Monthly Archives: September 2013

Visiting Ramos Pinto in Porto

GS6A1669Casa Ramos Pinto was founded in 1880 by Adriano Ramos Pinto. Ramos Pinto had their biggest market in Brazil and was in the 20th century responsible for half of the wine export to South America. Ramos Pinto have since 1990 been a part of the Roederer Group. 

GS6A1808A few vintage bottles on display in the lobby.

GS6A1809The lobby room where the wine tasting also takes place.

GS6A1811Behind the customer counter of the old offices that are still standing with the original interior.

GS6A1814A for the time modern lift was used instead of rolling the casks up and down to the cellar.

GS6A1816A cask with the Ramos Pinto logo

GS6A1817A small selection of their vintage collection, this is mostly bottles from the 80’s and is a part of a corking experiment where different types of corks and methods are tested over a long period.


A view down along the casks full of port wine.

Svaneke Blonde


Svaneke brewery is located in Svaneke on the island Bornholm in Denmark. The micro brewery was founded in 2000.

I bought this beer at a local supermarket at the price of 1,1 Euro for a 500ml bottle at ?%.

A solid unfiltered look, light will not pass easily and you get the feeling this should be served with a knife and a fork..

The head is small and a fine structure of fine bubbles lasts throughout drinking the beer.

Aroma comes off with a strong wheat, no fruit to it. A lovely bubbly CO2 and a good wheat finish. Despite the large amount of residue in this beer which could properly save you from eating a meal, it is a good wheat beer.

Overall rating is 81 / 100

Schneider Weisse – Tap 1 – Meine blonde Weisse


Georg I Schneider was the creator of the Schneider Weisse Original recipe, which is still used today. Two-hundred years ago, wheat beer could only be brewed by the Bavarian royal family in their breweries. In 1872, King Ludwig II discontinued brewing wheat beer due to a steady decline in sales.

Georg I Schneider was sold the exclusive right to brew wheat beer. Today, Georg VI Schneider is running the brewery in Kelheim, which the family acquired in 1927 and has remained the Schneider Weisse brewery to this day. It is the oldest wheat beer brewery in Bavaria. Wheat beer has been brewed there without interruption since its founding in the year 1607.

The unfiltered yellow beer fills the glass with a orange or even with red tones, but still it stay mostly with a dull yellow colour. There can be some heavy sediment that flows around in the beer.

The head starts out big and fades slowly, rough in the bottom and fine on the top, perfect!

The aroma gives off a balanced fruit and just gives a hint, not a dominating aroma.

Good fruit in the taste and with a suitable finish, fades slowly. With a little luck you will have the lovely fruit taste going through drinking the beer, between the sips. CO2 is bubbly and suits it well.

Overall rating is 82 / 100






Sierra Nevada – Kellerweis


Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is located in Chico in California, USA. The brewery was founded in 1976 by Ken Grossman. 

Bought in a local wine and beer import store in Denmark. I payed 3,5 Euro for a 12 oz bottle at 4,8%. The price tag is what to expect from a over seas imported special beer.

A well known fruit aroma is also to find in this Weissbier.

Head is rough and quickly disappear with the beer releasing its CO2 in the glass, a very active beer.

Colour is a hazy yellow and it is lacking the glow of a Weissbier.

The taste is good, bubbly, fruit and the finish goes on for a little while.

For a weissbier brewed in America there is little distinction from a regular weissbier. It is fully justified to name it a Hefeweizen despite it being brewed outside of Bayern.

Overall rating 77 / 100



König Ludwig Weissbier Hell


The House of Wittelsbach began the first brewery in 1260. 32 years later, Herzog Rudolf built the castle Kaltenberg, which houses a part of the brewery’s facilities today. The brewery as it exists today was opened in 1870. Prince Luitpold of the House of Wittelsbach, is the great-grandson of the last King of Bavaria, Ludwig III.

500 ml bottle with a strength of 5,5% for 3,3 Euro each.

A good yellow colour with a unfiltered look with red notes.

The head starts out huge with a rough base and a very fine top.

A well fruited aroma with a hint of barley.

The taste is a little too anonymous fruit accompanied with a little too flat CO2. Enjoying the aroma of this I had expected much more from the taste. It is still a good beer.

The bottle cap with the Bayern weapon shield looks good and so does the yellow labels.

Overall rating is 78 / 100