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. Continue reading “Wineweek 138: Wine and Architecture in Vasastan”

Wineweek 137: Hong Kong Highlights

June in Hong Kong is hot and humid: +35 degrees Celsius and a continuous pressure of rain in the air. It was not unbearable. Actually, if you are from Sweden (or Finland) you should not complain about warm weather. Its not allowed. However,  regardless of warm weather being welcome, we sought refuge in air conditioned malls, underground tube tunnels and in restaurants and bars of course. That is what we came for: food and beverages. Hong Kong is truly a great place for eating. Continue reading “Wineweek 137: Hong Kong Highlights”

Wineweek 135: The Heat Wave

This weekend has been very unusual. The weather has been hot. I mean really hot, close to +30. Such temperatures are not common in Stockholm. Definitely not in May at least. We dream of days like this all year, where the sun is shining from a blue sky and the wind is warm and gentle; and perhaps there is one such in July. From a wine enthusiasts perspective I can say that I am in waiting all year as I have quite many wines that I have bought with the excuse of them being perfect for summer and slacking on the balcony. Think of all those crispy white Bourgognes and Grüner Weltliners..not to mention Champagnes. That statement is however just to fool myself. If I start really thinking about the logic I can say that I have balcony wines for the next ten years. Continue reading “Wineweek 135: The Heat Wave”

Wineweek 134: Summer Nights are Here

This weekend it has been amazingly warm. The kind of warm that you don’t need a coat even in the evening. The kind of warm we all in the Nordics wait for all year. I am sure you get the point. At least you who live in the colder part of the world. Anything day that the temperature rises over 20 degrees Celsius is a win. To celebrate, we opened a bottle of Bonnaire 2005 and enjoyed it inside in the cool humidity of our cellar. Typical!  Continue reading “Wineweek 134: Summer Nights are Here”

Wineweek 132: At the Champagne Event of the Year

Sun fun and champagne, those are the ingredients for a great weekend. And a great weekend it has been indeed; time well spent in Helsinki and the Grand Champagne wine fair. Grand Champagne is a one of a kind event. Fifty great names from my favorite wine region in France, all under one roof for three days, filling the glasses of the wider public. There are also master classes for those who are deeply interested. Continue reading “Wineweek 132: At the Champagne Event of the Year”

Wineweek 131: Grand Champagne Coming

This weekend has given me hope that there will be summer. Its been sunny all weekend and warm, well at least in the sun. You can suck in some of the Stockholm May madness in the pictures below. I have caught some kind of hay fever though, so no wine for me. At least not on Saturday. Its a waste to drink with a blocked nose. But on Friday I was still healthy and enjoyed a night out with a friend at Woodstockholm, one of the best wine haunts in the city.  Continue reading “Wineweek 131: Grand Champagne Coming”

Wineweek 130: Walburgis Night

This year it really sneaked up on me: Vappu and May Day. It is one of the biggest festivals in Finland along with Christmas and Midsummer, so it’s hard to believe that I could not feel it coming. When I still lived in Finland, the preparations started several weeks, even a month before. April is always a busy time at work and at school, but everybody still takes the time to party Vappu. The holiday has a bit of the same curse though as New Years Eve. Its such a big event, that people have pressure on where to go and how to celebrate. It should always be awesome – thus often it is not. I guess this really proves I am becoming Swedish, as here, it is just not that big of a deal. Continue reading “Wineweek 130: Walburgis Night”

Wineweek 129: Pink, Pink, Pink

There is nothing like the cherry blossoms at Kungsträdgården (Kings Garden) to tell you that spring in Stockholm has begun. The 63 Sakura trees color the center pink; They lift the mood of all who are tired and weary of the winter. Local Stockholm dwellers gather under them to chill, eat ice cream and enjoy the rain of colorful leafs. The weekend has been a bit of a roller coaster of feeling with things getting tough at work. So what better way to calm the nerves than pretty pink flowers and some good wine. Champagne actually – what a surprise! Continue reading “Wineweek 129: Pink, Pink, Pink”

Wineweek 128: Easter in Helsinki

Spending time in Helsinki is great. It is not only my childhood home, but the city has developed into a mecca of food during the past five years. We come every other month or so to visit my family, and we always have new restaurants to try. Dining in Helsinki makes me suspect that the New Nordic kitchen is making a comeback (if it ever was on a downhill), and that the myth of dry Finnish service is indeed just a myth. So there is definitely something good cooking here in the capital of Finland, that the Michelin guide has totally missed out on. Only four one-star restaurants is a laugh, and many more places would definitely deserve a bib in my books. And what is a pleasure to see, is that the restaurants are thriving with many great places being fully booked even months ahead (still trying to get a table a Basbas), so more is bound to come.  Continue reading “Wineweek 128: Easter in Helsinki”