Wineweek 173: The Launch Party

Today I want to write about one of the greatest things I have been working on the past year, our Tripsteri travel app, that was finally officially launched this week. And when you launch something that great, you have to have a party, right! I had very little to do with it, but my girls had put together a super event at our office in Helsinki. We had some awesome raw pizzas, vegan chocolate cake, Moritz beer and newly launched Kyrö distillery Bitter Rye with Fever Tree aromatic tonic. For viewing frankly the best travel app there is, you can visit the app store and search for Tripsteri, and for reading more about the concept and about our company, visit www.tripsteriapp.com Continue reading “Wineweek 173: The Launch Party”

Wineweek 172: Booking for Grand Champagne

I am a bit late to the party here, but better late than never. Grand Champagne, my favorite wine event of the year is coming, and it is time to book tickets – at least for the amazing Master Class tastings, held by some of the greatest winemakers in the region. The event is held in the center of Helsinki, from the 19th to the 21st of April, and is one of the biggest gatherings of Champagne houses in Europe. I would say that only events held in the French wine region its self can compare.  Continue reading “Wineweek 172: Booking for Grand Champagne”

Wineweek 171: February with Rum

Everyone who has been following this blog is aware of my fondness for gin. All the cocktails (at least 95%), whether made at home or ordered in a restaurant have been based on gin. Preferably a nice one, like Jensen’s Gin or Stockholms Bränneri.  But not any more, M found a way of breaking my cycle: just buy me a nice rum, and eventually I will get bored with all my old recipes and try a new one. You just have to place it at the reach of my hand (I am lazy but curious). And this is what happened – a bottle of Diplomatico dark rum appeared in my drink’s cabinet, and now I have started making Mojitos. Here are a few facts about rum and a good recipe that will keep you cocktail-happy and thinking of the Carribean in Frebruary Continue reading “Wineweek 171: February with Rum”

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 169: Travel the World

We have a saying in Swedish – bort är bra, men hem är bäst. It means that traveling is great, but coming home is even better; kind of a Swedish version of – there is no place like home. There is a reason people settle down where the settle, and often it is the place we want to be. This is how I have felt when we arrived home about a week ago. Stockholm is where I want to live, even if it is freezing cold ten months of the year. However, before I get back to what is happening in the Nordics, I thought I would still post a few photos from our trip, and share some recommendations. I promise these are the last ones… for now. Continue reading “Wineweek 169: Travel the World”

Wineweek 168: Whats new in Singapore

Here I am, back at home in Stockholm. It’s dark and minus degrees Celsius – the opposite to warm and colorful Singapore. How many times I thought while walking on the streets of the city state, how nice the warm and humid air feels on my skin. Yet this is home – arctic Sweden. But before the blog returns to the Nordics, I thought I would recap our week in the tropics. There were a few new places I can really recommend.  Continue reading “Wineweek 168: Whats new in Singapore”

Wineweek 167: Landing in Singapore

We have arrived! To our final destination on the years Tour de Asia – Singapore. Its also our last week of travel. I can count the days that are left with one hand, and tell people back at home – see you next week at work. It’s always nice to go back, but this time I don’t really know what I am going back to. Big changes at work, long story, wont go into it. We have also been sick for a whole week, the whole family (thus no post last Wednesday). So I have very little wine news to report. But I have had a chance to take a few pictures, and the coming (final) days of our trip will be epic. But since I haven’t been anywhere yet, I thought I would remind you of a few of my Singapore favorites. Cool to see that these places are still up and running, as many cafes and bars seem to have a fairly short lifespan. Continue reading “Wineweek 167: Landing in Singapore”

Wineweek 166: Whats New in Bangkok

A new year has begun! 2018! Wow, how did time pass so fast? Every year seems to be a little bit shorter. However, it does not matter if you spend the time well. I wish I could live every day like it was my last. I try, but I think its easier said than done. I spend a lot of time planning for the future. However, today I will focus of the past week. We have been spending a lot of time in Bangkok, and there is some new stuff here that will make the winecusrious very happy. Bangkok is finally becoming a credible wine city. Continue reading “Wineweek 166: Whats New in Bangkok”

Happy New Year from Bangkok!

It’s new years eve and the sun is setting in Bangkok. There is an anticipation in the air, and people are seemingly in a festive mood. Even though Thais celebrate their own new year, Songkran in the spring, there will be new years parties, fireworks and of course bubbly served tonight. We will be spending the evening at our hotel, eating take away food and drinking a sparkling wine from Jura. I will tell you more about it, and whats been going on in Bangkok tomorrow, Wineweek will appear on the first instead. For now I just wanted to come and wish everyone a happy new year! Continue reading “Happy New Year from Bangkok!”

Wineweek 164: Beach Life

The long awaited Tour de Asia 2017 has begun. Finally! It feels like the whole year revolves around this tradition. We book the trip in June, start counting the months in September, book restaurants and tours in November and then fly off in December. January to May we ponder if we should return to the same hoods again or try out something new. Every year we conclude that there is no better destination than South-East Asia. Its warm, the food is good and the price level reasonable taking into account that we want to be away for four weeks. There is the occasional temptation of returning to Hawaii, but the strong US dollar has kept us from going. So here we are again, in Cha-am Thailand, starting our vacation from the same resort we visited last year, the Veranda. Continue reading “Wineweek 164: Beach Life”