Dry red wine from Nemea, Corinth 750ml.

DRY-RED-WINE-NEMEA-750ML

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Wine for the Greek people is classified among the first five primary nutrition elements together with water, salt, olive oil and cereals. We supply the “August selection” wine with a deep and lively crimson color and intense aroma of ripe red fruit and Greek herbs. The style of the wine suits people who enjoy “fruity” wines rather than the heavier dry varieties.

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What is red wine?

Red wine comes exclusively from red grapes. The basic steps of the wine production are the following:
-  The grape harvest.
-  The squashing of the grapes.
-  The production of the must.
-  The alcoholic fermentation.
-  The storage and maturing of wine.
The difference in relation to the production of white wine is that after the pressing of the grapes the skins remain in the must between 2 to 18 days in order to obtain a red color. This happens due to the fact that the red dyes (anthocyanins), which are responsible for the red color, as well as the tannins which are responsible for the taste, it in the skin. In order for as many of those substances as possible to be transferred to the juice, the mixture must be stirred regularly in order for the skins not to settle at the bottom.

The history of the wine.

The Greek history is deeply affected by vine and wine. The wine which is a part of our cultural heritage is closely connected with our history and our arts and is deeply rooted in our traditions. Arts such as paintings, sculpture, and poetry as well as religion and eating habits bear the stamp of vine and wine. The Greek word “Krassi” for wine derives from the word “Krama” or “Krassi” which means the mixing of the wine with water a habit Greeks had in order not to get drunk. So, for the ancient Greeks, there were two types of wine, the pure one (akratos) and the one mixed with water (krassi). It is very possible that wine production did not start in Greece but it was the Greeks who developed the art of wine making, the cultivation of the vine and the trade of the wine to a high level. Even more, they lifted wine from being just a simple drink to a rich wine culture. It is enough to remember that ancient Greeks had Dionysius, who was a God, as the protector of the wine in order to realize the importance that was given to this “divine” drink. Minoan Grete developed production and trade of wine. One small cistern for the squashing of the grapes made from clay at last 3.500 years old has been found during excavations in Vathipetro, Crete. Many witnesses concerning the importance of wine are found in Minoan civilization. In Pylos, Peloponnese, a complete wine cellar has been found while in all Greek museums are shown finely crafted tableware urns made of gold or silver. Homer in both the Iliad and the Odyssey makes frequent references to wine as an everyday drink served on special occasions such as holidays, agreement confirmations libations to the Gods. Other Greek poets praise wine with detailed descriptions of its taste and aroma in a way similar to modern wine tasting. Theofrastos who was a philosopher and botanist and also one of Aristotelis students makes reference to the fact that the different varieties of the vine should suit the type of soil and the microclimate of the area where they grow. He also notes that the pruning methods may affect the quality as well the quantity of the products. In Plato’s symposium, there is a wide reference to the importance of wine. During the symposiums immediately following lunch, there was always a discussion on a specific topic. During these discussions, wine consumption always played a key role. Attendees chatted and let their ideas flow and develop under the influence of wine. The wine was never been served straight but was mixed with sea water in a proportion of 1 to 5. Ancient Greeks considered the ones who drunk straight wine as “barbarians”. They claimed that wine should always be consumed in moderation and painted out the results of excessive consumption. Nowadays we read a lot of the “French paradox” and the revelation that wine is good for our health but long before this Hippocrates, the father of western medicine had already recognized the medical properties of wine when consumed in moderation.

What red wine offers to our health.

Studies concerning red wine have demonstrated impressive results. One glass of red wine a day is considered to entrench our health against many modern ailments.

We present you three reasons why you must definitely include red wine in your diet.

1. Is an ally of the heart. The antioxidants of red wine – so called
flavonoids – have been proved that they lower the risk of cardiac diseases as they contribute to the alleviation of bad (LDL) cholesterol and increase the production of good (HDL) cholesterol.

2. Fortifies us against depression. It is true that high consumption of alcohol is connected to psychological problems but one a glass of red wine per day does exactly the opposite.
Recent research has proved that persons who consume between two to seven small glasses of red wine per week have fewer chances to suffer depression than the ones who consume either more or lost than the above quantity.

3. Helps in losing weight. Scientists maintain that the substance
piceatannol which exists in red wine prevents the development of fatty cells and helps in weight loss.
Always be advised by your nutritionist about
the correct quantities you include in your diet.

Ideas to enjoy
-  With roasted meat.
-  With yellow cheese.

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