From Barcelona with Love

It’s that time of the year again – cava overdose time. Normally we have timed our visit to the first week of October, the week of the cava festival Cavatast. This year, however, we decided to come early and stay in Barcelona instead. Sant Sadurni is a train-ride away and it always takes more time to visit the winemakers than we anticipate (we always end up drinking cava with them for hours). Now we are just drinking cava in Barcelona by ourselves (smirk). If you are interested in Cavatast, you can find a survival guide here. In this post I have collected a few old favorites from Barcelona – where should you go for a good glass of wine. I am of course also going to post about some new finds (but more about those on Sunday). Continue reading “From Barcelona with Love”

Wineweek 152: On the Road – Always!

I have thins pinch in my stomach again. I know why it is there – I have felt it before. Many times. I felt it when I quit my job and left Finland five years ago, I felt it when I started my first, second and third company, and I felt it two weeks ago on Tuesday when I pressed “send” on the application for my fourth limited company, which I share with five amazing colleagues. Tripsteri App Oy was born on the 13th of September in Helsinki, Finland, and a week after, we won the Uutisraivaaja innovation grant giving us a fair chance at succeeding in the tough app-market. I am on the road again – and there is no turning back. Continue reading “Wineweek 152: On the Road – Always!”

Tongue-in-cheek wine journalism

Although my job is to manage and solve complex problems, I appreciate simplicity in most things (in everything). Wine is not simple: it is a result of science, engineering, powers of nature, and taste. There are over 10 000 different grape variants, hundreds (maybe thousands) of different winegrowing regions with different soil and climate, and millions of nuances to making wine. So if you want to master wine, it is quite a journey to learn everything. Wine Folly, however, makes it as easy as it can get. And you will have fun while you study.

Wine Folly is a wine blog and book written by sommelier Madeline Puckette. All of her articles summarize quite large topics, contain pictures and infographics, and use storytelling as a tool, keeping the reader engaged from start to finish. Madeline also has a tongue-in-cheek style of humor in her texts, that give a friendly edge to the topic. The information shared on Wine Folly  is a bit black and white (not in the context of colour but with facts), however the high level of simplification is what makes the information easy to consume. So if you want to learn about a specific type of wine or grape quickly, Wine Folly is the perfect place to gather those nuggets of information that help you know what you are drinking. I wouldn’t start arguing about the facts with a specialist though, as the high level of generalization also means that the statements in the book do not take into account exceptions. For example, the book states that there are only three grape varieties allowed in Champagne. In truth, there are seven, but four of them are very rare.

I ordered the book to M for his birthday. Its rich with colour and pictures, which I love, and information is easy to find. It contains information on science related to wine, taste profiles for wine regions and grape varieties and deep dives into accessories. Madeline has really applied her graphic design skills into the visualization in the book. You don’t have to read long, dry descriptions, but rather explore pictures of taste wheels and other informative illustrations.  It was not very expensive for a wine book, and is a suitable read for anyone.

What I particularly like about this book is that there is no snobbery, just enjoyment and fun of discovering wine. It’s kind of feel-good wine book, a rare one of its kind.

The Wine Folly can be ordered from internet bookstores for about 200kr

xx Soile

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Wine Folly has a nice graphic design
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Taste wheels for grape varieties
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How to open a bottle

Wineweek 151: The Opening Weekend

The leaves are starting to fall. There is only two weeks left of September. The winter is coming. In a week, we will escape the cold weather to Barcelona. Unless the cold weather is waiting for us there. I have heard concerning weather reports from past weeks. There is also another reason for concern, which is the Catalonian referendum. The closer to the date we come, the more unrest is to be expected. I’m trying not to think too much of that, and this weekends events have been the perfect escape: Wine at the cellar, making cocktails at home and opening party of the new Johan & Nyström concept store in the center. Continue reading “Wineweek 151: The Opening Weekend”

The Star in the Woods

I get an ominous chill from the title of the post “Star in the Woods”, like “the cabin in the woods” – PM & Vänner is not quite like that. Quite the opposite, it is one of the warmest restaurants I have ever been to. Literally. The restaurant is located in the small-ish city of Växjö in Southern Sweden (thus I call it the woods). It has one Michelin star and it is one of five restaurants in the world granted the Wine Spectator Grand Award in 2017 (ONE OF FIVE!!). Continue reading “The Star in the Woods”

Wineweek 150: Växjö in Colors

Saturday morning I sat on a long distance train without knowing where I am getting off. It was a train from Stockholm to Copenhagen, stopping on the way in Norrköping, Linköping and Alvesta. Would it be one of those stops, or perhaps the end station Copenhagen? M just told me that we would be sitting on the the train for ours, but no hint on how many.  It is my birthday today, and my present was a surprise one night trips somewhere. In my mind I had already thought of so many options, but once we sat on the train, most of the list got erased. The only guess left was Daniel Berlin deep down in Skåne, a hour and a half from Malmö; but M shot that down pretty soon after we passed Linköping. Browsing the Michelin guide for Sweden I made my last attempt at a guess – are we perhaps going to Växjö (a city I had not even heard of before that day)? The answer was yes! Continue reading “Wineweek 150: Växjö in Colors”

On the Rooftops of Stockholm

Rooftop bars, I have always had mixed feelings about them. I admire nice views and having a drink in fresh air, but a rooftop and quality drinks seems to be an impossible combination. There are a few exceptions, like Smoke and Mirrors in Singapore, although there the service is poor. I just don’t get it – why does it have to be so? Probably because a rooftop will always lure in customer anyway, so why bother. Takpark in Stockholm was to some extent different.  Continue reading “On the Rooftops of Stockholm”

Wineweek 149: Petite France

This wineweek, will unfortunately be a bit short. I need to be a bit boring and prioritize. There is a pile of work on my table, that is not going to diminish by me blogging about wine. God, I wish it would. However, I have one great café experience and two wine recommendations to share. So I will just pretend for ten minutes that that to-do list doesn’t exist. Continue reading “Wineweek 149: Petite France”