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Go white with La Rioja wines

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What do you think of when you hear of La Rioja? Probably the first thing that comes to mind is a red wine and oak barrels. But the truth is that in La Rioja there is also white wine, and oh boy they’re good! In fact, these past years they have been growing a lot and gradually have become a benchmark of Spanish white wines.

And, like everything in life, there are white Rioja wines for all tastes, from classic to modern, from avant-garde to more complex, going through young fruity or aged and strong. A world of white wine is elaborated in the region for over 2,000 years now, and during some periods like the 17th century, they became even more important than the red ones.

Today, however, Rioja whites have trouble overshadowing reds, which is not always fair considering the high quality of this type of wine in the region. So much so that the D.O. La Rioja is investing efforts to publicize these wines, both for its quality and the gastronomic richness they bring.

For example, a white young, fresh and fruity Rioja is a great choice to pair with pasta, seafood, salads, appetizers or lighter entrees; in the case of white fermented in barrel, nothing better than cheeses, smoked food and blue fish; and if it’s aged on barrel, you can enjoy something stronger like meat dishes and stews.

So, now that there are still several beautiful summer days, please enjoy this type of wine and give it a try at your table, even if it hurts you a bit to leave behind his little red brother for a few days. You will not regret it.

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Diamante

 

 

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Allende Blanco 2011

 

 

New studies indicate that the Mediterranean diet improves your memory

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It is well known that the Mediterranean diet has many benefits. In addition to fruit, you eat olive oil, fish and some meat, this diet also recommended one glass of wine to be consumed daily.

Now new benefits appear as a result of this diet According to a study by the Centre for Human Psychopharmacology Swinburne University of Technology Melbourne in Australia, it shows that the Mediterranean diet improves memory. It was shown that it affects the cognitive processes of all kinds of people from all countries, not only in the Mediterranean region.

Other conclusions of the study are that the benefits in this area of ??the Mediterranean diet not only is beneficial to the elderly but in all population groups. So the diet is good for children and adults.

The researchers believe that enhancing this diet is a success, and one of the measures to solve the problems of dementia. Something very important given the progressive aging of the population.

According to the Mediterranean Diet Foundation, this diet – is a valuable cultural heritage that is much more than a simple nutritional, rich and healthy pattern. Hence it’s a lifestyle that is based on the balance of food and recipes, forms of cooking, celebrations, customs, the typical products and various activities.

The Mediterranean diet is based on the moderate intake of several key foods such as fruit, cereals, vegetables, water, eggs, fish, nuts … always with seasonal foods, natural spices, and natural herbs.

In addition to this discovery linked to memory, the Mediterranean diet prevents the onset of cardiovascular disease, lowering bad cholesterol, as well as reduce the risk for diabetes, etc.

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El Sequé 2014

 

 

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Mestizaje 2013

 

Ancient Rome Wine, Would You Drink It?

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Can you imagine what would it be to taste the wine that the inhabitants of the ancient Roman Empire used to drink? Well, this dream can become true by studying the ruins of the wine cellars where this wine was produced originally, and one of the keys are the amphorae, clay vessels used by ancient cultures to store and transport all kinds of goods, including wine.

A producer of a town near Portland, in Oregon (USA), has started producing the first shipments of a wine made following the same techniques employed by the Romans more than 2000 years ago. A ceramics teacher named Andrew Beckham, along with his wife Annedria, have managed to cultivate a few strains of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and, following the guidance of the Italian winegrower Elisabetta Foradori, they have been put to work to achieve this curious challenge.

Beckham has reproduced the original amphorae, based on the designs of Roman containers, Spanish jars and Georgians “qvevri”, and found that their shape is very important and relevant for the characteristics of the resulting wine. The porosity of clay increases the oxygen exposure of wine during aging, creating softer tannins and enhances the aromas of nuts, chocolate, and cooked fruit. The producer claims that it allows you to get the same results in half the time that it takes to oak barrels when used for aging.

Currently, they are producing fermented in amphorae and aged in wood, fermented and aged in amphorae and fermented in amphorae and mixed-aged wines, each with its particular characteristics and great potential, especially for those who like fruity and subtle flavors, full of different shades. The highlight is, of course, made exclusively in clay, which presents an attractive ruby color, with aromas of plum, blackberry, chocolate, cinnamon, among others, a truly new wine in recent centuries that, surprisingly, is very pleasant to drink.

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Augustus Merlot-Syrah 2014: a red wine produced with syrah and merlot from the 2014 vintage and comes with an alcohol content of 13.00%. 

 

 

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Augustus Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot 2012:  a red wine from Penedes with the best merlot and cabernet sauvignon grapes from the 2012 vintage. 

 

Drink wine and … stay with your partner!

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Alcohol and wine drinking is an activity that, if done in moderation, can bring great benefits, both for the health and for the quality of life in general, including married life and many other aspects.

A new study led by the University of Michigan, US, has concluded somewhat surprising in relation to consumer habits and life in marriage. According to this research, married couples over 50 years of age and that have the same habits of alcohol consumption tend to show significantly stronger signs of happiness compared to those couples with unequal habits of consumption.

One thing that stood out, which was relevant to the study and very important, is that wives were more dissatisfied with their marriage when only they had the habit of consumption and their husbands did not drink alcohol.

“Wives which have a habit of alcohol consumption reported a decrease positive marital quality over time when their husbands had similar consumption habits. While on the other hand, there was reported an increase of negative marital quality when their partners did not consume”.

Dr. Kira Birditt was the author of this study that was applied to 2,767 couples between 2006 and 2016. All participants were interviewed face to face with researchers and subjected to questionnaires about their eating habits: whether or not they drank, how many days a week and how many drinks consumed daily.

Also, they were subjected to questions about their marriage and quality of it having to respond on aspects from what they thought of the partner, if they were very demanding or critical, whether they were trustworthy and reliable in difficult times or whether they thought their partner was irritating .

Couples averaged a time of marriage of 33 years and at least 2/3 of the participants were couples living in their first and only marriage.

You can learn more about this research here. And remember, excessive consumption of alcohol can be bad for your health.

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Barbazul 2012: a red wine from Cadiz produced by Huerta de Albalá that is based on the best of tintilla de rota, syrah, merlot and cabernet sauvignon of 2012 and shows an alcoholic strength of 14%.

 

 

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El Molar 2015  is a red wine from Jumilla produced by Propiedad Vitícola Casa Castillo that is based on 2015 garnacha and has an alcohol content of 15%. 

 

 

Inhaling spirit: a dangerous trend

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Although it is a completely legal activity once you have become of age, smoking alcohol can give severe health damages. One can find on the internet a variety of videos and articles where they show you how to vaporize and inhale alcohol without having to purchase a specific device for the purpose. Where the objective is to vaporize the substance, inhale and feel the effects instantly.

“It’s worse than drinking it in its liquid form”, says Dr. Alfred Aleguas, at the toxicology department of the general hospital in Tampa, Florida, USA. “When inhaled, the steam goes directly to the lungs, bypassing the stomach, liver, and other organs for metabolism and absorption”. In addition, the doctor says that when inhaled, “you have no idea how much amount of alcohol is consumed because of the typical symptoms that advices you have had enough don’t occur when smoking”. The ethyl gasses can provoke severe respiratory infections and cause malfunction of your lungs.

Another myth about this dangerous activity is that, as consumers, when you inhale alcohol, one can feel the effects of it, but without gaining those extra calories. Dr. Aleguas flatly denies this fact. Because if you consume it, whether you inhale or drink alcohol, like it or not, you’re also getting the calories.

A survey in a bar asking guests revealed that even though people had heard about inhaling alcohol, or seen a video on the internet about the subject, they would not be willing to try it. Because of the mere fact that it looks, and is, dangerous and unhealthy. Also, the truth is that the alcohol can be very pleasurable without resorting to unorthodox or harmful techniques to consume it.

You can enjoy your drinks the classic way, as long as it is with responsibility. Because alcoholic beverages such as wine have multiple health benefits as long as it is enjoyed in moderation.

Why can a wine can cost much more (or less) than another?

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Every so often we read or hear that in a blind tasting a cheaper wine has outscored a much more expensive one. It can happen, of course. There are some wines from 5€ which, comparatively, have nothing to envy one of 20€. But that still does not mean that many of the wines that cost 20 or 30 or 100 euros are not worth the extra cost.

So, is the quality always appropriate compared to the price? For example, a study published in the spring of 2008 by the Journal of Wine Economics, where 506 people participated (12% of which were knowledgeable in the field) concluded that regular consumers are not familiar with the art of how to best value wines with lower price, while the connoisseurs made a better judgement between the price and the quality of the wine.

As you might understand from the study, there are some qualities of the wine valued better if you have more knowledge of wine, but the average consumers do not have the sufficient knowledge to properly value the different wines. But if one has a certain degree of inside on the subject itself, one can value more objectively and according to the price it has. Thus, we could deduce that the more expertise you have about wine the more some specific qualities are appreciated, without detracting your personal taste (at the end the most important thing is that you drink the wine you like and that you enjoy it).

Beyond studies and knowledge, and as David Williams explains in an article recently published in The Guardian, the price of wine can also be explained with issues of taxes, the cost of land or marketing, all elements necessary for the wine to reach our tables.

To begin with, the more expensive a wine is, the more VAT tax levied on it and this input itself will be raising the price. However, if it is less expensive, less VAT is added. Then there is the issue of land prices: in places like Burgundy or French Champagne region, the land prices are astronomical, the most expensive in the world by far. So this also affects the final price of the product.

Moreover, we can not forget that there are processes more expensive than others, which require more hands and more time processing and therefore more investment. If a producer selects the best grapes from the bad before and during harvest and also makes it manually, you must pay more than others that combine grapes and get a higher volume. And, as a result, you will notice in the price (and most likely in quality).

So it makes sense to think that most of the time a higher priced wine has features that increase its value, without implying that the wines of lower prices should be avoided. On the contrary, the best thing is being able to enjoy a wine considering the occasion and valuing it within its range. Because … we do not always want to eat caviar, do we? Well, the same concept can be applied to wine.

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El Molar 2015: a red wine from Jumilla produced by Propiedad Vitícola Casa Castillo that is based on 2015 garnacha and has an alcohol content of 15%.

 

 

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La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 2005:  a red wine from Rioja with the best graciano and tempranillo grapes from the 2005 vintage and has an alcohol content of 13%.

 

 

No, wine will not replace your workout, but it can help you

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A couple of years ago, a researcher and scientist at the University of Alberta, in Canada, Jason Dyck, published a study on the relationship between an element found in many foods, including grapes, called resveratrol and physical activity.

To the surprise of many, including scientists involved in the investigation, it was found that resveratrol shows very similar results to those that can be observed after a hard workout. Jason Dyck says that this element can help improve physical performance or help those who are unable to perform this type of activity because of limitations such as cardiovascular problems or exhaustion, among others.

While all this is true, much of the people, especially the Internet, has been convinced that drinking wine is a better alternative than going to the gym and sweat, and that is something that is not entirely true. Scientist Dyck has already conducted several interviews to try to clear up this confusion. First of all, Dyck says that physical activity can never be replaced by anything and is necessary to maintain a healthy body.

But not everything is bad news. Jason has continued his research and concluded that resveratrol could be used as an additive to increase performance when exercising. It also concluded with what we all know: a glass of wine a day is recommended for health benefits such as reducing bad cholesterol, prevention of various cancers and slowing of brain decline, among many others illnesses. So now that you know, go and exercise and, at the end, reward yourself with a fresh and nice well-deserved glass of wine.

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Hacienda López de Haro Crianza 2014

 

 

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Beronia Reserva 2011

The great wine Châteaux you should visit at least once

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Without any doubt, wine tourism attracts masses. But to entice the most eccentric ones, the knowledgeable and picky wine lovers, one have to find the best vineries. The ones where the most specialized details produce premium wines. As an example, we can start in France, where, no doubt, some of the best wines come to life. Here are 3 Châteaux from the most important wine regions:

  • Lafite-Rothschild: home of the legendary Rothschild family, it is the oldest Château of which we have records and it is a highly respected wine producer: it creates artworks and bottles. Like everything else, the vinery has had its ups and downs throughout its history, but they have managed to push their high-quality product forward. It was named “Leading Wine House” for the first time in 1855, and it still retains the title proudly today.
  • Angelus: Angelus has the status of “Premier Grand Cru Maison Class A”, for its vineyards consist of exceptional quality, not found in any other part of France. The vinery has a transparent and intact reputation. Fun fact: the name was obtained because the farmers of this group of vineyards amounted to listen to the angelic voices of the 3 churches that surround the area.
  • Margaux: the value of this Château Margaux has not only won for their wine bottles that can cost hundreds of euros, but also for its long tradition of the production, which began in the twelfth century. The Lestonnac family took over the business when it enjoyed great popularity just over 400 years ago and it has since become an icon in the field of oenology. However, it has not always been easy. They went through tough times during the French revolution until around 1870, when it was rescued by an ambitious marquis, putting the house back on the map, with its history and exclusivity.

If you plan to take a stroll through France, make sure you take the opportunity to tour 3 of the best Châteaux in the Gallic country and in the world!

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Carruades De Lafite 1998: a red wine from Pauillac that is made of petit verdot, cabernet franc, merlot and cabernet sauvignon of 1998 and has an alcoholic strength of 10.50%.

 

 

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Château Angélus 2013:  a red wine that is based on 2013 merlot, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc.

 

 

Drinking wine during pregnancy

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There have been many articles written about drinking wine (or alcohol in general) during pregnancy, and it is a subject that generates a lot of debate and research.

Some experts say that drinking wine in moderation during pregnancy is fine, but others believe that taking one drink is very dangerous for the baby’s health. What is not debatable is that what women eat or drink while pregnant goes directly through their bloodstream into the placenta to, literally, be digested by the fetus. If a pregnant woman drinks a glass of wine, a beer or cocktail, the fetus ingests the same.

For the fetus, alcohol interferes with its ability to get enough oxygen and nourishment for normal cell development in the brain and other body organs. A study has shown that a developing fetus has very little tolerance to alcohol and infants born to mothers who drink during pregnancy can have serious problems.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a set of mental and physical disorders that develops in some unborn babies when the mother drinks too much alcohol during pregnancy. A baby born with FAS, or even the less severe FAE (Fetal Alcohol Effects), can have serious disadvantages, which could require a lifetime of special care. There’s even research that indicates that women who plan to become pregnant should stop drinking even before they become pregnant.

The debate is trying to discern how much is too much and therefore when the consumption of wine and other alcoholic beverages becomes a risk to the unborn baby.

Until these days, it was said that the only safe measure was to not drink any alcohol at all. However, in the UK, health authorities say that pregnant women and those hoping to conceive can safely drink up to two glasses of wine a week without harming the fetus.

On the other hand, there are few experts that are totally contrary to the fact that pregnant women drink alcohol during the gestation period and call to give up alcohol completely. There is a growing research of evidence suggesting that from binge drinking to low doses of alcohol can cause harm, although there are people who still defends that one or two glasses of wine a week do not have to be harmful.

Whatever the case is, and given the fact that a safe quantity of consumption is not known and the risk of alcohol may affect the future baby, it is best not to drink wine during pregnancy. It is also advisable to consult with doctors if there are any doubts or any problems in the pregnancy process.

What type of alcoholic beverages is suitable for coeliacs?

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The number of celiacs is increasing. The information on this disease and food and drink they can eat and drink is also increasing. It is no longer a difficult task trying to figure out which products contain gluten. According to the Federation of Associations of Celiacs of Spain, FACE, celiac disease (CD) is the permanent intolerance to gluten in wheat, barley, rye, and oats. It is believed that one can be genetically predisposed for the intolerance. It is characterized by an inflammatory reaction, immune-based, in the small intestinal mucous that hinders the absorption of macro- and micronutrients.

Many celiacs wonder if they can drink alcohol, and the truth is yes, but not all types. Firstly, it is important to note that beer is made from barley, therefore it can not be included in a celiac diet, as well as certain types of whisky.

Some beers can be consumed by celiac patients because they are made from rice or buckwheat. And, also, on certain occasions, both barley and wheat can be part of the production of whisky.

People who suffer this disease can drink many other spirits, such as vodka, tequila, rum and gin, even though the ingredients contain gluten, because it is lost in the distillation process. In all cases, one better make sure before consumption, look at the labels and ask your doctor or nutritionist if you are not completely sure.

Wine is also among the alcoholic beverages you can drink as a celiac. None are made with ingredients containing gluten, and wine also offers many benefits for the body. But on rare occasions when the wine is stored in a container which also has previously stored products containing gluten, cross-contamination can occur.

One can also drink cider as a celiac patient, for it is an alcoholic beverage produced by  the fermentation of apples, and these are gluten free.

If you want to know more, do not miss our article on gluten-free cocktails.

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Bombay Sapphire 47% 1L: a London Dry with origins in England with an alcohol strength of 47%.

 

 

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Mom God Save The Gin: is made by González Byass from England with an alcohol content of 39,5%.