About Britt Karlsson

Maker of World's Top Wine Tours. On WBI's Power List of wine journalists. Wine Profile of the Year 2011. We've been named World's Top Wine Tours by Travel + Leisure Magazine. We've written a wine book that won the award World's Best Wine Book for Professionals and another that's been awarded Best Wine Book in Sweden for Professionals. We had (probably) the first web site on wine in Scandinavia in 1996. We publish one of the most read independent wine newsletters on wine. And lots of other things we're proud of too.
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Flowers in the vineyards in Limoux

Limoux, a different part of the Languedoc

When you think of Languedoc you probably think warm, sunny days and rich full-bodied wines made from grapes like grenache and carignan. But the reality is more varied than that. In the 1970s the growers started to plant the Chenin Blanc in Limoux, in the south-western part of the Languedoc. The idea was that chenin […]

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Vineyards protected with a net against hail, Zuccardi, Mendoza, Argentina

Protection against hail in Burgundy and Argentina

In Mendoza in Argentina they have nets to protect the vines against hail. In Burgundy they prefer to launch silver nitrate rockets in to the clouds. The effect is that the hail grains become smaller and fall more slowly to the ground. Hopefully. This is not a system that works all the time. But obviously […]

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Movia Sivi Ambra Pinot Grigio 2011, Brda, Slovenia

Pinot Grigio, still trendy

Pinot Grigio in Italy does not have many similarities with Pinot Gris in Alsace. It is not only the name that is different, but also the style and, not least, the popularity. Pinot Grigio has increased enormously its acreage in Italy since 2010. Right now there are about 25 000 hectares (the whole of France […]

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Chardonnay vines in the spring in vineyards in Chablis

A few notes on Domaine Alexandre in Chablis

We recently had the opportunity to taste the range of wines from Domaine Alexandre in Chablis (they have just been launched by one of the Swedish internet wine merchants), and we quite liked them. The property is in the small village of La Chapelle-Vaupelteigne just north of Chablis itself. It is Olivier Alexandre and his […]

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Country road and vineyards in Languedoc

Andreas Larsson raises confidence in Languedoc

There is a shortage of cheap French wine, which means that some supermarket chains in France are importing Spanish table wine. This has led to criminal actions by some militant winemakers in the Languedoc. But it has also led to more serious measures. The producers’ association in Languedoc, the CIVL, has decided to raise the […]

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Chateau Thieuley, Entre-deux-Mers, Bordeaux

Cru Artisan: small chateaux in Médoc

Cru artisan in the Médoc has made a comeback. This year, a new regulatory framework will be published. The cru artisan classification existed in the Médoc already in the 1800s. At the time it was small estates where the owner himself was the winemaker. In order to support the family he often also had another […]

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Selected yeasts "XR grand rouge"

Cultivated natural yeast?

Yeast, cultivated or natural, is something that a lot of people feel strongly about. Both consumers and producers. Although the vast majority of producers use cultivated yeast, the “natural” yeast enthusiasts have been so convincing, or overwhelming, that some wine consumers today mistakenly believe that natural yeast is the only true path to quality. “Natural” […]

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Air-plane at the airport in Dubrovnik

Have a glass of bubbly while waiting for your flight

It varies pretty much how fun it is to spend a few hours at an airport. Now it has become a bit more pleasant at Fiumicino Rome and Milan Malpensa, at least for those who like sparkling wines. The family Lunelli, who runs the company Ferrari, has recently opened a wine bar, Ferrari Spazio Bollicine, […]

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Cahors Appellation Controlee

French food and wine with geographic origin: 94% of wine

In France there is a variety of food products that are sold with a geographical origin. Among these products wine is the leader. 94% of all French wine is labelled SIQO, which stands for signe d’identification de la qualité et de l’origine, which means designation of quality and origin. There are two SIQO for wine: […]

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Domaine du Moulin, Gaillac Cuvée Speciale 2015 – now with malolactic fermentation

In November we tasted new wines from Domaine du Moulin in Gaillac. It was a barrel sample taken before the malolactic fermentation (read our comments here). We have now tasted the same wine, still a barrel sample, but with the malolactic fermentation in barrel completed. Was there a difference? Absolutely. The acidity was still quite […]

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Chateau Brane Cantenac corks

Amorim launches NDtech, a new and innovative TCA-free natural cork

Portuguese company Amorim is the world’s largest producer of natural cork for sealing wine bottles. The company works since many years with advanced technology to minimize the risk of cork taint. Cork taint, which makes the wine smell of mouldy cardboard boxes, is due to a chemical component called TCA (2,4,6 Trichloroanisole). Cork taint has […]

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Fernand Vaquer 1988 from Domaine Vaquer, Roussillon

Fernand Vaquer 1988, Domaine Vaquer, Vin de Pays Catalan, Roussillon | Britt’s Wine of the Month

Fantastic wine. Delicious, very elegant but still quite full-bodied. Age has given it a silky texture and some aromas of leather and dried fruit. It has aged very well. The grapes are 80% Carignan and 20% Grenache. Which shows, if somebody still doubts it, that wines from Carignan can be amazing wines to age. The […]

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Bjork, Swedish birch aperitif

Björk, an unusual Swedish aperitif – from birch trees

How does the sap from a birch tree taste? Maybe not something you have thought about. Even less considered drinking. But you can drink it and especially if it is served in the form of an alcoholic drink. David Hassan, a Scotsman in the region of Härjedalen in northern Sweden had an idea that he […]

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Equestrian statue

Swedish wine wins silver medals in the International Wine Challenge

Vingården i Klagshamn, a winery in southern Sweden has done it again. It has won medals in an international wine competition. This time it was the prestigious International Wine Challenge in London. The winery in Klagshamn won silver medals for its two white wines, Incognito 2015 and EGO 3. Both wines are made with the […]

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Sparkling wine bottles in a cooling bath

The new sparkling Clàssic Penedès, the world’s first 100% organic appellation

Clàssic Penedès is a sparkling wine from Catalonia in northern Spain. Sparkling wine has been made under the appellation DO Penedès for quite some time. But in 2014 the rules for Clàssic Penedès were revised and it was launched as a new appellation under its new name. One of the new requirements is that the […]

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Sunset over an ice covered Riddarfjarden Stadshuset the Town Hall

Brasserie Makalös in Stockholm | restaurant review

If you want French atmosphere in Stockholm, go to Brasserie Makalös, a stone’s throw from Kungsträdgården in the city centre. Here the waiters speaks Swedish with a French accent (you can speak French with them if you prefer) and the menu includes French classics like boeuf bourguignon, onion soup, grilled entrecote, snails with garlic butter, […]

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Experimental Commandaria from the Ministry of Agriculture

The legendary crusaders’ wine from Cyprus | Britt on Forbes

Few wines can truly be called legendary. But if the history goes back to 1191 with King Richard Lionheart on crusade then it must be in one of the better positions to claim that title. Commandaria from Cyprus is a sweet wine made from two local grape varieties mavro and  xynisteri. It is a lusciously […]

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The modern winery at Bodegas Baigorri

The Short History of Spain Since 1986

Spain joined the EU in 1986. Large investments followed, also in the wine industry. New vineyards were planted, new wines were created, and producers began to charge higher prices for their wines. New and sometimes spectacularly designed wine cellars were built. In 2006 Spain exported twice as much wine as they did in 1995. The […]

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Biodynamic Wine by Monty Waldin – cover

Biodynamic Wine by Monty Waldin | book review

For those of you who really want to know how a biodynamic wine producer work in the vineyard, and also in the cellar, this book is indispensable. Monty Waldin is a specialist. He believes in biodynamic agriculture and although you, as a reader, may doubt some of the things he write, there is no denying […]

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A glass of sweet wine for dessert

Residual sugar is for Dummies? The Sweet Wine Lovers’ Manifesto

Should you feel ashamed if you prefer some sweetness in your wines? No, says American Tim Hanni, Master of Wine. He has written a book on the subject, “The Sweet Wine Lovers’ Manifesto”. In the book, he complains about what he calls “the dry wine fashionistas who dismiss sweet wine lovers as ‘beginners’ who will […]

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The Gigondas village, Rhone

New village appellations in the southern Rhone Valley

For most wine producers in France, it is important to be able to sell their wines with a so well defined geographical origin as possible. Some districts struggle for many years to be promoted in the appellation hierarchy. On November 16, three villages in the southern Rhone Valley succeeded. Sainte-Cécile, Vaison-la-Romaine and Suze-la-Rousse …were all […]

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Australian wines on their way out of the 10 year crisis

The last 10 years have been tough on the Australian wine industry. Lack of water has put many wine growers out of business. Almost 30 000 hectares of vines have been abandoned since 2006. A strong currency made export harder and Australian consumers got a taste for French and Italian wines. So, how is the […]

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Bordeaux will become more and more environmentally friendly

All French wine regions today have some sort of environmental plan. In Bordeaux 45 % of the surface of vine has a label of some sort for sustainable viticulture. The aim is to quickly reach 100 %. The main goals are to reduce the use of pesticides, reduce waste and increase recycling, reduce energy consumption, […]

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Water stress in Languedoc

The technical Dionysud wine fair was held in Beziers in Languedoc in November. A big discussion during the fair was about irrigation. Languedoc-Roussillon has a total of 240 000 hectares and only 24,000 are irrigated at the moment. It is too little, says the Chamber of Agriculture in the department of Hérault. The vineyards of […]

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Tasting glasses at Vinisud

Vinisud 2017

Vinisud, the big wine fair with Mediterranean profile, will open its doors on 29th of January 2017. Since its debut in 1994 the fair has been held every second year in Montpellier. Now, however, it is becoming an annual event. Around 1000 wine producers will be present in 2017. These come mainly from the southern […]

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The view over the river and vineyards from Quinta do Tedo in the Douro Valley

The autumn / fall wine tours 2017 – dates and destinations

In a week or two we will have the full wine tour programs ready. We will publish them as soon as we can on the wine travel site. But we can already give you the destinations and the dates: Bordeaux, September 27 – October 1 The Douro Valley, Portugal, October 18-22 Piedmont, wine & truffles […]

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20-year anniversary and bubbly trends | New Brief out, #160 | The Wine Newsletter

Sparkling trends It is popular to talk about upcoming trends at this time of year. An ongoing trend that certainly will continue in 2017 is the world’s unquenchable thirst for bubbles. In 2016 Prosecco and Cava had an enormous success. Champagne has been doing well although the domestic market is a bit slow at the […]

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Bunches of ripe grapes, noble rot, Sauternes

A new – less sweet – appellation in Sauternes?

We do not drink enough sweet wines. I think many of you are like us. We like sweet wines and appreciate them a lot when we drink them, but these occasions are rare. Many sweet wine regions in the world struggle and now even the most famous of them all, Sauternes, is contemplating changes to […]

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Chateau Latour tower and vineyard, Bordeaux

Luxury organic, Chateau Latour converts | Britt on Forbes

Bordeaux is perhaps the most traditional and aristocratic of all wine regions. But it is not immune to trends and to concerns about the environment. The latest big-name chateau to convert to organic wine growing and wine making is Château Latour, one of the premier grand cru classes of 1855 (yes, it IS a long […]

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EcoSostenibleWine 2016: Miguel Torres fights for the environment

Miguel Torres is Spain’s most famous wine producer and a long time fighter for an environmentally friendly viticulture. According to him, the wine world is facing several major challenges. The two biggest are how to reduce the use of copper in organic farming and how to tackle global warming. And it was precisely these two […]

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