A Midsummer Eve’s Dream


For a few minutes the almost religious urge for sunshine on midsummer is threatened, but the raining disappears quickly. For the rest of the day the sun is on our side. Sweden and Midsummer. Pagan rituals adapted for the modern citizen. Culinary delicacies from the sea. BBQ in the evening. Wine theme? Greece.

A Midsummer medley

No Midsummer without strawberries

No Midsummer without strawberries!

Many islands in the archipelago can only be reached by boat.

Xinomavro with some maturity to it. Kir-Yianni’s 2007 Ramnista from the Naoussa appellation is a fine glass with dark red color, spicy cedar notes, dark cherries, tobacco, licorice, humus and leather. Modern nose but still an individual style. On the palate it shows sweet dark plums, a good amount of tannins which are a bit dry, dried fruits, humus and leather. Long finish. 13 euros. I’d love to drink this again. (87-88 p)

Here boy, have some water.

Rumpsteak on the grill, in thick slices. Just a few minutes, then sea salt afterwards. So tender. To accompany the steak – a 2007 Nostos Syrah from the Rhone ranger of Crete, Manousakis. This is a real beauty, not only with the meat but also on its own. Have I had a better Greek Syrah? Kokkalis is an excellent glass but I wonder if this isn’t a step up, more Hermitage to this one for sure. Dark, dark color. Warm rocks, plums and blackberries, black pepper, thyme, roasted hazelnuts and just a hint of oak. Restrained bouquet suggesting some further years of cellaring could be an idea. Impressive taste, a real mouth-fill, yet elegant. Sweet-root, dark cherries and plums, loads of fruit, massive tannins and long, intense clean finish. Some herbal notes, smoke and toasted oak. Guess who’s consulting? Laurence Feraud at Domaine de Pegau. 22,50 euros. If you’re into Syrah and Northern Rhone, you have to try Manousakis. It’s from Greece, it’s from Crete and a real kick-ass wine! (91-92 p)

There’s nothing like a Swedish summer. It’s beautiful and filled with colors. But sadly….it’s way too short.

Oh my. This is what I love about wine and what I hope others will try as well. Gentilini has received a post before, for their just as amazing Mavrodaphne, Eclipse. This is Robola, a little heard of-grape. 2010 Robola of Cephalonia. More than 50 years old vines grown on 800 meters above sea level. On Cephalonia. Big expressive nose with youthful aromas of yellow fruits; kumquats, lime and apricots, summer flowers and lots of mineral feel. It’s cool, elegant and love at first sniff. Lots of character. never intrusive. On the palate it’s mineral driven with lime peel, kumquats, floral notes and impeccable balance. Long clean finish. Think Viognier meets Sauvignon Blanc. Probably better with a year in the cellar but so difficult to say no to. (90-91 p)

Sunset on Midsummer eve starts at 22:08 PM.