Monthly Archives: March 2011

Cava tasting: Freixenet

Yesterday we were seven friends who got together to try Freixenet dry supply available at the monopoly in Sweden. It was not an easy task, but together we came up with some good aroma and flavor descriptions. For each tasting I host, I am reminded of the incredible variety of flavor references we carry with us and how our brains make parallels to previously experienced smells and flavors when we put our noses in a glass of wine. It is a fantastic experience every time. Since our ways to describe a smell or taste is so wonderfully different, you always learn new things when you taste together with friends. To try wine in small groups where you can have a dialogue is really the most rewarding ways to explore wine in my opinion.

We all thought that Freixenet dry cavas generally are very well made, fruity with nice acidity, and that the portfolio is very divers which we really liked. I will compile our test results and provide some tips and ideas about the wines we tried, for many of the wines are very well priced.

I’m extremely happy with our tasting and are already looking forward to the next, which I am now planing for.

Until then, I think you should celebrate that the spring is here with a little fizz. Go to your local store and buy something that you never tried before, put it on ice for a while. And when you drink it think about what you appreciate with just this wine. (But don’t think so much that you forget to enjoy it!)
Here’s to spring!

Planning the trip to Champagne

There are a lot of really pleasant things in life. Planning trips is one of those. Even better, is when you actually get to go on your trip and experience new cultures, tastes, and everything else that new culture has to offer.
As of now I sit here planning a return visit to champagne at the end of April. Among other things, the aim is to buy some champagne for a special occasion in the spring, but also to visit the wonderful area again, when spring has come to the region and it is at its most beautiful. The vines have begun to bloom and the leaves are still transparent bright green.

Unfortunately I do not speak a word of French, but fortunately I have a wonderful mother who does and who will come with us. Obviously, you do get around anyway, but it is always easier if you speak the language.
The wonderful Champagne farmers are incredibly hospitable and are often more than happy to show you their basements full with aging champagne, and will tell you about how they produce their champagne. If you ask nicely you usually always get a taste of the champagne they produce and then it may be appropriate that you buy a bottle if you think it tastes nice. If it is exceptionally good (as it often is), it is advisable to take the opportunity to buy a few bottles when you have a chance (for your own sake). The Champagnes made by these small producers are usually just sold within France, so you won’t be able to get them once you get home to your own country.

Our plan for the trip in terms champagne shopping is to find five different varieties to take home. But if I know the family and myself right there will most likely be one or two “odd” bottle in addition to the basic plan. But we are not in the champagne area every day, so it is just of fill the car for as much as it will hold for.