Finally a Decent Glass of Wine

After feeling a sense of despair over the quality and prices for wine in Bangkok we ended up stopping by the @494 bar at the Grand Hyatt. I was a bit skeptical that it would be anything reasonably priced as it is, well, the Grand Hyatt. But as it was a stone throw away from our hotel it was still worth stopping by. Upon entering we first saw a bar with blinking disco lights and young thai women walking in to it. I felt rather skeptical as it looked like a totally different type of establishment. After a bit of looking around we realized that it was however not the bar we were looking for. We had to ask and then found a much quieter and more relaxed bar at the left corner on the ground floor. We were quickly seated and handed menus for wines by the glass. One for regular wines and one for exclusive wines.

Browsing the one for regular wines we found around 35 wines by glass and most ranging in price from 199 THB to 399 THB (one was 999 THB and that was the Moët champagne). It was a big surprise and they had some fairly decent things on the list, normally I would not have been very excited, but seeing that the average quality in Bangkok is so poor this was a pleasant surprise. They also had some decent offers for bottles, several around 1400 THB. We could also see a tasting machine in the corner, which is used for the exclusive wines.

Service in the bar was friendly and they spoke pretty decent English. It was however a bit too loud to have any real discussions about the wine so cannot speak for the level of knowledge. The crowd was otherwise rather mixed, appeared to be both wine interested locals, expats, some hotel guests and some younger affluent Thai. A pretty pleasant atmosphere and despite the music being a bit too loud for my liking it was at least possible to carry on a conversation with the person next to you. It would however not be optimal for a larger group. It may be that it is calmer earlier in the evening but this was a Monday night so hardly the busiest night of the week either. A plus is that they also provide some free nuts as snacks.

After some short deliberation we opted for some Sparkling. The selection was not great but they had 4 by the glass, one Prosecco, two ‘traditional method’ sparklings from Australia and the Moët. The sparkling from Australia was Chandon so same owner as Moët but even though I do not really hold them in high regard I was excited to find something that could be decent at least. We opted for one glass of the regular Chandon Brut and one of the Chandon Rosé Brut. Reviews will follow either from me or S.

In general a pretty nice wine bar and in Bangkok. It excels compared to the competition so will be high on my list when in BKK next time and feeling like some good wine at decent prices..

Sipping wine at Charlotte Street

To balance out the lack of wine here in Asia, I have saved up a few (more like twenty) reviews on some wine action from our trip to London over New Year. Today I thought I would write about a new acquaintance, Vagabond Wines. Its a lovely mix of a wine store and bar. I just love the concept. It’s a place where you can go hang out, talk wine, and browse around sipping wine from their numerous tasting machines. This is the type of place I miss having in the Nordic monopoly-countries.

Vagabond has two locations, this review is about their second location on good old Charlotte Street (my star restaurant Bubbledogs is also there). The first one is in Fulham. This location has more of bar feel to it but they also have an extensive selection of wines to buy of the shelf. However, if you wish to browse for wines to buy with you to take home, it may be best to do this before the evening crowd wonders in. The selection is fairly broad both from traditional Europe and New world, especially the US. They have good descriptions for each wine making it easy to pick out something you like. The tasting machines also makes it possible for them to have some rare wines available for retail, as one can have a small sip before making the purchase decision.

The shop has seating on two floors (entrance and the basement). The entrance level is a bit nicer but can also get chaotic on a Friday afternoon and evening. They accept reservations so that’s probably a smart move if you want to be guaranteed a seat after 6pm, especially Thursday-Saturday. You can buy wine at the bar both by the glass (bubbly) and also via the sampling machines. To use the machines you load money onto a card. The card is then inserted into a machine and with a press a button you select which wine and size of glass you want to sample (three options from a small sip to a full glass of wine). The small tasters start at around £0.6 (and go up-to around £4) and the glasses of wine start at around £4 and then go upwards. All the bottles they have for retail sales can also be enjoyed in the bar for a small £10 corkage fee. They also have nibbles and shared platters of cheese and cold cuts. We tried the charcuterie board and I must say it was delicious. A perfect snack to fend of the hunger before heading for a late dinner. It was plenty of food for two to share, and made it possible for us to skip starters for dinner.

There are a lot of nice wine shops and bars in London, but the staff is often what makes a difference for me. At Vagabond they are friendly and really knowledgeable, we could have stayed for hours just chatting about wine. My recommendation is to stop by during the slower part of the day to have more of in-depth discussions on wine as the evenings tend to be a bit too busy for that.

The reason I do not give it a 5 is the price level. It’s a bit steep on some of the wines (saw a Gramona Allegro Cava for £20 and that is below €10 in Spain (and even in Sweden or Finland where the alcohol tax is notoriously high and the price level generally higher it would be cheaper). This may not be the fault of Vagabond, but rather the importer or how Gramona want’s to position themselves on the market, who knows. The atmosphere is however great and they do have other interesting wines: a house Champagne (did not try that one) and a very nice Franciacorta by the glass. So I am 100% sure I will be back. For anyone around Charlotte Street (Tottenham Court Road) in the mood for a glass of wine Vagabond is a great option. It may also be nice place to hang out while waiting for a spot at Bubbledogs.

Coffee bar review: Ceresia Coffee Roasters (Bangkok)

While this is mainly a wine blog there will also be reoccurring posts regarding coffee and as we have now spent some time in Bangkok there will be some focus on the Bangkok coffee scene in the weeks to come but also from other locations (London, Singapore, Stockholm, Helsinki and more). To not bring to much focus to the coffee it will however mainly be Monday’s that will have reviews of coffee bars so here it is , the 1st Coffee Monday.

Ceresia is run by two Venezuelan sisters (and a Thai woman) who are serious coffee professionals, both have a background working several years at Monmouth coffee in London. They now run a cafe and roastery in Bangkok. It is a fairly small place and they have their 5 kilo roaster on site as well so it can get a bit cramped in here. This also means that space is valuable and it can be seen in the fact that there is no restrooms and also very limited space for staff. Unlike many other Bangkok specialty coffee bars it is also not super designed. It is still pleasant but not the place I would spend a longer time at.

Service is friendly and prompt. They also love to chat about coffee and it is great to discuss coffee with such knowledgeable and committed people. The influence from Monmouth can really be seen in the printed papers with information on the coffee and the farms. An example others should take after as it provides a lot of interesting information but also creates awareness about why a cup of coffee may cost 120-190 THB at a place focusing on specialty coffee. The influence from Monmouth also goes further as all beans can be bought in different sizes that they scoop up and put in bags. Not a fan that they keep the coffee in the open air and it does not really benefit from it.

Looking at coffee quality it is however a real treat. They serve all their coffee either as cold or hot. We sampled a lovely Kenyan filter as a hot. Truly an excellent Kenyan and with the clear characteristics of Kenyan coffee, especially the notes of black currant were prominent and with a pleasant acidity to it. They had eight different coffees to select from an we also tried a coffee called Wild Honey which is domestic. It was not bad but I would not say great either. It is however interesting to see that the Thai coffee growers are starting to focus on quality as well and fully support that specialty coffee shops buy coffee from farms trying to develop. It will be interesting to follow the development of the Thai coffee producers.

They also serve lovely pastries but the food selection is a bit slim. When I was there they had a piece of quiche but the rest was sweets. There is however a Fuji superstore across the street if hungry (and they also have a restroom).

So how does it rate:
Coffee quality: 3.5
Ambiance and Service: 3.5
Food: 2
Vs Local Average Competition: 4.5

Wineweek 9: Bangkok Edition

Good afternoon from one of my favorite cities in the world, Bangkok. Why do I like it so much, hard to say exactly, but it has something to do with the controlled chaos, excellent food and friendly people, not to mention the warm weather. Perhaps this edition of Wineweek in pictures will give you a small taster of my Bangkok.

This weeks edition should rather be called Lack-of-wine-week. Thailand is not a country for wine. Not because they don’t have any, but rather because the prices are not reasonable. As I read up, it seems that wine is very heavily taxed to support a thriving local beer industry. Also, my experience with Asian countries is that the taste of the locals for both food and drinks is just different. So would a local enjoy a nice California Pinot Noir? They might prefer the taste of the local whiskey. We have come across numerous wine-bars, but none of them are really inviting to the winecurious. Yes they can look nice, but the knowledge on wines is at the level of a ten year old and you pay closer to 10 Euros for a glass of cheap Chardonnay. A waste of money at least for me. This is why we have kept to mainly beer and coffee to satisfy our tasting needs.

The benefit about being passionate about something is that it gives you that extra motivation  to go to great lengths to satisfy your curiosity. The concept of travelling changed for me when I met M. I was well traveled even before, but I did not venture that much outside of the tourist areas. Not really. Of course, young and smug, I made a big deal about seeing the world, but I did not have any real agenda. What was I there to see? Now we travel for a purpose and not only to fill the passport with stamps, the purpose being wine, coffee and food (and I don’t object to warm weather). Most of the week here in Bangkok, we have ventured to cafes and eaten street food. We have navigated through small neighborhoods to find the hidden gems populated by the Thais and expats alike.  Specialty coffee is surprisingly popular and we have found many places that make fantastic pour overs, aeropresses and cold brew (that’s coffee geek language for filter coffee). M has been ecstatic and he has already written closer to ten reviews he wants to publish on coffee places. Perhaps we should start calling this blog the Coffeecurious. Many of the best coffees we have had have been made with Ethiopian or Guatemalan beans, but Thai coffee is also taking a step up and there are many local roasters who do single origin coffees from Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai (Northern Thailand).

The other topic that is close to my heart is the food here in Bangkok and I am not talking only about curries and friend rice. We have had great traditional Thai street food: skewers, spiced sausages and banana pancakes and also a lot of other Asian food. There is a large population of Japanese expats contributing to a great deal of izakayas, sushi and ramen places. We also had some fantastic Korean barbecue. Most of the food we have had has cost between 1 and 5 euros per meal. We have spent much more on coffee. Tomorrow we will try some local fine dining at Nahm and Issaya Siamese Club which are both on the list of Asias 50 best restaurants. Even though we labelled this trip as a street food festival, the prices for tasting menus were so tempting that we couldn’t resist. Comparing to London and especially Sweden a tasting menu at a top restaurant costs one third of that of Europe and the US. I am not expecting the wine list to be as tempting, but who knows, I will not judge before I see it. The downside here is that the restaurants do not display much prices on their website, so we have no idea what to expect of drinks.

The journey continues in Bangkok for a few more days and after that we will retreat to Ko Samui for some well deserved beach time. I have been there once around ten years ago, so I am sure it has changed (to even more touristy). However, I have some great memories from beach restaurants having fantastic curries (and sipping on buckets of drinks, but no more about that in this blog), so some food posts are imminent.

Wine Review: Jacques Selosse Initial Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut

So here is my first review on the How to spend it -section: Jacques Selosse Initial Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut. I am often very torn with wines and Champagnes that cost over 100 € a bottle. Yes, I buy them sometimes for curiosity’s sake . However, I am not completely sure if they are worth the money. If we take the Krug Grande Cuvee for example, its a wonderful Champagne. But is it that much better in proportion than a good standard Champagne like the Francois Bedel, one of my favorite Champagnes in the 30 euro section? I think that the Krug is better, definitely, but is it really four times better, which would be in line with the price difference? This is just my thinking around the price of wines, but of course I know that it’s not how the world of supply and demand works. Taste is taste and a price of a Champagne is not 100% in line with quality or the cost of production. Price is mostly (but not completely) determined on how much consumers are willing to pay for it.

Back to the Selosse. The winemaker Anselme Selosse has a bit of a cult status. He divides opinions like many charismatic characters. His wines start from around 100 € a bottle and vintages of course have a heavier price tag. When looking at the more expensive vintages, they do not however climb up to the price levels of a Vielles Vignes Francais or Krug Clos du Mensil, but are considered by some critics to be of equal quality, thus great value for money. There are however numerous experts who also find his wines, if not awful at least poor so be aware that opinions differ on the topic of his brilliance (or lack thereof). So before splurging 100 € or more consider whether you believe you will like it. We started with the Selosse Initial because, well, we could get or hands on it, and as its name suggests, it is a good starting point to get acquainted with the Selosse style.

The wine is quite light colored with small bubbles. The nose is brioche-like with marzipan and almonds. One can also get some peach, citrus, honey, yellow apples and minerals. There is a lot going on in this wine. The taste is much fuller than many other champagnes with some acidity and notes of apples and citrus fruit. There is an interesting slight bitterness in the aftertaste that gets stronger when the wine warms up. If one can say a wine is complex, this is it. Its not just cold dry and sparkling, it has a lot of character. It reminds me of the Horiot Champagnes that are like great regular wines, just with bubbles and both producers seem to have a similar philosophy, they do whatever they want (not what is expected). One tip for drinking it though. Pour a small glass at a time and keep the wine cool in the fridge. When it warms up you get a bit of an overwhelming zesty lemon bitterness that is not as pleasant as of you would have kept the wine chilled.

Ok, I am sold. The Selosse Initial is a very, very good Champagne. I would recommend pairing it with some food, not sure what exactly, but light meats and seafood would be a good start. The quality of the wine definitely gets a 4.5. I have not gotten over my dilemma yet regarding the price vs quality ratio. Perhaps I will over time. I would say the drop is minor though and the value for money rating is a 4. One thing to consider as well before getting carried away with Selosse purchases. Anselme Selosse has mentioned in several interviews that he wants to make wines coherent to what each year has to offer, not a product that tastes the same from year to year. To me this keeps things interesting, but it also means that quality will vary. This is just good to know for managing expectations. Anyway, I am now amongst the fans and very happy to have another bottle in the fridge and that’s already a sunk cost so no point worrying about the price of it.

Coffee, travels and approach to coffee bar reviews

Being into speciality coffee is often great but when traveling it can often be a disappointing coffee experience. There are of course plenty of great places spread out in the UK, US and the Nordic countries as well as more and more in Germany, Netherlands and Belgium. Latin countries such as Spain, Italy and France are however a totally different story, the quality of coffee is often depressing. Execution can be pretty good when it comes to consistent quality of the coffee made but the problem is usually with the actual coffee beans used. If you are not a fan of coffee that is dark roast, almost burned and with some level of robusta mixed in then it will not be easy to find anything to your liking . Asia on the other hand can be a mixed cup, so before my trip to Bangkok I did some research. And it appears as if there is a budding coffee scene, so we made a small list of places worth visiting.

More on that will follow in separate posts (as well as reviews of coffee bars from all over the place) but here a bit on how I will in general  approach coffee reviews. I will be giving ratings from zero to five with five being the best.

All my coffee bar/cafe ratings will rate the coffee quality as such, but it will be rating the quality on what I expect from a specialty coffee bar. So a rating of three is not at all bad so more think of it in the context that a place like Starbucks or somewhere where they serve Lavazza or Nespresso would be a zero but a place that serves a decent cup will be given a two. To clarify a bit for all of you who for example love Starbucks (yes I am aware that there are people out there who love it, in the same way some people think McDonalds have the best burgers, Taco Bell serves the best Mexican food and Moet makes the best champagne), the way I look at what coffee is similar to how I look at wine. The beans should usually be fairly light roast to bring out the specific flavors of that coffee and I usually prefer single origin or single lot coffees. While I realize this may not be for everyone, that is how I like my coffee.

I will also mention in case I tried any of the food and if so how it rates. There will also be rating of the ambience or feel of the place including the service. Some coffee bars are just not made to hangout but may serve excellent coffee while others may serve just decent coffee but can be perfect to spend time at.

The final rating is also how it rates vs the local competition eg a place that has five in coffee quality in for example NYC can have a a rating of three vs competition and in the same way a place that has for example a rating of two of coffee quality in Barcelona can have a five vs competition.

Wine Review: Daniele Piccinin Montemagro 2010

I like white wine, I really do. But I don’t have it very often. Perhaps because I don’t know that much about it. I have thought about starting to acquaint myself with reds and whites region by region. Its much more interesting to buy when the label says something to you.

Daniele Piccinins Montemagro is something I picked up in London at a place called 40 Maltby St. Its a wine bar and kitchen located in an old railway arch in Bermondsey. The restaurant is connected to the warehouse of Gergovie Wines, an importer specialized in ecologically produced wines. You can taste the merchandise by the glass or buy a bottle to have at the restaurant or take home. Upon a visit to the restaurant and after chatting to the staff about what I like in wine they suggested I try something they just had one bottle of. And after one small taster of the Montemagro,  I was convinced this is a white wine I want to get to know and have in my cellar. As it was at that point only a sample bottle, we had to return a few times until they got the shipment in. But since 40 Maltby Street is such a lovely place that was a great excuse to go back (as if I need an excuse).

The grape Durella, is a grape that has been long ignored not only in Italy but everywhere. The variety has been called rabioso (furious) due to its high acidity. The color of the Montemagro 2010 is very yellow and it is  low on residual sugar (0,3%). The nose is bready and has a hint of yeast and the taste with plum and raisins, but not sweet. It is like a non-sweet dessert wine. The wine is veary pleasant, not rabioso at all.

Price-wise this wine was very reasonable. I cant remember exactly, but something close to 15£. For white wines especially I am a bit more sensitive when it comes to price. I guess its because the selection is so large, that I expect to find a good white for around 10-20£. But what is to say that will not change with some more education. Five years ago I thought 15£ was a high price for a bubbly too.

All in all I give this wine a 4, both for quality and price. I think they are both aligned. I am also very intrigued to try more from both Danielle Piccinnin and wines made of Durella.

Wine Review: Pongracz Brut Sparkling Wine

Yes I know that I said that I would not be posting as often as Soile and now here I am posting almost right away after my introduction. Well, what can I say. When inspiration strikes I am just unable not to share my thoughts.

There is this ongoing debate on whether there are any sparkling wines from other regions that can compete with Champagne. There are purists, like well-known Champagne expert Richard Juhlin, who claims that even the worst Champagnes are better than what other regions can produce. I do not agree with that – there are some brilliant Champagnes but there is also a lot that is produced in Champagne that is not at all very good. Taking value for money into account there is also a lot from other regions that is more interesting than Champagne. I do however in general find that the method used in Champagne is key to making a good sparkling. I have had excellent examples of sparkling wine from other parts of France, Spain, Italy, the US, South Africa and New Zealand (and we have some interesting bottles from Germany and recommendations for Austria as well) and what unites all of them is the Method Champenoise.

With this little introduction I want to highlight one of the very good value non Champagne sparkling wines out there. It is a South African sparkling made with the traditional champagne method – in South Africa this is indicated by the Méthode Cap Classique on the label. This specific one is Pongracz Brut. I had the pleasure of having a glass or two of it when visiting the lovely Yelp Community Manager for Stockholm.

Pongracz is made with 60% Pinot Noir and 40 % Chardonnay and with 8g/l of residual sugar. It has been aged for 35 months. The name comes from the Hungarian Desiderius Pongrácz, a nobleman who fled the uprising in Hungary in 1956 and was one of the key people in shaping and developing the wine making in South Africa.

The color of it is pale yellow and a the nose of it is really pleasant. It has clear scent of bread and crisp green apples and white fruits. The first time I smelled it i was surprised and I did really think this was a more expensive wine and for a moment I was even wondering whether it could be a champagne. The flavor is full with  a toastiness to it but also clear notes of apple, nuts and mineral. The bubbles are small and pleasant. The aftertaste is fairly long and has hints of berries.

It does present some really excellent value in most markets. For those in the monopoly markets it is available in the standard assortment in Finland for €14.90 (Alko) and the special order assortment in Sweden for 111 SEK (Systembolaget). I have also seen it in the UK for around £10-12. If you are also willing to venture on the ‘party boat’ going between Finland and Sweden it is also possible to buy them at Viking Line for a mere 82 SEK per bottle. In general I am not really a fan of the ferries as I spent way too much time traveling on them when younger and going to the summer house, but looking at the selection and prices at Viking Line there are some real bargains to be had and I will probably come back in future posts on the selection on board.

I would rate the quality as a 3.5 (on a five grade scale) but in a value for money perspective this deserves a strong 4. Compared to other wines in the same price range it is really excellent. For me it still lacks something in the flavor, the nose is excellent but flavor-wise I would have wanted more full flavor to give it a higher quality rating. Still it is a lot better than many wines that cost twice as much and clearly a wine I could imagine drinking more of.

The voice of reason

Most of the readers here have had the chance to get acquainted with my lovely wife Soile and her reviews of wine and other topics. I am of course also interested in wine so there will be wine reviews from me as well but I would say that my interests is more in flavors in general so you will probably see a variety of other things mixed in among the wine reviews. As Soile and I do not always share views on wines and other things we may now and then also both review some of the wines we taste (and as I am the voice of reason you should of course mainly trust my judgement).

I have traditionally been a lot more into red wines than Soile so if you want to get on my good side I would recommend bringing a nice California Pinot Noir, one of my favorite wine producers is for example Failla who make some lovely Pinots. I would however say that I am fairly adventurous when ti comes to new wine so eager to try new regions and varieties. Soile have of course with her commitment to bubbly brought a lot more cava, champagne and other sparklings into my life but I do still appreciate other types of wines as well.

I do also have a healthy interest in coffee, or slight obsession if you ask some. I do for example find it perfectly normal to bring your own coffee, grinder, scale and coffee maker when traveling and of course having my own coffee maker in the office as well. Either way, do expect some reviews on coffee and coffee bars and then of course some restaurant reviews. To get a taste of what you may see have a look at Yelp and my reviews there.
I will not be posting as frequently as Soile but the coming months I will have some extra time as off from work for a bit so there should be some more time to share my wisdom during this period of time 🙂

Wineweek 8

The time has finally come, our trip to Asia is just one day away. This trip was booked a long time ago, so it feels a bit surreal that in 48 hours we will be in +30 degrees (Celsius). It will be a five week journey staring from Bangkok and ending in Singapore. As I mentioned earlier, it will perhaps not be the most wine-rich month of our lives; but food-wise I have high expectations. The ambition is to find a lot of good street food, but we have also been reading a lot about a rising coffee scene both in Thailand and Singapore. So the blog will probably be filled with reviews and pictures of food-stalls, bars and cafes; and the occasional annoying picture of the sun and beach of course.

Some other exciting news to share with you: the blog will be getting a new voice to share experiences on wine and food with you. M, my lovely husband, has also raised an interest in writing and will be publishing some of his reviews in The Winecurious. An active Yelper, M has been the initial inspiration for all this public sharing. We spend hours surfing online for bars, restaurants and other interesting places in our home city and whenever we travel. That’s how we find most of the great places, so it is a pleasure to share onward.  M will be writing his own introduction, so I will not get too much into this. But the addition of a new writer means that we will be able to include more content and also another point of view. Perhaps impossible to imagine, but we don’t always agree (wink wink).

Wineweek is also about recapping the activities of the past week, so here is a quick glimpse to the past. As it was a busy week preparing for the upcoming trip, we did not have the appetite to cook much at home. We had some great value for money burgers at Rhino, two for the price of one in January (using a FB offer). Egg, bacon and truffle mayo burger, there is no way that can taste bad, and it didn’t. On Friday we opened one of the Cuvée Guy Charlemagne Vintage 2008s that I got (a box of) as a Christmas present. It was really wonderful, and I can’t wait to share a review with you. Many of the 2008 vintage Champagnes that have been released, have been already now very drinkable. A friend of mine, Iisa, who is a Sommelier, calls 2008 the fruit-year, and I can only agree. She also mentioned that some of her renowned wine-contacts say it might even be a better year than 2002. So stock up now, when the price for 2008 is still reasonable. I know, it’s a gamble, all wine does not mature as expected. But that is perhaps the fun of it. Some people play poker to get their kicks, I buy wine.

On Saturday, we went browsing around in the Monopoly. The branch on Regeringsgatan in the center of Stockholm is a real treat to visit. Sometimes I just go in and browse. This time we did find something interesting to buy though. There was something on the shelf that caught M’s eye. And now I am not talking about the Gramona that is in the picture above (that’s also a great new addition to the selection). We found two bottles of Jaques Selosse Brut Initial, this is not always in the assortment so we just had to go for it. This is a producer that divides a lot of opinions, also among critics.  Some say it is wonderful, and some say it is really not worth the money. When we lived in London a bottle of a basic non vintage Selosse cost closer to 120 pounds (cheapest I have seen was £108 but norm is more so for example Berry Bros & Rudd charge £126). That’s as much as a Krug Grande Cuvée; but now it was available at the Monopoly for under 900 SEK (with the current exchange rate ~70£). It is not like I buy a wine this expensive every week, but I am curious to try it – to see what the fuss is all about. So we quickly picked up the two last bottles and made our way to the counter. We tried the wine last night, and yes it was something else. I will write a proper review about it later; but I must say it stood out in a nice way. Whether I think it’s value for money, well that is another question. But purely from quality perspective – Yes, I get what all the fuss is about now.

Saturday evening we had a wonderful early dinner at Matkonsulatet (you can read an older review here). As we were trying some Champagne later that night, we decided to go easy on the drinks. The Estrella Inedit was a wonderful choice. I like the 0.75l bottle that you can share with friends. The beer is very light but still flavorful, with a subtle fizz. Perfect with food or on hot summer nights. Kind-of reminds me of some of the Asian beers, but this one has more flavor in it and no bitterness what so ever. For food we got to try some wonderful new things: Beef tartar with oyster ice cream, another tartar with foie gras flakes and black truffle, and pork burger pinchos. They were all wonderful! Especially the burger, but it was so greasy (just the way I like it) that it was actually good that we only got half burgers. I was stuffed after the meal.

That was it for Wineweek no 8. Next time I will be writing this post, it will be from Bangkok. Meanwhile enjoy the reviews and random rambling I have scheduled for the coming week.