Monthly Archives: January 2013

Tasting of Dominion De La Vega with the Cava group

Last Friday I finally managed to get some of my cava friends together to try six cavas from Dominion De La Vega, situated in Valencia. Very exciting since I had never tried them, nor anything else out of Valencia.

http://www.dominiodelavega.com/

A Friday is generally a very good day to have a tasting since everyone is very relaxed and positive since the weekend is waiting. And since the weather is really bad here in Sweden with all the snow melting and the sky beeing all greay, we really needed something to cheer us up.

We tasted:
Brut Nature
Brut
Brut Reserva Especial
Artemayor (aged on barrel)
Brut Rosé
Rosé Pinot Noir

And since we still had some snow I  put the cavas out to cool. The result was very cool cava indeed, so we used our hands to get the optimal temperature. 🙂

It was a great tasting and so nice to try something new.

 Everyone had the same favourite too, the Artemayor, that is aged 6 months on oak, giving it a nice roundness and flavour of slight toffee, vanilla but still keeping it’s freshness with apple and rasberry notes. And like all the other cavas the Artemayor had a very nice bubble structure too.

A big thank you to Dominion De La Vega for making us able to try these cavas!

 

Looking back at 2012 part two

After May and the fantastic trip we had, it was back to work and at the same time finishing up the book. During the summer we did manage to have some wonderful cava moments and many of them were out sailing.

To finish up the book was very hard work but we made it and at the end of August the book came finally from the printer. And we had a great book release in Uppsala.

We presented some of the producers that we have learned to know, and the guests got information about them and an opportunity to try some great cava available in Sweden.

During the later parts of the summer the cavabook and cava in general was seen in Swedish press.

The spanish wine day in Stockholm took place in the middle of september. I had the opportunity to host a tasting with 35 happy wine lovers. And they got the chance to try cavas from Marques de Monistrol, Juvé y Camps, Mestres and Gramona, everything very happily received by the participants. And I was so glad to be able to talk about cava, and spread the word.

Josep from Mestres came up to visit Alambic, and I hope that we will soon see some of their cavas here in sweden.

Then in October it was time for Cava tast and the presentation of the book in Sant Sadurní!

Cava tast grand opening!Last preparation before the presentation. I was so happy and moved that so many showed up and that people were so involved in my project. It was truly a fantastic experience.  

the girls liked the book!

Then we got ready for cava tast in the evening with wonderful cava and the opportunity to meet this years cava queen. A fantastic evening with our friends!

We were also so extremely lucky to be invited to stay at Raventós i Blanc, and they took so good care of us, so we wish that we could move there! We feel truly honored to have such friends. And of course we hope to be able to come back. 🙂


We cooked on the BBQ outside, almost every day and could enjoy the fantastic cava the house makes. De Nit, the pale rosé made by Ravenós i Blanc is truly one of my favorites. But we managed to try most of their portfolio and I’m very glad that we do get some of their great cavas in Sweden.

 

 

 

 

One day we took a trip in to Barcelona to visit Quim in the Boqueira, and to leave him a book as promised. And I had the chance to have my favorite on the menu; caramelized foi. We just love El Quim and really long for coming back to have lunch again.

The 13th of October Andréas had his birthday and we went to Florian and Veronica at Cal ruget so have some dinner. And they had made it so nice that we could not have wished fore anything better! and they had bought Andréas a cake!

The day after Andréas had to go home and I moved in with my dear friends Rosó and Partic. And we started to visit Colomer where we had a fantastic time!

The big event after Andréas had left was the tasting Recaredo held for the anniversary of Reserva Particular. A fantastic event with old  vintages of exceptional quality.

After the amazing tasting we got equally amazing food in the winery. El Cellar de Can Roca made the food and it was amazing to say the least!

I visited Valformosa on a very sunny morning and had a wonderful tour with Angel, who showed me around. And I also had the chance to try a wide ranch of their great cavas.

 

 

 

Me and my wonderful hosts also visited Marues de Gelida and tried one of their bio cavas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I also went to se Toni at Torelló, on the way towards Gelida. And I really do not understand why I have not visited them before. I had a great time there and Toni showed me the production and told me about the family history which was extremely interesting. Next time I’ll bring Andréas along. 
Toni also showed me a fantastic new press that I had not seen before. A way of filling the press with gas (I don’t remember which one) so the grapes has no way to oxidize. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I came home and started working again, I fond Vilarnau Cava when I was flying from a very small airport in sweden. I was very surprised but very happy! Cava is spreading!

 

 

Then The Swedish book came! And now the work is done. English and Swedish version done and printed, and now will will see what happens.

In november I also found out that I had been picked out  among all swedish wine books this year as the “best wine book in the world (Except france)” in the Gourmand cook book awards, and now I have made it to the final in February. It is me against 4 outer books. So now I cross my fingers!

At the end of the year we needed to get all our books and papers ready for the tax office and to make it a bit more fun we found a Cordon negro in the fridge! Jiipii!

 

 

 

 

And just before christmas I read in the biggest swedish daily paper that Raventós i Blanc’s brut nature was recommended with 6 out of 6 points, which indicates “a bargain” in that papers terms. I was so happy for my friends at Raventós and for all cava lovers!

 

 

 

Then New years eve came and we had a great dinner with our frineds at our house with lots of great cava. A fantastic way to end 2012!

 

I have probably forgot many wonderful things that happend this year. But I have such a mess among my photos, and I do know that many are missing. But I think I got most of it.

 

Now I just want to wish you all a fantastic 2013, and I hope that it will be a great one with a nice harvest and a lot of new chances to explore new cavas and meet new producers and cava lovers!

Happy New Year!!

 

Looking back on 2012 part one

Hope that all of you have had a nice Christmas and a fantastic start to the new year. I know I have.

But this first weekend of 2013 I really feel like looking back on the year that has passed and remember the good things. Because there has been so many! So here I pressent to you my Cava year 2012.

January I was invited by Institut del Cava to learn about pruning. I just love to learn all these things and it was great to visit both old and new friends around Sant Sadurní.

I visited Recaredo and learned about pruning. The brown part is dead… I think it was

Pruning is not as easy as you think because every wine has to be treated differently.

I went to Juvé y Camps and here they were stacking bottled in rima, for the long rest.

 

I also learned how to prune bush wines at the beautiful vine yards of Espiells, among other things.

I also went to Raventós i Blanc for the first time and got a tour of their beautiful vine yards. I was also treated to a wonderful lunch and met Mr Raventós, which was very inspiring indeed.

I of course went to see Eva at Vilarnau to see how things were going. Here I learned about how to check the moisture in the earth.

At Parés Balta I could discuss even more pruning with Joan and Barbara, who also showed me their experiment on some wines, where they had not pruned for three years. It looked very much like something that could have been growing around sleeping beauty.

At Mont Marcal many of the vines were already pruned, and could have a look at the different ways the wines had been treated depending on age and verity. Here a very old Xarel-lo with “pistolas”.

Then i had to go home to cold sweden and try to finish the book. Always nice to be home but it is very cold indeed.

We also had to finish up with some photos for the recipes for the book.

In May we loaded up the car and took our best friends Kajsa and Martin, and drew down to Sant Sadurní, to show them our favorite places.

I promise that the car had doors and a roof most of the time. But Paul the car also needed to have some fun in the warmth.

Beautiful Montserrat!

We tried to do some exercise.

We visited Mestres, which was fantastic, and with a great tour and tasting.

One day  we spent with Ramón at Giró i Giró. A tour of the cellar, and production…

Ramón taught Andréas how to disgorge a bottle of cava, with great result.

The girls were supervising…

Then the boys were in charge of the BBQ, which was truly delicious!

One day we visited Ton at Recaredo and got a chance to check on Turo d’en Mota.

We also met Bru who was working hard as usual.

At Vilarnau, Eva showed me around the lab.

and taught me about pressure and how to count yeast cells.

Back at Juvé y Camps, I got the chance to check up on the vines I pruned in January. They semd to all have survived.

Then we tried a swedish produced wine that we had brought, and compared it to on of the JyC wines. Interesting…

Kajsa and Martin went to Barcelona one day and visited El Quim in the Boqueria, among other things.

We went to Parés Baltà and looked at their bees

Josep showed us the waterfall…

…and we were really happy about that

And we of course tried fantastic wines! And a lot of wine was packed in to the car and we were very happy.

Me and Andréas visited Josi at Llopart, and learned about green pruning

Llopart has wonderfully beautiful wine yards overlooking Sant Sadurní and Montserrat.

I also think that our future dream house is on Llopart property. 🙂 Even though I know that Josi told us that they were thinking about renovating it up them selves to use it.

We visited Mascaró in Vilafranca

Here we tried a lot of nice cava and spirits, but most exiting was a 100% parellada cava from 1994 (I think it was). But some very very nice things came with us back home.

We stayed at our favorite place Cal Ruget of course

Florian and Veronica took us to the saturday market in Vilafranca and we paused to have a glass of refreshment. A very nice day, and so great to spend some more time together.

After some intense days we loaded up the car to go back.

It was a fantastic trip and we are doing it again this year, but under some kind of different forms. We just love to visit new and old friends and every time we learn something new.

To be continued…