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Oldest Wine Discovered in Georgia

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Wine lovers do not only look for news to know more about the sector. They also aspire to learn some curiosities. For example, we just discovered that the oldest wine in the world is about 8,000 years old. The latest excavations in Georgia shows that the first recorded winemaking activity took place during the Neolithic period, around 6,000 BC. It means 600 to 1,000 years before the time specialists previously thought.

About 50 kilometres out of Tbilisi, archaeologists were working in two Neolithic sites known as Gadachrili Gora and Shulaveris Gora. There, they excavated remains of ceramics used between 6,000 and 4,500 BC. Researchers believe this to be the oldest example of the domestication of a wild-growing Eurasian vine solely for the production of wine. Indeed, after analysing eight jars, they discovered millenary remnants of tartaric acid, a substance that enable them to affirm it contained wine.

The archaeological investigation led by the University of Toronto and the team of the National Museum of Georgia are the remains of two populations dating from the Neolithic, which began around 15.200 BC.

Furthermore, researchers explain that ceramic was ideal for the processing, storing and serving of fermented beverages and that it already existed in the Neolithic. Moreover, the team describes Near East societies where drinking and offering wine was important in many aspects of life (e.g. special celebrations, at a religious cult).

Finally, additional conclusions based on these remains declare that the Eurasian vine ‘Vitis vinifera’ abounded around the sites, being comparable to regions producing ‘premium’ wine such as contemporary Italy or Southern France.

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Our Wine Georgian Wine Saperavi Grand Cru Akhaoebi 2011 is a red wine made by Our Wine from Georgia.

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Our Wine Georgian Wine Rkatsiteli Grand Cru Tsarapi 2011, a white wine from the region of Georgia made of 2011 grapes.

15 Best Christmas Wines for under £12

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It’s three weeks until Christmas, just in case you haven’t noticed. All the lights on the streets, Christmas markets, the smell of mulled wine mixed with wet asphalt, that’s the holly jolly season in the city. But there’s one thing that really matters, and that’s wine. The right wine for your personal Christmas feast makes the difference. And it doesn’t even have to be just for one day, Christmas is a season and it started already. 

At Uvinum, we have prepared a delicious selection of white, red and sparkling wines for under £12 for you that set the perfect framework from now until the big family dinner.

White Wines for under £12

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A must-have wine in every wine collection, summer and winter. A nice white, fresh, fruity but not without character. Delicious, unctuous and fresh are the 3 qualifiers that perfectly represent this classic of the Domaine du Tariquet. A safe value and with excellent value for money. 

 

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Vigneti del Vulture Pipoli Bianco Basilicata 2016 comes as the elegant ambassador of the Italian region of Basilicata. There, Vigneti del Vulture puts great efforts into the elaboration of the autochthone Greco and Fiano grapes. The output of this work is very presentable, a delicious and fruity white wine for young drinkers that are looking for an excellent value for money. 

 

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Villa Sparina Gavi Di Gavi 2016 stands out as the historic identity of Villa Sparina. The Italian winemaker creates a true classic from Piedmont with the autochthone Cortese grapes showing a vivid expression and a unique freshness. A gem on every Christmas menu.

 

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Nuviana Blanco 2016, wine from the region of the Cinca Valley. Bodega Nuviana uses modern techniques of vineyard management with drip irrigation and treatments that respect the environment.
It stands out for its freshness, its remarkably fruity character and its great aromatic intensity. The ideal wine to accompany the starters at your Christmas dinner. 

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El Grifo Malvasia Seco Coleccion 2017: a white wine from the region of Lanzarote based on Malvasía of 2017. According to Uvinum users, this white deserves an evaluation of 4 of 5 points. Perfect to warm up from the cold outside.

 

Red Wines for under £12

 

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From the fertile lands of La Rioja comes this Marqués de Cáceres Allevamento, a special red that combines tradition and innovation.
Elaborated by Marques de Cáceres, a winery that has been producing quality wines for more than four decades. It was founded in 1970 by Enrique Forner and was a pioneer in the renewal of Rioja wines. Currently, the fifth generation of the family is in charge of the winery. 

 

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The most wanted red wine at Uvinum also come at the market’s best price. It’s one of the most appreciated and praised wines on the Spanish market: Pruno 2015. It has been qualified as one of the world’s best wines for its price-value-ratio in several vintages, spoiling our palate with its juicy aromas and fruity, smooth and enjoyable character once again.

Discover a wine, at under £10, that also conquered the heart of Robert Parker. Moreover, this vintage comes in a lot fewer bottles: Don’t miss out on yours!

 

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The E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône year after year remains faithful to its quality. A great classic, a know-how and an incomparable quality-price ratio. The E. Guigal Côtes du Rhône 2013 is an indispensable wine in its cellar which vintage after vintage is Nº1 of sales at Uvinum and many other wine merchants.

 

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Honoro Vera 2016, a young red with personality. One of the most renowned wines of the Spanish appellation DO Calatayud on an international level. this wine delivers a Garnacha, grown at an average altitude of 850m above sea level – fresh, fruity and powerful. Bodega Ateca has created an expressive wine that’s easy-to-drink and to enjoy, easy to pair with any kind of dishes. Get seduced by an excellent vintage as this 2016.

 

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With El Molar 2016, Propiedad Vitícola Casa Castillo proves its high expertise once more. This Garnacha from Jumilla emphasises the appellation’s singularity. In a region with a hot and dry climate, where the brand’s winemakers mainly cultivate Monastrell grapes, El Molar 2016 stands out like a shiny diamond for its fruity touch. The previous vintage of 2015 already received high evaluations from nationally renowned wine guides and this vintage targets anew, excellent and well-earned critics. Don’t wait any longer and try a glass of this Jumilla gem.

 

Sparkling Wines for under £12

 

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Parxet elaborates this Parxet Brut (£8.30), a sparkling wine from Cava vinified from Viura, Parellada, Pansa Blanca and Macabeo and has an alcohol content of 11.50%. The Parxet Brut finds an ideal companion in food like white meat and roast. The Uvinum community values the Parxet Brut with 3,7 of 5 points and also has the following ratings: peñín: 90. 

 

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Col Vetoraz Prosecco Extra Dry is made with the Charmat method. This Prosecco Extra Dry wine has a persistent perlage. It’s a fruity sparkling, easy to drink, enjoyable. To be sipped with friends as an aperitif.

 

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Over the decades, the Castillo Perelada Brut Reserva created its own identity thanks to the use of native grapes and the cultivation area’s mild climatic conditions. The Xarel.lo adds the sparkling’s distinctive character, flavour, and structure, the Macabeo cares for appreciated freshness and the Parrelada provides delicacy and elegance. Castillo Perelada Brut Reserva is a true masterpiece!

 

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Just like the rose could be defined by the element of fire, this Aviva Gold might be perfectly equalled to liquid gold. Glowing, bright, magical, this sparkling wine is a pleasure for the sight as well as the palate. It is ideal to accompany desserts, sweets, chocolates, in a way which will delight the most glutton and will give your party the unique fun and bright touch that this sparkling wine can give. 

 

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Cordon Negro Brut is Freixenet’s most popular cava and is often referred to as the “Black Bottle Bubbly.”
Wine Spectator – “This shows more finesse than many of its peers, displaying a subtle juiciness, joined by aromatic apricot, quince, mandarin orange and almond notes. Finely meshed, with a lightly spiced finish.”

Christmas DIY with Wine Bottles

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The holiday season is approaching and, with it, the pretext to enjoy a drink with your loved ones. Instead of recycling empty wine bottles, why don’t you seize the opportunity to start a DIY activity and dive into the Christmas spirit. Indeed, the holiday season is probably one of the best periods to boost your creativity. Here are a few ideas: 

Glitter Holiday Message Bottles

These lettered wine bottles can express your winter felicity for the coming holidays. All you need is to paint the bottles in any colour of your choice and, then, to write your message This probably is the loveliest way to share your Christmas spirit with the whole family.

Christmas Wine Bottle Lamps

After cleaning up your bottles, place bright Christmas lights inside them and watch how they turn into perfect holiday lamps which warmly illuminate any room. You’d better drill a small hole in the bottom of the bottle to let the cable an easy-way-out. 

Twined and Painted Bottles

Use some bottles with twine at the tops and give them a casual look. First, paint them white and then add red decorations or lettering in order to write a heart-warming holiday wish. To finish off the look, add red berries, tiny pine cones and some holly leaves. 

Candlestick Bottles

If you can draw properly, paint white bottles to look like Santa or any other usual Christmas character. After that, you can display them on tall candlesticks and put them wherever you prefer in your living room. This is an elegant and alternative way to cheer up your home!

Santa Face Bottles

Santa Claus is the most important Christmas character. So you can pick up a few red bottles and draw the white of Santa’s beard, don’t hesitate to go one step further and stick cotton balls to make it a bit more lifelike. If full, the bottle becomes an original gift for your friends while, if it is empty, the fabrication will entertain the youngsters. 

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Terras de Alleu 2013 is a wine made by the winemakers Rui Madeira and Luís Cortinhas who focussed on the area’s three main grapes: Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional.

 

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Casal Mendes Branco, is a traditional wine from the Vinho Verde region, Portugal, and is one of the most important wines of this country.

 

Wine Production Under Strain

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The International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV) reported that this year’s wine production had been at its lowest since the 1960’s. Indeed, the harvest saw an 8% fall in production with only 246.7 million hectolitres. Moreover, despite a growing wine consumption among different population types, the production decreases steadily.

According to the OIV, climate change is one of the main reasons for these poor figures and it blames warmer autumns and longer frost periods which impede the grape’s development.

Yet, this does not cause a drop in consumption because there is enough stock (e.g. only in France, there are 154 million hectolitres in stock) nor a surge in price as exports are thriving. According to OIV experts, cheaper wines may slightly increase their price, but high-end wines will maintain themselves.

Climate change is especially affecting countries such as France, Italy and Spain. We witnessed it with this year’s vintage, which was ahead of schedule and yielded a lower production: 35.7 million hectolitres of wine and must in Spain.

Nonetheless, the wine world remains dynamic thanks to all kinds of events: wine tourism is flourishing and exports are rising.

More data on low production were published by the Directorate General for Agriculture of the European Commission which predicted that next year’s wine production would have an estimate of just 145.1 million hectolitres, which is 14.4% lower and over 24 million hectolitres less than last season.

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Domaine Du Tariquet Premières Grives 2016, a white wine from Côtes de Gascogne vinified with gros manseng.

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Casa Castillo Monastrell 2015

Casa Castillo Monastrell 2015  is a red wine from Jumilla produced by Propiedad Vitícola Casa Castillo.

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Wine’s Importance in the Mediterranean Diet

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The Mediterranean diet’s multiple benefits for the body are well-known. Indeed, it prevents heart-related diseases, eliminates bad cholesterol and provides nutrients needed to develop an optimum mind and body.

This diet includes wine, both at lunch and dinner since -consumed with moderation- it is a healthy beverage that also brings many advantages.

The Mediterranean Diet Foundation admits that “wine is a beverage traditionally associated with both beneficial and harmful effects on health. What determines the balance tilting to one side or the other is the daily amount consumed and the nutritional pattern followed”. What’s more, they recommend the words of Ramón Estruch, one of the leaders of the Predimed research group of the Center for Biomedical Research in Network Physiopathology of Obesity and Nutrition (CIBERobn), who states that “the greatest benefits are achieved when consumption stays moderate and within a healthy dietary pattern as the Mediterranean diet”.

So, the importance of wine in this diet is relevant, as is the amount. The recommended drinking amount for men is a maximum of three glasses per day, and one glass and a half for women.

The guide of the Mediterranean Diet Foundation establishes that water is the beverage par excellence in the Mediterranean diet, whereas wine should be consumed in moderation and only during meals. They add that wine is a traditional food in the diet that can have beneficial effects for health by consuming it in moderation and in the context of a balanced diet.

These beverages, such as wine, should be combined with local, seasonal products, vegetables, cereals, fish, red meats (in moderation), fresh fruit, dairy, nuts and cooking with olive oil.

Finally, daily exercise remains one of the fundamentals that complete the diet and enable us to enjoy the tasty Mediterranean food guilt-free. 

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Farnese Fantini Sangiovese Terre Di Chieti 2016 is young and powerful Sangiovese red wine that perfectly reflects the terroir’s strong character.

 

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Tarima Monastrell 2015, a delightful Verdejo wine that is easy to drink. It is unique thanks to its tropical and fruity aromas.

 

3 Amazing Combinations of Wine & Food

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Eating is not only a ritual for satisfying our stomach or take energies to go through the daily routine but is, above all, a moment of enjoying flavours and tastes that brings happiness. The pairing between food and a drink is an amazing explosion of senses. So here we recommend you three nice recipes of dishes that you can perfectly enjoy with a good wine.

Balsamic Grilled Flank Steak and Arugula Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 lb flank steak
  • 3 Tbs, 3 tsp balsamic vinegar, separated
  • 6 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp dijon
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp chopped shallot
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes
  • 5 oz arugula
  • ½ lb Beecher’s Flagship cheddar cheese

Preparation:

  1. Whisk together the 3 Tbs balsamic vinegar, 6 Tbs olive oil, dijon, garlic, shallot, salt, and pepper. Place steak in a zip lock bag, pour balsamic mixture over, seal airtight and refrigerate overnight or 8 hours.
  2. Heat grill and then place marinated steak on the grill top. Grill each side of the steak for 5 minutes, turning 90 degrees after 2 ½ minutes to create a diamond mark on the steak. When the steak has been grilled for a total of 10 minutes or is the temperature of 140 degrees, pull from the grill.
  3. rush with 3 tsp of balsamic vinegar, season with salt, then cover and let rest for 10 minutes. While steak is resting grate Beecher’s cheese and slice cherry tomatoes in half. Cut the steak into thin slices and serve over a bed of arugula.
  4. Garnish with cherry tomatoes, Beecher’s cheese, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, and freshly cracked pepper.

Italian Sausage Soup

  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 (14 ounces) cans of beef broth
  • 1 (14.5 ounces) can of Italian-style stewed tomatoes
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 (14.5 ounces) can of great Northern beans undrained
  • 2 small zucchini cubed
  • 2 cups spinach – packed rinsed and torn
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Preparation:

  1. In a stockpot or Dutch oven, brown sausage with garlic. Stir in broth, tomatoes and carrots, and season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 15 minutes.
  2. Stir in beans with liquid and zucchini. Cover, and simmer another 15 minutes, or until zucchini is tender.
  3. Remove from heat, and add spinach. Replace lid allowing the heat from the soup to cook the spinach leaves. Soup is ready to serve after 5 minutes.

Baked Dijon Salmon

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard 
  • 1,1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup dry breadcrumbs 
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped pecans 
  • 4 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley 4
  • (4 ounces) fillets salmon
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 lemon

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. In a small bowl, stir together butter, mustard, and honey. Set aside. In another bowl, mix together bread crumbs, pecans, and parsley.
  3. Brush each salmon fillet lightly with honey mustard mixture, and sprinkle the tops of the fillets with the breadcrumb mixture.
  4. Bake salmon 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until it flakes easily with a fork.
  5. Season with salt and pepper, and garnish with a wedge of lemon.

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Dom Pérignon Vintage luminous label 2009 is a sparkling wine made by Moët & Chandon from the region of Champagne vinified with pinot noir and chardonnay from 2009 and has an alcoholic content of 12.5%.

 

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Vidigal Porta 6 2016 is the product of the fertile vineyards from Alenquer and Cadaval, in the mountains in the North of Lisbon. 

Wine that does not give a headache

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Some people often get a headache from drinking wine. This is due to allergic issues caused by the histamine from the fermentation of the grape.

But now everyone can drink wine because of one special wine which is made without this molecule. This wine has been produced with the research of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) and the University of Valencia, that has had great repercussion because it has been published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology.

To achieve this, it is assumed that selected autochthonous bacteria naturally displace populations of histamine-producing bacteria, which can cause allergy. Thus, in the fermentation, this compound is not generated.

It seems that histamines can cause several allergic reactions, such as a drop in blood pressure, reddening of the skin and headache. Actually, this new wine is a good find, since histamine is increasingly used in winemaking and perhaps it would not be necessary, as has been demonstrated in this study.

The team involved in the study explains that the reduction of histamine levels is beneficial for the food safety of wine.

About the study

In order to produce this wine, which began to develop about 2010, two containers of identical characteristics were used. While in one the malolactic fermentation was performed with strains of non-histamine-producing lactic bacteria, in the second deposit fermentation was as it is normally done. Little by little, there has been a biological process of natural displacement of bacteria producing biogenic amines.

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Marques de Monistrol Selección Especial Brut comes from a beautiful and autochthone composition of Macabeo, Xarel.lo and Parellada which grow on 450ha large vineyards in Catalunya, Spain.

 

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Freixenet Miniblack Rosé 200ml, a sparkling wine from Cava produced with Garnacha Negra, Trepat and Garnacha grapes and has an alcoholic strength of 12%.

Delicious Wine Recipes

 TAGS:undefinedCuisine is an art. And cooking is a cultural expression that varies from country to country and from cook to cook. But one thing is for sure: there are some ingredients that always work out. The role of wine is crucial in the essence of modern cuisine. So we want to propose you three important recipes of nice dishes you can easily prepare with wine.

Meatloaf with Red Wine Glaze

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of white sandwich bread, torn into pieces
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 large egg 1
  • large egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped 
  • 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped sage
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped thyme
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. In a large bowl, combine the bread pieces with the milk and mash to a paste. Add the whole egg, egg yolk, chopped parsley, sage, thyme, salt, black pepper, nutmeg and cayenne and stir until smooth. Add the Parmigiano-Reggiano and dry bread crumbs and stir until thoroughly combined.
  2. In a medium skillet, melt the butter. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat until softened about 7 minutes. Add the garlic and cook just until fragrant, 1 minute longer. Let cool, then transfer to the bowl. Add the lamb, pork and veal and knead until evenly combined.
  3. Brush a medium oval baking dish with oil. Transfer the meatloaf mixture to the dish and put it into a 4-by-12-inch oval loaf. Bake for about 50 minutes, or until firm but not quite cooked through.
  4. in a medium saucepan, combine the red wine with the sugar, chopped tomato, molasses and allspice and bring to a boil over moderate heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Boil until the glaze is thick and syrupy, about 15 minutes.
  5.  Continue baking for about 20 minutes longer, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the centre registers 150°; brush once more with the remaining glaze during baking. Let the meatloaf rest for 15 minutes, then thickly slice and serve.

Wild Mushroom and Red Wine Risotto

Ingredients:

  • 5 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 and 1/2 cups arborio rice 
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 pound mixed wild mushrooms
  • freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

Preparation:

  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the chicken stock to a simmer. Keep warm.
  2. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil. Add the onion, season with salt and pepper and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the rice and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the wine and cook, stirring until the wine is absorbed. Add 1 cup of the warm stock and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until nearly absorbed. Continue adding the stock 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly, until it is nearly absorbed between additions. The risotto is done when the rice is al dente and suspended in a thick, creamy sauce, about 20 minutes total. Season with salt and pepper. 
  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt the butter. Add the mushrooms and shallot, season with salt and pepper and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until softened and browned about 10 minutes. Scrape the mushrooms into the risotto and stir in the cheese and parsley. Serve immediately.

Lentils with Red Wine and Herbs

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups French green lentils (12 ounces)
  • Salt 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1 packed cup baby spinach (2 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon crème fraîche
  • 4 lightly packed cups mâche (2 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • Freshly ground pepper

Preparation:

  1. In a large saucepan, cover the lentils with 2 inches of water and bring to a boil. Season with salt and simmer over moderate heat until tender, 40 minutes. Drain the lentils.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet. Add the red onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the lentils and the wine and simmer until the wine has been absorbed about 5 minutes. Add the spinach and stock and cook, stirring occasionally, until the spinach is wilted, about 5 minutes. Stir in the crème fraîche. Add the mâche, parsley and cilantro and cook until barely wilted about 2 minutes.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and serve warm.

 

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El Molar 2016 stands out like a shiny diamond for its fruity touch. Don’t wait any longer and try a glass of this Jumilla gem.

Mulled Wine: 4 Recipes Against The Cold

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The Traditionalist:

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 60g of demerara sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Grated nutmeg
  • 1 orange, halved
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 60ml Damson Gin 

Preparation:

  1. Put the wine in a saucepan with the orange, sugar, bay leaf and the spices.
  2. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Add sugar according to your taste.
  3. Turn off the heat, stir in the sloe or damson gin.
  4. Strain into heatproof glasses and serve at once.

Easy Mulled Wine

Ingredients:

  • 1 litre of dry red wine
  • 2 (5cm) cinnamon sticks
  • 1 dessertspoon whole cloves
  • 1 dessertspoon whole allspice
  • 1 large piece orange rind
  • 1 large piece lemon rind
  • sugar

Preparation.

  1. In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine the red wine, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, lemon rind and orange rind.
  2. Heat gently, then stir in 2 tablespoons of the sugar
  3. Once dissolved, taste to see if you’d like to add more.
  4. Keep hot on medium to low heat for 20 minutes to let the flavours infuse the wine
  5. Serve your mulled wine hot in glasses or mugs.

Jamie’s mulled wine

Ingredients:

  • 2 clementines
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 fresh bay leaves
  • 1 whole nutmeg

Preparation:

  1. Peel large sections of peel from the clementines, lemon and lime using a speed-peeler.
  2. Put the sugar in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the pieces of peel and squeeze in the clementine juice.
  3. Add the cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and about 10 to 12 gratings of nutmeg. Halve the vanilla pod lengthways and add to the pan, then stir in just enough red wine to cover the sugar.
  4. Let this simmer until the sugar has completely dissolved into the red wine, then bring to the boil. Keep on a rolling boil for about 4 to 5 minutes, or until you’ve got a beautiful thick syrup. 
  5. When your syrup is ready, turn the heat down to low and add your star anise and the rest of the wine.
  6. Gently heat the wine and after around 5 minutes, when it’s warm and delicious, ladle it into heatproof glasses and serve.

Cider Mulled Wine

Ingredients:

  • 1 (750 ml) bottle juicy light red wine, such as Beaujolais
  • 4 ounces brandy
  • 2 cups fresh apple cider
  • 2 star anise pods
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks; plus 6 more for serving (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Bring wine, brandy, apple cider, star anise, cloves, and 2 cinnamon sticks to a boil in a medium saucepan.
  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer until flavours are infused, about 15 minutes.
  3. Divide among mugs, garnish with 6 cinnamon sticks
  4. Serve after a couple of hours

 

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Sangre de Toro 2016, a classical Spanish one

 
 
 
 
 

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Montalbera Ruché Di Castagnole Monferrato la Tradizione 2015

DO Valdepeñas: Second Best-selling Wines in Spain

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Wines from the Valdepeñas Denomination of Origin have long stood out, especially in Spain, where they do it strongly: according to the Spanish Observatory of the Wine Market and the Market Trends report, this DO has reached the second position in wine sales among all Spanish Denominations of Origin in the food channel last year. This represents a market share of 12.7%. When analysing data coming from the hospitality channel, DO Valdepeñas is in the fourth position, also positive.

Increasing exports

These wines also increase their exports, with over 31.2 million bottles sold last year. The DO itself reported that sales abroad increased by 4.2% when compared to the previous year (2015).

The main target countries of DO Valdepeñas are Germany, United Kingdom, China, Czech Republic, Japan and Russia. The DO itself declares that its wines are increasingly found abroad, having a great international vocation.

Therefore, during 2017, a good part of its budgets for international promotion have been allocated in a series of markets, defined as a priority and of great potential. This has been possible by participating in trade shows, actions abroad and with direct contact with the professional public.

DO Valdepeñas

This DO is located in the south of Castilla-La Mancha and covers 22,000 hectares of vineyards, some of them century-old, cared by over 2,500 farmers. It is one of the oldest Denominations of Origin. Although its official origin is 1932, the wine production in the area is dated back in the 5th century BC.

Its production area covers ten municipalities: Valdepeñas, Alcubillas, Moral de Calatrava, San Carlos del Valle, Santa Cruz de Mudela, Torrenueva, part of Torre de Juan Abad, Granátula de Calatrava, Alhambra and Montiel. Its wines (great reserves, reserves and even Crianza) are exported to over 100 countries. 

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