Swedish drinks list from 1968 sent to db6th January, 2014 by Patrick Schmitt
A drinks list from the 60s has been sent to db by a reader in Sweden to highlight the relatively high prices of German wine over 40 years ago.
Following previous stories on thedrinksbusiness.com on historic drinks lists, Åsa W Karlsson, who works part-time as a wine buyer and sommelier in Sweden, sent us a list from 1968 from an importer called Lennart Nauckhoff AB, which was founded in Sweden in 1955 – just after the Systembologet was formed.
Among the differences in drinking tastes of that time, it’s notable that Blue Nun Liebfraumilch is comparatively expensive to Chianti, as was sherry.
Aside from Blue Nun, just a few branded wines feature, with Mellini Chianti, Mateus Rosé, Mercier Champagne and La Ina fino the most prominent names that still exist today.
The list was given to Karlsson by the owner of Dufweholm hotel and restaurant, which contains one of Sweden’s greatest wine collections.
Karlsson told db that Lennart Nauckhoff’s founders have now retired and one of the agent’s leading salesmen, Bror-Erik Berntsson, known as Brickan, died in 2007.
Brickan was also a founder of one of the country’s biggest importers: Sweden Bibendum, which is now owned by Altia, based in Norway.
Click here to see a wine list from 1966 that was found under the floorboards of a UK restaurant just before Christmas, and click here to view a further list dated 21 November 1909 which comes from the back of a dinner menu on the RMS Oruba, which sailed to and from the West Indies.