The Benefits of Wine

by Porto Planet

We have all heard that ‘an apple a day, keeps the doctor away’, but lately, more and more studies show that wine can bring many benefits to the body and make a significant contribution to maintaining our good health. So how can wine help us when we drink it regularly, but in moderation? Let’s see in detail! 1. LIVE LONGER! It is known that in Ikaria people live longer than anywhere else in the world. Daily consumption of wine is part of a diet that can enrich the lives of those who follow it because it is less reliant on…

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The 5 best red wines for the Christmas period

by Robert Lovell

As we enter deep winter and Christmas approaches, there is no better drink than a rich, fruity red wine. It’s an alcoholic beverage that goes with all the best Christmas foods - from Turkey to Mince Pies - and a red’s deep flavour acts as the perfect blanket for your mouth on a chilly night. There are a wide array of different red wines that can be enjoyed during the festive season, all with different flavours, different prices, and which compliment different delicious Christmas foodstuffs. So here’s a quick guide to some of the best red wines to should…

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California Wine Country has not burned down

by Bob Ecker

Napa, California On the night of Sunday, October 8th, Northern California Wine Country was hit with a dangerous “perfect storm” of atmospheric conditions combining: warm temperatures, extremely low humidity, bone dry fields and forests and very strong winds. Beginning at 9:52 pm, 17 wildfires sprung up throughout the wine country counties of Napa, Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino Counties. These were considered wildland urban interface fires, meaning forest fires within close proximity to human habitation and businesses. And these fires were big and fast moving, among the worst in California’s history. The result was a tragic toll on some communities,…

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The Best Wines to Suit Everyone at a Wedding

by Sam Brown

So the date is set, the big day is getting nearer and the guests are eagerly anticipating the celebrations. For the hosts the planning of the perfect wedding breakfast is paramount so here is a selection of the best wine ideas to get you through the day and suit every taste, budget and reveller! Champagne, Cava or Prosecco – depending on budget or preference any one of these is perfect to kick off the proceedings and to toast the happy couple during the speeches. Prosecco has fast become the fashionable fizz of choice for many and there is a…

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Which French Wines Must You Have at your Tasting Party?

by Rob Jones

Wine tasting at home with family and friends is a good way of getting to know what wines are popular. This helps if you are planning to host a dinner party. You will know which wines to choose that will go down well with your guests. Here are some tips and wine selections to help you get your wine tasting off to a great start. Number of Bottles It’s best to stick to four or five bottles of different wines. Any more and you might overload your palette and your taste buds won’t be as sensitive. There are…

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Franciacorta Anyone?

by JoAnn DeGaglia

Franciacorta is clearly Italy's answer to Champagne. A high-quality sparkling wine made in the Méthode Champenoise from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (with limited amounts of Pinot Blanc), it rivals and in some cases surpasses some of Champagnes best with its complexity and finesse. Franciacorta is a relatively small wine region that encompasses about 48,000 acres with the actual vineyard areas about 4600 . Geologically the zone was once a huge glacier which descended upon the Val Camonica, depositing a large quantity of minerals atop morainic and bobani soils (red mixture of clay and silt). Climactically, it is much milder in…

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The Cheapest Airbnb Accommodation for a European Wine Tour

by Morgan Franklin

Flights to Europe at the moment are really good value. That means, if you can be relatively flexible about when you travel, you can get a return flight to almost anywhere in Europe for an amazing price. This is great news if you want to embark on a wine tour in Europe, tasting the best the continent has to offer. But what about accommodation? Any savings you make on the flight can quickly be lost when it comes to finding an affordable place to stay. So, we thought we’d do a little research to try and find some Europe’s best…

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Prosecco bottling dates for NV wine

by Bernard Kenner

There is something about Prosecco that has bothered me for years. It has nothing to do with the product itself, but rather to better inform the consumer about what they can expect from bottles they purchase. I believe there is a simple remedy, but first some background information for context. Prosecco has become the sparkler of choice for many, as evidenced by the widely promoted statistics mentioned in a flood of recent press releases and articles. This is due to good marketing and promotion of a very friendly, moderately priced, value wine, with festive bubbles as a bonus. As…

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