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Sweet wine to start drinking

 TAGS:Muscat has never gone through such a good moment. From being regarded to very old ladies, from being almost exclusively used on those aged female meetings in between knitting and gossiping on neighbors, daughters in law and TV characters. It has scaled to fame as now it is placed in the top trend of cool drinks that a teenager can take. Oops, let's clear that, you cannot drink when you are a teenager... Then let´s say above twenty or whatever.

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How many bottles must I buy?

 TAGS:Are you one of those people who enjoy organizing meeting with friends and family at home, but always doubt about the right amount of wine you need to buy? It might help you to know that the international standards are 6 glasses of wine per bottle. But you must consider some specificities in order to please all your guests.

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The wines of Alicante

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Spain has exceptional wines in each of its provinces. Alicante could not be less, and the DOP Alicante ensures enhancing its wines and expanding its sales and popularity.

We're talking about wines elaborated thanks to a wide variety of climates, where the Mediterranean is one of the highlights. The style of the wines of Alicante is one of their values, and the winemakers from this area struggle everyday for it. Its wide range of wines offers different tastes, so there's one for every type of consumer. Choose yours!

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Sweet sparkling, another option for the desserts

 TAGS:Tired of the typical muscat? Bored of that glass of port that looks like the after lunch official drink? Come on man, there are other options, just encourage yourself and try something new. Sweet sparkling wines are the chic option to accompany desserts.

Sweeter than a champagne or a cava (Spanish sparkling wine), but not as mellow as muscatel or port wine, sweet sparkling wines are the youngest choice for an evening that ends withan original point.

But you need to find the appropriate glasses because sweet sparkling wines should not be served in shot glasses! You will make a very good impression if you also include any of thesesparkling wines in your wine list. And if you are worried about your image and you are always trying to find the perfect way for the food to be presented, sweet sparkling wines will help you get that infallible gourmet touch.

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Moscatel, muscat, moscato, is it the same?

 TAGS:For several years, a glass of Muscat in the late afternoon is my way of shared way of celebrating January the first. It started as a coincidence, but now getting together a small group of friends, after family after dinner, to have the glass of Muscat wines which opens the year is a tradition that we never skip.

The one I like best, without going into specific brands, is the classic sweet Muscat (AKA Moscatel in Spain). It is also true that some of the Muscats that can be found today are quite attractive, such as those made from orange peels or flowers. That’s a great idea. The imagination has no limits and regarding mixtures to try is always a good idea, because sometimes you find your favorite flavor.

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More varieties of white grape

Many of you have commented on the previous post on Twitter, missing some white grape types. As discussed, the post was talking about some white grapes. However, since your wish is my command, here are some more, so you can buy wine knowing what flavor you seek:


 - Verdejo

The verdejo grape has boomed since the late years, when has jumped from Rueda, where it originated and was the “queen”, to many other areas now investigating and working it with relative success. Verdejo wines usually have a very light color, something that is taken as a merit, and a flavor somewhere between sour and bitter (sour at first, and slightly bitter aftertaste at the end). Hence, people identify the sour aromas of the grape with those from green apple, citrus (lemon, lime, grapefruit), and even pineapple and banana. A good verdejo wine usually comes pretty inexpensive compared to other grapes, like the Afortunado 2010, which is really delicious.

Malvasia

Malvasia is a grape that produces intense golden yellow wines, with aromas of peach, litchi, pineapple... In the same manner verdejo is midway between sour and bitter, malvasia is halfway between sour and sweet, although the latter usually prevails. This plant is very delicate, so there are no great malvasia vineyards, but is often used to give a sweet touch to some white wines, except in the Canary Islands, producing great wines of this variety, for example, El Grifo Malvasia Seco 2011.

Macabeo (or viura)

The macabeo/viura is one of the most widespread grapes, since it resists the cold very well and is sensitive to Botrytis, a mold that is used to elaborate certain sweet wines such as Tokay. It produces a wine with delicate aromas of fresh grass, hay, white flowers and pale yellow color with green shades, slightly alcoholic. Ideal for white rice or gnocchi. It is widely used as a mixture for the production of cava. There are not many macabeo varietal wines, which tend to be very dry. Still, there are good white wines from macabeo such as Albet I Noya 3 Macabeus 2009, a special and delicate wine.

Muscat

We continue with the muscat grape, which can be both red and white, though normally used only in white wines. As the grape skin is what gives color to the wine, when using the red muscat grapes, the must has to be separated from the skin immediately, in order to avoid its coloration. Still, muscat wines tend to be amber or copper colored. As malvasia, it contains quite sugar, so usually holds up well over time, and the raisin can be used to make sweet wines (the muscat wines we have ever known). It has aromas of honey, peaches in syrup, candied fruits... A very good young muscat wine (less sweet) at a great price is Reymos, from the appellation of origin Valencia.

Riesling

Finally, although there are still many, we end, at least for today, with the riesling, a grape which produces wines with very light colors with bright highlights, and aromas of green apple, citrus and orange flowers. It is a wine with low alcohol and is used especially in cold areas, since otherwise it can be poorly aromatic. If you want to try a tasty wine from this grape, Sumarroca elaborates the Sumarroca Riesling 2011, which has very good value for money.