Monthly Archives: August 2013

Review: Cavakungen (the cava king)

Last year was quite special when it comes to books being written about Cava. Not only did my book Cava Sparkling happiness come out (which was of course very special for me), but the first ever crime novel about Cava came out too. This is quite special, and as a Cava lover I was absolutely thrilled!!

Cavakungen (The Cava King), is written in Swedish (sorry all non swedes), by the champagne expert Kåre Halldén. This is Kåre´s fourth book, having written two fact based books about champagne and one crime novel. With the first crime novel he has started a series he calls “wine crime”. The first wine crime book is called the Champagne fürer, and is set in Epernay and the champagne producing circles. A very well researched book that tells a good story.

cavakungen utan bakgrundThe Cava king that is number two in the series, is set in Sant Sadurni d’Anoia, and tells the story about two Cava producing families that dominate the sparkling wine scene with their products. One on the export market and one on the internal market….. rings a bell?
The unspoken “war” between these families are shaken when the French, champagne making, heroine (from the previous book) moves in to Sant Sadurni and starats making Cava. She comes a cross a terrible seceret that the families hide to save their production and people soon starts to end up dead.

After all my trips in the region, I do recognise many things in the book, as where the Cava orders house is situated on the way to Gelida, the road up to Espiells and not to forget the old broken oak outside Raventós i Blanc, where the book takes its start.

I love the fact that the book is set in Penedés, and that I almost feel like I’m there when reading it, but I cant help to think that many of the characters in the book are inspired by the people I have learned to know and call my friends, and this leaves an unease in me. I know it is silly, the book is of course all fiction, but it will be interesting to hear what the friends say when I see them soon.

I can really recommend Cavakungen if you master the Swedish language, and if you don’t you can always hope that it will be translated in to English. It is easy to read, gives a good idea about what Penedés looks like while telling a well scripted murder story.
But when you read it please do me a favour and keep in mind that all producers and people in the Anoia valley are among the kindest and most warm hearted I have ever met!

You can buy Cavakungen through both normal book shops in Sweden and through the big web shops. Happy reading!

What about Mondays?

There is something special about Mondays.
It is like the circle has done a turn and we are all starting anew.

While many of my colleaugs at work seem to focus on what they have done during the weekend and feeling abit anoyd that they can not controll their own time anymore, when back at work, I’m having other feelings compleately.

On Monday morning my brain seem to go into a very special mood.
Often I wake up with the feeling that I’m in no hurry, and while I get dressed, make my tea and have my mornig snack, my brain start to wonder off. All the way down to work (which is a one hour drive), my mind drifts from one subject to the other and I often find myself outside work not really recalling the drive down.

måndagarThe “mind drifting” continues at work where tasks and plans for the week (workwise)get interupted by thoughs concerning, my life, my future, the people I love, and so on. And all of this in a very strangely mixed way of feelings wanting to be creative but still structured. And I think we all agree that trying to be structured usually kills the creativity.

And so my mind continues to wander, sometimes sticking to something for a while and then beeing interupted by a coleauge coming by needing to comunicate something very important. And then again drifting off in thoughts about how the new book should be sectioned, how much I’d like to just sit and just nit, trimming the dog, trying to find new nice restaurants in Stockholm serving cava, the need to call my dad and see how the weekend was, seting up dinnerplans with my friends that just had their first baby, planing that rosé tasting I have been thinking about for so long, when to write those “to-do”-lists to actually get anything done, continue to do those changes to the website, just wanting to go for a walk, why I never find the time to read etc. etc.

And so it goes on until Tuesday when everything usually goes back to normal, and I have more control over my brain activities.
I can’t help to wonder why my Mondays are like this and what triggers it. But I have learned not to get to frustrated, and nowadays I see it more like a healthy stream of consciousness that my mind clearly needs to get out. There is nothing I can do about it anyway it seems.

It’s strange and maybe I should just skip my Mondays just staing in bed.

Search for Cava in the archipelago a.k.a vacation

We have been off line for a while… well not really, because I have occasionally done some tweeting and face-booking. But on the blog from there has been quiet.
The once of you who follow me on a regular basis knows that the blogging always goes in to high gear during our trips to Penedés, but on a boat it is a bit more tricky.

Anyway. We have had a lovely time ans although we stuffed the small boat with as much cava as we could, we looked for our favourite bubbles in every port where they had a restaurant or bar. And I must say that we did pretty good. So I though I’d tell you what we brought and where you can find cava in Stockholm’s archipelago if you don’t want to bring your own. IMG_0001

One evening we brought Vilarnau’s special barrica Cava Glop! to our dear Friends S and N, and had a wonderful dinner with old friends of the family L and H. We all love bubbles and L loved Vilarnau’s barrica so much that she refused to drink any other bubbles for the rest of the eventing. 🙂IMG_0011

At Arhoma, the north most island in Stockholm’s archipelago, we found more Vilarnau, but this time at the local harbour restaurant. So we had a glass for lunch of course.

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IMG_0004After some days of sailing is is nice to come a shore in the afternoon and enjoy some cava and relax before cooking dinner, and so we did quite often. Here with Castell Sant Antoni’s barricca. I’m sure that you have realised that I’m a big barrica fan. Castell Sant Antoni produces only about 40 000 bottles a year and their Cavas are absolute superb. Try them if you have a chance.

IMG_0023We of course also brought one of our long time favourites, Milesimé from Juvé y Camps. And I’m sad to say that it was our last bottle from the cellar, and it breaks my heart.
We did get the bright idea to saber it on the boat, and so I did with our only knife on board.

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When we had turned towards Stockholm again, we came in to post one afternoon, at Grinda. The sun was shining from a clear sky and it was 28 C. And to our happy surprise we found that the harbour restaurant had Mont Marcal to offer! It was last year we saw our friends at Mont Marcall, so it was great to try their bubbles again. And of course they were as good and crisp as we remember.

In general we had a absolutely wonderful vacation and it was great to see that even the outposts in the archipelago have realised that Cava is the way to go. Here and there they pop up, and these I have presented are only two places. I’m sure there are more, you just have to go and have a look yourself.