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3 winter pairings

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Winter invites us to gather around the table and enjoy traditional dishes, roasts and stews that warm the body. It is the best time of year to accompany meals with wine of character that enhance the taste of delicious dishes of this season and so in the following lines I propose three winter pairings.

One of the popular dishes of winter is the roast lamb. The roast lamb is a dish of great power that is necessary to accompany with a red wine with a distinct flavor in which one can note the aging. Thus, a perfect pairing with a roast lamb, would be an excellent reserva such as Tondonia Reserva 2001 Viña.

The Vina Tondonia Reserva 2001 is a wine that reflects very well the traditional methods that are still used in the Lopez de Heredia winery. The harvest was excellent. Now to see it in the glass you can appreciate its ruby color and the nose offers a world of shades reminiscent of vanilla. In the mouth it can not be better; it is the ideal companion to a special occasion.

The warm salads are one of the dishes that we eat more in winter. We can not let the chance to eat a light yet fool of flavors meal. If the warm salad is accompanied by hunting, much better. The ideal accompaniment to a warm quail salad is a Pétalos del Bierzo 2009.

Try this wine Bierzo DO is an experience. The winery has been able to get the full potential of the Mencia grape and is affordably priced. It is at its best. Its spicy, licorice and coffee combine perfectly with the subtle flavors. The nose is fruity and has a very interesting final with a touch of menthol.

But surely, winter is mushroom time. Although mushroom casserole with ham, garlic and parsley can be accompanied by very varied wines. Perfect with Auzells 2011. The modern bottle contrasts with the traditional mushroom casserole. The taste of this white wine is very well defined, it is sweet and has mineral notes typical of the Riesling variety, which, along with mushrooms, transport you to the field. This wine is also a wine of high quality, easy to take and ready to conquer even the most demanding palates.

Today we recommend two great wines for this winter:

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Perelada Cigonyes Blanc 2012

 

 

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Consigna Chardonnay

 

 

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French or American oak?

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When we speak of oak, it always seems that there is unanimity that the French oak is better than the American oak. It is said that one can see it in the wines which aged in those barrels. The wood also leaves its mark on the precious perfumed wines, much more in the French ones than when it was a barrel from US. 

This was demonstrated by Matías Calleja, a winemaker from Beronia in London who, during a lecture a few months ago, explained that the main difference between the two origins lays in the aroma and tannins. The first is noted in the case of French oak, while the second is the main quality of the American oak.

When tasting, although it was the wine from French oak barrels which received most votes, the difference between the two notations was not too explicit.

The secret is in the mix

The knowledge of oak which in bodegas is very important. It helps combine successfully the essence that aromatizes the wine: more spice in the case of French oak and toast, with hints of coconut and chocolate, in the case of American. At that one must add the vanilla aromas each particular wine can develop.

There are other options: Some wineries use Central European oak, or Caucasian, who come from countries like Hungary, Slovenia, Russia, Romania, Bosnia and Poland. Those are woods which are said to have a high potential of aging, not as tannic and much cheaper.

Other wineries opt for the Spanish oak, although It has good quality, there are few companies that exploit it, and hence the difficulty of getting to great wineries.
Finally, there are also wineries which are beginning to bet for other woods like acacia or beech, especially for white wines age in which we seek the expression of the grape tannins above.

What type of barrel your favorite wines are aged in? What shades provided do you most like?

Today we recommend 2 great (and well- aged) wines:

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Faustino I Tinto Gran Reserva 2001

 

 

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El Coto Crianza 2009

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The best value for money for Rioja wines

 TAGS:Rioja wine is the most popular wine in Spain and one of the most recognized in the world. Some of the best Spanish wines are produced each year in the Rioja. This beautiful region offers spectacular harvest (of cheap and easy to drink wines of the wines) and wines with the best value for money, some of them among the most appreciated by the critics. Do you want to meet them? Today we present you some of the best wines of the Rioja with the best value for money:

 

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Luis Cañas Crianza 2010: Luis Cañas Reserva 2009 was chosen by the magazine The Wine Advocate as red wine with the best value for money. The new vintage of this wine promises to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor.

 
 

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Imperial Gran Reserva 2007: The 2004 vintage of this wine of Cune ( CVNE ) was recently chosen as the best wine in the world in 2013 by Wine Spectator. A gem for less than 30 €.

 

 

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Viña Tondonia Reserva 2002: This is a cellar specialized Reserva and Gran Reserva, and therefore gets elegant, soft, harmonious and complex wines. This vintage was rated by Robert Parker with 95 points out of 100. One of the best in Spain for less than 20 € .

 

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Marqués de Cáceres Gran Reserva 2005: One of the great thing of Rioja is that this region produces wines of Reserva and Gran Reserva at fantastic prices . Marques de Caceres Gran Reserva is a perfect example.

 

 

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Viña Albina Reserva 2007: You can hardly find a Reserva for about 6 € . If it has the approval of most iconic Bodegas of Rioja, what more could you ask for?

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Start new year with sparkling wine

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During this Christmas 2013, everyone buy wine. But even more important than all others, the sparkling wine or champagne cannot be forgotten. It is a must have celebrate New Year’s Eve. To start 2014 nothing better than a toast with a sparkling wine, champagne or cava. It will perfectly accompany all your good resolutions.

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Choosing wine for a Christmas gift

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Christmas has the taste of wine. And if you do not know what to give, I'm sure your friend or partner would appreciate a good bottle of wine. Do you know of a better Christmas gift? Here are cool tips for buying wine for Christmas this year. Take notes!

The Newest: It is better to offer a wine that meets the expectations and preferences of our friend, but it is also important to help them discover new products. Recent vintages wines reference are always a hit, especially for young wines with amazing flavors.

Think about the region: Wine regions determine, in most cases, our choice of wine. In addition, each area of each wine has characteristics that make them unique. Can you distinguish the taste of Rioja and Ribera del Duero wine?

Be original: you should forget the traditional wines. Be always ready to surprise your guests. In order to do this, think about an unknown organic wine, a South African wine or from other countries...

Adapt you choice according to his/her tastes: There is always a different wine for each person. If our friend likes powerful flavors, we will choose a bright red, while if he prefers desserts, Muscatel or other sweet wine are a better idea.

Personalized wine: It is possible to offer a wine that has a personalized label with the name or photograph of the person to whom you offer your gift.

By AOC/DO: Appellations of origin mark, somehow, the quality of a wine. We can always choose the wine we offer by name, especially if the person comes from this region or country.

Today we recommend two wines to offer as a Christmas gift:

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Monte Real Reserva 2007

 

 

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Berardo Family Book Box Book Art Deco Magnum 2005

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New Year's Eve all over Europe

 TAGS:You can find a lot of New Year's traditions all over Europe. Most of them have to do with good luck to the different ways leave behind the negative things to start the new year off right.

There are many common traditions as well. Fire, for example, is a recurring element in many countries. There are lots of European countries where you can hear firecrackers and enjoy fireworks all night long that day, for example in Denmark, where are heard late into the night and throughout the city like a storm of colours.

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Weirdest wine gifts

 TAGS:Christmas is the best chance to give to our loved ones those nice gifts they look forward and they deserve. The festive atmosphere and all the parties and meetings with friends contribute to create the perfect moments for these exchanges. When we want to give something to a wine lover we have many options some of which are so interesting that I had to mention here.