Spring in Penedés- A program to enjoy!

I see pictures from Penedés every day, with almondtrres flowering and vines budding. All this why the snow around my hose slowly melts away and the temperatures are trying to stay above zero. Well well,

This week In La Vanguardia one could read about a new spring program that some of the Penedés producers are inviting you to share. I have translated it to the best of my knowledge.

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A total of 12 Catalan wineries have joined in the program ‘La Primavera del Cava’, which will be held from 1 to 21 May in the Penedès and who wants to promote wine tourism in the area.

So far, the wineries Agustí Torelló Mata, Codorníu, Giró Ribot, Gramona, Juvé & Camps, Llopart, Segura Viudas, Sumarroca, Torelló, Vallformosa, Vilarnau and Vins el Cep has joined the program.

All of them will share  activities designed for all ages, which will take place in the vineyards and are designed to make the visitors enjoy the spring weather as the same time as learning new things about cava.

For example, Vilarnau will on May 1st host a tasting of flowers and cavas in the vineyard that will begin with the collection of wild plants in the woods along with the sommelier Carles Aymerich from Celler de Can Roca and the specialist in the use of plants in the kitchen Everist March also he from  Celler de Can Roca.

On the 5th May, those who are interested will be able to enjoy, at Valformosa, a reading of tales that aims to publicize the wine tradition of the company, which dates back to 1865. And on Saturday May the 6th, Segura Viudas proposes a breakfast in the farmhouse with cava, wine and products of near by, followed by a naturalistic walk.

Also on that same Saturday, Gramona offers a tour of its vineyards to learn about the usefulness of medicinal plants, animals, flowers and stars. Llopart will that same day show their wineyards from a helicopter. 

Sunday 7th of May, Torelló welcomes visitors to take a tour of the vineyards with a following brunch.

The following weekend, Saturday May 13th, Codorníu hosts a tour of the vineyards by electric or conventional bicycle, a visit to the winery and a picnic made with Catalan gastronomy together with a tasting of cavas. On Sunday 14th  Agustí Torelló Mata offers a breakfast at the foot of the vineyard and a stroll through the cellar.

During the last weekend of this initiative, on Saturday May 20th, Vins El Cep presents a solidarity walk to visit with family and friends through the sites of the wineries accompanied by experts who will explain the fauna, flora and works of the vineyard , While Juvé & Camps will give the opetrunity to enjoy the flowering of the vines while mountain biking.

Finally, on Sunday, May 21st Sumarroca closes ‘La Primavera del Cava’ with a guided walk through its vineyards, to explain the natural cycle of the vineyards, and a tour in the Wine Jeep.

I really think it all sounds wonderful! But I have to wait until June, to  see all the friends and producers again.

Wearing Memories till alla hjärtans dag!?

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ÄNTLIGEN!!!

Det är sannerligen inte lätt att vara småbarnsförälder! Tiden bara försvinner och jag kan f**n inte hålla någonting i huvudet då mina tankar ständigt blir avbrutna. Men men, de är underbara de små liven och de är ju bara små så kort tid… Nåväl!

NU kära bubbelälskare är de äntligen uppe i shoppen och med en egen sida och närmare titt här på hemsidan, Wearing Memories!

Jag sprang på dem först för några år sedan och bestämde mig för att jag absolut var tvungen att ha en ring, så jag köpte en i silver. Fantastiskt roligt har vi haft jag och ringen. Ni som följer mig på Instagram är ju bekanta med den sedan tidigare. Aldrig tidigare har jag haft ett smycke som väckt så mycket intresse, åh det är ju härligt.

Är du intresserad av ett stycke för din egen del eller möjligen för någon annan? Ta en titt uppe i menyn på Wearing Memories.

Jag vet att Alla Hjärtans Dag närmar sig med stormsteg och är det så att du skulle vilja ha något från shoppen levererat tills dess, så se till att meddela mig SENAST TORSDAG, så jag kan posta det på fredag och du ha det i brevlådan på måndag.

 

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Beeing a security junky or letting go?

Most of us have a steady job. We need it to pay the bills. Life works that way even though it’s boring. Someone owns you 8 hours a day and tells you what to do, when you can have vacation and when to come in extra.

I have always been a security junky, who thought being employed was the only sensible thing to do. But this was until I met Andreas. He has NEVER been employed, but worked more than most people I know. He gave me the push I needed 2009, to follow my passion that later would end up in hundreds of tastings, two books, and a whole new life, and now he has done it again!

To make a long story short, Andreas has given me the confidence to “quit my day job”  (or at least take a leave of absence)  and work in our family’s firm full time. It’s not that I don’t like my job at the big brewery, it’s the commuting that is killing me!

So what will I do exactly you might wonder?

Well… I will blog more, host tastings again (this year’s program is coming up soon on the website), act as an impartial cava consultant, represent and sell Wearing Memories, continue on the new book! AND since none of the above brings any cash to the dinner table, I will also lease myself out to help with other companies bookkeeping, since I have a history in economics and keep our company’s books.

Then we of course have many new ideas for the company, but all in due Corse.

So if you know anyone who needs a part time economic assistant that can also do great tastings at the company’s staff party, give me a ring! J

But for most of you this change will mean that you will get more steady reports on cava here on the blog, and the opportunity to try some cava if you have the possibility to go to Uppsala.

So I hope to see and hear mor from you all on both Instagram, Facebook and on mail, because you know I love the dialog and contact with all of you!

Why visit an Island that has no wine?

I recently came home from Capo Verde, after two weeks’ vacation. For you who don’t know this place so good I can give you a short overview.

Capo Verde is a group of islands, ten in fact. They are situated outside the African west coast almost on the equator. This makes the weather very stable, around 24-27 C with a slight breeze and sun basically every day. Pretty nice if you like that sort of thing.

The two main tourist islands are Bona Vista and Sal, and we visited the latter. The problem with these two islands is that they are made of sand and they produce NOTHING!! And when I say nothing I mean nothing! The only thing there is on Sal (and I presume it counts for Bona Vista too) is sand, tourists and tuna fish. The beaches are as you can understand wonderful! Sand…
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The tuna that you get yourself on the pier in St Maria is straight from the ocean and super cheap (4-5€/kg), so if you can cook that’s super. You can of course get the same tuna at the local restaurants but to be honest, very few know how to cook it, and it is often fried dry.

My biggest problem was not the lack of everything though, but more to the point the lack of wine.  Since Cabo Verde is situated where it is it does not produce good because of the warm climate (it completely lacs acid). The islands that produce wine are mountain islands, but clearly these mountains are not high enough.

So as a self-catering tourist you are completely in the hands of the importers that import EVERYTHING to the island. Except tuna…

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I think that Andreas is drinking a cuba libre made from the local spirit “grog” which is basically “moonshine”.

And I find the problem to be this; Most people that come to Sal stay at the “All-inclusive resorts” and these import everything by themselves, while the natives are (mostly) very poor and I don’t think they prioritize to buy wine. So the population for whom there is imported wine is the stores, is the few tourists that cater for themselves and for a selected few natives. This group must be very slim indeed since it is very hard to find anything better than a Portuguese table wine that you can afford, or want to buy. We found one bottle of standard Moët on a shelf for 999 €. That might explain the wine situation.

IMG_0099So the question is why you would choose to freely go to an island for two weeks where there is literally no wine, bubbles, red or white… Well the beaches are fantastic and so is the weather, so they are perfect for getting a good tan and reading a book. If you like surfing and kite-surfing you have probably been on these islands already. And there is always tuna and the local beer Strela!  Will I go back? Yes probably, but then I’ll stay at a hotel.

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I’m now Sweden’s official stock list for Wearing memories!

I’m very happy to announce that I am now Swedens official stock list of Wearing memories! Jippiii!

You who follow me on Instagram or Twitter have not missed out on the fact that I collect caps from bottles of cava and other sparkling wines. Since two years back I have been able to wear my collected caps thanks to Wearing Memories wonderful jewelry. So far I have a ring and a bracelet, but soon I will have much more options. And so could you. As soon as my stock arrive from the wonderful land “down under”, I will let you know what I have. In the mean time you can always visit www.weringmemories.com or just check out some of these wonderful pieces below.

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