Wineweek 21: Sampling week

Happy Sunday everyone! This has not been the easiest week of my life (some sad news on the private side), but  I still have a lot of positive wine-action to share with you. Spring is here and we are almost done with our first order window under the Winecurious brand. It went approximately as we expected, so we are pleased. The shop will open again in May with some great new wines in the selection. It is a perfect time to stock up with some boxes for the summer months as then the Winecurious will be on vacation (the shop not the blog). That is actually what we have been up to this weekend, marathon-tasting the wines from Portugal.

Tasting the Quinta do Escudial selection
Tasting the Quinta do Escudial selection
The Coravin
The Coravin
Working hard on Saturday
Working hard on Saturday

It has been some time since we came back from Portugal, and we have been discussing about tasting all the wines, but there never seems to be time for all the bottles. Mind we brought back 35 of them. Well this weekend we came up with a plan. We poured small tasters with the Coravin. How genius, now we still have most of the wine left to enjoy later. That is perhaps the Finn in me, but you don’t throw alcohol away. All together we tasted 18 wines over two days from Gravato, Quinta do Escudial, Quinta da Pellada (Quinta de Saes) and Valle do Nideo; and now we have our selection made for the spring. There are some amazing reds and whites coming up. More about the individual producers in upcoming posts

In addition to some wine tasting, we enjoyed the start of Spring in Stockholm. It was closer to 16 degrees Celsius (believe me that’s warm to be April in Stockholm), and the whole town was out and about. We walked around, visited some cafes and had the first (outside) ice creams of the year. Yes, immediately when the sun comes out, the Swedes come out too, no matter how cold it is. The darkness of the winter months has finally passed. That is something to celebrate with some great sparkling wine!

Spring flowers
Spring flowers
The first ice cream of the spring
The first ice cream of the spring
Weekend brekkie
Weekend brekkie
Some bubbly after hard days work
Some bubbly after hard days work

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