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10 Things About Cabernet Sauvignon You Didn’t Know

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There is no doubt that Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most talked about grape varieties when it comes to red wines. This strain which comes from the French city of Bordeaux in the 17th century is the result of the crossing between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, hence its name. But there is so much more to the delicious grape, read more about it here: 

  1. Cabernet Sauvignon was the world’s most cultivated variety until the 1990s when the Merlot took over.
  2. It grows very well in very different climates. It’s so noble that it has expanded non-stop throughout the rest of Europe and in the considered countries of the New World (United States, Chile, New Zealand, and Australia).
  3. Wineries in the Napa Valley in California pay more for these grapes than for other varieties in the area. This being very ironic because it’s one of the most produced there, without diminishing its value and price.
  4. It’s the most cultivated grape in Chile. The cold breezes of the Pacific Ocean and the induction effect of the Andes result in wines that are very similar to the reds of Bordeaux. Even French wineries have invested in the region because of its potential.
  5. The red wines based on Cabernet Sauvignon have a lot of body, structure and strong tannins, so it is ideal to pair it with grilled red meats, rabbit, wild boar, lamb and stews, among others.
  6. The whole world loves this variety and China is no exception. Recently a report was released that stated that the Chinese are the biggest consumers of red wine in the world and the Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most popular grapes in this country.
  7. In the United States, it has its own official day: the Thursday before Labor Day, which is celebrated the first Monday of September.
  8. Other names that it’s known for are Vidure, Petit Vidure, Petit Cabernet.
  9. It’s the grape variety that has more reviews in the database of Wine Spectator’s, about 24,000 tasting notes dedicated to Cabernet Sauvignon.
  10. It’s said that the word “Sauvignon” comes from the French “sauvage”, which translates as “wild”, and currently suggests that it was a grape so noble that it grew wild and free in France.

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Juan Gil Etiqueta Azul 2014

 

 

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Sassicaia 2012

How To Celebrate The Queen’s Official Birthday

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The British Royal family is the pillar of England’s culture since the beginnings of the United Kingdom. And it goes without saying that Queen Elizabeth II. is the family’s most important and iconic symbol. This weekend, the whole Commonwealth will celebrate her 65th birthday on the official date since her coronation ceremony. An important milestone in the history of the royal family of which she already is the most long-lived person ruling the country.  

Thus, it is important to know how to celebrate this event following the tastes of the Royal family’s most important member.

1. Not everybody knows that Queen Elizabeth II. is a huge Coca Cola fan. Actually, the most important and widespread soda drink in the world is never missing in the Royal fridges. This is the kind of beverage that can be combined with every type of food and is perfect both for kids and adults.

2. The Queen’s favourite cocktail of the Queen is a sort of invention. Her Majesty really enjoys drinking a cocktail based on gin mixed with Dubonnet, a fortified wine, and a slice of lemon. This drink might not be for everybody thanks to its peculiar taste. But once accustomed to it, Gin Dubonnet is a fresh and pleasant aperitive, and also digestive. You can always soften it out with a splash of soda.

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Dubonnet 75cl, a vermouth from France with an alcoholic strength of 14.8%. The Uvinum community values the Dubonnet 75cl with 4,4 of 5 points.

 

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Bombay Sapphire 1L is a Premium London Dry gin with lovely and smooth aromas of dill, as well as light citric spices.

 

3. Of course, one can’t miss a nice glass of champagne. There’s hardly any drink that delivers such pleasure after a good meal. But above all, this is the main drink to celebrate an important event such as the Queen’s official birthday. Since 1884, Champagne Bollinger has been holding the Royal Warrant, awarded by Queen Victoria, one of the most important rulers of the United Kingdom.

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Bollinger Spécial Cuvée Brut: In 1911, Georges Bollinger’s British agent gave him the idea for the name Special Cuvée. More than a hundred years later, the name of Bollinger’s key figure champagne still symbolises both its expertise and its history.

4. A celebration is not complete without a proper long drink. Of course, in England and especially the Buckingham Palace, there’s no party without gin. Whether Beefeater, Gordon’s or Tanqueray, Prince Harry, the Queen’s grandchild, would be really disappointed without a taste of his favourite drink.

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Beefeater 1L: a gin with roots in England with 40% of alcohol. 4 of 5 points is the average score of this gin according to Uvinum users.

 

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Gin Gordon’s, a gin with roots in England with 37.5% of alcohol strength. At Uvinum, this gin scores an average rate of 4 of 5 points.

 

5. Last but not least, Martini is another classic drink that would cheer up your party. Along with the Dubonnet, it’s a type of vermouth really appreciated by the Queen and her relatives. You can drink it neat, on ice or with vodka. If it’s good enough for the Royals, it’s also good enough for you! 

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Martini Bianco 1L is an aromatic, sweet, soft and very delicate drink, which is why it works as a perfect blend to enjoy all kinds of cocktails or snacks.

 

 

So, what are you waiting for? Just choose your favourite drink and toast as you’d be celebrating it at Buckingham Palace!

Cheerio!

The foods most susceptible to fraud

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Unfortunately, food fraud is a widespread practice around the world today. The substitution of ingredients for cheaper ones is a practice that affects all types of food: from exclusive products that have gained popularity in recent years, to those that make up our daily food consumption.

Even though precautionary measures increase every year to prevent such practices, consumers still need to be prepared to avoid deception. That is why we have made a list of the foods most susceptible to fraud:

  • Ecological foods: Despite consumption and interest in organic food in recent years, a study in the United States found that 40% of foods marketed as ‘organic’ contain pesticides and other traces of products used in The industrial crop.
  • Rice: There are different varieties of rice classified according to grain shape, texture, color and, of course, quality. Precisely, one of the most common deceptions is the sale of rice of inferior quality as if they were others of superiors that share certain attributes; Such as fraudulent risotto rice marketed in the United Kingdom. In some cases, the grains are infused with the resins, reducing their quality from imperceptible to being cooked.
  • Fish: Fish is a food highly susceptible to fraud. Among the most common forms, we find the alteration of the date of fishing in order to sell it as a fresh product, as well as incorrect labelling in which species of lower commercial value are substituted by similar ones with higher commercial value.
  • Fruit Juices: It is no secret that fruit juices usually are diluted with water, as well as containing sweeteners and colorings. In spite of this, many of them bear the label of 100% natural or ‘concentrate’.
  • Milk and dairy: In the face of increased fraud, many countries are promoting the incorporation of a label of origin to all their dairy products. The most common alteration is the mixtures with water or other milk of lower quality; However, in recent years frauds have been discovered with products that could endanger the health of its consumers.
  • Wine: Unfortunately the fraud of wine production is more common than we think. In fact, it is estimated that 70% of the wine sold in China could be fake. Usually, these are mixtures of grapes of lower quality that are sold as premium product, or broth mixed with chemicals.

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Château d’Yquem 1991

 

 

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Château Lynch-Bages 2010

The six grapes most used in the elaboration of Porto

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Although Porto is not as popular a wine as Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir, we should not miss the opportunity to taste this wine and know a little more about it. Porto wine (Oporto wine) does not come precisely from a “noble” grape, we might say, but rather a mixture, and there are 6 main grapes that contribute to the majority of the production of this type of wine.

1. Touriga Nacional: is undoubtedly the grape with the most famous reputation of the entire repertoire, the favorite of many producers and farmers and the most used for both the creation of Porto and other table wines. The grape has a thick and dark skin that results in very dark and concentrated wines.

2. Touriga Francesa: is the most harvested grape in the Douro region, the largest and important region in terms of vineyards and viticulture. It is very similar to the Touriga Nacional, and produces much more aromatic wines.

3. Tinta Roriz: This fruit brings an aromatic complexity to the mixture being non native to Portugal, because it comes from the same variety of Tempranillo, which originates in the regions of La Rioja and Navarra in Spain.

4. Baroque ink: it is native to the Douro region, it is the third most harvested variety and gives the Porto depth. However, it must be mixed with other, more acidic grapes as this is very sweet and contains high sugar levels.

5. Tinto Cão: literally means “red dog” and is thought to be the oldest grape in the region, which has adapted very well to the dry and extremely hot climate of Douro. It can be harvested very well even in poor lands and generates high levels of acidity.

6. Tinta Amarela: also known as Trincadeira, is indigenous to Portugal, but is not native to the Douro region. Nowadays, it is rare because the climate does not favor its harvest. However, when used in the mixtures, they produce sweet cherry aromas.

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Port Graham’s Tawny

 

 

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Ferreira Dona Antonia Reserva

5 Sci-Fi drinks that should exist

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I bet everyone is curious to try those foods and drinks of the protagonists of our favorite books, movies or science fiction series. A curiosity that increases when we enjoy them on an empty stomach, so when we get carried away by the fantasy we wonder what will be the flavor of that dish or beverage that satiate the stomachs and thirst of the protagonists. That is why in Uvinum we have made a selection of five science fiction drinks that should exist, whether it be to satisfy our curiosity about its flavor or effects:

Butter beer:

By all is well known that the best place to enjoy a delicious butterbeer is The Three Broomsticks, a famous tavern in the magical town of Hogsmeade where Harry Potter and other students from the Hogwarts School of Magic and Witchcraft often attend. Days of walking.

Milk of the Poppy:

The use of this medicinal beverage extends to the length and breadth of the Seven Kingdoms. Also known as “poppy milk”, its analgesic and numbing effect helps to reduce the suffering of the wounded in the Game of Throne battles.

Slurm:

The refresher of the XXXI century by excellence. But this addictive green and viscous drink produced on the planet of Wormulon keeps a dark secret: it’s made naturally by the colossal Queen of Worms. Its taste must be delicious since in Futurama they continue to drink it without stopping despite knowing its unpleasant origin.

Pangalactic Gargle Blaster:

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy considers the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster to be the “Best Drink in Existence”; however it warns of the dangers to health if abusive consumption. Its effects are similar to “having your brains smashed in by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick.”

Moloko Plus:

If you want to try the best Moloko Plus you surely want to go to Korova Milk Bar. It’s here where Alex and his 3 friends met before committing their atrocious crimes. As the protagonist of “A Clockwork Orange” explains, this combination of milk with psychotropic substances “sharpened the senses and left us ready for a new session of ultraviolence.”

And you, are you curious about trying a drink from your favorite book, movie or series? Or, which are the weirdest ones?

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Gin Kultu Black “skull”

 

 

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Gin Kultu Yellow “skull”

Is it important to be innovative about Champagne?

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The drink business is slightly more complex than the other industries, because to innovate something, it has to be planned starting years in advance, when the fruits are planted. For champagne, it is no different, since your marketing campaigns have to be foreseen from up to 3 years before. Generally, these plans go in the direction of product packaging and specific techniques to reach younger audiences, maintaining the premium style of the beverage itself. Lynn Murray, marketing director at Hatch Mansfield, explains in an article in The Drink Business, He assures that among the challenges one has to achieve a good enough exterior to attract and catch the young but also following and respecting the great variety of laws of appeal that exist for these types of drinks.

Oliver Legrand, director of marketing and communications at Nicolas Feuillatte, has a different vision because although he agrees that the best thing that can be done is the innovation of the packaging, we must think of adding a plus value that denotes excellence and prestige. A few years ago they launched a set of 3 drinks in which, instead of just creating a luxurious gift package, hired the best chefs and created a complete menu to match their new creations, providing a unique experience for diners and people who bought the product.

Terence Kenny, director of exports for Champagne Pannier, adds: “Innovation can come in different forms, whether it be creating low-dose stewed drinks for seafood, pink candies for tea afternoons and desserts or red forts to accompany meats, in Pannier We have all these to offer and it is our main advantage. “Innovation, in short, can be presented as a well-diversified product portfolio so that consumers have options when purchasing the champagne of their choice”.

And what is the reason for this debate? The increase in the audience and young population has been key to initiate a search for Champagne innovation. Moët & Chandon Moët Ice Impérial was launched in 2011 under a different concept: serving the champagne with ice. And although it was not the first drink of its kind to be served in this way, it established a trend that has become very popular among the new generations, causing producers to find new ways to innovate and attract young consumers

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Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial

 

 

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Moet & Chandon Ice Rosé Impérial

What kind of Wine is Amarone?

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Amarone della Valpolicella it’s a very particular wine, made from raisins, previously dried in the sun, as is done with the variety Pedro Ximénez to get the sweet wine of the same name. For this wine, and contrary to what is usually done in most raisin wines, local red varieties are used first instead of white, and secondly, the result would be dry wine with different organoleptic characteristics.

Its color is dark red, which tends to garnet as the wine ages. It has an accentuated odor, a full, warm and velvety flavor and a touch of ripe fruit, cherry and raspberry as its aroma

As they age, you can also identify some moss and tar aromas. The residual sugars are of a maximum of 12 g/l, whereas the alcoholic graduation oscillates between 14 and 16 degrees. The production area is located in the province of Verona, in the Veneto region of northern Italy, and the varieties normally used are corvina veronese, corvinone and rondinella, with a limited presence of other red varieties.

The particular elaboration of the Amarone follows the same principle as that of other wines in which the concentration of sugar is raised and the aromas and acidity are enhanced, as in the German Eiswein or Strohwein, The French Vin de Paille, and other wines from Greece, Cyprus or Italy, almost always paired with desserts.

Amarone, on the other hand, is usually combined with autumn and winter dishes, such as roasts, meat, cheese, risottos and other typical dishes of the region, and it can also be drunk alone as the culmination of a good dinner. It is served in a large glass, to favor its oxygenation at a temperature of 18 to 20 ºC.

The process of drying the grapes takes about 120 days or more, according to the water content of the fruit, under a strict control of ventilation and humidity, to avoid the appearance of fungi and take care of the correct drying when external climate changes as winter arrives. At the beginning of February, the grape is pressed and the skins macerated until 30-50 days, so that the sugars, as a result of the yeast, are gradually converted into alcohol, until reaching the degree determined for the Amarone. If the concentration of sugars remains above the marked, the resulting wine is renamed Recioto della Valpolicella, a sweet red wine that has different characteristics.

Do you want to try Valpolicella wines? We suggest an Amarone or a Reciotto:

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Zenato Amarone Della Valpolicella 2011

From Blue Wines to Green ones, is that what innovation it’s about?

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While tradition is a feature of great importance wine lovers, so is innovation. That is why day to day the youngest cellars work to develop new recipes and formulas capable of surprising the most expert palates; not only for its delicious taste, but also for its color. A year ago we talked about the birth of Gïk Live, the first blue wine in the world created by young entrepreneurs in the Basque Country, and now it’s time to talk about green wine: a drink that combines the intoxicating effects of alcohol and cannabis.

The real name of this brew is Canna Vine, and it consists of a marijuana distilled wine that is produced in California (United States), the only place in the world where its sale is currently allowed. The consumption of this drink is regulated, limiting its sales exclusively for therapeutic use under medical prescription.

The current fame of green wine is due to celebrities such as singer Melissa Etheridge or TV presenter Chelsea Handler, who have publicly admitted that they consume it habitually since they started to undergo their respective chemotherapy treatments. In fact, this drink is so adapted to their lifestyles that they no longer consider it as another medicine of their treatment but as one more element of their daily diet; Etheridge confessed in an interview that she even serves it for dinner.

It is estimated that in the future it will be freely marketed, where permitted by law, in the rest of the world. However, its high price – between $ 120 and $ 400 per half bottle – represents a restriction for the vast majority of pockets, so it’s considered as an exclusive drink. Even so, the supply of green wine produced in California grows day by day through new specialized wineries that make their way between medicinal growers and those veteran wineries that made the wines of this region famous.

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Gïk Live (blue wine)

 

 

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Pasion Blue Chardonnay (blue wine) 2015

Get to know Great Britain through its wines: Kent and Sussex

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United Kingdom is growing in terms of wineries and wines they offer. It is truly impressive that in five years there has been created about 200 new wineries and their wines are increasingly important. With this, wine tourism also grows and some of the routes that we include here are places that help us get to know the UK better.

Kent is an English non-metropolitan county, situated south-east of London. Its great landscape is being transformed into vineyards since the area is recieving a great international projection. So now, in addition to the industry, the vine is another reason to visit the area.

Among Kent’s wines we find The famous Rose Brut, which was served at the wedding of William of England and Kate Middleton in 2011, hence Kent is becoming more and more popular.

In this area, we also find Chapel Down, which is now predicted to be one of the largest producers of English wine. They highlight their wineries that offer high quality, and especially in sparkling wines. To get there we can go from London by car or by train to the station of Appledore, located 10 km from the wineries. Guided visits to the Chapel Down winery are open all year round.

While Sussex is the south-east of England, it encompasses rolling hills and expansive countryside, and views of the English Channel. For wine tourism, you can visit Nyetimber, west of Sussex, where is the largest wine cellar in the United Kingdom. Three grape varieties of the champagne region, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, stand out for the production of their wines.

To get there we can go by car from London or take the train to Pulborough, which is about 2 km away. This winery is open on weekends if you want to visit and taste their wines. Among the Nyetimber’s wines that stand out we find the Classic Cuvee.

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Nyetimber Classic Cuvee

 

 

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Chapel Down Rose Brut

White Wines from La Rioja, are they any good?

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To speak of a Rioja wine is to make it with distinction since it’s a DO that it’s famous all around the world and which groups more and more regions throughout Spain as time goes by. Traditionally, the wines of Rioja have been red, with different nuances, special flavors and potent blends on the palate. They are perfect mostly for meats and other foods related to hunting.

But for some years, the regulating council of La Rioja itself recognizes that things are changing because the white wines of Rioja are striking with fiercely, more than ever, bringing freshness and high-quality standards.

Although it may be seen as a novelty, it’s not, because white wines in this area have been proven and, in fact, they were the best and more abundant than reds back in the 17th century.

La Rioja is boosting these wines because beyond the consolidated reds, there is a world of white to discover. They are characterized by their complexity and variety, perfect to pair with many foods, both in summer and winter, or just any other time in the year. For example, young fresh and fruity white wines can be paired with seafood, pasta and rice, among others, while those white wines that are fermented in barrels go well with cured cheeses and blue fish. Long-aged whites are consumed with poultry, meat and stews.

For all this, the whites of La Rioja are reborn to bring more flavors to this DO. Would you like a glass of white wine?

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Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva 2002

 

 

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Capellanía 2010