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Cape Wine 2012 – South Africa’s hidden gems on display

Radio silence thanks to messed-up internet connections. ”Welcome to Africa” said one of my twitter friends. It’s rainy and I packed open-toed shoes and flimsy tops. The coffee tends to be instant. Apart from those three minor details, do you want to know how I feel about South Africa? It’s flippin’ heaven on earth! (Or […]

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Long days waiting (Dear Diary…)

The unexpected break in harvesting to wait for ripeness has given us time to do other things. There is no lazying around – we are still putting in 10-12 hour days at the winery (or elsewhere). The best part of the break is that it creates space for new discoveries. The other day we welcomed […]

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Surveying the lay of the land

The learning curve is quite high when one is actually in the vineyard rather than trying to study from a book. In all the time I was in school, I didn’t memorize the visual difference between syrah, cinsault or mourvédre. Well, now I could go out into a vineyard and tell you. From the leaves, […]

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Harvest hand day 1: Alive!

Survived the first day and even enjoyed it! Plus, learned lots about what happens when a vineyard is mismanaged and the diseases that can hit it. Read my report of it on Vinbanken, here. So, day one of harvest hands looks like this:

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Harvest nerves

I’ve arrived in France, where the summer is still in full swing. The daytime is hot and the evenings balmy – quite the difference to the crisp fall weather Stockholm was having when I left. I spent my first day at a harvest party at the Domaine Virgile Joly in the Languedoc. It’s funny how […]

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Australian green

This week I found a new wonderful Australian wine producer. All organic and biodynamic too, and with an unusual freshness and ”drinkability”. Read my interview with Tamburlaine and a few wine recommendations in my weekly post on Vinbanken here: Tamburlaine: organic freshness from down under If you are in the mood for organic freshness, I […]

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Top five organic red wines

If you are a wine lover and want to drink organic wines, you are not condemned to box wines named ”ecologica”. There are so many excellent organic or biodynamic wines out there that just don’t make such a big deal of their method of production. They consider it a must for good grapes. To inspire […]

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The Rioja Scrolls – random travel tips for northern Spain

With rain pouring down and a temperature unusually low even for a Swedish summer, our long drive from San Sebastian to Santiago de Compostela seems like ages ago. If I think of it, I might still miss the warm afternoon in Ribera del Duero or the tapas in Logrono. Next time I might stay the […]

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Excellent organic champagnes

Today I wrote a post for www.vinbanken.se on organic, biodynamic and ”natural” champagnes, including a list of recommended wines to try. I find the region an excellent example of the challenge of ”organic” bearing fruit in the way of better, more personal champagnes. Read the post here.

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Summer wines to set a BBQ on fire

Note: this is a long post, if you just want the wines and where to buy them, scroll to the bottom! :) xx If you know me at all, you know I like to throw a party. In the summer there is nothing better than a proper BBQ , with the smoke from the grill […]

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