About Åsa Johansson

Åsa Johansson är en av skribenterna på BKWine Magazine. Hon är även den som sköter de flesta av BKWines vinresor i Italien. Åsa bor i Florens sedan många år och arbetar där med resor och journalistik. - - - - - A Swede who went to Tuscany for a year to finish her political science studies and is still there ten years later (need we say, married to an Italian).
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The volcanic lake, Astroni

Campi Flegrei, vineyards and volcanoes outside of Naples

“Be careful, you can burn yourself,” says Gerardo Vernazzaro. I stand on a crater overlooking the sea. From the ground, sulfur smoke rises into the air. The name Campi Flegrei means just burning fields. But I did not think the name was literally true. I quickly move out on the road where a scooter swipes […]

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The sea outside Marsala

Grillo jumps higher in Sicily!

In this case, grillo is neither an Italian politician nor a grasshopper, but a grape from Sicily. From being one of the ingredients in Marsala producers are moving towards a new style of grillo. Come along to the western part of Sicily, where grillo tries to jump higher on its own. BKWine Magazine’s Åsa Johansson […]

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Just harvested Sangiovese at Barone Ricasoli

“Chianti Classico Collection” preview of new vintages

Anteprima of the new vintages of Chianti Classico 2014 and 2015 – but not only – Everyone just wants to talk about Trump it is horrible! Says my American colleague when we meet in Florence. I was just about to ask about Trump but decide to keep quiet. Instead, I focus on the large selection […]

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To Montevertine

Monteraponi and Montevertine, two stars in Radda in Chianti

A lot is happening in one of Europe’s oldest wine regions right now. Chianti Classico wants to take a step forward, and producers Monteraponi and Montevertine are not afraid to take the lead. BKWine Magazine’s Åsa Johansson reports. Monteraponi and Montevertine are two wineries that show how far you can reach quality wise in Chianti […]

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Vineyards on hills in Barolo, Piedmont

Barolo and Brunello on tasting in Switzerland on March 25 and 26

Two of Italy’s giants meet in Switzerland on March 25 and 26. During two days in Lugano, you can taste some of Italy’s most outstanding wines. The concept has already tried and tested in both Montalcino and in Alba but now the time has come to take it abroad for the first time. The successful […]

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Hill slope and village, Etna, Sicily

Sicilian gastronomy: Giuseppe Raciti wins the prestigious contest

Giuseppe Raciti, a thirty year ‘old Sicilian chef recently won the contest for chefs under thirty in southern Italy. The contest took place at Hotel Palace in Mondello, a holiday village just outside Palermo and was organized by the on line magazine Cronache di Gusto. BKWine Magazine’s Asa Johansson caught Giuseppe for a short interview. […]

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Come si mangia l'olio olive oil recipes

Come si mangia l’olio! How to eat olive oil! – A new book

Come si mangia l’olio is the title of a new book published recently in Italy. The book contains recipes from six chefs: Gaetano Simonato (Tano Passami l’Olio, Milan), Vito Mollica (Il Palagio, Firenze), Lino Scarallo (Palazzo Petrucci, Naples), Guido Havercock (La Tavola di Guido, Castellina in Chianti) Oliver Glowig (Ristorante Oliver Glowig, Rome), Pietro Leemann […]

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Pietracolce Archineri, Etna, Sicily

A pioneer on the Etna volcano, Pietradolce in six vintages

One of Etna’s top producers, Pietradolce, had its first ever vertical tasting of the estate’s flagship wine, the Archineri, at the food and wine fair Taormina Gourmet in Sicily. BKWine Magazine’s Asa Johansson was there. In the last few years Etna wines has become the talk of the town and wines from the volcano are […]

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Tenute Silvio Nardi Brunello di Montalcino 2011 | Åsa’s wine of the month

Autumn sneaks up on us. We light a fire to keep warm. Stews simmer in the kitchen. This is a good time to pop the cork in a Brunello di Montalcino. Like for instance the one from Tenute Silvio Nardi. 2011 does not have the same cult status as 2010 but it still shows excellently […]

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Alessandra Piubello

A wine revolution in Italy: Alessandra Piubello, the first woman in the wine guide l’Espresso

In many countries the annual wine guides wield a huge influence over consumers. In France, for example, you have Guide Hachette and Italy you have l’Espresso’s annual wine guide. But this year, there has been a revolution in the Italian guide. The editorial team has been completely replaced, the focus is changed and the first […]

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The Amalfi Coast in Campania

Campania what? An exciting wine region on the Amalfi Coast!

Campania, what’s that? That’s a question that is not unusual when I mention one of Italy’s most interesting – and most underrated – wine regions. I can agree that it is not so easy to keep track of all the Italian regions, wines and grapes. Italy’s big names, Tuscany, Piedmont, Sicily and Veneto take up […]

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The winery and vineyards at Rubinelli Vajol in Valpolicella

Valpolicella Classico Doc Rubinelli Vajol | Åsa’s Wine of the Month

“Alread?” my husband asks and looks bewildered at the empty bottle. That’s how you feel when you open a really classic bottle of Valpolicella. Like this one from a producer called Rubinelli Vajol. Lots of fruit and cherries on the nose. Good acidity low in alcohol, only just over 12%. Very nice indeed. You empty […]

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Barolo vineyards and a hilltop village

Tenuta Vitivinicola Cavallotto, Barolo Bricco Boschis | Åsa’s wine of the Month

“This wine is one of my favourites”, said the professor at Slow Food’s oeno-gastronomic university in Piedmont (*) and pulled out a bottle that said Cavallotto on the label. We had just sat down at the table for lunch in the university’s own restaurant, il ristorante l´Agenzia. I had ordered the only vegetarian course on […]

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Bonavita Faro DOC

Faro DOC 2010, Azienda Agricola Bonavita | Åsa’s Wine of the Month

“I’m glad you like it,” said Giovanni Scarfone from Azienda Agrigola Bonavita. Giovanni has six hectares of Nerello mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio and Nocera in the tiny appellation Faro DOC in Sicily. In total, the appellation has fifteen producers. . The road leading there is less beautiful and our bus driver stops before we arrive. He […]

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View on Pantelleria

Pantelleria. A drop in the Mediterranean

“Are we in Iraq?”, asks a fellow traveller, looking out the car window. “I think it looks like Tunisia,” says another. “Are we in the right place?”, asks number three. Yes, we are in the right place. We are on the island of Pantelleria. A drop of soil of sixteen times eight kilometres and we […]

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Castello di Semivicoli, Abruzzo 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 Abruzzo, my wine of the month, so that he gave me a discount. As mentioned, the wine is made from the grape called pecorino and comes […]

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Rabbit roulade

A new restaurant in Florence: Osteria de l’Ortolano | BKWine Pick

A genuine Italian restaurant in the tourist district in Florence Imagine being at Disneyland. Amidst all Mickey Mouses and Donald Ducks you find our very own national children’s story-teller Astrid Lindgren. She wonders if you want to listen to a story. What would you do? Hanging with the Disney characters, or stop and listen to […]

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Orion, Primitivo di Salento IGT | Åsa’s Wine of the Month

Orion from the Li Veli vineyard is one of my favourite wines from Puglia (Apulia). The wine is made from one hundred percent primitivo that grow on vines pruned in alberello (gobelet or bush vine). A full-bodied wine with plenty of ripe fruit and spicy undertones. The wine is neither flabby nor heavy thanks to […]

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Landscape in Irpinia, Campania

Greco di Tufo from Irpinia, Italy’s forgotten treasure

BKWine’s Asa reports from the “anteprima“, the primeur tasting, in DOCG Greco di Tufo in Campania “The sun always shines in Campania except in Irpinia,” said my friend from Napoli. He seems to be right. Because when I get off the train at Naples Central Station unseasonably warm sun rays heat me up. But the […]

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Vineyards and a village on the slopes of the Etna volcano

Federico II Rex Sicilie, Azienda Agricola Milazzo, bubbly from Sicily | Åsa’s Wine of the Month

This month I have picked something unusual, a sparkling wine from Sicily. Forget for a moment the champagne, the cremants, or the Franciacortas from northern Italy. Azienda Agricola Milazzo defies the hot climate in Sicily and makes some excellent sparkling wines. To get grapes with sufficient acidity they harvest for example the chardonnay (three different […]

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Landscape in Montalcino, Tuscany

Chianti Classico Montecalvi 2009 | Åsa’s Wine of the Month

A lovely Chianti Classico from a small organic wine producer with only 3,5 hectares just outside the village of Greve in Chianti in Tuscany. Azienda Agricola Montecalvi Chianti Classico is made from 90% sangiovese and 10% canaiolo. Canaiolo is a local variety from Tuscany. It is a grape that gives spiciness and a peppery note […]

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Vineyards on the slopes of the Etna volcano

Åsa’s Wine of the Month: Pietradolce, Archineri, Etna Rosso DOC, 2010

On the slopes of Etna you can find a small vineyard, 10 hectares, called Pietradolce. The old vines, between 40 and 80 years old, grow in the black volcanic soil. They produce small yields but of high quality. The grape variety is nerello mascalese, typical for Etna. It gives red wines of light colour but […]

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New rooster and new rules for Chianti Classico

During the launch of the new vintage of Chianti Classico, the “anteprima” or the “primeurs”, in mid-February in Florence the consorzio presented the new design of the black rooster, the gallo nero symbol of Chianti Classico. They also presented the new rules, as of this year, that will apply for Chianti Classico. BKWine’s Åsa Johansson reports. […]

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Sicily leaves traces in the soul. A journey to Sicily’s eastern part.

The biggest island of the Mediterranean, a treasure trove of wine, gastronomy and experiences “Without Sicily Italy leaves no trace in the soul. Sicily is the key to everything”, Goethe is supposed to have said. Sicily surely leaves traces in the soul. It’s not just the food, the wine and the beautiful landscape that hits […]

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Wine and art blend well at the Nittardi winery in Tuscany

Fattoria Nittardi is a wine producer in the heart of the Chianti Classico district in Tuscany. Each year they commission a famous artist to design the label for their Chianti Classico wine, Casanuova di Nittardi. This year’s label, the thirteenth, is made by the Nobel Prize winner in literature Dario Fo. BKWine’s reporter Åsa Johansson […]

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Landscape in Montalcino, Tuscany

Vandals in Montalcino: six vintages of Case Basse destroyed

A dark night in November vandals broke into the wine cellar at the wine producer Case Basse in Montalcino in Tuscany. The hoodlums opened all wine vats. The total production from 2007 to 2012 was destroyed. Some 600 hl are said to have been destroyed. Case Basse is a small vineyard in Montalcino with only […]

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Guido de Santi of Querciabella, Tuscany

Åsa’s Wine of the Month: Batár 2009, IGT Toscana, Querciabella

Åsa’s wine of the month comes from Querciabella, a winery in Tuscany that has been organic since 1988 and biodynamic since 2000. The vineyards are in a superb location in the Chinati Classico region at a good altitude (300-600 m) with a south facing exposure for most of the vineyards. Batár is made from 50% […]

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Franco Marinelli, Azienda Agricola Marinelli, Montecucco, Tuscany

Montecucco, a Tuscan wine region too watch

From Montecucco, a new wine region in southern Tuscany that was just made DOCG Montecucco is one of the “new” wine regions in Tuscany, Italy, that has powerful neighbours to fight for consumer mind share with and has several challenges. But that is making great progress and wines to take note of. BKWine’s reporter in […]

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Tasting the wines at Apulia Wine Identity

Apulia an introduction: not only red wines but also rosé and white

New vintages and old grapes from the heel of Italy: Puglia “Apulia Best Wine” took place on June 12-17 in Apulia, or Puglia, with around 50 wine journalists from twenty different countries invited to taste the new vintages, the primeurs, of the wines made from the local grape varieties: negroamaro, primitivo, and nero di troia. […]

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Map over Montecucco in Tuscany

Montecucco, newcomer with style with two heavy-weight neighbours

A newish Tuscan region gains DOCG and starts to make its mark When talking about the wines of Tuscany it is easy to forget that there are much more than the three big names, Chianti, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and Brunello di Montalcino. That would be a mistake. There are many more exiting wines to […]

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