Crianza – Alicante Export

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The Protected Domain of Alicante, Spain is home to a Mediterranean wine story 400 years in the making. The success of careful attention to detail can be found in this Crianza.

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Today,  Bodegas Bocopa presents a delightful and affordable range where the fruit is hand sorted and the wine is revealed over time.

The temperature in Southern Spain plays a role in the decisions made en route to the barrel. The reflection of genuine sincerity can be found in the glass.

Then, after valuation is made, additional time is given so the wood can marry with the full fruit that is expected from this sun drenched 39th latitude.

Try one if you can find it.

Available now is BC Private Liquor Stores,

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Brownies & Bubbles

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Tripple Chocolate Paleo-Vegan-Gluten Free BrowniesNutritious = Delicious

As our friendly neighbourhood Naturopath was blogging about Paleo this and gluten free that our vino exploration senses went wild when topic landed on the recipe we are sharing with you here for these Triple Chocolate Mousse Brownies:

Triple Chocolate Brownies

Because we think you will want to try it with this: And this is where it gets good. No mistake these Brownies taste great and using Avacado for the fat feel in the mousse, No eggs, wheat free and all that jazz makes them healthy too!

You had me at Mousse. Sparkling deep red Alicante Monastrell varietal grapes make for a rare sparkling wine flavour treat. Marina Espumante red wine produced by Bodegas Bocopa lands on the ounce and explodes into a full mouse.

Delectable on any occasion.

Sparkling Monastrell with Brownies

Now It’s time to prepare for the winter nights ahead by adding these Healthy Triple Chocolate Brownies as a compliment to  seductive and genuinely eligant and robustly honest tasting Alicante Sparkling Red Marina Espumante.

This is a wine drinkers wine. The bubbles are sincere and the taste profile is authentic and true to the winemakers intention.

This 90+ point wine earned Gold at the most prestigious 2015 France competition. Bubbles, Red, winer of gold medal in France.

Need we say click quick – get a bottle for while you’re baking these fabulous guilt free brownies them and one for when they are ready. Got it. Good idea, it’s better to order more.

And don’t forget the recipe!

New to Canada the Wine is sold in BC private stores and will be arriving next in Alberta mid to late 2017

Recipe Card Brownie Directions for Bottom Layer
Recipe Card Brownie Directions for Middle and Topping Layers
Brownie Directions and Ingredients = 3 parts. Enjoy. Learn more about Wellness visit Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine, New Westminster, BC, Canada

The Discovery of Spanish Wine

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It has come to our attention that Spanish Wine may be somewhat misunderstood. Maybe this is OK. Maybe some further exploration is required. No doubt – A great number of people simply do not know what they have been missing. How is that?

According to near recent data 2014 Spain remains the planets top grower. This is an agricultural reference to cultivated area to yield 13.5% of world wine grape harvest.

Interesting to note that China now ranks # 2 in geographic terms overtaking the growing area of France. However, when converted to hectoliters of wine by volume, the top 4 producers are France, Italy, USA and Spain. Is this a contest? …”USA overtakes Spain by Volume”.

With the largest consumer market being the USA, China ranks #2 for consumption. Yet China has a long way to go as a wine producing nation with a yield of about 11 million hectoliters that is much lower than what France, Italy and Spain each produce about 40 million hectoliters per year. Can China’s climate and soil even deliver a satisfactory wine grape? Clearly the world is turning in many different directions.

What can be determined from statistics? Who really cares about land mass and yield when what we really want is an enjoyable good taste profile. When all we really require is a decent understanding of a wine style, quality and taste, to make our purchase, open a bottle and have a drink. And this is what inspires us to talk about Spain, where Spanish wine continues to be a little, how do we say: “Low on the Totem Pole”.

Spain doesn’t have the Bravado in the barrel that Italy plays host with their Chianti and Prosecco. Spain doesn’t have the same Romantic relationship with Hollywood that France has so carefully cultivated as masterfully as their wine marketing of Champagne and Bordeaux, two French words that easily pass through any English spell checker. Wine sales marketing may have something to do with who you know?

So with China on the Grow Chart and the USA expanding their acreage and volume of domestic production by tremendous leaps and bounds, Spain remains quietly content in making consistently good wine for themselves. What is interesting to observe is a 25 year willingness to value add at home to their agricultural commodity to increase the potential of their export.

In Spain, the vines are typically spaced farther apart than in other wine growing nations. This adds value to the volume question as an achievement. With fewer vines spread out over a large area the yield on par with compact Italy and France as leading producers, Spain is operating a prestigious and noble code of conduct.

Great Grapes are grown in Spain. The History of wine making converges in Spain with ties to the origins of wine making dating far back to long before Columbus ever set sail to discover the new world. This heritage offers us varietals indigenous to Spain, the types that only grow well in that part of the world. And the Spanish have a secret that they have been keeping to themselves. Some wine is made for export and other wine they simple keep for themselves as observed by the tendency of the southern growers to supply their own nation.

As a wine producing nation, Spain has much to offer where an intrinsic value quality standard is undeniable. There is no multi generational marketing wizardry for perception used to influence sales. In general we find there is very little ingredient manipulation involved to bottle what the Sun and Soil creates.

What Spain represents is an earnest ecological stewardship of the land that feeds their people. Spain has retained a rich diverse culture that translates into an unspoken integrity that is uniquely apparent in the wine. Modern Architecture and Fashion, Tourism and Fantastic food surrounds a wine country that operates somewhat behind the times. Advancements in technology are utilized yet the soul of the wine maker is humble so it becomes simple to say that wine from Spain is characteristically great!

All natural when you think about it, Spain has been a major global producer for centuries and there are regions here that even experienced wine buyers are unfamiliar or blind towards recognizing. While the world is turning faster and faster, racing forward to make “more” and “more”…Spain is different. Progress comes patiently with time. In this, the Winemakers of Spain must be proud to have quietly maintained true merit of success. We’re there is discovery to be made. Join us in raising a glass to Embrace Spain for All in Good Health and Good Wealth for a life filled with blessings and joy.

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Spanish Wine makes the grade!

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It’s Back to School and we are learning a thing or two about a sleeping giant – Spain. And with the likes of Robert Parker offering scores of over 90+ points, Now is the time for the Western World to discover the unique and remarkable Terroir Espana!  

The Influence Spain has had on the world isn’t limited to how in 1492, King Ferdinand and Queen Isabell, the joint monarchs of Spain, agreed to finance Columbus’s voyage in return for the gold, spices, and riches that he might find. These People where already rich. They had Wine!

The message is plain and simple. Old World Vines dating back to Roman times. Vines widely spaced. The utilization of natural irrigation, Organic Crops combined with Care and Passion. Clearly more credit is due to producers from this region. Obviously more discovery is to come. Exploration that has us saying: “Mi Amor. Preciosa”.

And so, a Loving Romance has begun in this office for the spectacular Wines of Spain.