Wineweek 103: Rainy Helsinki

I have spent the past week in Helsinki. It rained a lot, thus only photos from indoors. It was really this kind of nasty, humid fall weather, where the chill just penetrates all your outer clothes and sinks all the way to your bones. I have never gotten used to that, not even when I lived in London, where this kind of weather was a constant. Stockholm on the other hand was very sunny this weekend when I came back home. I could have just stayed outside all day long. Instead, we sat in the windowless chambre separé at Magnusson and had a good dose of Delamotte.  Continue reading “Wineweek 103: Rainy Helsinki”

Modern Tapas at Santa Gula Restaurant

I know our time in Barcelona is already several weeks behind us, but there are many nice memories I still want to share. One of them is our evening at Santa Gula restaurant, where we ate some of the most progressive, yet casual tapas of our trip. Santa Gula Restaurant is located just on the edges of Gracia, close to Avenida Diagonal.  Continue reading “Modern Tapas at Santa Gula Restaurant”

The Difference Between Estate and Single-vineyard Wine

I must admit, that I learn new details about wine every day. Sometimes I feel fairly knowledgeable, with a lot of information in my head. However, there are so many details in the wine world, so many words that have a different meaning than what I first expected, that I find myself investigating the simplest things. There is also a bit of a language thing, as different wine regions use similar words to mean something completely different. One example, and what I investigated today is what is the difference between an estate wine and a single-vineyard. Why do I need to know this detail? I would say it’s because I am really interested in where the wine comes from and who is in control of its production. Continue reading “The Difference Between Estate and Single-vineyard Wine”

Wineweek 102: All Aboard

It is cold outside; +5 celsius, windy and drizzle. November is approaching, the end off fall and the beginning of winter. I consider November the worst time of the year. March comes in as a close second. It is a perfect time to do some indoor activities. So I booked my trip to Finland this time with the boat, this time Viking line. Actually I chose the boat because of flights being enormously expensive, but there is the perk that our toddler enjoys it very much. So here I go again, with the floating disco to my birth city of Helsinki.

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Saturday with Roederer

I must say, Roederer is one of my favorite among the big champagne houses (after Charles Heidsieck). Their wines are elegant, fresh and crunchy (or crisp is perhaps a better word). My love for Roederer was sparked many years ago: It’s a great memory actually.  We were en route to Bali for our honeymoon, M and I, wondering around Heathrow airport. We stopped by the tax free to ogle at the shelf of bubblies. No way was there going to be any good wine on Bali, so we thought we would buy a few bottles to go. On the shelf there stood a newly released Roederer Rose Vintage 2008. I did not know then how fond I would become of the year 2008, but the bottle was on offer. My first bottle of Roederer followed us to Indonesia that night. Oh my God, how good that champagne tasted on the balcony of our hotel. The Roederer 2008 has had a special meaning to me ever since. Continue reading “Saturday with Roederer”

Sweet sweet Barcelona

So guess who gained “some” weight” during their trip to Spain? But no matter, its kilos well deserved as it would be a crime to pass on the great pastries and desserts they have in Barcelona. Buttery croissants and crispy churros with chocolate are traditional, but I feel that cool Barcelona is a real mecca for some innovative baking. I know, I know, this is a wine blog, but can you imagine a cool glass of cava with these babies below. I definitely can. And I don’t even need to imagine, the experience is very fresh in my memory. So here are a few tips for sweet experiences on your trip to the city. Continue reading “Sweet sweet Barcelona”

Wineweek 101: The Start of a new countdown

Lately I have been reading this book. Its called the Hostage at the Table, recommended to me by a colleague at work. Its a bit creepy, but keeping an open mind it does provide some good insight on how to focus. I am a change manager after all and work with topics of emotional connection. Anyway, this book has some good stuff on keeping the eyes on the prize. With the darkest time of the year approaching (I mean physically, not mentally) and the trip to Barcelona behind me, I need some light at the end of the tunnel – a trip to look forward to. Yes! Our annual tour of Asia is approaching and we are all set with arrangement. Bangkok – Hua Hin and Singapore – here we come! Continue reading “Wineweek 101: The Start of a new countdown”

New Wine Finds in Barcelona

What a week we have behind us. Now sitting home in cold Sweden, I am reminiscing our time in Barcelona. The weather was not great to be honest. Last two days it was around +14 Celsius and rain. But we found these amazingly cozy spots for wine, where one could just forget about the world outside, or even enjoy the moist weather.  Continue reading “New Wine Finds in Barcelona”

Wineweek 100: A Hundred Weeks With Wine Writing

Wow! A hundred weeks of writing. I cant believe I have made it this far. I am a bit the type that I like the beginnings of things, so there is always a danger that I grow bored and quit after a while. But this blog has always given me new energy. I must confess, I had a great title in mind: what started with Cava will end with Cava. I have been a bit stressed with time this fall, so giving up the blog would have freed up a few hours. But I don’t really want to stop, so I will save this title for the day that writing is not fun anymore.

And its not only the writing that makes me happy. Along the way I have learned a lot about wine. I am a complete amateur after all, but these days can easily present myself around wine-knowledgeable people. If not for the blog, I would have not taken so many hours to myself to study. Additionally, I am becoming more and more of a confident photographer. I still struggle with pictures of people and other moving objects, but my food photos are beginning to look quite delicious. At least to my own eye.

Along with all the skills I have developed, the wine business has given us a lot of happiness. I was just reflecting on it when standing at the Torelló counter at Cavatast. We were surrounded by people we have met in the recent years. Today we call them friends. Our glasses were full (of Torelló Brut Nature Gran Reserva) and we were picking on pieces of meat that was being passed around. Music was playing and people were laughing. I felt very blessed. Or perhaps deserving. We have worked a lot. We have made a huge effort to connect with people and bond. I will remember these moments better than I will remember any paycheck.

So what started with Cava will continue with Cava; and other wines and food as well. Who knows, maybe I will be publishing a Wineweek 200 in two years time. And as always, I will continue to write whatever pops into my head at that time. Not that I can say I have been very successfull with a huge number of readers. However, that is how I enjoy writing the most.

xx Soile

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The happy Cavatasters at Torelló