Wine knowledge: understand wine better

To enjoy the wine you don’t have to be an expert. Although the more we learn from something, the more we enjoy it, right?

For that reason, we want to give some data that we consider important about wine:

Important things about wine

Wine is a natural product: Fermentation is a process that has a lot of poetry and magic… the natural sugar of the fruit is transformed into alcohol and thus the wine is born.

There are many ‘wines’ in wine: Any palate can notice very notable differences between different types of wine, depending on the grape variety, the climate where it was grown, the know-how of the winery, etc.

Matching wine and food: Combining wine with food is an art, but that should not leave us behind. The best thing is to learn it with practice. The idea is that the flavors of wine and food are reinforced, rather than ‘counteracted’.

Tasting a wine: It is not necessary to be an expert to taste a wine, it is enough to sharpen our senses to better capture their characteristics, and try to describe them to ourselves (in our own words if necessary). Little by little, we will distinguish more and more things – brief wine tasting guide.

Choose the best wine: It is not always true that the most expensive wine is better. Buying an expensive wine ensures a certain quality, but it is not always the best option. It depends a lot on our tastes and on the situation in which we are going to consume it. That is why it is important to cultivate our own criteria when evaluating a wine.

What types of wine are there?

Calm wine: red, white or rosé.  There are wines that have no bubbles and have less than 15 percent of alcohol.

Sparkling wine: Champagne and other similar. They obtain the bubbles thanks to a second fermentation in the bottle.

Gasified wine: They incorporate gas artificially, like a soft drink.

Wine service temperature

The red wine should be served between 16º and 18º C. If the ambient temperature is higher we will have to cool it in a bucket with ice and water.

 

The white wine between 12º and 16º C. Keep it in the fridge, and remove it a little before consuming it (then it heats up quickly).

The sparkling ones should be served at about 8º. Fresh from the fridge and kept in a bucket with lots of ice.

4 elements that impact the quality of wine

The soil: The soil brings specific characteristics to the wine.

The weather: The warmer, the more powerful the wine will be, and it will have more body and more alcohol. If it is colder, it will be more acidic and refreshing.

The varietal or type of grape: The grape variety is fundamental when determining the character of a wine. To better understand the world of wine it is necessary to think also in terms of the varietal.

The elaboration: Once the grape is obtained, the know-how of the winemaker is decisive to obtain a quality wine: the temperature of fermentation, the filtering and clarification process, the possible mixture of varietals, the type of barrel used for aging, etc.

It still seems to you that it is easy to deal with winemaking and knowing everything about the wine? Unfortunately, that’s not so easy. But if your love for the wine is huge, you can always be a collector or simple – wine lover. For this purpose, we recommend you to equip good wine accessories, for example, start with a wall-mounted wine rack.…


Pros and Cons Of Working In The Gig Economy

The gig economy is the labor market where jobs are characterized by short-term or freelance contracts instead of permanent jobs. Temporary positions are normal and organizations usually contract independent workers for short-term employment. Currently, some of the largest companies in the world are the drivers of the gig economy, Uber being one of, if not, the largest company. However, while to some, what is associated with the gig economy is seen as an advantage, to others it may not be.

 

Pros

 

Those who support the economy argue that it opens up opportunities in the job market to those who previously would not have benefitted. Flexible working hours are more common, so the single mother on welfare, who would previously not have been able to supplement her government credits with employment, would now have the opportunity to. Unemployed people would have more available opportunities; while the employers would have lower risk and be more will to give them a chance thanks to their flexibility and the reduced contracts available. A good work-life balance is becoming more important during a period where people are working longer hours than ever. Flexible working hours go someway to appeasing these people.

 

Independent workers have increased satisfaction with their lives than traditional workers. They cite improved control over their working hours and the opportunity to be their own boss. Freelancers could provide the same level of work as regular office workers, for example, and still be able to communicate with those in the organization via video conferencing. Room scheduling software can be used in or out of office to book meeting space where collaborations can occur between in-house staff, and freelancers.

 

 

Cons

 

A common concern amongst many employed in the gig economy, is the lack of job security and lower levels of income. There is no sick pay, so if you are ill, you are not compensated. This sort of absenteeism could even affect your future employment with companies. Zero hour contract workers in the UK do not benefit from the same rights and protections as employed workers. They can miss out on health benefits and sick pay. It has been pointed out that the increase in short-term contracts is not due to more people wanted to become entrepreneurs and work under their terms, but because they don’t have much of an option. There are record numbers of students graduating from university, meaning increased competition in the job market. Whilst this is good news for employers looking for the most talented and capable staff, this can leave job hunters in the vulnerable position where they have no choice but to accept less than ideal contract conditions.

 

 

While economic opportunities have increased with a rise in the gig economy, it does leave many employees accepting precarious working contracts. Ultimately it is up to the employee to choose their preference and what best suits them – a short-term contract with much flexibility, or a long-term contract with better salary and job security. Hopefully, in future there will be improved conditions for people to work flexibly, without negatively affecting a business’ ability to offer more job opportunities.…