Inside La Coline – Stockholm

There are some really interesting new restaurants in Stockholm. M has been browsing for alternatives for him and his friends for the weekend (this weekend) I am in Shanghai. They all sounded really good, but La Coline sounded the best: nature wines, grower champagnes and small plates to share. I was so jealous that we just had to go there together before my trip. So Sunday night we headed to see what kind of a new restaurant had opened on the tourist-stretch of Götgatan. It is an area rarely inhabited by something worth going into.  Continue reading “Inside La Coline – Stockholm”

Gin from the heart of Stockholm – Stockholms Bränneri

Gin – my second favorite topic after wine. I don’t know if I have mentioned where this obsession started from? London of course. It was there, under the railway arches in Bermondsey I had my first taste of small batch “boutique” gin from a Danish ginmaker called Jensen’s. I was expecting to grimace after a sip of raw gin, but to my surprise the taste was soft and silky. It was one of those aha-experiences, where I realizes that the gins I have been drinking before have just been questionab quality. That day, spirits went back on the shopping list again, but only quality spirits. And I am happy to announce that I have found a local favorite here in Stockholm: Stockholms Bränneri. Continue reading “Gin from the heart of Stockholm – Stockholms Bränneri”

Wineweek 155: Gin and Tonic

Fall is in full speed right now: cold winds, drizzle and pitch black evenings. However, if you are lucky, you have the type of weather we had today: crisp and sunny and on the better side of +/- 10 degrees. These are the kind of days that makes me happy about having four seasons in a year. Fall can be great at its best. And its a perfect time for some game, light red wine and spiced gin&tonics.  Continue reading “Wineweek 155: Gin and Tonic”

Wineweek 140: Ja Må Du Leva Idag

Ja må du leva idag means live today in Swedish. Its the perfect phrase to describe this weekend in Stockholm. We were supposed to stay in, work, clean and organize stuff; maybe drink some wine and catch up on sleep. The weather forecast was promising rain, so why make plans. Well, the weather man was wrong. The weekend was Goddamn beautiful, and against all sense of responsibility and looming deadlines, I threw all my papers in the air and sprinted out into the welcoming Stockholm sun. As you can see from the pictures, it was worth it! Continue reading “Wineweek 140: Ja Må Du Leva Idag”

New Wine Bar in Town – Dryck

Dryck is Swedish for drink (the noun, not the verb) – a suitable, however uninnovative name for the new wine bar in town. But regardless of its mass market appearance, Dryck is actually quite a likable little place with ambitions of becoming a core hangout for the winecurious. They are serious about the fermented fruit, while at the same time keeping a laid back appearance. 

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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”

Taste of Göteborg at Woodstockholm

I just love these pictures from last Fridays dinner at Woodstockholm. It was one of these epic nights: warm weather outside, even after sundown (doesn’t happen that often in Sweden) and full party on at the restaurant. I seldom see restaurant staff having such a good time at work. We had a good time too. The food was tasty as well a picturesque, and for once I felt it was ok to take shots of people (they were so obviously posing). Woodstockholm is one of my favorite wine-hangouts in the city. Their list is very much to my taste: quite European and leaning towards earthy flavors.  Continue reading “Taste of Göteborg at Woodstockholm”

Riding the Waves of the Low-alcohol Trend

There is a particular trend in Sweden that I am very happy about at the moment, that is the increasing popularity of low- or non-alcoholic beer ans other drinks. It is just great opening a beer after dinner on a normal weekday evening. A luxury that I have before, as a mother of a toddler, reserved only for weekends. Its also great that these drinks are high quality and that there are several different to choose from. We have a full shelf of colorful bottles in fridge. I am beyond the point that I would open a beer just for the alcohol content. We have always said with M, that we would be so happy if there were more good quality non-alcoholic wine, so that we would be able to enjoy our hobby even more. Continue reading “Riding the Waves of the Low-alcohol Trend”

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”

The Warm Welcome at Vina

Winter has really hit Stockholm. The long and warm fall ended very abruptly to a meter of snow, and we have had to pull out all the heavy duty winter gear. Normally this time of the year we would just be blessed with +5C and continuous rain. And the crisp weather does not come alone, it is accompanied by a darkness that makes me want to stay indoors and hibernate. The medicine is to have a great cozy restaurant, that is worth defying the outside weather for. Vina is definitely a place, where the dark and cold weather can be enjoyed from the inside. Continue reading “The Warm Welcome at Vina”