To the Other Side of The World

That time of the year is coming. Christmas! And those who have followed the blog for some time know, that when Christmas comes, our little family takes off somewhere warm. For a month. This is our substitute for having a summer holiday. Most years, we have headed towards South East Asia. Its warm, affordable and easy living. No good wine though – just good beer and cocktails. However, this year will be different. Very different! We will take the plunge and head almost as far as one can go from Sweden, to Australia. And it will be a fantastic adventure. But before we go, I wanted to check out a few things about Australian wine. Continue reading “To the Other Side of The World”

Secret of Santorini – Assyrtiko Wine

Has been a while since I have explored different wines in the blog. So I thought its week to reveal yet another wine obsession (I have a lot of them) – Greek Assyrtiko. And what makes this white grape indigenous to Santorini such a delight? Well I think it combines some of my favorite characteristics of a white wine: high acidity, fresh lemon, lime and grapefruit notes and powerful minerality. And its pretty awesome value for money, as Greek wines are not that widely known in the international market. Awoke you curiosity? Read more below.. Continue reading “Secret of Santorini – Assyrtiko Wine”

Learning to Love Sherry

This summer, M had developed a new wine obsession for sherry. At first, I was not at all in on it. My memories on sherry are sweet and boozy, so it took some time before I got into the whole thing. However, when you are in it, sherry is a fantastic obsession to have. It has wonderful fresh and oxidized flavors, and its relatively inexpensive. If you love Jura whites or port wine, you will love sherry.  So, here is a bit of basics to get you started. Continue reading “Learning to Love Sherry”

The Resurrection of Magkeolli

Last Sunday, I wrote about our Easter trip to the capital of South Korea, Seoul. During our travels, we stumbled on a traditional Korean drink that really tickled our fancy – Makgeolli. Makgeolli is a Korean alcoholic beverage made from rice. Its a kind of rice wine, like Soju, but low in alcohol (from six to nine percent). Makgeolli is milky, creamy, and lightly sparkling with a some viscosity. The taste can be sweet or slightly bitter, and and the texture chalky with sediment that gives a cloudy look. Magkeolli is considered a happy communal drink, and due to its history as the “farmers” wine, it has been mostly unpopular since the 80’s. But recently the 2000 year old drink has been resurrected as young korean’s prefer low alcohol and healthier beverages. Continue reading “The Resurrection of Magkeolli”

From Baku with Love

Since I am only writing on Sundays now, it does not really make sense continuing Wineweek as it is. My workload has increased both at my “adult job” as well as with Tripsteri, so I don’t find it enjoyable to write several times a week any more. But on Sundays, I feel relaxed and inspired, and writing this blog contributes to my overall sanity. But this is not the topic of today’s post. This week, I had the pleasure and honor to visit Azerbaijan for the first time in my life, and I took a few pictures from the coast of the Caspian sea as souvenirs. Continue reading “From Baku with Love”

Wineweek 170: Decoding Riesling

Riesling – one of the most well known grape varieties in the world, and the enormous gap in my knowledge of wine. I have been dodging Riesling for years. Probably because it is one of those varieties that produces so many different types of wine. Learning Riesling has just felt like too much work. But now I have come to my senses. During this fall, we have been taking a walk on the sweet-side, so Rieslings have no longer been on the list of “too much sugar”. But to be able to become serious about Riesling, one has to do some studying. So here are some of my findings about my new grape-obsession. Continue reading “Wineweek 170: Decoding Riesling”

Wineweek 162: The Christmas Calendar

Every year M tells me that this year, there will be no Christmas calendar. I have already stopped believing him; Every year there is, and there is always some new twist to it. This years calendar is great fun, read on to find out more about it. Continue reading “Wineweek 162: The Christmas Calendar”

Three Tips for Making a Wine-Calendar

I think I write about this same topic every year; I rave about the awesomeness of having a wine calendar for Christmas. I think it was three years ago that I got one from M, and I still remember it vividly: 24 boxes, stacked in four rows of six, waiting for me on top of the wine fridge on the first day of December. I will never forget it because it was so awesome.  So if you truly love someone who truly loves wine – trust me, this is the best way to show your affection. Continue reading “Three Tips for Making a Wine-Calendar”

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

Vins Doux Naturels – Naturally Sweet Wines

On Sunday I hinted that I had a new obsession. I do, and it is bit surprising. I never thought I would fall for sweet wines. As many of my other obsessions, this one has started with a good sommelier, who has managed to sell me a glass that I would never otherwise try. Must have been a good sommelier, as I never even peer at that section of the wine list. Continue reading “Vins Doux Naturels – Naturally Sweet Wines”