You’re enjoying a nice glass of red wine. The conversation is flowing and you take the occasional sip as you laugh and joke with your friends. You’re not really paying attention to the glass, which wouldn’t really matter most of the time. Then it happens. You knock the glass wrong or it slips out of your hand as you lift it and suddenly you have red wine all over your clothes or on the carpet.
We’ve all been there and there is never a time that it is not annoying. After all, for all of red wine’s amazing qualities, there is no getting around the fact that it stains clothes to the point where they can become unwearable if you aren’t particularly careful.
However, we are here to tell you that you don’t need to throw your clothes away once you’ve gotten red wine on them. In fact, with a couple of useful techniques, you will be able to get that stain out in no time at all and be back to wearing your favourite outfit sooner rather than later.
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We have spoken before about the numerous health benefits that the average person receives when he or she drinks a glass of wine or two every day. Red wine has been associated with improvements and reductions in several conditions, including heart disease, strokes, and cancers, plus it has been shown to make the human mind more active, thus possibly staving off neurological conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease.
However, what if you are at the peak level of human physical performance. You do everything right. You eat properly and you exercise every day. You are an athlete in every single sense of the word. Can wine still offer any benefits to somebody who is already in exceptional condition?
The simple answer is yes! It most certainly can. However, it’s a little more complex than just saying wine, when consumed in the proper amounts will boost your performance. So instead, let’s take a look at how wine affects the athlete’s body and how this may prove beneficial to their Continue Reading→
In the world of Italian sparkling white wines, it often seems that all of the attention gets lavished on Prosecco. The drink, which is now the most popular sparkling white wine in the world, is often pointed to for its quality to the point where some may feel as though there aren’t any other Italian sparkling whites that are worth talking about.
Today, we aim to dispel that myth once and for all by featuring a company that has built a formidable reputation for creating sparkling white wines that do not carry the Prosecco label, but have every bit of the quality that goes into that most fabulous of Italian white wines.
So without any further ado, let’s first take a look at the history of Abate Nero and then sit down with one of the best wines to emerge from the company in quite some time.
Abate Nero’s journey through the world of wine began in the 1970s. Already buoyed by the fact that the company already shared the Abate name with the man who many consider Continue Reading→
The last twenty years or so have seen the global, and by extension the Italian, wine industry grow enormously. The advent of the internet and the ecommerce boom that followed it has allowed more producers than ever before to advertise their wares to an ever-increasing audience that potentially reaches into the billions. Winemakers who were previously restricted to selling their products via small, often local, networks of retailers can now provide wines to people all over the world.
This trend is most easily seen in the wine industries expansion into regions where it had not previously been popular or had been unable to penetrate. We have covered in the past the continued efforts to popularize wine in Asian markets, such as India and China. Such efforts are meeting great success and today the Italian wine industry stands in line to benefit enormously from two countries that host over two billion people, all of whom are developing an increasing understanding and awareness of wine tha Continue Reading→
As the world grows increasingly health and environmentally conscious, there has been an increasing trend towards organic foodstuffs. This trend is mirrored in industries throughout the world and the wine sector is no different. In fact, many producers now wear the organic label as a badge of honor, proudly separating their wines from the rest of the pack by noting their adherence to more natural vine growing techniques.
So is organic all that it’s cracked up to be? We think so, but also note that non-organic wines are most certainly worthy of your time too. Even so, we have created a short list of some of the key benefits of going organic with your wine drinking.
Supporting the Land
Organic growing methods, particularly those that veer over into biodynamic methods, place all of their focus on using completely natural products at all points. What this means for the farmer’s land is that fewer chemicals from pesticides, fertilisers, and the like make their way into the soil. Continue Reading→
Usually each week we write a profile on a wine producer in Italy and examine one of the best ones to come out of the company. At times, these profiles are for some of the largest, most famous Italian wine companies, thus acting as something of an introduction to the world of wine for those who are unfamiliar and looking for a starting point. At others, we take a look at a smaller company that we believe deserves to have a better reputation for the quality it produces, or a new company that brings something innovative to the table that we believe deserves to be shouted from the rafters.
The commonality is usually that we highlight only one bottle of wine for each company, to lend readers something of a starting point and show the profiled company at the peak of its game.
This week we are going to take a slightly different tack. We will be profiling another great wine company, but we are actually going to take a look at a few different wines, thus offering you more options should y Continue Reading→
Nobody goes out with the intention of buying a poor quality wine. Even those operating on a budget prefer to find something that they enjoy, which is most definitely possible as long as you know what you should be looking for when trying to find a quality wine. Unfortunately many people, particularly those who are new to wine, end up making mistakes that lead them to wasting their money on wines that they don’t enjoy.
That’s where we can come in to help you. This week, we are going to be looking at a few more tips that you should follow to ensure your get your hands on a quality wine, instead of a bottle of plonk that end up sitting on the table unfinished.
Look at Reviews
The internet is a remarkable resource for those who are buying wine, as it offers untold amounts of information for those willing to take a few moments to do some research. Take a moment to examine the wine bottle’s label and see if you can find some of the most crucial information, such as the name of Continue Reading→
Modern technology has facilitated the evolution of the Italian wine industry in ways we wouldn’t have even been able to imagine a mere 20 years ago. Thanks to the internet, wine enthusiasts the world over are able to research wines, learn more about their producers, and make purchases that may not have been available to them otherwise.
The advent of Ecommerce, in particularly, has been a boon for the industry, leading to record sales for producers throughout Italy on shining a spotlight on those whose products can now reach an international market that would have previously been unavailable to them.
As the operators of an Ecommerce website in our own right, Xtrawine is well-placed to discuss the benefits that the technology brings. A quick perusal of our website will show you that we are able to offer tons of information about thousands of wines and producers around the world, all in one location. You can purchase any wine that you may desire from our website, all from the comf Continue Reading→
The Italian wine industry is really big business these days. Not only are more people than ever before purchasing wines from Italian producers, which has made Italy the single largest wine producing country in the world, but thousands upon thousands flock to Italy to engage in a little wine tourism, during which they have the opportunity to sample some of their favourite vintages while also learning more about the people behind the wines that they love so much.
So what if you are new to game? What if you have never been a wine tourist before and you want to make sure you have everything you need to make the most out of the experience.
Fear not! Your friends at Xtrawine are here with a few useful tips that will ensure you enjoy your wine tourism trip to the absolute maximum and come away more informed, happy, and absolutely dying to come back and see more.
Hire a Car
Sure, you can learn an awful lot from just going to a single winery and spending a day there, but if you real Continue Reading→
In all of nature there really are few sites that can match the eruption of a volcano in terms of the pure majesty of sheer power of the occasion. There are many active volcanoes dotting the Earth’s landscape and these awe-inspiring natural creations have literally been responsible for the destruction of nations and the creation of new lands over the course of millennia.
While all of that is spectacular in its own right, did you know that soil enriched by the many minerals released in a volcanic eruption is actually desired in the agricultural sector? Nowhere is this more true than in the wine industry, where volcanic soil is seen as being able to infuse wines with something a little bit different, ensuring they stand out from the crowd in the process.
The most famous volcano in Italy is Mt. Etna, which stands on the island of Sicily and has numerous recorded eruptions. Each of these eruptions, though potentially damaging to life, also reinvigorate the soil surrounding the mount Continue Reading→