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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.

 

 

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.

 

 

Ideas to recycle your wine boxes

 TAGS:undefinedThere is a wide variety and I would say almost endless material that can be recycled to make our projects come to life, both useful and decorative. It is only a question of patience and organization. Just like wine bottles, wine boxes are an excellent material to recycle and to be turned into countless objects that apart from being decorative can be very useful.

  1. Jewelry boxes: One option to recycle wine boxes is to turn them into a box or separator for your jewelry. To do this cut the side and bottom parts of the box with a hacksaw or jigsaw. Fix the position of the parts with glue and with wooden nails and a hammer secure them. For the lid, cut a piece of the same size as the bottom of your box. If you like a rougher style, you don’t need to paint it, if you don’t like it, paint it two times, let each cover dry for two hours and there you go.
  2. Medicine chest: To create a medicine chest out of a wine box, first reinforce the structure of the wine box with wooden nails using a hammer. For the door, you can use wooden lathes and finally install some hinges.
  3. Suitcase: If you want something a little more sophisticated you can build a suitcase out of a recycled wine box. Therefore, cut the box in two parts, to form the two parts of the suitcase. Reinforce the structure wtih wooden panels and finally add the details with your preferred material like hinges and leather bands for the edges.
  4. Box or magazine rack: If you want some more storage space at home and you have a wine box to recycle, you can line it with cloth or paint it in you favorite color and put some legs on it. It serves as a box to store whatever you want or as a magazine rack.
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  5. Pet accessories: You can clean and decorate the wine box, e.g. lining it with cloth or sanding it around the edges and varnish it. Then you can add a cushion and offer it as a new bed to you pet. If you want to use it as a feeding place for you dog or cat, you only need to turn it upside down and cut two holes the size of their water and food bowls. Like this, your pet won’t drag its bowl anymore and can feed more easily. You can also build a bird feeder, cutting the pieces to construct a mini house with some big holes in the walls so the birds can feed. Remember to sand the feeder, so your guests feel well and brighten your day with their singing.
  6. Wall cabinet: If you like ambitious projects, you have 15 or more wine boxes to recycle and the style of your home os modern, this recycling project is for you: it is building a wall unit either for books, decorative objects or to store other useful objects. First, you need to attach the wine boxes to one another (horizontally) with nails and a hammer in groups of three. Once finished all the levels of three boxes, attach them to one another. Sand paper and paint your new furniture before you install it.

Would you like to read more about recycling? Get some ideas to give a second life to wine bottles!

 

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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.

 

 

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Pago de los Capellanes Crianza 2012: a red wine with Ribera del Duero DO with tempranillo and cabernet sauvignon of 2012 and 13.50º of volume of alcohol.

 

 

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Football and wine: A passionate combination

 TAGS:undefinedAlthough at first sight it might seem that wine and sports do not have a lot in common, there are well-known sports persons who have taken seriously their passion for wine and have built up business on it.

Michael Laudrup, distribution entrepreneur

Michael Laudrup is an ex-football player and coach of the Welsh club of Swansea. He became famous in the 1990s when he played for the FC Barcelona, where he started to try and enjoy Spanish gastronomy and wine. Following his own website, Laudrup got to know another Danish family, the Buhls. Out of nostalgy for all these discovered delights, he founded a small business to import wine, almost exclusively for himself and some family and friends.

Like this, Laudrup Win & Gastronomi came to live in 1993. This business grew step by step and became later the most important importing company for wine and gourmet products from Spain to the Scandinavian country. Among its biggest sales there are some of the most famous Spanish wines: Muga, Allende, Artadi, Viña Pedrosa, Toro Albalá, Can Rafols del Caus and many more.

David Ginola, from ball artist to wine lover

Frenchman David Ginola became famous when he played for Paris Saint Germain. During this time he started to collect bottles. His passion made him meet Philippe Faure-Brac, former world champion sommelier and owner of Le Bistrot du Sommelier in Paris. He made him go into this interesting passion and thus he started to try and buy some of the best wines in the world. He soaked more and more knowledge about wine and different wine regions and today is a real expert.

Andrés Iniesta, the crazy heart (corazón loco) of wine

Andrés Iniesta, the famous player at Barça, opened his own winery in his native town Fuentealbilla, owning already some vineyards in the family. The winery is attached to the D.O. Manchuela and following the medals it has won in various competitions we can conclude that it is succeeding. His white wine elaborated from Verdejo stands out especially.

Andrea Pirlo, a passion since childhood

Pirlo started playing for Brescia in the mid-1990s and has remained faithful to his football roots with the purchase of a vineyard located in the hills of the city. Pirlo grew up in a wine-loving family and went to the vineyards already as a child. This vineyard Pratum Coller (which means ‘meadow hill’ in Latin) produces between 15.000 and 20.000 bottles of wine a year. Currently, they produce two kinds of red wine, one rosé and one white wine. They are planning to expand their range and volume of production.

The wine that crosses borders and sports

American football also has its representatives in the world of wine. The ex quarterback Dan Marino and Joe Montana are the two most famous ones who own their own wineries (Marino States and Montagia Wines respectively). Ice hockey also counts with some wine representatives: former Canadian star Wayne Gretzky has his own winery in the Niagara area, well known for producing outstanding ice wines.

 

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Corazón Loco 2014: a red wine from the Manchuela DO made with graciano and syrah of 2014. 

 

 

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Corazón Loco Blanco 2015: a white wine of the VT Castilla DO based on verdejo and sauvignon blanc of 2015. 

 

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