Wineweek 124: Spring Awakening

This week has been the first week of spring. The sun has been shining, birds singing, and the bravest have already taken out their spring coats. I haven’t, because its still s*** cold. But even though I am still roaming in my winter gear, there is something new in the air. I am sure winter will come back again (it always does), but there is still hope that this torture of a cold is soon going to be over.  Continue reading “Wineweek 124: Spring Awakening”

Take me to Grand Champagne

I am super excited: 50 producers, 200 different champagnes and 16 different master classes organized by famous champagne personalities, cellar masters and head-winemaker – all under one roof in Finland in may. Grand Champagne is by far the biggest bubbly event of the year in the Nordic countries (as far as you ask me), and its happening in my birth town of Helsinki where we visit frequently. And the best news is, that this year we are going! Continue reading “Take me to Grand Champagne”

Three Things I love about Matbaren

Mathias Dahlgren is one of the most well known chefs in Sweden. I like that he is on top of the food trends and always willing to take some risks and renew himself. When I moved to the city, he had two restaurants: Matbaren (one star) and Matsalen (two stars). They were located next to each other on Standvägen, in the same building as the famous Grand Hotel. Since 2013, the year I moved to Sweden, Dahlgren has opened an awesome all rhye bakery, Green Rabbit; and closed down his two star establishment to open a vegeratian restauran, Rutabaga. Matbaren is a relaxed restaurant, with well prepared mid-size dishes and an awesome wine-list. And I have a special liking to the place as M took me there for my 30th birthday, which was also one of our first dates. One might even say that Matbaren is where I started my journey towards being a foodie.  Continue reading “Three Things I love about Matbaren”

Cheap and Chik Café Nizza

The topic is a bit misleading – eating out in Stockholm is never cheap. Chik on the other hand… anyway, relatively speaking, Café Nizza is a very price worthy dining experience in Stockholm. You get a cozy bistro experience with four courses plus amouse bouche and petit fours for 500kr. The food is not innovative but very well prepared and tasty, and the wine list is awesome. Continue reading “Cheap and Chik Café Nizza”

Wineweek 120: The Return of the Home Mixologist

We are well on our way past February. Only one week left. In March I can officially start hoping for an early spring. The weather forecast doesn’t seem to agree with me, as Tuesday will bring a new fresh coat of snow. Lets hope that whatever winter is coming, it will be a short one. The benefit with this time of the year though is that it is the season for warming up with hot drinks and eating pastries. Continue reading “Wineweek 120: The Return of the Home Mixologist”

Grape Love: Pinot Noir

When people ask me which is my favorite grape, I hesitate saying Pinot Noir. It might be because of Sideways. I don’t really want to be mistaken with getting my wine inspiration from a movie; although in reality I don’t really care. I love light red wines with subtle herbal and mineral flavors, and I love full blanc de noirs champagnes. I love French Pinot from Bourgogne with some age and complexity in them, and I love fresh young and slightly salty Pinot from the US west coast. A Pinot seldom lets me down, although it is often quite pricey. However, there are some good exceptions: German Spätburgunders (late harvested Pinot) are on the rise and very good value for money. The price represents the effort that goes into growing Pinot, so I thought I would do a dip into the basics.  Continue reading “Grape Love: Pinot Noir”

When does Cava go Old

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”

Wineweek 108:Avoiding Bad Life

Three months has passed at the speed of three weeks. New projects and management at work, the move to a new apartment and too much travel – It had been draining. We have had very little time for wine and writing, using the last hours of the day for achieving a minimal effort. The speed of things really hit me this weekend, as we decided to take it slow: sit at cafes, take long naps and do some unplanned (but not unnecessary) shopping for wine. Something must change next year, if we are to retain all our beloved hobbies. But luckily, we have our annual trip closing in, where we will have plenty of time to reflect. Continue reading “Wineweek 108:Avoiding Bad Life”

Saturday with Roederer

I must say, Roederer is one of my favorite among the big champagne houses (after Charles Heidsieck). Their wines are elegant, fresh and crunchy (or crisp is perhaps a better word). My love for Roederer was sparked many years ago: It’s a great memory actually.  We were en route to Bali for our honeymoon, M and I, wondering around Heathrow airport. We stopped by the tax free to ogle at the shelf of bubblies. No way was there going to be any good wine on Bali, so we thought we would buy a few bottles to go. On the shelf there stood a newly released Roederer Rose Vintage 2008. I did not know then how fond I would become of the year 2008, but the bottle was on offer. My first bottle of Roederer followed us to Indonesia that night. Oh my God, how good that champagne tasted on the balcony of our hotel. The Roederer 2008 has had a special meaning to me ever since. Continue reading “Saturday with Roederer”

A Trip Back to 1982

I very recently opened one of the oldest bottles of wine that I have ever owned. It is quite funny, the bottle was old, but I had owned it for less than two weeks before popping the cork. This was not my sideways-moment, but a result of some practical thinking. The Bollinger Grande Anné 1982 was ready to drink now, and we wanted to take advantage of the little flu-free time we had left. Later on I realized, that I had no idea on what kind of a year -82 was. It was the year Michael Jackson released his Thriller album (one of the favorite albums of my childhood), Grace Kelley died and all 9 planets aligned on the same side of the Sun. But how was the year in Champagne?  Continue reading “A Trip Back to 1982”