We were invited to a propper Spanish fiesta in the Penedès region, about an hour drive south of Barcelona. We were visiting Maria Barrena, doing a story on her fabulous Cava "Funambul". A truly brilliant winemaker with a passion for her region. We had just wrapped filming, but upon arriving at the fiesta we realised we had to keep rolling.
You can watch the Cava story here:
At this fantastic fiesta we were served generous amounts of Paella and a brilliant white wine, which is our wine of the week. This playful bottle is Maria's proud white wine project, with grapes from 80 year old vines. This is a single vineyard wine, located 250 meters above sea level. The grape variety is 100% Xarel-lo and it's spontaneously fermented in steel tanks, and ripened for 6 months before bottling.
It's a fantastic and refreshing wine, with good acidity, making it an excellent food wine.
This one of the best bargains at Vinmonopolet at the moment.
With the strict restrictions on traveling that we have now because of the Covid-19 pandemic we here in Norway have been encouraged to take our holidays at home in Norway. We are lucky to live in a country with great natural beauty and fantastic places to visit all over our long and varied country. And we also have a lot of great places that offer fantastic food and drink. And this week’s recommendation is a sider and a cruise!
As regular readers of this blog will already know we LOVE Norwegian sider here. You can read our blog on Alde, Hardangergutane and Edel already. These farms along with this weeks recommendation, Aga, now have a sider cruise that starts every day in Odda and takes you on a fantastic trip up the South Fjord with stops on the farms and tasting along the way. Highly recommended as a perfect mix of great scenery and sider.
Bøddel Sider 184,90 kr
This week’s recommendation has a slightly ominous name, Bøddel, Executioner in Norwegian. It is named after Samson Isberg, on of the last executioners in Norway who was born and lived his early life on the far Isberg just south of Aga. The sider is a strong 9 % and perfectly dry, but has a perfect balance of sweetness from the apples and acidity to make so, so easy to drink. It also has the weight to handle almost everything you put on the grill and will also be great with fish. Try it with sushi – it’s a match made in Hardanger!
We've picked two of our absolute favourite red wines to go with your grilled delights this summer. Both from Argentina and from our resent trip to this beautiful country.
Beef and red wine is what the country is best know for, and we've picked one done on the remarkable Malbec grape and one on the classic Cabernet Sauvignon grape.
If you want to indulge and learn about the Argentinean way of cooking and drinking, check out our two part episode here:
Summer is definitely here, and the temperatures are soaring! It is time to get out into the sun and soak up some vitamin D. There will be swimming in the fjords and grilling by the seaside I am sure. And for these delightful day’s and night’s this week’s wine is simply perfect.
Nervi is the oldest wine house in the DOCG Gattinara area in Piemonte. Here in Norway it is famous for being owned by Norwegians from 2011 to 2018, when it was sold Roberto Conterno, one of the most famous winemakers in Piemonte, if not all of Italy. The Rosé they make have been popular for a while now in Norway in this year it is the 2018 vintage that you will find in the Vinmonopol.
Nervi Rosato 2018 - 199,90 kr
Fine salmon pink colour. Light red fruits on the nose, strawberries, and raspberries, but also some white flowers and lime. Exceptionally good structure in the mouth. A fine acidity that cleans the palate but does not get in the way of the fine and delicate red berries on the flavour.
Great to drink alone but has the structure and acidity to handle grilled fish, chicken, and vegetables.
There's something about Jura. This mountainous region on the eastern border of France, has long traditions in producing very tasty stuff. World class cheeses and top level wines.
Our wine of the week is a great bottle of Chardonnay, from a producer we've talked about before.
Winemaker Florent Rouve at Domaine Rijckaert greeted us welcome a few years back. It was our first visit at a producer fermenting wines in the barrel, not in steel tanks as most do. He used old barrels not to over power the flavours with wood, and to benefit from what live material like wood does to the winemaking process.
It had sort of a natural wine thinking to it, but done in a traditional way. Building on hundreds of years of winemaking history, and adding strict modern thoughts to it.
The result is outstanding wines at a fairly reasonable price :)
Rijckaert's vineyards stands on mostly clay and limestone soil.
Winemaker Florent Rouve and John Kaare tasting the range of Rijckaert's wines.
You can watch our visit our trip to the vinery here. Sequence starts at 10:30
We’ve had some fine first days of summer and the warm weather has been a welcome change to the strange and monotonous life we have been living during covid-19. And to celebrate The oncoming summer we have found a gem from one of our favourite regions, Burgundy.
A little over a year ago we actually had the Chardonnay from the Maison Roche de Bellene as our wine of the week but this week we have gone for their Pinot Noir. At 199,90 NOK it is a great price for a wine from the most expensive wine region In the world and their quality really shines through.
Maison Roche de Bellene Pinot Noir Vieilles Vignes - 199,90 kr
Beautiful bouquet with fresh strawberries dominating, hints of raspberries and red berries from the Forrest as well. Great minerality and good structure in the mouth. It is very fresh and fruity and so easy to drink. A great wine to enjoy blin good company!
If I where you, I would consider stop reading right now and head to Vinmonopolets app and order this bottle. Last time we checked the production of this beauty was limited to 7-800 bottles, and the price is only 249kr. They will run out soon! This is the best kept secret at Vinmonopolet. This is a 15 year old Cremant priced ridiculously low :)
Ok, so this is a rare find. We've tasted it once before, when visiting this producer in Burgundy, some years back. They produce millions of excellent Cremants every year, but only a handfull of these vintage bottles. "The market is too small for vintage Cremants", they told us. So focus is good quality for the masses, and making some of these just for fun.
You could check out our Cremant story here:
The thing is, as we talk about in the film, that Burgundy produces the highest quality still wine in the world, so chances are that sparkling Burgundy should be pretty good.
As John Kaare says in the story: "In my opinion a vintage Cremant from Burgundy, is better than a vintage Champagne". And this is coming from a guy who knows his bubbles.
Nothing says early summer to more than eating freshly caught shrimp and accompanying them with a good white wine. And nothing, to me, is better with shrimp than the wines from Chablis. The unique terroir in Chablis makes the wines form there perfect with seafood in general, but there is something with Norwegian shrimps and a good Chablis. On a warm summers day there is nothing better.
This week’s wine comes from one of the most famous and respected wine makers in Chablis, Jean-Marc Brocard. He makes both Grand Cru, Premier Cru and regular Chablis, but this week we will focus on the “small Chablis”, Petit Chablis. When talking of Chablis, we have to talk about the terroir and the terroir in Chablis is probably the most famous one in the wine world. Named after a little town in the south of England, Kimmeridge, and was formed in the late Jurassic. At this time the Chablis area was covered by an ocean, so we find a lot of sea fossils in the terroir. But it’s not the only terroir in Chablis, you will also find Portland soil. This soil is slightly calcareous, marly and contains no fossils. It produces wines with more fruit character, with little minerality.
Jean-Marc Brocard’s Petit Chablis is planted almost exclusively in Portland soil, making it his fruitiest wine while also being fresh and very drinkable. The freshness and good fruit makes it a great compliment with the salty shrim
Brocard Petit Chablis 2018 194,90 kr
Bright yellow colour. Very fruity on the nose with lime, grapefruit and passion fruit dominating. Very fresh and good length in the mouth. The acidity is well integrated and helps give a long and fine aftertaste. Can be enjoyed by itself, but is perfect with shrimp.
There are so many mouthwatering aromas in this jewel from the Jura mountains in France, that it's hard to contain myself.
We love the Jura region. Neighbouring the world famous Burgundy region, it holds many of the same advantages. But with different micro climate and techniques unique here, they have developed several fantastic wines.
You can take a deep dive in our first "Drink" episode here:
Our wine of the week comes from a great and traditional producer, Domaine Rolet.
Spring time is Rosé wine time! The sun is out, it’s getting warmer and warmer day by day, the flowers are blooming, in general it’s a good time to enjoy some light and refreshing wines. Maybe that is why Rosé wines are is so popular now. It signals that something we love is just around the corner – summer! And this weeks wine is really a warm day in a bottle.
Krüger and Rumpf may sound like a spoof detective show from the old DDR, but the fact is that they are a reputable wine growing family that have made top quality wine in Nahe since 1980. Like all German wine growers, Riesling is the grape they grow the most, but their Spätburgunders are also getting rave reviews and thats the grape their Rosé is made from.
The vineyard for the Rosé is in a cool part of the Nahe which means that the grapes are harvested in late September, when they are ripe, aromatic and with moderate sugar content, giving a light and refreshing wine without too much alcohol.
Krüger-Rumpf Pinot Noir Rosé Dry 2019 - 164,90 kr
The colour is light and bright pink, almost a peach colour. On the nose you get wild strawberries, raspberries and hints of cherries as well. It had good acidity and minerality giving a fine freshness in the mouth. Easy to drink and enjoy as we wait for summer to come.