Cool vs Warm Climate Wines

Some wines have an abundance of fruit flavours and some completely lack all flavour, all together. This can be quite frustrating for a newbie who is still learning about wines and figuring out how to select the right one.

The way your wine tastes has nothing to do with the quality and is only impacted by the climate.

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Warm climate regions tend to have more consistent temperatures throughout the season. The slow change in temperature from summer into winter gives the grapes ample opportunity to become fully ripe but the natural acidity in the grapes is lost. It is a general rule that warm climates produce grapes with more ripe fruit flavours and less acidity.

Warm Climate Wine Regions
California
Argentina
Australia
Southern Italy
Greek Islands
Central & Southern Spain
South Africa
Southern France
Southern Italy

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Cool climate regions can get as hot as warm climates in the peak of the season. However, it is a fact that the temperatures change quickly towards harvest and that makes the wines taste different. Lower temperatures preserve the acidity but make it difficult for grapes to ripen. Thus, cool climate wine regions tend to produce tart fruit flavours and have more acidity.

Cool Climate Wine Regions
Northern France
Oregon
Washington State (see chart)
New York
Chile
Hungary
New Zealand
Northern Italy
South Africa
Austria
Germany
Northern Greece & Macedonia

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The climate regions listed above are generalised. It is possible to have a ‘micro-climate’ within a larger climate type.

So, the next time you are experimenting with a new wine brand or a new type of wine, simply read about where it has been produced to understand how it will taste.

You can visit www.bengalurudutyfree.in for wines from all over the world.

 

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Read the whole story, here.

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Yummy, refreshing Sangrias!

We’re always on the lookout for delicious, mouth watering cocktail recipes and we are delighted to share with you these fresh Sangria ideas.

So simple to make…

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Watermelon Sangria

INGREDIENTS

1 Large watermelon
1 750-ml bottle white wine
2 cups white rum
1 cups Seltzer
1/3 cup lime juice (from about 6 limes)
2 limes, thinly sliced
2 cups assorted fresh or frozen fruit, such as pineapple, blueberries, and strawberries

DIRECTIONS

Slice off the top third of the watermelon lengthwise (save for later use). Using a large spoon or ice cream scoop, scoop out watermelon and transfer to a blender.
Blend watermelon until smooth. (If desired, strain the seeds.)
Add white wine, rum, seltzer, and lime juice and stir until combined, then add lime slices and fruit.
Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours, then serve.

 

Lemonade Sangria

INGREDIENTS

1/2 glass lemonade
1 bottle Chardonnay or other white wine (750 ml)
2/3 cup light rum
1/2 cup raspberries
1 Orange, sliced
1 Granny Smith apple, sliced

DIRECTIONS

In a large pitcher, combine lemonade, wine and rum. Stir, then add fruit.
Refrigerate for at least one hour and serve.

 

Coffee Sangria

INGREDIENTS

1 litre cold brew (iced coffee is okay too)
1 cup Tequila
1/2 cup Cointreau (or other orange-flavored liqueur)
1 tbsp. simple syrup
1 Orange, Sliced
1 lime, sliced
1 Granny Smith apple, diced

DIRECTIONS

Combine cold brew, Tequila, Cointreau and simple syrup in a large pitcher, stirring until well mixed. Add fruit and refrigerate for an hour before serving.

Pour into glasses filled with ice and serve.

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Shop for Tequila, Rum and other spirits at out store in Bengaluru International Airport. Pre order online to make the most of our monthly offers before stocks run out.

Cheers!

 

The right way to drink Whisky

Across the world, people have been consuming Whisky for hundreds of years in about 2-3 different ways –  with ice, water or neat. There have been endless debates about the right way to consume Scotch. Over the years several Whisky based cocktails were also invented all claiming to be the right way to enjoy this sought after spirit. We are not sure that is the best way to savour such a fine spirit that is such a massive labour of love.

There is only one right way to drink Scotch. Neat.

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This is the right way to bring out the flavours for which you have spent a great deal of money to enjoy. Diluting and mixing only take away from the true essence of this liquid gold.

If however, this unadulterated way is not your favourite way to consume Whisky then we can suggest a splash of water.

On the rocks, a popular phrase usually used when ordering a drink of Whisky is not the most ideal way to consume Single Malts because adding ice will lead to the dulling of the flavour.

In recent times, it has been concluded that the addition of a little water to your Whisky is not a bad thing. Apparently, a chemical reaction occurs between the water and the tightly-wound chains of amino acids in the Whisky. They literally unravel, releasing new flavor compounds and esters (volatile compounds that smell like flowers and fruits).

How much water? We would recommend just a small splash.

Cheers!

 

How to uncork a champagne bottle

Believe it or not, it has been reported that champagne corks kill nearly 24 people each year.

You wouldn’t want your wedding turning into a funeral.

Learn the simple and right way to uncork a bottle of bubbly.

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The bottle of champagne should be properly chilled to around 7-8 degrees Celsius. If it isn’t cold enough, the pressure inside the bottle will cause the cork to release very quickly. And that is when it becomes a safety hazard.

To quickly cool down your champagne bottle (and to keep cold bottles cold), use a mixture of 50% ice and 50% water. This liquid mixture ensures more of the surface area of the bottle is being cooled.

Although all champagnes have a tab to help open the bottle, most of the time the tab fails to make its way around the bottle leaving an ugly mess of excess foil. Cut the foil to create an even, clean line around the bottle so that once the foil is removed, the cork and cage are exposed.

When you remove the bottle from the ice bath, wipe it dry so that it doesn’t slip out of your hands.

Fold a kitchen towel lengthwise and put it over the cage and the cork to create a safety measure that can help prevent the cork from flying off.

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Untwist the cage anti clockwise, putting pressure on the cork to keep it from popping out prematurely.

Hold the bottle at a 45 degree angle. Untwist six times and then loosen the cage all the way around the bottle.

Twist the bottle not the cork once the cage is loosened. If you twist the cork, it can break inside the bottle.

Once the bottle starts to loosen from the cork and is able to spin freely, begin to slowly pull the cork away from the bottle.

Do this until the pressure in the bottle begins to push the cork out naturally. Once you feel the cork begin to move on its own, push against the cork gentle to keep it from releasing too quickly.

Listen for a quiet hissing sound. The slower the cork separates itself from the bottle, the gentler the hiss.

Now that the pressure of the bottle is driving the cork out, you can control how quickly the cork separates itself from the bottle.

Once the cork is removed, give the lip of the bottle a quick wipe and serve.

Cheers!

Christmas Cocktail Recipes 2016

Christmas is around the corner! Chances are, you will be spending the day with friends and/or family. Here are a few classic, must-know-recipes of delicious cocktails for your Christmas celebrations!

Classic Eggnog

The perfect blend of beaten egg yolks, sugar, cream,  , Rum, and Cognac. Refrigerate up to a day. Pour the egg-yolk mixture over fluffy egg whites and stir until blended. Serve immediately, while the whites are fluffiest. Add nutmeg to finish it off.

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Citrus-Irish Whisky Punch        

Combine  , tea, clementine juice, lemon juice, Oleo-Saccharum, Angostura bitters, and 1½ tsp. nutmeg in a large bowl or pitcher; cover and chill 3–8 hours. Strain into a punch bowl and add several lemon and orange wheels and 4 cups ice. Serve punch in cups over ice garnished with nutmeg.

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Classic Martini

Pour a little dry Vermouth in a chilled Martini glass and swirl to coat the inside of the glass. Dispose of excess Vermouth. Gently swirl or stir the   before straining into glass. Garnish with olives, lemon twist or cocktail onion and add rocks if you like.

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Cranberry Cocktail

Pour cranberry juice and Gin over ice in a tall glass. Top off with tonic water, and then add a splash of lime juice. Garnish with a wedge of lime and a few fresh cranberries.

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Christmas Punch

Mix pomegranate juice, cranberry juice, Vodka, Cointreau, club soda, lemon juice, and simple sugar syrup in a punch bowl. Fill glasses with cranberries frozen in ice cubes, and serve. Garnish with lemon slices if desired.

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Kir Royales

Pour Creme de Cassis into a champagne flute. Gently pour into 5 to 9 parts dry Champagne (depending on taste), being careful not to let it foam up too much.

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Pina Colada

Fill blender halfway with ice cubes. Add Rum, coconut cream, coconut milk and pineapple chunks. Puree and serve garnished with a slice of pineapple and maraschino cherry, if desired.

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Blood Orange Champagne Cocktails

Add 1 1/2 teaspoons each of Crème de Cassis into 8 Champagne flutes or other glasses. Add three tablespoons orange juice to each glass. Fill each glass with Champagne, stir gently. Garnish cocktails with slices of blood orange, if desired.

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Have a Merry Christmas!

 

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