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Choosing wine for a Christmas gift


Christmas has the taste of wine. And if you do not know what to give, I’m sure your friend or partner would appreciate a good bottle of wine. Do you know of a better Christmas gift? Here are cool tips for buying wine for Christmas this year. Take notes!

The Newest: It is better to offer a wine that meets the expectations and preferences of our friend, but it is also important to help them discover new products. Recent vintages wines reference are always a hit, especially for young wines with amazing flavors.

Think about the region: Wine regions determine, in most cases, our choice of wine. In addition, each area of each wine has characteristics that make them unique. Can you distinguish the taste of Rioja and Ribera del Duero wine?

Be original: you should forget the traditional wines. Be always ready to surprise your guests. In order to do this, think about an unknown organic wine, a South African wine or from other countries…

Adapt you choice according to his/her tastes: There is always a different wine for each person. If our friend likes powerful flavors, we will choose a bright red, while if he prefers desserts, Muscatel or other sweet wine are a better idea.

Personalized wine: It is possible to offer a wine that has a personalized label with the name or photograph of the person to whom you offer your gift.

By AOC/DO: Appellations of origin mark, somehow, the quality of a wine. We can always choose the wine we offer by name, especially if the person comes from this region or country.

Today we recommend two wines to offer as a Christmas gift:

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Monte Real Reserva 2007



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Berardo Family Book Box Book Art Deco Magnum 2005

Appellations of origin names

 TAGS:Knowing the equivalents in terms of appellations of origin of wines from different countries can be an easy task if you master some basic concepts. In the following lines we will go through the different appellation of origin terms so we know what are we buying.

France was the pioneer in introducing this concept as a protection of the quality of some of their wines on one hand, and as recognition, on the other. Other countries have followed them establishing their appellations of origin that serve particular geographical, quality, composition or common characteristics shared among a group of wines.

If in France, for example we can find AOC or VDQS, corresponding to a qualified designation of origin and a designation of origin. Both indicate a high quality level. In Spain is used the acronym DOCa and DO to bring together the different wines depending on the region they come from and the age of the vines.

In Italy, a very similar acronym is used: DOCG and DOC, claiming the guaranteed denomination of origin and the designation of origin, respectively.

Germany chooses QmP for quality wine with honour and QbA for quality wines, which would be equivalent to the two that have been mentioned in previous lines.

All these countries also have some lower quality wines, which are classified differently in each place. We are talking about the land wines and table wine. Although the latter does not meet certain quality standards as other wines mentioned here, the land wine does and goes much further indeed.

However, it often happens that some wines cannot be considered quality wines, VDQS, DOGC, DOCa or QbA because they either do not reach the desired level of uniformity in production, or the strains are not old enough, among other reasons.

In France these land wines are known as Vin de Pays, Italy calls them IGT and Germany Landwein. In Spain they are called VdlT and in many cases while you uncork you realize that they have nothing to envy to some DO or DOCa.

In addition to the most important wine producers in Europe of which we have been speaking about, on this continent there are many countries producing their own wine, subjecting it to classification and very similar rating systems.

This is the case of Portugal, with its DOC and IPR, Greece, with its Reserves or Grand Reserve and controlled appellations of origin, England, with Nil and Quality Wines and Austria, which has Vinea Wachau and Qualitätswein Prädikatswein Kabinett.