Spain has a lot to offer when it comes to the good things in life. Beautiful dishes paired with great wines from the many Spanish wine regions. The Spanish cuisine consists of a variety of dishes and is heavily influenced by its rich history and culture. The country’s versatile geography and climate is reflected in thousands of different, unique recipes. And when it comes to wine, Spain is particularly interesting.
Over the last thirty years, wine has gained a lot of popularity. One would expect that classic wine producing countries, such as France, Italy an Spain would take the most profit out of this development, but this is absolutely not the case. On the contrary, it is the New World of wine where the big wine brands are based. So what are the best selling wine brands? You’ll probably have tried one of the wines in the next top-10 list. Measured in 9 liter cases = 12 bottles.
There is something funny going on in the southern part of France, also known as the French paradox. Statistics show that people in this part of France live longer than elsewhere, but at the same time they account for world’s largest wine consumption per capita. So should you drink more wine in order to expand your life expectancy? Alcoholics may love this type of logic, but let the same numbers crush the logic. Or not? How about the wine consumption per capita by country compared to the life expectancy? Here’s a list of wine consumption per capita by country. And remember: a glass of wine a day, keeps the doctor away.
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Ah, Portugal! There aren’t a lot of European countries where you can still get a serious bang for your, ehm, euro. Despite of (or maybe thanks to) the economic crisis you’ll get a serious lunch and dinner for a reasonable price here. Everyone likes a good chicken piri-piri or a nice fishy cataplana. And the wines! Don’t get us started! Any supermercado will sell you a perfectly balanced Alentejo red for maybe 2 euros. And where better to enjoy those than at a fantastic beach at sunset?
This list hands you the top 10 best beaches in Portugal to wow your girl.
Top ten Portuguese beaches
- Santa Maria, the Azores
- Porto Santo, Madeira
- Salema, Algarve
- Tavira, Algarve
- Praia da Rocha, Algarve
- Santo Andre, Alentejo
- Praia da Caparica, Lisbon
- Estoril and Cascais, Lisbon
- Praia Adraga and Baleal, Costa de Prata
- Vila Praia da Ancora, Costa Verde
Source: The Independent
Wine is one of the gifts of life. One or two glasses a day helps your interior system stay in good shape. Not to mention the mental and social benefits wine has to offer. It’s not necessary to drink expensive wines. Worldwide there are many winemakers who make reasonable wines for affordable prices. Some wines though have a cult status, due to location, status, unique quality, year of harvest, the winemaker et cetera. A case of some of those wines easily exceeds the price of a middle class car. Here’s our top 10 of most expensive wines.
Talking about wine! Every wine producing country has its own climate and often its own rules concerning maximum allowed quantity per hectare. And growing grapes doesn’t automatically imply that a grower is producing wine. Think of the juicy table grapes. The list of countries with the biggest vineyard area (in hectares or ha) differs from the list of wine producing countries:
Approximately 10.000 years ago our Chinese and Georgian ancestors discovered the beneficial effects of the vitis vinifera or wine grape. Collect the grapes, let them ferment, drink the result and you’ll be happy. No wonder that what we now call wine is of all ages. Over time grapes were grown almost everywhere between the 30th and 50th latitude. So which country produces the most wine in hectolitres (hl)? Which are the world’s biggest wine producing countries?