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4/11/2010

Choosing a good wine

What is important to choose a wine is to know that more expensive is not always better and the price of each bottle refers to the winemaking process and is not an indicator of quality. The most relevant factors in the cost of a bottle are:• the better or worse care of the grapes in the vineyard• whether it has been aged in the bottle or not.• How long the wine was stored in the warehouse.• The...

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29/10/2010

Halloween With Wine

Halloween is a magical night of witches, goblins and mysteries. The night in which all beings in the shadows come out to celebrate their day, and in which anything can happen. In Spain, where celebrating Halloween is becoming a tradition, following the American way, something terrible has happened related to Halloween that can bring this event towards a chaos.

Point 0 of this mystery is the...

28/10/2010

How to taste wine without being a wine taster

All those who enjoy wine and feel a weakness for exquisite flavors are unconsciously wine testers, the senses used to try the wine are: sight, smell and taste, and these senses are not exclusive of a taster or a sommelier. Although, to be an expert wine taster takes many years of experience and knowledge that comes only with education, but to have a basic knowledge of wine tasting can be...

21/10/2010

Wines from South Africa

The first production of wine in South Africa is from February 1659. The beginnings were not easy, since the Dutch settlers had almost any knowledge of grape growing and winemaking. The salvation came from the north: between 1680 and 1690 a group of French refugees reached the Cape, the Huguenots, who brought the tradition of French wine with them, they had to get adapted to...

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17/10/2010

White grapes' aromas

Classic questions in those who approach to the world of wine tasting are on the aromas. How does this wine smell? What should you smell? The smell of one thing or another, is it good or bad? If you've ever seen in movies the classic sketch in which an expert is able to reveal the vintage, type of grape, the origin, the make and even if the keeper of the wine cellar had cached...

10/10/2010

Tasting notes

Okay, I’ve tried a wine and I want to do a more or less academic speech... How should I do that? Well, we “Uviners”, like all kind of opinions, especially those who tell favorite wine pairing,  if you decided to buy wine through Uvinum and found it  cheap, or if your bf / gf liked it more than you, because we want you to tell us your story... but if you ever find yourself in the position of...

26/08/2010

Twitter's Fledgling Wine launches

In an exciting convergence of technology, CSR, and wine, yesterday Twitter launched it's first wine, called Fledgling Wine. The 2009 vintage includes a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, sourced from "top-flight California vineyards", crushed at San Francisco's DIY custom crush facility Crushpad, and on sale on $25 a bottle, but probably the most interesting thing about the wine is where your money...

24/08/2010

When drinking your wine is not enough

If it is too hot this summer to comfortably enjoy your Cab, you can try it in sorbet form now thanks to Wine Cellars sorbet. Although I've seen other wine flavored ice creams and sorbets before, this was the first time I'd come across the company designed soley on this idea. The result is a range from riesling, to pinot noir, to rosé or port...all made with actual wine, though they are...

2/08/2010

Consumers stay home and drink wine

Good news for the wine industry: a recent survey shows wine has become consumers' first choice in the US, UK, and Australia when they stay at home, which itself remains a strong trend as people seem reluctant to return to their pre-Crisis levels of spending on eating and drinking out.

The bad news for upper tier wineries is that the wines chosen remain on the lower end of the price scale in...

30/07/2010

Wine and Tourism

After reading a review by Manuel Colmenero Larriba of Lluis Tolosa's new book España no es California, in which he discusses the issue of attracting tourists to Spanish wine regions, I thought of all the news I have been recieving recently about Napa- new restaurants with celebrity chefs, new state of the art wineries, luxe resort openings, and had mixed feelings on the topic. Spanish tourism...