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”

A Peek Inside Gastrologik

Greetings from Vilnius! I have been here, in the capital of Lithuania all week on a business trip. And yes, I brought my camera (smirk). But todays post is not about Vilnius. It is about our recent birthday visit to Gastrologik, the one-starred restaurant in Stockholm. The restaurant specializes in wild-food (what they find themselves in the nature) as well as local, ecological produce. Continue reading “A Peek Inside Gastrologik”

All Aboard – The Wine Revolution on the Sea

When I was a kid, one of the best things you could think of was taking a trip with the ferries traveling between Helsinki and Stockholm. I don’t remember exactly what was the charm in it. I recall us sitting in the (kids) disco with fruity non-alcoholic cocktails and loitering around by the slot machines. When I was a kid, our parents gave us a pile of coins (marks at that time) and let us loose in the casino. We were allowed to buy all the candy we wanted with the profit. Somehow there was always profit. And it was the boat that was exciting, the day in Stockholm was more of an annoyance.   Continue reading “All Aboard – The Wine Revolution on the Sea”

Wineweek 96: Colors of the Fall

This week I do not have many pictures to share with you. Or actually I do, but they are still nested on the memory card of my camera. I am in Helsinki and forget to take the connector with me. But I promise to publish them next week. We have had great fun all week from sailing to Helsinki on the boat to dancing all night at a wedding. We also visited a new-ish restaurant in the Center of Helsinki called OX. Good food and really good wines. So much fun and wine in three days, I can feel it in my bones. Continue reading “Wineweek 96: Colors of the Fall”