Wine in a Can? Why It’s Better to Stick With Glass Bottles for Italian Wine

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We love the continuing growth of the Italian wine industry. In fact, you could argue that the industry is in the strongest position that it’s been in for years. The millennial generation seems more likely to adopt wine as one of its drinks of choice, at least when compared to the generations that came before them. Moreover, the industry has expanded into several new territories over the course of the last decade or so. China and India have emerged as strong markets with enormous potential for growth. Even territories such as Russia, which has traditionally not been much of a wine-loving nation, have experienced growth in recent years. But increasing popularity does come at a cost. As any item becomes more popular, it’s likely that a bunch of manufacturers will produce budget products that are intended to appeal to those who might otherwise not consider the product. Yet others may lean heavily towards creating novelty items. That appears to have happened with the wine indus Continue Reading

5 Interesting Benefits Of Red Wine For Skin, Hair, And Health

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Red wine is a type of wine made by crushing and fermenting dark-colored, whole grapes. Common varieties include Nerello Mascalese, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot noir and Blend Red. The color of the wine may vary from intense violet, brick red to brown depending on their age. Wine was first documented as a man-made medicine in ancient Egyptian and Sumerian tablets dating back to 2200 BC. Since then it has a long history of medication and is associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and early death. Well, this does show red wine as an elixir for vitality and good health. What Gives Red Wine It’s Beauty Benefits? Red wine is made from grapes, and grapes are rich in several antioxidants. They are known to have multiple health benefits. Some of these include catechins, resveratrol, epicatechin, and proanthocyanidins. Studies reveal that resveratrol, the antioxidant present in the grape skin, has both anti-aging and heart-healthy benefits. Continue Reading

The Upcoming Lambrusco Awards 2018

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Prestige has always played an important part in the Italian wine industry. The sheer number of awards and ratings systems that are dotted around the country, and indeed the world, should be more than enough to prove that. Producers love to receive high ratings and awards for their work. And why shouldn’t they? They’ve poured their hearts and souls into producing their wines, so a little recognition in the form of an award is a tip of the hat to everything that they give to the industry. Of course, such awards also have a more practical purpose. As mentioned, they enhance the level of prestige attached to the wine, which in turn adds to its appeal for consumers. A wine with a strong rating or a lot of awards will generally see a spike in sales, which is always a good thing for the producer. You could even argue that critical opinion has played a large part in many of the wine trends that people can end up following for years. While there are plenty of awards shows that have Continue Reading

7 Unknown Benefits of Whiskey For Beautiful Skin and Body

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Whiskey is an alcoholic delight dates back to the 15th century when it originated in the present day Scotland. Since then, it has only become popular across the world. Whiskey's ability to not only taste good but also please the senses aptly has fast made it a household name. But a very few people are aware of its health benefits and its capability to beautify the skin in and out. Whiskey is thus a drink for those who aim to indulge in a healthy yet delicious drink. Since it suits for all kinds of occasions, ranging from parties to official get-togethers, it has become a part and parcel of our lives. This article thus intends to delve into the benefits of whiskey for beautiful skin and body. Radiant Skin Application of whiskey on the skin has been found out to be a boon for the skin. Not only does it facilitate the skin to ravishing but also helps remove all the embedded dirt within the pores of the skin. Although whiskey has these benefits, it can prove to be a costly affair. T Continue Reading

The Wines of the Calabria Region

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As any Italian wine love will know, the region that a wine comes from is extremely important. Producers take great pride in the qualities that the terroir imbues into their wines. Plus, there are certain grape varieties that only grow in certain regions. This goes a long way to lending variety to the wines that come from the Italian industry. This regional focus is also reflected in the regulations that the DOC has in place. As well as dictating the proportion of grape varieties that can be used in a particular wine, the DOC regulations also highlight the exact region that is comes from. Any wine of that type that comes from the wrong region cannot carry the DOC label. As you can see, the region is important when it comes to Italian wine. As a consumer, that means it’s also important that you know about the region that a wine should come from to ensure you don’t end up buying a bottle that’s anything less than the real thing. And that brings us to the subject of today Continue Reading

A Great Wine Sauce Recipe And Some Italian Wines to Pair it With

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It’s been a little while since we took a look at some great food to combine with your glass of Italian wine. But this time around, we’ve decided to look at a food that actually uses wine as its main ingredient. We’re talking, of course, about a red wine sauce. These sauces can add an interesting flavour to a dish that extends far beyond what you’d get with a standard type of sauce. Better yet, you can add some variety into the mix. Most types of ketchup or BBQ sauce taste fairly similar, even though ever maker has its own recipe. With a red wine sauce, you get a unique sauce with every vintage of wine that you use. You can imbue the sauce with all of the flavours, tannins, and unique aspects of the wine, while still enjoying it as part of a meal. Of course, you need to make the sauce before you can really enjoy it. And the thing is that many supermarkets don’t carry wine-based sauces as part of their regular stock, so you may not be able to buy a pre-packaged sauc Continue Reading

At What Age Should You Start Drinking Wine?

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If you take a look at various countries around the world, you’ll see that each one has its own laws in place when it comes to when you can start drinking alcohol. Take the UK as an example. In that country, you have to wait until you’re 18 before you can start drinking any alcoholic beverages. The United States is often even stricter. Many of the states in that country won’t allow people to buy alcohol until they’re 21 years of age. Italy has slightly more relaxed rules. While it’s illegal for vendors to sell alcohol to people below the age of 18, it is legal to enjoy a drink of wine with a meal from ages 16 and up. In fact, 16 and 17 year olds can even order a single glass of wine with a meal from a restaurant. Of course, they also have to ensure that they don’t allow this person to drink more than a single glass. France is even more relaxed. While you still have to be 18 years old if you want to buy any hard liquors, you can buy beer and wine in France when you Continue Reading

Why Do Most People Recommend Red Wine For Health Instead of White Wine?

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For most people, choosing between Italian red and white wines is a matter of taste. Some prefer red wines for the complex flavours that they have to offer. Others prefer white wines because they’re often sharper and more refreshing. Of course, many people love both and will choose a wine based on how they’re feeling during any particular moment in time. But did you know that a lot of people drink wine because of its reported health benefits? It’s true. Wine has been medically proven to help combat a number of long-term health conditions. As long as you don’t overindulge, a glass of wine or two per day can lead to better heart health and increased cognitive strength. But there’s a strange phenomenon that crops up when you’re talking about which wines to drink for health. Most people will tell you that red wine is the way to go. As great as white wine is, it doesn’t (more…) Continue Reading

How Do You Make Non-Alcoholic Wine?

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What’s the best thing about that glass of Italian wine that you have in your hand right now? You may say that it’s the wonderful combination of flavours. Winemakers pour their hearts and souls into their craft to create wines that give you all of the flavour of the grape while also expressing the power of the terroir. Others may say that they love the history behind every bottle. Even the newest of producers have passionate stories that highlight their love for the vine and the wines that they produce. You could spend days reading about different producers’ stories and never get bored. But let’s be honest here. For all of the passion that we may have about flavour, composition, and history, there’s something else that many of us love about wine. It contains alcohol. Alcohol adds to the overall flavour and sensation of the wine. In fact, the DOC and similar regulatory bodies often place strict guidelines that tell producers how much alcohol content a particul Continue Reading

Wine Grapes and Table Grapes – What’s the Difference

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Have you ever sat munching on a bunch of grapes and the question came into your mind? Why didn’t these grapes become wine? It’s a common question. Most of us just assume that winemakers have a bunch of grapes left over from production and those are the ones that find their way onto our tables. But that isn’t the case. In fact, there’s a surprising amount of things that separate table grapes from the grapes that get used to make your favourite wines. Of course, that leaves us with another question. What’s the difference? That’s the question that we’re going to explore with this examination of both table and wine grapes. The Two Big Differences There are two big things that separate table grapes from those that are used for making wine: How sweet they are How they’re grown The latter has the biggest effect on where the grape ends up. And of course, the growing methods get reflected in the taste that the grape ends up having. (more&hellip Continue Reading

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