Category Archives: California

Pinot Noir from Calera and some thoughts on Californian Pinot Noir in general

Calera is a winery with a focus on Pinot Noir, located in San Benito County in California, about 90 miles south of San Francisco, close to Mt. Harlan. The founder Josh Jensen had been to Burgundy to learn about wine production, and returned with the … Continue reading

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Mixed news including several Burgundies

A couple of weeks ago, the Stockholm branch of the wine tasting club Munskänkarna held a tasting of news in the range of the Swedish alcohol monopoly. Although I sometimes lead tastings in Munskänkarna, I was not guilty of choosing the … Continue reading

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Mixed white BYOB with AuZone

In the absence of other tastings scheduled for Maundy Thursday, six of us gathered for a BYOB tasting under the auspices of our wine tasting club AuZone. E.T., who took the initiative, decided on “white and good” as our theme. As … Continue reading

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Tasting of mixed new releases with a few heavy-duty Super Tuscans included

Earlier in December I tasted a selection of recent releases on the Swedish market. This type of “purchase a ticket and taste the wines at your own pace”-tasting is arranged a number of times per year by a Munskänkarna, a … Continue reading

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Dinner with 1990 DRC Richebourg 1990 and 1990 La Tâche

There are unique and memorable wines that have brought great joy when tasted, but where there’s good reason to assume that you won’t be able to taste these wines again, given the inevitability of older vintages being consumed or becoming … Continue reading

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Mixed March news including three 2010 Syrahs and three Pinots

This Monday I attended a wine club tasting of March news from our dear Swedish alcohol monopoly Systembolaget. (Well, to me it as about as dear as the bread queues were to the good people of the Soviet union.) This … Continue reading

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Wine tasting club dinner

Our wine tasting club AuZone always arranges a dinner towards the end of November. The number of seats is rather suitable for one magnum of each wine, so there’s usually rather many wines from that bottle format. This year we included ten wines, … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, AuZone, Baden, Burgundy, Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Champagne, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Loire, Pinot Noir, Rhône, Riesling, Syrah, Trentino-Alto Adige, Wachau | Leave a comment

Chassagne- and Puligny-Montrachet tasting

A couple of weeks ago, there was a tasting in our wine tasting club AuZone on the theme of Chassagne- and Puligny-Montrachet. So we’re talking about white Burgundy from the epicentre, but this time the idea was to present wines … Continue reading

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Mixed Ridge wines with Paul Draper including three vintages of Monte Bello

Paul Draper, CEO of Ridge Vineyards and legendary winemaker, visited Stockholm some 1,5 weeks ago invited by their importer Vinunic, to moderate two tastings, of which I attended one. We tasted four wines that the importer will start selling in a couple … Continue reading

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Ridge Vineyards and Monte Bello with Decanter in November 2011

It happens from time to time that a fairly long time has passed between a tasting and the time when I actually blog about it (hey, don’t get upset, I don’t get paid for this!), but as of this post … Continue reading

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