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Alcohol Abuse in Adolescents Can Affect the Brain

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A recent study by the University of Eastern Finland and the University Hospital of Kuopio has seen a “critical thinking” in young people who were heavy drinkers of alcohol during their teenage years.

The results of the research, published in the journal Addiction, reveal that parts of the brain that develop before the age of 20 may be disrupted as a result of abuse of alcoholic beverages.

The study was performed using magnetic resonance imaging techniques applied to the brain structure of healthy youngsters that were alcohol users during their adolescence. They also tested control subjects of the same age that were light drinkers. Through three transverse phases performed at the same time. Over 10 years, with ages between 13 and 18 years at the beginning of the investigation.

All participants had good academic results and did not show appreciable differences in mental health problems, while drinkers had not been diagnosed with any alcohol abuse disorder. However, significant statistical differences between the two groups were observed.

Among “drinkers” there is a decrease in the volume of gray matter in the anterior cingulate cortex (an area of the brain involved in functions such as regulation of blood pressure and heart rate, and certain functions of higher level, such as reward anticipation, decision making, impulse control and emotion), as well as in the right insula (also linked to the latter functions of higher level).

According to the researchers, the excessive consumption of alcohol can interrupt the maturation process of the areas mentioned, particularly important in the control of impulses and in the sensitivity to the negative subjective effects of alcohol, so that these changes of volume can play an important role in the development of a substance use disorder later in life.

The exact mechanism behind these structural changes is not known, but it appears that some of them may be reversible if alcohol consumption is significantly reduced. And, as always, from Uvinum we recommend – a moderate and responsible consumption of alcohol. Relax and enjoy the pleasure of a glass of good wine without overdoing it.

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Barbazul 2013

 

 

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Pruno 2014

6 Bars From Movies To Remember

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It’s clear that bars are part of our lives, so much so that they are often a theatre of important moments, something that the film could not capture, as happened with all the real or imaginary events imagined by its creators.

There are many signs that the seventh art collects in taverns, pubs, bars, cafes, and other buildings, and these are the most important ones.

1. The Mos Eisley Cellar

It is impossible for a Star Wars fan not to listen to the song you hear in the scene in the cellar of the planet Tatooine when you see a picture of it. This is the place where Ben Kenobi and Luke Skywalker recruit Han Solo and Chewbacca for their adventures and where the Jedi Master uses his laser sword for the first time.

2. Bob’s Country Bunker

Every bar that has a metal canvas to avoid bottling deserves to be visited. This is the case of the anthrax that includes the adventures of the famous Blues Brothers in the same film with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.

3. The Golden Hall of the Overlook Hotel

Here we start to see how Jack Nicholson goes head to head in some of Shining’s key scenes, the disturbing film directed by the great director Stanley Kubrick in 1980.

4. The Prancing Pony

Nothing better than a couple of pints of beer to start the biggest adventure ever experienced by the four hobbits in the county. Here are Aragorn (aka Strider) and the little hairy heroes in the movie adaptation of The Lord of the Rings.

5. Jack Rabbit’s Slim

Probably one of Quentin Tarantino’s most memorable Pulp Fiction scenes takes place in this typically American location: it is a dancing dinner where John Travolta and Uma Thurman give free vent to their passion for dance and smoothies.

6. Rick Café Americain

In this small review could not miss the most famous disco of Casablanca, which saw the birth of the passionate love between Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in the 1942 film, as well as hosting the piano that Sam “sounded again.”

 

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Coppola Diamond Chardonnay 2013

 

 

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Francis Ford Coppola Zinfandel Diamond Collection 2014

Yummy appetisers in summer

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Summer is probably the best season for any outdoor activity, enjoy the sunlight and warmth as much as possible. Among the best things to do outside, there is, of course, eating and drinking. Let’s see then which are the best appetisers to enjoy during this time.

Marinated fried anchovies:

This recipe is really simple and you can do it in 40 minutes, ideal for 4 people and very cheap.

Ingredients:

  • 400 grams of fresh anchovies
  • 300 millilitres of white or apple vinegar.
  • 250 millilitres of white wine
  • 1 spicy chilli
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 fresh onion
  • Flour for anchovy butter
  • Olive oil

Elaboration:

  1. Clean and remove the head from each of the anchovies, open them and remove the central bone.
  2. Wash and dry the anchovies with a paper towel, sprinkle with flour and fry in hot oil on both sides
  3. Place the fried anchovies on an absorbent towel and separate.
  4. In a saucepan add vinegar, wine, salt, onion in rings, chilli on wheels, chopped garlic leaves to boil over high heat, then cook over medium heat for 3 minutes and extinguish.
  5. Place the prepared vinegar mixture over the anchovies until covered and marinate for 12 hours.
  6. Serve your guests.

Crab and cheese puffs

This ideal aperitif for parties has a medium difficulty level, can be prepared in 1 ½ hours and is ideal for 4 guests.

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 30 grams of butter
  • 45 grams of flour
  • 1 pinch of sal millilitres
  • 1 litre of water

For crab stuffing

  • 120 grams of cooked crab meat
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 20 grams of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt 

For cheese filling

  • 60 grams of gruyere cheese
  • White pepper to taste

For salsa

  • 250 milliliters of whole milk
  • 25 grams of butter
  • 30 grams of flour
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg

Elaboration:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and in butter 2 trays
  2. Prepare the cream buns with the indicated amounts
  3. Place the choux pasta on the tray
  4. Cook the buns in the hot oven, remove and let cool.
  5. Prepare a sauce with the indicated amounts and cut the cheese into thick slices.
  6. Place in a small pot of butter and the crabmeat to sauté for a couple of minutes and season with salt and paprika.
  7. Place the crabmeat in a bowl to add half the sauce and mix.
  8. Place the gruyere cheese in a bowl with the sauce and mix
  9. Cut the buns to fill with both fillings.
  10. Return to refrigerator for 15 minutes before serving.

And to drink, nothing better than a good white wine!

 

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Pazo Señorans 2016,  a well-balanced and elegant albariño

 

 

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Nuviana Blanco 2016, with strong exotic fruit notes

Best Summer Drinks (I)

 TAGS:undefinedStep by step, the fresh and humid temperatures made space for a warmer weather, opening doors for the summer. After-works take place outside to enjoy a drink once the children are sleeping and barbeques are organised at home on weekends to share moments with friends and family.

I am a wine lover, and in summer I also like to enjoy a drink. However, we do not all have the same tastes. There are so many possibilities in summer to enjoy … and without getting bored from only one drink.

Personally, I think that every moment needs a specific drink. It is true that as soon as the heat arrives you will not want a strong red wine with a lot of ageing or a white wine fermented in a barrel or certain distillates.

Well, what are the possibilities we are offered? There are so many that I do not know where to start.

We could start with the appetisers such as vermouths, that are very trendy today: we can find high-quality ones, not only referring to Martini and Co … Certain vermouths are handcrafted, made with ecological ingredients and convey emotion. There are 2 large groups of Vermouth: the red of Italian origin is quite sweet and the white, drier, of French origin, composed of more than 40 botanical extracts, and with greater alcoholic content. The vermouth is a liqueur flavoured with herbs, formed from a neutral wine of good quality, a touch of absinthe and botanical extracts (roots, plants, flowers and spices). The right mix of botanists is the key to the aromatization of good vermouth. The vermouth is, of course, a unique drink due to its wide range of nuances, flavours and aromas.

For soft, spicy and pleasant tastes, they can be enjoyed alone or with ice, or with a slice of lemon, orange or with sparkling water. Of course, vermouths are ideal as appetisers but they do not usually accompany an entire meal.

A variant of the vermouth that is served with a syphon, is the Spritz. Pretty sweet served very fresh and with gas, is a danger cause it’s really easy to drink … For my part, I prefer something more retro, like the famous Pimm’s.

The Pastis. Very French, very Marcel Pagnol with his Provencal accent. Pastis is a distilled beverage based on a maceration of ethyl alcohol with various herbs and flowers, but the most powerful flavours are anise and liquorice. This drink, the authentic one, the Pastis de Marseille whose alcohol content is around 40-45%, with anise flavour, is mixed with cold water and served with ice. Very pleasant in summer, its taste of anise is refreshing and ideal as much as the vermouths to the appetiser. It’s a traditional drink that is not out of fashion. The way to consume it is updated and modernised to the tastes of generations. The traditional way of serving it is one ratio of Pastis to five cold water. It is not uncommon to find several generations of people on the terrace of a bar in France consuming a pastis with olives at the time of the aperitif, in the shade of a parasol. You breathe an air of vacations!

Here you find some suggestions for a proper and fresh summer drink:

 

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Ricard 1L, fresh and long lasting anise flavour

 

 

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Martini Rosso 1L, a typical italian vermouth

Drinking alcohol with moderation is healthy

 TAGS:undefinedThe phrase “alcohol is good for health” that you often come to hear does not mean that it is entirely true. In fact, the scientific community has discussed this issue for a long time and although some of their studies have been successful, there is still a huge controversy about these results and the community is divided into two blocks. Of course, it goes without saying that a moderate consumption helps the heart function, but the big question is: what do we mean by “moderate”?

According to experts, it’s ideal to consume two glasses of wine per day if you are under the age of 65 and reduce that amount by half if you’re over 65. A drink or a glass a day is equivalent to 350ml of beer, 148ml of wine or 44ml of any distillate.

Among the numerous benefits that we can find here, there is the reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, gallstones and various cardiac symptoms.

The heart benefits from specific antioxidants in the wines which, in general, help our entire cardiovascular system. Statistics show that active people who drink wine moderately are 50% less likely to develop heart disease compared with persons who are stuck all day.

In conclusion, drinking alcohol moderately will bring us long-term health benefits, considering that we drink moderately. Although, as everyone says, it is true that alcohol in large quantities can and will harm your health, reaching pancreatic, cirrhosis, hypertension, various types of cancer, depression and alcoholism. Remember, alcohol can have positive effects on your health consumed in moderation. But this doesn’t mean that you have to start drinking if you usually don’t.

 

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Aix Rosé 2016, delicate balance, crispy acidity and its fruity sweetness

 

 
 
 
 

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La Llanura Reserva 2011, with a powerful palate, full bodied

 

Wine Pairing for Chinese Food

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How many times have we gone to eat Chinese food not knowing what wine to order! Combining this type of cuisine is possible, both with cava and sparkling wine, white wine and red wine.

The sparkling wines, in general, are the ones that better will accompany this type of cuisine. They contrast the taste of soybeans, empanadillas and rice, of course, in all its aspects. With rice we can also incorporate semi-dry red wines and merlot varieties.

White wines also go well and refresh the palate along with fried dishes, sauces, noodles or seaweed. And also with the fish dished, as well as with the vegetables, which usually represent this cuisine.

Among the varieties in white wines to combine with Chinese cuisine, we find Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, as well as other native white Spanish varieties, which are often similar to the mentioned grapes.

When it comes to pairing with meats, such as the lacquered duck, the chicken or the veal, which are rich spices, a good choice is a young red wine. In this case, the best known wines of Rioja and Ribera del Duero will triumph. Lacquered ducks can be enjoyed with grapes such as Monastrell or Bobal, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah, among many others.

When the chinese dishes that are somewhat spicy and multi flavored, the varieties Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon blanc are recommended. In addition we will mention that tasting Chinese wines is another way of getting into the oriental culture, not all chinese restaurants have a grand variety of chinese wine, but some do. And in online wine stores and supermarkets are an option to broaden your horizon on oriental wine. Some oriental customs suggest to drink warm wine, of very low alcoholic level. This in fact, multiplies its organoleptic qualities.

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Ferghettina Franciacorta Brut

 

 

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Ca’ del Bosco Cuvée Prestige Franciacorta

How to prevent a headache associated with wine drinking?

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Beyond the fearsome hangovers after a night of which one have a glass too many, some people suffer headaches associated with wine drinking. Normally it only takes one or two glasses for these people to suffer from migraines. This is a more common reaction than we think, so multiple scientific studies have been done with the aim of deciphering the trigger of this malaise.

There is no definitive answer to the origin of these headaches. Some studies suggest that these discomforts may be due to sulfites. Others talk about tyramine or histamines. Whatever the final responsibility, they are all natural elements the grape contains or that appear during the different processes of winemaking, helping its conservation, color and even flavor.

Since the potential detonators are naturally found in grapes and wine – in addition to being essential to give life to those wines that we like so much – we have selected a series of tips to help prevent these headaches.

The scientists and physicians responsible for the studies in question point out that it is necessary to observe variables such as the moment of consumption to be able to determine the degree of sensitivity of the people to these elements according to different factors, and thus to avoid situations of discomfort. Experts say that stress could be a major cause, so it is recommended to meditate on whether migraines appear after an arduous work day, or also in times of relaxation as a vacation.

Also, staying hydrated and drinking in moderation is a basic way to prevent headaches associated with wine and other alcoholic beverages; Even an effective method to avoid hangovers the next day. Complementarily, experts also advise taking an antihistamine to block the symptoms of discomfort.

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Farnese Sangiovese Terre di Chieti 2015

 

 

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Vigneti del Salento I Muri Negroamaro 2015

Preserving and Decanting: Wine Innovations

 TAGS:undefinedDrinking wine has always been an art. A sort of way of living daily life in its purest and deepest flavour. It is well known that a glass of wine, or even two, per day, is healthy, but the way of drinking and enjoying has been changing during the last years. That’s why we have to find new ways of taking the pleasure of tasting a good wine, in order to avoid experiencing the boring modes ingrained so far in the modern society costumes.

Sometimes we just want a glass of wine at dinner without drinking the whole bottle. But after two days, the wine will go bad. This is the part where you and I have to rely on intelligent systems that ensure the maintenance of our dearest wines. And then I discovered Kickstarter:  

First of all, we could have a different and alternative approach to the consumption of our favourite drinks. Thus, the first step is to find a different way of preserving wine. The most interesting and innovating idea is Halo, a tool invented by the company ZOS which has been trying to change the way of enjoying wines. The name stands for Zero Oxygen Solutions. The aim of Halo is not to spoil a good bottle of wine that hasn’t been finished and had too much oxygen inside before the next use. We’re talking about a wine preserver that eliminates 100% of the oxygen to prevent the wine from changing or even ruining your wine, an amazing revolution in the world of wines. ZOS is currently running a crowdfunding to finance their project on Kickstarter

Another part of enjoying wine properly, besides conserving it correctly, is the decanting part. A good decanter is an important instrument to avoid the waste of precious drops of wine and, above all, the presence of oxygen that might damage the flavour of our favourite drink. Actually, as pointed by a recent study made by the UK Government, we throw away up to 50 millions litres of wine annually. This means a huge waste of proper wine that often turns to vinegar. Regarding this issue, Eto comes at rescue: we’re talking about a design wine decanter that gives you the freedom to enjoy wine in your house without wasting a drop. Its system uses a seal to keep wine perfectly fresh for at least 12 days, as proven by several laboratory tests. Another very cool crowdfunding project at Kickstarter.

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Mount Langi Ghiran Billi Billi Shiraz, a strong and fresh Australian red

 

 

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Pesquera Crianza 2014, an intense  flavour of cherries and juicy plums

 

 

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Blanc Pescador, an aromatic wine with a refreshingly light spritz.

 

 

Wine for couples

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At a romantic dinner, chocolate or oysters can offer a somewhat aphrodisiac effect, and so can wine. There are numerous wines perfect to share between two, beeing white, red or sparkling.

With a white wine you are almost certain og success. Especially if you have pasta, rice or fish. It is best to opt for the white wines that are stronger, dry, and fruity. In this way, they will match both him and her. White wines made with cabernet sauvignon, malvasia and garnacha are recommended. They are usually wines that go well with everything, so if you are going to have wild meat for dinner, they also pair well with white wines.

When it comes to red wine, there are many quality Rioja wines. Actually, this DO offers wines with body and stronger, richer taste. This may be favorable for him but not so much for her, although more and more women enjoy a good, strong red wine.

The red wines are reserved for meat dishes, carpaccios, chocolate desserts. The varieties of garnacha or merlot provide fine wines that are a true pleasure to the pallate and very tasty.

When we are a a date we can allow ourselves to experiment and to taste quality wines. One dont mind to pay a little extra if the bottle is well worth it, whether the dinner is at home or ina restaurant. Anyway, at the moment, there are new good wines for less than 10 euros, which are of great quality and that offer all the characteristics that we need for a perfect pairing.

If what we want is to seduce our partner, then we will opt for the sparkling wines. The bubbles will enhance a sensual and dynamic atmosphere, a perfect choice. They are also perfect for desserts, and as an after dinner drink. And not to forget, the sparkling ones are also the perfect choice as an appetizer before dinner.

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Pol Roger Brut Réserve

 

 

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Bollinger Spécial Cuvée Brut

Beyond Beer: Exciting New Drinks for your Offseason

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Rosé Wine

Perfect to enjoy during hot summer days, accompanying appetisers or dinner, a rosé wine is one of the best-rated drinks of the past years. England is currently growing a wine culture that includes rosé wine as a good recommendation for those who are not yet used to drinking wine, those who usually prefer beer. Both the wine’s sweetness and freshness are well-known and highly appreciated all around the globe. In this context, the Maison Aix Rosé 2016 is a very good sample to taste.

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The Maison Aix Rosé 2016 rises from a perfect combination of dedication and passion for wine. With a delicate balance, crispy acidity and its fruity sweetness, he brings a summery taste of the Provence.

 

Cider

Another refreshing beverage is cider, normally served in pubs and restaurants. However, during summer, you can also enjoy it on ice in order to amplify the drink’s refreshing mouthfeel. With a low alcoholic degree, cider makes for a delicious aperitive or dinner companion. One of this summer’s most popular ciders is the Magners Berry from Ireland that reveals a sweet and powerful taste of red berries.

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Magners Berry 50cl is a cider with origins in Ireland. The Uvinum community values the Magners Berry 50cl with 3,5 of 5 points.

 

 

Gin Tonic

We’re talking of one of the most successful cocktails all over the world. More than that, gin is also a typical English product, that means earning a huge response from the British audience during the hot season. It’s the perfect cocktail to enjoy after dinner events in cosy bars and outside. The Bombay Sapphire is one of the world’s most important gin producers telling a great story and showing prestige behind its brand. This gin grants to achieve a proper and powerful gin tonic. Top it off with a slice of lemon, a few peppercorns and a slice of cucumber.

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Bombay Sapphire is a London Dry gin with aromas of Juniper, spicy with citrus notes. It is a great classic that is still the favourite of many gin enthusiasts and comes at a very attractive price.

 

Champagne

The perfect way to finishing a nice dinner is, of course, tasting a delicious champagne. Still an icon in France, champagne has also become an important part of the British drinking culture. With the overwhelming power of his bubbles, the Mumm Brut Selection Grand Cru is one of the best options for enjoying the pleasure of a very good sparkling during summer nights, when even the craziest football fans want to relax from their sports routine.

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G.H. Mumm elaborates this Mumm Brut Sélection Grand Cru, a sparkling wine from Champagne that is made with pinot noir and chardonnay. Uvinum users reviewed this sparkling wine with 3,9 of 5 points.