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It’s a sad day!

We all do communication by blogging, writing, photographing, using social media etc. – today our right to do so has been attacked. Most of what we do might not be important outside of our circle of #winelover-s, but we have the right to express it anyway. Let’s keep doing that!

The Non Violence pistol

                                                The Non Violence pistol

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Magnus Reuterdahl

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Winewichteln: the Secret or random Santa

About a month ago I was invited by Paul Truszkowski from Berlin (Drunken Monday.de &winevibes.de) to participate in a project called Winewichteln, aka Secret Santa or perhaps better the random Santa. The idea is to exchange Christmas gifts with unknown people, in this case in the form of wine bottles. Of course I jumped at this. Just the possibility to get wine that I most probably haven’t tasted, yet, to get something fun and unexpected was reasons enough.

Paul Truszkowski

Paul Truszkowski

If I expect something interesting, I must of course also send something that someone else may perceive as fun, interesting and good. Something that few have tried, even in Sweden, is Swedish wine. The same applies to wine made from the grapes solaris and siegerrebe, which are the grapes in the wine I chose: Villa Mathilda cuvée 2013 from the vineyard Villa Mathilda. I wrote about this wine in a previous post: Can you do wine in Sweden? Yes we can!

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Now I did not get one wine, but two, both very interesting. The first one I tried the other day: Jurtschitsch Quelle Riesling Ernte 2012 from Langlois, Kamptal in Austria by Weingut Jurtschitsch.

My secret Santa described the wine as (The secret Santa is by the way the winemaker at Weingut Jurtschitsch, Mark Montaño López)) the result of experiments and can be described as a non-intervention wine. In addition to their normal range they work with experimental wines, some are coming into production, others abandoned or left to further experiments. This wine should show be clean and fresh, show quartz notes and is affected by the natural springs that are nearby. It is made by spontaneous fermentation with the natural yeast in large oak barrels, which is a few years old, the only thing added is a small amount of sulfur for stability.

Jurtschitsch Quelle Riesling Ernte 2012 (600x592)

I described it as follows in an article (in Swedish) at DinVinguide.se:

The wine is clean and fresh with a lovely acidity. There are hints of  exotic fruits and apricots and a hint of oak that is resulting in a mild hint of oxidation. The finish has a nice minerality with some spicy notes that gives it good length. There is a lovely salinity that makes your mouth to salivate. This is a really nice riesling with complexity, length, and above all, a lovely acidity.

The other wine, I have not tasted, yet, but it seems to be equally interesting. It’s a Chardonnay from Baden in Germany: Trautwein Chardonnay 2012 edition RS Fohberg trocken.

Trautwein Chardonnay 2012 RS Fohberg trocken (600x390)

This is one of the first wines from Weingut Trautwein since it was taken over by a new generation of winemakers, Anne and Christoph Trautwine. However, it has been making wine under the name since 1649. The vineyard was one of the first in the region who asked about the biodynamic viticulture, 2004. The wine is only made in a small quantity, 750 bottles of this size and some magnum bottles.

I’ll update this post after I’ve tasted the wine.

A big thanks to the people behind Winewichteln and to my secret Santa for these wine experiences :)

Magnus Reuterdahl

A version of this post is available in Swedish here.

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How does the market look for Portuguese wines in Sweden?

Travel time, wine time, Adegga-time! I’m heading for Adegga wine market in Lisbon, Portugal – again! Last time was great, this it should be even better! It always great to meet #winelover brothers and sisters – it’s always great to be Portugal and damn – it’ll be great to have some good Portuguese wines!

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But before going I ask myself how does the market look for Portuguese wines in Sweden? I wish I could say fab, but I can’t. With so many fab wines coming out of Portugal, I know I’ve tasted them, Portugal should kill on the Swedish market. They are relatively cheap, they are really good and it works great with Swedish food. Now I’m not talking about the port or madeira wine, they also work well against Swedish food – especially now for Christmas and Swedish gingerbread. I bring with me a few different brands to Andre Ribeirinho & co so they can taste something better than the  IKEA version!

Andre Ribeirinho, Adegga man

Andre Ribeirinho, Adegga man

So I did some research on Portuguese wines in Sweden right now – when it comes to sales! Sweden has a monopoly, Systembolaget, when it comes to spirits, wine and beer (over 3.5% alcohol). The figures do not include sales at restaurants nor the internet commerce. The latter is a small but growing market, especially when it comes to wines that are a bit higher in price, about 10 euros and upwards, as well as more exclusive wines.

Daniel Matos, Adegga man

Daniel Matos, Adegga man

I have looked at Systembolaget’s sales statistics for the wine during the time period 2010-2014 period, excluding fortified wines, in the 3rd quarter, as that’s the numbers we have for 2014. This shows an increase in sales of wine, when it comes to the number of liters of wine sold by about 5.8%. From 135 532 059 liters in 2010 to 143 896 477 liters in 2014. During the same period, sales of Portuguese wine increased from 3,212,965 liters to 3,704,680 liters during the same period.

      Year     Sold l. total    % total sales  white  / red wine.
      2014     3 704 680         2,6 %         1,0 %     3,9 %
      2013     3 886 265         2,7 %         1,4 %     3,3 %
      2012     3 942 775         2,8 %         1,6 %     3,2 %
      2011     3 806 311         2,7 %         1,2 %     3,2 %
      2010     3 212 965         2,4 %         0,6 %     3,5 %
Sales of wines from Portugal until the 3rd quarter, 2010-2014, at Systembolaget

In 2011 and 2012 we can see an increase in sales of Portuguese wines at the Monopoly. Though that increase is connected to which wines until 2014, when that goes down but red goes up. However, one can note that sales leveled off and declined, even though we see a slight increase in total when it comes to the sale of wine. So far this year, the increase is about 0.5% in total while Portugese wines sales has decreased by 4.7 % in same period.

André Cid Proença, Adegga man

André Cid Proença, Adegga man

At the moment there are about 400 Portuguese products listed in the Monoploy, some of these are the same wine but in different packages ansd sizes, some are the same wine but of different vintages. Here it is important to understand how the Swedish Monopoly works, in reality there are various types of range.

One is that which constitutes the Monopoly store catalog, this is products that you can find in about 420 stores that make up Systembolaget. You will not find all products in all stores, the products are divided up and sold, depending on the size of the store and where in Sweden it is located. Normally, a commodity is to be sold for a certain period of time, such as during a year in as many stores as possible. This favors large producers and penalizes countries with many small producers such as Portugal.

There are also a range called the ordering sortimenetet, this is handled by the importers who sell wines at Systembolaget. These wines can be ordered either in one of the stores or on the internet, then they are shipped to the store of your choice, or to a store the importer has chosen. These wines can in many respects be compared with any internet commerce in the EU whatsoever with the exception that it is the state that controls the management of the wines. If a wines sells in a number big enough that wine can qualify to get into the store catalog.

If you haven’t managed to get into the store catalog or if you don’t have a big enough production then it is very important to find the right importer, someone who wants to work for you and your wine. Someone who either works well towards restaurants, go around showing your wine to consumers on wine markets or have a good hand with wine journalists, bloggers or communicators. This is also why it is important to come to Sweden and show your self on these venues, to be seen and make sure you get seen because that can be the difference between selling decent and good or very good.

Below you can see how many products there are in different categories, how many of those who are in the store catalog or order catalog. I have also added how many are available at Bag-in-Box.

         Type of wine  in total  store catalog   ordering sort    BiB
         Red wine      156           45              129           12
         White wine     70           12               62            2
         Rosé wine      17            6               12            1
         Sparkling       4            1                4            -
         Port Wine     117           42               87            -
         Madeira        18           11                7            -
Note that numbers does not add up. These figures are taken from Systembolaget's
website, by  looking at the total number, the number in shops and the number in
the ordering sortiment. The reason the numbers does not add up us that some 
wines are available in the store catalog at the same time as it's also in the
ordering sortiment.

Notably, although there are quite a few products, is that there are not that many available within the stores. In total there are 117 products  that is in one store or another at this moment. Of these  about 45% are as port or madeira wine. This do consolidates the image of Portugal as a fortified wine country. This may be one reason that ordinary wine is not noticed as much or do not become a obvious choice for most consumers .

Having fun at Adegga with #winelovers 2013

Having fun at Adegga with #winelovers 2013

To give you an idea of how it would be in a normal medium-sized store in a medium-sized city. The shop according to Systembolaget’s website have about 1,000 wines. I f you the look at Portugese wines and take the port and madeira wines out of the equation they have 24 wines from Portugal. 15 red, 5 white and 4 rosé wines. The majority of these are relatively inexpensive wines that cost between 50-75 crowns or are in the Bag-in-Box. Only two are 8 euros or higher, BiB counted as if they were bottled.


The exceptions is an alvarinho from Anselmo Mendes and a cabernet sauvignon from Quinta de Chocapalha. There is also a good value wine from José Maria da Fonseca Ripanço Private Selection. There are also some decent port wine and a really good Madeira.


The majority of wines sold at the Monoploy are  however cheap wines or bag-in-box wines. About 60% of all wine sold in the Monoploy are Bag-in-Box wine, priced at ca 4,5-8 euro/liter, (the biggest seller at ca 4,8-6 euros). One reason that Portugal is not taking off could be that you get low visibility on the shelves: 15 -5 wines will be one or max two meters of shelf space, which tend to be quickly lost in the crowd of many wines in a big store.

What i believe is the main reason though, is that at Systembolaget, the wines I meet when I am in Portugal section, small as it is, isn’t all that exciting – with the exception of one or two bottles. At Adegga I meet 40 produceras where most have exciting wines to show. Really good wines at great prices. Wines that have personality and that gets really makes you want to discover more of Portuguese wines. Some of these wines are available in Sweden, hidden in ordering sortiment. I find them, others wine nerds and #winelovers do too, but most regular customers do not – at least not yet.

There I have a task that a #portuguesewinelover and as a wine blogger and wine writer, there you have a task to press and chose your importers to really work for your wines and of course the perhaps most important thing to continue to make great wines.

Here I come! Let's get Addeggad!

Adegga – ready or not – here I come!

I would also like to make sure that you understand that even though this article is not about the port and madeira wine it does not mean I do not want them too. I Love Port and Madeira wine!

Magnus Reuterdahl

Ps. Arto – do you rememeber these? Ds.


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#SaveLugana – the collection

Magnus Reuterdahl:

The #winelover and DWCC campaign continues and we still want your signature on this petition:


Now we’ve had some amazing contributions and posts, here are a few of them and if you know of more please let me know so I can add them.

As I said I probably missed a few (I know I haven’t included the those written in Italian) – please let me know and I’ll add them!

Keep signing #SaveLugana

Magnus Reuterdahl

Originally posted on Magnus Reuterdahls vinblogg (Aqua Vitae):

On this blog I normally post in Swedish, but this is an international posting – I post this as part of the #winelover community, as a #winelover ambassador. Help us save Lugana!

I want to start by saying that I have nothing against railroads or the expansion of railways. On the contrary, I think they should be expanded in order to reduce car and air traffic.


Having said this, I do not think you can sacrifice everything for this purpose, if the expansion instead destroys other natural or social values, one has to ask what is the most important. In this case, for me – it’s easy!

At the moment Italy plans to expand a portion of it’s railway network. In doing so they will destroy parts of a unique wine region. It is unique due to it’s size and placement. That is, one can not replace the area by just…

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Cuvée Guy de Poix 2011 from Terra Romana

A few weeks ago I met Razvan Stoenescu in Chateauneuf-du-Pape on a press trip for the DWCC. He’s from Romania and brought a few wines from home. One of these was Cuvée Guy de Poix 2011 from Terra Romana made on the grape Feteasca Neagra, (the Black Maiden in English).

Razvan Stoenescu in Ch9dP (2)

It’s alway fun to taste wines made on grapes that I haven’t before, I also like tasting wines from countries and regions that are not all that known to me – I’ve had a few from Romainia but not many – so when Razvan asked if I was interested to taste this wine I said of course – took my glas and said fill it up!

This is one of the great things with DWCC and also with the #winelover community. You meet people online or on the conference, you build a connection that continues and when you meet up for the first time or again you just pick up that connection. You also get a chance to taste lots and lots of fantastic wines and Cuvée Guy de Poix 2011 is both good and really interesting.

Count Guy Tyrel de Poix passed away in early 2011, He started to grow and make wine in Romaina in the early 90’s and created the brand Vinul Cavalerului in 1994. The range of products has since become wider, among the newer ones is the Terra Romana brand.

Terra Romana Cuvée Guy de Poix (600x398)

The Cuvée Guy de Poix is a homage to the count. It is filled with dark fruits, black currant, prunes and dark cherries but also some red fruits. There is a balsamic touch and herbs such as cloves and a hint of anise. In the finish there are some black peppers and some bitter notes of cherry seeds and cacao seeds. It is a really good wine, with good structure, nice acidity, soft tannins and a warm lingering tone. It is elegant and complex and should age very well – but is also good right now. This should be very good with a nice wild game stew.

I tasted this during a dinner with several other wines and the descriptions is based on a few scrabbled notes, so it would be nice to taste it again. That said, wines that do catch my interest tend to linger on in my mind and this do. And it has left a positive memory for this and other Romainian wines.

Big thanks to Razvan for bringing it – he as well as the wine are good ambassadors for the wines of Romania.

Magnus Reuterdahl

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Barolo boys – the movie!

A Swedish version of the review is availabe at Magnus Reuterdahls vinblogg Aqua Vitae.

I have had the opportunity to see an advance copy of the film Barolo Boys – The Story of a Revolution. Here are a few words on the movie, on Barolo, on a modern winemaking era!


If you do not know the Barolo Boys, they were a group of young winemakers in Barolo in the 1980s and 90s. Despite the name, it was not just the boys in the group it included one girl as well. Another important part of the group was an american; Marco di Grazia. The addition boys come from that they were young, and the majority of them were just boys.

This is the story about them and the Piedmont in change, a change that is still going on but perhaps not gone in the direction they expected when the revolution started. Barolo Boys changed and reinventetd Barolo. They went from poor farmers to winemakers with rock star status. They went from anonymity to fame.

They broke up the traditional and created something new, they brought in outside influences and changes in how they worked both in the vineyard and in the winery. They started from fresch, from scratch and this created conflicts between generations, in some cases as far as fathers and sons broke completely with each other. Others just didn’t understand and viewed them as crazy.

It all started in the early 1980s, a time of optimism in Italy, supported by an economic boom and that it has won the Soccer World Cup in 1982. This optimism was also found among the winemakers. The young winemakers started to experiment, collaborate and fundamentally change Barolo wines and its character – at least for a while. The change also caught international attention through among other things tours to the United States. Soon they got soaring ratings of known wine writers, they got hyped at restaurants and became the name on everyone’s lips, which culminated with the Barolo and Barbaressco score a 100-point vintage in Wine Advocate in 2000.

The success in the 1990s led to a willingness to go even further, leading to more experimenting and a strive of making the perfect wine. Some went over to using more new barrels, making wines that were more suited to American tastes and the wine writer’s palette. Did they go too far from the origin?

Many felt that way – it was something of a war between traditionalists and modernists in Barolo. In the end it is a matter of taste, but it feels like it like that 100-point vintage was one of the turning points when you loook back. Many took a half step backwards and started to look for the traditional again. There is also a new generation of young winemakers who will and have begun to make their mark on the wines – wanting to go there way.

One can see it the modern Barolo as a bubble. Personally I’m not a big fan of the style but I think there are lot of positive that came out of this period and its this experimentation. This has led to the that the wines are much cleaner and fresher today and at the same time more accessible as young though still with good ageing potential. The wineries are more modern so there are better possibilites to do good wines, there is more money in the region which also is an enabler for working with quality.

This movie is a good starting point to understanding Barolo and its development but also to understand where Barolo is going, what is to come. However, it is not a film that only illuminates what happened in the “modern Barolo” but it can be translated into what happened in the “modern Rioja”, the “modern Bordeaux” and so forth – what is sometimes called the Parkerfying of wine. It describes an era in the wine industry that can be found in many places and the movie provides a key in understanding this.

This is a really good and interesting movie for all those interested in wine and winemaking. So sit down, pour a glass of good Barolo and take in what the Barolo boys learned and take part of their heritage, of images of the past and the present, and glimpses of the future.


Magnus Reuterdahl

Among the people you see and hear in the movie are Carlo Petrini, Oscar Farinetti, Joe Bastianich, Elio Altare, Chiara Boschis, Marc de Grazia, Giorgio Rivetti, Roberto Voerzio, Lorenzo Accomasso, Silvia Altare, Beppe Caviola, Alessandro e Bruno Ceretto, Giampiero Cereda, Giancarlo Gariglio, David Berry Green, Bartolo Mascarello, Marta e Beppe Rinaldi, Davide Rosso and Maggiore Vacchetto.

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Interviewed by Wine Meridian

About a week ago I was interviewed in the on-line magazine Wine Meridian, the it was published in Italian, now they published an English version.

To read the article click the picture

To read the article click the picture

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Can you do wine in Sweden? Yes we can!

When I talk about Swedish wine I mean wine made from grapes grown in vineyards in Sweden. There are also a few producers that do grow vines in greenhouses and then there are some wineries that make wine from grape juice purchased from other countries. Among the latter there are several that produce cheap bag-in-box wines, but there are also some that are more ambitious for example Högberga Vinfabrik AB (wine factory) at Lidingö in Stockholm.

Villa Mathilda vineyard, Arild, Scania, Sweden

Villa Mathilda vineyard, Arild, Scania, Sweden

EU wine legislation is based on the principle that each country adopts rules for wine classification adapted to protected designations of origin and quality levels. Sweden has not introduced any classification rules, therefore, the Swedish wines can only be sold as table wine.

Today there are about 200-250 growers, of whom about 40 works commercially, here is a list with most of them. There is at least 30-50 hectares of vineyards in Sweden, some says that they are closer to 100, where of about 20-30 hectares are commercial. Most of the vineyards are situated in the southern parts of Sweden, in Scania and on the islands Öland and Gotland in the Baltic Sea. But there are also growers in Halland, Västergötland, Östergötland and Sörmland.

Last year I visited one of these wineries, Villa Mathilda. It is situated on the Kulla Peninsula at Arild, just north of Höganäs in Scania. The winery was founded in 2006 and is run by Marie-Louise and Carl-Magnus Hedin, the name of the winery comes from Marie-Louise grandmother Mathilda. The first harvest was brought in 2010, the same year they produced thier first wine.

Carl-Magnus Hedin of Villa Mathilda

Carl-Magnus Hedin of Villa Mathilda

As I am about to taste one of their 2013 vintage wines I contacted Carl-Magnus Hedin of Villa Mathilda and asked a few questions about the vineyard, the winery and the 2013 vintage.

The vineyard consists of a total of 1000 vines, where they grow solaris and siegerrebe. The soil is clay mixed with a sandy moraine on top of bedrock with some sandstone and shale. During a good year they do thier harvested in late September and in tougher years in October. 2012 was a tough year and they harvested October 3-10th. Last years harvest was slightly earlier, on September 27-28th they harvested the sigerrebe and on October 3-4th they harvested the solaris.

2013 was the best year so far for Villa Mathilda, then again 2012 was one of the most difficult. From the 1000 vines they only got 150 kg of grapes in 2012, in 2013 they got 850 kg. In bottles this means about 700 (50 cl) in 2013.

Carl-Magnus Hedin told me that they try to raise the bar every year, but they also like to experiment a bit. This year they worked a lot harder in the vineyard during the winter and during harvest they saved some grapes to try a late harvest. While the work in the vineyard has done wonders the late harvest didn’t do much for the grapes. Over the years thay have alos tried different types of yeast.

Marie Louise Hedin in the winery at Villa Mathilda

Marie Louise Hedin in the winery at Villa Mathilda

At Villa Mathilda all grapes are destemmed before they are pressed. They pressed with a hydro-press, using low pressure, the wine is unfiltered and they use a selected German yeast that rewards a slow fermentation at temperatures around 12-15 ° Celsius. They also did some changes in the vinification. In 2012 the wine was macerated for about 1 day and for the 2013 the wine has been on sur lie for a longer time and whilst they did battonage. The fermentation is stopped by cold temperature, but they do use some sulfur, maximum 50 milligrams, if needed.

When I visited them last year I got to try their 2012 vintage. 2012 was a difficult year and you could taste that in the wines. The Solaris 2012 was a bit unbalanced with a high, a bit sharp acidity that tended to take over. It was the first year for their siegerrebe, a wine that gave a more aromatic and full-bodied impression and had some nice aromatics. A wine that flirts with Gewurtztraminer and a dry zibbio (muscat), last year this worked better than the solaris.

A few words about the grapes

Solaris is a grape that is a crossing of Merzling (which in turn is a cross of Seyve-Villard, Riesling and Pinot Gris) and the grape Gm 6493, which is a cross of Zarya Severa and Muscat Ottonel (in some texts it says that is a a crossing of Saperavi severny and muscat ottonel). Solaris is a vitis vinifera grape, but is sometimes described as a hybrid grape due to its many different parents. Solaris is perhaps the most common grape in Sweden right now, at least for white wines, the grape gives wines with high acidity and lightly floral aromatic appropriations that to some extent resembles sauvignon blanc.



Siegerrebe is also a vitis vinifera grape, a cross of Madeleine Angevine and Gewurtztraminer. The only one I’ve tasted is the Villa Mathilda 2012 so my references are rather thin: this was flowery, aromatic with hints of citrus (many others describe grapefruit in wines made by siegerrebe) and some elderberries. It had significantly lower acidity, more fruit sweetness and more body than the solaris grape wines I’ve tried. The wine reminds me most of Gewürztraminer or a dry muscat/zibbibo wine.



Carl-Magnus Hedin tells me that one of the pleasant suprises this year is the siegerrebe, it does so well. That hasn’t always been the case but now they learned how to work with it. A few years ago they were on the verge of replacing it – they didn’t – thankfully.

Today’s wine is a blend of these two grapes; Villa Mathilda cuvée 2013. They wanted to play withe acidity of the solaris and the slightly sweeter and richer features of the siegerrebe.The blend is 2/3 solaris and 1/3 sigerrebe, the alcohol is 13 vol % the acidity is 7,5 g/l.

Villa Mathilda cuvée 2013

Villa Mathilda Cuvee 2013 (600x518)

This wine is fresh, spicy and clearly aromatic with hints of fennel and wet stone. There is a nice sweetness with hints of dried flowers and elderberry, a hint of citrus and some tropical fruit. It is well balanced with a medium body and fairly long spicy aftertaste. It is fresh, flavorful, austere with some complexity. It is a really nice wine that would perhaps best be compare with a dry zibbibo (ie Muscat di Alexandria) with hints towards scheurebe, pinot gris and gewürzttraminer.

I would pair this wine with seafood, Asian food that does not have too much heat or cheese.

I asked Carl-Magnus Hedin about the current vintage, he says it looks really good. They are a few weeks ahead of 2013 that was really good, they plan to do the harvest during the las week of September and the vintage has great possibilities to be as good as 2013 or better. This might not only be due to the vintage in itself but they have also continued to try to become better in thier work in the vineyard and the winery.

Villa Mathilda kork (600x349)

I look forward to 2014 and many more vintages – if you want to taste a good example of Swedish wine – Villa Mathilda is very good way to go – and even better they are #winelover-s! If you want to taste it about 10 local resturants have it and a really good resturant in Gothenburg: Sjömagasinet.

This is a verion of an article for DinVinguide.se

Magnus Reuterdahl

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A Swedish crayfish party my way

I’m currently participating in a recipie contest – on the line is a trip to Paris and a trip to Chlie. Sponsor is the chilean producer Cono Sur. The idea is to take one of two wines : Cono Sur Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere or Cono Sur Bicicleta Gewürztraminer – I choose the latter.

Cono Sur bicicleta Gewürztraminer 2013

My idea was to take something seasonal, something Swedish and do a spin on it. In Sweden we have crayfish parties during the later parts of summer and early parts autom. This includes large numbers of crayfish boild in dill, and downed with hugh amounts of alchohol. This really isn’t my cup of tea. I want wine and I want proper food, not saying that crayfish isn’t proper food but I want them in a dish – and of course wine.

My idea was to incorporate the crayfish and create a dish I would like to eat and this was it!

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Crab mix served on grilled sourdough bread served with an Asian sauce and boild yellow beets and lightly pickled white turnip (purple top white globe) and cray fish boild in dill

(for 2 people)

Lightly pickled white turnip (purple top white globe)

Slice two white turnips as thin as possible, slice ½ a red pepper finely, slice 2-3 spring onions. Put everything in a bowl, pour in 5-6 tablespoons of rice vinegar, put in 1/3 part pot of chopped fresh coriander (cilantro), add the limezest from ½ lime, the juice of ½ lime and 1-2 tbsp of sugar + a dash of mirin. Let stand cold for 2-3 hours. Stir a few times during the time of taste before serving.

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Asian sauce

Pour 0.5 dl of asian fish sauce, 1.5 dl water, 1 teaspoon of vinegar (24%) and 0.5 tablespoons of sugar in a pan and boil it. Cool it of to ca 8 dgrs. Before serving, chop ½ red pepper frui, and one clove of garlic and then stir this into the sauce.

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Boiled yellow beets

Wash 6 yellow beets thoroughly. Put them in a pan, fill with water so they are covered, pour in the juice of half a lemon, a bay leaf, a crushed clove of garlic and a knob of butter. Bring to the boil, lower the heat so that they cook at medium temperature under a lid – cook for about 30-35 minutes. Peel them while they are hot and slice them. Add them up on the plate and sprinkle some salt on.

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The crab mix

1 boiled crab (make sure it is a female so you get some roe). Remove the crab meat and roe and place in a bowl. Dice an avocado, finely chop about 1/3 part pot with fresh dill, 1/3 part pot of fresh coriander (cilantro), 1/3 part pot of fresh thyme and a clove of garlic (finely chopped). Add the juice of half a lime and the zest from one lime and 1-2 tsp tiglio honey. Mix together, season with salt and a little black pepper.

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Toast a slice of bread, we used a sourdough bread. Put the the crab mix on the bread and serve with the yellow beets and turnip and one or two crayfishes. Pour a few tablespoons of the Asian sauce over the crab mix just before serving.

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This is just summer food on a hot day or at the crayfish party, a great combination of flavors with lots of herbs, crabs and crayfish and some asian flavours and the sweetnes of the beets and acidity of the turnips marries nicely with a aromatic wine.

Cheers – if this sounds good or decent try it and/or help me out and vote for it here . though this is only possible if you are in Sweden (Just find my name – klick rösta på detta recept and go on)!

Magnus Reuterdahl

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Today I was interviewed in the online wine magazine Wine Meridian

Today I am in the Italian wine press on Italian wines from  a Scandinavian perspective in the online publication Wine Meridian, who interviewed me a while ago. The article is in Italian, but an English version will  appear in a few days – check it out here: 



Magnus Reuterdahl

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