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The most original wine and pasta pairings

White wine is not always the best for pairing pasta. It depends on the sauces added and, in the case it is stuffed pasta, the ingredients that are inside. We’ll show you some tricks to learn how to pair wine and pasta.

Wines for light sauces

There are a lot of sauces to complement pasta. From oil with oregano to béchamel, or even made from softer tomato. For these sauces, we will pair with white or rosé wines. If the sauce is carbonara, in addition to the white wine, it goes well with a good cava. Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the varieties that pair better thanks to its touch of freshness, which breaks with the eventual acidity of the dish.

Wines for meat sauces

In this case, the sauces are more powerful and offer strongest flavours to the dish. It is clear that, with meat sauces, it is better to choose a red wine. But this can be either young or aged. Here we can choose from the most powerful Rioja to the Merlot and other softer varieties that help soften a strong dish.

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Wines with pesto sauce

Pesto is a particular sauce. For many it can be too strong and for others, rather light, it depends on the taste of each one. In this sense, the wine that best suits pasta with pesto sauce is a white Sauvignon Blanc, because it provides the freshness needed to counteract the strong flavour of the dish.

Wines with pasta stuffed with mushrooms

We have already specified that we should be attentive to the filling of the fresh pasta, beyond the sauces. For this type of pasta we can choose either red, Merlot type wines, or whites that have a lot of body, such as Chardonnay.

Pasta with seafood and fish

Pasta is a very versatile dish that can be accompanied with vegetables, meats and fish. In this case, we will pair wine and pasta with a young white.

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Pasta with vegetables

If it includes vegetables, then the pairing will be made with Sauvignon Blanc varieties and also light rosé wines.

Wines according to the cheese

Cheese must also be taken into account, because it usually accompanies pasta and marks unmistakable flavours. We usually use not too strong cheeses or the classic parmigiano. This cheese goes perfect with red Italian wines although a white Spanish wine can also do a good job.

Barcelona Restaurants With Organic Wines

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Organic wines can be found in many types of establishments. When talking about organic wines we could mention many different denominations, although in this case, we are referring to a type of crop where the sulfur addition limits are lower and the use of chemical synthesis products are kept as low as possible.

There is an increasing demand from customers for these wines and today many restaurants have added them to their menus. Have a look at our selection of Barcelona restaurants that offer organic wines in case you will be passing through the city or are going there for a holiday.

El Petit Celler

El Petit Celler is more than just a restaurant. It is a sensory experience where you can taste a variety of wines. Recently they have opened Tribut which is a space within El Petit Celler itself where you can taste more than 250 kinds of the best wines by the glass. The place also has a Vermutería where you can taste a large selection of vermouths accompanied by the best preserves. It was originally opened as a store, so it has endless shelves with a great selection of bottles that you can buy and bring home. The organic wines are well represented.

La Dentellière

Located in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona this restaurant stands out for the quality of its products. With a central location, it offers eggs from Calaf, rice from Delta del Ebre, and of course, a good list of wines of Catalan and Spanish origin, among which you can find the organic Mureda and DO Castilla La Mancha, both red and white wine types.

Vistro49 Wine Bar and Cocktail Bar at Hotel Ohla Barcelona

Hotel Ohla Barcelona offers several gastronomic areas. Florian David from France has been Caelis’ sommelier for more than two years and he is responsible for Vistro49. The extensive menu includes organic wines and little-known wineries that produce precious wines. They also have a wide representation of well-known wines and cavas.

La llavor dels orígens

The name refers to two restaurants in Barcelona which are located in two alternative and trendy neighbourhoods: Grácia and El Born. Both restaurants have dishes with products from Kilometre 0. Their wine lists have some organic wines such as the Bouquet d’Alella, DO Alella, which is produced using the grape pansa blanca which is native to Alella.

 

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Hécula 2014

 

 

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Castaño Monastrell Ecológico 2016

10 Best Value Wines For January

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The holidays are over, but that does not mean we have to give up the small pleasures of life. Today, we have 10 cheap quality wines to offer you, so that the rising prices of January will cost you less. Are you going to try them?

1. Basa 2016

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Basa 2016, a white wine of the D.O. Rueda that maximises the varietal character of the Verdejo grape. Ideal to pair with vegetables, white meats, white fish, seafood, bluefish, baked fish, smoked, foie gras, soups and creams.

 Buy Basa 2016

 

2. Protos Roble 2016

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Protos Roble 2016: an unquestionable top of the Ribera del Duero. It is elaborated with an exhaustive selection of Tinta del Pais, in whose fermentation process, the temperature is controlled with extreme stealth, resulting in a red of precious expressiveness and potency.

 

3. Blau 2016

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Blau 2016: worthy representative of the wines of Montsant. It is a complex red on the nose that shows fresh, balanced, complex, fruity and impregnated with the notes of the terroir, wide flavours and a fresh, spicy and slightly mineral finish.

 

4. Baltasar Gracian Viñas Viejas 2015

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Baltasar Gracian Viñas Viejas 2015: red 100% Garnacha that comes from vines up to 80 years old. It is cheerful, fresh and young, an excellent way to get to know D.O. Calatayud Grenache lovers, do not hesitate a second: it is a good choice.

5. Viña Real Crianza 2014

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Viña Real Crianza 2014: a broad and fleshy Rioja ageing, with noble mature tannins that transmits a perfect roundness and balance. For quality and price, it is a good choice for varied occasions and meals based on simple meats.

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6. José Pariente Verdejo 2016

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José Pariente Verdejo 2016: intense, elegant, complex, fruity … Not in vain has it become one of the most famous wines of Rueda and that has brought fame to the increasingly valued verdejo wines. What a wonderful varietal! Enjoy with fish dishes, seafood or rice, the perfect combinations! 

 

7. Llavors 2015

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Llavors 2015: in Empordà, in the northeast of Catalonia, wines such as Llavors 2015 allow us to enjoy the wonders of a land bathed in the wind. In the case of this young red, in addition, we can enjoy the exquisiteness of simple and well-made wines.

 

8. Gaba do Xil Mencía 2014

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Gaba do Xil Mencía 2014: this wine from the D.O. Vadeorras is a 100% Mencía monovarietal made by traditional viticulture and respectful of the environment. You will enjoy its pleasant and slightly fruity character, with a long finish and very good acidity.

 

9. Semele 2015

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Semele 2015 is one of the most anticipated wines of the D.O. Ribera del Duero 2017. It is an organic red wine grown locally and organically, which is very aromatic and spicy on the nose, and round and fresh on the palate, with aromatic richness and varietal expression.

 

10. El Perro Verde 2016

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El Perro Verde 2016: Sympathetic, casual, expressive, tasty … With each vintage that passes, this Verdejo maintains the character that has made it famous and appreciated. In Uvinum always stands out with top sales and is the white wine that has been scored well by experts.

Best Rioja Wines for under £10

 TAGS:undefinedWhen we think of Rioja we ‘re immediately referring to one of the most important wines from Spain and, of course, one of the most famous worldwide. A glass of Rioja is perfect to enjoy with some classic Iberian ham or a very good Spanish cheese. But more than that, it’s  an all-time-favourite for the Christmas season and family dinners that come with it.

The Tempranillo is the soul of this region. An autochthone grape variety that provides the wines with a fruity, young and easy-to-drink character. If you’re not sure which wine to offer, this wine is perfect for beginners and experienced wine lovers. Moreover, it’s very easy to pair with food and offers a good conversation topic. 

In order to enjoy a good Rioja, you don’t have to grab deep into your pockets. Spain offers very affordable wines at good quality. Discover here some great Riojan gems for under £10 to top off your Christmas season.

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Cune Crianza is a red wine with DOC Rioja, made from three grape varieties: Tempranillo, Grenache and Mazuelo. Ageing takes place in French and American oak barrels for 12 months. 

 

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Viña Real Crianza 2014: After harvesting good scores and reviews on its previous vintages, Viña Real Crianza 2014 is once again a benchmark to keep in mind for Crianza wine lovers

 

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Luis Cañas Crianza 2014, one of the most outstanding Rioja wines. This vintage excels for its tasty, spicy and elegant character, along with for an exceptional value for money. 

 

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Baron de Ley Reserva 2012 is mainly made from Tempranillo. Its long ageing period of 20 months in American oak barrels brings structure and complexity to a group that stands out for its intensity and balance

 

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El Coto Crianza 2013 is a classic Rioja wine, a wine to look good without spending too much money trying.

Barcelona Restaurants with Ecological Wines

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Ecological wines have been flourishing in all kinds of establishments. To cut short on terminology, we consider that to qualify as an ecological wine, crops require a limitation on sulphates addition and the exclusion of synthetic chemicals (as much as possible).

Today, many restaurants offer these wines as their popularity grows among customers. Here is our selection of Barcelona restaurants with ecological wines, whether you are passing through the city or on vacation.

El Petit Celler

More than a restaurant, El Petit Celler is a sensory experience to taste a variety of wines. They recently opened “Tribut”, a space inside El Petit Celler where you can taste over 250 of the best wines. Beside “Tribut”, you’ll find “La Vermuteria” where you can enjoy a great selection of vermouths accompanied by the best preserved and canned food. As it was originally a store, you can still find many bottles to bring home on their endless shelves, including a substantial choice of ecological wines.

La Dentellière

In Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, this restaurant stands out for its high-quality and locally-produced food (also called “km 0”): eggs from Calaf, rice from the Ebro Delta and, of course, a good wine list from Catalan and Spanish DOs, such as the ecological Mureda, from DO Castilla-La Mancha, both red and white.

Vistro49 Wine Bar y Coctelería at the Ohla Barcelona

The Ohla Barcelona hotel has several gastronomic spaces. The Frenchman Florian David, sommelier at Caelis’ for more than two years, is in charge of the Vistro49. Its extensive list includes ecological wines and little-known winemakers who produce wines that are hidden gems. There, you can also find a wide selection of famous wines and cavas.

Llavor del orígens

It refers to two restaurants in Barcelona, located in two alternative and fashionable neighbourhoods: Gràcia and El Born, both offer slow food menus. In their wine lists you can choose from a wide range of ecological wines, such as the Bouquet d’Alella from DO Alella, made from the autochthonous “Pansa Blanca” grape.

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Mureda Organico Chardonnay 2016

Mureda Organico Chardonnay 2016 is a white wine made by Mureda from VT Castilla with the best Chardonnay grapes.

 
 
 
 

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Raventós D’Alella Pansa Rosada 2016, a rosé wine with a blend based on Xarel·lo Vermell.

 

Rioja vs Ribera

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The most famous Designations of Origin in Spain and those whose wines sell best are, beyond any doubt, the Rioja and the Ribera del Duero. Their red wines are famous not only in Spain but worldwide. Each receives a fervent support from their amateurs whose positions hardly seem compatible. But what are the differences between these regions’ red wines? In order to answer, I have to go through some of the “boring” differences … Before getting to the interesting part!

The creation

La Rioja has been a Designation of Origin (Denominación de Origen, DO) since 1925 and even received the “Denominación de Origen Calificada, DOC” in 1991, which implies an excellent quality. On the other hand, the Ribera del Duero is a relatively new DO as it was only recognized in 1982.

The geographical situation

The Rioja  DOC’s production area is located in Northern Spain on the banks of the Ebro river, mainly in the autonomous communities of the Rioja and the Basque Country. Moreover, the region is subdivided into three geographical designations: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Baja. All in all, the DO counts 63.593 hectares of vineyards producing between 280 and 300 million litres (90% of red, 5% of white and 5% of rosé).

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The production area of the Ribera del Duero DO stretches over the south-east of Castile and León, mostly in the provinces of Burgos, Segovia, Valladolid and Soria. There are 22.320 hectares of vineyards which produce about 130 million litres (98% of red and 2% of rosé).

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Regarding the geographical situation, it is not so much the formal delimitation between the various areas that matters but rather their soils or “terroir” as well as their respective climate. The soils and the climate determine the wine quality among other factors.

As to the Rioja DOC, generally speaking for the three production areas, the climate is continental, moderate, and almost Mediterranean in the Rioja Baja’s case. The mild temperatures allow for a slow and careful maturation of the grapes. The designation is characterized by a diversity of soils, though clay-calcareous, clay-ferrous and alluvial types of soil predominate.

Typical for the Ribera del Duero DO is the extreme continental climate along with scarce rainfalls. Winters are cold with icy winds whereas summers are hot and dry but with low nocturnal temperatures. As a result, the grape ripens faster and is more concentrated. Soils are rather diverse in this DO even if limestone prevails.

Varieties of grape

The main grape variety grown in both DOs is the Tempranillo but that is where their similarity ends. Indeed, in the Rioja, the allowed red varietals include the Tempranillo (the most common), the dark Grenache, the Carignan and the Graciano as well as three white varietals: the Malvasia, the Macabeu and the white Grenache.

In the Ribera del Duero, red varieties include the Tempranillo, also called locally Tinto  Fino or Tinta del País, the Cabernet, the Sauvignon, the Merlot and the Malbec. Additionally, they have a small amount of Grenache and, for whites, the Albillo.

Although the Tempranillo is the most commonly grown and used varietal in the elaboration of wines from both DOs, their wines remain truly different.

Aroma, power in the mouth, alcohol and alcohol level, colour and savour

In short, red wines from the Rioja can be described as sweet and hardly astringent. They do not leave a dry feeling in the mouth and are not harsh.

Ribera del Duero’s wines are more concentrated and intense both in their colour and their savour thanks to the extreme climate and the grape’s quicker maturation. They give a sensation of greater astringency, dryness and harshness in the mouth. They can be described as powerful.

For the same reasons as their power in the mouth, wines from the Ribera de Duero have a higher level of alcohol than those from the Rioja. Though, if the wines are well elaborated, one does not necessarily notice their higher alcohol content.

The Rioja wines’ aroma reminds us of red fruits and they leave a fresh aftertaste thanks to their acidity. The aroma of the Ribera del Duero wines calls ripe fruits to mind, appears smoother and rounder in the mouth and tends to end with a lactic hint, similar to a strawberry yoghurt.

Both DOs classify their wines according to their time of ageing in barrels or bottles (Crianza):

  • Joven / Roble (they do not age in wooden barrels neither do they mature in barrels for more than 12 months)
  • Crianza (minimum two years of ageing, one of which in a barrel)
  • Reserva (minimum three years of ageing, one in a barrel and the other in bottle)
  • Gran Reserva (minimum five years of ageing, two in a barrel and three in bottle)

The graph below shows the ageing potential of wines over time according to their “Crianza”. For both DOs, young wines should be drunk rapidly, whereas “Crianza” and “Reserva” wines can be savoured over a longer period.

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The boring, yet objective, part is finally over and we can now focus on the more interesting part.

The price difference

Why are Rioja wines generally cheaper than the Ribera del Duero’s? I answered this question to a large extent in my previous explanations: the production area and the number of litres produced in the Rioja is sensibly higher than in the Ribera. Indeed, we still have in mind the Rioja’s 63.593 hectares of vineyards in contrast to “only” 22.320 hectares in the Ribera. Moreover, the climate has a defining influence. Indeed, it is easier to produce wine in the Rioja than under the Ribera’s extreme conditions. The Ribera’s cellars face more frost problems which limit the yields of the vines. Less wine, higher prices!

To summarize, these DOs are different regions with different soils, climates and varietals. So, why do people keep arguing over the superiority of one designation over the other? To each his own tastes, no? Or should I prefer meat over fish?

This being said, some issues and disagreements are brought to light. Nowadays, several estates in the Rioja Alavesa wish to break away from their current DO to create a new one (“D.O. Viñedos de Álava”). Local Alavese winegrowers (about 42) promote the differences and the unique character of their wines. If we consider the French or Italian classification system, their demands would be quite sensible. In 2015, the famous ARTADI Bodega quit the Rioja DO. The winemaker justified his choice declaring, “Renowned wine regions such as Bordeaux (with 52 sub-designations) or Burgundy (96) offer their consumers wines which evoke specific areas. It is essential to provide the consumers with the opportunity to discover our land’s diversity, which grants quality wines their uniqueness and authenticity”.

While they are right to wish for a distinct recognition and to promote their wines’ particularities, I might have some reservations. Indeed, let us not forget that the reputation and the fame of the Rioja wines are the result of its winegrowers’ efforts and dedication, but also the considerable resources deployed by the DOs to support their products’ commercialisation and promotion. It is necessary to thank the DOs for their great work. Yet, it can hardly be otherwise: just like every child will eventually stand on its own feet and trace its own path, winegrowers will aspire to a greater autonomy and step outside the DOs’ framework.

In the Ribera del Duero’s case, the situation is quite different. Here, we talk about those excluded from the DO. Some of the most famous cellars of the Castile and León region such as Mauro, Abadía Retuerta, Bodegas Leda, … Do not belong to the Ribera del Duero DO but to the “Vino de la Tierra de Castilla y León”. Is it a problem? Abadía Retuerta answers, “At Abadía Retuerta, we could say that our auto-regulation is much stricter than other designations. Though our application to the Ribera del Duero was refused, today, we can affirm that this event is one of the secrets of Abadía Retuerta’s success. We are currently in touch with the administration to create our own designation in compliance with the recently voted Wine Law”.

As for Mauro, they are among the best red wines from Spain and acknowledged as such by the greatest critics in the world.

Every day in France, there are more winemakers who decide to break away from the designation of origin and to commercialize their wines under the name of “Vin de France”. It might be time for designations to rebrand or reinvent themselves. A similar situation is happening in Catalonia with the Cava DO where several estates quit their DO but, unlike other regions, they created two classifications: Clàssic Penedès and Cava de Paraje.

But let’s get back to our DOs: Would it be more sensible or relevant to distinguish Modern vs Classical wines? Are the former better than the latter?

It would like asking whether one prefers our grandmother’s traditional recipes or sushi … Wouldn’t it be possible to enjoy both? These are two totally different types of vinification and we shouldn’t compare them.

The so-called modern wines are usually more full-bodied and fleshy, they also have a greater intensity as well as a greater power and a higher alcohol content. These wines undergo their ageing process in new barrels (my best friends …). At first, it might sound unsavoury, but nothing is further from the truth! These wines’ problem is that they are drunk too soon, too young. They must remain in their bottle for 10 years before consumption in order to let them balance themselves and achieve their ideal drinking point. They should not be consumed too soon.

On the contrary, classical wines, my personal favourite, are left for a long period of time in used barrels, that is, in barrels previously used to mature other wines. The wood’s influence on the wine quality decreases and the wine becomes smoother. Moreover, once bottled, the wines are stocked in cellars for some time before commercialisation. For example, Viña Tondonia, La Rioja Alta, Vega Sicilia are wines bearing a tile colour with an evolved nuance and a very agreeable mouth.

Actually, the Rioja vs Ribera distinction does not really make sense. There are safe bets in both DOs, indispensable great wines and small cellars to give them a novel distinction. When well elaborated, a good wine with its own character can be found in every cellar and suit every pocket.

This being said, the wine landscape in Spain has tremendously changed over a short period of time. Some smaller regions unveil an incredible and fantastical potential thanks to a new generation of winegrowers who travelled, studied and worked in Spain or abroad with great winemakers. This generation shows a clear will to develop their vineyards, autochthonous varietals and quality wines which deserved to be known, and of course, enjoyed.

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Campo Viejo Tempranillo, a red wine from Rioja that is based on Tempranillo grapes.

 

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Pruno 2014

Pruno 2014, a red wine from Ribera del Duero vinified with cabernet sauvignon and tinta fina.

The Benefits of Social Drinking

 TAGS:undefinedDrinking is a social act that has now become a ritual to do in good company. Some studies show that social drinkers have more friends and emotional support in various situations of life. Social drinking can have a great effect on people’s well-being since it is related to social activities such as laughter, singing and dancing, which strengthens our social ties.

In years, the link between alcohol and the release of endorphins has also been shown, which is particularly relevant. But, of course, alcohol must be enjoyed with moderation. In fact, the activation of endorphins not only makes us more relaxed but also might tune the immune system, as it would be a musical instrument. 

Drinking is definitely a social connector because it provides two potential social benefits: first of all, because moderate alcohol consumption increases psychological well-being and also favours directly or indirectly the building of close personal and social ties.

The latest research has shown that moderate alcohol consumption can have beneficial effects on cognition, including social cognition. Of course, we have to point that a healthy attitude towards alcohol consumption has grown up recently to prevent the abuse. And this is also a positive example for family and friends.

Healthy advises:

  • Do not combine food and drinks with snacks, especially when you are out with friends.
  • Do not use a carbonated beverage instead of the water between each drink.
  • Drinking quality wine instead of cheap wine.
  • Do not drink alone.
  • Do not drink if you are thinking of driving or during work.

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Luc Belaire Brut Rosé, soft and  velvety in mouth

 

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Casal Mendes Branco, a fresh and brightly white

Wine Lands – Setubal, Alentejo and Algarve

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In Alentejo, one can find a great variety of soils and grapes. The most traditional red strains: Trincadeira, Touriga Nacional, Afrocheiro and Castelão (also called Periquita) share territory with the white ones such as Antão Vaz, Arinto and Fernão Pires and also with some import strains, with very good results in Portuguese soil, especially Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
The wines of Alentejo. red, white and rosé are usually wines full bodied, soft and quite aromatic.

It is said that the heritage of the Alentejo is based on two strains, Alicante Bouschet and Antão Vaz. The first is also known as “ink of writing”, because of the intense colour of its wines, highly appreciated by the aromas of forest fruits, cacao and vegetable notes.
The origin of the grape Antão Vaz is unknown, but the truth is that this variety is already indispensable in the great white wines of the Alentejo and is widely planted, mainly in the areas of Évora and Vidigueira.

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Structured wines are the product of these grapes, with aromas of ripe tropical fruits. Although they sometimes lack some acidity they work great when mixed with Arinto (with high acidity) and Roupeiro (also known as Syria).

The wine route of the Setúbal Peninsula passes through two designations of origin; Setúbal and Palmela, the second one chosen as European Wine City in 2012 and base of the Mother House of the Wine Route, an old wine cellar transformed into an enotouristic information centre.
The great treasure of Setúbal is its Moscatel wine, aged in oak barrels for at least a year and a half.

The white strain, that grows on the slopes of the Sierra de Arrábida, and the black strain, also known as Moscatel Roxo or Gallego Roxo are responsible for the fame of generous (fortified) wine. Moscatel Roxo is less known, has a limited production and is very aromatic: actually, experts say that its flavours are much more complex than the ones offered by the Moscatel Blanco variety, also used for the production of excellent table wine.

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In the 70’s, some of the producers of the French Riviera introduced strains such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Blanc, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc, among others.

One of them, the Casa Ermelinda Freitas, stands out for being a company created in the 1920’s and managed by women. Its wines have an excellent reputation and 160 out of the 240 hectares of vineyard plantation are occupied by the Periquita strain.

Venâncio Costa Lima is another of the wineries of reference in the production of wines in Setúbal.

The winery Quinta do Anjo is located in the region of Palmela and goes to the fourth generation dedicated to the production of Moscatel and table wine, both white and red, with an appellation of origin. This winery has won the prize for the Muscats du Monde 2011, which recognizes it as the producer of the best muscatel in the world.

Further south, there are vineyards plantations protected by the Sierra de Monchique and four denominations of controlled origin. The dry soils and climate of the Algarve allow the optimal development of traditional strains such as Castelão, Negra Mole, Arinto and Syria and other national varieties, such as the Touriga Nacional and the Verdelho.

The red wines of the Algarve have a ruby red colour in their early years that darken with age, use to give off aromas of fruit and are velvety to the palate. The whites are soft and usually show straw yellow.

Madrono and herbal spirits (fennel and star anise), as well as fruit and honey liqueurs, marry incredibly well with the gastronomy of the Algarve, that consists of several kinds of soups or a typical dessert made of almonds, figs and honey.

Here are our suggestions on good Portuguese wines you can find on Uvinum:

 

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João Clara Branco 2015, an explosion of freshness

 

 

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Pêra Grave 2013, perfect to join meat and cheeses

How English wines are increasing their success

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The English wine industry is a growing one, especially referring Kent and Sussex regions. In the last five years, about 200 new wineries have been created, the land devoted to the wine harvest has doubled to 5,000 acres, and its production has doubled, surpassing 5 million bottles.

We¡re talking about an industry still in the making that is beginning to make its way in the international market. If we compare the data with those regions with a greater wine tradition, much remains to be done. For example, the UK exported 250,000 bottles of wine last year, just a fraction of the 150 million bottles of champagne exported by France annually.

But the reputation of these wines is not due to quantity, but to quality. English sparkling wines have won nine awards for the Best International Sparkling Wine and six for the Best Pink with Needle in global competitions over the last 15 years. An enviable figure that has made evident the great potential of these wines, facilitating their conquest to the most demanding palates around the world.

The growing prestige gained in recent years has led to an increase in international demand, forcing them to boost their production destined for foreign markets. In fact, English wine industry is expected to multiply 10 times the exports by 2020, or the equivalent of 2.5 million bottles. Perhaps by this date it will be more common to enjoy an exquisite glass of English wine when watching a football game of the famous English Premier League.

 

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Nyetimber Demi Sec, enjoyable as an appetizer

 

 

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Chapel Down Rose Brut, a fresh sparkling and unique rosé

Best summer drinks (II)

 TAGS:undefinedSangria is definitely another option. But not any kind of sangria: it should be the homemade one. Like vermouths, this traditional and sociable drink, come back to the tables. We are referring to a fresh, fun and urban sangria with fun design bottles. If it can be further ecological, then, even better. Very fresh, sangria becomes gourmet. A good sangria in summer can be served as an aperitif, but unlike the Vermouth or Pastis, you can perfectly accompany your meal as a seafood paella and vegetables or during a barbeque. Grilled vegetables are delicious and with a few degrees of alcoholic bleeding, success is assured.

Sangria is definitely a symbol of Spain for many tourists and is perfect for summer. A third of wine (young) for two of soda, a slice of lemon and another orange and a few ice cubes, use to be the perfect recipe. The key to making a very good one is the base ingredients. Wine does not have to be expensive but it should be well made. Not worth anyone. The soda does not have to be the bad one either. You can choose a mineral water with gas so it is not so sugary. No need for your summer red to become a Calimocho (Spanish cocktail composed of Coke and red wine)! There is also the possibility of adding some vermouth to the mixture. It will give a nice and smooth spicy touch.

Apart from Pastis, which is also very Mediterranean, all other products are traditional in Spain. Manzanilla is one of them: this wine from Sanlúcar de Barrameda, close to Jerez, is a good alternative during the summer, with an incredibly cheap price and is really enjoyable with tapas.

La Manzanilla is a dry white wine, made with Palomino grape and aged under a layer of yeast called flower veil. Its upbringing is carried out exclusively in wineries in Sanlúcar de Barrameda. Its color is very pale, a bright yellow straw. Of pungent and delicate aroma in which they emphasize floral notes that remember to the chamomile, memories almonds and aromas of bakery. The palate is dry, fresh and delicate: with a light and soft palate, despite its dry finish. It has a slight acidity that produces a pleasant sensation of freshness and a persistent and slightly bitter aftertaste.

For me, it is by far the best of appetizers in summer or one of them … A glass of Manzanilla, after a complicated or good day, does not matter … with good sausages and some good olives, enjoy!

 

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Sangría Lolea Nº1 75cl, perfect during summer days

 

 

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Manzanilla la Gitana,  ideal with tapas and aperitif