How wine is produced?

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The wines are made in a series of processes that we are going to detail point by point, indicating the differences to make rosés, reds or whites, as well as special procedures for sweet wines. - HARVESTING manual or mechanical harvest of grape bunches. - Transport to the winery and unloading of the bunches in presses (stainless steel hoppers). Depending on the type of wine, the hoppers circulate the grapes through a selection table, or they directly proceed to destemming and grinding. - SELECTION manual of bunches and / or grains for mid and high range wines. - DESTEMMING (separation of the grape grains from the stalk) AND GRINDING. In this stage, SO2 (Sulfur Anhydride) is added, which prevents premature oxidation, fulfilling an antiseptic, antioxidant and disinfectant function. Sulfur dioxide…

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Riding a motorcycle brings benefits to physical and emotional health

Much has been said about the practical benefits of riding a motorcycle. Those that are measured with graphs and statistics, such as how quickly you can arrive at a place, how much we save on fuel and the significant difference in pollution levels in comparison to a car, but we all know that those are not the only benefits of traveling by motorcycle. Those who ride as we do knows that there are many other and more significant benefits, among them, the inexplicable passion and adrenaline that they awaken. Traveling by motorcycle not only brings practical benefits, it also brings benefits to physical and emotional health. Speaking of the emotional, I am sincerely convinced that few therapies are equal to a pleasant motorcycle ride; one of those that really makes…

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General guidelines for pairing white, red, rosé and sweet wines

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In general, young wines are fresher and more fruity, they have an intense acidity. Over time, they lose their fruity expression and freshness. The ageing wines gain aromatic complexity. YOUNG WHITES It's recommended to consume them within a year or two of their harvest, they have an accentuated acidity, fruity and floral aromas. They are light, approachable, simple, direct wines, easy to drink and without barrel ageing. They are recommended for appetizers, entrees, salads, meals with citrus touches and outstanding acidity, fresh and simple dishes, ceviches, white and lean fish, poultry without sauces, sushi and seafood. WHITE WITH LITTLE AGING They are medium-bodied wines, more complex than young wines, with more balanced acidity, thanks to their short ageing in barrels, they have more storage capacity. The barrel ageing gives the…

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Ideal temperatures for serving white, red, rosé, sparkling and fortified wines

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WHITE WINES There is a wrong tendency to serve white and rosé wines too cold. The excess of cold anaesthetizes the palate and softens the aromas. The cold highlights the freshness provided by the acidity, however, full-bodied whites do not allow very low temperatures, they need more degrees to express. We normally use 1/3 ice and 2/3 water flapper to keep the wines at the correct temperature. Here are the suggested temperatures for each style of wine. - YOUNG 6/7 degrees - LITTLE AGEING 8/9 degrees - RESERVE (WITH OAK AGEING) 9/11 degrees RED WINES The idea that red wine should be served at room temperature is no longer valid. It was correct when it came to the ambient temperature of ancient French castles. The serving temperature of the wine…

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Torea Beach House

Torea is a one-bedroom house rented through Airbnb in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. The property is located right on the beach, in one of the best spots on the island. It's an excellent alternative overlooking the sea with all the comforts to make a good grilled fish and have cocktails on the beach. INSTALLATIONS The house has a room with a double bed, a full kitchen, two complete bathrooms, a laundry room closed by a closet door, a large living room with ocean views and a deck. On the deck there is a table with four chairs and two armchairs for sunbathing. Inside, it has a round table with four chairs, another table that could function as a desk, a couch and several small support tables. The place also has a…

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Pumpkin Quiche

The quiches are a recipe of France. Traditionally they have bacon and cream, but if we want they can be made with milk and ham or other flavourings, in a lighter version. Delicious and very versatile, as the main dish or as a starter or snack in small units. Let's make the recipe step by step! INGREDIENTS Sableé or broken mass: - 200 gr. Flour - 100 gr. Butter - 1 Egg - 20 ml Water - 5 gr. Salt Filling: - 300 gr. Pumpkin - 1 Onion - 3 Eggs - 90 ml Cream - 60 gr. Grated cheese - 50 gr. Bacon PROCEDURE - DOUGH Cut the cold butter into small cubes. - Sand the butter with the salt and the flour. They must be mixed gently to…

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Pumpkin cream soup with ginger and honey

Now that the cold weather starts, nothing better than a creamy soup to feel loved and protected. You will see the effect when you try it! INGREDIENTS - 200gr. Pumpkin - 5 gr. Ginger - 1 Tablespoon of butter - 30 cm3 Honey - 1/2 Onion - 2 Garlic cloves - 200 ml Vegetable broth - 1/2 Squeezed lemon - 1 Teaspoon of Curry - 70 ml Cream - Salt and pepper PREPARATION - Peel and cut the pumpkin into even cubes. - Cut in brunoise the onion, the garlic and the ginger. - Place the butter in a saucepan, brown the onions. - Add the pumpkin, the garlic and the ginger with the 200 ml of broth. Bring to a boil. - Season with the curry, lemon, honey and…

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Eggs: cooking options

Eggs are very nutritious, an ideal source of protein for children and adults, especially if you are training. To build muscle mass, it's important to consume protein. We are going to see a couple of alternatives to vary the way of cooking eggs and consume them without getting bored. POCHE EGG - Bring a liter and a half of water to a boil in a saucepan and add 50 cc of vinegar. - Lower the heat so the water stays at 80/82 degrees. - Crack the egg in a small bowl. - Swirl the water with the vinegar with the help of a spoon to generate a circular current. - Pour the egg in the center of the swirl so it shapes the egg. - Cook for 3 minutes (the…

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Gourmet vinaigrettes to season salads

The way we season our dishes is the key, a simple salad can become a gourmet dish. Here we go with a couple of ideas to spice up our days. PROPORTION OF VINAGRETTES Vinaigrettes have a basic proportion that we must respect when emulsifying their components. The procedure to emulsify -integrate its ingredients-, is to start with the acid medium together with the flavourings and add the oil little by little as it is stirred vigorously. We must use a food processor when adding solid ingredients. - 3 Parts oil / 1 part Vinegar - 3 Parts oil / 2 parts Aceto - 3 Parts oil / 3 parts Lemon ADDITIONAL GOURMET FLAVOURINGS - Honey - Mustard - Winchester Sauce - Tabasco - Processed garlic - Processed capers - Processed…

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What’s the difference between organic, biodynamic and natural wines?

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There is currently a trend towards natural, towards the consumption of products without chemicals. Many sectors deploy initiatives to minimize the impact of man on the planet, to take care of natural resources and ecology. The world of wine is no exception to this trend and we can find several manufacturers of ecological, natural, organic or biodynamic products on the market. They seem similar terms, but there are differences between each category that we are going to analyze in this note in order to make informed purchasing decisions. ORGANIC OR BIOLOGICAL WINES Organic wines are those generated without the use of chemicals, fertilizers or pesticides. To be able to say that a wine is organic, it must meet some requirements and follow international protocols that are detailed below: - Producers…

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What are the Foodborne diseases? Know how to avoid them to take care of your family

Foodborne Diseases are very dangerous to human health, some of them can cause permanent damage and even death. For this reason, it's very important to know them and practice all possible prevention procedures. In this article, food science explains what are the main food-borne illnesses are and how we can prevent infection. It's important to know the particularities of different diseases and pathogenic microorganisms to which we are exposed in order to take the necessary preventive measures. Good practices imply knowing at what temperature we should cook to eliminate the risks, what is the validity of each type of food, in what way we should defrost them and keep them in conditions for consumption. As pathogenic microorganisms often do not alter the colour, odour and characteristics of food, we need…

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How to prevent food contamination?

Bromatology is the science that studies food, raw materials, nutritional composition, preparation, handling and conservation. The main objective is that the food reaches the consumer without contaminants that can cause harm to their health. The improper handling, conservation and cooking of food in our homes can cause serious illnesses and even the death of our loved ones. For this reason, it's extremely important to learn how to prevent contamination. FOOD CONTAMINATION Food is contaminated when it contains foreign substances. This contamination can be of three types: - Physics: Presence of objects in our food. For example, metal from a sponge, glass, wood chips, hair, buttons, nail polish, plastics, dirt, nails, or insects. - Chemistry: Presence of chemical substances in our food. For example, sodium hypochlorite and other cleaning products, caustic…

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Red wine risotto

This recipe is typically from the north of Italy, delicious and easy to prepare. Risotto is usually made with very starchy rice such as carnaroli, arborio, or vialone nano. INGREDIENTS - 1 Cup of carnaroli rice - 1 Onion - 1 Red capsicum - 6 cloves of garlic - 100 gr. Mushrooms - 1/2 Cup red wine - 2 Cups of broth - Salt and pepper - 80 gr. Butter - 100 gr. Grugere or Parmesan cheese - Fresh parsley, green onion and / or basil to decorate PROCEDURE - Cut the vegetables into brunoise (very small pieces), except the mushrooms that should be cutted into slices. - Place half of the butter in a wok or saucepan and add the vegetables to sauté them. Season with salt and pepper.…

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Men: Exercise routine

It’s essential to incorporate the habit of doing physical activity regularly to prevent diseases, be in a good physical condition and feel better. This suggested routine focuses on priority areas: pectorals, arms, abs, back, legs, and glutes. We can do the routine in a gym, in our own home, in a park or at the beach. There are several exercises that we can even do watching our favourite Netflix series. In this note, our coach and Personal Trainer, Melina Topp Knudsen, gives us a complete routine so we don't have any more excuses. BENEFITS OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY – Generates endorphins, the hormone of happiness, improving the feeling of well-being. – Promotes muscle mass tone and fat elimination. – Improves self-esteem, makes you feel better with yourself and your body. –…

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Technical wine tasting

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What are the steps to carry out a professional wine tasting? In this note, we are going to analyze the procedure of the professional tastings that are made to write the technical specifications of each wine. We are going to learn how to make the evaluation and the corresponding analysis of the product in order to interpret the wine. We can educate our smell and taste to differentiate smells and flavors that will help us to identify the different elements that define a wine and configure its identity. To taste a wine we must be in a quiet environment, with good light, without aromas of any kind, with clean technical glasses, held by the stem. The technical glasses are closed at the top to contain the aromas and are large…

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