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The first pairing based on the diner’s DNA

The gastronomy industry is one of the most advanced towards the future. Such is their experimentation that now it also makes use of DNA to create new flavours and textures. Apparently, González Byass, for the first time in history, has just led an initiative consisting of pairing the first menu of history based on the diner’s DNA.

Science, wine and gastronomy

If what is sought is to match, more and more, the tastes of the diner, with this experiment the success is assured, because they have created a perfect symbiosis between science, wine and gastronomy, applied to haute cuisine. The González Byass family of winemakers has paired a personalized menu, associated with the tastes and nutritional aspects of each diner, according to the genetics of the users.

DNA pairing

This menu has been designed by Mauro Colagreco, a chef with 2 Michelin stars and number 3 in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants; the geneticist doctor Jorge Dotto and the aforementioned González Byass winemakers. Thus, both the ingredients and the wines have responded to the preferences of taste, aroma and other health indicators, derived from the data of the genetic tests carried out by The Gen Company Laboratory.

Doctors have already anticipated, a few years ago, that DNA is the key to define treatments, know diseases and also be able to apply to many other areas of society, as we have seen in the beauty industry.

What does this study consist of?

To define a menu tailored to the tastes of a person, different factors are taken into account. For example, environment, health status, diet and cultural influences, habits, learning capacity and genes. Such actors are responsible for the perception of the flavours.

It should be noted that humans have taste receptors in the nose and tongue. Therefore, we perceive different types of flavour, from sweet to salty, sour, bitter. Also in this group, there is a receptor that was discovered not long ago, the umami (a subtle flavour with a prolonged aftertaste that is difficult to describe). The receptors send a signal to the brain that, together with external factors, determine whether something is likeable or not.

This process involves more than 35 receptors and more than 400 in the detection of aromas. From the basis of some “instructions” encoded in the DNA, a wide variety of flavours are perceived, as indicated by The Gen Company Laboratory, performer of this pairing, based on the DNA of people.

Gonzalez-Byass DNA pairing

Thus, a panel designed by Dr. Dotto has been analysed, containing genes associated with nutritional aspects, tastes and flavours. From there, the individualized profiles of each diner have been obtained. This provides accurate information about the genetic predisposition to perceive the tastes. In addition, it offers other indicators such as intolerances, response to poly and mono-saturated fats or even the genetic risk of having specific vitamin deficiencies.

According to the interpretation of these profiles, the chef has designed a menu for each genetic type, prioritizing the tastes related to each one according to what their DNA indicates, as well as values ​​related to nutrition. González Byass has contributed with a personal touch, the pairing, representing the ecological diversity of this Family of Wines. Will we eat like this in the near future?

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Terras de Alleu Branco 2016

Good does not always have to be expensive!

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Montarro Frisante Branco

The Montarro Frisante Branco is a perfect summer wine that can be enjoyed during the warm season.

Cocktail pairings

We can not deny that the world of cocktails is expanding. New flavours appear each day so that we not only drink them as an aperitif or a simple digestive but also when having a meal. Thus, cocktail pairings are strongly in trend at bars and restaurants.

The union between bartender and chef

With this pairing, we discover a new way of working in the kitchen, in which both chef and bartender connect, merge and launch fantastic creations. Both work hand in hand to complement ingredients and textures, each in their own knowledge area. This makes them mutually enriching and the result of their fusion brings new experiences to diners.

Pure craftsmanship

Cocktail pairings are usually quite similar to wine and food pairings. But they differ because they are much more creative and artisan and usually the alcohol content of the cocktails is higher. The bartender is usually a great innovator who transforms and experiments to find the right flavour: the one that best pairs with the right food.

The Alchemix cocktails

Types of cocktails and meals

Nevertheless, we must take into account a series of recommendations when it comes to pairing food with cocktails. For example, when a combination has too much alcohol then it is better for food to be also powerful and strong, and also of slower digestion. Dry cocktails pair better instead with foods with proteins and fats.

Some cocktail pairings

In Barcelona, ​​the restaurant The Alchemix unites both worlds, thanks to the wisdom of chef Sergi Palacín and bartender Ignacio Ussía, who together create a menu of cocktails and food from Asia and the Mediterranean. They propose a mix between gastronomy and cocktails for an after-work, such as the foie temaki in ice cream cone with nori seaweed with foie mousse and alcohol macerated with amaretto. They have many more proposals.

Another classic cocktail that stands out in this pairing matter is the margarita, which in its country of origin, Mexico, usually accompanies Mexican meals. It brings a great balance to spicy and strong food.

Another example is the Dry Martini, which in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel of Barcelona is paired with special sauces or cheeses, and there is also the rum infused with chocolate.

Cocktails should be consumed in moderation, always choosing the best for each type of food and with an alcohol content as low as possible.

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4 Tips For A Healthy Life Drinking Wine

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Every so often new studies documenting the health benefits from drinking wine are published, and almost just as often other studies showing links between diseases and frequent wine consumption appear.

Some of the benefits of enjoying a daily glass of wine include the reduction of cholesterol, stress and diabetes; on the other hand, you also risk the possibility of developing cancer and liver problems. With all this conflicting information it is ok to ask: Can you lead a healthy life when drinking wine? The answer is yes. In the wine itself certain elements are present that are known to be beneficial to health, and so it is advisable to drink a glass of wine a day.

4 tips for a healthy life drinking wine

Moderate consumption of wine does not have to be harmful to your health, indeed, it can even be beneficial if it is included as part of a lifestyle with healthy habits.

  1. Eat a healthy and balanced diet. The most important habit to maintain a healthy lifestyle is to consume a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables being the main food group and make sure your diet also contains sufficient fibre. There are numerous wines that are perfect for pairing with salads and stews. Meat and fish are also important parts of your diet but make sure to choose lean pieces and reduce the intake of animal fats.
  2. Lead an active life. Exercising on a regular basis also contributes to your overall health. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a strenuous sport, the most important thing for improving your health is to exercise regularly.
  3. Reduce stress in your life. Feeling relaxed and avoiding stress is just as important as eating well and exercising. A nice way to try to control the stress is to enjoy good times with friends from time to time, perhaps accompanied with a good bottle of wine.
  4. Drink wine responsibly. Wine can be part of a healthy lifestyle and can even be the perfect excuse to meet friends or to enjoy a meal in pleasant company. Just keep in mind to be aware of how much you drink – the recommendation is a daily glass of wine of 125 ml – and do not drink on an empty stomach.

So, yes, it is possible to lead a healthy life when drinking wine. And, by the way, although it is usually red wine that is mentioned when talking about the benefits of wine, it is worth mentioning that white wine possesses exactly the same positive health effects as red wine.

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Peñascal Rosado

 

 

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Wine And Fast Food – A Possible Combination?

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Where is it written that eating pizza or hot dogs cannot be combined with a good wine? Wine does not always have to be accompanied by fancy cuisine as it can successfully be paired with an infinite variety of dishes.

Limitations are not our philosophy. Even the experts say it, like Nicolás Boise, chief sommelier of Mugaritz restaurant, who was quoted in the Spanish Newspaper El País recommending that junk food and wine can be a perfect combination.

But what wines pair well with fast food? It depends on the ingredients in each dish. If you are eating a sausage the choice of wine will depend on the type of sausage, the sauces and the other ingredients in that particular dish.

The basic hot dog (with mustard and ketchup and nothing else) goes well with white wines of the Gewürtzraminer type. If the hot dog also has crispy onions both rosés and sparkling wines will pair very well.

Nowadays it’s pizza and wine! Beer is not the only drink that goes well with pizza; if you prefer having a glass of wine instead we recommend rosé as the best option. Young red wines are also a good pairing. If the pizza has anchovies (something that is currently scarce), it is better to choose a white wine to counteract the flavour, and if you opt for a barbeque pizza you might find that going for a consistent and full-bodied red wine, like a Merlot, is an excellent choice.

Chocolate desserts marry perfectly with many kinds of wines. We already feel quite uncomfortable about the milkshakes found in many fast food establishments, and if we had wine with our dinner we would also like to finish with wine. In fact, you will find that there are some wine and chocolate combinations that maximise the flavours. For these types of desserts, we recommend red wines.

For certain spicy dishes, like kebab, the best combination is made with an intense and stronger wine. And red wines are also preferred when pairing with hamburgers. For some quick tapas, the white and sparkling wines are excellent choices, while taking into account the type of tapas and whether the dish has meat or fish.

 

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Miraval Rosé 2017

 

 

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By Ott Rosé 2016

3 Best Wines to Pair with Pizza and Your Friday Night Dinner Date

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Classic Italian Pizzas and Mild Red or Rose Wines

Pizza may seem like a casual food but pairing it with the right wine may be more difficult than you think. Combinations of ingredients, base sauces and meat make mild red wines the best choice for classic pizzas. Some of the best wines for the pizzas we all know, and love include:

  • Chateau Lestrille Capmartin Bordeaux Clairet for spicy pepperoni pizza
  • Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016 For Classic Margherita (tomato sauce) and cheese pizza
  • Lambrusco Palazzo Vecchio Rosso to a mild wine to pair with authentic Italian pizza

The best wines for pairing with pizza are those that help to bring out the flavours of ingredients without overpowering them with the flavour of the wine. And, it often depends on the type of pizza and ingredients as to what wine you pair with it.

Pairings for Other Italian Dishes and Meaty or Spicy Pizza Variations

Your date may want to try something other than pizza or choose to order a speciality pizza without the classic ingredients. Here are some wines to pair with dessert and other Italian dishes to cover any situation:

  • Reds for BBQ and Pizza with Red Meat
  • Red Lambrusco for pizza with meaty flavours

Prosecco and Italian Sparkling Wines for Desert Dishes

If you want to impress your dinner guest, pair desert dishes with mildly sweat sparkling wines. Prosecco is an excellent choice, for sweater deserts, choose brut sparkling wines, and for deserts with less sugar, pair them with seco, semi seco or dolce sparkling wines.

As you can see, choosing the right wines to pair with your favourite pizza is harder than you may think. Try some of these wines for your pizza dinner date to match the Italian flavours with the perfect wines.

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Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2016 is beyond any doubt the most emblematic wine from New-Zealand.

 

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Chateau Lestrille Capmartin Bordeaux Clairet: a rosé wine from Bordeaux produced by Chateau Lestrille Capmartin. 

 

The Best Wine Choices For Christmas Dinner

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Yes, it is that time of year … Christmas is on our doorsteps and time has come to choose the best wines to drink and offer as gifts for Christmas. However, finding the most appropriate red, white or rosé is not the easiest undertaking considering the growing number of options.

If you need to give wine as a Christmas gift, you might want to take into consideration the personality of the person, and, obviously, their tastes and preferences. You could opt for a specific DO (Denomination de Origen), as your loved one could have a personal relationship with a region or as a way to remember a shared memory. It is also a possibility to let someone discover your own homeland through its terroir.

If you know the person well, don’t hesitate to be daring and score wine cellars for unusual combinations, exotic locations or audacious looks. On the other hand, if you want to impress your family-in-law, you might want to invest in a classic from a traditional country. 

Pairing Wines for Christmas Dinner

If in addition to wine as a gift, you need something that goes with dinner. Once you have a clear menu in mind, you can start looking for the appropriate wines to serve with the dishes. However, you may be wondering what type of wine to drink with fish dishes, or how to wine with lamb the best.

The key to pairing wine with dishes lies in the type of grape. The varietals will guide you through choosing one type of wine or another. The red wines are traditionally associated with the meat and the main dish. For instance, the Cabernet Sauvignon is ideal to accompany heavier dishes rich in fat and umami while the Merlot is softer and nicely complements traditional Italian cuisine like pasta or lasagna. You can also choose wines with several varietals to enjoy a richer and more complex experience. 

On the other hand, sparklings and white wines are often drunk with seafood and fish. Indeed, Cavas and Proseccos have a light, cheerful and fruity character which are infallible. You can also choose mineral white wines, which tend to be fruity, fresh and with a good acidity. Here again, the varietals’ features will help you make the best choice. For example, Chardonnay grapes are wide, versatile and refreshing whereas Riesling is aromatic, delicate, and expressive.

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Terras de Alleu 2013, a red wine from the Douro Region that contains Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca.

 

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José Pariente Verdejo 2016, a white wine with the best Verdejo grapes from the 2016 vintage.

 

Pair wine and pasta?, yes! There’s more beyond Lambrusco

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As we know, pairing is an art that, as the time goes by, with enough experience you will eventually dominate it, and what we are presenting is not something that you have to follow exactly, is not a science, they’re only tips to help enjoy your pasta with the best choice of wine. Sure, everyone has their tastes and for that matter nothing is written. But beyond personal tastes, what we propose here today are some choices to alternate Lambrusco to accompany your favorite pasta.

Keys to pair pasta according to taste

Usually, the taste pasta is determined by the type of sauce with which it’s associated, it is why we first discuss the best wines to pair according to the chosen sauce:

  • Sauces or side dishes based on vegetables: better use rosé wines with acidity and body.
  • Pesto sauces and other fungi: for these delicious plates of pasta you can take preferably white or Sauvignon Blanc breeding.
  • Tomato sauces: probably the most popular, and very delicious too. It is advisable to combine with light rosé wines, because, again, the acidity of these ties very well with tomato. If you are more of tradition, you can accompany with Chianti, as dictated by the Italians.
  • Pasta with seafood and fish: for these dishes whites will be your best choice, especially Pinot and Malvasia. Also, a good cava or dry champagne can be a good choice if you prefer them.
  • Pasta with meat: the taste of a strong red wine will give your palate a full and pleasurable satisfaction.
  • Light Pasta: those that are only accompanied by some mozzarella cheese and vinaigrette fall very well with rosé wines.

With these tips, you have no excuse to run to the kitchen to prepare your favorite pasta or go down to a pasta restaurant in your town, and delight yourself with your favorite wine. Bon Appetite!

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Juvé y Camps Reserva de la Familia

 

 

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Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale 2012

Unbeatable Parings with Rosé Wine

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Autumn is just around the corner and nothing is more refreshing than a good rosé wine in your balcony feeling the sweet evening breeze. The most ambitious rosés can be paired with various foods that come along with the season. Here are some great advices.

Rosé wine + Meat

Although this wine fits perfectly with fish, pairing it with meat it’s also a very viable option. That is why it is recommended to mix it with pinky sausages and stronger red meats.

On the other hand, if you are having pork for dinner, you can go with a Monastrell rosé. Its fruity taste goes well with barbecued ribs and with any grilled meat.

Seafood

The purest rosé wine is the perfect choice for any seafood. Especially fruity wines because they intensify the powerful flavor of certain seafood.

Fish

In addition to white, rosé wine is one of the best options for all kinds of fish, preferably white. Just pick your favorite one and be delighted.

Cheese

Rosé wine and cheese are good allies. It is recommended to add goat cheese, camembert or brie to enjoy the special similarity of both flavors.

Pasta or salads

Fresh foods like salads, pastas, and even rice can be paired perfectly with rosé because they have a unique softness and freshness that make the dishes a lot tastier.

Fruits

Whereas you are having a delicious dessert or a fruit salad, rosé wine will go very well.

Tuscan rosé wines are better served with pasta and appetizers such as crostini, which is little pieces of toasted bread accompanied by tomato or pâté. Australian wines pair well enough with milder cheeses while Spanish rosés go well with fish and certain meats.

Rosé wine is best if it’s cold, but not too much, so we must take into account the temperature. Really it must be something hotter than white wine cooler than a red wine.

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Le Crazy Tropez Rosé: a rosé wine from the region of Côtes De Provence made of cinsault, syrah and grenache and has an alcoholic content of 12%.

 

 

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Miraval Rosé 2015: is a rosé wine made by Château Miraval from the region of Côtes De Provence vinified with cinsault, garnacha negra, vermentino, syrah, rolle, garnacha and grenache from 2015 and has an alcoholic content of 13%. 

 

 

How to pair your fruit successfully?

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If you are a big wine fan and lover like all of us here, surely you love drinking it while enjoying your favorite dishes and foods. And taking into account that these days are hot, we thought to propose fruit and wine pairings, an option that, in addition to being delightful, you will find it refreshing.

In general, any light, sweet and fruity wine is good to accompany your favorite fruits. It is also recommended that you test combinations and pairings with rosé wines or sparkling wines, as it will give your meal that special and delicious touch that you are looking for.

Special recommendations

Mango is undoubtedly one of the most delicious fruits that Mother Nature could give us. In addition, it is very popular, especially in summer, as it is common to find it in desserts or salads at the time. Because of its citrus affinity, a good Riesling is the best choice to accompany food made out from this fruit. You can also opt for a mature Sauvignon Blanc. But if the dish is something stronger than a dessert or a salad, either something like chicken or fish with mango cream, a good sweet Chardonnay will be your best choice.

If you are going to eat something like peaches, strawberries or oranges you should then choose a fruity and refreshing red wine, and the best of them it is a good Pinot Noir. In fact, a very good and typical Mediterranean cuisine dessert are macerated peaches with wine, an excellent sweet delicacy that for sure you have tasted once.

Salads and muscatel

Lastly, you can go with a sweet muscatel to pair with your summer salads. Although these wines come mostly from warmer areas and are generally stronger, you will find that they go along very well with fruity salads. And besides, you do not have to spend a lot of money: both Spanish muscatel wines such as those developed in the south of France are accessible and will make your summer salad a much more enjoyable meal.

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Waltraud 2013: a white wine from Penedes that is based on 2013 sauvignon blanc and riesling and presents an alcohol content of 12.5%. 

 

 

Wine and Salad: The healthy couple!

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On hot days, the best choice for your meals is a salad, and there’s a thousand ways to prepare them. Also, if you pair it with a good wine, the moment will become delightful and sophisticated. So today we will show you some salads and some of the wines that would go well to accompany them. Appetizing, right?

1. Summer rice salad

Ingredients:

  • 200 grams of basmati rice
  • 6 black olives
  • 12 capers
  • 2 boiled eggs
  • 1 can of tuna
  • 2 slices of canned pineapple
  • 4 cherry tomatoes
  • 16 raisins
  • 6 prawns
  • Salt

For the dressing:

  • 4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of cream

Preparation:

  1. Cook the rice. Cool it under running water and drain.
  2. Cook the eggs. Leave to soak the raisins to rehydrate.
  3. Cut the remaining ingredients into small pieces. Mix all ingredients in the bowl and finish assembling the salad with tuna chunks spread over the surface.

For this recipe, we recommend a young and slightly needle point red wine, like the Baigorri, a wine ideal to drink along with a complex salad like this.

2. Beans salad with french fries

Ingredients:

For the vinaigrette:

  • 20 milliliters of apple cider vinegar
  • 60 milliliters of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Black pepper
  • Salt

For the salad:

  • 100 grams of French green beans
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 50 grams of tuna in olive oil
  • 100g of potatoes (boiled)
  • 50 grams of cherry tomatoes
  • 30 grams of pitted black olives
  • 4 or 5 anchovies
  • 1 egg

Preparation:

  1. We put all vinaigrette ingredients in a bowl. Whisk to emulsify with a pair of metal rods.
  2. Wash the green beans and remove the ends. Boil water in a pan and add the baking soda.  Leave the green beans in the boiled water for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the beans from water and place them in a bowl with ice water. Let it cool, drain and dry.
  4. Drain and chop the tuna with your hands. Cut the potatoes into small pieces, cut the cherry tomatoes and olives in half and cut the anchovies into small pieces. Mix all ingredients.
  5. Peel the boiled egg, cut into quarters and set aside. Spread the salad with the vinaigrette and garnish with the egg.

How about a French rose wine for a French themed salad? Now is the best time to enjoy a good pink wine like the Miraval Rosé.

3. Zucchini noodle salad

Ingredients:

  • 4 zucchinis
  • 8 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 slices of ham
  • 80 grams of Parmesan cheese
  • 40 grams of pinions
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 5 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 bunch of basil
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation:

  1. Cut the ham into thin strips. Fry the pine nuts in a skillet.
  2. Wash the tomatoes, dry them and cut them into quarters. Wash the basil and dry it well. Reserve a few sprigs for garnish at the end and chop the rest.
  3. Cut the parmesan cheese into thin slabs. Peel the garlic clove and mince it.
  4. Wash the zucchini and cut into thin strips using a peeler, discarding the central part with the seeds.
  5. Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a large skillet. Add the zucchini and fry it over high heat for 2 minutes. Stir continuously with a wooden spoon.
  6. Stir in garlic and tomatoes, season all with salt and freshly ground pepper. Cook for another minute.
  7. Turn off the heat, sprinkle some chopped basil then add the pine nuts and strips of ham and mix.
  8. Serve the zucchini noodles with tomatoes, the pine nuts and ham. Add parmesan cheese and sprinkle the remaining oil. Garnish with basil and serve.

You will like to pair this delicious salad with white wine. The delicate body of the Enate Chardonnay 234 2015 will work very well for this soft and tasty salad. Enjoy yourself!