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Pieter Ferreira of Graham Beck, South Africa

A bubbly ride in South Africa – meet Pieter Ferreira at Graham Beck

If Champagne has a sibling, it may be méthode cap classique. Specific to South Africa, cap classique employs the same “traditional method” used to make champagne, whereby the second fermentation occurs in bottle. And if South Africa’s méthode cap classique sparkling wine has a ‘godfather’, it’s Pieter “Bubbles” Ferreira, cellarmaster […]

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Landscape with vineyards in Rioja

Rioja allows villages and sub-regions on the label

Traditionally, Rioja is simply Rioja. No vineyards or villages or the like on the label. But in the same way that Rioja wines are exciting and modern today, the rules also evolve. A little while ago, it was allowed to put a vineyard name on the Rioja label. Close on […]

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Britt & Per Karlsson, BKWine

Wine Country China …? | New Brief out, #168 | The Wine Newsletter

First of all, if you have not yet “liked” BKWine Magazine on Facebook, please do it now. Much appreciated! Wine Country China …? Britt is in China this week. One of ten invited international wine experts to judge a wine competition with Chinese wines in the Ningxia region. Britt was […]

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Reviews
Indigena from Pares Balta

Indigena Garnacha 2012, Parés Baltà, Penedès, Catalonia, Spain | Britt’s Wine of the Month

One of our favourites in Penedès is Parés Baltà, an organic and biodynamic estate (certified Demeter), run by the brothers Joan and Josep Cusiné. But the winemakers are their wives, Elena Jiménez and Marta Casas. I fell for this wine, Indigena Garnacha 2012, immediately. It is well built, quite powerful, […]

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Pieter Ferreira of Graham Beck, South Africa

A bubbly ride in South Africa – meet Pieter Ferreira at Graham Beck

If Champagne has a sibling, it may be méthode cap classique. Specific to South Africa, cap classique employs the same “traditional method” used to make champagne, whereby the second fermentation occurs in bottle. And if South Africa’s méthode cap classique sparkling wine has a ‘godfather’, it’s Pieter “Bubbles” Ferreira, cellarmaster […]

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Landscape with vineyards in Rioja

Rioja allows villages and sub-regions on the label

Traditionally, Rioja is simply Rioja. No vineyards or villages or the like on the label. But in the same way that Rioja wines are exciting and modern today, the rules also evolve. A little while ago, it was allowed to put a vineyard name on the Rioja label. Close on […]

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Whole bunches from manual harvest

Small harvest in France but abundant harvest in Burgundy

There is a lot of talk about the very small harvest volume that we will get this year, even here at BKWine Magazine, Record-breaking small wine harvest in France. But in Burgundy they expect to bring in an unusually big harvest! It shows clearly how different weather conditions can be […]

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Bruwer Raats chenin blanc, South Africa

Quality by Design at Raats Family Wines in Stellenbosch

Talking with Bruwer Raats, winemaker in South Africa The ghost of Gaston Huet looms large in the life of Bruwer Raats (pronounced brew-vay rahts) of Raats Family Wines in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Huet, an unbreakable French vigneron, survived a World War II Nazi concentration camp, then walked three days non-stop […]

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Restaurant table with clown

Alcohol consumption has fallen by 10 litres in 10 years (in France)

Over a ten year period households’ alcohol consumption has fallen by 10 litres to today 70.7 litres per household, a decline of 12%, a study made by Kantar Worldpanel shows (12,000 households). In France. People also spend less: the household budget has fallen over one year by 1.70 euros 327.70 […]

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World trade in wine 2000-2012

English wine exports increase sharply, up 21%

English wine has become really trendy, especially sparkling. Now, the wines from the Brexit island are also moving forward in the export market. And maybe it’s exactly Brexit that’s the reason behind it. The pound has fallen (soon at parity with the euro) and English wine has become cheaper in […]

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Domaine de Marcoux vieilles vignes, Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Delicious triplet of Rhône wines from Domaine de Marcoux

Domaine de Marcoux is a family property in the northern part of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In addition to the exclusive chateauneuf wine, they also make côtes du rhône and vin de france, all of very good quality. On September 14, a triplet of Marcoux wines is launched on the Swedish market by […]

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Corvina veronese grapes in Allegrini vineyards in Valpolicella

Italy’s wine harvest prediction: extremely small volume

It is perhaps excessive to call it disaster, but also the Italian harvest (like the French harvest) is expected to be extremely small this year. The Italian oenologist association  predicts that Italy will harvest 41 million hectolitres. This is a decline with 24% (!) compared to 2016 (54 M hl). […]

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Vineyard landscape in Franschhoek, South Africa

Dates for some of next year’s (2018) wine tours

If you are already planning a wine tour for next year (this year is sold out), we can first of all offer you Chile-Argentina and South Africa in the winter. But we also have some of the dates ready for the rest of the year. Here they are: Chile & […]

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The vineyards of Mas de Daumas Gassac

Record-breaking small wine harvest in France

Already today it is quite clear how big the wine harvest will be this year, with quite a lot of certainty. It will be small. The harvest is also very early. In some places it has already begun, the earliest picker started on August 10, but in most wine regions […]

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