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Go green: the best eco-initiatives in wine production

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In recent years, winemakers have begun to participate in environmental initiatives to reduce the impact of wine production on the environment. There are many initiatives that have been undertaken and, thankfully, we will see many more. Today, some of the success stories related to wine production from a sustainable perspective are based on the following methodologies.

Solar energy:

The use of solar panels is increasingly becoming a constant feature in wineries. Far Niente pioneered the use of solar panels in California in 2008. The winery was the first to test the system called Floatovoltaic. Also De Bortoli, with the largest solar panel in Australia and Jackson Family Wines is already building the largest solar installation for a vineyard existing so far.

Water Footprint:

Jackson Family Wines has a water conservation strategy that allows them to save 9 gallons per year in California; Borboli Down Under in Australia created a green farm to reuse waste water to irrigate their grain and fodder crops. Concha y Toro was the first winery in the world to measure its water footprint in 2010: about 97% of the irrigation water they use comes from groundwater sources.

Design wineries:

Ven Cava, located in the Guadalupe Valley in Mexico, opened a cellar with a roof made from recycled ships. The couple Alejandro D’Acosta and Claudia Turrent designed these vaulted ceilings and decorated the walls with old glasses from a local factory. In Chianti, the Antinori building designed by the architectural firm Archea Associati was made to harmonize with the landscape, with rows of vines in the ceiling and holes that fill the interior with light.

Drones:

Drones are helping winemakers to defend themselves against diseases that kill their vines. The magnate Bernard Magrez, Airbus and Bordeaux engineers, plus a financing from BIVB made possible the testing of drones to detect diseases of vines. The idea is that what drones detect can be used in order to obtain better results.

Geothermal energy:

In New Zealand geothermal energy is used to produce 13% of electricity supply in the country. They are lucky to get 70% of its energy from renewable sources and hope to increase this figure to 90% by 2025. In California, geysers are one of the two locations with high temperature geothermal resources, used to power turbines and generate electricity.

Packaging:

Last year went on sale the first paper wine bottle called Paperboy. Made of compressed paper, recycled and printed with natural inks, this 65 grams bottle has been created by the manufacturer Greenbottle, the beverage packaging designers Stranger and Stranger, and Californian producer True-Hurst.

“Paperboy is as green as it is possible to make a bottle of wine”, says Kevin Shaw from Stranger and Stranger. “It weighs only one ounce empty, and so a huge amount of energy is saved in shipping; it is rigid and strong, and safe for three hours in an ice bucket”.

Species recovery:

Wine cooperative Plaimont decided to lead an innovative initiative against climate change, reviving ancient grapes that naturally have low alcohol content and are planted in sandy deep soil, allowing the vineyards to survive roots diseases, decreasing therefore the pesticide use. In a 39 hectares plot different varieties of grapes are planted, of which 12 grapes are unknown to the wine world.

Transportation:

The Cono Sur winery in Chile also marked its green attitude with transport: all workers use bicycles to move within the facilities. This winery compensates 100% of its carbon emissions, so it was awarded in 2011 with the “Green Company Of The Year” in the “Green Awards”. “The bicycle symbolizes the passion of Cono Sur, commitment and respect for the environment”, says head oenologist Adolfo Hurtado, and adds: “Cycling is my favourite hobby, I use my mountain bike whenever I can and I carry it on vacation”. At the Chimbarongo facilities there is a giant sculpture of a bicycle located in the heart of the vineyard.

In the same vein, at Cono Sur they also use a flock of geese to reduce the cost of fuel used to plough the vineyards. In Bordeaux, Château Pontet-Canet is the first winery to use this process with horses, and the same pattern has been repeated in Rhône by Michel Chapoutier, biodynamic producer with sheep.

Honey:

One way that green mentality vineyards have increased their biodiversity is through the production of honey. In Pessac-Léognan, Château Brown released his first batch of honey for vintage 2011. Produced by 20 beehives located near the Bordeaux vineyards, 65000 bees fed with flowering acacias made possible the vintage. Hives contribute to pollination of vines, their bees help reducing the amount of insecticides used in the vineyard. The director of Château Brown, Jean-Christophe Mau considers the possibility of increasing the number of hives in the coming year because, in addition, honey is put on sale in the estate shop.

This green initiative inspired Emiliana in Chile, where employees develop a parallel project that includes the production of honey, olive oil, herbs and vegetables that provide an extra income to the people involved.

In the line of this post, we propose today wines already produced organically, minimizing the environmental impact caused by working the vines.

 

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Château Jonc Blanc Les Sens du Fruit is na organic wine of the Wines without Appellation (France) DO.

 

 

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Porto J.W. Hart Réserve Ruby Bio Rouge is a organic wine with DO Port and 20º of alcohol strength. 

 

 

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Pinord is the maker of this Natura Ecologico 2012, an organic wine with this DO: Penedes with the best bunches of xarel·lo from the 2012 vintage.

 

Stressed out? Drink a glass of good wine!

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While it is known for its delicious taste and for being the preferred drink to accompany meals at meetings, wine also offers a number of health benefits to which are now added the results of a study performed by the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, indicating that drinking wine reduces stress.

According to the cardiologist Raul Pastor, head of the department of Internal Medicine, Clinical Hospital of Buenos Aires, one glass of wine daily in the case of women and two glasses of wine a day for men, significantly reduce the oxidative stress, which damages the genetic material of cells and is responsible for ageing, as well as for tumour formation and generation of chronic diseases.

Resveratrol, a component present in red wine, is one of the new alternatives to combat cardiovascular disease and to maintain a youthful skin thanks to its antioxidant properties.

Additionally, the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, has discovered that resveratrol also stimulates an anti-stress gene, which in turn activates other genes that protect the body from infection and even from ultraviolet radiation.

Paul Schimmel, one of the scientists in charge of the investigation indicated that ?this stress response represents a stage of biology that we had overlooked, and it appears that resveratrol activates it at concentrations much lower than those used in previous studies?.

Other benefits of resveratrol are:

  • Cardiovascular disease: it helps reducing inflammation, prevents oxidation of cholesterol by preventing platelets from sticking together and forming clots that cause heart attacks.
  • Diabetes: helps preventing insulin resistance.
  • Cancer: reduces the spread of cancer cells.
  • Alzheimer: it is able to protect nerve cells from the accumulation of plaques, responsible for Alzheimer.

Previously they had already released the benefits of resveratrol, but in this particular study was discovered the way how it works on the body: according to the results, resveratrol adheres to the PARP-1 protein and this generates an anti-stress and DNA repair response factor.

As for the stress, it is a feeling that produce excessive feelings of frustration and anxiety, but at low levels can help you perform your daily activities.

Stress is generated by several reasons, depending on the lifestyle of each person, from work, economic status or relationships, and can be identified by symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, dizziness, tremors and sweating.

Doing sports, resting, eating a balanced diet and drinking wine in moderation can help reduce stress and improve your quality of life. So get going and leave the stress aside!

  

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Descendientes de J. Palacios is the maker of this Corullón 2012, a wine red with DO Bierzo made with mencía of 2012.

 

 

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Arabella Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 is a red wine with DO Robertson from the Arabella cellar produced with cabernet Sauvignon from the 2013 vintage and 13º of volume of alcohol.

Want to be a sommelier? Don’t miss these online courses!

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If you are in other countries, you want to practice English and learn to be a sommelier or maybe get more knowledge about the world of wine, we recommend some classroom and online courses, where you can become a wine connoisseur in an easy, quick and comfortable way. You can already take note!

The National wine school. They perform several Professional Certification Programs in the world of wine. Always online, the available training is varied, with sommelier certifications. For example, the Master Sommelier was born in 1969, and contains several programs with four levels of examinations.

International Sommelier Guild. It is one of the most interesting and complete, offering a specialized degree in wine selling, wine distribution, managing, etc. Just sign up and follow their guidelines.

Master Sommelier. With this Master, you will obtain specific expertise in restaurant managing, account managing of a wine brand, wine director for a retailer, restaurant or hotel.

Sommelier courses. The University of California announces a new sommelier course within the Specialized Studies Program at the UC Irvine Extension. It comes from the wine boom in this country, the region and around the world, and helps understanding how the wines are called, becoming familiar with the most famous grapes in the world, how to read a wine list with confidence and experience, understanding the labels of domestic wines, etc.

Sommelier Society of America Courses. Headquartered in New York City, this program will prepare you to get a sommelier certificate, and is performed for along 21 weeks.

Sommelier courses. The United States Sommelier Association announces a range of several days courses to get certificates, do internships, etc. with which you will discover novelties about the passion for the world of wine.

 

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Fragolino Rosso Bottega is a sparkling wine with DO Veneto from the Bottega cellar. A wine sparkling rated with 3,3 points on 5 according to Uvinum’s users.

 

 

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Castello Banfi Rosa Regale 2013 is a sparkling wine of the Piedmont DO produced with brachetto from the 2013 vintage and with an alcoholic strength of 7º.

 

 

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Leo Malbec 2011 is a red wine San Rafael is made with malbec of 2011 and with an alcohol content of 14.70º.

Tell me what movie you like and I’ll tell you what wine you should drink

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If you are a wine and cinema lover, you’d probably already discovered some films related to the world of wine that filled you with joy and made you feel completely identified. In fact, since cinema is as a good universal symbol, there are all kinds of films having wine as a background, protagonist or theme.

Here are some of our suggestions:

1. A Good Year: This film released in 2006 tells the story of Max Skinner, an investor who inherits his uncle’s vineyard in Provence. When he visits it, memories of his childhood and family traditions revive, and he also meets a woman who will change his perception of life.

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Miraval Côtes de Provence Blanc 2012 is a French wine from the Provence, the region in which it develops A Good Year.

 

2. The Grapes of Wrath: This film is an adaptation of the novel of the same title written by John Steinbeck, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for this work. It tells the life of Tom Joad, his exodus, that of his family and other California wine producers because of the Great Depression in the United States in 1929.

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This Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection could be one of the wines that were harvested in those years when the dust covered everything. On this occasion, we selected it because of its undeniable connection with the world of cinema.

 

3. Sideways: This Oscar winning film is an adaptation of the novel by Rex Pickett, entitled Sideways. It tells the story of a couple of men with opposite personalities that make a trip to the Santa Barbara vineyards.

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Will this 4 Hands Hot To Trot White Blend 2012 up to the roof of the protagonists of this already classic road movie?1

 

 

4. Autumn Tale: Two friends decide to move to Provence; one of them wants to get a partner for the other friend and uses the classified ads for that purpose.

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Chateau de Pibarnon 2008 Château de Pibarnon 2007 is also harvested in the idyllic land of Provence. What this region has to be one of the busiest scenarios of cinema?

 

5. Corked: This mockumentary is the story of 4 different wineries in California, looking to get the attention of a critic while he visits the area.

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In ?Tinseltown? they take advantage to elevate the nearest wine areas, such as California. This Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 is also a Californian wine.

 

6. A Walk in the Clouds: This romantic movie starring Keanu Reeves tells the story of a couple who falls in the vineyards at harvest time.

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This list could not miss Tuscany, the land of which Castello Banfi Rosso Di Montalcino 2012 is a good example.

 

7. Mondovino: This documentary by sommelier and filmmaker Jonathan Nossiter covers the issue of loss of identity of large transnational corporations over small winemakers and family wineries.

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Lafou Els Amelers Blanc 2013 is a wine produced by a family who works the land in La Terra Alta, an example of small scale winemaking.

 

 

8. You Will Be My Son: This is the story of Paul Marceaul, owner of the known vineyard Saint Emilion. This man is passionate oenologist that does not sees his son as a worthy successor to perpetuate the tradition of the family business.

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Château Dassault 2010 is a wine with Saint-Emilion appellation, the scenario that hosts this film.

 

 

9. Red Obsession: This documentary narrated by Russel Crowe compiles a series of interviews with various wine producers and resellers, as well as wine experts, to analyze the Chinese market demand.

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Habla del Silencio 2011 certainly will like any wine consumer in China, where imports of Spanish wine has grown markedly in recent years.

 

 

So, for you, what are the best wine-related movies or series? Do you agree with our selection?

Young people drink less wine, but better

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In recent years, wine consumption among young people is smaller, depending on the country, but they prefer higher quality wines. The rise of wine tourism and the spread of wine consumption has made new generations to know more about the language of wine and the main Appellations of Origin.

The trend for young people to know how to drink quality wine spreads all along Europe. According to a report by Rabobank -a Dutch bank-, this idea is confirmed, since it states that key generations of wine consumers are those between 20 and 50 years.

These generations bet for premium wines and show great interest in artisan producers who care for their wines, make small productions and live to their customers.

Young people who drink quality wine in Europe equate to a rather sophisticated and semi-luxurious life. Moreover, young people are betting largely for the Internet, and buy wine online, and really know what brand they are purchasing, where it comes from, compare prices and watch the opinions of other users.

Other sources suggest these trends, since they do not drink much wine because the places where they offer good wines, are usually somewhat elitist, and young people who go there, do it when they have money. In addition, in Spain this is not entirely true, because there are taverns at lower prices where there are reference wine, care for their wine list and wine is something valued, both by young and adults.

Other data show that in Spain, the Spanish Wine Market Observatory states in its 2009 studies, that 5.5% of young people between 18 and 25 states consuming wine regularly, while just 10% of young people aged 26 to 35 years consumes it quite often.

 

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Numanthia 2005  a red wine with Toro DO with a blend based on tempranillo and tinta de Toro of 2005 and 14.50º of alcohol.

 

 

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Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Silver Label Pinot Noir 2012  a wine red with DO California made with pinot Noir of 2012 and with 14º of alcohol content.

 

 

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Protos Reserva 2009 is a red wine with Ribera del Duero DO made with tinto Fino of 2009 and has an alcohol content of 14º. 

Are you prepared for an exceptional Valentine’s day?

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We don’t really need a Valentine’s day to say I love you or to drink a glass of good wine. But as Valentine’s day is coming anyway, why shouldn’t we enjoy a tempting wine or seduce with it or let us be seduced?

A glass of wine, a champagne or a well-prepared cocktail will guarantee that your night will be infinitely better. We would like to offer you some wines and some ideas to assure that your Valentine’s day will be much more than just a pink heart. #LoveisintheWine, no doubt! 

Very very sweet

We all know that strawberries with champagne are the epitome of an aphrodisiac but what about trying other options which are at least as delicious and sensual… Have you already tried to combine wine and chocolate?

The secret is to have time to enjoy without hurry and to select a balanced combination: Red wine with a perceptible presence of red berries matches perfectly with bitter chocolate; fruity white wine goes better with sweet chocolate or in combination with fruits.

Once you have wine and chocolate, it only remains to open the bottle of wine and chop the chocolate into small pieces while you allow the wine to breathe. Then you sit down, fill the glasses, taste it and immediately after the first sip you take a piece of chocolate… What follows is your business but the beginning was made. 

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Apasionado de José Pariente 2011 is a white wine with Rueda DO with the best bunches of sauvignon Blanc from the 2011 vintage and 11º of volume of alcohol.

 

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Delicious Assorted of Belgian Chocolates

 

 

Very very amusing

Often we forget to play. The daily routine, hurries and obligations keep us from devoting time so that? we go straight to the point, socks included. But playing is fun and, indeed, much more exciting. A vinyl in the background, a massage, some accessories, a previous dinner during which you discussed all the topics you care about and in which you?ve got seduced again… All this might (will) be the best way to let yourself go and get back the time you might have wasted in the past.

But? which games? We are sure that you have a lot of ideas but if you need some hints, don’t worry, we’ll support you. Whether with wine or?something else. It is about packs that reveal who dominates and who is submitted, make us immerse in the world of Parisian burlesque and finally inspire us to float in the phantasies of Shades of Grey.

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Feel like you were Christian Grey!

 

 

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Feel like you were in a Parisian burlesque!

 

 

Are you brave enough? Is fo, yo can discover some other great ideas to celebrate yout Valentine’s Day. Don’t miss them! 

And… We offer you ideas and wine, also!

We come up with some ideas for your Valentine’s day and also offer you the wine to celebrate it – of course! So, first of all you should think of the wine which you desire most. You desire it so much that if your erotic myth were a wine, it would be this one.

Fine. We are not able to serve you with an erotic myth but we can offer you this wine. Therefore we make the following suggestion: Tell us on Facebook with which wine you’ll pair your Valentine’s day dinner and Uvinum sends it directly to your home so that you can enjoy it… and whatever may come 😉

Build your own wine cellar at home

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If you are a wine lover, surely you’ll like to have a small wine assortment from different vintages or provenances in your house, so you always have the possibility to choose one or the other depending on the company, the moment or your mood.

Thus, you may have also raised the possibility of expanding your small home cellar and transform it into something more “professional”, so to speak. Here are some tips to build a space in your home to keep your precious wines with full guarantees.

The location
It is ideal, in any case, to have an appropriate space to mount your cellar. Traditionally this type of rooms are usually located underground, being naturally isolated areas that keep more stable temperatures than other places exposed to solar radiation or cold ambient. The humidity is also important here, so if you can, find a basement or cave (natural or artificial) with these features.

The furniture
It is important to have appropriate wine storing shelves, and take good care of where you place each bottle, as some of them will benefit of certain conditions of temperature and humidity, and others will need different conditions.

Specific equipment
Clearly there best and worst places to store wine, mainly because of the climate and the construction of the cellar itself. If you live in a place where there are large variations in temperature and/or humidity that may hamper the preservation of wine, even if you have the possibility to use an underground room, you may need to insulate the place beyond what is usual, using special wall coverings, door and window sealing, and even refrigeration and humidity control specialized for wine cellars.

In fact, with one or more air-conditioned wine cabinets, you can place your cellar on common places of your home, even in a corner of a small apartment, as long as they allow to maintain precise control of the preservation conditions of the wine.

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Cabinet Chic

 

 

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Wine cellar CV18-D

 

Good, nice, cheap and white

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The new year has brought with it very promising white wines. Today we want to share with you the major novelties which, with its vintage 2014, are coming with great force.They will not let you down!

El Perro Verde 2014

El Perro Verde is a wine as original as its label. Made from 100% Verdejo grape, is a wine with good structure and a long, pleasant aftertaste. Perfect for those who like white wines with more travel and… irreverent wines. 

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From the Bodegas Félix Lorenzo Cachazo cellar (Rueda) we received a El Perro Verde 2014.

 

 

Jean Leon 3055 Chardonnay 2014

Jean Leon 3055 Chardonnay 2014 has been made from 2014 chardonnay strains. You’ll enjoy it with light dishes such as rice salad with pineapple and shrimp; natural clams or razor clams; or with a soft risotto with mushrooms and green asparagus.

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Jean Leon 3055 Chardonnay 2014 is a white wine with DO Penedes made with chardonnay of 2014.

 

 

Marqués de Riscal Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Herederos del Marqués de Riscal elaborates this Marqués de Riscal Sauvignon Blanc 2014. It is a white from the DO Rueda, based on sauvignon and sauvignon blanc strains 2014. Great for pairing with soups and paellas.

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Herederos del Marqués de Riscal is the maker of this Marqués de Riscal Sauvignon Blanc 2014.

 

 

Montes Sauvignon Blanc Reserva Casablanca Valley 2014

Montes Sauvignon Blanc Reserva Casablanca Valley 2014 is a fresh, youthful, fruity wine… A lovely wine from Chile’s Casablanca Valley region.

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Montes Sauvignon Blanc Reserva Casablanca Valley 2014 is a s a white wine with DO Casablanca Valley from the Montes cellar made with sauvignon Blanc of 2014.

 

Enate Chardonnay 234 2014

Enate Chardonnay 234 2014 is a white wine that will delight those who prefer greasy and complex white wines. Its aroma has notes of green apple, fennel, exotic fruits and peach. Ideal for fish and seafood.

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Enate Chardonnay 234 2014 is a a white wine with Somontano DO.

 

 

 

Afortunado 2014

Afortunado 2014 is a vivacious and citric wine that teams up well with white meats and rice. It also has a very original label that worth it to get one of these bottles, right?

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Afortunado 2014: of Viñedos Singulares cellar: a white wine from Rueda DO with the best bunches of verdejo from the 2014 vintage and 13º of alcohol.

 

 

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2014

The cellars Villa Maria are responsible for this Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2014, a white wine from DO Marlborough based on sauvignon blanc and pinot gris. In nose, dominate notes of passion fruit, melon and honeysuckle, and in mouth is smooth and pleasant. A safe bet.

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Villa Maria is the maker of this Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2014.

 

 

 

Infraganti 2014

With such a suggestive name, Infraganti 2014 can not be overlooked in any way. This cool and jovial Verdejo will remind you of white flowers and ripe fruit.

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Miravinos is the maker of this Infraganti 2014, a white wine from Rueda with a blend based on verdejo of 2014

 

 

Mestizaje Blanco 2014

Mestizaje Blanco 2014 is made from Merseguera grape, a Valencian native variety which Bodegas Mustiguillo has harvested from organic farming. It is a fresh and sweet wine with a long finish that will leave you a nice mouthfeel.

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Mestizaje Blanco 2014

 

 

 

Castell Raimat Chardonnay 2014

With intense aromas of tropical fruits and other more subtle, such as pineapple or melon, it is a balanced wine that brings a refreshing acidity. Pair it with a salad, seafood and white meats and you will savor it more and better.

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Castell Raimat Chardonnay 2014: a white wine from Costers del Segre DO of Raimat cellar with the best bunches of chardonnay from the 2014 vintage.

 

 

Viñas del Vero Chardonnay Collección 2014

Viñas del Vero Chardonnay Collección 2014 is a wine made in the DO Somontano through a process of cold maceration of freshly harvested grapes. This means that it is a distinctive wine with very good national references in previous vintages.

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From the Viñas del Vero cellar we received Viñas del Vero Chardonnay Colección 2014.

 

 

Parvus White 2014

Parvus White 2014 is an organic crop wine from DO Alella, made from chardonnay. The palate is fruity, greasy and oily, so it will go very well fish, both grilled and breaded.

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Parvus Blanco 2014 is a white wine from the Alta Alella winery.

 

 

 

Viña Esmeralda 2014

Viña Esmeralda is probably one of the most famous wines from this list, and it’s a safe bet especially to enjoy with a relaxed meal with friends. If you’ve tried it, you will surely repeat this year. And if you have not, you will surely do it next year.

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Viña Esmeralda 2014

 

 

Images: Uvinum and Wikipedia.

Do you know the wine regions of Argentina?

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Located in the southern tip of the American continent, Argentina is a beautiful country and also the fifth largest wine producer in the world. The mineral richness of its soil and climate favor the production of different types of vines.

Today, Argentina has over 200,000 hectares cultivated with vineyards to date, that is 2.7% of all the vineyards in the world.

Initially the development of Argentina’s wine industry was slow. Since 1853, thanks in part to the arrival of European immigrants, occurred a major transformation: these immigrants brought knowledge of new cultivation techniques, noble strains and wine elaboration processes.

The main wine regions of Argentina are:

  1. Region of Salta and Catamarca. This region lies between 22 and 29 degrees south latitude, comprises Cachalquies Valley, west of Salta and north of Catamarca (where Chardonnay, Chenin and Cabernet Sauvignon are grown), the valleys of the province of Catamarca (where the landscape is mountainous and the climate depends on altitude, white and rosé varieties are grown).
  2. Rioja region. Made up of small valleys west of the province, between the mountains of the Sierra de Velasco and Famatina, Chilecito and Aminga, is where good red wines are grown. It has alluvial type soils that can produce both white and rosé varieties, like Rioja Torrontés, Muscat of Alexandria and Torrontés Sanjuanino. The wines of this area are intense, fruity and with sweet tannins.
  3. Region of San Juan. Viticulture is developed mainly in the Valley of Tulum and less in the valleys of Onda and Ullum. This region is the main producer of table grapes in the country, with a cultivated area of 60,000 hectares. It has a stable climate and low rainfall, and its varieties are predominantly rosé and white. The most popular variety of the area is the Cereza (rosé grape), in addition to Muscat of Alexandria, Pedro Giménez and the Rioja Torrontés.
  4. Mendoza region. It is called ?The land of good sun and good wine?. Among the red varieties in the region there are Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tempranillo. It is divided into 4 areas: Norte Mendocino (producer of white wines such as Chenin, Ugni Blanc and Torrontés); High Zone of the Mendoza River (producer of red varieties such as Syrah, Merlot and Boyarda and white varieties such as Viognier, Chardonnay and Merlot); East Mendocino area (producers of Tempranillo and Syrah); Valle de Uco (producers of red varieties such as Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and white varieties such as Chardonnay and Semillon).
  5. Southern Argentina Region. It is located in the town of Epuyén in the province of Chubut. This region is an excellent producer of white wines, but it is also recognized worldwide for its early ripening Merlot and its Pinot Noir.

In all these regions, as well as in Patagonia, there are born great wines which compete among the greatest wines in the international market. And, of course, all of them are wines to try and… enjoy!

 

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Puro is the maker of this Dieter Meier Puro Malbec Cabernet 2013, a red wine from this DO: Mendoza based on the top of malbec from 2013 vintage and 14º of volume of alcohol.

 

 

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Humberto Canale Gran Reserva Pinot Noir 2003 is a red wine with Alto Valle del Río Negro DO from Humberto Canale cellar with pinot Noir of 2003 and 14.5º of alcohol.

 

 

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Michel Torino is the maker of this Michel Torino Don David Malbec 2012, a red wine from Valle de Cafayate with malbec of 2012 and 13.75º of alcohol content.

 

 

Drink wine and save money at the dentist

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Wine provides a number of properties for the body, making it one of the most comprehensive drinks. It is an antioxidant, prevents cardiovascular disease, prevents cholesterol, along with other many other benefits for your health. And… it also prevents caries.

This last statement can give us many joys, allowing us saving money at the dentist if, besides taking care of our oral health, we drink wine in moderation.

This says a new study led by the Research Institute of Food Science at the Autonomous University of Madrid and published in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, which states that wine is good for teeth care.

In order to reach this finding, the researchers have been able to confirm that the dental plaque biofilm, which protect teeth against plaque and the occurrence of any dental disease, being immersed in red wine with grape seed and ethanol, offered successful results.

That is, they allowed to reduce dental plaque bacteria thanks to their natural antioxidants -the polyphenols- present in wine and grapes, which offer various advantages in addition to preventing caries. Through this research we learned that polyphenols hinder growth of bacterial flora. The results are healthier teeth, with less tartar and no tendency to deteriorate by the remains of bacteria that accumulate over time.

But this is not the only known study about this topic. Already in 1997, the faculty of dentistry at the University Karolinska Institutet, in Sweden, examined several professional wine tasters with different ages, and the result is that a large proportion of them had some teeth eroded by the consumption of wine, but none had caries.

 

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Robert Parker rated it last year like one of the best wine value for money and now it ‘s the Wine Guide Gourmets 2015 that rates the Borsao Selección 2013 like the Best red young Spanish wine of the year.

 

 

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Bodegas Borsao makes this Borsao Tres Picos 2013, a red wine with Campo De Borja DO with the best bunches of garnacha from the 2013 vintage.