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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Travel abroad, shop at home

World Tourism Day (WTD) is held annually on 27 September.

Its purpose is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. The event seeks to address global challenges outlined in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and to highlight the contribution the tourism sector can make in reaching these goals.

Its almost the end of summer in Europe while we in India break annually for the festival of Dasara/Dusherra. If you taking a break with the family this month, you can enjoy the last few days of summer in Europe. Watch the seasons change from summer to fall. Soak in the sights and sounds and food and culture. Do not waste time shopping.

Because when you head back home, in Bengaluru you can shop at our store at the airport for the finest of Europe – Swiss and Belgian chocolates, French and Italian wines, Italian and French perfumes, the best of Scotch from UK. There is so much more. Enough to please the whole family.

You can pre order everything, before you go on vacation to ensure that you are not disappointed on your arrival back home.

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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!

 

Father’s Day 2017: Gift ideas

Father’s Day falls every year on the third Sunday in June. This year make no excuses for not getting your Dad the ideal gift to show your love.

Chances are you are returning from a summer holiday or work trip this week and we assure you that Bengaluru Duty Free is one of the finest places to shop for your father. And after he hears how much you saved by shopping at our duty free store, he is going to be doubly proud.

Spirits

If your dad is a connoisseur of fine spirits, then you will be spoilt for choice as we have hundreds of options to choose from. The finest Whiskies, the choicest Wines, the best Vodkas and Gins. There’s something for every type of Dad. Ask for our June specials and offers.

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Perfumes

Look no further for the latest range of perfumes from the world’s top designer brands. We have the good, old fragrances that everyone knows and loves and we also have the latest scents of summer 2017 that are bold, fresh and in fashion. We have good deals on summer scents, ongoing now. Save big.

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Chocolates

It is not true that only women have an affinity for the sweet things in life. Dads too know and love their chocolate. We have classics from the famed Swiss brands and lots of other options in dark, milk and white to choose from. We always have offers in store, so do not forget to swipe a good deal on chocolate.

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And do not forget, you can pre order on our website.

Have a Happy Father’s Day with your Dad.

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!