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Marques de Borba, J Portugal Ramos Vinhos

Exclusive finds in the Portuguese wine cellar and Swedish gastronomy

Is it time to re-evaluate Portuguese wines? One can find many rarities in Portugal that can be proudly served at the best tables. Some of the best wines from Portugal combined with some of the best Stockholm has to offer of gastronomy was recently on “the menu” at Frantzén in […]

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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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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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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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What’s on at BKWine Tours. Wine tours on the program (March 2014)

Wine tours currently on the scheduled program for BKWine Tours. Douro Valley, Portugal, 14-18 May 2014 Bordeaux, September 17-21 Douro Valley in Portugal, October 22-26 And soon to come South America with Argentina and Chile, February 2015 South Africa, March 2015 For more information please contact us on email or […]

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Vineyard in winter time

Mild winter may cause problems in the vineyards

The exceptionally mild winter in the Languedoc area can cause problems for the wine producers. A mild winter brings early budding, increasing the risk of damage if frost strikes later in the spring. Right now the vines have about 20 days advance compared to a normal year. It has also […]

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