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!

Epoque, Gothenburg

Epoque is a very nice restaurants, close to the big ice-hockey area, in a good neighborhood. Is a small restaurant but very high quality on the food and wines, and they change the menu pretty often which I like.

I desided to start with a classic started here in Sweden, Toast, and today I desided to have half portions, so I could trid more different dishes.

Classic Öjeby toast crayfish with swedish Västerbotten cheese mayonnaise, dill, cumin and roe.

As wine I choose Champagne from Jean Dumangin and theirs Blanc de Blancs.

Next dish I choose the fish; Fish catch from ”LL91” in Lysekil with crown dill sauce mixed with browned butter, elderflower vineager, dill, grilled cucumber, potato, chopped almonds, fried chanterelles and bush cress. Lots of ingredients, but all well mixd together and matched each other in a perfect way. Very nice dish. As final dish this night I choose duck; Epoque´s grilled duck breast with baked cabbage, maple syrup, glazed white beans, gremolata, fermented garlic, cress, silver onion and breadcrumbs fried in duck fat with herbs. Even here a lots of ingredients, but all matched super well together and matched each other superb.

They have some more interesting dishes on the menu, so I will soon be back and taste them. If you are in Gothenburg, I can really recommend you to visit this place.

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.

Bodega OTAZU & Bodegas Tempore, Gothenburg

Thursday and invited to one smaller wine event at Jespers. Wines from Bodega OTAZU, Navarra and Bodegas Tempore, Aragon will be up for tasting and everything by the glass. Not the most famous regions in Sweden, therefore extra interesting for me to taste.

Quick stop at Hotel Avalon for laste lunch and wanted somthing that really fills me up, before wines, therefore I choose a classic burger with fries and dip. Burger is burger and this time was the same, what stood out this time was the well done burger, even after I asked for a medium rare. Did had the energy to say something, I just wanted to eat and go to the wine event.

Bodegas Tempore with the range Generación and then the entry level red and white from Bodega OTAZU.

Gleneagles and more, Scotland

Last day in September, and I sat my self on a flight to Scotland and the iconic place Gleneagles Hotel. I had been invited to Showcasing Scotland 2019 – A land of food and drink, so for 4 days I was going to spend at Gleneagles Hotel and their surroundings and meet producers, taste food and beverages but also visiting some prodcuers. As a golfer and have the opportunity to stay at this iconic hotel is something WOW..

After have been checked-in and left bags and signed up for the event, I went to the bar to enjoy a Gin & Tonic. The sortiment of gins in The Century Bar was wide and many gins that I have tasted before. This time it was Stirling Gin with Fever Tree Indian Tonic Water. Finish that before it was time for welcome dinner for all guests and that we had in the restaurant The Birnam Brasserie. Starter was Crab on Sourdough Toast, as main we got served Roast Cod with mash potato, watercress, gremolata and salsa verde. For dessert we had to choose between Tiramisu and Crème Brûlée, I choose the later.

Early morning and time for guided tours and visit to producers, and at St. Andrews Brewing Co we did one stop, but insted of doing at the brewery, we stoped by one of theirs pubs in the city insted. Here we had a tasting and also some food while we tasted the beers. The pub we went stoped at was the one in Dundee Caird Hall.

After few days of fair and meeting producers and tasted their products, it was time for the last night with the gang. As final party all producers displayed all of their products and we could walk around all over and taste what ever we wanted and how much we wanted as well. Food and beverages everywhere and what I liked the most was to eat the seafood and especially the scallops that the chef did a la minute, more like a la second :-).

When I tld him I wanted one, he put it in the frying pan, and then just added some salt and butter. Once I had one scallops with a glass of Porter´s Gin Old Tom. A crazy few days in Scotland, Gleneagles, and I didn´t knwo that Scotland had so much to offer when it comes to beverages and food, especially seafood. With all new friends I got in Scotland, makes it much more easy to book a new flight back to Scotland, that I will for sure.

I will write more about Gleneagles and the hotel and the surroundings, and add pictures soon.

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.

Day on town, Gothenburg – Sweden

Thursday and got feeling for a nice afternoon, that maybe can go into a late night. That what happen when I sat and had lunch at new Swedish Taste in the basement of NK shopping mall. Swedish Taste is a restaurant that have very high reputation when it comes to high quality on their food, so when they open up a new part of Swedish Taste in the basement of NK, I looked forward to try it and see if they could continue to keep the level. I ordered catch of the day, and that was not so fun fish dish. The wine selection was very poor. My grade of this Swedish Taste, I have to say under avarage.

At Jespers tonight there was going to be an Malvirà event, some of the range all by the glass to nice prices just for this event. Jespers in on the way home from NK, therefore it would be perfect to drop in for some great wines. Tonights wines was Barbera d´Alba San Michele 2016, Langhe Nebbiolo 2016 and Langhe Rosso San Guglielmo 2014 as reds. For the withe it was Langhe Bianco Sauvignon 2016. Good turn up and met new friends. But after a while, I got hungry again and therefore I ordered a small cheese, olive and ham platter with some chips and breads on the side together with dip. Worked very well with the wines.

When I was finished here, I did quick stop at Hotel Avalon Bar for one drink. Like always it tasted great. Then was time to go home, but I wanted to make one more stop before, and that stop was as my good friend Riccardo for some wine, bread, cheese and conversation with Riccardo. To my small platter, I drank a good wine; ELLENA Barbera d´Alba 2015. After this, my night was finish and back home to bed.

Spanjorskan, Stockholm – Sweden

Went to Stockholm for the wine show Garnacia Day at Operaterrassen and at the same time meet up my friend Alejandra from Bodegas Tempore sense she have brought her wines from Generacion range. After som tasting at the fair, me and her went out for dinner at restaurant Spanjorskan. We ordered a lots of tapas for us.

Pulpo a la Gallega with creamy potatoes, red pepper foam and crispy onions, and next was Tortilla Española with confit potatoes and onion mutton with grated curd cheese. Continue with Maíz Frito with smokey aioli and grated queso mahon before the Gambas al Ajillo with salsa de judia negra, chili and aioli. The last of these five tapas, I don´t remember the name of, maybe because is was not in top of my favorites.

Next tapas that was delivered to our table was Crispy long cooked chicken taco with creamy avocado and sour chilli. Then the Carnitas with long boiled right fox, chiliaioli and salsa on pineapple and lime, and of course some Croquetas de Iberico with aioli and sour red onion. Before dessert just a simple Bikini de Jamon with pata negra & serrano ham and creamy cheese. For dessert I desided to go with Churros with coffee ice cream, dulce de leche and chocolate. For me was the first time that I got a churros served as an taco.

After all this food, we both was very satisfy, but before we left Alejandra had a winetasting on her range Generacion wines for the whole staff, so for me I got to finish my night with a winetasting and that is something that I don´t mind.

Bodegas Lezaun, Navarra – Spain

While I was in Pamplona, Spain, I got invited to visit the winery Bodegas Lezaun. It´s a very small winery, but always interesting to meet the people behind a winery, distillery and so on and learn more. I think that I can never learn to much when it comes to food and beverages. And I really want to know as much as I can.

After the tour in the winery, they invited me to their restaurant for a small dinner before I went back to my hotel.

Tomato soup with shrimp and then we finished with some kind tvist on banana split; vanilla ice cream with banana and chocolate sauce.