Wineweek 160: November Rain

I wish the topic was referring to a song, but its not. Its referring to the weather; which is as you would expect in November – rainy. Next week, the weatherman has promised snow. I am not excited about that either. So until we fly to Asia again, I intend on staying inside. Instead of going out for cocktails I will make them at home.  Continue reading “Wineweek 160: November Rain”

Three Tips for Making a Wine-Calendar

I think I write about this same topic every year; I rave about the awesomeness of having a wine calendar for Christmas. I think it was three years ago that I got one from M, and I still remember it vividly: 24 boxes, stacked in four rows of six, waiting for me on top of the wine fridge on the first day of December. I will never forget it because it was so awesome.  So if you truly love someone who truly loves wine – trust me, this is the best way to show your affection. Continue reading “Three Tips for Making a Wine-Calendar”

Wineweek 159: Gamla Stan at Night

Gamla Stan is the old town of Stockholm. In the past it was called the city in between bridges, as it is located on an island (Stockholm is built on 14 islands) stretching literally  from the bridge of the royal castle to the hectic junction of Slussen. This part of town dates back to the 13th century, and consists of alleyways, cobblestone streets, and medieval architecture. There is also a healthy mix of street art reminding you in which century you live.  And yes, it is touristic during the day, but after dark it is the playground of the locals, and one of my favorite parts of the city. Continue reading “Wineweek 159: Gamla Stan at Night”

Wine and View – Roosevelt Wine Cellar

I think I have said this before – I am not a fan of rooftop terraces. 99 percent of the time I feel that these places have the misconception that a nice view justifies poor quality. Or if it’s not poor quality, then prices are from another world. Like wine tastes better if you drink it high up in the air. Not! There are a few exceptions though, and Roosevelt Wine Cellars is one of them. I was impressed already on my first visit in 2015 , and the feeling did not deteriorate this time, two years later. Roosevelt Wine Cellar is not the best wine bar in the world, but it is one of the best places to drink wine I know in Asia; as well as it has a magnificent view. Continue reading “Wine and View – Roosevelt Wine Cellar”

Wineweek 158: In the Footsteps of Royalty

Ever wonder where and how Swedish royalty lives? Me too, occasionally. Mostly I wonder what kinds of wines they drink. I even did a deep dive into which wines have been served at the Nobel Gala for the past 100 years. It was a lot of work, but quite fun (here is the link). This weekend, I took my camera and went walking in Hagaparken, where the crown princess of Sweden, Victoria lives with her family.  Continue reading “Wineweek 158: In the Footsteps of Royalty”

The Silence of Suzhou

Suzhou is called the Venice of China. It is a city about 30min train-ride west from Shanghai, that is full of culture, history and canals. It is also a large commercial center, but there is something about the town that you can really forget about that part. Suzhou has a large number of relics and places of historical interest, and it is the place to visit some tranquil gardens, traditional temples, and stroll narrow roads surrounded by water. It’s a great day-trip destination if you are visiting Shanghai, but you need to go prepared. Here are a few tips to get you started with planning. P.S. No wine tips in this post (Suzhou is not really a wine-city).

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Wineweek 157: The Photographer Gone Wild

I have always been a bit fascinated with Shanghai. It is a mix of big and small, old and new, and classic and modern. The french concession has left its beautiful marks in the architecture, as well as the great ambitions of the Chinese keep erecting a futuristic skyline that is recognized around the world. Shanghai is a dream for a photographer; there is so much color and tiny detail that I could have just wondered around with the camera all day.  Continue reading “Wineweek 157: The Photographer Gone Wild”

Inside La Coline – Stockholm

There are some really interesting new restaurants in Stockholm. M has been browsing for alternatives for him and his friends for the weekend (this weekend) I am in Shanghai. They all sounded really good, but La Coline sounded the best: nature wines, grower champagnes and small plates to share. I was so jealous that we just had to go there together before my trip. So Sunday night we headed to see what kind of a new restaurant had opened on the tourist-stretch of Götgatan. It is an area rarely inhabited by something worth going into.  Continue reading “Inside La Coline – Stockholm”

Wineweek 156: Good Morning Shanghai

I’m actually not yet in China, but in a few days time I can say those words – Good morning Shanghai! I used to visit frequently, for business you know. But in the past five years, our encounters have been too few. I am looking forward to roaming around the old quarters again, snapping photos and snacking on street food. This is a bit of an unusual trip, as I am not traveling with M, but we have done the travel planning together so I am quite sure it will be a success anyway. I thought I would share a few of these tips with you even before trying them. My camera finger is just itching to get down to business.  Continue reading “Wineweek 156: Good Morning Shanghai”

Gin from the heart of Stockholm – Stockholms Bränneri

Gin – my second favorite topic after wine. I don’t know if I have mentioned where this obsession started from? London of course. It was there, under the railway arches in Bermondsey I had my first taste of small batch “boutique” gin from a Danish ginmaker called Jensen’s. I was expecting to grimace after a sip of raw gin, but to my surprise the taste was soft and silky. It was one of those aha-experiences, where I realizes that the gins I have been drinking before have just been questionab quality. That day, spirits went back on the shopping list again, but only quality spirits. And I am happy to announce that I have found a local favorite here in Stockholm: Stockholms Bränneri. Continue reading “Gin from the heart of Stockholm – Stockholms Bränneri”