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Save Water Drink Wine

Save water, drink wine!

Sounds fun and exciting, yet the reality is different. You should not worry though. Nutritional sciences recommend a 25 – 35 y.o. men to consume up to 3l of water per day, and up to 2.7l for women. I might be very wrong here, but unless you dramatically changed your lifestyle and added this needed…

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We all need a bit more sanity in our lives

I am not really into self-help books as in my mind they normally have a connotation of a yellow press and a quite banal type of suggestions. Well, we either know all that or it is not really helping; I simply do not like wasting my time. So what about the sanity then? I came…

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Laurel Priorat 2012

Laurel Priorat 2012

Laurel Priorat 2012 is a unique find. If you are looking for a taste explosion then it is it. Yet how many wines offered this big explosion? They are alcoholic and powerful (in the simple way), but definitely not this one! After tasting this wine, and sipping it slowly bit by bit, sip after sip, you…

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Flipping failed deliveries

We shop online, because we do not want to carry that case of wine ourselves, also to choose the wines more carefully and from a wider range, yet it doesn’t mean that we should wait for that delivery from 8 am to 7pm at the address (usually home I presume) without any trip to a…

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Mind your head

I Blame the Wine is not really an encyclopedia for wines, neither a food and wine matching resource really; instead, it focuses on a, so called, wine lifestyle, which includes new wine experiences and tastes, highlighting the ones to buy or avoid. It is also about our lives around it – healthy and happy of…

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Pedra Viva Priorat 2013

Pedra Viva Priorat 2013

Pedra Viva Priorat 2013 is made from Garnacha and Samso grapes and comes from this renowned Spanish wine region, which was supposedly left to die in the middle of last century, but was reanimated by a group of enthusiasts who not only made it work, but now command really high prices for Priorat. The most expensive Spanish…

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Two young Monastrell wines – Al-Mouvedre and Casa Carmela

It has been a bit cold outside and I made a trip to a local Waitrose for something warming, a bit sweet and spicy (and on the budget). This turned out to be a battle of two wines made from Monastrell. I was always a fan of this grape- it is so rich and full…

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Altos Ibericos Crianza 2012

Altos Ibéricos Rioja Crianza 2012

This wine comes from Torres, which is a great wine house stretching their interests from Spain to Chile and encompassing a lot if different styles and grape varieties. This Rioja wasn’t detectable as a great one when just having a first sniff at it, but, oh boy, it so delivered later on – this wine…

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Red wine and a fish course to match – a problem or a treat?

I kick off this ‘What if it works’ section with something not particularly shocking, but still quite controversial and definitely one of the most talked about issues in matching food and wine. Will you serve red wine with fish courses? After reading a few books on Mediterranean diet, I am increasingly interested in incorporating more…

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Petalos Bierzo

Petalos 2012 Bierzo

Petalos 2012 is coming from Bierzo, which in my opinion is, as they say, a major up and coming region. Yet to be honest I believe the ascension has already  happened and you may recognise these bright, fresh, but spicy Spanish wines. This Bierzo wine is gorgeous – you see that colourful yet stylish label and already…

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Navegante Cadiz 2013

Navegante Bodegas Barbadillo 2013 Cadiz

Navegante wine is made by Bodegas Barbadillo 2013 and comes from not so known as of yet Tierra de Cadiz. This Spanish wine spent just up to 6 months in the oak barrels prior to bottling and that gives just a hint of pepper and vanilla, which is interesting. Yet in general the wine is quite simple…

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Monte Oton Garnacha 2013

Monte Oton Garnacha 2013

Monte Oton Garnacha 2013 is made by Bodegas Borsao and has a very typical alcohol on the medium level of 13.5%. This wine is coming from Campo de Borja, which enjoys some northern slopes in the northeast Spain. The terrain is actually of a very important note here, as together with the cooling Cierzo  wind it is all aids to the…

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Pioners Del Priorat 2011

Pioners Del Priorat 2011

This bottle comes from Priorat, one of my personal favourites so I am keen on researching what is good (or not so much) amongst the new wines. Pioners Del Priorat 2011 is made from a classic blend of Garnacha, Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon, which gives it a very complex variety of flavours starting from a…

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Ardiles Priorat 2007

Ardiles Priorat 2007

Ok, let’s explore Ardiles Priorat 2007. Priorat wine comes to mind when you want something really special to finish off your weekend dinner. Your date or a partner asks you for a glass of something nice and you start thinking whether Priorat can be just too big and heavy… Fear not, this bottle is an explosion…

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Abellars Priorat

Abellars Priorat 2007, Spain

Priorat is a great Spanish region that holds the highest quality mark together with Rioja.  Abellars 2007 is an estate bottle wine that is a blend of Garnacha, Samso-Mazuelo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Why would you think estate bottled is a benefit. I personally think that is normally offers much more character and passion (some, more snobby…

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