For the past year, Eastern Europe has invaded space in our wine fridge. France, Spain, Portugal and the US still represent the majority. However, Slovakia, Hungary and Serbia, are gaining space. We have mainly been going for Nature and Orange wines, but there are some awesome “classics” out there that I am hoping to get my hands on. But before going on a shopping spree, I wanted to do a quick deep dive into understanding the wine making in the region. With the inspiration gained from last weekends Serbian Cabernet Sauvignon, I decided to start from there. Continue reading “Discovering Serbia”
I have heard this question being asked many times. But seldom, have I, myself, had cava bottles lying around for such a long time without opening. Our wine storing capacity has grown tenfold during the past three years. What we thought at first was a long terms solution (a capacity of 100 bottles is more than sufficient, right) ended up growing and growing. This year, I think we have around a thousand bottles in our cellars (yes, we have several). Who on earth is going to drink all of that? Unlike champagne, cava is not for keeps. Or it is to some extent, but it lacks the acidity for long terms storage and development. I don’t know that much about the topic, but looking at our cava reserves, I felt obliged to find out. Continue reading “When does Cava go Old”
This week was a bit unlucky with wine. Several (two) of the bottles I have opened have gone right down the drain due to a wine fault. A wine fault is not always easy to sniff out. Many people just aren’t familiar enough with the flaws to confidently diagnose what’s wrong. But I live with someone with a super sensitive nose. He can smell a full trashcan from outside of the door, or if something has gone old in the fridge from the other side of the apartment. The same goes with wine. The smell-memory or -footprint that has been left in M’s mind is so strong, that no contaminated bottle can get away with it. It is a talent to be envied at times, but most of the time I really enjoy living in my bubble of ignorant bliss. For wine though, I would like to be more knowledgeable, so I a bit of studying can perhaps compensate for a weaker senses. Continue reading “Sniffing Out Wine Faults”
This week has been quite demanding. I will not go into details why, but to make the day a bit more cheerful, I started thinking about what kind of wines I want to drink in 2017. And what better to lighten up the mood than thoughts of “the garden of France”, Loire Valley. As mentioned in my forecast for the year, Loire wines are thought to be in high demand in 2017. Poilly-Fume and Sancerre are already well known and loved; however, I see less known appellations like Anjou, Saumur and Vouvray appearing on menus of wine bars and restaurants. Continue reading “Loire on my mind”
A year back, I did a post about 2016 wine trends and predicted the following: Orange wine overtaking rosé; Urban wineries gaining attention (attention yes, volume no), and Coravin making rare wines by the glass more affordable. Was I right? I am not sure. Perhaps it is just me that has had my eyes open for these things, but I feel that all predictions have walked with me through the whole year. But past is the past and I think it is interesting to look at what is going to be big this year. So, I went wild on google and collected a few trends that I think I will at least be following in 2017.
The rise of sparkling red
This fall I wrote about my new-found curiosity for sparkling red wines. I have never been a fan of Lambrusco, and perhaps never will be, but suddenly many restaurants I visited had lovely, light sparkling reds from France (Loire) and Germany on the menu as aperitifs. This happened in restaurants in several countries (Finland and Spain), so it is not just a regional phenomena. Thus, I predict sparkling reds to be hot hot hot in 2017. There has also been some noise about Loire rising up as the trendy region of the year, so this could add up to a perfect combination.
The year of Portugal? – Focus on lesser known grape varieties
Me and M have been fans of Portugal for many years now. In 2015 M did a road trip, driving from Porto all the way down to Beira Interior and back. Regions like Dão are still relatively unknown to the masses, however, the average consumers have started drifting beyond their Merlots and Sauvignon Blancs, and are now interested in varieties such as Verdejo and Alvarinho. Portugal is especially interesting for its field blends from pre-phylloxeira vineyards. There might be something like 50 different varieties growing in those fields, and the wines that are born from them are interesting. So, perhaps it is finally the year of Portugal. Time to boost up the sales!
Movement of wine – exchange rates and barriers to trade
2016 was a significant year in global politics. I will not contribute my opinion to that discussion, at least not on the blog (especially not on the blog), but what is interesting from a wine-perspective is how will everything that has happened impact the movements of wine? I am more thinking of exchange rates and barriers to trade. I am already now distancing myself from US wines due to the strong dollar (and weak Swedish krona), and keeping to the old world, that is close and still moving freely within the EU. Brexit has not yet happened (I mean the concrete separation…the divorce has just been declared), but I wonder what will happen to the now thriving UK wine market? Will the rise of English sparkling come to a halt due to uncertainty? All in all, these things are hard to predict (I would be a millionaire if I could), but, my best guess is that people will be looking increasingly closer to home for good wines. Loire, I think, will be one of the areas I will be obsessing about in 2017.
December is a hectic time of the year. There is so much to remember, and so much to do, that I feel lucky if I achieve even half of my ambition. If you are wondering why we always travel away for the holidays? Wonder no more – it is to avoid all the hassle, preparations and buying of presents. Sitting in the sun is nice as well. But in case you are planning parties for the holidays, good that I just read about a few good tricks to have up your sleeve if preparations for wine have slipped your mind. Continue reading “Some Party Tricks for Christmas”
A while back, BBC published an interesting article about this Spanish company that has started making blue wine. A really bright blue wine, might I add, not something that looks very natural. The thought of this makes me think publicity stunt. But I don’t want to be stuck with what I think wine should look like (it looks like something out of Star Wars…I can imagine Jabba the Hut drinking it). I want to judge a drink by its aromas and taste, and the experience of drinking it. Until now I have not been able to get my hands on this new invention, but I thought to write about it anyway. Really interesting to hear if any of you have tried it? Continue reading “Blue Wine – Seriously?”
By now you might be thinking, why has it been so quiet and where are those pictures she promised on London last week. Well, to be honest, they are still safely in my camera, which has been packed away with all my other stuff. It has been moving-week, and that has taken more energy than I originally thought. Perhaps, as we decided to move all of the wines ourselves in mistrust of moving companies. Continue reading “Moving With Wine”
Have you noticed, that I have lately been experimenting with some sparkling red wines. As a firm non-fan of Lambrusco, I never saw the day coming. It just kind of sneaked on me, starting an innocent glass of sparkling red ordered by accident in Barcelona. Last week, I found myself actually craving for a sparkling red aperitif when presented with an option of a bubbly spätburgunder. It was so fresh with notes of red berries, blackcurrant in particular – perfect fall wine. Wtf I say! However, just as with orange wine, this trend could not be ignored. So I did a bit of digging into different types of sparkling red wines on the market to get more acquainted with my (future) obsession. Most of these babies come from Italy, but I am sure the trend will spill over some borders. It already has. Continue reading “The Rise of Sparkling Red 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”