Wineweek 51: Preparing for the Holiday Season

I love Christmas! Its one of my favorite times of the year. Bright lights and candles, great food and presents; not to forget a good excuse to buy some great wines (as if I need an excuse). However, every year, Christmas starts too early if you ask me. Who wants to bring out the decorations already in rainy and gray November? As a business owner, you realize that you kind of have to.

I have just spent the day updating our website and brochures. In a week, we will be having our open house tasting for Christmas wines. Too early you think? Not really. To be able to deliver the holiday treats in time, we need to close the last order window on the 22nd of November. And besides, the notorious little-Christmas season has already started. In Finland and Sweden, it usually means getting way too drunk with your colleagues, and spending the coming year trying to for forget all about it.

We also took some time to relax this weekend. We visited a new pinxtos-bar called Racamaca close to Mariatorger. The food was nothing to write about (except for the truffle salami deserves some thumbs up), but the house cava, Clos Amador Brut, was decent value for money (90sek/ glass).Racamaca had this cozy hole in the wall-feel to it. I almost felt like I was somewhere else than Sweden. Then I saw the price list and the illusion faded. I would still recommend Racamaca for a glass of wine any time.

Racamaca at Mariatorget
Racamaca at Mariatorget
Xistorra sliders at Racamaca
Xistorra sliders at Racamaca
Having late evening drinks at Nofo
Having late evening drinks at Nofo
Riesling from Croatia
Riesling from Croatia

We finished off Saturday night with a late evening visit to Nofo winebar, one of my favorite spots in Södermalm. Erik, who runs the place tends to have interesting wines on his list. He did not disappoint this time either as the Riesling from Croatia, Bolfan, was excellent. I must say there are some great things coming out of eastern-Europe. The quality differences are just quite massive.

That was it for Wineweek 51. In a week, I can celebrate a year of blogging. Before that, I have a few fun posts planned for you the coming week. Have a good one!

xx Soile

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