Another week has passed without me even noticing it. It has consisted of preparations for Cavatast, a business trip to Edinburgh as well as a few great wine and restaurant experiences. Not to mention finally the publishing of my Stockholm travel guide (only a month late from schedule). If you understand Finnish, go and have a look www.tripsteri.fi/tukholma. Time flies by when you are having fun, right? We are also approaching the end of Septembers order-window. Sales have been relatively good so it’s looking good for our charity fund. All of the profit from September will be donated to SOS Childrens Villages.
As with many business trips, I spent most of my three days in Edinburgh inside an office. Staring at the walls of a conference room. It wasn’t even really Edinburgh, but Livingston that is a 30 minute drive away. Great! I did, however, have one evening out with a fellow winecurious colleague, so we went out to a nice restaurant in the heart of the old city. We didn’t really have much time for reservations, but were able to snatch a table at restaurant Mark Greeneway a local celebrity chef (never heard of him). I am not that keen on TV chefs, but M had visited the restaurant before and regardless of the slightly pretentious atmosphere (I can second that) he said the food is excellent. And that it was. We also had some excellent sparkling Riesling from Australia (!!) and Semillon from Margaret Valley. My colleague is extremely knowledgeable about wine, so she gave the sommelier a good test run. To wrap up the work-week, we went to Punk Royale, perhaps one of the most rebellious restaurant in Stockholm, for dinner (again). It is a party every time..
And now about some future events. Cavatast is closing in fast (only two weeks to go) and we are fixing up the meetings. We will of course meet up with our friends from Peret Fuster, Rimarts and Cellers Carol Valles as well as we are looking forward to making some new connections. Rimarts and Carol Valles were the result of last years Cavatast, so let’s see how many new “must-haves” we find. Not sure if we have space for new cava producers in our selection right now, but always good to make connections. I was also contacted by some fellow cavalovers from the UK who are kind enough to take us along for a visit at Torello. The blog has proven a good way to meet like-minded people. I am also quite interested in making some new contacts in Priorat and other surrounding wine regions in Catalonia. We are a bit restricted as we prefer not to rent a car (it was a bit of a catastrophe the last time), but hopefully we can find someone to take us around.
That was all the wine-news for this week. Hoping to post some reviews on Mark Greeneway and the Australian sparkling in the coming week. Have a good one!