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Aperitif time, the best time of the day?

L’heure d’apéritif, the best moment of the day? Yes, at least those days when you are allowed an aperitif (which is not every day). Aperitif time is a quiet moment before dinner or mingling with guests before sitting down to dinner. But how do you choose your aperitif? You can, […]

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Sugar or concentrated grape must? What to put in the wine? Why?

The question of chaptalisation versus enrichment with concentrated grape must continue to stir up emotions in southern France. At the Vins IGP congress recently the producers lamented the fact that the state subsidies for enrichment with concentrated grape must has been removed. Chaptalization, meaning enrichment with regular sugar, is much […]

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Debate

Are wine bloggers becoming just a megaphone for marketing budgets?

Wine blogging, as well as on-line (and off-line in print) wine journalism is changing. Are more and more blog articles just promotional pieces published just because the blogger / journalist has been invited to a tasting or been treated to a trip to a wine region? It all started with […]

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Reviews

Castello di Semivicoli, Abbruzzo Pecorino DOC, 2013 | Åsa’s wine of the month

I bought this wine from my butcher. Italian butchers often have an excellent selection of wines. Our butcher, Sergio, was so happy that I chose a pecorino wine from Abbruzzo, my wine of the month, so that he gave me a discount. As mentioned, the wine is made from the […]

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Sugar or concentrated grape must? What to put in the wine? Why?

The question of chaptalisation versus enrichment with concentrated grape must continue to stir up emotions in southern France. At the Vins IGP congress recently the producers lamented the fact that the state subsidies for enrichment with concentrated grape must has been removed. Chaptalization, meaning enrichment with regular sugar, is much […]

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New Brief out, #132: Our new book, chenin blanc, a champagne legend | The Wine Newsletter

The first thing I have to say is that we are very excited. Very excited to soon see our first book in English, on organic and biodynamic and natural wines, on the shelves in book shops. (We have done four in Swedish.) Rumour has it that it should be in […]

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“The Best Wine Books” includes Biodynamic, Organic and Natural Winemaking

We were very excited when we happened to discovered that Sofia Ander had written about our book “Biodynamic, Organic, and Natural Winemaking, Sustainable Viticulture and Viniculture” in her article on the best wine books to read over the summer! To be precise, she wrote about the Swedish edition called Vinet […]

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Everyone has a camcorder on the phone today. Improve your videos dramatically

Not much about wine this time, but still, if you are interested in photography and video… If you have started experimenting with making video with your smart-phone then there is an easy thing you can do to improve the video quality. The technical quality of smart phone videos is today […]

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Barolo and Barbaresco – new UNESCO World Heritage Site

Italian regions of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato, which includes the well-known wine regions of Barolo and Barbaresco, were on June 22 appointed UNESCO World Heritage Site. Congratulations to all the producers we know in the region! And we agree with UNESCO when they say that the region of Langhe Roero and […]

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Where do all the pressed grapes go?

On August 1, it will cease to be mandatory for winemakers in France to deliver their pressed skins to a distillery. This means that growers now have several options for what to do with the skins after pressing. They can either continue to send them to a distillery or they […]

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BKWine’s photography on Rioja in the Australian Wine Companion

It is a particular pleasure when a feature article is fully illustrated with your pictures. It is different from having the odd image used as an illustration. (BKWine Photography provides a lot of wine, food and travel related photography to publications all over the world.) This is what happened recently […]

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Domaine Bousquet, Mendoza, Argentina

The Frenchman who emigrated to Argentina and became leader in organic wines

Jean Bousquet comes from the Languedoc in southern France. He emigrated to Argentina in the 90s and settled in Mendoza. Today he is one of Argentina’s biggest producers of organic wines. Very good wines. When you see the view from his vineyards you can understand why he settled here. We […]

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Sales record for Rioja

227 million litres of wine (2.8 M hl) was sold in 2013, up 4% on 2012. This is an all time high for rioja. Never has so much Rioja been sold. A few years back Rioja was struggling. Decreasing sales. But now Rioja is apparently back, breaking records. Here are […]

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We drink more prosecco than ever

Well, not us personally, but all of us together. Prosecco, the Italian sparkling wine, has record sales. Prosecco is just one of many wines that are made in Veneto, the northern Italian region around Verona and Venice. It is one of Italy’s most productive wine regions. All in all they […]

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