 or 2 cups of chopped fruit into small cubes, 2 tablespoons of brandy, 2 tablespoons of syrup and some soda.
  4. Pineapple slices: Whether white, rosé, sparkling or red, adding a few slices of pineapple to the edges of the glasses always adds sweetness to your drink give it an attractive presentation.
  5. Cantaloupe: Add some cantaloupe cut into small cubes to any white or rose wine, garnish your glass with a slice of lemon and sprinkle some fresh mint before serving.
  6. Lemonade: To transform a boring white wine into a delicious cocktail, mix equal parts of lemonade with white wine. Finish with some crushed ice and sparkling water.
  7. Nectar:That’s how you improvise a Bellini: Add a splash of fruit nectar to your wine. If you are out of champagne or sparkling wine, just add sparkling water.
  8. Granita: And for a quick and easy liquor dessert while serving it as a cocktail in the hot afternoons, mix 1 cup of wine and 2 tablespoons syrup. Right out of the refrigerator you will have a very tasteful beverage.

 TAGS:Pétalos del Bierzo 2014Pétalos del Bierzo 2014

Pétalos del Bierzo 2014: a red wine Bierzo based on Alicante Bouchet and Mencía of 2014 and with an alcohol proof of 14º.

 

 

 TAGS:Remelluri Reserva 2007Remelluri Reserva 2007

Remelluri Reserva 2007: a red wine Rioja based on Tempranillo and Graciano of 2007 and has a volume of alcohol of 13.5º