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Marsala wine

 TAGS:Marsala wine is produced in Sicily, Italy, in a region that has the same name and received a protected designation of origin in 1969. Marsala wine is similar to port; it was initially fortified to withstand sea travels and then gained in popularity.

Marsala wine is produced under the process ?In Perpetuum?, very similar to the one used to make sherry. This process is to raise the level of alcohol while preserving the characteristics during long sea voyages. It is made from white grapes Grillo, Inzolia and Catarratto types, among others.

The Marsala wine was served as an appetizer between the first and second dish, and most recently served as a dessert with Roquefort cheese, Parmesan and other spicy cheeses, fruits or pastries.

Marsala Wine is classified according to its sweetness, color, and aging; levels of sweetness are dry (with maximum 40 grams of sugar per liter) semi (41-100 grams per liter) and sweet (with more than 100 grams per liter)

With regard to aging, it may be Gold, Ambra, Rubino, Fine (aged one year), Superiore (Aged two years), Superiore Riserva (Aged at least 4 years), Vergine or Pavers (Aged at least 5 years), Vergine or screeds or screeds Stravecchio e Vergine Riserva (aged at least 7 years). Marsala wine is also quite used for cooking and making sauces.

The appearance of Marsala wine can vary from golden brown to ruby, to amber, and is popular in Americans Italian restaurants for his versatility and because it allows you to create all kinds of recipes. Some popular recipes made from wine are Chicken Marsala, Beef Marsala, Marsala and Fruit Tofu, and seafood Marsala.

How portuguese vinho verde is made

 TAGS:The Vinho Verde is a wine from Portugal and more specifically from the province of Minho. Is has acid dyes and is slightly frothy. The vinho verde is produced in a wide area ranging from Cambra Valley to the Rio Minho, which forms the border with Galicia – Spain. Its name Vinho verde (green wine) comes from the youth of the grapes used and is an appellation of origin since 1984.

It has digestive properties due to its freshness; it is consumed during the summer and can be red (full-bodied, intense color and slightly sparkling) or white (greenish or straw). The history of Vinho Verde was initiated by the religious  who made contributions to the Portuguese crown.

The vinho verde is made in the traditional manner without the technological artifacts; young musts rich in sugar and acidity are collected, then treated with nitrogen for a more effective fermentation (sudden temperature increases must be avoided).

For the preparation this wine must pass by a malolactic fermentation, which involves the conversion of malic acid (present in grapes and other fruits) to lactic acid by the bacteria and using vitamin B, purines, pyridines and some amino, reducing the acidity and enhance its quality.

Sometimes malolactic bacteria are artificially added to this wine to cause fermentation. In the special case of the Portugal green wine, we try to prevent that the fermentation takes place in the bottle.

One of the grapes that is more used for the production of Vinho verde is the Albariño grape. It is used for white wine production in the region of vinho verde. Additionally are harvested white caste of Arinto, march back, Azal, Batoca, Laurel, and Trajadura, among others. And red caste of Amaral (Azal red), Borracal, Espadeiro, Baker, Horsetail Anho and Pedral, among others.

As we begin the summer, vinho verde, for its freshness and softness, is a must. Do you sign up to buy vinho verde? Then we recommend:

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Casal Mendes Vinho Verde




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Quinta do Dorado Auratus 2008

What is a sweet red wine ?

The natural sweet wine is a wine with high sugar content, and comes from the same process as fortified wine. It may be red, rosé or white. Some people find it easier to drink sweet red wines than traditional wines, stronger and more complex.

Some well-known sweet reds that you can find on the market are fruit wines made from blueberries and strawberries. You can also find sparkling Lambrusco wines from northern Italy, Port wine, of Portuguese origin, and the sweet reds with Monastrell, from Jumilla, Alicante and Malaga, for example.

The vintage drafting process is delayed, so that the grapes are even more mature than usual. When the grape juice is fermented and sugar has turned into alcohol, alcohol is added (5-10%), in order to stop the process of the yeast, preventing a part of the natural sugars from becoming alcohol.

The quality sweet wines are quality liqueur and as such they are regulated by the rules of designations of origin too. To be considered as such a sweet red wine must have more than 250 grams of natural sugars per liter, and its alcohol content is usually from 12% by volume. The sum of rectified alcohol from other distilled wine products will reach between 15% and 22%.

Garnacha wines are one of the sweetest, with low tannins and quite fruity, but with a light body, and that?s why we like it so much. Do we recommend any? Of course! Here you go:

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Solera 1847 Oloroso Dulce



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Ferreira Dona Antonia Reserva

The aging of Spanish wines

 TAGS:The Spanish wine classification about aging time has been adapted to the 2003 Spanish wine and vineyards law, in order to guarantee a standard quality for the designation of origin. Besides these there are other classifications, about control and characteristics. For example, in order to get the crop year printed on the label,  85% of the wine must have been produced in the same year.

The wines can be classified in the following way:

  • The young wines are those wines of the year, made to be marketed immediately. They don?t age in barrels, or the aging time used for them is smaller than provided for aged wines.
  • Crianza wines: those red wines that are spending two years in age, with at least 6 months in wood (12 months for Rioja), and put on sale in the third year. The rosé and white wines remain one year aging in the cellar and six months in wooden barrels, to be sold in the second year.
  • Reserva Wines: in the case of red wines, it must remain three years in the cellars, at least 12 months must be in oak barrels, for marketing in the fourth year. The rosé and white wines require two years and six months in warehouses in wooden barrels to be sold in the third year.
  • Gran Reserva wines: wines made from the best vintages, in the case of the reds, they have to spend a minimum of two years in wooden barrels, the rosé and white wines spend four years in the cellars, six months in barrels and are sold during the sixth year.

Instead, aging of noble wines or fortified wines should be:

  • Nobles wines: They are aged for a period of 18 months in wooden barrels
  • Añejos wines: They are aged for a period of 24 months in wooden barrels
  • Old wines: They are aged for 36 months in wooden barrels.

All Spanish autonomous communities are producers of wine, but half of the vineyards are in Castilla-La Mancha. This is the largest wine region of the world.

Do you like aged wines? Then we recommend 2 good ones:

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Viña Cubillo Crianza 2005, the Riojas have always a great value for money



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Viña Arana Reserva 2004, one great reserva wine

How to wine-press a girl on a date

 TAGS:Are you about to go on a date and you don’t know what to bring with you or where to take the girl of your dreams in order to impress her?

There is a little secret you should absolutely know which will make your date a great success. 

Remember that wine is the perfect accompaniment to any date and it will impress all the ladies. If you are invited to a girl’s house, forget about bringing flowers, that’s old fashioned, take a bottle of wine with you instead.

Of course the wine should be carefully chosen, don’t buy the first wine you see on the shelf of your supermarket, neither the cheapest one, unless you want your date turn into a disaster and wake up with a big headache the day after. It’s up to you if you opt for red wine or white wine

The best thing would be bringing a wine you already know and have enjoyed before, otherwise you could also choose a new wine but make sure to know some details about the wine already. 

If you can tell the girl some facts about the wine, she will enjoy it even more. But I don’t mean just some lame facts as alcohol percentage or appellation, as she can read that herself, but maybe a story behind or some funny facts (don’t talk about the last time you drank it with your ex).

When you toast, always look the girl in the eyes and instead of the common words like “Cheers” or “Good health”, you could say something more personal as “You are such a wonderful person” or ” I am so glad we met”. Although that’s what women usually want to hear, you should feel it, otherwise it could sound ridiculous.

If you want to make a really good impression, take some easy pairings with you. Bring cheese, berries or apples. The best you can do is buy a Bordeaux wine and some different types of cheese as gouda, goat and cheddar cheese. She will love that as she will see you as a caring person and that will give you extra points.

Here are 3 top wines every girl will absolutely enjoy:

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Oremus Tokaji Aszú Mandolas 2007, waxed, smooth, luscious, honey with a touch of citrus acidity that makes it round and sweet.



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Honoro Vera Garnacha 2012, young wine, cool bottle design

The Chinese vineyards threaten the habitat of the pandas

 TAGS:The spread of the culture of wine (and its industry) may be a good engine of development for areas of the planet that had traditionally based their economy on agriculture, given that the final product has a higher value. This is especially true when the promoters of this adaptation are already experts, sometimes from the most recognized wine regions of the world.

The reverse of the coin is that this transformation of the economic activity of a region can have harmful effects on the environment, especially when it comes to traditional habitats of endangered species.

This is the case that has recently comes to light in the Chinese provinces of Shaanxi and Sichuan, which has announced planting 18,000 hectares of vineyards. These regions of China are the home of a stable population of 1,600 wild giant pandas, who are threatened by this project, according to reports from numerous environmental organizations and voices in the scientific world.

Although pandas usually live in protected reserves, which in principle would not be affected by the project, it is usual that they leave the defined area in search of new territories for feeding and breeding. The project might limit their mobility, being confronted with vineyard areas, plants that are absolutely foreign to these cute animals. The effects on their behavior are unknown, and it might question the viability of the species in these provinces.

In addition, if the grapes are grown on land traditionally used by cattle, this could be driven to invade panda?s reserves, entering into direct competition with them, which could be disastrous.

This is an issue that is worth considering carefully before making any move that could be beneficial for the local economy, but could also lead to an irreparable loss to the country’s natural heritage. In addition to the provinces listed, in the Liangshan prefecture, Aba and Ganzi, the issue is the same. It highlights the government’s economic priorities, which often clash with the conservation of nature, an always precarious balance.

As it is, before choosing wines from those areas of China, will you give a chance to the european wines? So we recommend:

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Toso Marne Forti Barolo



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Vega Sicilia Único 2000

Cava : the memory keeper

 TAGS:In recent years, multiple studies have shown the benefits of food and wine on the health of people, if consumed with moderation. The presence of certain chemical compounds in the alcohol, associated with a balanced diet (which should be close to the Mediterranean diet) and regular and light exercise, demonstrate, therefore, to be a good way to prevent diseases of all kinds, especially those related to cardiovascular problems, certain cancers, high cholesterol or arthritis.

But what had not been tested so far were the advantages of drinks like cava with the memory. Thus, an investigation of the University of Reading says that drinking three glasses of this sparkling wine can help to fight the effects of brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. The last one, dementia, although usually manifesting in advanced age, probably finds its roots in middle age, from age 40.

According to this study, the presence of phenolic acid in the grape varieties that cava is made of is directly related to these beneficial effects. To do this, there?s been experiments with laboratory animals, and it was found that after regular consumption of sparkling wine (mixed with food), subjects improved their performance to run a maze, going from 50% success to 70% within a period of only six weeks.

Traditionally, it is always said that the grapes are an infallible remedy for memory loss. But we did not know if this statement had any scientific basis. Now we have a hint of something similar, but the final test still has to be done, with a group of over 60 years, for three years. They will be the subject of a study to definitively prove or disprove the preliminary findings of the study, led by biochemistry professor Jeremy Spencer.

Want to have an elephant memory? Then buy cava! Today we recommend:

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Segura Viudas Reserva Heredad, one great cava of Segura Viudas



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Delapierre Etiqueta Negra Semi-sec, one of the most afordable cava of Delapierre

Sangue di Giuda : The wine of Judas

 TAGS:The wine of Judas (Sangue di Giuda) is called in this way for its intense ruby red color with purple and bright flashes. It is originated from Italia. The legend says that Judas, after betraying Jesus, returned to his land as a sign of repentance and more specifically to the city of Oltrepo. The locals recognized him and tried to kill him. In order to save himself from this death he solved the vineyards? problems with a miracle. After that the red wine of this region was called Judas or Judas’ Blood.

Its flavor is slightly sweet and slightly sparkling, is produced in the cellars Conte Vistarino in Giordi Rocca district, featuring 826 acres where Croatina, rare grape and Barbera are grown. Its production is special:  fermented twice, in his second alcoholic fermentation it is poured in pressure tanks, producing the bubbles of CO2 that please the consumers. The result is a very fresh and sweet wine like Lambrusco.

This wine is very well appreciated by female consumers who enjoy its sweetness and fruit flavor, also great for pasta, cheeses and white meats. It is available in the Spanish and English market since not long, be sure to try and evaluate its flavor and quality.

Want to try the Sangue di Giuda? Today we recommend:

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Sangue Di Giuda Gatopardo



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La Versa Sangue Di Giuda Frizzante Dolce Doc 2012

The Élysée auctions its luxury wines

 TAGS:In future the guests of the Élysée Palace will have to renounce to the consumption of expensive wines. According to an article on the french newspaper “Le Monde”, President Hollande auctioned part of the 15.000 wines of his private collection.

Expensive brands as Petrus, Lafite or Dom Pérignon will be replaced by other cheaper wines. 

In contrast to former president Sarkozy, who didn’t feel like renouncing to expensive wine, Hollande stands for cost-cutting policy. The yearly expenses of 250.000 Euro for wines seem “exagerated” and “ridiculous” to his eyes and should be decreased. “3000 Euros per bottle shouldn’t be paid out of public treasury”, Hollande stated in an interview.

Exemplary or decandent?

Public opinion differs when it comes to the auction of statal french wine. What appears as an exemplary attitude in times of crisis to some, seems decadent or inappropriate to others.

“Famous french wines or champagnes are french statal symbols and renouncing to them is just not the right way”, a french entrepreneur referred to the newspaper.

In any case, the wine collection has been auctioned at the end end of may in the Parisian auction house “Drout”. The auction attracted more than 200 interested people, among them were sommeliers from all french regions and from outside.

The cheapest bottle was sold for 350 Euros, a Petrus of 1990 on the other hand, was bought at a price of 5800 Euros.

The happy auctioner of this exclusive wine was  Fan Dongxing, an importer of foreign wines. He travelled to Paris from Shanghai just to take part in the auction. “Chinese people love French wines. It’s a big honour for us that this wine comes from the Élysée Palace”, Dongxing commented about his successful offer.

With the sale of approximately every tenth bottle of the Élysée wine cellar, now there is space for new and cheaper wines. The rest of the auction income will go into the damaged State Budget.

French Wine Tradition

The Champagne collection of France goes back to 1947, when in times of monarchy it was a costume to offer a glass of french wine or champagne to the visitors to broaden the reputation of french wine. Brands as Petrus, Roederer, Yquem, Lafite, Mouton Rotschild, Dom Pérignon, Figeac, Margaux, Haut Brion, Veuve Cliquot and Cheval Blanchave always been present at important celebrations and were always in easy reach of diplomatic representants.

De Gaulle was a fan of Drappier Champagne, Pompidou preferred the Chateau Lafite. Giscard served Margaux to his visitors, Mitterand preferred to toast with Haut Marbuzet and Chirac loved to drink Mouton Rotschild with dinner. And Sarkozy? I am sorry to disappoint you but actually his favourite drink was diet coke.

Which wine do you prefer? Here some suggestions:

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Domaine Albert Grivault – Meursault Clos Des Perrières 1Er Cru 2007



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Château Raymond-Lafon Sauternes 1989

New cocktails from the far East

Hong Kong has numerous flashy cocktails, product of the characteristic ingenuity of the Far East?s inhabitants. You might dare to prepare some of them at home with ingredients you get in our store, or perhaps these cocktails will give you the expected final push that will make you undertake that trip you dreamed of so many times. If you make them at home, remember, all of them are characterized by the excellent presentation and aesthetic harmony. Think Feng Shui!

Among the most innovative cocktails we have the Super Lemon, a cocktail meant for those who truly love the citrus beverage. It is made with lemon cream, gin and lemon juice, usually served with a super bitter lemon sweet. This candy is the last touch that will transport you to your childhood, according to Antonio Lai.

The Nine Dragons is a vodka-based cocktail that was designed to pay tribute to Feng Shui. It is served in the InterContiental of Tsim Tsui, and has become very popular. It is made with nine different ingredients that represent the nine dragons Kowloon: Absolute Blue, Citron, Campari, cranberry puree, lime juice, currants, mango, grapefruit and cranberry bitters. Besides it has a very attractive look, thanks to the color Gradation.

The Dragon is surely one of the most prominent symbols of Hong Kong and the cocktail that is named after it must have something special. It is served in the Room Ning Peninsula, and made with Absolut Citron, gin, lemon juice, orange juice and syrup rubber. Its colour is striking and its fruit flavors will make you smile. Additionally, spicy cocktails to refresh your palate are an interesting option. Motox is one of them. It is made with coriander, ginger, Belvedere Citrus Vodka, Luxardo lemongrass, apple, pineapple and lemon, and you can get it at Mo Bar, in the Landmark Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Finally, the Oolong Tea Collins has a tea extract taste, sugar and citric acid, served before pouring Absolut vodka and soda water in the glass, creating two levels of flavour and colours. Want to make Hong Kong cocktails? Then you surely need some Vodka and Gin in your personal bar.

Today we recommend two great spirits:

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Tequila Corralejo Reposado



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Armagnac Cles de Ducs V.S.O.P.