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Song of the Day!
Posted:Jan 24, 2022 8:47 am
Last Updated:Sep 4, 2022 6:16 pm
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Cold Heart PNAU Remix Elton John and Dua Lipa, I loved this version....... Cold outside, a champagne, a delicious lunch, and the love of my life!
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Why are there cheap wines and expensive wines?
Posted:Nov 28, 2021 1:03 am
Last Updated:Feb 26, 2022 11:19 pm
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To begin to better understand the pricing of a wine, we need to understand that a bottle of wine is nothing more than a product.

Like a branded shoe or clothing, wine is similar to any other product on the market.

Factors that influence the price of wine
You should keep in mind that the final price of wine is influenced by many factors, such as the cost of production, how rare the product is, as well as its status and value – in the concept of consumer psychology, the status and value of a wine. product is transferred to whoever consumes it. Remember that value is different from price.

So, when planning a product, winemakers have the option of creating their specific wines for low-cost or higher-cost consumer consumers.

These are different market niches. Some aim to invoice with quantity (many buyers, lowest price), others with scarcity (few buyers, highest price).

I'm going to mention 5 factors that make a wine expensive.

EXPENSIVE WINE X CHEAP WINE

Few bottles are produced each harvest;
It has controlled production of curls per foot;
It is released, on average, 6 years after harvesting;
It has a long passage through oak barrels;
The grape harvest is done manually.


Production is done on a large scale;
Production focused on high quantity of grapes;
Usually released in the same year as the harvest;
Nothing, or little contact with oak barrels;
Harvest done using agricultural machinery.
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Aromas that awaken women
Posted:Nov 28, 2021 12:02 am
Last Updated:Jan 20, 2022 10:34 pm
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Women tend to get turned on by musky, earthy, woody, licorice and cherry and similar scents.

If you think about it, all of this is found in several grape varieties like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese, Zinfandel and the classic Pinot Noir.

Have you noticed how many male perfumes have woody, earthy, etc. notes? It is not for nothing. Everything is sex.
And commerce studies everything, aiming for more profit.
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Is it good to have wine before sex?
Posted:Nov 27, 2021 11:44 pm
Last Updated:Nov 28, 2021 10:07 am
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Drinking wine is also beneficial during sex. Some researchers claim that the drink makes women more sexually active, especially red wine, as it dilates arteries and irrigates areas related to sexual activity.
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Como harmonizar queijo e vinhos!
Posted:Mar 20, 2021 7:34 pm
Last Updated:Nov 28, 2021 10:10 am
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Nothing better than a cheese and wine session, whether to relax, receive friends or enjoy a special night with your love. Especially in times of pandemic and crisis, which leads people to reduce the frequency of going to bars and restaurants, resorting to more intimate and economical meetings.

In a simple and practical way, harmonize cheeses and wines to innovate your menu and please, in addition to all the guests, also your pocket. Especially because refinement and sophistication are totally accessible assignments, as long as you make the right choices.

When it comes to cheese and wine, it is worth mentioning that what is more important than knowing the right combinations of flavors is to evaluate what pleases your palate.

That said, it may seem that the choices are very personal. But know that, despite this, there is a golden rule that can help you ensure the success of this combination.

In order not to make mistakes in your choices, know the following:

The ideal is to always choose equivalent flavors, that is, in the case of stronger and fuller wines, also choose cheeses with a more intense and fatty flavor, and vice versa.

Cheese and wine

The variety of wines available on the market is as extensive as that of cheeses. But very calm at that time. Precisely because it is so diverse, the cheese and wine menu must be well thought , to suit all tastes.

Delicates:

Minas frescal, ricotta, cottage, mozzarella, goat and buffalo mozzarella are examples of fresh cheeses, with a softer texture, ideal for consumption in the heat, or during the , precisely because they are light.

For this reason, these cheeses ask for soft, fruity or slightly aromatic white wines, such as Chardonay and sparkling wines. In this way, you preserve the delicacy of the cheese without the taste of the wine predominating too much.

Intense:

The Swiss gruyére and emmental (full of holes) and Parmesan cheese are firmer, with longer ripeness and intense flavor. For them, a good choice is the medium-bodied red wines, such as Merlot or Port wine, they will fit well with the outstanding flavors of these cheeses.

But if you prefer provolone, don't worry about the fact that its flavor stands out from that of most wines, just choose the full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon to accompany it.

Sophisticated

Blue cheeses, such as gorgonzola and roquefort, are recommended for those who love to impress, and put these tasty and differentiated cheeses on the table.

In this case, to have a good match, choose the strongest red wines, or finish with a golden key, with sparkling white wines, such as Lambrusco.

Important:

Strong wines: Cabernet is an intense and classic option, even the best wines in the world are made from these grapes;
For beginners: the wines derived from the Pinot and Merlot grapes are considered medium, ideal for those people who are not used to tasting the drink;
Sparkling: Lambrusco white wine is a sparkling wine considered to be wild, it is made with Chardonay grapes, and goes well with all types of appetizers, cheeses or salami.
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Espumantes: que são as diferenças entre demi-sec, brut e mascate
Posted:Mar 20, 2021 7:03 pm
Last Updated:Mar 20, 2021 7:12 pm
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It is not today that sparkling wine is successful anywhere in the world. Ideal for the most varied types of events and celebrations, the drink has been conquering more and more palates. For lovers of this type of wine, it is necessary to understand some of its most basic characteristics, such as, for example, the differences between the demi-sec, brut and muscat types.

In their production process, the sparkling wines undergo two fermentations. The carbon dioxide generated by the second fermentation is incorporated into the liquid, leading to the formation of bubbles (which is where the name “sparkling” comes from).

Basically, the different types of sparkling wine can be classified according to their production method (Charmat and Champenoise) and also with the amount of contained in the drink.

The Champenoise method, also called "traditional" or "classic", requires a more complex and elaborated production process than Charmat, and for this reason it is considered a more noble sparkling wine. Drinks produced from Champenoise need at least one year be ready.

The production of sparkling wines by the Charmat method requires a second fermentation of the drink in large stainless steel tanks, also called autoclaves. Because it is a faster fermentation method (sparkling wines take about three to four months to produce), Charmat generates sparkling wines that are more refreshing and lighter.

Amount of
In general and quite summarized, it is the amount of that will define the type of sparkling wine, its flavor, acidity, etc. Thus, depending on , sparkling wines can be divided into demi-sec, brut and muscat.

Brut:

Brut type sparkling wines have little in their composition, that is, less than grams of residual per liter.

Demi-sec:

Demi-sec, in turn, has a moderate amount of . Also called "semi-sweet" or "medium-dry", they have an average of 33 50 grams of residual per liter. Thus, a demi-sec sparkling wine is not as dry as a brut, but it is not as sweet as a muscat, for example.

Muscat:

Finally, muscat type sparkling wines are the sweetest on the market, with more than 50 grams of residual per liter. They are characterized by their lightness and also by their low alcohol content, which varies from 7% % alcohol. This type of sparkling wine can still be found under the name "Doux" or simply "Doce".

accompany a good sparkling wine, nothing better than a delicious dish. But for there be a perfect marriage between the flavors of each one, it is very important think about harmonization. So, choose the sparkling wine that best harmonizes with the recipe you want serve.
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Harmonization of wine for your Easter lunch.
Posted:Mar 19, 2021 7:41 pm
Last Updated:Apr 29, 2021 11:54 am
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Fish is a protagonist at Easter lunch in some cultures.
It is very common that, when thinking about fish and seafood dishes, the first idea for harmonization is with white, green and rosé wines. This does not happen by chance: undeniably, in general terms, these wines go very well with light dishes and with this type of protein.

But it is important refine the harmonization and not get stuck in the simplistic idea that all clear wine goes well with fish, and therefore, just choose any one. You also cannot be bound by standards, and the individual taste and preference of your family and guests must be respected.

White wine
White wines are certainly the protagonists on this day. The softer notes and the lighter body, which are striking in this drink category, make them the choice of many families make up the table for such a special lunch. By choosing a good white, it is very likely that you will achieve a good match with fish.

But if you want a more refined and precise harmonization, you need take into account which fish will be served. Some more fatty and strong-tasting fish, such as salmon and tuna, as well as those used in more seasoned and compound dishes, such as cod, may not do so well with white wines.

If you will have a lighter and fresher dish as a base and your region is warmer, whites made with Pinot Noir grapes and sparkling wines are a great option.

Green wine
Green wine has a more acidic flavor. Like whites, it is also served chilled and goes very well with fish and seafood. When the fish is served raw, either in a tartar or in Japanese dishes such as sushi and sashimi, greens are the best choice.

Rose wine
In addition to being beautiful to the eye, making the decoration of your Easter table even more beautiful, rosé wine is light, delicate and very balanced, being the perfect companion for the fish you choose (from cod to salmon) for the its celebration, in addition to seafood in general.

For those who prefer to vary the choice of fish - or offer another type of dish to please those guests who do not appreciate the delicacy - a pasta can be an excellent option, more democratic and easier to prepare. And to accompany a pasta with tomato sauce, keep the choice of rosé wine.

Cod, for example, is a fish that is perfect with the company of a red wine - and, depending on the recipe, the type of wine can vary: the classic baked cod, which accompanies olives and peppers, can (and should ) be served with a more complex red wine, matured in oak barrels. Such flavors, together, will be more concentrated and tasty on the palate

For those who prefer another type of meat, good options are the lamb, delicious and juicy, which will be even more delicious if accompanied by a medium-bodied red wine, fine tannins and balanced acidity.

Wines for dessert
The wines harmonize very well with various types of sweets, and, at Easter, how about making a delicious combination with the chocolates .....

Enjoy Easter chocolates and try the wine of your choice. A good tip to start is:

Bitter chocolates are easier to pair with red wines;

White chocolates are the ideal companion for white and sparkling wines.
In fact, it is not a difficult task to harmonize wine for Easter. Just choose quality drinks, follow the tips and delight your guests, making your celebration even more special.

Above all, remember that the important thing is the unity and the joy of the moment, try the rules, but leave people free to combine dishes and wines in the way they like the most
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Chocolates e vinhos: como harmonizar!
Posted:Mar 7, 2021 3:38 am
Last Updated:Apr 29, 2021 11:55 am
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Some things seem to have been done for each other. Wine and chocolate, for example, make a delicious combination. They are perfect both for celebrating some special dates and for enjoying those cooler days.

That's right! Easter is a time to enjoy delicious recipes with good wine.

Full-bodied wine and dark chocolate
A good first step for this harmonization is to start with a chocolate that has less sugar and fat, that is, dark chocolate (between 50% and 70% cocoa). This is because the excess of these ingredients can impair the perception of other flavors.

As for wine, prefer a more full-bodied and aromatic specimen, with a high residual sugar content. Still in doubt? A red dessert wine has everything to make the perfect tune!

Liqueur wine and milk chocolate
One of the most classic harmonizations between wine and chocolate is precisely due to the characteristics of the drink: more full-bodied, fortified and which keeps the fruit's natural sugar in its fermentation process.

In other words, a liqueur wine is perfectly balanced with the weight of the chocolate. Just be careful not to overdo it! This type of drink has the highest alcohol content - and there is no chocolate to solve this.

Dry red wine and chocolate with a high concentration of cocoa
75% chocolates are the perfect companion for dry red wine - like Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah. To make everything even better, choose a wine that has gone through the oak barrel, as this process makes the palate more woody.

Now that you know which wine to pair with your favorite chocolate - or vice versa, I suggest some recipes to mix them in your taste in surprising ways:

Chocolate fondue with red wine

Everyone knows that fruit fondue is a classic to get together with friends or a passionate couple, especially on those cooler days.

To accompany delights such as strawberries, apricots and other fruits of your choice, you can bet on options of chocolate ready for fondue, which bring the perfect mix of milk and semi-bitter chocolate - ideal for dessert.

But it is clear that the most important thing is to please the participants of the meeting. So, use a chocolate (or their mixture) that can please everyone to bathe your fruits.

To accompany, there is a more full-bodied red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon. It is perfect for the first part of the fondue - be it meat or cheese - and for fruits. Thus, there is no need to change the types of wine.

But if you want to start with a red label and go for a lighter drink at the time of sweets, be sure to try a white wine.

Fruit tart and Champagne

Exactly, a Champagne! If you still have doubts that this combination can work, think about that strawberry that is strategically placed in champagne glasses. Perfect combination.

Now, imagine a strawberry pie (or fruit like lemon and peach) accompanied by a glass of Champagne or sparkling wine or chilled white wine ....... This perfect combination happens because the sweetness of the fruit matches the mild acidity of the drinks.

White chocolate pie with white wine

The secret here is similar to the fruit tart. In this case, the interesting combination is due to the contrast between white chocolate fat and white wine, such as Moscato. The acidity of the drink helps to clean the fat and sugar present in this type of chocolate, surprising even the most demanding palates.

In addition to a tasty pie, try your favorite drink with a mousse prepared with white chocolate. In addition to the harmonious look, this blend is perfect on the palate

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Enogastronomia: a relação entre vinho e comida
Posted:Mar 7, 2021 2:50 am
Last Updated:Mar 7, 2021 2:53 am
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Not only is wine made from the world of oenophiles. A good label calls for a good occasion, good company, good music and, of course, good cuisine. All these elements make up the harmonization that makes each open bottle even more special.

Enogastronomy deals with the harmonization of wine and the dish in the same meal, in order to add new learnings in this harmonization, improving the gastronomic experience.

The characteristics of the wine change according to the peculiarities of each production, considering from the cultivation to the way of preserving the drink. Enogastronomy is an art: harmonizing the specific characteristics of each wine with the dish served.

The physical-chemical issues surrounding the flavors are of the utmost importance. However, it is necessary to take into account human perception and subjectivity.

When we think about harmonizing dishes and drinks, we have some important elements to consider: the components, the aromas, the textures and the weight.

Components
This concept concerns the primary taste sensations of wine and food, components that prevail over aromas and textures, namely, acidity, bitterness, sweetness, salty, tannins, alcohol and umami.

Acidity

This is a highly valued attribute in wines and can be natural or added to food. Generally, the acidity between wine and food must be balanced with sweet and greasy flavors.

Bitterness

Bitterness, in turn, is rarely appreciated in food; in wines, he points out the amount of tannins present. Bitter recipes and labels are unlikely to yield good harmonization.

Sweetness

Food should never be sweeter than wine. Always remember that too sweet combinations become nauseating and the ideal is to always seek balance. The acidity and savory flavors are elements that can establish an interesting contrast in this case.

salty

A rare aspect in wines, the savory flavors are contrasted with sweetness and acidity. However, be aware of excessively tannic and more alcoholic wines, as they may present problems with harmonization with savory dishes.

Tannins

Tannins are responsible for the bitterness and astringency of wines. These substances are present in the grape skins and are found in young red labels and in some white wines matured in oak. Fatty and juicy foods provide the perfect contrast to this attribute and, as we said earlier, savory dishes can destroy the taste of wine and food.

Alcohol

The alcoholic flavors work in harmony with the sweetness of the wines. In addition, alcohol acts as an important factor in addition to the components, being decisive in weight and body. It causes burning and heat sensations in the mucous membranes, so spicy dishes alongside excessively alcoholic wines will certainly be a bad idea. Be aware.

Flavors

The aroma is recognized by the initial smell, that is, the moment you put your nose in the cup to smell the drink. However, the wine reserves surprises for after the first sip.

When you breathe after drinking, the wine reveals the aromas hidden in its composition. It is important to pay attention to the notes of the wines to harmonize from the similarity with the food.

Texture

Tactile sensations and temperature establish this complex attribute. In this case, you can risk a matching by contrast. Be aware of the softness and roughness of the elements to be harmonized to define similarity or counterpoint. If the issue is focused on temperature, avoid excessive contrasts.

Weight

Light foods should be paired with softer wines so that one does not overlap the other. In the case of full-bodied labels accompanied by heavy dishes, be careful not to serve excessively indigestible dinners.
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Qual é a taça de vinho ideal? Saiba como escolher!
Posted:Mar 7, 2021 2:24 am
Last Updated:Jun 21, 2021 7:25 pm
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Have you ever found yourself in front of a table wondering what the ideal glass of wine is? If so, know that you are not alone in this doubt!

In addition to the glass of the bowl and the shape of the bowl, the material itself makes a difference in the experience of tasting wine, and there are many options on the market, catering to all budgets. Of course, you do not need to have a set of each in your home, but it is worth knowing the main ones and forming a collection that meets the types of drink that are most consumed by your family and guests.

If you are a person who drinks wine by or any glass, that's fine. But know that the right glass is capable of making each wine even more special. This is because the shape of the piece reveals aromas and flavors that can go unnoticed in an inadequate glass. In addition, the contact that the drink has with the air varies according to the glass in which it is served - and more or less air is capable of completely transforming a wine.

The contact of the drink with the mouth is also important, and it increases or decreases according to the size of the glass. Finally, the material used in the production of the glass influences your experience. The finest crystal glasses are the most recommended, but those made of glass also do the job well. The important thing is that they are transparent, so that your eyes can also enjoy this moment of tasting.

And if you have heard that the glass crystal has lead in its composition, you are right, but you need not worry: for the material to be harmful to human health, it would be necessary for your wine to stay there for days before being consumed.

Bordeaux

These are glass with a large bowl, but they narrow at the end. This format is ideal for full-bodied red wines and rich in tannins, such as those produced with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

Bordeaux glass have this more closed shape precisely to prevent the aromas from dispersing, keeping them more concentrated within the glass. In addition, this narrow edge causes the wine to be directed to the tip of the tongue. In this way, the fruity flavors of the drink are perceived before the tannins go to the back of the mouth.

Burgundy

The Burgundy glass, which is also ideal for more complex and concentrated red wines (such as those produced with the Pinot Noir grape and the Burgundy wines themselves), has a very large bowl, in the format called balloon.

With this rounded bowl and smaller stem, the oxygenation area of ​​the wine is increased, making it breathe faster. In addition to an incredible experience related to the aroma of wines, the shape of the glass directs the drink above the tip and the center of the tongue. As a result, the acidity decreases and the mature qualities of the wine are accentuated.

Flute

These are thin and long glasses, typical of white and sparkling wines. This smaller body allows the drink to be consumed at lower temperatures, as there will be less heat exchange with the environment - which is perfect for white wines, which are served fresher.

In addition, the narrower mouth makes the wine reach the palate with a perfect balance between acidity and sweetness. The longer stem prevents hand heat from coming into contact with the drink, also focusing on keeping the temperature lower.

ISO

If you are going to invest in just one set of glass, it is worth considering the ISO (or International Standards Organizations) model. As you can imagine, this is a model that is suitable for all types of wines, which behave very well in this model.

Of not exaggerated size, crystalline and with a mouth more closed than the bowl, the ISO glass is especially suitable for enhancing the aromas of your drinks.

Tulip

Imagine the tulip flower, with an oval base and narrow opening. Here is the shape of the glass that bears the same name. Many experts argue that this is the ideal format to house sparkling wines, as it allows us to observe the path of the bubbles, allows the drink to breathe and also concentrates the aromas, since it is possible to put your nose inside the bowl at the time of drinking.

Vintage

Until the 1960s, this was the official sparkling wine glass. Charming, it has a low body and a very wide opening.

Port wine

With a long stem and a small shape, the port glasses are ideal for tasting dessert wines, as they house the fortified drink (which does not need to be aerated), but which is consumed in a smaller amoun.
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How to store wine after opening
Posted:Oct 25, 2020 6:04 pm
Last Updated:Mar 12, 2021 5:32 pm
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You opened that bottle of wine with friends, or with that special person, but you didn't drink until the end. Or if you have the habit of drinking alone and cannot finish the drink in one go, this does not mean that the rest of the wine will be wasted ........ currently the wine market offers smaller bottles .
If you are in the habit of enjoying your wine alone, it is worth looking see if your favorite labels have these options. So you can drink it, from start finish ........
An important detail (but unknown many people) is that it is not indicated close the wine be used with the same cork. Because it is the contact with air that initiates the wine's deterioration process "oxidation".
Even placing the cork in the most sealed way, the air ends up bypassing the pores of the cork, continuing with the oxidative process of your drink, even with the bottle closed inside the refrigerator.
In addition to the common stoppers not preventing the oxidation process of the wine, they also do not prevent the smells of other stronger foods from invading the bottle, leaving your drink with even more impaired flavor and aroma.
To avoid all these problems, and prolong the useful life of your wine for a few days, the best option is a vacuum stopper (easy to find in stores) This type of option, extracts oxygen from inside the bottle and the saddle, no allowing air to enter.
It is possible to keep the bottle in the refrigerator, in the standing position, because if it is lying down, a larger surface of the liquid will circulate and come into contact with the air inside the container.
Do not store the wine in the refrigerator door, as the constant movement of the drink, once again, will stir the liquid, which will come into contact with the air and oxidize more quickly.

The duration inside the refrigerator is usually;

Sparkling wines - 1 to 2 days;
Whites and Roses - 3 days;
Light reds - 3 days;
Full-bodied reds - 3 to 4 days .
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Spaghett com molho de carne e almôndegas.!
Posted:Sep 27, 2020 11:35 pm
Last Updated:May 29, 2021 7:33 pm
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The sauce made with red meat and meatballs, in general has a base of tomato sauce, and goes very well with Spaghett. In addition to being well accompanied by a good red wine with a striking flavor and aroma, with a slightly rougher texture, that is, having more tannins.
As the meat adds juiciness and a little fat to the dish, a more concentrated red wine helps to cleanse the palate. So the best option is to opt for a Merlot. For presenting fruity aromas that will combine the presence of the tomato, aged in oak barrels, increasing its potency and body, leaving the flavor longer on the palate.
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Today's music !
Posted:Sep 24, 2020 9:38 pm
Last Updated:Mar 7, 2021 12:39 am
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Music of the day, Bossa Nova version ....... "That's What I like" - Apollinaire Rossi.
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