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Every glass has a story: Colesel Prosecco

Every glass has a story: Colesel Prosecco

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Every glass has a story.... This is the story of our Colesel Prosecco:    young Glera grape                     The hills of Valdobbiadene. In the local dialect of Valdobbiadene in northern Italy, "Colesel" means a hill; somewhere steep where it is hard to grow things. But "Colesel" also has a deeper meaning: it describes a combination of land, people, and a vineyard.               Colesel lies at the heart of the Cartizze zone, in Santo Stefano di Valdobbiadene. Its grapes grow on the steep hills of Monte Cesen, where the work must be done by hand because it is beyond the reach of machinery.                            The extremely small "Cartizze" area possesses a unique landscape of natural beauty. This area has been shaped by the work of growing and tending the vine of just one grape variety, with the sole purpose to produce one sparkling wine: Prosecco. The combination of cultural heritage and oenological knowledge within this single area ensures that it produces Italy’s best sparkling wine. The people of Colesel’s passion for their work and the Prosecco that results shows is reflected in every bottle.           From left to right: Colesel Spumanti; production line - everything gets done at the farm. From hand picking the grapes to the labelling; after the bottles are ready, they will be brought to Ghana via sea or air. We are very happy to be able to bring such a great product, from such a unique area and from a place with a story and most of all from a place with people with a great passion for what they do. The love for Prosecco and the love for their home.       Every glass has a story...  

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"Where can I buy this brand called MERLOT?"

"Where can I buy this brand called MERLOT?"

When I heard someone asking this question at a wine tasting in Ghana, I told myself: we gotta do something about this! How is someone supposed to enjoy and appreciate a wine, if you have no clue what it is about? Again, no one is to blame. In West Africa you simply don't grow up playing in and around the vineyards! It is the same when I came for the first time to Ghana and people where asking me if I prefer Banku, Fufu or Kenkey...I had no idea what it was. Everything looks the same and tastes similar. So I ask questions and try to find out what it is. The same happens with wine. You see it at the shelves at the supermarket or the restaurant. You know it from the movies and TV and you have a glass of wine. You probably enjoy it maybe you don't, because you simply buy the wrong wine! Anyway, here we start with the basics: What is wine made of? Grapes. On most labels you will find the name of the grape: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz or Syrah, Gewürztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay etc. Some wines are made of only one grape variety. Some are made of a blend. Usually you find the grape varieties used for that blend on the back side!  Cabernet Franc Grape  Cabernet Sauvignon Grape  Chardonnay Grape  Chenin Blanc Grape   So what do you get when you buy a "Merlot"? Every grape variety has a characteristic taste. So basically it is the first overall guideline you look at when buying a wine. (Okay, the first one might be if you want to buy a Red wine or White wine, Sweet wine, Champagne, Sparkling wine, Rose wine etc.:) ) Merlot for example is a grape which is originally from Bordeaux-France and is still one of the "main" French grapes. Merlot is also one of the most popular red wine varietals in many other markets. This flexibility has helped to make it one of the world's most planted grape varieties. This doesn't really help, does it? You now have hundred of bottles in front of you with the word "Merlot" on it. At least you know the grape and you have an idea what the style of the wine is and if it is a good choice for a specific foodpairing, a relaxed pre dinner drink or a wine for a dessert. Let's take again Merlot as an example: Merlot tends not to go well with strong and blue-veined cheeses that can overwhelm the fruit flavors of the wine. The capsaicins of spicy foods can accentuate the perception of alcohol in Merlot and make it taste more tannic and bitter. To make it a bit more complicated again: Don't expect a Merlot from Bordeaux to be the same as a Bordeaux from Australia! And a Merlot from Bordeaux and a Merlot from a vineyard 2km further away will taste slightly different again. But overall you know the style you will get!  Vineyard in Spain, La Mancha  Vineyard Australia Wine is like art. Unless it is produced by machines you will never get exactly the same product. Like we from Xanadu World always say: Every glass has a story...

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The legend of Mureda

The legend of Mureda

BODEGAS MUREDA Located in one of the regions with higher wine-producing tradition in La Mancha, Mureda is a young winery that has known how to fusion splendidly tradition and technology for the achievement of wines of great quality. The winery is designed to produce small as well as big vinifications, having tanks up to 600.000 litres of capacity. The state-of-the-art machinery, has been designed to carry out several processes of elaboration which are very little aggressive. For example: to separate the grape from the sticks, pneumatic pressed …etc.  Bodegas Mureda   Tradition: The legend of Mureda Owing to the Proclamation announced by the Catholic Monarchs in 1502, Muslims were expelled. Among some descendants of the Muslim inhabitants who were converted to Christianity, there was a little princess, daughter to a rich merchant who was appointed governor by the Caliph.  Due to the hard battles between Muslims and Christians, the governor and his wife died. Nevertheless, the princess stayed in the region where she remained hidden but protected by a knight. The beauty and personality of the Muslim princess was the origin of the place being known as the “House of the Moor”,  which led to the present name “The House of Mureda” in Spanish La casa de Mureda. La casa de Mureda owns all the characteristics of the Mudejar Art or Moor Art. It was developed in the Christian Kingdoms of the Iberian Peninsula but using elements of Moorish origin. This style is exclusively from the Castilian territory and took place between the 12th and 16th cent. as a fusion of the Christian and Muslim artistic styles . A new material appeared in this time: the brick, and also appeared a new grid: the bricklaying (In Arabic: Alarife). This is a 15th century house that was originally built in stone and earthenware bricks. Its walls are nearly a meter thick and there is a Mudejar coffered ceiling made of logs of savin which is a typical wood of the continental landscape. Beside the wines, La Mancha is also famous for another  man from La Mancha: Don Quixote and Sancho Panza "Every Glass Has A Story" Click here to find out more about the wonderful wines from Mureda.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Cake

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Valentine's Day. A day when you surprise your loved ones with chocolate, flowers or champagne. We have a very speacial treat for you: Strawberry Rhubarb Upside Down Cake with Chase Rhubarb Vodka INGREDIENTS: - 50ml Chase Rhubarb Vodka - 50ml agave syrup - 10 grams butter or margarine - 1 punnet strawberries (approx. 250grams) hulled and halved - 1 bunch rhubarb stalks, trimmed of leaves (approx. 380 grams) cut into 1 cm pieces - 125 grams butter, room temperature - 1.5 cups plain flour - 1 teaspoon baking powder - 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda - 3/4 cup sugar - 2 eggs - 1 teaspoon vanilla bean extract - 1/2 cup milk METHOD: - Preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius - Grease a 20cm cake tin with a removable base - Heat up 50ml agave syrup and 10 grams butter in a small saucepan - Pour syrup and butter mixture into the cake tin and tilt tin so bottom is completely covered - Arrange strawberries and rhubarb attractively in cake in - Drizzle 50ml Chase Rhubarb Vodka over arranged strawberries and rhubarb - Put flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda in a small bowl and combine with a spoon - Using a stand or hand mixer, beat 125 grams butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and creamy (about 4 minutes) - Add vanilla extract and then add eggs, one at a time being sure to beat the mixture well after each egg - Add half flour mixture and half milk and then beat again for another minute - Add remaining flour and milk and beat again for another 2-3 minutes - Pour over fruit mixture in cake tin and even out top with an offset spatula - Bake in the oven for 15 minutes at 190 degrees Celsius and then reduce heat to 180 degrees Celsius and bake for another 35 minutes. Check with a skewer to see if the cake is cooked - if it is not give it a few more minutes and try again - Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool completely - Run a spatula around the edge of the cake tin and then gently turn the cake out onto a cake platter or plate Serves 8-10

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Wine, Liqueur, Vodka, Gin, Cachaça...all just arrived in Ghana!

Wine, Liqueur, Vodka, Gin, Cachaça...all just arrived in Ghana!

It is always very exciting for us when a container full of delicate bottles leaves the farm of our producers.  First of all, it is a logistic challenge to collect various products from various producers, get them all in one container, get it packed properly and bring it on time to the waiting ship. After that part is done, the only thing we from Xanadu World can do is sit back and wait...hoping that  no pirates, no sea monsters and no bad weather harms the giant container ship which brings our precious goods to Ghana. The last and maybe also one of the biggest challenges is to release the container from the harbor. Everybody who had ever dealt with clearing processes here in Ghana knows that sometimes this can be  very VERY frustrating and challenging. We are always very nervous when our container arrives. Eeven though we bring everything in refrigerated containers, we would like to avoid long waiting times (Long waiting times means: the container stands usually in the sun and 30 degrees and due to the amazingly high power cuts there is no guarantee that we will be able to cool the container - luckily until now our Team worked really well and no major problems occured). When the container finally leaves the harbor and after a short drive to our warehouse, everybody, including all the neighbors are always super excited to open it, are all the boxes still here? How many are broken? How is the temperature inside? What is inside? (Sometimes our amazing producers surprise as with even more amazing marketing materials, which are almost as popular as the products itself ;) ). After a couple of hours, counting box by box and carrying them into our safe and cool Xanadu World warehouse the first and longest part of the journey is almost over and the drinks are waiting for their last destination. Then the last part of the story will be told. It is not just any glass of wine or vodka in your hand. It is a drink made with passion, a drink which travelled around the world, anticipated with excitement...it is a glass with a story which you will be holding in your hands. Check out our products here.  

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