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3 Sangrias to organize a party

 TAGS:Sangria is a typical Spanish drink, which is consumed especially in summer. It is much more Spanish than for example wine, where we compete with the French or English or beer, with Belgians and Germans, as main producers. In whole Europe (or in the whole world) sangria is the Spanish ambassador par excellence and the secret of success of the Spanish summer.

Its preparation is very easy and varied. Sangria is a "wine punch" and it's the easy result of mixing red wine, a citrical juice, fruits and sometimes a little bit of brandy or some similar liqueur. There are also sangrias with Cava or Cider that contain different ingredients.That's why in today's post instead of showing you how to prepare home-made sangria, we recommend you 3 of the best sangrias for a party.

3. Sangría Pinord Racimo: The stylish one

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Sangría Pinord Racimo 75cl, with the best shape

 

 

2. Sangría Costa Brava: The modern one

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Sangría Costa Brava 1L, one of the most famous Spanish producers offer a Sangria you can take to every place.

 

 

1. Sangria Real: The international

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Real Sangría Bag 3L, an international Sangria that is sold in Europe and the United States, responsible for its big success.

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Vermouth ingredients

Vermouth is almost the most popular drink of the summer after the famous sangría. It is also true that those who like vermouth do not mind the season and they must have it with rain or wind, under the warmest sun or freezing. The ingredients of vermouth are one of those curiosities that many ask for the cocktail hour.

It is normal to have so many doubts. There are those who are more clueless than others, which only know that it comes served with a green olive on a stick, that's all they can recognize at first glance. Well, it's something.

Another feature of the vermouth is its performance when it's served properly. The combination of ingredients that vermouth you chose and the shiny sinking green olive cannot be more chic. But "when am I going to talk about the ingredients?" You are probably thinking. You come here to read so you might as well read a little more ...

Well, without further ado, vermouth ingredients are:

  • water (you cannot miss it in any liquid),
  • wine (the best fluid that may contain an alcoholic beverage),
  • sugar (aaaaaaaaaaaaaaasúcarrrrr)
  • ...and something more.

Precisely those other things are the ones that define it, the herbs. Normally the ones used for it are wormwood or fennel, although in many cases it is incorporated some variety of anise. Small variations in ingredients and their proportions lead to big changes that open the door to new worlds of flavor. It may also happen that instead of sugar and they use concentrated grape juice, or that to your vermouth recipe caramel derivatives with coloring function are added.

Beyond the issue of the ingredients of vermouth, what matters at the time of order, serve it, enjoy it, share it is to learn to taste and lose the fear to combine it.

For example, what can be more appealing right now than a martini? If you also think so, you only need ice, gin, an olive and of course, dry vermouth. Seek the glass inverted triangle shape, pick a good hammock or chair or whatever you see fit and enjoy the day!

And for those who still do not know what to choose I propose 2 brands of vermouth that everybody likes:

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Fernet Branca, the best seller in Argentina

 

 

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Campari 1L, glam from Italy

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How portuguese vinho verde is made

 TAGS:The Vinho Verde is a wine from Portugal and more specifically from the province of Minho. Is has acid dyes and is slightly frothy. The vinho verde is produced in a wide area ranging from Cambra Valley to the Rio Minho, which forms the border with Galicia - Spain. Its name Vinho verde (green wine) comes from the youth of the grapes used and is an appellation of origin since 1984.

It has digestive properties due to its freshness; it is consumed during the summer and can be red (full-bodied, intense color and slightly sparkling) or white (greenish or straw). The history of Vinho Verde was initiated by the religious  who made contributions to the Portuguese crown.

The vinho verde is made in the traditional manner without the technological artifacts; young musts rich in sugar and acidity are collected, then treated with nitrogen for a more effective fermentation (sudden temperature increases must be avoided).

For the preparation this wine must pass by a malolactic fermentation, which involves the conversion of malic acid (present in grapes and other fruits) to lactic acid by the bacteria and using vitamin B, purines, pyridines and some amino, reducing the acidity and enhance its quality.

Sometimes malolactic bacteria are artificially added to this wine to cause fermentation. In the special case of the Portugal green wine, we try to prevent that the fermentation takes place in the bottle.

One of the grapes that is more used for the production of Vinho verde is the Albariño grape. It is used for white wine production in the region of vinho verde. Additionally are harvested white caste of Arinto, march back, Azal, Batoca, Laurel, and Trajadura, among others. And red caste of Amaral (Azal red), Borracal, Espadeiro, Baker, Horsetail Anho and Pedral, among others.

As we begin the summer, vinho verde, for its freshness and softness, is a must. Do you sign up to buy vinho verde? Then we recommend:

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Casal Mendes Vinho Verde

 

 

 

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Quinta do Dorado Auratus 2008

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The best value for money wine from Ribera del Duero

 TAGS:Pruno 2010, Pruno 2011, Pruno 2008. Parker already said it. It seems that, by now, the Ribera del Duero continues its rise and it increasingly becomes more famous for its wines outside Spain. Before the Rioja wines were the most know ones from our country but it seems that little by little they are sharing followers with the Ribera del Duero ones. And, even more, when the issue of quality - price relation goes in between.

In this case, in the case of Pruno, Parker commentaries have given to it an important boost. It benefits the cellar, but also it does to the whole region. And the search begins for the wine that Parker liked so much, that one which besides being such a good wine is cheap and usually cost less than 8 pounds.

How difficult is to talk about price-quality. When you are unlucky and you also get a bad recommendation then you get mediocre wines, but yes, cheap. Because obviously, when you are in front of a closed bottle without knowing the winery, the grapes or the wine itself, the only objective thing that helps in the purchase decision is the price.

It is also usual when the opposite happens. We speak of an excellent wine. For example one of Ribera del Duero. But that one they suggest you has an exorbitant price. Sure, it's a terrific wine. And you think, it must be, of course, almost ten Euros per drop ...

But Pruno is really one of the best wines from Ribera del Duero in terms of value for money. One interesting fact about it is that it's funny that the pampered by critics, of all the Ribera del Duero, is precisely one with a little quirky origin. Nothing less than Alava, because Finca Villacreces, the winery that produced it, belongs to the group Artevino.

Artevino offers Toro wine, Rioja and Ribera del Duero and its properties are located in Zamora, Álava and Valladolid.

But back to Finca Villacreces (Quintanilla deOnésimo), you should try and taste their other proposals: Nebro and Finca Villacreces, to see if you like them as much as Pruno, to continue giving verdicts on the quality and price of the wines of Ribera del Duero.

And speaking of money, as it is difficult to choose only one wine from this region, here are two more proposals:

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Protos Roble 2011

 

 

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Vizcarra Senda del Oro 2011

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What is a sweet red wine ?

The natural sweet wine is a wine with high sugar content, and comes from the same process as fortified wine. It may be red, rosé or white. Some people find it easier to drink sweet red wines than traditional wines, stronger and more complex.

Some well-known sweet reds that you can find on the market are fruit wines made from blueberries and strawberries. You can also find sparkling Lambrusco wines from northern Italy, Port wine, of Portuguese origin, and the sweet reds with Monastrell, from Jumilla, Alicante and Malaga, for example.

The vintage drafting process is delayed, so that the grapes are even more mature than usual. When the grape juice is fermented and sugar has turned into alcohol, alcohol is added (5-10%), in order to stop the process of the yeast, preventing a part of the natural sugars from becoming alcohol.

The quality sweet wines are quality liqueur and as such they are regulated by the rules of designations of origin too. To be considered as such a sweet red wine must have more than 250 grams of natural sugars per liter, and its alcohol content is usually from 12% by volume. The sum of rectified alcohol from other distilled wine products will reach between 15% and 22%.

Garnacha wines are one of the sweetest, with low tannins and quite fruity, but with a light body, and that’s why we like it so much. Do we recommend any? Of course! Here you go:

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Solera 1847 Oloroso Dulce

 

 

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Ferreira Dona Antonia Reserva

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Parker's best 2012 French wines

 TAGS:Parker ranks with a maximum of 100 points the wines he tastes. Only a few in the world can hold such privilege, on the other hand, certainly more than deserved, and this time we'll talk about French wines of the vintage 2012 which the wine lawyer has awarded with his favorable criticism and comments.