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ЦВЕТНАТА ВИНЕНА ПАЛИТРА- КЛАСИКА ИЛИ МОДА?

Имало едно време бяло и червено вино! Случайно или не, в последствие се появява розето! И в стил Асен Разцветников и неговите "Приказчици", и ние спираме до тук с историята на виното!

Днес изборът не се свежда само до тези 3 цвята, а палитрата е много по-пъстра!

Но кое да изберем: класиката или модата и до къде ще стигнат новаторите в издирването на нови цветове на вината?

 

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ПРЕДИЗВИКАТЕЛСТВОТО ДА СЪЧЕТАЕМ ВИНО СЪС ЗЕЛЕНЧУЦИ

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Отмина времето, в което зеленчуците играеха предимно ролята на гарнитура в едно ястие. Магданозът отдавна не е просто подправка или украса, Кейлът (къдраво зеле) избяга от основната си роля в салатите, а цвеклото и брюкселското зеле се срещат в менютата на все повече ресторанти. Включваме зеленчуците в диетите, религиозни пости или просто ги предпочитаме пред местните продукти. Изучаването на комбиниране на вино и зеленчуци прави предизвикателството още по-вкусно.

На какви въпроси трябва да си отговорим, преди да изберем виното?

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ТРЯБВА ЛИ ДА ДЕКАНТИРАМЕ БЕЛИ ВИНА И КОГА?

Какъв стил бели вина и колко „възрастни” такива могат да се възползват от предимствата на декантирането? Ще търпят ли те по-кратък период на декантиране от червените вина?

Има три основни причини да се декантира едно вино: 

1.Да се позволи на виното да „диша”;

2.Да се отдели от всякакви евентуални утайки;

3.И защото декантираните вина увеличават очакваното удоволствие.

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ДИАМАНТИ ВЪВ ВИНОТО МИ?

Не, това не са диаманти и кристали, в противен случай виното нямаше да е на тази цена. Това не е снежно коледно кълбо, а бутилка бяло вино с нежни, люспести прозрачни тартаратни кристали, видими при разклащане.

Те могат да изглеждат като пътека от диаманти, останала в дъното на чашата, а и често са залепени за долната част на корка.

Наричани още „ винени диаманти“ или в Германия „ винени камъни“, те са здрави кристалчета от винена киселина, които често се образуват при червени и бели вина, които не са били подложени на студена стабилизация.

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Пино Гри или Пино Гриджо и от къде идва разликата в имената на някои сортове грозде?

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Чудили ли сте се някога защо на някои бутилки пише Пино Гри, а на други Пино Гриджо? Има ли всъщност разлика между двете вина и имаме ли причина да предпочитаме едното пред другото?

Може би вече знаете, че тези вина са направени от един и същ сорт Пино Гри – това е бяло грозде с розови и сивкаво-кафяви оттенъци по ципата.

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The magnificent effect of wine on the friendship

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In everyday life we rarely have time to meet friends, family and even less to meet interesting new people. It is proved that winter is the most appropriate period to invite friends for a visit and to turn the ordinary dinner in something a little bit more interesting, educating and of course concerning the wine. The wine tasting with friends can create interesting discussions or to awake memories from passed wine tours, visited wineries or tasted wines. It can also help you plan your next wine experience TOGETHER during the summer time.

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Chardonnay please VS the ABC movement (Anything but Chardonnay)

Have you ever met e person who is “tired from Chardonnay” or a member of the movement ABC (“Anything but Chardonnay”)? And have you ever wondered which style of Chardonnay he is tired from – the light and fresh Chardonnay without aging in barrels or Chardonnay Barrel Fermented, Chablis, Mersault or Macon, Chardonnay from Western France, North Italy or Australian Chardonnay?

A Chardonnay that is raised in the comparatively cold climate in Burgundy will have totally different character compared with Chardonnay from the sunny and New North Wales.

 

What does the ABC actually mean?

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The era of Cabernet Franc

For over a century Cabernet Franc was keeping silently his splendor and the relatively younger Cabernet Sauvignon stole the light in order to become the most popular variety of red grape. In the present days, the “other” Cabernet looks like the “coolest” member of the family, more preferable, more popular among the wine adventurers who are looking for relieve from the powerful red fatigue.

In February 2015, Wine Spectator, leading American magazine, published an article titled “Cabernet Franc’s Time”:

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How to choose the right glass for the New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is approaching and traditionally we pop off a bottle of champagne. If you have selected a Bulgarian naturally sparkling wine for your table, we will be really proud. This would be recognition for us that with these articles we have managed to make you believe more in Bulgarian wine.

Of course the sparkling wine deserves to be served in the right glass. And you will take a visit to someone during the holiday time and you are still wondering what to buy for a present, the rightly chosen wine glasses would be a great decision.

But what glass should we choose: “flute”, “coupe” or “tulip”.

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Smell vs taste – which is more important when it comes to wine

Many of you may say that those 2 aspects are tied up together and we could not give priority to either one of them. Above all, let’s determinate the two terms but not only in order to find answer to the question but also to get important information for our next wine tasting.

Let’s define the taste

The taste is a result of how our mouth react with the wine we drink. Basically, we can define 2 groups of sensors – one is called “taste” and the other one is called “taste in the moth”.

The taste is a result from the interaction of our taste buds with the wine. The taste buds are the small formations, the receptors in the mouth situated all over out tongue. They allow us to recognize different variations of the taste like sweet, sour, salty, acid and umami. “The taste in the mouth” is referred to the perception that we are able to get from the actual nerves in our mouth and tongue. They let us sense different parameters like temperatures, spices, body, and attack.

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THE MERITS OF THE BULGARIAN GRAPE VARIETIES

Do we have any idea about the Bulgarian varieties of grape and the wines made from them; are they interesting for the consumer, like for example is the Pinot Noir? Does the exotic name of that variety would make the consumer buy a bottle of Pinot instead of Mavrud?

How could we impress the juries at the international wine competitions – with Cabernet and Merlot, aged in French oak barrels??? The truth is that we have really good wines there but that is not our power. The local varieties like Mavrud and Rubin and their specific and unique characteristics would intrigue every foreigner, who is a wine appreciator. Often, you can meet a foreign wine taster who would appreciate the wines from those two grape varieties better than his Bulgarian colleague.

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Rose wine – the summer elixir

It is summer time which means that the season of the rose wines is officially on. It starts in March and it continues during the sultry summer months. The rose wine has his rightful place alongside with the white wine, in the rating for summer wines: it is light and you can easily combine it with lighter summer foods.

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The art of the “Blind” wine tasting

Believe it or not, it is really an art to taste wine blind fooled and then to understand what do you really taste. You should think of the wine glass as a puzzle with the label of the wine. The color and the scents of the wine are simply pieces of this puzzle. Each and every piece will help you to give an answer to the question: What is this wine?

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What is a “Bottle Shock”?

Every wine lover has watched or at least he has heard of the movie “Bottle Shock”, which causes a lot of questions about the origin and period of appearance of this Shock in the wine bottle!

We have two possible scenarios about the appearance of “Shock in a bottle” or otherwise told “Bottle sickness”: right after the bottling or when the wine (especially older vintages) was being transported on longer distances.

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Some of the most famous blends in the world!

Classical Bordeaux Blend, GSM Rhone Blend, the rose from Provence, all of those are terms that step in the blended Bulgarian wines! Maybe most of you are still asking themselves which varieties make those famous blends. And others could ask if there is a classical Bulgarian blend. Well, unfortunately, there isn’t! Some wine cellars have made their own emblematic blends from Bulgarian varieties, like for example Mavrud x Rubin, but we cannot still call them classic.

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Why the wine bottles are different?

Just like people, the wine bottles have many varieties. They can start from being shorter and more vast, to more elevated and elegant – traditional or amusing (it depends on how creative is the marketing strategy of the enterprise). Usually, the shapes of the wine bottles reflect the region from which the origin of the wine is or more likely the variety of the grapes.

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The “Wild” world of the wine

Just as we thought we already know all the confusing wine terms that you can read on the back side of the bottle, there it is, we have phrases like “wild yeasts”, and others like “spontaneous fermentation” or “indigenous yeasts”. Most wines on the market are produced with cleared culture of wine yeasts, used by the oenologists to extract specific scents from the grapes and to ensure the smooth and complete process of fermentation.

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Learn the art of winemaking


Besides regional differences of grapes, has a number of tricks that apply oenologists cellars to improve the quality of wine. Wine aging in oak is perhaps best known technique in winemaking, but there are many more that remain hidden to the consumer. Knowing them, the next visit to the winery will razberete for a winery and even the style of wine before you try them.

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COMBINING of wine and seafood!

In recent decades have seen a growing number of wine lovers in the world. Similarly, the number of different wines available to them increases, as winemakers constantly come up with new ideas for each step of the production of wine. Vineyards are planted in some parts of the world who were previously deprived of viticulture. For these reasons, many of the old rules in the world of wine is constantly updated.

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WHAT WE DO NOT KNOW ABOUT Pinot Noir?

Pinot Noir is the tenth most cultivated grapes in the world. Wines from Pinot gaining more followers among wine enthusiasts. In fact, the average prices of these wines are biased higher than other varieties. What makes the wine so special that attracts wine enthusiasts damn? Let's look at some of the most interesting facts about Pinot Noir.

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DILEMMA-SMALL BOTTLE OR GLASS OF WINE ...

Market found wines in different packs of 180 ml bottles to 10 liter boxes and even the contents inside is still wine, these packs are designed for a variety of retail outlets. Standard bottles of 750 ml and 1.5 liter Magnum found both in stores and in restaurants, while Bag-in-box boxes with a volume of 3 to 10 liters can only be purchased in major retail chains and specialized wine stores. However, they are widely used in restaurants that offer wine glasses for their clients because of their low price. Offering a glass of wine directly from the bottle and then chosen by the customer originated in the countries of the New World, such as the keeping quality of the open bottle for a long time used etc. wine dispensers.

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DID YOU KNOW ....

Attention wine lovers, this could be bad news for some of you. A recent study showed that a surprising number of consumers are allergic to wine - without even realizing it. And your health is injured by it.

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WINE - SCIENCE AND CREATIVITY

Oenology is the science of wine so complex as can be complex flavoring profile of a good wine. Studies and research in the field of wine and spirits are constant activity of global laboratories and institutes. This is an infinitely growing science seeking to achieve the best results in the quality of the wine with the less possible processing and lowest doses of products with the most natural, natural and purified origin. Climate changes globally affect the quality of the grapes, wine, respectively, which necessitates demand for products that naturally offset, even to supplement losses in grape composition.

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RESIDUE IN WINE?!?

Have you ever had to find sediment in expensive wine that you bought? Does it make you think about this as a drink or trust written on the label "Can occur noble residue"?
Solid residue in the wine  can occur for several reasons. If the residue is composed of white crystals, it is a potassium bitartrate, which is a result of the precipitation of the tartaric acid in the form of crystals.

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FOUR EFFECTIVE METHODS SAVE OPENED BOTTLE WITH WINE!

For some reason it appears that you can not drink a whole bottle of wine a day. Is the problem of how to store the wine until the next consumption at minimal risk of degradation. Oxygen, which occupies the missing part of the liquid in the cylinder acting on the molecules of the wine, it oxidizes. Our goal is to limit these adverse interactions, displacing oxygen from incomplete bottle. Here are our four proposals to delay the inevitable.

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CONCERNS OF OENOLOGIST

On the occasion of the beginning of the grape harvest in Villa Yustina decided to make you empathize with the concerns of oenologists on the quality of the crop and its importance for obtaining magnificent wines, which enjoy those hot summer days.

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SEMILLON

Semillon (Sémillon in French) is one of the varieties such as Riesling, which tended to be more valued by wine producers than the average wine consumer. They know that if it was the richness of the wine Semillon and thin parchment, making variety highly susceptible to noble rot by Botrytis, there would be no wines largest category of Sauternes (Sotern) and Barsac (Barsak) wines longest life worldwide.

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SEVEN MAJOR MISTAKES THAT CAN DERAIL YOUR TASTING!

We are all guilty of mistakes that wine drinkers do because we do them. We know that some would dispute this on the grounds that it all depends on the wine and its flavors, which to some extent is correct, but knowing, recognizing and avoiding these seven "deadly sins" of wine, would provide you greater pleasure of that beverage. Extracting the best from a bottle is important because let's be realistic, most wine bottles are a luxury item for most consumers is an effort to secure it. So avoid these common mistakes and get the tasting benefits of these efforts.

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BIO WINES VS WINES OF CONVENTIONAL AGRICULTURE

Wine production consists of two phases - one that takes place in the vineyard (i.e. grape growing) and what happens in the winery (i.e. fermentation of grapes, processing, bottling, etc.). The basic definition of organic wine as "wine made from grapes grown organically" refers only to the first phase (growing grapes). There are many potential materials that may be added during the second stage of the procedure for the realization of the fermentation and preservation of wine. The most universal agent to protect wine is sulfur dioxide. The issue of protecting the wine is central to the debate about how organic wine is defined.

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PURE VARIETAL WINES VS BLENDED WINES

All are convinced that the quality of the wine certainly depends on the quality of the grapes from which it is made. Depending on the region and appeal, oenologist can choose to use a variety of its wine or combine more varieties and make a blend. What are the characteristics that distinguish the two styles of wine?
An example of this Bordeaux, where red wines are often made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec even less Carmenere. Six varieties, each of which contributes to the taste of the final product.

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MYSTERY OF SPARKLING WINES

As the New Year holidays that involve many toasts, fireworks and gifts, we would like to draw your attention to the natural sparkling wines. More expensive and more complex to build than still wine, they traditionally are considered special and extravagant. At the higher pH, more delicate flavor, unique foaming flavor and less alcohol than most table wines, they are one of the most versatile wines for combining with food. Modern production techniques have helped these wines to be more accessible and popular for special occasions. We will look at the various methods, pausing in detail the traditional "Champagnization" and purposefully omitting wines obtained by saturation with carbon dioxide or so-called "carbonization". We all know the requirements for a wine to bear the name "Champagne" on the label indications "Brut," "Extra Brut", etc., and will not dwell on this, but not all know the details of making a natural sparkling wine.

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WINE AND CHOCOLATE

Some say chocolate does not combine well with the wine, but if you have the right wine to match with the right chocolate it can take you to paradise of the senses! Whether pairing a delicate white or dark chocolate with wine, keep in mind the following guidelines. Note that combining wine with chocolate is not completely understood. It may take several experiments until you find the best combinations. Remember that your taste sensations can be very different from those who try and test individually. Try to keep the wine sweeter than chocolate, otherwise both flavors collide and rise bitter notes instead of smooth synergy of their union.

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WHAT IS BAG-IN-BOX

Buying wine in Bag-in- Box is a growing trend worldwide. The consumer starts receiving Bag-in- Box as another type of packaging for wine, while wineries rediscovering promotional opportunities that this type of packaging available.

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WINE AND MUSIC

Let's be frank: The tongue is not based on taste perception. Unlike the rest of our sensory organs, which are extremely sensitive, this collection of muscles in the mouth is an imperfect tool for perception, which can only detect five different taste sensations. Your ear pinna, by comparison, contain thousands of different cells, each of which is tuned to a certain wavelength of the sound.

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WINE AND SUSHI?!?

Many of us, even the - obsessed wine seem to forget the place of wine on the table at the moment get into a sushi bar. Most restaurant owners are trying to "wash" sushi and sashimi with beer or hot sake, while sophisticated people hope in the restaurant offer some good chilled sake. And for those who prefer wine, an unusual choice for the typical sushi is discouraging.

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WINE BOTTLE WITH GLASS STOPPER - AESTHETICS AND SOMETHING MORE

Consumer surveys show that 89% of them in the choice of wine rely on the design of the packaging. Under the bautyful capsule can always hide a surprise for the buyer and the natural cork to be synthetic, what troubles, and disappointed the majority of consumers. Indisputable are the advantages of natural cork in front of synthetic cork, but it has its drawbacks, though few in number. One of the twenty bottles of wine can be with leak or a light smell of cork, so research for finding the best solution for bottles continue.

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WINE NUTRITION

Всеки от нас поне веднъж е чел за благоприятното въздействие на виното върху здравословното състояние на нашият организъм. Всеки от нас поне веднъж се е подлагал на диета, като единствената посочена позволена алкохолна напитка е била виното. Ще посочим няколко примера за вина и техните калории в една чаша от божествената напитка.

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WINE SELECTION IN THE SUMMER MONTHS

Although there is no specific category of wine attributed to consumption in the summer, there are many examples that focus on the food and the time characteristic of the hottest days of the year.

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Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon - ETERNAL WHITE BLEND

Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon is a classic white blend produced and widely preferred in France, where both varieties have earned respect, but the famous blend is impressive. The Blend is usually made from fresh, dry wines, but it is also the most frequently chosen combination of the most prestigious style sweet wine in the world Sauternes.

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Wine and Game(food)

Wine is one of the most complex and interesting drinks on the planet that can be studied almost indefinitely. While most foods can be just delicious or not, wine can be understood and consumed as a supplement to food in a way that most other things can not.

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Trust Sommelier

Its happened to everyone to wander through the vast wine list in the restaurant, while choosing the right wine for the right meal. Some rely on familiar flavors and brands, while others are more willing to experiment in their choice, risking it to make mistake with the right wine for the right meal. During the progress and significant improvement in quality of Bulgarian wines restaurateurs strive to offer our customers more choice of bottles without realizing that this somehow confuses the consumer. Here is the important role of sommelier-to help both restaurants in the selection of wines, and to help their customers in their choice of wine.

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Wine and Sex

WINE AND SEX - the perfect combination
In a world infatuated with the wine theme for its proper combination is often discussed. So what goes with wine? The first thing that pops in your mind is the food: Cabernet Sauvignon with roast beef, Zinfandel with pasta Marinara, Pinot Noir with grilled fish ...  

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Wine and Bread - EXTREEMLY GOOD COMBINATION

COMBINE WINE WITH BREAD
What is common in the wine and the bread and why combine so well? Yeast are the ingredients of wine and many types of bread. Flavors and aromas of bread dough and cookies can be found in certain wines. In addition to the similarities in taste, wine and bread have a common history, which dates back to ancient Greece, where bread soaked in wine was universal breakfast. When Greek men gathered to recite poems, drank wine and ate bread and cheese. 

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INTERESTING DESTINATION

Nature eco-path "CHAPEL St GEORGE - The Tower"

Contrary to all expectations this year is blessed with a sunny days and unusually warm month. High temperatures and burning sun herald welcoming spring and undoubtedly causes thoughts of new adventures out in every lover of nature. Bringing back warm clothes, take out short-sleeves, identified new destinations for visits home reds for next winter and cooling Rose and white wines. Open season on interesting weekend destinations. 

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