Querciabella Winemakers dinner, Riccardo

Once again time for Querciabella Winemakers dinner, this time at Riccardo Cibo e Vino in Gothenburg. Querciabella from Toscana ( Chianti and Maremma ) is one of the best producer that I have tasted from Toscana. Year after year they deliver wine at the highest level and the reviews from the whole wine journalists say the same thing. Very happy to be at one more winmakers dinner with this producer.

The range of wines this time is Mongrana 2017 ( in magnum bottle ), Chianti Classico 2017, Chianti Classico Riserva 2016, Turpino 2015 and Camartina 2015. This is the core range from Querciabella, it´s a really super range. Then we have the menu, made by the top team of chefs at Riccardo Cibo e Vino, so I know this is going to be a wounderful night.

We start of with Finocchiona e Lardo – salami with fennel and lard with herbs together with Chianti Classico. After that was it time for Crostone Toscano – bruschetta with chicken lever cream and salsiccia with goat cheese together with Mongrana. Soft and perfect start on this five course winermakers dinner.

Cavatelli al Ragu´ D´Anatra – Fresh pasta with duck ragout with Chianti Classico Riserva. Then it was time for Cinghiale in Salmi´ – Local wild boar marinated and cooked in Chianti wine with herbs and spices with bread and to this we drank Turpino SuperToscan. Even the dishes looks like they are small, they really saturated us very much. Italian food sometimes don´t look much, but it have so much flavours and gives you value for money. When it´s done right!

Final dish was cheese; Pecorino in Vinaccia – Pecorino cheese aged in Sangiovese Pomace and we ended this wonderful dinner with Camartina SuperToscan.

For the second this in one week, I had the pleasure to enjoy two Querciabella winermakers dinner at two different cities and restaurants, both gave me to much joy and happiness. Looking forward to next time Querciabella is in Sweden.

Querciabella Winemakers dinner, El Duderino

Time for winemakers dinner with my favorite producer from Toscany; Querciabella. The first winesmakers dinners of two. Next week in Gothenburg. This night will be at Swedens best cocktailbar – El Duderino in Jönköping. Even if they are well known for their cocktails, they have started to focus more and more also on high quality wines and therefore it´s even more fun that they have desided to ”lanuch” this with a winemakers dinner with the high quality wine producer as Querciabella. It´s going to be a amazing night, I know it.

The menu is looking very nice and I´m looking forward to enjoy this dinner. Dinner starts with Amuse – Lightly marinated lamb crusted with mayonnaise on fermented black pepper and fried rosemary & cress. What a start I have to say, super nice bite that was so soft in my mouth. As wine we was served Chianti Classico Riserva 2016. As start that promisse for a super dinner. The starter of the nigh is Tuna tartar – Roasted hazelnuts, lightly smoked catfish roe, red wine boiled onions & avocado cream. Tasted as good as the picture shows. We drank Mongrana Maremma 2017 to this dish. The dinner was moving on perfect, really enjoyed every second of it.

Main course of the night was Sirloin from Dalsjöfors – with funnel chanterelle crème, red wine sauce on fermented garlic, grilled gemsalad with parmesan & grated summer truffle. It was like a symphony in the mouth and when I added the wine, then it was like a dream. The wine was Turpino SuperToscan 2015. So much food and wine so far, really happy days. Before dessert they desided to have a quiz, and to the quiz we drank Chianti Classico 2017. Fun quiz, but not my better quiz…., finllay time for dessert, as a dessertlover I really looking forward to it. Chocolate cake – with stirred black currants, salted caramel ice cream, mascarpone cream with orange, cardamom crumbs & mint powder. I can only say WOW and smile. So many ingrediens, but still so well mixed together. Super! As wine we drank Camartina SuperToscan 2015. Now the dinner was finsh, we thought – but no, they came and served us a small tasting sample of Palafreno SuperToscan 2015, to tease our taste buds. Super, super is the words I can explain this dinner.

Couple of us desided to stay after the dinner was finish, because they had super many wines from Querciabella on old vintages to super prices the rest of the night. We desided to buy one bottle of Camartina SuperToscan 1999 and one bottle of Palafreno SuperToscan 2000. Camartina is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Sangiovese meanwhile Palafreno is 100% Merlot. Both is superwines, but for me I have to say that Camartina make me more happy in my mouth. Nothing is wrong with Palafreno, just a personal feeling.

This night/ dinner was a super, super evening and WOW on all levels, but I´m not surprised – El Duderino always deliver magic when i visit them, that is the level they are at every day!

Gothenburg

After a long trip, almost all week long was I back in my home town Gothenburg and time to meet up some friends on town for some food and wines.

Meet up at Hedlunds Havsbar, they is really the best seafood restaurant in town. They have delivered from day one and continue do deliver. Some champagne from Jean Dumangin before food, and of course theirs Brut Rèserve Blanc de Blancs Terroir. Then I continued with classic Swedish dish; SkagentoastShrimps, mayonnaise, horseradish, bleak roe from Bottenviken and butterfried bread. And I desided to continue withh champagne Jean Dumangin. Why change a winning concept :-).

After Hedlunds Havsbar, it was desided to go, almost next door, to Jepsers and have some more wines and food. But not that hungry today, I just ate the Roast beef with puré and carrots. As wine I choose Bodegas Tempore Generaxión 76, it matched perfect.

After that we just continue to drink some great wines and relaxed and catching up. Perfect saturday.

BriQ Hotel, Hova

Time for some travel and insted of make a long direct drive, I desided to make a pit stop at my friends hotel; BriQ in the very small village; HOVA. My friends have 2 hotels and this one is the newest one and is perfect for me when I need to travel to Örebro and cities in that area. It´s a very nice and small boutique hotel.

With only 14 rooms, it´s a nice small hotel with nice rooms with good lights in the halls, fresh, new and very much value for money. And when you understand how big Hova is, it´s gets even more value for the money. Have lived in big cities and well know hotel chains with much less quality.

The hall and here is my room for this night. perfect dest for computer work and a nice cup of tea before bed.

All pictures got lost

I haven´t done so much blogging the last 6 months, and when I wanted to start up now again I moved webhotel and all my pictures from previous posts got lost. Some I have on a back up driver and some don´t, and if I have time I will post the pictures again step by step.

Few days in Stockholm, Sweden

Time for some days in Stockholm with my old friend Per. I´m actually going to work with him at Stockholm Beer & Whiskey and sell his cheese. He have desided that we are going to stay at Hotel J at Nacka Strand, and that is a great choice. Location is relaxing, fresh air and still close to town if we want to go there after the fair.

Before I meet up Per, I have done work to do in Stockholm town and therefore I need som lunch and time to visit Giro Pizzeria again. Here they serve authentic neapolitan pizza.

I order the classic, Margherita and as wine I choose one of my favorite producers from Toscana; Querciabella Mongrana. It´s an Maremma region wine with a blend of Sangiovese 50%, Cabernet Sauvignon 25% and Merlot 25%. It´s also 100% VEGAN and 100% Biodynamic. For dinner we went to Restaurant J, that is a part of Hotel J which they are a part of the Nobis Hospitality Group. At dinner I started with shrimp with mayonnaise, served with butterfried toast and bleak roe. Then for main course I had Swedish sirioin with veal gravy, onion butter, baked tomato, cabbage, parmesan cheese and french fries. As wine I choose Querciabella Chianti Classico 2014. Real classic Chianti Classico ith 100% Sangiovese and as well 100% VEGAN and 100% Biodynamic. 12 months in fine to extra fine-grained French oak barriques (225 l) and tonneau (500 l), of which 10% new.

Next day, some lunch before the fair opens and work and Restaurang J is on the way to the fair, we deside to have lunch there as well. I order Game beef patties with ligonberries, green-pepper sauce and potato puré with Swedish cheese. Once again as wine I choose Querciabella Chianti Classico 2014. During the fair we got some samples on some oysters and shrimp mix and to that Champagne Castelnau Réserve.

Bianchi Café & Cycles, Stockholm – Sweden

In Stockholm there is a café that have got the same name as the famous bicycles; Bianchi. What they have done is to combined a ristorante, café and cycle shop in one, 3 in 1. I like this concept, something new and different in Sweden anyway and maybe there is a point behind it? After have eaten a big dinner and enjoyed good wines, you look at the cycles and buy one so you can train the next day and loose all the extra you at the day before 🙂 🙂 The place is called Bianchi Café & Cycles and is just behind the big and famous shopping mall NK.

Grilled schnitzel of veal ( without breadcrumbs ) with capers, tomatoes, arugula, parmesan potatoes. I added fries as well, when you eat is better to eat :-). Wine was a Chianti Classico with 10 months in oak.

To sum up this late lunch/ early dinner at Bianchi Café & Cycles, I have to say that I need to go back and try more from their menu before I can say to much. So far they delivered what I expected for the price on the food and interoir says; simple and easy.

Paolo´s, Örebro – Sweden

Back from Spain and new pizza test. Once again my friend have gave me a tip on a pizza, but this time in the city Örebro, almost in the middle of Sweden. Have been many times in Örebro, but haven´t really though so much about this place, even if I have passed it many times. My friend loves pizza as much as I do, so if he says it´s good, then it´s the only thing to do and that is to test it. Paolo´s is the place and it´s a part of the hotel chain; Elite Hotels.

Tricolore is the name of this pizza. It Tomato, mozzarella, parma ham, parmesan, fresh tomato and arugula. The pizza was very good and all the ingrediens felt very fresh and that I like. For me it was little to much of arugula, and I tink the fresh half tomatoes is little to much I think. But they told me that this was theirs best selling pizza, so the people like the extra fresh tomatoes. Next time I will try the margherita.

La Baracco Rossa, Sannegården – Sweden

Once again it´s time to try a italian restaurant in the area of Sannegården on Hising Island outside Gothenburg. La Baracco Rossa ( he only ha a FB page ) owns by Maurizio Fasciano, a very nice and fun italian. He have done a great work with the restaurant. Not a big one, but big enough for him and his family to handle. Today I desided to give Maurizio free hands to put together a menu of food and wines. He knows that I like to test as many dishes as possible and therefore he desided to make smaller portions and more dishes.

Started of with octopus carpaccio, that was the dish of the week. Then I continue with Carpaccio di Manzo which is lemon marinated fresh fillet of beef with argula and permesan. Then time for pasta and he gave me Papperdelle con Gamberi e Zucchine which is papperdelle with tiger shrimps and zucchini. When I eat italian, of course it will be risotto. This one is called Risotto Pescatora which is risotto with crayfish tails, tiger prawns, mussels, heart mussels in a light tomato sauce. As dessert he gave me his home made Tiramisu.

To all this wounderful food, I had some great wines and grappa. As wine, I had Massucco TerrAmore ( 90% Nebbiolo & 10% Corvina ), Malvirà Langhe Nebbiolo 2016, Malvirà Barbera d´Alba San Michele 2016. For grappa I enjoyed Bepi Tosolini Grappa Agricola.

First time here at La Baracco Rossa, definitely not last.

Wine afternoon with Riccardo, Gotenburg – Sweden

Me and Riccardo desided to meet up one afternoon at his trattoria for some wine and pizza and have a relaxing afternoon. Said and done, we met up. The deal for this was also that we both broght one bottle of wine each around a pricelevel. Great idea.

I brought with me VALDICAVA Rosso di Montalcino 2016 and Riccardo came with BRESSAN Pinot Nero 2012. VALDICAVA is one of the most famous producers in Montalcino and when they started they sold their grapes to Biondi Santi, but after a while they desided to start make the own wines insted. They produce Rosso di Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino and Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano. But Rosso di Montalcino is not produced every year. They focus on Brunello di Montalcino and if they have grapes left and feel like it, then they produce Rosso di Montalcino. Haven´t you tried VALDICAVA yet, I recommend to do so ASAP, it´s going to be something extra.

As food Riccardo made two different pizzas and they tasted wounderful and together with these wines, we had a very relaxed and fun afternoon together.