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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.

 

 

Slovenia, a fast growing wine market

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During the past years, we have been witnessing a true discovery of wine regions of a great tradition. But until now, it had remained outside the usual circuits of the international wine radar.

This is the case of Slovenia, a rather young country born of the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia, with a long history in wine production. Unfortunately, its market had not reached the palates of the general public.

In fact, winemaking in this small Balkan country dates back to Celtic times, even before the Roman domination of the region. According to a legend, in the Middle Ages the crusaders who crossed this area in search for the Holy Land, were so captivated by the quality of local wine that they abandoned their duties to establish themselves at this place.

However, until the early years of this century, Slovenia has remained somewhat hidden to experts of the wine world. Even among countries that by geographical proximity would be a potential target market.

Currently, this situation is starting to change as producers are benefiting from the economic opening of the present age. On the one hand, leaving back the hard economic control of the former federation of Balkan states and, on the other hand, the consequences of political and social instability in the last decades of the 20th century.

To support this enormous potential growth, the country offers a great variety of soils and climates, allowing it to offer a wide range of wines from Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Welschriesling types and SIPON, the local variety of the famous Hungarian Tokay.

Although currently only 10% of Slovenian wines are exported, the forecast for local producers is growing fast for the coming years and it should come to no surprise to find more Slovenian wines as time goes by.

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Batic Rebula 2014:a white wine Vipava harvested in 2014. Uvinum community values Batic Rebula 2014 with 4 points on 5.

 

 

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Stemberger Malvazija Dezelno 2013:  a white wine from the Slovenia DO from the 2013 vintage and presents an alcohol content of 13º. A wine white rated with 4 points on 5 according to Uvinum’s users.

 

 

A smart wine glass to tell you when to stop drinking

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Once again, intelligent technology meets the world of wines. It’s not about a decanter robot that shows the perfect temperature and bottle volume. Neither an app like Uvinum (for iPhone or Android) where you can discover and buy fantastic new wines. This week, a small group of students from the Technological University of Dresden developed a smart wine glass. This glass recognizes and analyzes the amount of consumed alcohol. 

How does it work? 

The glass is made out of a special material which measures the contained alcohol by pure contact. For exact results, the glass, as well as the wine, have to be clean. The material consists of chemical elements that react in a certain way with alcohol. The higher the alcohol content, the stronger the chemical reaction. This reaction takes place on the glass bottom and remains more or less invisible to the human eye. You’d have to take a closer look to recognize any changes. “You have to imagine, it kind of works like a normal medical thermometer.”, explains Paul D. (27), one of the brains behind the operation. 

What do I need this for? 

Well, this smart wine glass is also connected to an app on your smartphone which currently runs through a beta testing phase. Let’s say, you’re at a dinner with some friends and you still have to drive home. Of course, you can enjoy a bit of wine, you say, but where do you cross the line? How do you know you’re still under the legal 0,8 permille? Now, the app comes into play. Before starting, you have fed the app with data like age, drinking history, weight and height amongst others. The Wine-O-Meter provides the exact amount of alcohol in your glass of wine and calculates your level. Furthermore, you don’t have to check your mobile device with every sip you take. The moment you’re close to reaching the maximum alcohol level, your wine glass activates special sieve hiding on the glass bottom and filters the alcohol. This way, you can enjoy your wine without worrying about getting drunk. But this Wine-O-Meter doesn’t only protect you from drinking when you’re driving. You can also ask it to warn you when you’re getting too tipsy. The user sets his or her own limits.

Planned improvements

The three students, Paul D., Susanna R. and Xin M., also plan on protecting your love life with this wineable-app. It’s their idea to integrate the Wine-O-Meter with messenger services like WhatsApp and Telegram. Starting a certain level of alcohol, the app blocks these messenger services and protects you from sending embarrassing texts or photos. Besides, at the current state of development, you can only drink wine in it. Our students, however, told us that it’s just a question of feeding more and the correct data in order to enable the glass to also analyze beer, whisky and other drinks. If the project ends in success, there is no reason why this shouldn’t happen.

Disadvantage

This invention is not smart enough to check if you used another wine glass or tried from your friends. So you should keep a little bit disciplined and enjoy wine only from your own smart wine glass. 

Forget that you’ve been fooled on April Fool’s Day with these delicious wine recommendations:

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Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2015 is the result of a meticulous selection of the grapevines, from which ones the wine gets its maturity and optimal flavours. 

 

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Markowitsch Sauvignon Blanc 2014 is an Austrian white wine from Niederösterreich. The famous vintner, Gerhard Markowitsch, is driven by passion. And passion means to him, to keep an eye on things.

 

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Gessami 2013: A white wine from DO Penedes produced with Moscatel and Sauvignon Blanc from the 2013 vintage and with an alcohol content of 11º. 

 

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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. 

 

 

Wine is beneficial to women’s hearts

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The analysis’ were performed on women between 27 and 44 years of age who filled out questionnaires about their health habits and lifestyles. The analysis found that women who followed certain six healthy habits were less likely to suffer from cardiovascular diseases.

Moderate wine consumption, at a rate of one drink per day, was one of the 6 habits. The other 5 were not smoking, maintain a low body mass index, endure at least 2.5 hours of physical activity a week, watch less than 7 hours of television a week and eat in a healthy and balanced way.

What researchers believe is that 73% of the cases of coronary heart disease recorded while the study was conducted could have been avoided if all participants had followed these lifestyle habits.

“Adherence to a healthy lifestyle is also associated with a significant reduction in the risk of developing heart disease among women who had already developed a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, such as diabetes, or hypertension, or hypercholesterolemia.” – says Dr. Andrea K. Chomistek, lead author and assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Indiana in Bloomington.

On the other side, the researchers at Harvard Medical School have released findings on the relationship between moderate alcohol consumption and the decreased risk of developing heart failure.

“What we have found was that those who drank moderately up to seven drinks a week had a lower risk of heart failure“, Solomon said. For men, the protective effect seemed to come at about two drinks per day, and for women one drink per day.

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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. Honoro Vera 2014 is ideal to combine with hard cheese and manchego cheese.

 

 

10 moments only wine lovers can relate to

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You like…no…you absolutely love wine more than any other beverage on our God given planet. But let’s be clear about it, being a wine enthusiast doesn’t make you an alcoholic. Yet, you regularly have to explain and justify each and every glass of wine you drink while you’re cooking, reading or just doing something on your own. Share this article and help boost wine enthusiast awareness, if you can identify with at least one of the following situations.

1. Your reaction if, once again, one of your friends brings a “total cheap but really delicious wine from Tesco!” to your party. But you can still see the orange colored price tag on the bottle and immediately know that’s not for you.

2. If you’re the only person at the table that ordered wine. But everybody else ordered water. Keep on rocking! 

3. You think “What’s good for me, is also good for my food. That’s why I always drink a glass of wine while cooking.”

4. You have recently started speaking in Wine. That turns you into an elegant vintage of 1985 (instead of being 30 years old).

5. Your reaction when your innocent friends still believe in ancient wine myths like red wine for red meat, and white wine for white meat. Oh my God…

6. Your sweetheart recognizes how your day went by how full your glass of wine is. 

7. “I don’t drink one glass of wine, but I drink six glasses. That’s called tasting and it’s classy.

8. You have just emptied your last bottle of wine and the stores are already closed.

9. Your doctor has warned you: “If you keep drinking like this, you won’t get very old.” All you heard was: “Wine keeps you young.

10. Have you recognized yourself more than only once in this blog post?

  

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Fragolino Rosso Bottega is a sparkling red, fresh and fruity, that leads red wine enthusiasts both through the summer season, as well as through long winter evenings by the fireplace. It has mastered the trick of always and everywhere eliciting the fascination and creating atmosphere.

  

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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. In this delicious red, the expression of a good price-value-ratio is a subtle understatement. 

10 Foods you thought were bad for your health but aren’t

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A few months ago, nutritionist and published author Sarah Flower revealed the truth regarding some foods that were thought as harmful to our health. However, she has redeemed them to show us that we can actually include these foods in our daily diets without any problems.

We have been taught that food like coffee, eggs, coconut oil and whole milk are bad for our health but reality tells us a different story. They can provide us with a lot of benefits. For instance, it is proven that whole milk is better for our health than skim milk, for example. Eggs, on the other hand, are an essential component for those who want to lose weight.

A very good low-cost snack with few calories that we can enjoy in all conscience at home is popcorn; another beneficial food is potatoes as they are full of vitamin C, B6, potassium, phosphorus, and zinc; plus coffee, in a moderate diet, can improve our brain activity and overall performance.

For many years, we have been told that fat is bad for us, that eggs are not healthy and, instead, they have been suggesting us to submit ourselves to a diet based on processed food. It’s time to let that go and start enjoying real and authentic food – eggs, whole milk, cheese, butter, peanut butter… everything is good if we follow one simple rule: eat them in their pure state”, Flower says.

It is not the food what makes us sick, is all the processing they go through. It’s time to change our way of thinking towards the food we eat and stop being paranoid about fat and calories. A cereal rich diet and real food are what we need.

Following these nutritional recommendations, here are 10 foods you thought were bad for your health but really aren’t:

  1. Coffee: excessive coffee consumption can disrupt our nervous system, produce gasses and cause a laxative effect. However, consuming coffee in moderation, you can improve brain health, lose weight faster and lower the risk of Alzheimer.
  2. Potatoes: this vegetable is considered a starchy food, which is then converted into glucose that increases the sugar levels in our blood. It is also very rich in other nutrients: A medium potato can provide us 50% of our daily dose of vitamin C, 30% of B6 and 25% of potassium. It also contains magnesium, vitamin B, and zinc.
  3. Eggs: eggs have been avoided for the risk of salmonella, their high cholesterol, and fat. However, this kind of fat, high in protein, provides a sensation of satisfaction, satiety, for a longer time which helps those who are looking to lose weight.
  4. Peanut Butter: a lot of people avoid peanut butter for its contained fat as well, but peanuts are rich in protein, magnesium, vitamin E, antioxidants, potassium, and fiber.
  5. Canned beans: the liquid used to preserve the beans can have a high amount of sodium, so it’s better to read the labels first. However, they are a rich source of protein and fiber.
  6. Popcorn: we are talking about delicious low-calory, homemade popcorn. The one that you buy at the grocery store for the microwave can be full of processed sugars and you should avoid those.
  7. Whole milk: whole milk is generally associated with harmful fat, but it really has a higher amount of nutrients than skim or semi-skim milk. It also provides a satiety sensation.
  8. Yogurt: many people stop eating yogurt because of the amounts of sugar that are added by the companies. Low-fat yogurt, natural yogurt, and greek yogurt are excellent choices and rich in probiotics.
  9. Salt: you should avoid salt in large amounts. There is lots of it in processed food. Himalayan salt, on the other hand, is much better. You can start using it in your cooking and benefit from its 84 minerals.
  10. Coconut oil: since this oil has a high amount of saturated fat it is often avoided. But just a few know that it stimulates your immune system and helps lose weight.

As always, we also advise to drinking wine in moderation, live a healthy and active life and improve its quality!

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Campo Viejo Tempranillo: a red wine of the Rioja DO made with tempranillo and with an alcohol proof of 13º. 

 

 

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Cune Crianza 2012: a red wine from Rioja DO with Garnacha Negra of 2012 and has an alcohol content of 13.5º

 

 

Key aspects to bear in mind for a wine cellar

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Before you choose and install a new wine cabinet in your living room, first, you have to consider some key aspects which are generally related to temperature management and other features.

Type of System

The best system out there for a wine cabinet is the thermoelectric one. These systems work very well and provide a lot of advantages for wine conservation. For instance, it does not create any kind of vibrations nor noise. Additionally, they are environment-friendly and therefore, more recommended for a personal use at home.

Size

This is a very important feature to consider for your wine cabinet. You need to think of the available space, as well as of how many bottles of wine you’d like to store in it. You don’t want it to be too small or too big, or you’ll be losing space and money.

Location

Like in real-estate, it’s all about location. Your cabinet can’t be placed anywhere. It’s better if it’s placed on the coolest part of your home to avoid any direct contact with the sun. Also, it’s highly recommended to keep the cabinet isolated from other domestic appliances.

Temperature

This is the key feature for any wine cabinet you can purchase. Luckily for you, today’s modern systems are equipped and programmed to automatically keep your wine at the best temperature making your life a lot easier and having your wine ready for you. From the cabinet directly into your mouth.

Power Consumption

Last but not least, this is another aspect you have to keep in mind. Generally, wine cabinets do not have a high power consumption but it will better to check that out before getting one. You don’t want to spend a lot of money paying your energy bills.

 

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Wine Cellar 10S

 

 

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Wine cellar 161 bottles

 

 

9 benefits of wine for your health

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Drinking wine is an undisputable joy. The better if it comes with a great number of advantages for our health. Do you want to know which ones?

Among others, wine improves the memory, helps prevent the apparition of cataracts as well as improve our cardiovascular system and even diminishes tooth decay.

But why does wine bring so many advantages to your health? One of the keys lies in the resveratrol, a vegetal component (polyphenols) which is found in red grapes’ skins as well as seeds and contains multiple benefits for your organism. Containing more of this component, red wines deliver far more benefits than white wines.

Well, now you know if you maintain a balanced diet, exercise regularly and drink one of two glasses of red wine per day as per the World Health Organization, your body will benefit from the numerous advantages of wine. Would you like to discover all of them? Check out our infographic!

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Pruno 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.

 

 

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Macán Clásico 2011: a vintage of the successful game of Macán Clásico wines is only released.

 

 

11 false myths about wine

 TAGS:undefinedWine can sometimes be related to ideas that seem very far from reality. But if you are a true wine lover or simply want to learn more about wine, you’ll certainly find this interesting. 

1. The older the better

Many people believe that the more time wine is kept in the barrel for aging, the better it gets. The describing terms, “young”, “barrel aged” and “reserve”, do not indicate the quality of the wine but its age. It is true that some types of wine need longer time to mature and, for this reason, they have higher production costs than other with less maturing time, like the “reserve” wines. Hence, they are more expensive, but not necessarily better.

Most of the wines produced today are meant to be consumed within 3 years. As to the “maturity” of a wine, there are many myths. There are many “reserve” wines that are of lower quality.

2. Red wine with meat, white wine with fish

This is another phrase that many have taken as the standard but it’s not necessarily true. Although red wine goes better with stronger dishes and white wine with soft dishes, this rule is subject to the type of wine and plate to serve. The real secret of a good combination is that wine enhances the flavor of the food and the other way round.

3. Rosé wine is for women

Rosé wine always had a reputation as an easy-to-drink-wine and to be of lower quality than red or white, chosen by people that are not too keen on wine and women. But this belief, in addition to being sexist, is meaningless. There are high-quality rosé wines which, moreover, are an ideal accompaniment to vegetables, pasta, rice or omelets.

4. I only drink Rioja and Ribera to make sure 

No one disputes that the origins of Rioja and Ribera del Duero are Spain’s most famous appellations and have various premium wineries. But because of this reason, many of their wines have a premium quality without any justification.

It is also true that there are appellations with an excellent quality offering good wines at a lower price. Some Spanish examples include Toro, Bierzo, Rias Baixas, Somontano, Penedes, Terra Alta, Jumilla, and Alicante.

5. Spanish cava or champagne are for desserts

Another myth asserted without substance. Although it is common to enjoy champagne or cava together with the dessert, this is the worst thing you can do with a Brut or a Dry cava as it spoils the sweet combination. For dessert or after dinner, it is best to choose a sweet or semi-dry cava which is fresher and smoother.

Similar to wines, there are also different kinds of Spanish cavas depending on their maturing time (Young, Reserva, and Gran Reserva) and the type of grapes used in the assemblage (cava can only be made of 9 varieties). In addition, they are distinguished by the amount of contained sugar. There are 6 varieties depending on the sweetness of cava: Brut, Extra Brut, Brut, Extra Dry, Dry, and Sweet. Dry Spanish cavas are suitable to pair with appetizers, seafood, and fish while a Brut goes perfectly with stews or ham.

6. If the cap is not corked the wine is bad

We have become very used to corks but many wines are kept well with screw caps. This doesn’t only apply to wines of poor quality.

On the one hand, screw caps can be problematic for packing vintage wines with more need for oxygen. But on the other hand, they are perfect for young wines.

7. White wine is served cold, and red tempered

Wine should be served at the temperature indicated by the production warehouse. Wines with long aging are usually served at approximately 18 degrees; White wines are served colder: a young white wine should be served at about 6 or 8 degrees meanwhile the matured ones at about 9 or 12 degrees.

8. Look at the cork to see if it’s gone bad

In many restaurants, the waiter leaves the wine cork on the table so the guest can smell it. And surely, you can smell it, but the smelling of the cork will not tell you anything about the wine you’re about to drink. But you can check if the cork is whole and, therefore, no cork pieces in the wine.

9. White wines give a headache

False, the addition of sulfites to wines for their conservation is something that is studied increasingly, and now you can obtain a better preservation with a smaller amount of added sulfites. Anyway, the sulfur of sulfites is not responsible for headaches.

10. The wine acids are bad

Heartburn is alkaline. If the wine has no acidity, it will not combine with any food.

11. Open the bottle and let the wine breathe

A question often asked in restaurants. But they might as well serve it straight away. To have any effect on the wine, the bottle has to be opened several hours before serving. You will get the same effect and much faster after some minutes in the glass. 

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Cune Crianza 2012: a red wine with Rioja DO from Cune (CVNE) cellar based on the best of Garnacha Negra and Garnacha Tinta from 2012 and with an alcoholic strength of 13.5º

 

 

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Hacienda López de Haro Tempranillo 2014: a red wine with DO Rioja based on the top of tempranillo from 2014 vintage and has an alcohol content of 13.5º.