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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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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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Wine against stress

We know that wine has many properties. It maintains heart rate, is an antioxidant and provides general health. Many doctors recommend drinking one or two glasses a day.

It also serves to reduce the stress. A study of the University of Sunderland in England analyzed the drinking habits of five different groups of workers, both public and private sector between 21 and 55 years old. It states that British consumers who drink wine use it as a stress reducer.

This happens much more in the middle class workers. In fact, it establishes that they can drink wine to escape, for example, after a tiring day. The choice is based on the knowledge of each drink when choosing the type of drink they want, either for dinner or for a quiet drink.

Research of the University of Sunderland concluded that there is a common perception among some groups of people who regularly drink wine at home to combat stress. And it states that they normally have a low consumption, regulated, studied and nothing problematic.

And that wine, particularly red wine, provides minerals for the body, such as zinc, magnesium, iron and potassium, as well as improving blood circulation in the brain.

Wine is an anti-stress drink, since the percentage of alcohol is relatively low and acts directly as relaxing in the brain.

Does it mean that a good Rioja wine will help you be more relaxed? By the way, today I recommend two great wines for you:

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Campo Viejo Crianza 2008

 

 

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Dinastia Vivanco Reserva 2005

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The Italian grape Nebbiolo

 TAGS:The wines of Italy are recognized all around the world, and their character and good taste are due to grape varieties such as Nebbiolo, typical of the Piedmont region in northern Italy. It's a really valued red grape variety, grown only in this region and in some South American countries, but to a small extent.

The intense dark color is quite characteristic of other varieties of red grapes and it has a somewhat late maturation (sometimes, around November) than other red grapes that originate here. The wines elaborated from Nebbiolo grapes thanks are high quality and offer an intense ruby and burgundy color.

Its aroma is varied: ripe fruit (cherry, plum...), truffles (abundant in this Italian area), wood... and the flavor is strong and slightly acidic. Bear in mind that these are wines with an important alcohol content, which is usually about 14°, approximately.

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Wines of DO Bierzo, innovation and tradition

 - Do you know the wines of Bierzo region? They are becoming more and more popular and widespread thanks to their tradition and pure modernity offer to suit the times.

The Bierzo is a region located in the west of the province of León in the autonomous community of Castilla y León, a well known land by its production of wines, varied and rich in aroma and flavor.

For this reason the wines of DO Bierzo are unique, thanks to the land where they are produced, with diverse landscapes with fields, valleys and mountains and a special orography which determines the character of its wines.

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Wine Trends in Hong Kong

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Currently, China is an emerging market in many areas and also in the world of wine. Hong Kong, the capital of import, imposes trends nationwide. Want to know what's most trendy in Hong Kong's wine world?

In general terms we note that French wines top the list of the most consumed, but increasingly new wines from other countries with less production gain force. So, Hong Kong citizens like to experiment and taste, and they leave classic wines to open up to others of smaller productions.

Australia and the United States are two of the countries that sell most wine in the country, after France. And what about the Spanish wines? The magic and strong personality flavor of Spanish wines are increasingly demanded. Something that denotes the effort of Spanish producers crossing borders and introducing wines in other countries, with Asia as a preferential place.

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Discovering the red wines of the Balearic Islands

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Spain has the luck that all regions count with remarkable wines. Their flavor, aroma and properties make them unique and therefore, it's vital to discover day by day new acquisitions which we can test.

In the Balearic Islands, we find special Denominations of Origin which enhance their wines and are becoming increasingly known. Today we will focus on analyzing its red wines, with color and body, ideal for any occasion, such as dinners during this fall season.

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The Fronsac wines

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Fronsac region is a relatively unknown area, located between the rivers Dordogne and l'Isle, next to Saint-Emilion and Pomerol, with an area of about 1,200 ha and a production of about 6 million bottles per year. With prices usually more affordable than most famous regions, it is able to offer excellent red wines, suitable for red and white meat (lamb, beef, pork), especially grilled, game birds, rabbit, or even desserts like pears in wine. It also pairs harmoniously with French cheeses such as Cantal, Comté, Maroilles, Reblochon, Saint-Nectaire or Langres, as well as the most typical Brie or Camembert.