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The wines of Chablis

Vinos Chablis

Chablis wine comes from the vineyards that have the same name. Chablis is located in the department of Yonne, which in turn is located within the wine region of Burgundy in France, surrounded by the river Serein. This famous wine region has a total area of approximately 4753 acres, called the Chablis vineyards.

“Chablis wine is exclusively a white wine and the authorized grapes for the elaboration are Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc

The history of Chablis wines

The first Chablis vineyards are estimated to have been planted way back in the first century BC, but it is documented that only in the third century, it began to be developed as vineyards, on the time of the Emperor Probus (276-282). The story jumps up to the year 800, when the monks of Tours, who had benefited of lands in this place, started using them to plant vines and winemaking.

By the twelfth century the monks cultivated the vineyards with success around vineyards, where they built the warehouse “Petit Pontigny” that exists today. By the thirteenth century the expansion of Chablis wines was a fact and they had also won a deserved fame. But this lasted until the French Revolution, at the time the lands that belonged to the clergy, were sold to other growers, which for luck followed the tradition and making great Chablis until the present days.

Chablis wines appellation

According to the National Institute of Origin and Quality (INAO), Chablis has 5 denominations of origin:

  • Saint-Bris – which uses exclusively the sauvignon blanc for its wines.
  • Petit Chablis wines – which is collected in the highlands of Chablis.
  • Chablis – Collected in the northeast slopes of Chablis.
  • Chablis Premier Cru – Collected on the plateau in the south and west of Chablis.
  • Chablis Grand Cru – Collected only in Chablis and Fyé

Now to start enjoying Chablis wines, here we give you some suggestions of some of their appellations:

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Calvet is one of the largest producers of France, concerned about making wines which represent the most classic of the country.

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A great a Premier Cru. Elegant, aromatic and silky. A Choice to enjoy a special evening of summer.

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How wine is

The world of wine is an exciting world, but many times, for the uninitiated, is complex and somehow confusing. Why are some wine’s grapes white and others red? How is wine made? How many different grapes are there?

Today we’re paying a video that we have collected from you tube that explains all this matters, in infographic form, everything there is to know about wine in 5 minutes. Believe us, it’s really instructive.

Now that you’ve seen the video, have you solved your questions? Have you learned anything? , sure you have. 

What you cannot learn is how does wine taste, because that is something you have to learn for yourself, tasting and trying new wines every time you have a chance, go ahead taste! 

Today we recommend 3 of the best rated wines by Uviners:

  • Viña Ardanza Selección Especial 2001: A great wine from Rioja. Only the best vintages are choosen to make this wine. Smooth, elegant, great to share with good friends.
  • Ossian 2007: A very special white wine. Made with Verdejo grapes from old vines, it mixes its salty flavours with a hints of oak. Only for white lovers.
  • Enate Rosado 2009: If you prefer a fresh, funny wine you must try this one. Enate Rosado 2009 is a rosé from Somontano, in spain. Enate is one of the top wineries and they shot their know-how with wines like this. Intense, fruity and perfect!

Wine Designs

Vi novell

From time to time we like to show you the design novelties and issues related to wine. Today we’ll show you some of the “trendy” models of bottles and packaging of wine in general:

Celler the Masroig designs a new label for Vi novell 2010, their young red wine. The new design is based on computer graphics which has great success on the Internet.
A few weeks ago, at Fenavin, we talked with the winery Lamarca Wines, maker of wines such as Cojón de Gato Gewürztraminer 2010 (“Cat balls”). They showed us the new wines they have prepared, a white wine, a rosé and a red wine presented in an aluminum bottle.

Aluminium

Although we have no pictures of these wines, here we present some very similar bottles to those we saw from the Sasman winery, California, so you can have an idea of the result. The objectives are wines that will stand temperature changes better and, after cooling, will preserve longer the ideal temperature. What do you think?

We have already shown you wines in carton bottles and Tetra Pak. But as the packaging gets upgraded and wines that are packed into these types of new packaging they also renew their images.

Brick wines

In this case it is as the French Rabbit wine, bottled in containers that we would normally associate with juices.
What do you think? Would you buy one of these wines? Do you think they will succeed? Would you like to see wine in a different type of packaging?…

Like wine for chocolate

 TAGS:With bread and wine you can walk your road, we could say that chocolate and wine and the brain goes fine. At least this is what researchers have deduced at the Northumbria University, who claim that the combination of chocolate and red wine is good for the brain.

According to the investigators, the combination of the two foods improves the blood vessel circulation in the brain, because they are rich in polyphenols.

The investigation was initially designed to prove the benefits of resveratrol in the brain. Resveratrol is one of several types of polyphenols in red wine that according to researchers, leads to increase blood flow in the brain, and carries sugars and oxygen to the brain, becoming easier and faster to make complex calculations.

The researcher and project manager Emma Wightman, noted that the effects are best perceived in older people, whose blood flows tend to decrease naturally, and therefore the improvement can be more easily noticed.

During the investigation, the volunteers were taking capsules of resveratrol, while being brain scanned to see the results. “Several studies have already shown that resveratrol only brings benefits and has no contraindications, it can be taken as supplements, ” told Dr. Wightman

Crystal Haskell, supervisor of the research, carried out tests with volunteers, replacing the resveratrol by the polyphenols from chocolate, and found that the sweet is capable of delaying brain fatigue after intense mathematical exercises. Thus, the combination of red wine and chocolate is even more effective for mental health.

This way, tests to verify that other foods different than the resveratrol were less effective, that actually returned to a surprising result: wine and chocolate complement each other perfectly and provide better results than separately.

What wine to choose? In Uvinum we recommend 3 wines from Rioja, in addition to the benefits of resveratrol with chocolate, enjoy them:

  • Campillo Reserva 2004: One of the classic Rioja Reserva red wine of profound and complex flavors. Once decanting you’ll discover a friendly wine full of nuances
  • Marqués de Cáceres Reserva 2004: The same vintage, but a wine with a very different cut. Much more powerful with less mineral notes and more leather and vanilla. 2 big ones to compare.
  • Marqués de Riscal Reserva 2005: Another great wine from an exceptional vintage. The fusion of the other 2 wines, spicy, balsamic and marked by firm tannins and well together. Special.

And what about you? What wines would you choose? Which are your red wines with chocolate?

Ice wine (Eiswein)

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The Ice wine, also known by the German word Eiswein, is the wine which is made from frozen grapes or naturally freezed grapes, that get frozen in the own vine. This natural freezing effect prevents the freezing of sugar of the grapes, that fact makes that grapes loses water and it makes the wine sweeter than usual.

The freezing process of ice wine is produced before that actual fermentation, in this process many of the grapes are affected by “noble rot”, which is why only a few grapes are acceptable for the production of this wine, besides the fact that there must be done a hard manual classification. As a result only small amounts of strains are obtained for its implementation. So yes, it is an expensive wine.

Ice wine are usually made with Gewürztraminer and Riesling grapes, without discarding grapes like Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Vidal (this last are grapes that grow very well in Canada). Needless to say that this wine is made in cold areas, with Germany and Canada’s top producers of this wine.

This type of wine is also achieved by artificial refrigeration, modern processes used by winemakers to replace the climate with modern and artificial technologies. In this process grapes are artificially frozen to achieve the perfect state of ripeness and then extract the juice to make the wine. It should be noted that this “artificial” process is slower than natural, and is more complicated because a small miscalculation can irreversibly damage the wine.

Although ice wine is high in sugar, it is also a wine with great freshness due to its high acidity. Ice wine usually has a medium to full body with a long finish. We can say that it has flavors ranging from peach, honey, figs, and green apples and some citrus fruits. Even some of them show aromas of tropical fruits like pineapple, mango or lychee.

Ice wine is usually below the alcohol content of table wine, that is about 6 degrees, but we could find them up to 13 degrees. Cataloguing ice wine as a dessert wine would be a bit unfair, but we must say that ice wine it is more a dessert wine rather than a table wine. To enjoy the exquisite tastes we recommend drinking ice wine from 10 to 12 degrees Celsius.

Global warming affects wine

Wine and global warmingWe are all aware of the importance and consequences of global warming, but now another concern has added over this sensitive issue, global warming affects wine, consequently the wine producers and of course, consumers.

In the Third World Congress on Climate Change and Wine, held a few days in the city of Marbella (Spain), it reached many important conclusions about the future of wine at the imminent global warming. Among these, the most shocking news related to wine, was that global warming would increase wines level of alcohol.

But it was not the only news mentioned in this conference, they also discussed that some red wines would lose their color and flavor, the acidity of Wine itself would also be lower and in the case of light wines the opposite would happen. These unmanageable changes will affect many of the own qualities of each wine.

The strains were also topics of discussion, concluding that the “indigenous” grapes are those that resist best to these vagaries of nature. Ernesto Franco Aladrén (representative of the Cariñena Apellation and Head of Unit of Enology of Agricultural and Food Transfer Centre of the Government of Aragon), explained that strains such as Grenache, Moristel, Parraleta or Alcañón, have been gradually replaced since the early 80’s by Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon, he emphasized that there must be a thoroughly work done in the recovery of “indigenous” grapes. 

Ignacio Fernandez (Head of the Economics and Law at the International Wine Organization – OIV), explained that the local varieties together with innovation and some measures taken in the cropland, could save or at least adapt to changing temperatures to come. However he spoke about very extreme weather scenarios that could be harmful to the production of wine and wine production itself.

Fernandez ended his exposure with a phrase that calls us to reflection and that summarizes the imminent danger is going on in the wine industry: “If we do nothing, we will reach unsustainable production levels”.

These assertions of the erudite, call us to reflect, not only those involved in the matter of wine, but to the entire population, since in our hands is to stop these climatic disasters.

Pizza and wines

Pizza and winesPizza is one of the most popular dishes in the world, from its beginnings in the city of Naples up to the present days has been progressing, taking by assault the palate of the entire world. There are an incredible variety of types of pizza, which vary in their ingredients and preparation, but the question always is: How shall we pair the pizza, the answer as in many meals is summed up in four letters: “wine.”

Most pizzas have ham, salami or other sausages, which pair great with wine, and the inevitable ingredient is undoubtedly the cheese, another loyal friend of wine, and with these premises wine becomes the best companion of pizza without a question.

What pizza, what wine?

Now we start an endless discussion, of which we do not believe having the last word, but we can give you a hand on the subject of pizza, and its perfect match and in the end of course, you do have the last word.

Pizza Margarita – Probably the most popular pizza of all, simplicity and taste in every bite, this pizza has tomato, basil, olive oil and cheese. This pizza combines beautifully with a soft red wine, we do not want to obscure the taste of basil, and a Syrah would be our wine.

Pizza with anchovies – Anchovies have a strong and depth flavor that prevails on the pizza. In this delicious dish we opt for a white wine like a good Chardonnay or Pinot Noir would be our chosen ones.

Pizza with meat – Although this type of pizza is a relatively new creation, has attracted many fans of pizza. In this case we recommend Merlot: softness combine well with meat and cheese without overtaking a leading role.

Fruit pizza – Denominated in some places as “Hawaiian pizza”, they usually include pineapple, peach and other fruits. In this case we continue with this line and use a dessert wine, a red semi-dry. Here we recommend a Zinfandel or a Burgundy slightly chilled.

Cheese and tomato pizza – It is said that that’s how began, with these two ingredients that usually appear in Italian cuisine. This simple but delicious pizza opens a large range of possibilities of marriage. Surely there must be a good red wine: Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah would suit.

Well, we finish this humble selection of pairing with pizza, but remember that there is no better pairing than the one you like, we invite you to try and experiment different combinations with different wines.

Italian wines

Italian winesItaly is a country with one of the most important cultures of wine, making it one of the leading producers in the world of wine. The Italian wines enjoy of a well deserved reputation as well as the Italian wineries, and have a large and extensive wine territory. Wine in Italy date back to the time when Mycenaean Greek stepped on the land of Romulus and Remus, it was them who introduced viticulture in 800 BC But it was not until 200 BC, when the wine started to gain leverage in the Roman Empire. Even the emperor Domitian destroyed some vineyards to replace it with food crops back on 90 BC.

Italian wine history 

At that time wine was forbidden outside the Roman Empire, in what they called “Roman law.” This led to a significant raise of the wine trade. Over the years and while the Roman Empire and its laws weakened, viticulture began to expand in Europe, especially in Gaul (France). 

In modern Italy, its vineyards flourished as never before, becoming the largest producer of wine, but the reign was soon taken by France, shifted in the recent years. Today Italy is the second largest producer, its wines are world-famous, as well as wineries and all the culture that exists around the wine. 

Italian wines, appellations, grape varieties and strain

Italy is divided administratively into 20 regions, and they all produce wines. Its territories include the Alps, extensive coastal areas (as a peninsula), high mountains and hills, different climates and soils, make the perfect setting for wine in all its forms. 

In Italy there are 4 types of designations of origin, 2 called VCPRD (quality wines produced in a specific region or regions), which are the Denomination of Controlled Origin (DOC) and Denomination of Origin Controlled and Garantita (DOCG). Y 2 called table wines: Vino da Tavola e Indicazione Geographic Tipica (IGT) 

According to the Italian Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MIRAF), in Italy there are 350 varieties of grapes, but actually they assure that there probably are about 500. This large number makes the range of wines be extraordinary. However, some of them were highlighted by fame and quality. Among them we can distinguish the better strains of Italy:

Sangiovese (red) found in larger quantities in the Tuscan countryside.
Verdicchio (white) found mostly in Marches. 
Nebbiolo (red) found mostly in Barolo and Barbaresco. 
Trebbiano (white) found mostly in Lazio and Abruzzo. 
Montepulciano (red) found mostly in Abruzzo. 
Dolcetto (red) found mostly in Piedmont. 
Moscato (white) found mostly in Piedmont. 
I will recommend 2 very special wines from Italy, so you’ll have the complete picture and see what you think … 

Gaja Barbaresco 2006: Barbaresco is one of the most interesting and a recognized type of wine in Italy, and Gaja winery is probably the best to makes it. This Gaja 2006 is spectacular, and shows the best of the Nebbiolo grape. 

Canti Pinot Grigio Rosé Brut: Sparkling wine made from the distinctive ‘pink Pinot Grigio. Amazing and so very different from anything you’ve ever tryed. And the price, is unbeatable. Cheer up!

 

Valentine Gifts (II)

Heart-style decanterValentine’s Day comes and we need to serve a glass of love to our partner (corny, huh?). But what would you use to aerate wine? What decanter to use? In Uvinum we’ll show you some of the most interesting (and loving) wine decanters.

In first place, we present an original decanter with a heart figure inserted, so Ideal for gifts with a message like: “You take my heart and hope you can fill the gap”, or “With love and love I give this decanter” if you’re a little more posh.

But of course, beyond the esthetic taste, the truth is that this fancy decanter is quite useful, practical and manageable to handle due to that hole in the middle. For now, it seems like a good Valentine’s gift. 

Love bottle

The other option offered is this other bottle for wine, but seems more suitable for liqueurs and other spirituous beverages. Based on the same shape as the decanter, a bottle of liquor is a gift with a romantic spot.

If you want to make the complete gift, and a sweeter time, I would fill it with a bottle of Quinta do Castelinho Double Magnum Vintage 1996 Porto, which will leave your partner absolutely dazzled by its gentleness, velvety and breadth of aromas. Valentine deserves no less, right?

Wine and female sexual desire

Women enjoy wine

One myth that ended being.

There has been a lot of talking and speculation about the consumption of wine and women’s sexual desires. Today we can strongly assure that moderate consumption of red wine markedly increases female sexual desire, although it was known that the consumption of wine and other liquors increase blood flow in humans, the properties of wine make it a more powerful aphrodisiac than any other beverage.

A recent study by the University of Florence in Italy carried out some tests with 798 women, with ages ranging between 18 and 50 (Italian Chanti region of Tuscany). These women were divided in 3 groups:

  • those who did not drink wine at all, not even a drop of wine
  • those who had at least one drink a day
  • and those who had one to two drinks per day

 

With this test’s the results were that the women of the third group, those who drank one to two glasses of wine a day, the response to sexual desires were higher than in the other two groups. Although older women tend to have lower libido, wine also helped them to increase sexual desire. These important studies were published in the prestigious Journal of Sexual Medicine (Journal of Sexual Medicine.)

To reach these surprising results, the 798 women had a quiz of 19 questions; all of them were obviously of a sexual nature and basically female sex ratio.

As said, the spirits increase blood flow but wine does it in key areas of women, that’s the reason for its “aphrodisiac” power in females. These results have surprised everybody, and although the group of women tested was small, it is clear that wine has gained a new power from those we knew.

Another detail worth mentioning is the type of wine used in this test. Red wine was used and we speculate that it must be due to being one of the most concentrated of almost all varieties. Although it is not excluded that the same or similar effect can be caused by other kinds of wine.