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Too many excesses? Take note of these 2 healthy recipes with wine

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Healthy food does not have to be boring and, indeed, there are many variations of healthy meals that include wine in their preparation, making them rich in flavor and highly practical for those who seek to keep a healthy lifestyle.

Turkey with wine and vegetables

This dish is part of traditional Spanish cuisine, is served as a main course throughout the year, it is low in fat so it is recommended for people with restricted diets for weight control, and by being accompanied by vegetables is a nutritious option to prepare at home in approximately 30 to 60 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 turkey thighs, ½ kilo each
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 1 leek
  • 1 sprig of thyme
  • 1 head of garlic
  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 potato
  • 1 zucchini

Preparation:

  1. Chop the turkey thighs and add salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Put some olive oil in a saucepan over high heat and place the turkey pieces.
  3. Now proceed to put the previously peeled and chopped vegetables in the pan (remember to put aside 1 carrot for garnish).
  4. Put in the pan peeled garlic and thyme.
  5. Braise with wine the ingredients in the pan and put the fire under to simmer for 20 minutes, and then remove the turkey.
  6. When you see the broth reduced enough and with a thick consistency, proceed to strain the result.
  7. Put again the turkey and broth for 5 minutes over low heat.
  8. Put aside the preparation to begin elaborating the garrison.
  9. Boil the potatoes, carrots and zucchini previously shaped separately and let cool.
  10. Add the shaped vegetables into the stew and serve in dishes or casseroles.

Fruit salad with red wine

This recipe for 4 people has a low level of difficulty and can be prepared in no time.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe melon
  • 1 bunch of grapes
  • 1 apple golden
  • 3 yellow and ripe peaches
  • 50 grams of peeled almonds
  • 50 grams of cane sugar
  • 1/2 glass red wine
  • 1 lemon

Preparation:

  1. Peel the lemon, remove the seeds and proceed to dice.
  2. Peel and cut the melon into cubes and place them in a large bowl with grapes, sliced almonds, apple and peach slices.
  3. Add sugar and bath with wine and lemon juice.
  4. Serve to each guest cold from the fridge.

And for your recipes, here are some good, nice and cheap wines that will help you improving your results.

 

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Beamonte Tinto 2013

 

 

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Señorío de los Llanos Cosecha Tinto

 

What is a wine tasting?

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A wine tasting is done in order to know what are the smells, tastes and colors of wine to catalog it and to conclude their properties, both visual and taste. It is performed by professionals or oenologists, but the tastings lately are aimed at wine lovers, amateurs and people who want to know more about wine culture.

Normally, in the tasting five different wines are tried, to appreciate diversity of shades, colors, flavors, spices and more to give tasting notes and scores to each wine. The tastings are usually made in bright locations, without odors and good temperature conditions, in addition to special transparent glasses.

Stages

The stages through which you pass in a wine tasting are basically three: Visual, olfactory and gustatory. It usually begins with theoretical explanations about wines, by the oenologist or professional who imparts the tasting, to pass then to the practical part. At each stage, an explanation of its various properties is given and you can even taste the wines with various foods to measure the power of taste.

Visual stage. Usually done to see the liquid of wine, its shade and color back-lit, always with a white or daylight background. It speaks a lot about the quality and age of the wine.

Olfactory stage. Bring the glass to your nose to appreciate the different aromas which gives the wine. First we notice primary aromas and then we can move the glass to smell the secondary aromas. And if you shake it more, you can notice the tertiary aromas, which often correspond to higher quality wines.

Gustatory stage. It is perhaps the most important when tasting wine. You should retain the wine in the mouth and then spit it into a container. Then you try it again and swallow it to see what are the effects on the palate. The sensations are total, whether if you spit or you swallow the wine.

 

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Monte Real Reserva 2007

 

 

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Numanthia 2005

 

 

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Arabella Shiraz 2013

Why drink a glass of sparkling wine? 8 reasons to drink one

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Whether in special dates or for specific occasions, sparkling wine or cava fills the tables of any celebration. Its bubbles, its unique flavor and many more features are some of the reasons to enjoy a glass of sparkling. We give you eight reasons to drink one… Do you fancy a toast?

A reason for celebration. Whenever we make a toast with sparkling wine is cause for celebration. It’s usually the drink par excellence in family, personal and even company events.

Health benefits. The cava and sparkling wine, whenever you drink it in moderation, offers a number of health benefits, being included in the Mediterranean diet. For example, a glass of sparkling wine is natural, is good for the heart and prevents from different diseases.

Source of youth and beauty. Some of the reasons of why to drink a glass of sparkling wine is that it contains antioxidants, which benefits the skin in general to make it silkier, smoother and younger. Sparkling wine moisturizes the skin and generates the well known hyaluronic acid, useful to get more beauty.

Perfect for pairing. Sparkling wine can be drunk throughout the meal, not only with desserts when it’s traditional. The result of the combination of quality grapes, chosen for its elaboration, combines perfectly with different foods, always depending on the variety.

Sweet flavors. Those who are not accustomed to drinking wine, will find in the sparkling wines softer, fruity, sweetish flavors so that they become substitutes for traditional wine.

Different varieties. Like the rest of wines, sparkling wines also have diversity of categories and varieties. We have the Brut, Reserve, Semi-dry… so you can choose according to taste, preferences and meals.

Appellations of Origin. This type of wine and cava comes from places with renowned quality and designation of origin, which provides a full guarantee of elaboration, always classified by region.

Elegance and romance. A glass of sparkling is synonymous with celebration, but also of elegance and romance, being associated to a somewhat snobbish life, having formerly an elevated price.

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Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve

 

 

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Mercier Demi Sec

 

 

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Billecart-Salmon Brut Réserve

How about a hot wine to challenge the cold?

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Hot wine is a traditional recipe in some countries for the winter season, ideal with sweets and biscuits. In England it is known as Mulled or Hot Wine (a mixture of wine, some spices and raisins), in Germany is known as Glühwein (made from hot wine and spices).

The mulled wine is a typical drink in many countries. Although it is a traditional Christmas drink, is also consumed throughout the winter. In Germany it is known as Glühwein, and in the Scandinavian countries as Glögg, with small differences.

The hot wine was first registered as mulled wine in Rome in the second century, spread by the Romans who traveled across Europe carrying the recipe. Hot wine is also popular in England and the United States. It is a typical drink for winters, as well as others as Hot Toddy.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle Merlot wine
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 10 cloves
  • 10 allspice berries
  • 6 small pieces of ginger
  • Zest of one orange
  • Orange slices

Preparation of hot wine:

Step 1:
In a saucepan mix water, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, berries and orange zest

Step 2:
Place over low heat for about 5 minutes.

Step 3:
Remove from heat and let stand for 15 minutes.

Step 4:
Add the orange juice and put the preparation into a container.

Step 5:
Pour the red wine to the mix previously strained

Step 6:
Put the drink in a saucepan and simmer over low heat

Step 7:
Let cool and serve to your guests in glasses decorated with orange slices.

Another variant of hot wine is the Glögg, a type of Scandinavian hot wine made from red wine, korn or vodka spiced with cloves, ginger, cinnamon and cardamom, to serve accompanied with almonds and raisins.

If you want to give a little warmth to your home during this winter be sure to prepare it to enjoy in the company of your loved ones.

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Vinya d’en Grec Negre

 

 

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Opera Prima Merlot

 

I practice athletics, ¿Can I drink wine without any problems?

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Sports and wine are not incompatible and can coexist without any problems whenever the consumption is moderate. Indeed, numerous studies have shown that wine offers advantages and benefits for the body in general.

But it is normal that many athletes wonder if they can drink wine, because they spend a lot of energy and often eat and drink healthily, and do not want to lower their effort level. The truth is that moderate wine consumption is not only possible, but also provides benefits for those who practice athletics, among other sports.

However, doctors and nutritionists state that it is best not to drink too much wine just before competing. And it reaffirms because, according to studies of Sport Medicine journal, excessive wine consumption before practicing athletics can increase the number of injuries and the athlete will dehydrate much earlier.

Virtues of wine

On the other hand, the virtues of wine reaffirm the theory of cardiovascular benefits, especially for those who practice regular exercise. It also increases levels of good cholesterol and prevents the bad. Other benefits of moderate consumption of wine combined with sports is that it relaxes the muscles in the arteries, lowers blood pressure and helps preventing osteoporosis…

It is well known that red wine carries flavonoids, which are antioxidants that reduce the risk of heart disease. And American doctors have stated that ?a glass of wine with dinner the night before a race is nothing worrying?.

In addition, nutritionists state that each person processes alcohol differently, and that depends less on quantity. Some athletes and wine drinkers limit their intake to one or two glasses of wine or beer per day, and drink lots of water to compensate for dehydration, always before the day of the race or competition.

Long live to wine!

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Pintia 2008

 

 

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Monte Real Reserva 2007

 

 

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Honoro Vera 2013

We wish you a Merry Christmas. Cheers!

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Christmas has come and we are sure that you are already filling your glasses to raise them once again with your loved ones. We from Uvinum would like to join your toast and wish you a wonderful Christmas with the persons you love most. And once there, also with the best wine.

We hope that you had a good year and that the one which starts in a few days will bestow the very best on you. We from our side will offer you as always the best wines, sparkling wines, beer and spirits at the best price 🙂

Meanwhile we wish you a happy Christmas and raise your glass as high as you can. Merry Christmas!

A great proposal for your Christmas menu paired with the best wines!

Doubts about your Christmas dinner? A proposal for your Christmas menu paired with the best wines. Certainly a resounding success!

Christmas is around the corner and we are sure that you are already thinking in your menu. Let yourself be inspired by our menu paired with the best wines, sparkling wines and liqueurs to ensure that you will seduce your commensals with one of your best allies.

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Appetiser

Prawn cocktail

The best meal deserves a great appetiser. An option? Taste a prawn cocktail with a quality sparkling. ¡A winner combination!

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Laurent Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut

 

 

Main course

Christmas turkey

The traditional Christmas table is always crowned with a big roast turkey. And a big roast turkey needs a wine at its level. So, if you choose this plate, you will need a bordeaux blended with a combination of power and elegance.

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Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2010

Kanonkop Paul Sauer 2010

 

 

Side dishe

Brussels sprouts gratin with bacon, cream and almonds

And so it happens with the side dish: your turkey will be the best turkey ever if you accompany it with this seasoned brussels sprouts and another glass of this great wine.

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Simonsig “labyrinth” Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

 

 

Dessert

Irish cream and chocolate cheesecake

To end a meal of such a quality, what better than a soft and sweet dessert paired with a delicious liqueur? A great end to a great start!

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Orujo Pazo de Señorans 50cl

Orujo Pazo de Señorans 50cl

 

Feel like this paired menu? Find the selection of products at Uvinum and enjoy a more than excellent paired menu. And, if you are running out of ideas, you can always read other inspiring articles for your Christmas celebretions. Don’t miss them!

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Did you know that alcohol excites but, in excess, delays orgasm?

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Brain and cardiovascular system have an important role when coordinating the relationship between orgasm and drinking alcoholic beverages.

It has been proven that excessive alcohol consumption delays the moment of orgasm in both men and women, since the role of alcohol is depressant, so it makes you feel uninhibited when flirting and having sex, but physically the body is not ready.

The delayed response of the central nervous system may be useful for men who have trouble lasting longer during sex. However, excessive consumption of alcohol generates greater overall loss of sensitivity and poor performance.

As for women, the brain’s response to alcohol is quite useful if their problems are about inhibition and psychological type to reach an orgasm but, as in the case of men, excessive alcohol ends ruining the whole scenario.

Another disadvantage of excessive alcohol consumption in the sexual arena is that by decreasing sensitivity, you may also feel less pleasure with the stimuli presented, in the same way as when you get hit under the influence of alcohol you feel pain less intensity.

For men, excessive consumption of alcohol instead of delaying orgasm, also affects the cardiovascular system, and thereby the blood pumping to different parts of the body.

To reach an orgasm the sympathetic nervous system response must be activated, but is difficult to reach it if alcohol is consumed excessively. The best practice, therefore, is to drink in moderation. A good wine or a cocktail after dinner will give the evening a touch of sensuality, without spoiling the evening.

So what is the right choice? Low alcohol beverages or fruity cocktails, and the spirit, champagne or wine of your choice.

 

 

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Pago Florentino from La Mancha is a wine made by Las Bodegas Arzuaga Navarro one of the most famous Bodega in Ribera del Duero. A tasty wine with a real good value for money.

 

 

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Alhambra Reserva is dark yellow to light copper tones with bubbles, and sweet due to grain and hops.

What wines do celebrities drink?

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Actresses, singers, leading figures of social life… they all influence us when making decisions, such as the fact of choosing one or another wine. Celebrities also drink wine and have their favorite, even some of them dare to elaborate it at their own cellars. Let us know what wines drink the celebrities, and take good note if you want to look like them!

Arnold Schwarzenegger. The actor, famous for his roles in Terminator movies and by being governor of California for a time, has a somewhat refined taste and opts for Italian wines. Although it is also a good ambassador for the wines produced in California.

Michelle and Barack Obama. The US president and his wife are also prone to drink good wine. They like French and Italians, and even in his Chicago home have a big wine cellar with many references.

Keanu Reeves. The versatile actor is a passionate of the famous Italian wine Chianti. It is the wine made in the Italian region of Tuscany, distilling mild flavors.

Johnny Depp. Again French wines are positioned by celebrities, since Johnny Depp prefers Romanée Conti or Chateu Ségur Saint Estephe AOC wines.

Andres Iniesta. We know the passion of FC Barcelona player Andres Iniesta for the world of wine. So much that he has its own winery, located in Fuentealbilla, Albacete, where his family originated. Their wines belong to the D.O. Manchuela.

Francis Ford Coppola. The film director likes many different wines, but his favorite ones are from California. And he owns a cellar with his name, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, in California.

Antonio Banderas. In order to foster the Spanish culture, Antonio Banderas usually drink wine from Spain wherever he is. It also owns some shares in a cellar, Anta Banderas, with over 200 hectares of vineyards in Ribera del Duero. The actor was also looking elsewhere, for example in Penedes area, in Catalonia.

Would you like to try some of these wines? You have them at your fingertips with just one click!

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Geografico Chianti Classico Montegiachi Riserva 2010

 

 

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Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Silver Label Pinot Noir 2012

Wine and tea, a recipe for a longer life

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Wine and tea consumption can prolong your life according to recent statements by Czech scientists, based on a study.

The study performed and subsequently presented at the European Society of Cardiology, during a Congress held in Barcelona indicates that both white and red wines work protectively against heart disease for those who exercise frequently.

The study consisted of monitoring for 1 year 146 people with a slight risk of heart disease: half of the people used to drink red wine and half white wine.

During this year of study, men were allowed to drink 300 ml wine and women 200ml up to 5 times a week.

Among these people subjected to study, there were no major changes in good cholesterol, but favorable changes among those who not only drank wine but also practiced exercise.

Apparently, merging exercise and wine strengthens the heart and prolongs life. Professor Taborsky (cardiologist from Palacký University, Czech Republic) said: ?Our study shows that the combination of moderate consumption of red or white wine and regular exercise improves markers of atherosclerosis, suggesting that this combination has a protective effect against cardiovascular disease?.

Another study presented alternately in the same conference showed that death rates from non-cardiac causes were 24% less among frequent tea drinkers than among non-regular tea drinkers.

Professor Nicholas Danchin from Georges Pompidou European Hospital, said: ?Tea has antioxidants that may provide survival benefits. Tea drinkers also have healthier life styles; if consumption of tea reflects a particular person profile or is tea, per se, improving the results, it remains for me an open question?.

?In answer to that question, I honestly recommend drinking tea instead of coffee ? and even more to not drink anything at all?.

With these results, the solutions to enhance lifestyle and health of our hearts are more relevant than ever and we can definitely get ourselves a longest and healthiest life by drinking tea and wine regularly.

Today we recommend two red wines with which, if you drink in moderation and practice exercise, we can not ensure you a longest life, but sure it will be mores pleasant:

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Faustino I Gran Reserva 2001

 

 

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Pago Florentino 2009