Midsummer Memories

I am still recovering from Midsummer. Not from staying up late or having wine. Just all the excitement around seeing so many friends and family. There is so much to talk about when we see each other and never enough time to really catch up. I think quite many were even surprised to hear that we have a wine company. Luckily we brought samples so that everyone could get a taste for what we do. We spent Midsummer in the Helsinki archipelago enjoying a typical Midsummer chill and drizzle. Continue reading “Midsummer Memories”

Wineweek 85: Whats New in Helsinki

I think it has finally happened: my home for 30 years, Helsinki, has become somewhat of a stranger to me. I just realized it when browsing all the new restaurants have popped up this year. The city is changing, and I am not keeping up with that change. Perhaps I have become a bit of a Swede, thinking that Stockholm is the place for foodies. However, Helsinki seems to be giving Stockholm a run for its money. As I am still editing my Midsummer pictures, I thought I would instead share some of the new places I have listed as must-visits for the fall (many restaurants in Helsinki close for the summer). I have not tried them yet, but I will. If you have some experiences, please share!  Continue reading “Wineweek 85: Whats New in Helsinki”

Happy Midsummer!

It is the eve of Midsummer here in Finland. One of those days that people leave their jobs early and the town quiets down already at lunch-time. I am also in the need for a vacation. I can feel it in every part of my body. I am just aching for a glass of wine and it is not even four o-clock yet. Tonight will thank fully bring some relief as we are going for dinner at my favorite restaurant in Helsinki, Chef & Sommelier. I know, I know, we were just there a few months ago, but it is so good. Continue reading “Happy Midsummer!”

Wineweek 84: Paris Favorites

Even though we have been home for a few weeks, I still have so much photo material from our recent trip to France, that I can fill Wineweek with them for many weeks to come. I promise you, these Paris pictures are way more interesting than anything I did this week, except for the dinner I had last night at a new restaurant called Derelict. It was awesome! However, I will write more about that another time. Now to some Paris favorites. Continue reading “Wineweek 84: Paris Favorites”

In the Cellar of Anselme Selosse

It was supposed to be the highlight of our trip to Champagne – the tour and tasting at the famous Jacques Selosse Cellars. The tour guide was the famous winemaker himself and the tasting included both vins clairs (the wine before it is made into a champagne), as well as a hefty range of the finished product. We were very excited that we were able to book a tour. However, the tour was not exactly what we thought it would be.. Continue reading “In the Cellar of Anselme Selosse”

Drinking in the Midnight Sun

Up here in the Nordics, we are blessed with a special phenomenon: the June midnisht sun. This means that the sun does not go down at all, but it is light around the clock. Now some people might no like it, as it is sometimes hard to sleep in light. But the midnight sun and beloved Midsummer festival are what we are born and raised with. Midsummer is when most people start their vacations, eat good food, jump into the freezing lake (from the Sauna) and perhaps get a little bit drunk. Continue reading “Drinking in the Midnight Sun”

Wineweek 83: Memories from Epernay

It is already a week since we boarded a train back to Paris from Champagne. Time goes by fast, as these photos make me feel like they were taken yesterday. Ok, so a week is not that long of a time, but it still feels almost unfair how short days have become. I still remember a time when minutes felt like hours and hours like days. I feel lucky to have taken a lot of photos to remember these precious moments by.  Continue reading “Wineweek 83: Memories from Epernay”

The Secrets of Bollinger

I have been aching to write about my visit to Bollinger since I closed the heavy iron gates behind me. The visit to the legendary champagne house was by far the best of the whole trip to Champagne. Bollinger is not easy to gain access to (not as hard as Krug though), but we were able to book a special tour through the Swedish importer. Continue reading “The Secrets of Bollinger”

Grape Love: Pinot Meunier, the Challenger in Champagne

Today I thought I would write about a relationship that has been developing for some time now: my growing love for the least known of the three main grape varietals used for Champagne, Pinot Meunier. We all know Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but Meunier as a grape is often left in the shadows. It has perhaps traditionally been considered more as a “filler” instead of the leading grape. However, Meunier can produce a charismatic and an absolutely wonderful champagne just o its own. Continue reading “Grape Love: Pinot Meunier, the Challenger in Champagne”

Wineweek 82: A Postcard From Champagne

It is Sunday and our time in Champagne has come to an end. I am currently sitting on one of the only trains going from Reims to Paris today. The strikes are hitting the rail road hard, but we were lucky enough to secure seats. Soon we will see how the capital of France is coping with the upcoming events and a flooding Seine. I must say I was a bit worried before the trip about all the fuss, but being here everything has just fallen in place. And of course, bad weather and transport issues meant significantly less tourists. Continue reading “Wineweek 82: A Postcard From Champagne”