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22/07/2011

South Africa Appellation

South Africa is the pioneer of so-called New World countries, as far as wine is concerned; it was the first country to belong to this group.

The history of South African wine

It was by the hand of the Dutch colonist Simon Van der Stel, first governor of the Cape Colony (Dutch colony in South Africa), who introduced the culture of wine back in 1679, creating the first vineyard in this...

13/05/2011

Ice wine (Eiswein)

The Ice wine, also known by the German word Eiswein, is the wine which is made from frozen grapes or naturally freezed grapes, that get frozen in the own vine. This natural freezing effect prevents the freezing of sugar of the grapes, that fact makes that grapes loses water and it makes the wine sweeter than usual.

The freezing process of ice wine is produced before that actual...

3/05/2011

Global warming affects wine

We are all aware of the importance and consequences of global warming, but now another concern has added over this sensitive issue, global warming affects wine, consequently the wine producers and of course, consumers.

In the Third World Congress on Climate Change and Wine, held a few days in the city of Marbella (Spain), it reached many important conclusions about the future of wine at the...

29/04/2011

Pizza and wines

Pizza is one of the most popular dishes in the world, from its beginnings in the city of Naples up to the present days has been progressing, taking by assault the palate of the entire world. There are an incredible variety of types of pizza, which vary in their ingredients and preparation, but the question always is: How shall we pair the pizza, the answer as in many meals is summed up in four...

6/03/2011

Zinfandel, the mysterious grape

Zinfandel strain is mostly situated in California, a place that was considered the cradle of Zinfandel for a long time, but modern studies revealed that this grape has Croatian and Italian ancestors, a fact which increased the mystery of its origin discussed from the eighteenth century as well as the provenance of the strains name (Zinfandel), for which there isn’t a reliable version.

After...

18/11/2010

Learning to smell a wine

One of the senses present in wine tasting is the smell. This sense of smell should be trained for a satisfactory olfactory phase of the wine tasting; it is not something achieved with just being a fan and smelling a couple of wines. Since the only way to train is sniffing again and again, it is important to know what flavors we have in mind to practice, and start smelling them over and over...

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...

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...

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...