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Rock Rose Gin Bets on Recyclable Packaging

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Rock Rose, a gin produced in Scotland, has launched a fully recyclable, bag-shaped container. Refill bags the size of an envelope are available to order online.

The Dunnet Bay distillery, creator of Rock Rose, has reported that the bags also significantly reduce the energy needed to ship the gin. The bags weigh just 65 grams compared to the original ceramic bottles weighing a whopping 700 grams.

The distillery describes the project as ”the first of its kind in the United Kingdom”. It is the result of more than a year of research and development. Martin Murray, co-founder of Dunnet Bay Distillers, explains: ”We prioritise sustainability and have been working hard on our first commercialisation of recyclable bags for over a year.”

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Currently the refill packaging is only available to individual consumers. They can even return the packaging to the manufacturer to refill it. The Dunnet Bay Distillers plan to expand the program to bars, restaurants, and shops in the near future. The distillery is also working on including their other spirits in their sustainability project.

These new refill bags may seem to clash with the traditional glass bottle. But the goal of Rock Rose is to introduce a completely biodegradable refill bag by 2025. This is a sustainable step that combines well with the current focus on climate change and the goal of creating responsible consumption.

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Obesity: You Can Fight It With Red Wine!

It is a well-known fact that red wine has many beneficial effects on our health. However, not everyone knows that this beloved drink also seems to help prevent obesity. Today, on Obesity Day, the world day dedicated to the prevention and treatment of obesity, we give you all the information on this subject.

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The Research of King’s College London

Researchers Dr. Caroline Le Roy and Prof. Tim Spector at King’s College London have led an interesting study. It shows that consumers of red wine develop a more diversified intestinal microflora. This is in comparison to consumers of other alcoholic beverages such as white wine and beer. The polyphenols in red wine act as a universal remedy for many beneficial bacteria and fungi found in the intestine. They help rebalance the relationship between ”good bacteria” and ”bad bacteria”. This results in important help to the immune system and it also helps control weight and bad cholesterol.

The research was published in the specialised journal Gastroenterology. It was carried out in a group of 458 pairs of twins from the United Kingdom. They were asked to drink beer, cider, red wine, white wine, and other alcoholic beverages. The beneficial effects in the intestinal microbiome were only verified in women who drank red wine. To reach their conclusion, the researchers also took other factors into account, such as age, weight, daily diet, and socioeconomic status.

However, do bear in mind that the research points to moderate consumption. This would be equivalent to a glass of red wine every two weeks or so. As we already know, excessive wine consumption can seriously compromise our health.

Vodka Trends: Brands are Focusing on Visual Seduction

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Vodka continues to be one of the most popular spirits. This is partly because vodka brands are focusing on reinvention and how to add value to their products. You’ll now find bottles shaped like lipsticks or crystal skulls among others. In general, the focus on the visual experience is almost as important as the taste itself. Read on to learn more about the current vodka trends.

The Vodka Bottles of Yesteryear

Those responsible for the most popular vodka brands explain in more detail about how marketing used to be done. Previously the bottles were all transparent and with a red and gold label. There were only a few variations and as time passed, they became objects of desire to the consumers.

Flexibility and Modernity

Luckily, and over time, the vodka bottles have been transformed. This reflects the fact that the vodka industry shows greater flexibility and are aware of the need for innovation. In comparison, the wine market does not show the same level of interest in trendiness.

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Limited Editions

Limited editions are another trend in the world of vodka. These special bottles and varieties attract the attention of consumers who value premium quality. The limited editions are usually exclusive bottles, perhaps created by fashion designers, and a relatively low number of bottles are sold. They are unique, numbered, and collectors are the prime target audience.

Neuromarketing

Every day we are bombarded with impressions everywhere we go. A lot of these enter through our eyes. Visual impressions also play a big part when it comes to selling alcoholic beverages. Professionals working in the vodka industry know that the consumers are sensitive to what they see and that they can recognise certain codes. Colours might, therefore, be a determining factor; green represents apple, pink is watermelon or strawberry, etc.

From Victoria’s Secret to Moschino

For the design of their bottles, some brands collaborate with strongly established firms that influence the world. Some brands have chosen to work with well-known companies such as e.g. Victoria’s Secret and Moschino. Connections like these can evoke a sense of extreme luxury to the customer. It also sends a signal that a particular vodka is exclusive and of high quality.

This distilled beverage does not have a clear origin, although its name is Russian. Vodka is generally produced through the fermentation of grains and other starchy plants such as rye and wheat. The best way to enjoy it is very cold. It usually has a very high alcohol content, although this depends on the type.

 

Did You Know That Going to the Pub is Good for Your Health?

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You could claim that going to the nearest pub for a few drinks is practically a national sport. Furthermore, friendships play a big part in our general wellbeing. So much so that we celebrate the annual World Friendship Day. And a mix of friends and drinks is a winning combination! Previously published research from Oxford University highlights that meeting our friends at the pub makes us more cheerful, healthy and happy.

The Pub: The Cathedral of Friendship

The pub is a natural meeting place and the social life in the pub provides a better quality of life for many. An important part of maintaining your social relationships is meeting face to face. The research from Oxford University did, in fact, indicate that persons who go to the local neighbourhood pub near their home or their workplace tend to have more close friends.

Solid friendships

It is said that going to pubs and bars helps to provide a solid social network. The social aspect helps to improve happiness and our health in general. The authors of the report stressed that it is better to make friends and maintain friendships when we meet physically. The social networks and the digital world are simply supplements that cannot replace human contact. When you meet up for a drink you strengthen the bonds of friendship.

On the other hand, researchers from the Department of Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford also found that the locality of the pub plays a role. Pubs and bars in local neighbourhoods or in small municipalities offer greater benefits than the pubs located in more central areas and in cities. The neighbourhood pubs often have a more familiar setting, while the bigger and more central pubs do not offer the same atmosphere for maintaining friendships.

Go to the pub, but drink in moderation

When the Oxford study was published it also highlighted that limited and moderate alcohol consumption improves our well-being and some (but not all) social skills. Therefore, it is worth remembering the benefits of drinking in moderation.

The cosy bars and pubs offer a social setting, where you can enjoy a drink with your friends in a responsible community environment. So maybe it is a good idea to leave the house and meet up with some friends at the pub for a drink. Silence the smartphones, gather around the table, and enjoy a moment of good old-fashioned friendship.

 

Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Robert Mondavi Winery offers us this Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2017. It is a Californian red wine which is based on clusters of cabernet sauvignon from 2017. It has an alcohol content of 13 %.

Feudo Arancio Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Feudo Arancio Cabernet Sauvignon 2017: The winery Feudo Arancio presents Feudo Arancio Cabernet Sauvignon 2017. It is a Sicilian red wine that is made from cabernet sauvignon 2017 and it has an alcoholic strength of 13.5 %.

Vegetable Cocktails: The New Fashion

Fruit cocktails? They are going out of fashion! The current trend is all about vegetable cocktails. They are beautiful to look at and look great on that perfect photo. In fact, it is an unwritten rule on social media that you must post a photo of your drink on Instagram before you take a sip. Vegetable cocktails are becoming increasingly fashionable in hipster environments and in the most popular bars.

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However, this is probably not the first time you have come across a cocktail containing vegetables. For a while, it has been common to find cucumbers and celery in drinks (we’re looking at you, Gin and Tonic…). And of course, one of the most popular cocktails in the world is the famous Bloody Mary which contains tomato juice.

Therefore, today we have decided to look at 5 very easy recipes for vegetable cocktails. We can help you ensure that your aperitifs and your parties will be more ”green”.

Green Paradise

  • 2 handfuls of fresh spinach
  • 4 cl of vodka
  • 3 cl of coconut milk
  • 1.5 cl of Bénédictine
  • 2 drops of absinthe

Wash the spinach and mix it with coconut milk, vodka and Bénédictine. Put two ice cubes in a beautiful old glass, pour the drink, and finish with two drops of absinthe. That’s it!

Red Bell Cocktail

  • 40 g of red pepper
  • 4 cl of gin
  • 6 basil leaves
  • One cup of lemon juice

Cut the red pepper into very thin strips. Put the strips in a cocktail shaker with lemon juice and basil. Grind the mix in a mortar to extract the juice. Then add it all with the gin and some ice in the shaker. Shake well, filter and pour the contents into a Martini glass.

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Psycho Carrot Deluxe

  • 4 cl of rum
  • 1 cl of Triple Sec
  • 3 carrots (6 cl of juice)
  • 1 cl of coconut milk
  • Nutmeg powder (2 pinches)

Juice the carrots (or use a good quality carrot juice). Put some ice cubes and all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake well and pour everything into a glass full of ice. Simple, right?

Zucchini Sake

  • 2 zucchinis
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon syrup
  • 6 cl of sake

Wash and chop the zucchini, then squeeze the pulp to obtain a very liquid juice. Pour the zucchini water, lemon syrup, sake and ice into a shaker. Shake well and pour the entire contents into a glass, adding some ice cubes and a zucchini peel as decoration.

Beetroot cocktail

  • 45 g beetroot
  • 3 cl of lemon juice
  • 4.5 cl of whiskey
  • 17 g of sugar
  • 1 cl of tonic
  • Thyme

Crush the beet to extract its juice. Add the beet juice and sugar in a pan and heat over medium heat until the sugar has melted. Let it cool. You should have obtained about 30 ml of red turnip syrup. Add the syrup, whiskey, lemon juice, tonic, and some ice in a shaker. Shake and pour into an old fancy glass. Garnish with thyme.

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Cointreau

The Cointreau is a fine liqueur originally from France in the mid-19th century, triple-filtered.

The Cointreau is a fine liqueur originally from France in the mid-19th century, triple-filtered.

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Grey Goose Vodka 1L

Grey Goose Vodka 1L is undoubtedly one of the most famous vodkas in the world.

A Journey Through the Wines of Africa

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In recent years, the continent of Africa has experienced a growing interest in their different wines from different regions. The vineyards in South Africa already enjoy a great reputation and you’ll find many quality wines originating from here. But now more and more countries on this vast continent are experiencing a true wine revolution.

However, in many African countries alcohol is forbidden by law due to religious doctrine. For this reason, production and trade of wine have never developed as much as in other parts of the world.

Get on board and go on a journey with us to the African continent … You’ll have time to read this article on the way there!

South Africa

South Africa is undoubtedly the most famous – and most appreciated – area of the continent when it comes to wine. Viticulture has been practised here since 1600. Winemaking was introduced by the Dutch who dealt with trade between Europe and the East. Around 1680 the French and Dutch Huguenots made vineyards and orchards an important part of the country’s economy. The Huguenots had fled Europe after the French sovereign Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes.

In South Africa, there are three very important wine regions, which today are conquering world markets. The first, and oldest, is Constantia which is located at the Cape of Good Hope. The first South African winery was founded here in 1685. Another important region is Stellenbosch which is famous for its fortified wines. The Paarl region produces sparkling wines and brandies.

The most cultivated grape in South Africa is the Chenin Blanc. Locally this variety is also known as Steen. It is spectacular in Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Riesling, Colombard and Cape Riesling, also known as Muscat of Alexandria. Among the red grapes the Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault, Merlot and Shiraz stand out. The local variety named Pinotage is also very important. This variety is obtained by crossing Cinsault and Pinot Noir.

Tanzania

Tanzania is a relative newcomer in the world of wine. In 2002, an engineer from Verona, Fiorenzo Chesini, decided to invest considerable resources in a project to promote local producers. Thanks to Chesini’s investments, avant-garde wineries have been built in the heart of the Dodoma region.  The grapes are cultivated on a plateau in the centre of the country at an altitude between 1,100 and 1,200 m.

In the town of Hombolo we find wineries which produce intense and exotic quality wines. The wines originating from here are easily compared to wines from other countries and continents. The Tanzanian vineyards mainly cultivate Marzemino, Teroldego, Aglianico and Syrah grapes. These varieties were introduced by European missionaries a long time ago.

Kenya

Kenya remains at the forefront of wine production. Currently, the best wines are those made from Colombard grapes. They are cultivated in the area of Lake Naivasha, northwest of Nairobi.

If you are curious and want to try a local specialty, we recommend you to try mnazi. It is a whitish wine which is made from coconut palm trees. Coconut wine is made by fermenting the sap of the palm tree and it has a rather acidic flavour. However, we must warn you: mnazi does not often agree with the taste buds of most European travellers!

Ethiopia

Unfortunately, the origin of viticulture in Ethiopia is linked to a dark part of history. It dates back to the Italian colonialism in Abyssinia. In fact, the Italian occupation troops began producing local wine near the capital, Addis Ababa. In 1947 Ethiopia gained their independence from Italy and the production of wine was nationalised. Unfortunately, this caused the production to stagnate for several years.

In 2012 the former president Meles Zenawi invited the French giant Castel to invest in the development of winegrowing in Ethiopia. Castel imported the varieties Syrah, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. These varieties seemed to find their ideal environment in the Ethiopian highlands and green valleys.

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North Africa

Morocco predominantly produces red wines. The Meknes Valley, west of Fez, contains the largest concentration of vineyards. It is situated approximately 600 m above sea level. There are more vineyards to be found along the coast near the cities of Rabat and Casablanca. You will also find vineyards in the mountains of the Atlas range.

Tunisia, meanwhile, specialises in high-quality white wines. Tunisia is one of the few African countries where viticulture has a deep origin. In the past, the Phoenicians cultivated and vinified muscat here.

Egypt is a must-see on our tour. The cultivation and production of Egyptian wine has a long tradition and history. This is evidenced by the hieroglyphs that decorate the tombs of the pharaohs. Archaeologists have also found proof of winemaking in written documents. The ancient Egyptians intensely cultivated the Nile Delta with vines, and wine was the drink of the nobility. According to legend, it was the God Osiris himself who taught men to produce wine.

Over time, however, Egyptian winemaking had seized (about 90% of the population is Muslim). Today, some local producers show a willingness to invest in the production and exports of wines. They wish to bring Egypt to a competitive position in the international market by producing reds, whites and rosés.

Do you want to learn more? We recommend listening to “Africa” by Toto while enjoying a nice glass of wine from this great continent!

The 15 Most Famous Italian Liquors in the World

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Summer has just ended, and you may already be tempted to start planning your next holiday. And what better way to look for inspiration than to explore the local traditions of your destination? Below we take a closer look at 15 of the most famous Italian liquor brands. Italian distillates date back to the middle ages. Back then the mixtures of herbs, spices, and fruits combined with alcohol and sugar were served as medicine.

Italy produces a wide variety of liquors of all kinds and flavours. Let’s take a closer look at some of the distillates that have conquered the taste buds of the world.

1. Fernet Branca

This digestif has a long history and it is produced using more than 27 herbs from around the world. It was first created in 1847 by Beniamino Fernet from Argentina. His objective was to create a medicine against malaria and cholera.

2. Disaronno Amaretto

In 1525, the painter Bernadino Luini chose a young innkeeper from Saronno as a model to represent the Virgin Mary in one of his frescoes. To show him her gratitude she offered him a drink made of herbs, toasted sugar, bitter almonds, and brandy. Today we know this drink as amaretto.

3. Campari

Campari symbolises the Italian style around the world. The colour is an iconic pink. It is produced by infusing aromatic herbs and fruits in a mixture of alcohol and water. However, the exact recipe remains a well-kept secret.

4. Aperol

Aperol was first produced in Padua in 1919 and it is the quintessential Italian aperitif. The Barbieri brothers presented the drink at the first city fair and it was immediately loved by all. Today it is hard

5. Grappa

Grappa is probably the most famous Italian distillate. It is obtained from the distillation of pomace, grape skins, and fruits which must all be grown and vinified in Italy. The Bortolo Nardini distillery in Bassano del Grappa is the oldest in the country.

6. Limoncello

This typical Campania liqueur is made from lemon peel – preferably from Amalfi or Sorrento lemons. The peels are soaked in alcohol and then mixed with a solution of water and sugar. Is there anything other than Limoncello which instantly makes you dream of Italy?

7. Sambuca Molinari

Everyone knows Sambuca but almost nobody knows the recipe. The Molinari family has been protecting the secret recipe fiercely since 1945. The enchanting star anise flavour is traditional and easily recognisable.

8. Strega Liquore

The Strega liquor takes its name from the witches of Benevento. According to legend, the witches were able to create a potion that could unite couples forever. Strega was created in 1860 and it contains more than 70 herbs and spices.

9. Cynar

The main ingredient of Cynar is the artichoke leaves, which give this liquor its unmistakable aroma. Originally it was created as a digestive by the Venetian businessman Angelo Dalle Molle in 1948. Today the drink is an integral part of Italian pop culture.

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10. Amaro Montenegro

In 1885, Stanislao Cobianchi opened a small liquor company in Bologna. Passionate about spices and aromatic herbs, he created a product with a unique flavour, which he dedicated to Elena Petrovich, princess of Montenegro and future queen of Italy.

11. VOV

VOV was created in 1845 by Gian Battista Pezziol, a pastry chef from Padua who combined egg yolks with sugar, alcohol and Marsala. This alcoholic zabaglione takes its name from the Venetian term ”vovi”, which very fittingly means ”eggs”.

12. Amaro Averna

Originally this bitter was produced by Benedictine monks. In 1859, Fray Girolamo, of the Holy Spirit Abbey of Caltanissetta, revealed the recipe for this distillate to the merchant Salvatore Averna as a gesture of gratitude for his philanthropic activities. Salvatore began the production of Averna in 1868. The liqueur became so famous that Salvatore received the title of ”Purveyor to the Royal Household” from Vittorio Emanuele III in 1912.

13. Amaro Lucano

This liqueur is a bitter symbol for the Basilicata region. It was Pasquale Vena, an owner of a small cookie factory in Pisticci, who invented the recipe. The liqueur should be enjoyed ice-cold at the end of the dinner; what else do you want in life?

14. Mirto

Mirto represents the essence of Sardinia. The liqueur is obtained by macerating myrtle berries in alcohol. Myrtle is a typical plant found in the Mediterranean scrub. Initially, it was enjoyed as a sauce to season the game. Today it is the favourite digestif of many Italians.

15. Nocino

Nocino is a typical liquor of the Modena tradition. The main ingredient is unripened nuts, which are traditionally harvested on St. John’s Day (June 24), or no later than early July.

 

* Article originally published by Karin Mosca in the Blog di Uvinum.

The Four Main Characteristics of Natural Wines

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The natural wines are becoming increasingly popular. They have entered a market in which the consumers demand more naturalness. The winemakers don’t add sulphites, and they grow the vines organically… these are just some of the characteristics of natural wines. Read on to understand and learn more about them.

Sustainable Agriculture

Winemakers produce biodynamic wines through sustainable agriculture. Therefore there is a focus on the preparation of the soil using minerals and vegetation. Furthermore, these winemakers respect the cycles in nature. This helps them to determine the sowing, processing, and harvesting times of the grapes. The winemakers who use these methods believe that it creates a safer and more authentic product. Francesca Bordin, f & b manager of Hotel Granados, explains: ”They are of the conviction that the growth of the strain is determined by the stars and the positions of the planets. They use natural influences that stem from plants and fermented manure to serve as natural fertilisers.”

Cultivation with Respect for the Environment

The Association of Producers of Natural Wines explains that winemakers respect the natural cycles when they produce the wines. Sulphur or copper sulphate are common and accepted treatments in organic farming, but they must limit the use to what is essential. “We don’t use chemical fertilisers, herbicides, pesticides, systemic fungicides and genetically engineered organisms,” they add.

No Added Sulphites

Francesca Bordin explains that there are main differences between conventional wines and natural wines. There are only naturally produced sulphites in natural wine. These are produced during the alcoholic fermentation of the must. ”The wine is an organically cultivated product and winemakers don’t add to or remove anything from this type of wine. They don’t use additives during the fermentation process because they want to reflect what the land itself adds above all else. The winemakers don’t filter or clarify the wine because they want to preserve the natural characteristics. It is not everyone that agrees with or understands this specific work philosophy.”

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The Viticulturist, The Creator

The creator of the wine controls the vineyard, is responsible for all the work and makes the decisions. The Association of Producers of Natural Wines gives a lot of attention to this type of wine. They encourage the winegrowers to involve themselves directly in each task and to devote a significant amount of their time to the vineyard.

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Honoro Vera Organic 2016

The winery Bodegas Juan Gil elaborates this Honoro Vera Organic 2016

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Le Naturel

According to Uvinum users, this red wine earns 5 out of 5 points.

Rock moves to the sound of wine

The wine will be flowing during World Rock Day, which is celebrated on July 13. Wine and rock are intimately linked through events and moments in history. We give you some examples of how these two worlds collide and create a perfect fusion.

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The wine from U2

Rock lovers also drink wine. Just ask the Irish group U2, a world-famous rock band which has its own wine, The Joshua Tree Riesling. One of their albums influenced the choice of the name. The name gave rise to a wine in which the Riesling grape is the main protagonist.

Motörhead Shiraz

The British hard rock band created the wine Motörhead Shiraz, which is made with Shiraz grapes from Australia. It has been reported that they have sold more than 300,000 bottles worldwide.

Kiss Also Added a Wine to Their Repertoire

The 70’s rock band, Kiss, also created a wine: Kiss Zin Fire, which mixed pepper and blackberries, honouring the strength and power. It is no wonder that a band like Kiss would create a daring wine. It should be noted that they created many other wines before the Kiss Zin Fire. Unfortunately, they cannot be found as they are not being sold.

AC/DC: The Line of Wine

AC/DC is a heavy group but we can’t leave them off the list of rock bands that have created their own wine. The Australian band presented their AC/DC Wine line in collaboration with Warburn Estate winery. This means that it is not a single wine but several different wines. Each wine has been named after some of the most successful songs of the group. Therefore you can enjoy a Back in Black Shiraz, or why not a Highway to Hell Cabernet Sauvignon?

Festivals

Certain wineries and wine tourism destinations around the world let the world of rock and wine go hand in hand. They host-specific festivals and concerts to unite both concepts. This mix of wine and rock music at special celebratory events is always a success.

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Very rock’n’roll labels

Ever since rock groups entered the world of wine, some wineries have chosen to pay their tribute to this musical style. They create labels and interesting names that have a great relationship. Bodega Renacer launched “Music Edition”, a limited edition of Punto Final Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon wines. These wines and labels pay tribute to the most renowned rock bands.

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Honoro Vera 2017

Honoro Vera became known to the public when he was selected as a wine for dinner at the Oscars in Hollywood.

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Terras del Rei 2017

Terras del Rei 2017 derives its name from the ancient name of the Reguengos municipality which used to belong to the Portuguese Crown.

Wine and Art: A Marriage That Has Lasted for Centuries

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Both wine and art are integral parts of the history of the world. As a result, art and wine have often crossed paths throughout the centuries. There are Egyptian frescoes referring to the grape harvests. Artists have also created mosaics dedicated to Dionysian, Baroque, Impressionist or Cubist paintings … Wine truly serves as inspiration in every era and style.

Below we’ll show you some examples of great works of art in which wine plays a part. Do you know them?

The Wedding Feast at Cana – Paolo Veronese

“The Wedding Feast at Cana” is a colossal work by the painter Paolo Caliari, known as Paolo Veronese (1528-1588). It measures an impressive 6.77 m x 9.94 m. The painting dates to 1562, when Veronese was commissioned to decorate the refectory of the Monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice.

The painting represents the famous biblical episode of the wedding at Cana, during which Jesus transformed water into wine. If you want to admire the painting in its full glory, you must go to the Louvre in Paris. Napoleon brought it here in 1797.

Bacchus – Caravaggio

Caravaggio (1571-1610) painted the portrait of the god Bacchus between 1596 and 1598. The protagonist is represented according to traditional iconography: naked, with a crown of vine leaves on his head and a glass of red wine in his hand, which he seems to be offering to the viewer.

Experts believe that Caravaggio used a mirror and his own reflected image to study the position of his hand. It is for this reason that Bacchus holds the glass with his left hand.

You can enjoy this painting at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

Meeting of Drinkers – Bartolomeo Manfredi

Bartolomeo Manfredi (1582-1622) represented a style similar to Caravaggio’s style. In his painting “Meeting of Drinkers”, the figures emerge from a dark background, violently illuminated by a light that comes from above. It is a painting that gives a feeling of suspense and restlessness, well represented by the overcrowded position and the expressions of the characters.

The painting, dating from 1621, is now located at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Luncheon of the Boating Party – Renoir

The famous “Le déjeuner des canotiers” by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) dates to 1881. Today you can find it preserved in the Phillips Collection in Washington.

The painting features the terrace of the Fournaise restaurant on the island of Chatou. The Parisian rowers who loved to practice their sport along the Seine often also frequented this fine establishment. It is a festive and joyful scene that shows 14 people gathered around the same table to enjoy a Sunday afternoon.

It is a painting with bright and soft tones, which gives the viewer a feeling of lightness.

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The Night Café – Vincent Van Gogh

Blinding, loud, anguished. “The Night Café” (1888) by Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) is an attempt to represent the human degeneration that occurs in bars at night.

In the late-night establishments, the most dreadful human passions come to light aided by alcohol. According to the painter, the most suitable colours to represent restlessness and despair are red and green. These colours are plentiful in the painting.

If you are curious to see the original painting, you will find it in the Art Gallery of Yale University.

The Day After – Edvard Munch

Wine is a source of great joy … But do not exaggerate! The Norwegian painter Edvard Munch (1863-1944) wanted to represent the drama of the hangover in the painting “The Day After” (1895). The title already says everything you need to know.

The main protagonist is represented on the bed, in a less than elegant position. In the foreground, you can see the bottles and glasses which were abandoned there the night before. It is a sad scene, which represents the physical consequences and loneliness caused by the abuse of alcohol.

You can admire the painting up close in Nasjonalgalleriet in Oslo.

Two Women Sitting at a Bar – Pablo Picasso

The painting dates to the blue period of the painter Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). As the name suggests, “Two women sitting in a bar” (1902) – also called “Two prostitutes sitting in a bar” – represents two girls dressed in blue sitting at the counter of a cafe. The girls, however, do not seem to enjoy themselves.

The slouching shoulders and the lowered faces imbue a feeling of sadness and boredom, a sensation highlighted even more by the cold and muted tones of the painting. The provocative clothes seem to suggest the profession of the two, who wait in the bar for the next customer.

The painting is on display at the Hiroshima Art Museum, Japan.

The next time you walk through the doors of a museum, focus your eyes and try to find as many glasses as possible in the paintings on the walls.

 

Follador Prosecco Valdobbiadene Brut

Follador Prosecco Valdobbiadene Brut: This is a sparkling wine from Prosecco Di Conegliano-Valdobbiadene with selected clusters of glera.

Sassicaia 2015

Sassicaia 2015: a red wine from Bolgheri Sassicaia based on cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc from 2015 and with an alcoholic content of 13.5%.

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Hortas do Caseirinho

An excellent white wine from Portugal with a unique price-performance ratio.

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Ramón Bilbao Gran Reserva 2010

It pairs well with roast lamb, red meats and sauces.