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The wine of the month

 

During the first twenty one days of each month, NJ Wines presents the wine of the month. NJ Wines tastes hundreds of wines every month and among them, the wine of the month is chosen. The criteria that a wine will qualify as the wine of the month is that it has got at least 3,5 NJP in rating and that it stands out both by its quality and its aroma/flavour complexity. The wine shall also be available on the wine market.

May 2024: Château Le Tertre Roteboeuf, 2020 (266 EUR/289 USD, the selling price to restaurants in Sweden) red dry blend wine, Saint Émilion, Libournais (Right Bank), Bordeaux, France, 5,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (100 points of 100 points) (17-05-2024 by Nenad Jelisic)

Château Le Tertre Roteboeuf 2020 is an absolutely fabulous Saint Émilion-wine. It is complex, flavourful, austere and nuanced, and has a fabulous balance between tartaric acidity, sweetness, fruitiness and tannins. Complex, sophisticated and incredibly perfumed aroma of bay leaves, vanilla, Cuban tobacco of the highest quality, ... Read more

News and other things about wine

NEW WINES IN REGULAR ASSORTMENT MARCH 2024 (12-05-2024 by Nenad Jelisic)

NJ Wines has tasted all Systembolaget's new wines in regular assortment March 2024. The wines got the following points (Note that the wines are arranged in alphabetical order, that the wines that have got more than 3,0 NJP, if any, are presented or will be presented under "Make sure to try these wines, wines that have got at least 3,5 NJP of possible 5,0 NJP", that NV = non-vintage wine, that Systembolaget = a government owned chain of all liquor stores in Sweden and that NJ Wines does not taste wines from Boxes, Paper-packaging and PET-bottles because NJ Wines believes that these types of packaging destroy the wonderful wine culture. The Boxes also make people drink much more than they should.):

1. Angeline Vineyards, California, Pinot Noir, 2022 (15 EUR/16 USD in Sweden) red dry wine, USA, 0,5 NJP, 2. Arniston Bay, Rosé, 2023 (8 EUR/8 USD in Sweden) rosé dry wine, South Africa, 1,0 NJP, 3. Basalte du Coiron, Syrah, 2022 (8 EUR/9 USD in Sweden) red dry wine, France, 1,0 NJP, 4. Bogle Family Vineyards, Chardonnay, 2022 (15 EUR/16 USD in Sweden) white dry wine, USA, 2,0 NJP, 5. Campillo, Blanco, 2022 (11 EUR/12 USD in Sweden) white dry wine, Spain, 2,0 NJP, 6. Chavin, Languedoc, Blanc, 2022 (10 EUR/11 USD in Sweden) white dry wine, France, 2,5 NJP, 7. Crazy Cat, Red Blend, 2023 (8 EUR/8 USD in Sweden) red dry blend wine, South Africa, 0,5 NJP, 8. Dulce Marqués, Castaño Monastrell, 2022 (17 EUR/18 USD in Sweden; 375 ml) sweet fortified wine, Spain, 1,0 NJP, 9. Framingham, Sauvignon Blanc, 2022 (10 EUR/11 USD in Sweden) white dry wine, New Zealand, 1,5 NJP, 10. Herdade dos Lagos, Carapeto, 2022 (13 EUR/14 USD in Sweden) red dry blend wine, Portugal, 0,5 NJP.

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PROVINUM CELEBRATES 10 YEARS – THE BEST BIG WINE TASTING EVER (30-03-2024 by Nenad Jelisic)

Wow! What a fabulous wine tasting! The best big (big = wine tasting where wines from many wineries can be tasted) wine tasting ever. NJ Wines has participated in big wine tastings where 10% of the tasted wines got 3,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP (85 points of 100 points). Like for example the wine tastings organized by the world's best wine magazine Decanter in London. NJ Wines has also participated in wine tastings at some exceptional wineries where 100% of the tasted wines got 3,5 NJP or more. As at Enjingi's winery in the Venje appellation in Croatia and Edi Simcic's winery in the Goriška Brda appellation in Slovenia. But NJ Wines has never before participated in any big wine tasting in Sweden and in the rest of the world where over 21% of wines got 3,5 NJP or more. And this happened during Provinum's 10 years anniversary in Stockholm on March 2, 2024. This says a lot about this brilliant wine tasting and Provinum's brilliant wine portfolio. Bravo Provinum!

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SWEDISH BRAND CELEBRATES 25 YEARS (23-02-2024 by Nenad Jelisic)

What a wine tasting! All 183 wines, which were available to taste, 3 Calvados and 1 Armagnac were tasted and rated by NJ Wines. Typically, about 3% of wines that have been tasted during a major wine tasting get 3,5 NJP (out of 5,0 NJP) or more. During wine tasting on the 19 of February 2024, just over 8% of the tasted wines got 3,5 NJP or more. That says a lot about this brilliant wine tasting. Bravo Swedish Brand AB! At the same time, NJ Wines can conclude that Swedish Brand AB's strong point are wines (and a calvados) from France, and this is also reflected by the list of the best of the best presented below. The company's wines from (in alphabetical order) Argentina, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States were also tasted, but they did not reach the same level as wines from France's Bordeaux and Burgundy wine regions.

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Make sure to try these wines, wines that have got at least 3,5 NJP of possible 5,0 NJP

Zenato, Amarone della Valpolicella, Classico, 2019 (43 EUR/46 USD in Sweden) red dry blend wine, Veneto, Italy, 5,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (100 points of 100 points) (15-04-2024 by Nenad Jelisic)

It seems that since the 2017 vintage, which got 3,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (80 points out 100 points), Zenato has started making better and better Amarone wines. The 2018 vintage got 4,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (90 points of 100 points) and now this wonderful 2019 vintage get 5,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (100 points of 100 points). This is great news ... Read more

Argirio, Podernuovo a Palazzone, 2018 (36 EUR/39 USD in Sweden) red dry wine, Tuscany, Italy, 5,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (100 points of 100 points) (21-03-2024 by Nenad Jelisic)

It is extremely difficult to find a good 100% Cabernet Franc-wine. Better to say, it is almost impossible. The Swedish wine importer Solid Wines succeeded in this almost impossible task. And it seems that for Podernuovo a Palazzone's owner and winemaker Giovanni Bulgar is not a big problem to create such a wine. NJ Wines ... Read more

Masi, Costasera, Amarone, Classico, 2018 (31 EUR/33 USD in Sweden) red dry blend wine, Amarone della Valpolicella, Valpolicella, Veneto, Italy, 3,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP (85 points of 100 points) (11-02-2024 by Nenad Jelisic)

The wine's producer declared the vintage of this wine to be exceptional. This can be seen on the upper part of the bottle's label, where it says five stars. I myself have so far, including this vintage, tasted 30 vintages of Masi Costasera Amarone Classico. And thus I can conclude that this vintage is undoubtedly the one with the ... Read more

The world's restaurants

 

The restaurants, which NJ Wines has viisited, tried their food and wines as well as rated food’s quality, food's taste, how the food is presented and looks, wine selection, decor, atmosphere, service and cleanliness, are presented here.

Tuzla's restaurants, Bosnia and Herzegovina (26-12-2022 och 15-02-2024 by Nenad Jelisic)

NJ Wines visited many of Tuzla's restaurants during June and July 2022 and June and July 2023. The restaurants, which were visited, ranged from those specializing in just one dish to those that had a wide selection of dishes and could be opened in any city in Europe. As Bosnia and Herzegovina was occupied by many different empires, mostly by the Ottoman Empire (just over 400 years) and then by the Austro-Hungarian Empire, its food tradition has been greatly influenced by it. Furthermore, Bosnia and Herzegovina consists of three major religions, Muslims, Orthodox and Catholics, each of which has its own food traditions. All this makes Bosnia and Herzegovina a unique culinary place when it comes to food. And therefore, if you get the opportunity, you should definitely visit and try different cuisines in some of Bosnia and Herzegovina's cities such as Banja Luka, Mostar, Sarajevo or Tuzla. Also, people in Bosnia and Herzegovina are very nice and helpful.

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Ekstedt, Stockholm, Sweden, 2,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP (17-10-2020 by Nenad Jelisic)

 

Restaurant Ekstedt was the fourth restaurant in a row in Stockholm that NJ Wines visited and rated. Restaurant Ekstedt is owned by one of Sweden's most successful and influential chefs, Niklas Ekstedt, who became known through the cooking program Niklas Food on Swedish Television in 2005. After internships at several very famous chefs such as Charlie Trotter, Heston Blumenthal and Ferran Adrià, Niklas started in 2000, only 21 years old, his first restaurant, restaurant Niklas in Helsingborg in Sweden. From 2003, he also ran the restaurant Niklas Viken in the coastal community Viken north of Helsingborg. In 2007, Niklas opened the restaurant 1900 in Stockholm and with the move, the restaurants in Skåne were closed. In 2011, he opened the restaurant Ekstedt, which got a star in the prestigious Michelin guide in 2013 and has been retained it since then. A few years later, the restaurant 1900 was changed its name to Restaurant Niklas and then it was closed in 2017 when Niklas decided that he had to focus on his new restaurant (wine café) Tyge & Sessil and the restaurant Ekstedt. Since the beginning of 2018, Niklas owns restaurant Hillenberg in Stockholm. During 2018, Niklas was part of the cooking program "Four Hands Menu" and "New Scandinavian Cooking". He has also published seven cookbooks: Niklas cookbook (2004), Niklas in the middle of the week (2006), Niklas tastes (2008), Niklas Home cooked Swedish food (2011), Grill with Niklas (2013), Ekstedt over open fire: recipe for the analog kitchen (2017) and Niklas Christmas (2018). In addition to these seven cookbooks, he managed to write three more cookbooks with Henrik Ennart: Happy food: About how food and happiness are connected (2017), The blue food (2018) and Happy food 2.0: About how the meal and happiness go together (2018 ) and a cookbook together with Christian Daun: My child eats everything (2017). Niklas really has to like his profession a lot otherwise he would never succeed to do all this in just 41 years.

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The Veranda, Grand Hôtel, Stockholm, Sweden, 4,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP (23-11-2019 by Nenad Jelisic)

 

There are not so many restaurants in the world that are located in a capital city and have such a fabulous view as this restaurant and the restaurant's big brother the Cadier Bar, which is on the opposite side of it. The view of the Royal Palace, the Old Town and the boats on Stockholm's current. Both restaurants are located in Sweden's most exclusive and very beautiful Grand Hôtel in Stockholm. While the Cadier Bar, which is named after Régis Cadier (French chef and hotel founder), is a restaurant where one comes mainly to be seen, and drink champagne, cocktail or beer, The Veranda is a restaurant where you come to eat good food and drink good wines. In the Cadier Bar, one can also order good food, the food comes from the same kitchen that makes food for the Veranda. During all years, which I have been visited the Cadier Bar, it has seemed that the visitors of the Cadier Bar are there to drink something or to take something that fits well with champagne or coffee. In addition to these two restaurants, the hotel has two restaurants of renowned Swedish chef Mathias Dahlgren: Matbaren (see my article from 05-11-2017) and Rutabaga.

 

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Everything you need to know about Mâconnais (21-06-2024 by Nenad Jelisic)

The text excerpts from NJ Wines' extensive wine dictionary are presented here. The text excerpts will be changed one to four times a month. You can read about exciting wines, appellations, wine districts, wine regions, etc. by clicking above on the "Wine glossary and wine facts".

Mâconnais, a French wine district that belongs to the Burgundy wine region. Mâconnais consists of three regional appellations: Mâcon, Mâcon followed by the name of the municipality (Village) and Mâcon-Villages, and 5 Village-appellations: Pouilly-Fuissé (758 ha), Pouilly-Loche (34 ha), Pouilly-Vinzellees (61 ha), Saint-Véran (743 ha) and Viré-Clessé (437 ha). The wine district has about 7,000 ha planted with grapes and 94% of these produce white wines. The majority of white wines are labelled as Mâcon-Villages with the municipality's name and Mâcon with the municipality's name. Mâconnais is dominated by 13 large cooperatives. The 3 largest are: Lugny, which owns 1,750 ha, Prissé, which owns 950 ha, and Viré, which owns 320 ha. The overwhelming majority of the Mâconnais-wines should be drunk before they reach 3 years old.

Mâconnais grapes, dominate Chardonnay (80%) and Gamay, Pinot Noir, Aligoté and Pinot Blanc are also grown.

Mâconnais soils, three types of soils dominate: clay with lime rich soil, clayey flinty sand that is often mixed with sandstone and silty soil.

Mâcon-Villages, a French appellation that belongs to the Mâconnais wine district, which in turn belongs to the wine region of Burgundy. Mâcon-Villages has 3,768 ha planted with grapes, and has no Premier Cru-vineyards and Grand Cru-vineyards. The appellation consists of three appellations: Mâcon (78 ha), Mâcon followed by the name of the municipality (village) (1,647 ha) and Mâcon-Villages (2,043 ha). 27 municipalities (villages) have the right to write their name on the label behind Mâcon. Both the permitted and the average yield is 60 hl/ha. The most concentrated and buttery wines with hints of honey and peaches come from the south parts of the appellation; Fuissé, Loché, Pierreclos and Solutré. The wines from here are aged on yeast sediment in stainless steel tanks and partly in 300 to 500 litres oak barrels, partly new, a few months. 225 litres oak barrels (barrique) are rarely used.

 

Mâcon-Villages grapes, Chardonnay.

Mâcon-Villages soils, three types of soils dominate: clay with lime rich soil, clayey flinty sand that is often mixed with sandstone and silty soil.

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