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How long does an open wine bottle last?

 TAGS:undefinedSurely, the following situation will sound familiar to you. You just bought a bottle of excellent wine or sparkling for a party. With a thrill of expectation, you open and enjoy it very much but at the end of the evening, there is still some wine left inside. You think it would be a shame to leave this bottle open because the wine runs the risk to go bad.
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.

 

 

*Picture: Design Initiative y Ruben (flickr)

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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8 foods that are no good for your digestion

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  1. Fats and fried food: We all like fried food once in a while. The problem arises if we want to eat it frequently and night time. “The stomach can’t  cope with that large amount of fat at a time, so it slows down”, says Dr. Anton Emmanuel, director at the Charity Core Center. It can cause heartburn, acid reflux and nausea.
  2. Spicy food: If you are not used to eating very spicy food it is very likely that it causes you stomach pain. A dairy product can help to calm down the nausea after having a spicy meal.
  3. Cheese and milk: If you feel stomach cramps or swelling after consuming these foods you might me suffering from lactose intolerance. Lactose intolerance occurs when people do not produce enough digestive enzymes to break down the sugar which is found in milk, called lactose. If you are intolerant to lactose, you can take other products with calcium like eggs, meat and fish.
  4. Fruit: Citrus fruits can cause heartburn, especially if taken on an empty stomach.
  5. Processed food: Processed food contains various chemical ingredients and high amounts of sugar and salt. They can cause stomach pain, diarrhea and mood swings.
  6. Coffee: Coffee stimulates the production of stomach acid. If consumed excessively it can cause inflammation, heartburn and stomach cramps. It is best to consume it together with other food.
  7. Gum: Some gum brands contain sweetener called sorbitol which can cause bloating and diarrhea.
  8. Ketchup: this sauce contains wheat and can therefore be difficult to digest.

We for our part, recommend a balanced diet, do some exercise and drink a little bit of wine every day, which is always good for both health and for joy 🙂

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Cune Crianza 2012: Cune Crianza 2012 is the evolution of “Tercer Año”, the first to be produced in Haro. Its vinification followed the ste ‘Claret’-style of the Médoc in Bordeaux

 

 

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Corimbo 2012: a red wine from Ribera del Duero DO of Bodegas La Horra cellar made with tempranillo of 2012 and 14,5º of alcohol. 

 

 

*Picture: Jim Bickett (flickr)

More wine and… better sex life

 TAGS:undefinedLet’s begin the new year with some good news: Drinking wine has, apart from several other benefits for health, a possible positive effect on women’s sex life.

This is the result of a study by Ricardo Bartoletti and Nicola Mondaini, two doctors from the University of Florence. Following their investigation there is a causal relationship between the moderate and regular consumption of wine and a better sexual health of women.

The study shows that drinking wine with moderation, about 1 to 2 glasses daily, makes women relax and loose inhibitions.

The study was carried out between approximately 1.000 Italian women between 18 and 50 years of age. In the group, there were as many non-drinking women as women drinking wine moderately on a regular basis.

The objective of the research was to measure the rate of female sexual function (a measure used in other scientific studies to investigate femal sexuality including issues such as sex life, desire, interest in sex, lubrication, orgasm, satisfaction in relationships or pain while having sex). As a result, the doctors found out that the group of women drinking 1 or 2 glasses a day, had a better index of sexual desire compared to the non-drinking women of the group.

From these results the doctors concluded that “there is a potential relation between the consumption of wine and a better sexuality“. Their hypothesis states that the chemical components of wine might stimulate the circulation towards the erogenous zones of the body and in this way increase the sexual stimulation.

Mondaini pointed out that red wine “makes women feel more relaxed and their body react better to sexual incentives” and he suggests that the Mediterranean diet, that includes a little wine, can help to improve health and sex life.

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Psi 2013: a red wine from Ribera del Duero DO based on the best of tinta fina and garnacha from 2013 and has a volume of alcohol of 13.5º.

 

 

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Flor de Pingus 2005: a red wine with Ribera del Duero DO based on tempranillo of 2005 and with 14º of alcohol content. 

 

 

The sky above English gastronomy is full of Michelin stars

 TAGS:undefinedThe publication of the new Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland is always a highlight for fans of gastronomy, famous chefs and the best restaurants. London is one of the best rated cities world wide for culinary art and year after year is awarded various Michelin stars.

Of the 17 new entries in the Michelin Guide for London 2016, there are 15 restaurants awarded 1 star and 2 new restaurants awarded 2 stars: The Japanese restaurants Araki and Umu both gained 2 stars.

The sushi restaurant Araki, which opened its doors in Mayfair last summer, asks £ 300 per person for its omakase menu. It is supervised by chef Mitsuhiro Araki, who closed a three-Michelin starred restaurant in Tokyo in 2013 to open this one in London.

“It is a big compliment to London, that Sushi master Mitsuhiro Araki closed his three-starred restaurant in Tokyo to go to the United Kingdom and challenge himself in a different culture”, says Rebecca Burr, editor of the Michelin Guide.

Umu is a very different kind of Japanese restaurant. Its chef Yoshinor Ishii has constantly improved his cooking and brought it to a completely new level.”

Four more London restaurants were awarded one star, one of them is the modern British restaurant Lyle’s of James Lowe in Shoreditch, furthermore, Bonhams in Mayfair, The Portland in Regent Park and the restaurant of the Goring hotel in Victoria.

Among the one-star-winning restaurants outside London there are the Carters of Moseley in the West Midlands, the Gravetye Manor in West Sussex, The Man Behind the Curtain in West Yorkshire, John’s House in Leicestershire, Woodpeen in West Berkshire and the House of Tides in Tyne and Wear.

In Scotland The Cellar in Anstruther gained 1 star, just as Eipic and OX in Belfast, The Greenhouse in Dublin and Loam in Galway. 13 restaurants lost their outstanding Michelin-star qualification, among them Gordon Ramsay’s Maze in Mayfair, formerly led by  Jason Atherton, and the Indian restaurant Rasoi in Chelsea.

Be it as it may, London’s cooking is on top of the world and the city’s best restaurants have thrown their hats in the ring for the title of the World’s Best Restaurant, at the moment hold by the great El Celler de Can Roca.

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Coto de Imaz Reserva 2010: a red wine from the Rioja DO with a blend based on tempranillo of 2010 and has a volume of alcohol of 13.5º.

 

 

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Castle Of Dracula Marsecco Red Delle Venezie Vino Frizzante Semisecco: a sparkling wine from the Veneto DO and with an alcohol content of 10.5º. 

 

 

Are you aware of the benefits of wine on health? Discover them now!

 TAGS:undefinedDrinking 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.

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But why does wine bring so many advantages for 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 wine delivers far more benefits than white wine.

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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? See our infographic!

 

5 places in Italy for food lovers

 TAGS:undefinedThere a special places you don’t want to miss knowing if you are a fan of good food and you like traveling Italy. Today we present you 5 locations to give you an idea.

1) Romagna

Being surrounded by impressive woods, they stand out for their hospitality for about two decades now: Giovanni and Cristina welcome travelers with breakfast, homemade cakes, pies and jams made from organic fruit of their own orchard. Furthermore, their subtly sweet licors, Parma sausages, zucchini filled pasta, amaretti cookies among others. The hosts are always ready to suggest hidden, unknown places to have dinner. During mushroom season, Giovanni offers field trips to visitors from around the world.

2) Agriturismo Corte d’Aibo, Emilia-Romagna

Autumn in Emilia-Romagna means wine, truffles, mushroomes, and chestnuts. The Agroturismo Corte d’Aibo is an organic farm and vineyard, located 25 kilometers west of Bologna, in the hills of the Apennines. The vineyard produces 6 red wines and 6 white wines, made from grapes of its own backyard. The recommendation is to take a bottle of Pignoletto with lunch and a tour of the winery. The menu includes specialties like tagliatelle with ragout and risotto with truffles and Parmigiano-Reggiano such as local dishes.

3) Masseria Il Frantoio, Puglia

Before lunch and dinner, Armando Balestrazzi gives a tour around Masseria Il Frantoio, close to Ostuni. They own 4.000 olive trees – many of them planted by the ancient Romans -, a citrus orchard from the 17th century, and a Moorish style garden. Armando and his wife Rosalba bought this 500-year-old property 15 years ago and turned it into a restaurant and a hotel with 19 rooms. Rosalba takes care of the cooking, and her 8 courses lunch paired ip with wines from Puglia and different olive oils is a real challenge. One of her typical meals could consist of: pizzelle (discs of fried pasta similar to Indian puris) with fresh tomato sauce, zucchini and shrimp fritters, green beans, baked goat cheese with saffron and pear jam, homemade pasta laganelle with zucchini and carrots, roast lamb with potatoes, garden salad with fresh almonds and rose petals, and lemon pie.

4) Le Campestre, Campania

After living in Belgium for decades, the Lombardi family returned to Italy to build up organic Agroturism. Le Campestre is a farm with rooms and a restaurant, a property located in the region of Campania Alto Casertano, that is famous for its olive oil, the buffalo, goat chees and its rustic breads. Meals are served on a terrace overlooking the nearby valley and mountainsides. The guests stay in simple rooms and participate in the daily tasks of the farm, such as the olive harvest. They also offer vooking classes.

5) Bio Agriturismo Valle Scannese, Abruzzo

Gregorio Rotolo is famous for his cheese: round blocks of pecorino, flat ashlers of aromatic stracchino and tender ricotta, each of them with a distinctive green and silver label. Gregorio and his family hava a biodynamic farm, more that 1.500 sheep and agroturism. The location is excellent, on the edge of the Abruzzo National Park, it is run by the family itself and has 17 cozy and comfortable rooms, and the food is wonderful.

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Quota 29 Primitivo 2012: a red wine with Salento DO with the best bunches of 2012 primitivo and 14º of volume of alcohol. 

 

 

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Cantine San Marzano Primitivo di Manduria Sessantanni I Giganti 2012:  red wine from Puglia DO with primitivo of 2012 and 14.5º of alcohol. 

 

 

Some songs about wine

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Wine is closely linked to bar or restaurant songs. Although wine has now refined, once it was connected with visits to wine bars where sipping wine in small glasses. Here were sung countless songs that have become totally traditional. Here are some of them:

Bottle of Red Wine by Eric Clapton. A familiar song by Eric Clapton extolling red wine over many other drinks.

Blood Red Wine by the Rolling Stones. One of the songs of the legendary band. As always, powerful rock is the protagonist of the track.

Red Red Wine, by UB 40 and Neil Diamond. A song that became very popular during the 80s and 90s, but its origin is previous, by Neil Diamond. A perfect song to dance, which was a milestone in the clubs.

 

 

Champagne Supernova by Oasis. A documentary about champagne inspired Noel Gallagher to name this song after the most glamourous drink in th world. “Some day you will find me caught beneath the landslide. In a champagne supernova – A champagne supernova in the sky”.

Ironic by Alanis Morrisette. One of the most famous hits on 1996 included a Chardonnay mention in the lyrics. “It’s a black fly in your ChardonnayIt’s a death row pardon two minutes too late. And isn’t it ironic… don’t you think”.

And what about you? Do you have any favourite song about wine?

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Wines That Rock Rolling Stones Forty Licks Merlot 2012

 

 

The best drinks for the reception at a business event

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A new year starts and, with it, corporate meetings, fair events, presentations and others social meetings where organizations will be represented. When the time comes to organize such events, the drinks offered are fundamental, as well as the catering, which should be available to everyone and should suit different tastes.

To accompany appetizers, most of them light, small and both hot and cold, a good idea is to start with champagne cocktails. They usually are served in glasses in the moment of making a first contact with everyone at the time of stopping to eat these delicacies.

Depending on the time that the appetizer is served, it is also important to have juices (two different natural juices will be enough) and some soft drinks, since some people may be very thirsty after the business event held.

After the glass of champagne cocktail, the tables should have white wine and red wine. Such wines are recommended to be low in alcohol, but high in quality, and from designations of origin related to the place where the event is held or from where the company comes. It is always better to serve local wines, as the attendants, some of them surely wine connoisseurs, may taste the specialities of each place.

Along with wines, beers must also excel in case someone does not want or can drink wine, being a much more refreshing drink. It is also advisable to serve local beer or even better, to give a different touch, craft beer.

Vermouth is also appreciated in such events. White vermouth is more elegant and low in alcohol. In other parties often they serve cocktails at the entrance of the reception, which can be alcohol free, something refreshing that leaves a good taste to get into the meal or to get back to business events ahead. While giving an original cocktail with a dash of alcohol is always pleasant for the attendants.

In many corporate events, depending on the type of organization and action, it is best to have the classics in terms of drinks: a prestigious champagne, the most consumed local beer, a wine of a known designation or a cocktail with familiar flavours.

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Mumm Cordon Rouge Jeroboam: is a sparkling wine with DO Champagne from the G.H. Mumm cellar.

 

 

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Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial: a sparkling wine from the Champagne French region.