Visiting the Vineyards of Mamete Prevostini

It was last Thursday mid-day when we pulled into the driveway of Mamete Prevostini, a producer of high altitude nebbiolo wines in the valley of Valtellina. We had been driving all morning from Milan to reach the head office of the famous winemaker. It was a disastrous drive as our GPS had not been updated in years (damn rental car companies). So we took the wrong road several times. Luckily we arrived twelve sharp as agreed.  There wasn’t a single cloud in the sky and the sun felt roasting hot. I was grateful to step inside into the air conditioned shop. There we were greeted by Miriam, who handles the logistics of the wines and Alessia, who is responsible for sales. The purpose of our trip was to agree with the winemaker how to organize the exports to Sweden, as the interpretations of EU legislation by both countries is from opposite ends of the spectrum. Continue reading “Visiting the Vineyards of Mamete Prevostini”

Wineweek 90: To Valtellina and Back

The past week we have been in Italy. Mainly working, visiting vineyards north of Milan in Valtellina. We also spent a day in Milan, walking past attractions and taking photos (and catching Pokemon – I know, pathetic!). We have been avoiding Italy as a holiday as well as a wine destination. We have found it too touristic and poor when it comes to service culture (mainly due to the rude service you get). Italian wines are also usually too aromatic and “thick” for our taste. Not saying they are bad, but just not our style. However, with the discovery of the perfect nebbiolos from Mamete Prevostini, we decided to give Italy a try and organized this trip to Valtellina to visit vineyards and talk some business. As we always want to know a little bit more about where our wines come from (local vibe and cuisine), we decided to extend our stay with a few days of vacation. After two and a half days of touring in the region, I can say without any exaggeration, Valtellina is one of the best wine destinations I have ever visited in my life. Italy has been reborn in my mind. Continue reading “Wineweek 90: To Valtellina and Back”

Nebbiolo Night

This week, we had our first tasting for our new producer to-be, Mamete Prevostini. They are a small family producer from northern Italy, making 100% Nebbiolo wines. We have already decided to add them to our selection, but we held an extra tasting to get some confirmation for our thoughts regarding the mix. We were not disappointed as our brave tasters gave us great feedback for making our decision. The wines will now be ordered (as soon as our new warehouse deal is signed), and they will be available (hopefully) for purchase in the end of April.  Continue reading “Nebbiolo Night”

Wineweek 69: The Start of the Rose Season

The first week of March. Is it spring yet? Who cares. Rose season is here and we celebrated by opening a small bottle of Ruinart. It isn’t as great as the Billecart-Salmon, but decent still. Clearly a food-rose. Usually the “season” starts here in Sweden around Easter and lasts until mid-summer. However, rose is fashionable all summer and goes really well with some of the Nordic cuisine: new potatoes, salmon and grilled meats. We are also prepping ourselves to the start of rose sales by studying (read about discoveries here) and getting some samples from our great producers. Last year we sold out of rose. So this year we will be doubling the stock. Continue reading “Wineweek 69: The Start of the Rose Season”