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8/02/2013

Special Sparkling wine to celebrate Valentine's Day

After the hangover of the Christmas holidays, when we toasted with sparkling wine as much as we could, as much as we were allowed and even a bit more, and now that the hideous January is about to be over, thanks God, it is time to start thinking about the next celebration: Valentine Day! With or without love it is the perfect masquerade to find new wines. I suggest that together...

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7/02/2013

Aguardientes of the world: get together!!!

If there is a drink which can unite all cultures and lands as you cannot even get to imagine, that's the aguardiente. For example, the plum liquor has an Asian ancestry, but it is also usually consumed in the Balkans and Central European countries.

It is quite interesting to notice the geographical distance between the two locations, but it seems that in the case of spirits...

6/02/2013

The wheat beer, German tradition

The wheat beer is unique since it is made partly with this cereal, in addition to the classic barley, basic ingredient of all beers. The proportion of wheat used can be very different, depending on the variety, and can range from 25 to 70%. Normally, all of them are usually served at low temperature (about 4 °) and in large and elongated glasses.

The presence of this grain...

5/02/2013

Poets and their favourite drinks

Drinks and poetry have always been linked and people dare to say that it was alcohol that inspired some of the greatest poets and writers of all times. Alcohol may have an influence on creativity but for  sure what doesn't make Shakespeare and Co  fall into oblivion was their great talent.(or we want to believe that!) Anyway, as expected, also poets and writers had their...

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4/02/2013

Hot liquor drinks

If you like liquors & creams, winter is your chance to drink them hot. This temperature difference, the absence of ice cubes and the feeling of warmth that they instantly bring you while drinking them...just delicious! You will get a new perspective on your favorite drink after this experience.

When I think of some kind of liquor which can be good to drink hot, two typical...

1/02/2013

Which type of brandy is Napoleon?

Whenever I have to talk about brandy or cognac I have the certainty that someone will not be happy with my words. But let's try. We agree that cognac is a type of brandy that is distilled twice and that comes from white grapes which origin is close to the French city with the same name, Cognac. But then what is the brandy? And which type of brandy is brandy Napoleon?

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31/01/2013

Lambic beer, that spontaneous treasure

There are many beer families, prominent in different countries. Today we present the lambic beer, elaborated in Belgium, whose main characteristic is that its manufacturing process is through spontaneous fermentation.

This set them apart from other styles of beer, with no addition of yeast but elaborating them from yeast that come from nature and the environment in...

30/01/2013

The story of Amaretto

Italy, the Renaissance (what a nice start for the post today!), we are not really going to talk about art, but almost. In the year 1525 a pupil of Leonardo da Vinci was commissioned to carry out a fresco of the Madonna of Saronno. The muses did the rest and so began the story of the liquor known as Amaretto.

Perhaps many of you have not tried it yet, but for sure you know ...

29/01/2013

Kosher wine

Kosher wine makes the difference. If you have already seen this label on a wine then you have experienced it as a different wine for sure. Actually it is a different wine but not because of its taste but because of the way in which it is produced and the importance of the production for so many people. Today I want to inform you about kosher wine.

Kosher is a hebrew word...

28/01/2013

Is alcohol a fatburner?

The most common opinion about alcohol and diets is that drinking makes you fat and in most cases alcohol is forbidden when you're on a diet. Said in that way, this is not totally true, as it is the combination of alcohol and sugar that makes it dangerous. Therefore a cocktail or a glass of sangria have as twice as many calories as a glass of wine. I would like to give you...