Travel leads to long days of walking, which then hopefully leads to wine. In Copenhagen, you would be doing yourself a favor to stumble upon Ved Stranden, seeking out specifically isn’t a bad idea either. Regardless of how much time you spend walking around and discovering Denmark’s capital, this place is definitely deserving of your attention. Specializing in Austrian wines, Ved Stranden has a vast selection of interesting things to taste and a knowledgeable staff to help you find your way. Basically, it’s a sure thing.
Speaking of wine, this summer I have receded a bit from my 2011 obsession of rosÃ© and have focused my efforts (mainly) on France’s Loire Valley and the wonderful delights of the Vouvray. The catalyst of this was Kermit Lynch’s book Adventures on the Wine Route (thanks Tony for that, by the way). Being a lover of wine and a neophyte on the subject, I have been doing two things to learn more and develop my palate: 1. focusing on regions and drinking all I can from that area. 2. Reading as much as possible about those specific regions. So far I have focused on northwest Italy, Napa and as I mentioned already, the Loire Valley. So long story short, I don’t know much about Austrian wine, but I was happy to take a little detour (into Austria as it were) and try something new at Ved Stranden. This plan worked out very well if you were wondering.
My visit to Copenhagen was long overdue and the city did not disappoint on any level. I was constantly impressed by the dining and food scene, the people and just the relaxed vibe of the place. If you were considering visiting, get on that. Though I’ve only been once, Copenhagen has very quickly notched up to the top of my list of favorite European cities. And being home to a wine bar as good as Ved Stranden certainly doesn’t hurt it’s place in my heart.