My New Wine Blog – Grapevine Adventures

Thank you, everyone, who are following me here, I am happy that you take time to read my articles about wine.

On this blog here, I do not write very much anymore. My new blog since some time is Grapevine Adventures at http://www.grapevineadventures.com.

To make it all easier, I have transferred all you who are my followers here to my Grapevine Adventures blog, if you feel that you do not want to follow anymore you can just leave the list. Hope you do not mind me doing this, unfortunately, I cannot keep up with publishing on both sites. Or, just go to my wine blog and sign up to get the latest news.

And I hope you will continue enjoying my wine articles. 🙂

PS. My latest article is about a small winery producing organic wines in Oltrepò Pavese, the land of Metodo Classico Oltrepò Pavese DOCG, DOC Bonarda, as well as Pinot Noir land. Federica and Gianluca are

Read more at:

Tenuta Belvedere – Tradition and Innovation in Oltrepò Pavese

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A presto,

Katarina

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How to “Keep In Touch” & Stand Out Above The Crowd On Linkedin

Social Media Marketing by Mel

There are MANY ways to stand out above the crowd on Linkedin but this blog is just about the “Ways to Keep in Touch” feature.  You know the box at the top right corner of the screen on Linkedin that announces all of your connection’s work anniversaries and new jobs and gives you the option to LIKE, COMMENT, or SKIP?

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Linkedin does a great job of making it easy for you to engage with your connections with this feature but why do you want to look and sound like the rest?  Chances are if you do, then they are more likely to ignore it or just look over the same old same old response.  It may even come across as insincere and who cares.

First of all , remember the real reason you got on Linkedin in the first place….to make connections!  You want to engage with these connections that you’ve made…

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A post about Fuoco Matto – a new restaurant

A post about Fuoco Matto – a new restaurant.

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A post about Fuoco Matto – a new restaurant

Here’s a new post on my website blog:

Fuoco Matto – a touch of Calabria in the heart of Florence

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter in the right column when clicking on the link above and reading the blog article. That way you can get all the latest news. Some new goodies about wine and wine tasting will come soon! Have fun!

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New post about Nobile di Montepulciano on my new website

New post about Nobile di Montepulciano on my new website.

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New post about Nobile di Montepulciano on my new website

For those of you who perhaps have not had a look at my new blog and website yet, just head on over and read my latest post by clicking below:

The Essence of Nobile di Montepulciano: fruity, full-bodied and elegant

Furthermore, I hope you will subscribe to my newsletter while you are reading the post at my new website/blog, so you will get all my wine news. Anyway, hope to see you at the new blog!

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The migration to my new website and blog

The migration to my new website and blog.

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The migration to my new website and blog

For all of you who are following my blog, I have just migrated some days ago to my new website and blog. Therefore, I hope you will continue to read my blog posts there.

Here are three articles published on my new blog:

At Casa Chianti Classico in Tuscany

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3 To-Do’s for a Social Translator

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Un post by guest blogger Nadia Padrin

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Graduation Day – A sign that the Summer has arrived

Graduation Day – A sign that the Summer has arrived.

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Graduation Day – A sign that the Summer has arrived

Here is yet another great blog post from my nephew Tobias Andersson. He is talking about all those traditional ceremonies and festivities that at least back home in Sweden means that the summer school break has arrived. Tobias sent me the text last week, but I was on holiday and only managed to publish it now, so I apologize for some of the events he describes as happening in the future, having already gone by.

At the end of the page you will find an English translation too. As mentioned before my blog will change quite a bit already this week, and soon it will be written directly from my new website and with a new name too. However, I will get back to you with more detailed news. Stay tuned!

Att ta studenten, ett tecken på att sommaren är här

Sitter på balkongen en solig, varm fredag i mitten av juni. I bakgrunden hörs musik och glada rop från alla de studentflak som idag rullar genom staden. Under några timmars tid har torget i Ystad varit fyllt av föräldrar, släkt och vänner som tålmodigt stått och väntat på att deras släkting eller vän ska ”sparkas ut” från gymnasiet. Traditionen i Ystad är som sådan att man den sista dagen på gymnasiet klär upp sig, samlas i sin klass tidigt på morgonen för champagne-frukost och andra aktiviteter tillsammans innan man beger sig till skolan där man länge får stå och vänta i skolans korridorer innan man slutligen får springa ut genom den tunga porten, när man kommer ut får man ett par minuter på sig att sjunga, dansa och på önskat vis fira de det faktum att man nu tagit studenten. Ingen mer skola om man så vill. Traditionen bjuder också till att man åker genom staden på lastbils- eller traktorflak. På kvällen väntar diverse festligheter. Jag var själv med om detta spektakel för sex år sedan. Under de nästkommande åren skulle jag besöka en massa släktingar och vänner som genomgått samma resa. Idag, på dagen sex år efter min egen studentdag, är det dags för ytterligare en kusin.

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Skolavslutning och sommarlov

Förutom att studenterna firas ordentligt så har de absolut flesta grundskolor också sommaravslutning under dagen. Jag själv jobbar på en skola utanför staden och vi hade avslutning idag. Det är en av de största skolorna i kommunen och vi förlägger vår avslutning i skolans sporthall. Det bjuds på tal från rektorn, det bjuds på sång och det bjuds på andra uppträdanden som eleverna vill visa upp. Sporthallen läktare är fyllda av föräldrar. Efter varje uppträdande hörs högljudda applåder. Det stora elevantalet gör att skolan valt att dela upp barnen på två avslutningar. Den första för de yngre barnen och den andra för de äldre. Den andra sittningen avslutas med att personalen sjunger för sexorna som nu lämnar skolan. Personalen bjuder på en vacker version av ”The Rose” av Bette Midler och inte ett öga var torrt varken hos barn eller personal. I personalstyrkan finns några oerhört begåvade musiker, jag är inte en av dem. Den här dagen är det dock ingen vanlig avslutning. Förutom sexorna så ska också fem personer ur personalstyrkan kasta in handduken och gå i pension, däribland den omåttligt populära rektorn. Efter det att barnen gått på ett välförtjänt sommarlov så samlas hela personalstyrkan i skolan restaurang och äter tillsammans och umgås. Rektorn stegar sedan upp och tackar för sig och kallar fram alla anställda på skolan och ger dem varsin present och tackar för ett gott samarbete, många av dem har han jobbar med under flera års tid. Personaltillställningen blir känslosam och det blir både skratt och gråt. Nu går både barn och personal på ledighet och lägger ännu ett läsår till handlingarna, i augusti börjar ännu ett. Då är det mycket som inte är sig likt.

Sommaren är helt enkelt bäst

Jag nämnde innan att jag satt på balkongen och att solen sken. Nu har studenterna åkt hem och det vilar ett lugn över staden. Solens strålar har blivit varmare och himlen har blivit än mer ljusblå. Äntligen har sommaren börjat visa upp sig. På stadens gator ser man människor i både solglasögon och shorts. När sommaren ersätter de lite mer mörka årstiderna känns det som om folk lever upp lite extra. Man känner sig både piggare och gladare. Ännu har det inte blivit varmt nog att bada i havet men snart så. Med sommar kommer också suget efter mjukglass. Idag var det premiär för min del. Nu sitter jag med bar överkropp i solen och njuter. Äntligen har min favoritårstid kommit.

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Nationaldagen

Förra helgen firades Sveriges nationaldag på olika vis på stadens gator, jag själv hade annat för mig men evenemanget verkade uppskattat. Något som var minst lika uppskattat, troligtvis mer till och med, var att den lokala radiokanalen fyllde 20 år. Själva födelsedagen var det väl i och för sig inte så många som brydde sig om, sättet det firades på var det däremot många som pratade om både före och framförallt efteråt. I en av stadens parker riggade man upp en stor scen och satte upp kravallstaket. Under sex timmar uppträdde diverse artister inför en stor publik i alla åldrar. När så pass många människor samlas, i synnerhet i samband med studentveckan när det festas rätt hårt i staden finns en uppenbar risk för bråk och andra tråkigheter. Det var gott om poliser på plats men lyckligtvis så avlöpte hela konserten väldigt smärtfritt. Barn, ungdomar och vuxna umgicks tillsammans och hade trevligt. Hela evenemanget beskrevs som en succé både i folkmun och i lokalpress. I konsertens inledning uppträdde lokala band och discjockeys men i takt med att timmen blev sen så trappades nivån på artister upp, när solen ersatts av måne intog det stora dragplåstret John de Sohn scenen till folkets stora jubel. Discjockeyn som är uppväxt i Ystad men gjort sig ett namn både i Sverige och internationellt var genuint glad att få uppträda på hemmaplan och nämnde detta vid flera tillfällen, till publikens stora glädje.

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Midsommarfirande

Nästa vecka är det midsommar, på med blomsterkransar på huvudet och duka fram tradionell mat på borden. Tradition är också att leka lekar och dansa runt en midsommarstång, en trevlig högtid när man alltid räknar med att sitta utomhus men det slutar oftast med att det blir inne. Att det regnar på midsommar är mer regel än undantag, väderprognosen visar att det troligen inte blir någon ändring i år heller.

Mina fantastiska elever 

När jag satte mig på tåget hem från jobbet idag hade jag med mig en stor papperspåse fylld med presenter från barnen på skolan. En hel del blommor packades också ner. Och så boken och hälsningen från rektorn förstås. Tidigare under veckan fick jag ett brev från åtta elever på skolan, de uttryckte sig tacksamhet över att jag jobbade hos dem. Jag blev så glad att jag ramade in brevet som avslutades med de enkla men kraftfulla orden ”Du är bäst”. När jag satt där på tåget så kände jag en stor glädje och tacksamhet, jag kände att jag jobbar på kommunens bästa skola. Både personal och barn är helt underbara och den dagen jag slutar jobba på skolan kommer att bli en sorglig dag.

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English translation

Graduation Day – A sign that the Summer has arrived

I am sitting at the balcony a sunny, warm Friday in mid-June. In the background you can hear music and happy cries and laughter from all the vans with open sided platforms driving through the town. During a couple of hours the town square in Ystad in front of the secondary school has been crowded with parents, family and friends patiently waiting that their child, relative or friend would be “kicked out” of the secondary school. The tradition in Ystad is such that on the last day of secondary school, on graduation day, you dress up, together with your school class you gather early in the morning for a Champagne breakfast and other activities together before you head towards school to start waiting in the school corridors to finally get to run out of the heavy front door of the school building. Once you are outside on the stairs you have a couple of minutes to together sing, dance and celebrate that you now have graduated from secondary school. No more school if you do not want to. According to tradition you thereafter ride through town on a van or tractor with an open platform singing and cheering. In the evening, you continue to celebrate with family and friends. I went through these festivities myself six years ago. During the following years, I attended a lot of parties of relatives and friends having made the same journey. Today, exactly six years after my own graduation, it was time for yet another cousin to graduate too.

A ceremony before the summer vacation

Apart from the fact that the graduating students are being celebrated, most elementary and compulsory schools are having the breaking up day for the summer on that same day. I am working at a school outside town and we had our breaking up day today too. It is one of the largest schools in the town district and we are celebrating the end of school for the summer break in the sport centre of the school. The principal is holding a speech, the pupils are singing and and doing other kind of performances. The stands in the sport centre are crowded with parents. After every performance you hear loud applauses. The high number of pupils means that the school has divided up the children in two different ceremonies. The first breakup ceremony is for the younger children and the secondo for the older children. The second ceremony ends by the teacher singing for the sixth graders who are leaving the school to continue to senior level of the compulsory school. The teachers and staff are singing a beautiful version of ”The Rose” by Bette Midler and there was not a dry eye among the children or the staff. Among the staff there are some very talented musicians, even though I am not one of them. This day was not any ordinary breaking up day though. Apart from the sixth graders also five people of the staff will retire, and among them the very popular and beloved principal. After the ceremonies the staff gather in the school restaurant and eat together and have fun. Then the principal stand to express his gratitude and give each and every one working at the school a gift as a token of good work together. He has worked together with many of them for several years. There was a lot of emotions and a lot of laughter and tears at the staff lunch. Now it is summer for both the children and the staff and another school year has passed, while in August a new one will begin. A lot will be very different then.

The summer is the best seasons of all

Before I mentioned that I was sitting at the balcony and how the sun was shining. Now the students have gone home and everything is very calm in town. The sun rays are giving off even more heat and the sky is more blue. Summer is finally here. In the streets you see people wearing both sun glasses and shorts. When the summer comes through and replaces the darker seasons it feels like people are becoming a bit more lively and playful. You feel more alert and happier. It is not enough warm yet to take a dip in the sea, but soon… With summer you also feel drawn to the need of eating soft ice cream. Today I had my first soft ice cream of the year. Now I am sitting bare without a shirt and enjoying the sun. Finally my favorite season has arrived.

The national holiday

Last week we were celebrating Sweden’s national holiday along the streets of the town. I had other things to do but the event seem to have been very appreciated. Something else which was just as much appreciated, was that the local radio station celebrated its 20 years anniversary. Not many cared much about the anniversary day in itself, but the way it was celebrated was highly discussed both before and after the event.  They had put up a large stage in one of the parks with riot barriers. A lot of singers and bands were performing in front of a large audience. When so many people gather, especially in connection with the student graduation week you have a lot of hard partying going on with a high risk for rows and other turbulence. A lot of policemen were patrolling the area, but luckily the concert remained pretty calm. Children, teenagers and adults gathered to hang out together and had a wonderful time. The whole event was described as a huge success both by word of mouth and in the local newspapers. Local bands and dj’s were performing in the beginning, but further on they were replaced by more famous singers and groups. At sunset the big name of the evening John de Sohn entered the scene to shouts of joy. The dj who ‘s originally from Ystad but who has become famous both in Sweden and internationally was very happy to be able to perform in his home town and repeated this several times during the evening, to the great joy of the audience.

Midsummer festivities

This week it is midsummer, so one is wearing flower garlands on the head and traditional food is set on the tables. According to tradition you also play and dance around the midsummer pole. This is a wonderful holiday where you always hope to be able to sit outdoors and eat and drink, but often you end up to have to sit indoors. Most often it rains on Midsummer Eve, and according to the weather forecast i twill be rain this year too.

My students are fantastic

When I was sitting on the train today going home from work I had a huge paper bag filled with gifts from the children. A lot of flowers too. And of course the book and the card from the principal. Earlier in the week I got a letter from eight pupils where they expressed how happy they are that I work there at their school. I was so happy that I framed the letter which was ending with the simple but very powerful words “You are the best”. When I was sitting on the train I felt very happy and grateful, I feel that I am working at the best school in the town district. Both the staff and the children are wonderful and the day when I will not be working there anymore will be a very sad day.

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