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Friday 28 June 2013

Article: Top 3 BBQ Wines from USA

US has some of the best BBQ wines and far to little do they receive the attention that they deserve. US has a lot of wine production and many of its selections are amazingly well made. The reputation of US wines are not the best and most people has only heard of Napa Valley in California however in America you can find a vast variety of wines and regions.

Our Top 3 BBQ US wines are:

Nr 1. Line 39 2012 Pinot Noir, Central Coast, California

The 39th parallel, or Line 39, runs through California's North Coast wine region. A medium- to full-bodied wine, the winery's 2012 Pinot Noir is fruit-forward, offering strawberry aromas on the nose and raspberry and cherry flavors in the mouth. It would pair well with dishes like roast pork or grilled salmon.

Nr in Systembolaget: Not available

Cost in Sweden: Not available
Cost in China: Not available
Cost in US: 12 USD

Nr. 2 Ghost Pines 2010 Merlot, North Coast, California

Inspired by the free-form structure of its namesake tree, Ghost Pines bucks the trend toward appellation and vineyard-designate wines. Its 2010 Merlot is sourced from grapes grown in the competing counties of Napa and Sonoma. A well-balanced wine, it displays black cherry flavors and supple tannins that would complement juicy steaks and grilled vegetables.

Nr in Systembolaget: Not available

Cost in Sweden: Not available
Cost in China: Not available
Cost in US: 20 USD

Nr. 3 County Line 2012 Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, California

The fruit-driven 2012 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir aromatically begins with crushed cranberry, dried-rose petal, and wild strawberry aromatics. A lively, juicy, succulent sour cherry palette follows with delicate texture and savory notes. Another sip beckons, perhaps paired with a simple meal of grilled salmon or roasted pork tender-loin with red wine and dried cherry reduction. This is a food-friendly comfort wine that can be enjoyed throughout the seasons.

Nr in Systembolaget: 79113

Cost in Sweden: 261 SEK
Cost in China: Unkown
Cost in US: 20 USD

Written and reviewed by Alexander Yü & Sofie Yü

Monday 24 June 2013

Article: Rolex the Official Wimbledon Timekeeper

Rolex, the world’s leading Swiss watchmaker, is proud to be the Official Timekeeper at the Wimbledon Championships. For over 30 years, Rolex has played an important role in Wimbledon’s history.

The Scoreboard on center court is one of the more recognizable parts of Center Court. The previous dot matrix scoreboards on Wimbledon courts were installed in 1982 and were replaced in 2008 by full LCD screens intended to provide full Hawk-Eye replays to the crowd in the stadium. Both types of scoreboards were made by Rolex with the new LCD one being the first and only digital timepiece made by Rolex.

Rolex has always been considered as one of the worlds leading watch makers and the style is timeless.

Rolex made a limited edition, as they do every year, for Wimbledon and this year is no different.

We are all looking forward to this years play.

Please enjoy with style.

Written by Alexander Yü

Wednesday 19 June 2013

Wine of the Month: Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Chardonnay Vintage 2005

This Champagne is subtle and refined. It has been aged for at least 6 years in Nicolas Feuillattes cellars. Crus selected from those best expressing the most exquisite Chardonnay character.

Appearance: Delicate golden glints and abundant, delicate bubbles.

Nose: White flower notes of hawthorn and acacia accompanied by more subtle citrus fruit, pear and even limeblossom aromas.

Palate: Full on the palate. Lively, fresh and powerful on the attack, with a complex finish of citrus fruits and honey.

As an aperitif, best served at 7 - 8°C.
With food, best served at 10 - 12°C.

Food and wine pairings: 
Aperitif: Pear and foie gras verrines
Starter: Pan-fried scallops and tomato and mango tartare with basil
Main: Turbot and a medley of grape and onions
Dessert: Vanilla and salted butter caramels macaroons

Nr at Systembolaget: 7592
Cost in Sweden: 299 SEK
Cost in China: Apprx 650 RMB
Cost in US: Apprx 45 USD

Wednesday 12 June 2013

Article: Lidingö Rosteri in Sweden

A new trend that has found its way to Sweden and small coffee roasting houses are popping up all over the country.

The general ideas of these “micro coffee roasters” are that a great bean is a good start, but not enough. The roasting process is where the coffee’s flavour is produced. To ensure the freshest, best tasting coffee, the roaster buy their coffee green and daily roast it themselves, in small batches. They roast their beans to provide optimum flavour, which means that they vary their roasting process to bring out the best of each bean.  

The small coffee roasting houses generally focus on providing a range of coffee beans freshly roasted and delivered speedily to the customer. They almost always take beans from around the world and blend them together to produce a range of coffees which take advantage of the unique flavors of the country of origin.

Lidingö Rosteri is a modern Roasting House with top tier machinery from the manufacturer Diedrich. They operate a single pan with a capacity to slowly roast 48 kilograms per hour. In contrast to the advanced technology at Lidingö Rosteri all beans are screened by hand before they are roasted. After the roasting process is over every bean is checked by hand again.
After the chilling process is done the beans are packed in sealed bags which let’s carbon dioxide out but doesn’t let anything in. After a couple of days of rest the flavors are all there.
Of course all coffee produced by Lidingö Rosteri is certified by Fairtrade International and the Rainforest Alliance. 

Clearly Lidingö Rosteri does everything possible to make their coffee the best you have ever tried. After a recent visit Western Taste can only agree. A couple of hours each week the small Roasting House is open to the public and it is well worth a visit. You are first given a small tour of the facilities on Drottvägen 9, Lidingö. Afterwards you can sample a good range of coffee and you are given the opportunity to buy you favorite coffee.
You can find opening hours and resellers at Lidingö Rosteri’s website: 

Written by Kristian Kull