A light salad is always nice... especially if it comes with some nice protein... today’s improvised lunch at home - grilled Swedish organic beef with red cabbage slaw, broccoli, avocado, cucumber and cherry tomato with a rather spicy Chili, ginger, sesame Asian style dressing. Light digest and healthy served with 2017 Kapuzinerberg Riesling from Zimmerman in Kremstal - stony and flinty nose with great purity, ripe peach, pear, lemongrass and ginger notes, a sleek medium bodied texture with excellent grip, freshness and length. Like a health smoothie for adults... #homecooking #simpleccoking #homecomingishomecooking #beefsalad #riesling #rieslinglover #kremstal #austrianwine #sommelierproblems #sommlife #sommelier #sommelierlifestyle #asisomms #anotherharddayatwork #drinkinmoderation ...

Back at my old HQ... of course slightly biased, however food, wine service and the hotel makes you wanna come back! Apart from these super gems, the 5300 reference list has so much to offer and especially being able to find a plethora of complex mature wines at really reasonable price levels... Salon 95 closed at first but brilliant at last, Krug 95 as majestic as always, overshadowed by 96 performing on the same quality level. Pichler Unendlich 2015 certainly deserves its status as one of the best wines in the world. 1998 Haut Brion Blanc mature and time to drink but still with tremendous power paired with freshness. 2013 Coche Dury Meursault as always a very complete wine, perfect drinkability. A lot of wine geeks called 2003 too hot for white burgundies but the 2003 Valmur from emperor Raveneau proves them utterly wrong. 2010 Chevalier-Montrachet domaine Leflaive, my favourite Grand Cru sort of and a shining example when someone asks “what’s the difference between premier and grand cru”? 2006 Sine qua Non the Raven really impressed, a style sometimes too much in its youth has gained plenty of complexity and nuance. 2001 Mazy Chambertin Rousseau correct but not more, all wines can deceive occasionally. A duo of 98:s did the opposite of deceiving - Masseto super intense with truffle, truffle and truffle, tremendous power and length, and Ben more impressed by Vega Sicilia Unico that in its very personal style excelled more than any other wine tonight. 2005 Screaming Eagle very polished, dense and super long, still needing time to fully open. Some mature Riesling to finish the odyssey - 1959 Eltville Taubenberg - smoky, spicy and perfectly mature still with layers of fruit... another hard day at work. #sommelierproblems #pmhotel #pmochvänner #grandvin #asisomms #sommlife #sommelierlifestyle @maisonchampagnesalon @krugchampagne @fxpichler @chateauhautbrion_ #cochedury #francoisraveneau @domaineleflaive #armandrousseau #sinequanon @massetowinery @vegasiciliavintage #screamingeagle @kloster_eberbach ...

Comfort food at home, a Swedish classic - salted brisket with vegetables cooked in the tasty broth and a horseradish veloutée. A warming autumn dish that I would normally pair with Grüner Veltliner but being in the mood for succulent Pinot I changed my view and grabbed a 2016 Santenay 1er Cru Clos Rousseau from my cave du jour. Remembering the old and charmingly rustic examples from this producer, this is the polar opposite with its pure and glossy perfume brimming with wild berries, pain d’épice and floral notes leading to a super polished palate showing ripe and seemingly sweet fruit, yet being Burgundian earthy and classically dry with good notion of freshness and a very nice length and grip. #homecooking #simplehomecooking #homecomingishomecooking #husmanskost #oxbringa #santenay #santenaypremiercruclosrousseau #camillegiroud #burgundy #pinotnoir #terroir #winelover #winetasting #sommlife #sommelierlifestyle #asisomms #anotherharddayatwork #drinkinmoderation ...

At @zachysauctions anything can happen... #sommelierproblems #francoisraveneau #bouchardpereetfils #chevaliermontrachet #comtelafon #meursaultperrieres #cochedury #meursaultcaillerets #domainegroumier #cortoncharlemagne #fetrimbach #closstehune #domainearmandrousseau #mazychambertin #clossaintjacques #domainemeocamuzet #domainedujac #domaineponsot #lepergoletorte #chateaulatour #chateaumoutonrothschild #chateaucoutet #chateauclimens #seanthackery #anotherharddayatwork #drinkinmoderation ...

Sichuan crusted seared tuna Niçoise an utterly simple and tasty lunch at le Bistro De La Rue du Vigneron. Paired with a splendid 2015 Vaillons 1er Cru showing the classic chalkiness and firmness (in the positive sense of the word), yet with the power and ripeness we saw in 2015, a very vinous texture far from sterile steel only, with fermentation and a few months of ageing on the lees giving breadth and depth. Long, saline and grippy finish... #homecooking #simplehomecooking #homecomingishomecooking #tunanicoise #chablis #chablispremiercru #chablisvaillons #domainewilliamfevre #williamfevrechablis #chardonnay #winelover #winetasting #sommelierproblems #sommlife #sommelierlifestyle #asisomms #sommelier #anotherharddayatwork #drinkinmoderation @williamfevre_chablis ...

As much as I love Italian wine, I drink considerably less of it at home as I don’t cook Italian that often. The remedy is of course to make a humongous lasagne with silly amounts of 24 months Parmesan and the ragoût of healthy coarsely ground brisket that’s braised for hours... however it’s impossible to take nice pictures of Lasagne 🤣 first night 2011 Azelia Margheria is pure Serralunga power with an according to me perfect drinkability (I know we’re supposed to like everything too old but...) the perfect harmony of youthful and elegant red fruit with cherry, rose hip, chocolate praline and the approaching maturity giving truffle, forest floor and spice box with perfectly rounded texture and long lingering finish. Day 2 leftover day! Lasagne is even better and the 2004 Massolino being the last from a case has finally shed its tannin and rigid structure leaving a complex perfume with that cherry liqueur filled praline, truffle and rose petal in abundance. Mature and medium bodied with fine proportions but the last sip showed it’s time to enjoy this today... #simplehomecooking #homecooking #homecomingishomecooking #lasagne #barolo #nebbiolo #azeliabarolo #margheria serralungadalba #massolinobarolo #italianwine #winelover #sommelier #cookingsommelier #sommlife #sommelierlifestyle #asisomms #drinkinmoderation ...

Light summer lunch on the terrace, corn fed French chicken, moist meat and crispy skin with Asian style salad. Once again I’m so impressed about Portugal’s potential for cool climate style wines. Maestro Niepoort has integrated the minerality, freshness, extract, discreet oak and expressive zesty fruit that offers both nuance and drinkability... #lebistrodelarueduvigneron #homecooking #simplecooking #asiancooking #niepoortvinhos #douro #rabigato #malvasia #codega #terroir #portuguesewine #winesofportugal #sommelierproblems #sommlife #sommelierlifestyle #asisomms #winelover #wine #winetasting #anotherharddayatwork #drinkinmoderation ...

There’s nothing like homecoming imbibing the scents of roasted chicken, those grilled côtes des bœufs or those lovely and healthy frites sizzling in duck fat over the fire...#sommelierproblems #latupina #ruegourmande #bordeauxmaville #sommlife #lacuisinehonnete #honestcooking #realffod ...

I was excited! Bollinger releases a new cuvée! Must be a Blanc de Noirs I thought! Indeed it was! Indeed it was a tremendously good one too! Kind of a little brother to the rare and precious Vieilles Vignes Françaises! Price wise certainly a small brother even though the quality is of the highest pedigree! Sourced mainly from Grand Cru Verzenay with a dash of Aÿ and Tauxières this pure Pinot Noir is made up of 50 % 2015 with the rest being reserve wines from magnums down to 2009 of which half was vinified in oak. First impression on the nose was Bollinger! There´s certainly a DNA of this house champagnes with powerful pinot dominating, yet I found more chalkiness and minerality that I normally pick up in BdB, however that´s rather the cooler style of Verzenay speaking. Aromatically red berries, plum with some tropical notes I think of as confit d´abricot with roasted hazelnut and the lovely autolytic notes of fresh brioche and French (yes French butter). Powerful palate with an opulent fruitiness, certainly on the darker fruit spectrum with wild raspberry and promiscuous apricot with a nice creaminess and underlying vibrant acidity. I really like the dryness, a dosage of 7 grams balances it nicely as the finish is perfectly dry and nicely biting, long and powerful! Certainly a style for long ageing but I must confess that I could easily drink tons of this already today! I was asked to summarise this in one word and the best creative word I could come up with was powerful-pinot-perfection! #powerfulpinotperfection #puissantpinotperfection #sommelierproblems #anotherharddayatwork #bollinger #bollingervz15 #blancdenoir #champagne #champagnelover #winelover #pinotnoir @champagne_bollinger ...

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