Cava and Calcots – a Celebration of Onions

The first time I had Calcots was in March 2012 on a vineyard in Spain. The fresh, green colored onions were grilled on open fire, along juicy pieces of lamb and other vegetables. I had a glass of Cava in my hand – life was perfect in that moment. I carry this memory with me like a token. Its one of those happy moment where life could not have been more perfect. Day after was not that pleasant: too much cava and smelling like a campfire due to hanging around the barbecue too much. But I dont hang on to that part. My memory is all about dangling the calcot above my mouth, trying to take a bite without making a mess. I totally made a mess, but it did not matter. A few weeks ago, M noticed that a local wine bar in Stockholm advertised Calçotada, which is a special event to celebrate the harvest of the onions, so off course we had to go and see what it was all about.  Continue reading “Cava and Calcots – a Celebration of Onions”

Amber Wines at Ambar – Stockholm

Stockholm has been blessed with many new wine bars this years. Two weeks ago we enjoyed a fine range of interesting wines at Folii in Södermalm, and last Friday we tried out newcomer Ambar on Tomtebogatan. In June I also introduced Dryck as a new addition to the Stockholm wine scene. Its great to see such a development taking off on the wine-side. Wine is so popular at the moment, that restaurant owners dare taking some risks with very narrow concepts. Ambar is a good example of brave specialization, they serve a wide range of orange and amber wines with Japanese food. Sounds weird perhaps, but it is actually a lovely and working combination. And the jolly personnel make the visit feel even more special. Continue reading “Amber Wines at Ambar – Stockholm”

Wineweek 138: Wine and Architecture in Vasastan

Our holiday in Hong Kong has long passed, but luckily June in Sweden is keeping us in the right mood for summer. Traditionally June temperatures are unstable and risk for rain (snow) is high. This weekend the weather has been perfect: plus 26 to 28 degrees Celsius with some warm winds. I set out on a walk towards Vasastan , a nice part of the city with lots of parks, small shops and cafes; and wine bars of course. Continue reading “Wineweek 138: Wine and Architecture in Vasastan”