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Rarest and most bizarre prohibitions against alcohol around the world

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American movie industry has been usually inspired by the well-known US Prohibition of the early 20th century. The black market controlled by mobsters like Al Capone has been referred as the starting point of many Hollywood movies. Stories of organised crime, smuggling and underground businesses have generated ideas about this time in history and some of the negative consequences of this prohibition.

Although it’s been almost 100 years since this law was repealed, there are still multiple alcohol-related bans around the world. That is why the web The Drinks Business has prepared the list of the seven most bizarre and rare laws in the world against alcohol.

1. Riding after drinking (Colorado, USA):

In the state of Colorado, horses are considered as a means of transport. That is why those who are riding under the influence of alcohol are fined in the same manner as if it was driving a vehicle.

2. Do not sell cold beer (Oklahoma, USA):

The state of Oklahoma it’s prohibited from selling beer with more than 4% ABV cold. So if you’re planning a party, you’d better have them in your refrigerator a few days in advance.

3. Prohibition of human figures on the labels of alcoholic beverages (Alabama, USA):

If you are a graphic designer in Alabama and work with a distillery, you must remember that labels showing “people posing sensual or immoral way” are not allowed. It is a ban imposed by the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

4. Shots and cocktails prohibited after midnight (Australia):

If you go out to party in Australia, you’d better ask the cocktails and shots before midnight, because in the land of the “Aussies” is forbidden to sell alcohol after the clock hits 12 midnight.

5. Death penalty for drunk driving (El Salvador):

This Central American country is very severe with those who get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol: the death penalty applies to those who violate this law.

6. Supermarkets cannot sell alcoholic beverages after 7 pm (Sweden):

In this Scandinavian country, supermarkets are prohibited from selling alcoholic beverages after 7 pm. So if you want to drink something at home after work, you’d better go to buy early.

7. Drunk driving convictions are to be served family (Malaysia):

Should a whole family be convicted for some relative felony? It is very likely for this to happen in Malaysia when one member of the family is incarcerated for driving after consuming alcohol.

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Protocol at the table, a matter of good education

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In life, there are many sciences and arts that are complicated but necessary to live the good life. The table manners are certainly one of them. Perhaps for some, it sounds a little overwhelming with all those rules that must be followed or the amount to be memorised, but in reality, is only a matter of education, good manners and a little common sense. Below you will find some points about what is considered as the basic rules of protocol.

What not to do at the table?

  • No smoking during the meal, wait until dessert.
  • The napkin goes on your lap, not the neck, arm or table itself.
  • Do not blow to cool soups or hot drinks.
  • No combing your hair or touching up your makeup.
  • Do not start eating before your host or before directed. Yes, you will have to be a little patient before digging in.
  • And speaking of digging in, eat neither too fast nor too slowly, try to keep pace with the others at the table.

Utensils, a necessary evil

  • Start with the silverware from the outside and advance inwards as they serve the dishes.
  • Forks to the left, knives and spoons on the right.
  • Dessert utensils will be above your plate, normally a small fork and spoon.

The art of serving wine

  • Red wine is served in large, round glasses with a short stem. Usually at room temperature. It is typically enjoyed with red meat. Fill 1/3 of the glass.
  • The white wine is served cold (about 6 to 8 degrees) in a slightly smaller and longer-stemmed glass. Fill 1/2 of the glass.
  • Similarly, sparkling wines are served in their respective glasses, fill 3/4 and cold.
  • Rosé wines are usually served cold in a glass, as white wine, and you can pair with any type of meat, it much depends on your taste.
  • It is not recommended to serve a white or pink wine after a red since the latter, being stronger, numbs the palate from appreciating the lighter.

As you see, these are very simple tips that will help you succeed during your next formal dinner. Enjoy!

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New and better breeds to preserve Champagne

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It is well known that climate change is a global phenomenon that affects every one of us, including our agricultural processes and therefore our precious wine. The industry has already suffered many consequences because of this environmental problem and will continue to do in the future. However, for our luck, many people, including scientists and farmers, are thinking in new ways to change the wine market, specifically of our beloved champagne, and have joined forces to achieve a significant result.

As published by the Vinetur, the National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA) in collaboration with the French Institute of Vine and Wine of Montpellier, will develop a program that is scheduled for the next 15 years with the sole objective to create 4 to 5 new grape varieties that will be capable to adapt to the climate challenges that will come in the future.

“We work on the long term, and the fundamentals of the grape varieties of our denomination could definitely change”, said Thibaut Le Mailloux of Champagne Committee, composed of the winegrowers and production houses of the region. “Research must absolutely start now because in 25 years it will be too late.”

In 2015, the first breeds fertilized with grapes were ended. Last June, the second crossing experiment concluded. This hybridization process should result in 4,000 seeds that are intended to be cultivated within the next 6 years in various experimental plots in the region. It is estimated that by 2030, and after several tests, analysis and tastings, the French catalog will be able to annex from four to five new breeds and then inscribe them in the DO Champagne.

Scientists have a duty to monitor all these processes to preserve the typical characteristics of these wines. The primary objective is to preserve the style of a good champagne and all the tradition that this means.

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Cambados: What to do in the European City of Wine 2017?

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On November 4 2016 the Board of the Network of European Wine Cities (Recevin) chose Cambados (Galicia, Spain) as the new ‘European Wine City’. The Pontevedra locality will hold the title throughout the year 2017 thanks to an attractive project that allowed it to step in front of other Spanish cities with a great wine tradition like Aranda de Duero, La Palma del Condado and Vilafranca de Penedès.

This recognition is not surprising to those who have visited this city before, because Cambados has an extensive relationship with wine; It is known worldwide as the Capital of Albariño. This is because the Denomination of Origin Rias Baixas was promoted in this town in order to improve local wine production for export to major international markets; A task that they have accomplished with palpable success for years.

There is no doubt that the Capital of Albariño will be a destination of high tourist interest for lovers of good drinks. A total of 80 enotourism activities make up the program presented by Cambados in his candidacy for the ‘European Wine City’. To this we must add the wide offer of activities related to the wine that usually offers the city among which they stand out:

  • The Albariño festival:

Held on the first Sunday of August, this is one of the oldest wine festivals in Spain. Every year thousands of lovers of gastronomy and good wine come to this celebration that holds the title of ‘National Tourist Interest’ since 1977.

  • Ethnographic and Wine Museum:

This is the first museum in Galicia of its kind. Located in a historical point of Cambados, between the ruins of Santa Mariña Dozo and a temple of the s. XV, in its interior it is proposed a tour of the history, art and popular culture of the Rías Baixas related to the vitivinícolas aspects.

  • Wine Route:

A total of 21 wineries make up the “Ruta do Viño“, a route of 23.5 km in which you can enjoy a walk around the historic set of Cambados, declared a Cultural Interest; At the same time as commented visits and tastings in the wineries whose wines have given international renown to this region.

To make matters even better, this seafaring village is kind to lovers of good food. Scallops, seafood and fresh fish in abundance on the menus of restaurants and seafood restaurants in the city. We are talking about the perfect cuisine to accompany an Albariño in a wonderful setting

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Mar de Frades 2015

What do the 5 healthiest countries in the world eat?

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A study recently published by the British health magazine The Lancet shows the current state of health in 188 different countries. Based on the data obtained in the last 25 years on the evolution of the state of health, diseases and risks in different territories with respect to the socio-demographic factors of each region, the ranking of the healthiest countries of the world includes Iceland, Singapore, Sweden, Andorra and the United Kingdom.

Experts say that in addition to the high index of factors such as average income per capita, educational level or fertility, this result is due to the good eating habits of these countries. This opinion has been supported by multiple nutritionists, who have studied the characteristics of the usual diet of these countries.

Here’s a look at the eating habits of the 5 healthiest countries in the world based on the research:

5. United Kingdom:

British population is moving away from processed foods in favour of local, seasonal produce. Winter vegetables such as swedes, parsnips and brussels sprouts, which are commonly grown in the UK, are great for their nutrients such as vitamin C and contain more valuable fibre.

4. Andorra:

Andorra is the second largest consumer of wine in the world, a fact that seems to be related to the health of this small European country. Different studies have shown the many health benefits of red wine, which contains antioxidants that help prevent cardiovascular health conditions such as high cholesterol or strokes.

3. Sweden:

The daily diet of this Scandinavian country is composed of multiple fermented foods that facilitate good digestion. Among the local delicacies is the filmjölk, a kind of yogurt that is usually present at all breakfasts.

2. Singapore:

Traditional Singapore cuisine is known by its high use of spices such as ginger and turmeric. In addition to being essential ingredients to make the typical local curry dishes, these spices possess properties highly beneficial to health: they are anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea, and help to improve blood circulation.

1. Iceland:

Fish plays a fundamental role in the life of this Scandinavian country, forming an important part of its economy and food. Salmon and herring are the most consumed species on this island, which benefits from the high content of Omega 3 provided by their meats. Their typical dish is the Harðfiskur, a dry fish usually served with bread of coal grains.

 

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9 Champagnes, Spanish cavas and Italian proseccos for Christmas Eve

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Good fizz pairs with nearly everything – from sushi to steak – but it goes especially well with parties. From affordable Spanish cava or Italian prosecco to sparkling prestige cuvées, discover the corks to pop for Christmas, that is just around the corner.

  

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Bellavista Alma Cuvée Brut Franciacorta Franciacorta: lively and persistent, the bubbles small and long-lasting.

 

 

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Gramona Argent Rose 2012: attractive, dry, with fruity notes and a slightly floral background.

 

 

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Llopart Integral Brut Nature 2015: fresh, fruity, flavourful, with a good acidity.

 

 

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At Roca Rosat Reserva 2014: Very fruity, fresh and with a great acidity, fine and elegant.

 

 

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Veuve Clicquot Brut: Frank and dynamic. Its persistence is extraordinary aromatic.

 

 

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Laurent Perrier Cuvée Rosé Brut: An excellent and elegant champagne with a complex, fine perlage. 

 

 

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Dom Pérignon Vintage Luminous Label 2006: succulent champagne with aromas of cassis cream, toasted almond, coffee and anise.

 

 

In Italy, they are very clever: free wine from a reservoir 24/365

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It is true: in Italy, there is a fountain that provides red wine for free 24 hours a day throughout the year. This is an initiative of the winery Dora Sarchese, with the purpose of offering a comforting glass of wine to the pilgrims who stop in the region of Abruzzo during their trajectory on the Cammino di San Tommaso.

In Italy there are other sources of wine such as Carosino (Taranto), San Floriano del Collio (Gorizia) or Marino (Rome). However, you can only enjoy their wines during special occasions like their respective patron saint festivities. In fact, a technical error in the preparation of the Marino fountain for the 2008 Grape Festival in Marino made wine come from the taps of all the houses in this town during one season. What differentiates the Fontana from the Abruzzo Wine is that it is the first source that offers wine throughout the year in a completely free way and without any restrictions of schedule.

Inspired by the Irache Fountain, which offers wine from the Navarra Irache winery to the pilgrims who walk the Camino de Santiago, this fountain welcomes those who walk from Rome to the Cathedral of Santo Tomás de Ortona to visit the holy remains. In this way they carry on an old European tradition, in which monasteries and abbeys gave wine to those pilgrims who sought refuge during their journey following the steps of saints. From the time of Charlemagne to the French Revolution, the monks who inhabited these spaces quenched the thirst of travellers, penitents and religious who came to their doors, with wines made from the fruits of their ancient vineyards.

In spite of its short existence, the source is already a tourist success of the region. Visitors are starting to see queues to admire the design of the famous Italian architect Rocco Valentini, as well as taste the red wine that comes from it. An excellent option to taste a glass of delicious local red wine with D.O. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo Colline Teramane, while enjoying the beautiful landscape of this region bathed by ancient vineyards.

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3 things to consider while drinking wine in high altitude

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We’ve all had to travel by plane, and to do so without the possibility to enjoy a delicious glass of wine can make it a more stressful and less fun trip. Luckily, there are people like Andrea Robinson, one of 23 women who have the degree of Master Sommelier in the world. She has, with her experience, given us easy tips to choose the best wines while we are in the air.

1. Pay attention to the temperature

It is a basic and very important aspect when serving wine. Generally, there is the notion that the ideal is to serve the drink at room temperature. However, this paradigm does not work on the plane. On the heights, due to pressure and other aspects, taste buds can be affected and therefore the enjoyment of wine. Always ask them to give you a wine that is cooled to avoid any problems.

2. Keep in mind the acidity

“The low pressure in the air disables your sense to smell flavors. In addition, the dryness prevents you from feeling flavors and even textures,” says Robinson. That is why, at high altitudes, it is best to choose a softer wine instead of a very strong or acidic because, in these circumstances, these wines tend to take a much more bitter and sour taste than normal.

3. Combination with food

Another misconception that wine drinkers often have is that red meat should be paired with red wine, while white meat with white wine. Although it is partially true, it is much more important to pay attention to how the meat is prepared. For example, if it is a lemon chicken dish, a white wine would be nice, however, if the same type of meat is served on a base of legumes or fungi, then a red wine will be the best option. Everything has to do with consistency, sauces and side dishes. Do not only focus on the protein which the dish is based on.

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Smell the wine and improve your memory!

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Research conducted in Las Vegas concludes that the sommeliers and wine tasters have some areas of the brain more developed than other people. The study suggests that these areas are directly related to memory, thus reducing the vulnerability of these people to diseases like Alzheimer’s.

The key to this discovery lies in smell and scent. Because of their profession, these wine experts have a greater developed sense of smell. The work over the years affects the acute development of this sense as well as certain areas of the brain that other people do not usually exercise. Thus, the study concludes that to exercise the sense of smell promotes the development of brain memory and preventing Alzheimer’s.

This research conducted by Dr. Sarah Banks, a neuropsychologist at the Mental Health Center of Cleveland, tried to answer the mystery of why experts wine tasters can perceive aromas and flavors that other people cannot. The study was to conduct scans of brain activity of 13 non-experts and 13 sommeliers when exposed to various flavors of wine and fruit. While the study found that wine experts are able to detect odors and sensations indistinguishable to the others, the greatest discovery was locating the parts of the brain exercised by the professional sommeliers. Areas between which it is precisely those susceptible to memory diseases.

“This is good news for sommeliers; as they may have some degree of protection against Alzheimer’s, “said Dr. Banks in a recent interview with US network CBS. Although it is only a guess for now, the neuropsychologist says that in this way the wine could guide her towards a breakthrough on the development of memory; as well as prevention and treatment of diseases that affect it.

So it is definitely worth taking the time to smell every glass of wine before drinking it, both to enjoy a pleasant sensory experience and to improve our memory.

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Pruno 2015:  a red wine from Ribera del Duero based on the best cabernet sauvignon and tinta fina from 2015 and has an alcoholic strength of 14%.

 

 

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Viña Ardanza Reserva 2007 is a red wine made by La Rioja Alta from the region of Rioja made of tempranillo and garnacha of 2007 and has an alcoholic content of 13.5%.

 

Pair wine and pasta?, yes! There’s more beyond Lambrusco

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As we know, pairing is an art that, as the time goes by, with enough experience you will eventually dominate it, and what we are presenting is not something that you have to follow exactly, is not a science, they’re only tips to help enjoy your pasta with the best choice of wine. Sure, everyone has their tastes and for that matter nothing is written. But beyond personal tastes, what we propose here today are some choices to alternate Lambrusco to accompany your favorite pasta.

Keys to pair pasta according to taste

Usually, the taste pasta is determined by the type of sauce with which it’s associated, it is why we first discuss the best wines to pair according to the chosen sauce:

  • Sauces or side dishes based on vegetables: better use rosé wines with acidity and body.
  • Pesto sauces and other fungi: for these delicious plates of pasta you can take preferably white or Sauvignon Blanc breeding.
  • Tomato sauces: probably the most popular, and very delicious too. It is advisable to combine with light rosé wines, because, again, the acidity of these ties very well with tomato. If you are more of tradition, you can accompany with Chianti, as dictated by the Italians.
  • Pasta with seafood and fish: for these dishes whites will be your best choice, especially Pinot and Malvasia. Also, a good cava or dry champagne can be a good choice if you prefer them.
  • Pasta with meat: the taste of a strong red wine will give your palate a full and pleasurable satisfaction.
  • Light Pasta: those that are only accompanied by some mozzarella cheese and vinaigrette fall very well with rosé wines.

With these tips, you have no excuse to run to the kitchen to prepare your favorite pasta or go down to a pasta restaurant in your town, and delight yourself with your favorite wine. Bon Appetite!

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Juvé y Camps Reserva de la Familia

 

 

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