Last summer's trip to Sicily was just so good, and no doubt that the volcanic soil affects me in the best way. Both food and wine are of the highest quality along with a magnificent scenery and wonderful people (despite a bloody history).
This marvelous volcanic red wine Ætneus is produced by I Custodi, located at Etna's northern slopes. The vines up to 150 years old and is located about 750 meters above sea level. Grape combination is Nerello mascalese (80%), Nerello Cappuccio, Alicante.
I Custodi Ætneus 2009 Etna rosso The scent is magically good and almost Bourgogne like. Here you will find world class minerals together with berries, fresh herbs, tobacco, and a seductive oak character. So happy when we face such a delightful introduction. Damn good wine And the taste is just as good. For an elegant fruit, followed up with great minerals, dense tobacco, vanilla nuance perfectly together with herbs and playful tannins. Damn good wine now and that will be monumentally good in 3-5 years. There is so much volcano puls and it becomes the wine's main artery. Without the slightest doubt, a wine for this year's jury meeting at wineblogg.com, when this year's wine of the year will be appointed.
The Silver Spoon ProjectPosted by Per-Olof Diderot Tue, November 22, 2016 18:55:57 I love Italian food as well as many of you readers. With its simplicity in the ingredient driven cooking the best way is to be very selective and choose products with care. Getting to walk around great market place with wonderful products is a blessing. Here is a dish based on this concept, which is also so easy to make and with the amazingly tasteful result. The Silverpoon project presents Cannelloni with foie gras and pork tenderloin
Start by cutting the pork tenderloin into small pieces and fry it together with foie gras until the meat is filled with foie gras. Once that is done, fill the Cannelloni with the mixture and place them in a buttered form. Add the Bechamel sauce or with a spicy tomato mixture. When it is finished in the oven, remove it and garnish with cherry tomato and grated Reggiano Parmegiano. So incredibly tasteful and beautiful at the same time.
This weekend we will remember our dead friends and family members extra much. Equally important is to love and show passion for life right now while you have it. For wherever you are in life it's something / someone to love and it sure feels a lot better to love than to hate.
My love the wine country Italy is well known. My passion is also the bubbly wine that makes life ggod. At the foot of the Alps is the Italian bubbla sanctuary Franciacorta. An undulating landscape that is so seductive to the eye, taste and heart. Here you can find the top producers Berlucchi and Ca 'del Bosco. But also many more exciting producers who deserve to be in the limelight. Franciacorta producer Monte Rossa founded in 1972 by entrepreneur Paolo Rabotti and his wife Paola. Today the property is runned by his son Emanuele which with great passion and innovative methods create bubbly wine love. Here is a description of a successful testing of their great rosé.
Monte Rossa Rosé (Systembolaget nr 7615) för 159 kr
The pink color is beautiful just like the soft surface of a ripe peach. The scent is wonderfully full-bodied with hints of biscuits, blood orange and strawberry. The taste is amazingly good. My palate discovers strawberry, minerals, blood orange, nougat and red autumn apples. Combine this with a lovely creaminess and you have a bubbly "value for money" wine that surprises. The advantage of this type of wine is that it is possible to combine with most of food. Why not try it together with seared tuna, cod or pork Provençale.
How good is the wines of Franciacorta?! Add a couple of euros on a well-made Prosecco and get this amazing wine instead. Will make a new stop in Franciacorta next summer.
One week visit to Verona, Lake Como, Valtellina and Milan has ended. And imagine how much you can do in that short time if you do some planning in advance (which is my favorite doing).
One of our goals was to visit the new galactic star restaurant Contraste in Milan. I follow the foodie Salemudhaf (https://www.instagram.com/salemudhaf/) on Instagram and when he was so happy after a visit at Contraste there was no doubt for us to reserve a table when in Milano.
Contraste is managed by a young ambitious team who have everything you need to be successful. Here you are met by an ultra professional attitude combined with dishes of the highest world-class level and with a fantasy that leads to a totally innovative restaurant experience.
Flow of perfection The food, wine, service and music in the total harmony creating a flow of perfection. The experience killed our high expectations and took it to a new level of gastronomic galaxy level. Have been to many Guide Michelin star restaurants, not least through my previous jobs, but this is without any doubt my best restaurant experience, when everything was right.
If you are planning a visit to Milan, you need to book a table at Contraste. (http://www.contrastemilano.it/) An absolute must! Go with the flow and enjoy ...
Cavalleri Blanc de Blancs Franciacorta Lovely Blanc de Blancs from favorite Italian wine region of Franciacorta. More about this wine later on this coming autumn.
Raw amberjack's murrina Contraste unique interpretation of the dish Ceviche
Donut "alla bolognese" You have to be a food genius getting the idea to create a Bolognese dish in shape of a donut. Such caress of taste and simultaneously focus on the food through its shape.
Ca del Vént Rosé "Pas Operé" 2011 Absolutely perfect wine-selection by me to this unique menu. Kept the style right through the menu and a true fingerprint bubbly wine from Franciacorta. Five young winemaker create magic in a ultra small production. Bravo!!!
Mussels, cacio e pepe Silky cooked mussels with a creamy accompaniment. Amazing texture!!
Suckling pig, potato and cabbage. The suckling pig cooked for 8 hours and melting in my mouth...
Pulp fiction by Contraste Favorite movie by Tarrantino food interpreted by Contraste. Brilliant dessert that put an end to a fantastic food experience and service experience. How many times have you been to a dinner where everything, yes everything, went into perfection? This was without any doubt best experience so far in my life.
Sooooo impressed by what Contraste is doing just now. Grazie mille Contraste, sei brilliante!!!!!
If you have followed vinblogg you may have noticed that we have a bubbly favorite in Italian Berlucchi from Franciacorta. Now we finally got the chance to visit this cult producer. And what wonderful impression we got from this meeting.
The area Franciacorta is a green oasis located in Lombardy. The producer Berlucchi was founded by Franco Ziliani during the magical year 1961 (my birth year by the way) and is currently the best sparkling wine producer in Italy, known far across the borders for its quality wines. They currently produce about 5 million bottles and stands for quality from the first to the last drop which impresse me a lot.
The property is located in a beautiful rolling countryside just south of Lake d'Iseo and next door to the Franciacorta Golf Club. Go and visit them because the property is a real gem and you will be greeted by wonderful people who love their profession and their products.
Berlucchi produces super bubbly regardless of which of their wines you choose. In Sweden there are currently three of their wines and Berlucchi61 is a big personal favorite in the past, but there is obviously room for more. So when I got the chance to test their Berlucchi61 Rosé I fell head over heels.
Berlucchi61 Rosé The wine is made of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay harvested during the period from late August to early September. The color is perfect light pink with nose hints of minerals, strawberry and a nice citrus.
Taste is seductively good bubbly with delicious aromas of amazing minerals, citrus, wild strawberry and strawberry cream. So perfectly balanced that tou want a sparkling rosé to be. For me personally, this is the best Italian bubbly I've ever tested together with Cellarius Rosé from the same producer. Kudos to Berlucchi for the quality journey that they are on. For no doubt that the Franciacorta area can deliver fantastic world class sparkling wines.
Berlucchi61 Rosé fits most food, from seafood to pasta dishes or even as an aperitif with your loved one.
We had the honor to test the full range of Berlucchi wines and was hugely impressed. (A must is to buy their Cellarius Rosé) I have only chosen to write about the wines currently available for purchase in Sweden. Hopefully more Swedish wine consumers will discover Berlucchi and hope that we can buy the full product range in Sweden from this great producer in the future.
Grazie mille to Paolo Ziliani for the opportunity to visit the Berlucchi and wonderful Francesca Facchetti who was a fantastic guide presenting the property and its bubbly history. Berlucchi fan 4 ever.
We have enjoyed a relaxing holiday in Sicily last two weeks visiting both the Cefalu regionen and Castellammare del Golfo. It was amazing, but more on that here on winblogg in August.
After all the fantastic food and vulcano wine consumed during the trip we needed to neutralize our taste buds for the Nordic cuisine. And a grape that makes is best is in my opinion the Riesling grape, especially when it has grown slightly south of Frankfurt in Germany. Is there anything better than a warm summer where wonderful minerals meets citrus and with a perfect acidity. Is there any wine lover that does not get going with that combo? Earlier in the spring, we tested Von Buhl Riesling with great pleasure. And now it is time to turn to organic producer Sander from Reinhessen.
Sander eco Riesling from 2015 for the wine bargain price of 11 euro (in Sweden) The scent is wonderful, full of minerals (like smelling the dirt) together with a lovely freshly squeezed citrus and a delicate touch of honey. A true benchmark Riesling smell in my opinion.
The taste is perfect for summer grilled seafood dishes. Here you will find a perfect acid similar to the sounds of the opera Elektra by Richard Strauss. Combine that with a beautiful minerals, fresh fruity, citrus, fresh herbs and a final hint of honey. So good for just the price close to 10 euros, makes it into an obvious wine bargain made for summer.
Valtellina producer Mamete Prevostini has done it again. All of their wines are true wine art in higher Nebbiolo school and a pleasure every time we get the opportunity to open a bottle. Now in early March Swedish Systembolaget release their Botonero 2013 from the municipality e di Sondrio Teglio, more a rock'n'roll wine compare to its siblings.
Botonero 2013 from Mamete Prevostini
Grill wine of the year A light ruby color reveals nothing of the power available in the glass (like a wolf in sheep's clothing). The fragrance reveals so much more with an amazing combination of violet and charcuteries that create a great desire for more. And from the first sip, you are totally sold. For meaty aromas together with violets, rosemary and fantastic tannins creates an amazingly good red wine.
So perfect for spring grill in connections with juicy steaks and of course a wine-selection if you want to be praised for your good taste. Although it's only February, yet I dare say that for this money, it is no doubt that Botonero 2013 is one of best wine bargains this year.
Le Rive -11 from Suavia in Soave In the end of Januari Winblogg.com held its annual jury meeting to decide Wine of the Year 2015 on our wine blog. Six enthusiastic and excited jury members tested as many fabulous wines and came to an almost unanimous result. 5/6 participants choose magically good Le Rive 2011 (one had it for second place) from the female producers of Suavia in Soave.
Jury statement Can be summarized by saying that we all were totally blown away by this white wine elixir. This wine shows such perfection that it is difficult to find a counterpart in the wine world. Absolutely fabulous taste nuances of minerals in world class with yellow apples, citrus and acacia honey.
The sisters Tessari at Suavia have created wine magic by capturing the power of the ancient volcanic soil and demonstrated that the classic wine region, like Soave has so much more to offer for the future. The sisters is also extremely humble combined with modern thinking which is much admired. Just the fact, that from this classic wine region, to introduce the new interesting bottles and wine labels shows both courage, wisdom and great talent.
With Suavias unprecedented journey to wine world class we also are very happy to give the prize as 2015 Producer of the Year at wineblogg.com to these SuaveGirls at Suavia. The first and only time that someone takes home both prizes the same year.
More rewards: Best red wine: Sassella Valtellina Superiore D.O.C.G. Mamete Prevostini (Italien) Best red under 20 Euro: Orto Monsant (Spanien) Best Champagne: Lilbert vintage Champagne 2008
This summer we visited the area around the Italian Lake Garda. From this area, you reach the red Valpolicella, white Soave and bubbly Franciacorta within an hour. So beautiful area that is combined with world-class wines and exquisite food.
The area of Soave is located about 30 minutes from Lake Garda and is a beautiful area where life is lived quietly with great dignity. Here are some of Italy's most exciting white wine producers. If you have followed our wineblogg we have told you about the wines from the female wine geniuses at Suavia www.wineblogg.com/#post282 that made me fall in love with the wines of the area. For these sisters can manage white wines like few others on this planet.
The visit was one of last summer's greatest experiences. We meet Alessandra and Valentina Tessari. Two of the three sisters who for several years have managed the property in a very successful manner. The girls show great humility for their success as winemakers. That makes it extra fun to share our experiences from meeting this super producer. And they make some of Italy's best white wines I dare say without the slightest hesitation.
Garganega 100% The estate produces mainly Garganega grapes, and they come from 60 year old vines grown on 120-280 meters above sea level. The wine tested contain the same grape as their amazing seafood wine Monte Carbonare, but with a completely different palate.
Le Rive Soave Classico 2011
WOW wine Golden yellow color and a touch of green signals great character from the beginning. The nose is so enjoyable with masterful minerals along with nettles, yellow apples, citrus and light touch of honey.
The taste is just wow, and absolutely perfect! It starts with palate filled with an outrageously comfortable silky oiliness. Absolutely fabulous taste nuances of minerals in world class with yellow apples, citrus and acacia honey. So incredibly good that it is hard to put describe this total perfection. The flavor is in the +120 seconds is a gift from God that has given us a magically good life elixir. One of the best white wines I've ever tested.
The wine goes well with pasta dishes as well as poultry and cheese.
The sisters Tessari has done it again and the latest release improves shows that quality increased even further, to a level of absolute world class. Grazie mille Suavia for an amazing memory and divinely delicious wines. I will forever be a loyal fan.The wine will obviously be a hot candidate for this year's wine of the year award @ Wineblogg when the jury will meet on 23 January.
Wine tipsPosted by Per-Olof Diderot Mon, November 02, 2015 20:04:52 We continue the Spanish wine taste journey with a wine from the comet area Priorat, neighbor to Montsant . Priorat has got a fantastic boost is obvious with a great combination of the unique soil called Licorella, but not the least impact from the area's innovative winemakers who have combined wine culture with ultra modern ideas.
Property Celler de l' Encastell is located in the town of Porrera about 40 km west of Tarragona. Carme Figuerola and Raimon Castellvi created this property as late as in 1999. And in this passionate vineyard the entire family is committed to building hugh wine love. To manage a unique soil in the best way is a gift only the best winemakers is given, and this is certainly one of them. They produce only 25 000 bottles, but with the greater quality.
Marge -13 from Celler de L'Encastell
The wine is made from about 60% Garnacha and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The color is dark red as the finest bull's blood.
Wine love! What a great wine love I found. Delightfully filled up with notes of cherry, rosemary, fresh herbs, vanilla and perfect tannins. A wonderful wine full of youthful power like the handsome Spanish young bull. Will be amazing with a few years of aging, on the other hand great to drink already today. An outrageously good wine that is more than well worth the wait for. Because if you only have patience, you will be richly rewarded within 2-4 years, the wine has just begun to open up like a true quality wine will do. Perfect for the most dishes with red meat.
Wine tipsPosted by Per-Olof Diderot Sat, October 10, 2015 14:05:56 Most of you wine lovers know, that in Burgundy they handle the Pinot Noir grape best of all. And for the grape Nebbiolo the Barolo district is of course on top.
But what happens when you bravely choose to produce Pinot Noir in Barolo? This summer Wineblogg have visited the wine genius Giulia Negri in La Morra . She is widely known as the Barolo Girl and everything she touches turns into fine wine art. The village where Giulia property is located 6 km from the town of Barolo and this fairy tail village high up with magical views of the Piedmont is a must to visit when in the area.
Barolo Girl! When we finally got the chance to meet her in person for the first time we met a wonderful soul. So down to earth and with a huge passion for the wine "craftgirlship". Her eyes say's everything how much she is willing to spend efforts to achieve perfection into every bottle that leaves the beautiful property. We also had the opportunity to meet her mother and close friends when we tested their wines in the property's garden. Have never felt so relaxed at a estate wine tasting along side with all these lovely people. So much soul warmness together with world class wines in the glass. Could it be any better?
If your name is Negri, coming from La Morra and making wine, there are great expectations. But why be burdened by this legacy when you can create a whole new dimension to the wines of this enchanting wine area. That she makes the future in a bottle can not be mistaken. A mix of tradition and expressive wines where the taste becomes more dominant and tannins accompany to perfection instead of taking over the whole experience.
This new wine oracle's journey can not be described better than her own words, "now that the Barolo Boys have grown up, time may have come for us, the Barolo Girls". And we wine lovers are ready to join this exciting wine voyage.
And now the wine!
Giulia Negri Pinot Nero La Tartufaia -12 from Langhe for just under 20 euros Giulia likes to benchmark with other wine areas, especially from France and the Burgundy region. It really shows in this amazingly good Pinot Noir from the fantastic Barolo/Langhe area.
The color is beautiful ruby red and the smell is wonderful with rich complex notes of wild raspberries, rosemary and a finishing touch of vanilla in true perfection.
The taste just makes me so happy... As Pinot Lover I have found favorites from both Burgundy, Hermanus, Oregon and New Zealand. But this is something that allowed me to open the senses extra with a combined elegance together with power. I taste flavors of dark forest raspberry, cherry, juniper, rosemary and absolutely perfect tannins. A fabulously good Pinot Noir from a wine star where only the sky is the limit.
Seductive So seductively good and suitable for most food. A personal favorite that I can warmly recommended you to buy before rest of the world has discovered this magical wine art. For then we are talking about completely different price levels compared to the cost per bottle today.
Will later this autumn write about her Barolo wines that are perhaps even better. So come back to Wineblogg and you're guaranteed to get good wine tips for everyday and also special occasions. Why drink other than the best tasting wines, when life is that short.
During the summer's Italy trip I finally got the chance to visit Piedmont with my favorite areas Barolo and Langhe. The area is located about 45 minutes drive south of Turin. Will be back with a full travel report about this wonderful experiences. But first I have to tell you about a wine that we tasted for the first time, at a nice restaurant in Cherasco. We found to our delight a Langhe Chardonnay . This Chardonnay was a true example of wine love. In the restaurant it only cost 14 euros (but even better 6 euro at the vineyard). It enchanted us to the point that we were "forced" to try a spontaneous visit to the vineyard.
Azienda Agricola Marengo Poderi La Collina www.poderilacollina.it is located in a small village called Dogliani about 20 minutes from Cherasco. It has excellent sun exposure, which gives a little more ripe grapes than Piedmont in general, which we appreciate. When we tried to visit them we where extremly lucky that the owner and winemaker Piergiorgio Marengo was just about to leave for a wine delivery in Turin.
Poderi La Collina Langhe Chardonnay 2014 for 6 euro The aroma is elegant, full of minerals like the scent of a gravel pit with green apples and a light citrus touch. The taste is so outrageously good for those few euros. A fully divine Chardonnay fruit appears with wine love nuances of minerals, green apples and blood grapefruit. So grape typical and money/quality wise one of the greatest white wine surprises of our entire trip. And it does mean a lot given all the goodies we got the opportunity to test during the trip. If you follow Wineblogg this autumn you will understand what I am talking about.
Unfortunately the wine is not sold in Sweden at the moment, but if we are lucky, there are some curious Swedish importer who read this blog post. And next year we will hopefully have more time to visit this exciting property a little by the side of the more famous areas. For their red is also just as sensationally good.