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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Denis Dubourdieu, Bordeaux

Discover white Bordeaux

Sauvignon Blanc is a grape that we associate mainly with the aromatic Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé wines but another well-known French district uses this grape too, namely Bordeaux. These wines were long suffering from a bad reputation that was difficult to shake off. They were regarded as boring and without freshness, often with a little residual […]

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The cathedral like winery building at Domaine Viret, Rhone

East of the Rhone River: A journey with wine from Montelimar to Beaumes de Venise

A string of Cotes du Rhone-Villages villages Cotes du Rhone is France’s second largest appellation contrôlée (after AOC / AOP Bordeaux) and spreads its 42,000 hectares on both sides of the river Rhone. Obviously, the quality varies enormously in such a large area and there are also significant price differences. Cheapest are the wines from […]

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Calories on the wine label? European Parliament says yes. Wine producers say NO

Do we need to know how many calories a bottle of wine contains? Spontaneously, I would say no. I already know that there are calories in alcohol, as there are in cakes. You just make your choice. But now the European Parliament has got it into its head that it should be mandatory to print […]

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Ntsiki Biyela, winemaker at Stellekaya in Stellenbosch

South African wines: well on their way to international top quality | Britt on Forbes

They make great wines in South Africa. It is generally considered as a New World wine country but they have been making wine there for more than 350 years. Unfortunately South Africa is best known for their affordable and reliable every-day wines. However, today South Africa is also a source for some outstanding world-class wines, […]

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An old house in Stellenbosch

Early and excellent harvest in South Africa

The harvest in South Africa began early this year. The growing season was dry and the producers had very little problems with diseases and rot. They could harvest beautiful and healthy grapes. Most of them are pleased with both the quality and the quantity. There are even voices saying that this will be an exceptional […]

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Harvest Report from Mendoza

While spring is at its finest in France, the well-known producer Catena Zapata on the other side of the globe, in Mendoza in Argentina, has compiled a harvest report for 2015. In Mendoza they call 2015 a Bordeaux-year. The summer was cool, autumn brought some rain and the result was generally low alcohol levels and […]

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New wine drinkers in China

When China began to drink wine it was red, expensive Bordeaux that was sought after and most preferably Château Lafite-Rothschild. And the bottles were given away as gifts. This was some years ago now, and the Chinese market has evolved a lot. Now there is a new generation of wine drinkers in China. These are […]

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Dramatically reduced vineyard surface in Beaujolais

The Beaujolais appellation has lost an average of 500 hectares per year over the last 10 years. The surface has gone from 9 676 hectares in 2005 to 5 190 hectares in 2014. For the Beaujolais Villages appellation it is the same thing. 2 200 hectares have been torn up in ten years, more than […]

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The forgotten Catalonian grapes found by Torres

The large wine company Torres of Catalonia in Northern Spain continues its work with so-called forgotten grape varieties. Torres has been working on this project in Catalonia for 30 years now. One reason for the project is that they hope that some of these grapes will prove to be well suited for the future when […]

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Entre-deux-Mers, biggest and beautiful

Entre-deux-Mers is a huge piece of land that spreads out like a triangle between the rivers Garonne and Dordogne. For many, the area becomes only a transport route to get from Médoc to Saint-Emilion. This is a shame. Entre-deux-Mers deserves that you stop, not only for the sake of the green and rolling landscape that […]

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New environmental certification in Champagne: VDC

Sustainable viticulture is much talked about in Champagne today. A year ago the producer unions starting making great efforts to get the growers to think more about the environment and to work towards sustainably (durable in French). Now, this work has yielded results and a certification that has been approved by the Ministry of Agriculture. […]

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Chateau Lynch Moussas 1991, Pauillac, Bordeaux

Uncorked: Good wines we have tasted recently, June 2015

Uncorked: Under this heading we collect various wines that we have tasted, and liked, recently. It can be wines that we have had during dinner at home, at wine tastings, press lunches, visits to vineyards, or other occasions. We describe the wines just with a few short sentences, tasting notes that we hope will give […]

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Domaine J Laurens Cremant de Limoux

Crémant de Limoux, Domaine J. Laurens | Britt’s WineS of the Month

Limoux is a small wine region in Languedoc, just south of the famous city of Carcassonne. It’s a little cooler here than in the rest of the Languedoc and the focus is on the white and sparkling wines. Domaine J. Laurens is totally concentrated on sparkling and I was very impressed with their Crémant de […]

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Which are the highlights in classic French gastronomy? Famous chefs answer

The French gastronomy is world famous. Countless are the French dishes that are enjoyed every day all over the world. Not easy to choose a favourite dish. The French newspaper Le Figaro recently asked some well-known foreign chefs what they think is the best of French cuisine. Among the chefs were Italian Massimo Bottura at […]

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South African rooibos plant used instead of sulphur

Rooibos is a South African plant that we have so far only been in contact with in the form of tea. Rooibos has a strong antioxidant capacity, preservative, like sulphur. Wine producers now realise that maybe this quality can be used for winemaking. The big producer KWV has recently launched a wine called Earth’s Essence […]

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New wine region in Argentina: Chapadmalal

The wine world is growing. One of the newest wine regions is Chapadmalal located on the coast a few kilometres south of Buenos Aires. We are more accustomed to Argentine wines from hot and dry Mendoza. Here on the Atlantic coast, it is much cooler and wetter. The vines don’t need irrigation; the nights are […]

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A back label showing sweet-dry scale, Alsace

New rule will make it easier to buy Alsace wines

It can be a bit of a gamble to buy Alsatian wine. Will the wine be completely dry or will it have some residual sugar? But all this uncertainty will soon end. As of vintage 2016 it will be mandatory for white Alsatian wines that have less than 4 grams of residual sugar per litre […]

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A country road in Provence

Chateau de Palayson, an American-Swedish winery in Provence | Britt on Forbes

Château de Palayson is a beautiful wine estate not far away from the coast on the French Riviera in Provence. The owners, the American couple Alan and Christine Rudd, went against the stream when they bought Château de Palayson. They wanted to make high quality red wine. In Britt’s latest article on Forbes she gives […]

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Tasting Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Classic Bordeaux, an introduction to the Medoc

What do you most associate with Bordeaux, if not the grape cabernet sauvignon and the chateaux of the Médoc? Cabernet Sauvignon Among red grapes there is hardly any grape that is so well-known as cabernet sauvignon. Every single wine country all over the world with some self-esteem has some cabernet sauvignon vineyards. Its style and […]

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Too much alcohol in the wine? Change the yeast!

People sometimes complain that there is too much alcohol in wine. In a warm climate, however, it is not always easy to produce wines with lower alcohol content. When ripe grapes, rich in sugar, ferment to a totally dry wine, the alcohol level often reaches 14 or 14.5%. But now research has come one step […]

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Tasting olive oil in Istria, Croatia

The Secrets of Olive Oil

Like the grapevine the expansion of the Roman Empire spread the olive tree across Europe. But not quite as far north as the vine since the olive tree has greater demands warm weather. The olive tree thrives best in areas where the summers are long, hot and dry and winters are short but cold enough […]

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A budding vine in a vineyard in Le Marche

First “natural” herbicide launched

The first “natural” herbicide is now available on the market. The name is Beloukha and the company that manufactures the product is called Jade. Beloukha is a fatty acid derived from rapeseed oil. Spraying with the product gives the vineyard protection against weeds around three weeks depending on weather conditions. For best results spraying should […]

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Combine great wine, good food and charming villages and you have Alsace | Britt on Forbes

Alsace is at the eastern edge of France, just on the border to Germany. With the new high-speed train it takes only three hours from Paris and it is a trip well worth doing. Although it is quite high up north it is one of France’s sunniest districts, sheltered as it is by the Vosges […]

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Maria Rosa Wine Estate Sarosa Sirakuzan, Malta

Maltese wines from Maria Rosa

It is not surprising that they make wine in Malta. But you rarely see wines from there. They probably drink most of what they produce themselves on the island. And to be honest, the production is quite small. However, efforts are being made to revitalize the local wine industry. Malta is located just south of […]

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Chaptalization or addition of concentrated grape must – a political fight

The biggest IGP appellation in France, the IGP Pays d’Oc, has allied itself with the two largest European manufacturers of concentrated grape must. Together they will fight against chaptalization and the unbalanced competition the they believe exist between the wine producers that are allowed to chaptalize (adding sugar) and the wine regions that instead add […]

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Champagne Fleury Blanc de Noirs Brut | Britt’s Wine of the Month

Champagne Fleury is one of the organic and biodynamic pioneers in Champagne. The family Fleury is found in the southernmost part of Champagne, in the Côte de Bar, famous for its high quality Pinot Noir grapes. This blanc de noirs is made only from these Pinot Noir grapes. It is dry champagne that has a […]

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Poulprix, a "natural" wine from the Jura region

Trending in Paris: “natural” wine bars and restaurants | Britt on Forbes

Since a few years back it seems the craze on the Paris wine bar and bistro scene is restaurants focusing on “natural” wines, and similar low-intervention wines (sometimes also called “primitive” wines). This is a curious trend in some ways since these wines are sometimes hard to understand and not immediately appreciable by many wine […]

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Fire in Constantia, South Africa, vineyards threatened

In South Africa, a huge fire raged in early March that struck the vineyards of Constantia, among others. Fortunately, many had already harvested some of their grapes. It seems that the damage in the vineyards, after all, is rather limited after great efforts by both fire-fighters and volunteers. Constantia is situated on the Cape Peninsula, […]

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Jakeli Khashmi Saperavi 2011, Georgia

Wines for the curious consumer from Meadowdale Wines on Isle of Wight: Slovenia, Georgia, Lipari

Meadowdale Wines on the Isle of Wight is a fairly new English wine importer started by Swede Jan Lindfeldt. He specializes in wines produced with as little additives as possible. He says that he does not know what he should call his wines: “natural, raw, real, naked or pure … “. Instead he just calls […]

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Champagne Maxime Toubart Rose

Rosé Champagne in different guises, Maxime Toubart and Thevenet Delouvin

Rosé Champagne can be made in two ways. The most used method is the rosé d’assemblage. That means adding a little red wine to the white wine before bottling. The red wine is of course also made from grapes grown in the Champagne appellation The second method is called saignée in French and it means […]

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