Layover 02: PORTUGAL

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The second stop on our trip around the Wine World brings us to Portugal. The country has an immense vinicultural tradition that spans over 2500 years, and it leads the world in wine consumption. According to the OIV (International Organization of Vine and Wine), Portugal consumes 54 liters per person per year. That is more ...

“You can learn how to draw. The hard part is standing out and creating your own style”

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Carla Fuentes (Valencia, 1987) has spent her whole life surrounded by brushes, watercolors, and color, and has successfully turned her passion into a profession. She loves the technique of portrait painting – but her way. She’s used to painting imperfect faces that bear little resemblance to reality; she says there’s already photography for that. We ...

20 Essential Wine Tasting Terms

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Today we're launching a new section on our blog. We want to make the wine world accessible to as many consumers as possible so we decided to build a brief glossary of the most commonly used wine terms and concepts. For the sake of brevity, we won’t be including descriptive adjectives. Our goal is to ...

A Step-By-Step Look at the Grapevine Growth Cycle

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One thing is clear: the success of a wine largely depends on the quality of its vintage. The secret lies in caring for the vineyard meticulously and keeping constant watch over each and every stage of the grapevine's growth cycle. This is a long process that requires a variety of professionals and resources. Here at ...

Why the glass matters when tasting wine

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Wine glasses are more than a mere container and make a big difference when tasting wine. The thickness, size, transparency and shape of the glass affect how we perceive the aromas and flavors of the wine; it guides our senses, so to speak. The first person ever who spoke about the importance of the glass for ...

10 popular sayings inspired by wine

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We're always talking about wine. It comes up every day, far more than we might even realize—whether we prefer white or organic wines, whether the 2009 vintage of such-and-such wine is better than the 2011... Everyone talks about wine. Philosophers, thinkers, writers and politicians all have a few famous wine quotes up their sleeve. But ...

Varieties and Hectares, One by One

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Every now and then it’s worth stopping to take a closer look at some aspects of the wine world that are important and ones that, as consumers, we sometimes aren’t aware of. This is the case with the grape varieties that are grown in Spain and in Catalonia. Can you guess how many hectares of ...

Layover 1: JAPAN

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We kick off our very own vineyard world tour with an exploration of Japan at its most enological, contemporary and ancestral to discover the country's current relationship with the wine world, which isn’t well known, but strong. Winegrowing despite all odds Based on the statements above, it might seem like Japan has everything in its favor to ...