Wineweek 44: Two Weeks to Go Until Cavatast

Another week has passed without me even noticing it. It has consisted of preparations for Cavatast, a business trip to Edinburgh as well as a few great wine and restaurant experiences. Not to mention finally the publishing of my Stockholm travel guide (only a month late from schedule). If you understand Finnish, go and have a look www.tripsteri.fi/tukholma. Time flies by when you are having fun, right? We are also approaching the end of Septembers order-window. Sales have been relatively good so it’s looking good for our charity fund. All of the profit from September will be donated to SOS Childrens Villages.

As with many business trips, I spent most of my three days in Edinburgh inside an office. Staring at the walls of a conference room. It wasn’t even really Edinburgh, but Livingston that is a 30 minute drive away. Great! I did, however, have one evening out with a fellow winecurious colleague, so we went out to a nice restaurant in the heart of the old city. We didn’t really have much time for reservations, but were able to snatch a table at restaurant Mark Greeneway a local celebrity chef (never heard of him). I am not that keen on TV chefs, but M had visited the restaurant before and regardless of the slightly pretentious atmosphere (I can second that) he said the food is excellent. And that it was. We also had some excellent sparkling Riesling from Australia (!!) and Semillon from Margaret Valley. My colleague is extremely knowledgeable about wine, so she gave the sommelier a good test run. To wrap up the work-week, we went to Punk Royale, perhaps one of the most rebellious restaurant in Stockholm, for dinner (again). It is a party every time..

Views to Edinburgh castle
Views to Edinburgh castle
Aperitifs at restaurant Mark Greeneway
Aperitifs at restaurant Mark Greeneway
Skillogalee sparkling Riesling from Australia
Skillogalee sparkling Riesling from Australia
The best oyster I have ever tasted at Punk Royale
The best oyster I have ever tasted at Punk Royale
Making my own dessert at Punk Royale
Making my own dessert at Punk Royale

And now about some future events. Cavatast is closing in fast (only two weeks to go) and we are fixing up the meetings. We will of course meet up with our friends from Peret Fuster, Rimarts and Cellers Carol Valles as well as we are looking forward to making some new connections. Rimarts and Carol Valles were the result of last years Cavatast, so let’s see how many new “must-haves” we find. Not sure if we have space for new cava producers in our selection right now, but always good to make connections. I was also contacted by some fellow cavalovers from the UK who are kind enough to take us along for a visit at Torello. The blog has proven a good way to meet like-minded people. I am also quite interested in making some new contacts in Priorat and other surrounding wine regions in Catalonia. We are a bit restricted as we prefer not to rent a car (it was a bit of a catastrophe the last time), but hopefully we can find someone to take us around.

That was all the wine-news for this week. Hoping to post some reviews on Mark Greeneway and the Australian sparkling in the coming week. Have a good one!

Wineweek 42: Fall Thoughts and the Best Deal on Champagne in Town

Good evening from rainy Stockholm! It is Sunday again and we are enjoying a lazy afternoon at home. The past week has been hard; Not only due to every project landing on us at the same time, but the news…I am sure you have seen it. But what has made me extremely happy in the recent days is the headlines being filled with countries and companies extending their hand to help the ones in need. We are a small company, but we want to help too. So we decided to donate our September profit to charity; SOS Children’s Villages to be exact. Our profits are seldom very big, so we will probably put some extra money on top; But if you want to contribute, come to our tasting on Saturday and/or make your fall wine purchases from the Winecurious.

Some of the most interesting findings this week were made in the grocery store. Our neighborhood supermarket just happens to have a small deli inside with a license to serve wine. It’s not a real wine bar or such, but you can buy some fresh food to have there and a glass of wine as companion. We were sopping for dinner on Monday when we just, out of curiosity, took a peak at the wine-list. There it was, a vintage (2008) Palmer & Co. by the glass for only 90 SEK (10 EUR). That must be the best deal on champagne in town. I believe I will volunteer to do the shopping from now on (and I suspect that M will too). The environment is not the coziest in town, but hey, you cant have everything.

We also did some nice dining during the week. After a “long” summer pause, we visited our fave restaurant, Matkonsulatet. They had some nice new wines on the list. The red in the picture is from Teneriffe. I also enjoyed some traditional Swedish cuisine at restaurant Asplunds. Hmm. I wonder what kid of red would go with reindeer, mashed potatoes and lingonberries?

The wine list at the local supermarket
The wine list at the local supermarket
This is about as cozy as it gets but who cares with a nice glass of champagne in your hand
This is about as cozy as it gets but who cares with a nice glass of champagne in your hand
The return to Matkonsulatet
The return to Matkonsulatet
The cheese selection at Matkonsulatet can be shared by four
The cheese selection at Matkonsulatet can be shared by four
A traditional Swedish dish at lunch restaurant Asplund's
A traditional Swedish dish at lunch restaurant Asplund’s

Came weekend, it was time for some wine, sparkling wine to be exact. On Friday we opened a cremant du Jura and on Saturday a rose sparkling from Austria. The Benoit Badoz cremant was definitely one of the best ones I have tasted in a long time, and cost less than 10 EUR in the producers web-shop. A real bargain I would say. The Austrian rose was also good (we had tasted a glass in a wine bar in Paris), but slightly past its prime. I need to try to score a newer vintage. I think this one was from 2010 and really on it’s last meters before going over. More specific reviews will follow.

Benoit Badoz Creman du Jura, an excellent bubbly for less than 10 EUR
Benoit Badoz Creman du Jura, an excellent bubbly for less than 10 EUR
Austrian sparkling on Saturday night, the label does not look like much but the wine was excellent
Austrian sparkling on Saturday night, the label does not look like much but the wine was excellent

So that was it for Wineweek 42. Next week will be exciting as we will open our fall order window and hold the big open house tasting. We have a lot of nice people coming: friends, colleagues and some wine bloggers. Interesting to see how our samples of Almeida Garrett from Portugal will be received. We also have some sample bottles from south of France, so we shall see if we will include them this time or wait until Christmas.

Have a great coming week!

xx Soile