Wineweek 138: Wine and Architecture in Vasastan

Our holiday in Hong Kong has long passed, but luckily June in Sweden is keeping us in the right mood for summer. Traditionally June temperatures are unstable and risk for rain (snow) is high. This weekend the weather has been perfect: plus 26 to 28 degrees Celsius with some warm winds. I set out on a walk towards Vasastan , a nice part of the city with lots of parks, small shops and cafes; and wine bars of course.

The major tourist attraction is Vasastan is the Stockholm Public Library. Its an rust-red, cylinder-shaped building designed by Gunnar Asplund, who is considered perhaps the most important modernist Swedish architect and has had a major influence on later generations of Swedish and Nordic architects. Alvar Aalto a world renowned Finnish architect and designer considered Asplund as his mentor.  I walked around the building taking photos, and took a peek inside. The round main hall is definitely worth a visit.

After the photo-tour, I met up with a friend at Combo wine bar. I don’t come to Vasastan that often, so Combo was a new acquaintance. They had close to fifty different wines by the glass. I peered at the twenty something whites on the list and chose a crispy Sancerre to quince the thirst. If it would not have been so hot inside, the list would have had many interesting options that were served with the Coravin. I was also please with three different champagnes, Taittinger, Deutz and Louis Rhoederer offered by the glass for just 120kr. Combo also has food; some Asian inspired dishes that looked delicious. Must come back some evening with M.

Next week is Midsummer and we are heading down to Krakow in Poland. We don’t really like Midsummer so we like traveling somewhere where it is not celebrated. Krakow was an affordable city escape, and I actually have some hopes for interesting wine bars.

xx Soile

The cylinder shaped building represents Nordic Classicms
In the main hall
Next to the library
Design by Gunnar Asplund
Combo Vinbaren on Odengatan 52
Sancerre from Loire, perfect for hot weather

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