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Richard "the nose" Paterson, Dalmore

Unique “vintage” whisky with age: Dalmore Constellation Collection

Exclusive distillate at exclusive prices Among the most exclusive of whiskies is the Dalmore Constellation Collection. It is a series of vintage whiskies created by the legendary Master Blender Richard “The Nose” Paterson. The entire collection contains 21 different whiskies back to 1964, priced from about 2000 euro to some […]

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Are old vines always better?

At what age is a vine at its best? When visiting wineries in New World countries you are sometimes surprised. The wine producers there talk about replanting a vineyard after only 20 years. It is considered old. While in France and elsewhere in Europe wine growers speak proudly of their […]

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Debate

Selling wine in supermarkets, something to be ashamed of?

Often we hear wine producers in France saying, not without a certain pride in their voice that their wine is certainly not sold in supermarkets (grande surfaces). I wonder why this would be so terrible. Today’s supermarkets often have as a minimum a very decent selection of wines and sometimes […]

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Two pinot noirs, copyright U Bengtsson

A Pinot Noir Shootout | Ulf’s Wine(s) of the Month

Two pinots, both alike in dignity, in fair new world, where we lay our scene… A few months ago I accidentally stumbled upon a wine blog pointing to New Zealandian 2011 Schubert Marion’s Vineyard Pinot Noir as wine of the year. Almost simultaneously I got a newsletter from a wine […]

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Are old vines always better?

At what age is a vine at its best? When visiting wineries in New World countries you are sometimes surprised. The wine producers there talk about replanting a vineyard after only 20 years. It is considered old. While in France and elsewhere in Europe wine growers speak proudly of their […]

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Spraying with helicopter

Copper, less dangerous than we think? Or not?

At the end of May, the EU Commission will decide whether to keep the present levels of copper permitted for organic growers or if the levels should be reduced. Currently, organic growers are allowed to use a maximum of six kilograms of copper per year and per hectare. Or more […]

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A few good wines we would have liked to have shared with you…

This month, under the heading “Uncorked”, we focus on some gems that we found in the wine cellar. A mixed bag of: Bordeaux (Domaine de Chevalier…) Penedes (Mas La Plana) Chateauneuf-du-Pape California (Ridge) Côte Rôtie Burgundy… Some inspiration for more wine discoveries! As well as a perspective on what to […]

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Save the old (unknown?) grape varieties

There are several hundred grape varieties that can be used by winemakers in different countries. But the major well known varieties are very dominant. 30 varieties account for about 70% of world wine production. The many lesser known grapes have to be content with sometimes only a few hectares. Is […]

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Sales of organic wines (in Sweden)

The sales of organic products at the Swedish state alcohol monopoly are targeted to be 10% of total sales by 2020. That is the target set by the Swedish state (i.e. the owner). Organic wine best-sellers today are, not surprisingly, four bag in boxes: Gosa Monastrell from Spain with 1,5 […]

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Corvina veronese grapes ready for harvest in Valpolicella (amarone)

A new source for independent info on amarone and Valpolicella wines

Amarone in particular and Valpolicella wines more broadly has seen a tremendous success in recent decades. Talking about a renaissance is understating it. The powerful, intense amarones and the elegant and stylish Valpolicella wines have joined the ranks of the world’s most famous wines. A new web site, Terroir Amarone, […]

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Francois Lurton, a successful winemaker all over the world but with roots in Bordeaux

The Lurtons is a great wine family in Bordeaux. François is from the younger generation and started his career in Bordeaux but has since achieved great success worldwide. He has achieved fame with some great value volume wines e.g. Les Fumées Blanches (one of the most popular wines in Sweden). […]

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Saved by the bell? (Or by the copper in the vineyard?)

No, more likely by copper. Many organic growers survive thanks to the permission they have to spray with copper against the severe fungal disease mildiou. This applies not least to the organic growers in Burgundy where the weather can be both cool and rainy. Currently, organic producers in Europe are […]

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Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Bordeaux chateaux for sale. Want to become a chatelain?

There are about 7000 chateaux in Bordeaux. It is estimated that between 300 and 400 of these are for sale. In addition, it is believed that even more chateaux will appear on the market in a few years because many producers reach retirement age without any obvious successor. According to […]

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Slowdown for number of organic producers in Burgundy

The number of organic winemakers in France continues to increase although the increase has been somewhat slower after 2012, at least in Burgundy. The reason is perhaps the last years’ severe weather. But just as likely an explanation is that the conversion rate has now entered a more normal pace. […]

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