Wineweek 32: Winding Down for Summer

Summer has finally arrived to Stockholm. The sun is shining, temperature is above 20 C and the wind is no longer sharp and cold. Hopefully it is smooth sailing from now to the end of August (one can always hope).

This week has been all about winding down. I am the type of person to get excited and work hard, and then continue working hard even if there is not that much to do. I really need to concentrate on slowing down the pace. So we have been dining out, having some good wines (see pictures) and just slacked off with a good cup of coffee. I have skipped writing posts in the evenings (if I don’t have time for it during the day, then I don’ have the time) and substituted all productive tasks with TV.  I feel so much more energized than I did a week ago.

Taking a sunny walk in Djurgården
Taking a sunny walk in Djurgården
Some cheese from Högtorgshallen
Some cheese from Högtorgshallen
Some yummy snack at Gaston
Some yummy snack at Gaston
A glass of Chenin-blanc at Gaston Winebar
A glass of Chenin-blanc at Gaston Winebar
The amazing Les 7 ancient variety champagne from Laherte & Fils
The amazing Les 7 ancient variety champagne from Laherte & Fils
Primus white from Quite de Pellada
Primus white from Quite de Pellada

Last week I promised to reveal some of our fall plans for the company. We are very happy with the growth we did in the spring, so it is time for another push for sales and another investment to take in new and exciting producers. What does that mean then? Well more paperwork of course. We will be starting work on an import license to be able to sell our wines also to restaurants. We need to find a proper warehouse in Sweden and start contacting potential buyers to arrange tastings. We have some great wines that would perfectly pair with the Scandinavian kitchen, like the Rimarts smoky Rosae and the Antonio Madeira Red. But first things first, the permits must be in place (let’s see if this process goes more smoothly than the license to sell to consumers).

Secondly, we will finally be starting off with our talented Port wine producer, Vieira de Sousa. I love the summer, but when fall comes, I get all excited about cozying up in the cold evenings with a glass of port and some chocolate. Vieira de Sousa is the sole reason we went into Port, and I can’t wait to hear what people say about the wines that I love. During July, we will be preparing the boxes for shipping to our warehouse in Denmark so that in August we are ready to sample them to all of our fellow winecurious. We are already browsing the calendar for good dates to do some tastings. How about you? Are you perhaps port-curious and what is your favorite food pairing?

Next week we will be enjoying the Stockholm summer and then we will head of to meet family and friends in Finland. There are a few great wine-hangouts in Helsinki that I will be writing about the coming week as well as some reviews on this excellent weeks wines. Wishing you all a warm and sunny start for July!

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