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The best red wine gifts for Valentine’s Day

Picture this: It’s Valentine’s Day and love is in the air. You and your significant other have a special evening planned. You’ve got dinner reservations at your favourite restaurant, or maybe you’re cooking something special at home. You’ve picked out the sweetest card you could find, and you’ve inscribed it with a beautiful message that is all sweet nothings and romance. Perfect... (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Red Wines

Host your own Muga Rioja wine dinner

Wine is inherently social, and there is perhaps no better way to enjoy it than in the company of good friends. An interesting twist on the more informal cocktail party or soirée is to organise and host your own wine dinner. A wine dinner brings together the best of food and wine, and usually built around a particular theme. You could have a wine dinner based on French wine, or Spanish wine, or sparkling wine, or whatever you want: You’re the host, after all! (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Fortified Wines

3 Reasons to drink more fortified wine

The world of wine is beautifully diverse. So diverse, in fact, that it’s virtually impossible to ever taste - let alone understand - everything. Master Sommeliers, Masters of Wine, and other diehard professionals spend their entire careers at it and may not come close. Where, then, does that leave the average wine lover? (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Fortified Wines

6 Ideas for cooking with Bristol Cream Sherry

Most serious cooks use Sherry as a versatile ingredient in all sorts of dishes. A wide range of recipes call for a splash of Sherry here or there. Sherry, the common name for the fortified wines of Spain’s Jerez region, comes in a variety of styles from very dry to very sweet. It’s important to note that most recipes, when calling for Sherry, are referring to dry Sherry. Most, but not all. Sweeter styles, such as Bristol Cream Sherry and Pedro Ximénez, also have their place in cooking. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Grapes

Everything you should know about Godello

The world of wine is inherently quite romantic, dare we say even sexy. Yes, it’s an agricultural product made from grapes, but that doesn’t detract from the glamour and sensuousness of it all. When it comes to grapes and sex appeal, though, there’s a bit of an imbalance - some grapes are certainly sexier than others, basically. Albariño rolls off the tongue, Chardonnay charms effortlessly and Sauvignon Blanc sizzles. Beautiful. What about Godello, then? (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Regions

All you need to know about Mallorca wine

The Balearic island of Mallorca (or Majorca) is a favourite holiday destination for many. Its international airport is one of Spain’s busiest, and it welcomes millions of tourists every year. It’s easy to see why: The place enjoys an attractive Mediterranean climate and is a haven of culture, beautiful architecture, stunning beaches and world-class cuisine. There are many reasons to visit Mallorca, and one in particular that should appeal to readers of this blog: Did you know that they also make wine there? (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Pairing

Great food pairings for Merlot wines

Merlot is one of the world’s most popular red wine grapes. Good (and often great) Merlot is made throughout the world, from France and Spain to the USA, Chile and beyond. At its best it makes fleshy, rounded and supple wines with generous mouth-filling flavours of berries, plum and currants. The grape was famously bashed by the lead character in the popular movie Sideways, though it remains a crucial grape when it comes to many of the world’s finest wines. Bordeaux’s most expensive wines, Petrus and Château Le Pin, to mention just two examples, are made from 100% pure Merlot. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
White Wines

What exactly is white Merlot?

Merlot is one of the world’s best known red wine grapes. Alongside Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot is a key component in the Bordeaux blend, particularly in regions like Saint Emilion and Pomerol where it is the dominant grape in some of the world’s finest wines. Red Merlot wines are also very popular throughout the world in Spain, the USA, New Zealand and Australia. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago
Red Wines

Five Rioja Crianza wines you really must try

Rioja wines are some of our very favourites. Through masterful blending of different grape varieties and careful, time-honoured ageing techniques, Rioja produces a wide range of different styles. Surely every wine lover can find something to suit their palate from this region: whether that’s a zippy young Joven red wine, a barrel-aged white, a mature Gran Reserva red or anything in between. There’s something for everybody, certainly, though perhaps the biggest crowd pleaser of them all is red Rioja Crianza. (more…)

By INVINIC, ago

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