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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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 can use them as nutrients […]

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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 produce 7.5 million hectolitres of […]

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The Pope's Palace in Avignon

Rhône Festival in Denmark on September 20

Inter Rhône and The Wine Company in Denmark invites you to the eleventh edition of “Rhônevinfestivalen” (the Rhône Festival) on Saturday, September 20. The festival takes place at Dansk Vincenter in Avedøre just outside of Copenhagen between 11 am and 4 pm. There will be more than 30 exhibitors and you will be able to […]

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Fermentation in reverse order

Danish chemical company Chr. Hansen launches something very new just in time for the harvest 2014. This brand new something is called Viniflora NoVA and is a new generation of lactic bacteria isolated from fermenting must. The research has been done in collaboration with Professor Maret du Toit at the University of Stellenbosch in South […]

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Domaine Saladin wines

Per Èl 2010, Domaine Saladin & Filles, Côtes du Rhône Villages Blanc | Britt’s Wine of the Month

This is a white wine from the southern Rhone Valley. It is delicious, rich and flavourful with intensity and concentration. I have a weakness for white Rhône wines, and this one did not disappoint me. The grape varieties are Clairette rose, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, Viognier and Bourboulenc. The grapes are harvested early in the morning […]

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New name for prestigious chateau in Pauillac

Perhaps it is only the tour guides in Bordeaux that are thrilled by this change of names. Because Château Pichon Longueville Baron is situated opposite the Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. Not easy to have time to say all this in the few seconds that it takes the bus to go past the chateaux. […]

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New yeast gives lower alcohol content

The chemical company Lallemand Oenologie, in collaboration with the French Institute for Agricultural Research INRA, has through research obtained a Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast that enables you to produce a wine with lower alcohol than normal without affecting wine quality. It should be noted that the yeast is not genetically modified. Research on yeast that produces […]

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The southern Rhône Valley: spices from Provence and spicy wines, Papal Palace and quality revolution | A Travel Story

There are many things to discover in the southern Rhône Valley. It is a region that has the irresistible Provencal charm, but also many other things that makes it worth a trip. For instance the wines! Today it is not only Châteauneuf-du-Pape that makes wines at the top of the quality pyramid. You can find […]

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More sparkling wine from Burgundy, a popular bubbly

Sparkling wine is doing well at the moment. More and more consumers want to treat themselves to bubbles and not only when there is a party. In addition to Champagne, many French wine regions make quality sparkling wine. Burgundy is one and the other day, on 26th of May, one of the top producers of […]

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New grand cru vineyards in Burgundy?

Will the Côte d’Or in Burgundy have a few more Grand Cru vineyards in a few years? Some people hope so while others are less enthusiastic. Applications from three premier cru vineyards in Pommard have been submitted to the INAO, the Institut National de l’ Origine et de la Qualité. They are Pommard Les Rugiens, […]

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Welcome to Blaxta Winery in Sweden

We received some news from one of the Swedish vineyards the other day. Blaxsta Winery in Sörmland, south of Stockholm, is probably the most rewarded of the Swedish vineyards. Göran Amnegård, owner and winemaker, says that three of Blaxtas Vidal Ice Wine has received over 97 points by Robert Parker and a gold medal in […]

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Champagne Leclerc Brian rose brut

Uncorked: Good wines we have tasted recently, July 2014

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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The USA becomes the world’s largest wine market

Jean-Marie Aurand is the new general director of the OIV (International Organisation of Vine and Wine), an organization based in Paris. In May, he presented figures and trends for the wine countries in the world. As expected, the United States is now the world’s largest wine market with a consumption of 29.1 million hectolitres of […]

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Spraying by helicopter, forbidden but not quite

Should spraying by helicopter or air-plane be banned? Yes, says Segolène Royale, the French Minister for ecology, sustainability and energy (as well as ex-presidential candidate and ex-partner of the current president). There is actually already an EU ban on helicopter spraying but winemakers and some other farmers in France (banana growers in Guadeloupe, for example) […]

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Big tractor equipped for spraying

Pure and healthy country air?

Well, not always. In the district of Blaye in the Bordeaux region recently an entire school class was taken to hospital after having exhibited symptoms of poisoning, which apparently were due to a wine producer spraying his vineyard nearby. The wine producer used a common and permitted product to spray against fungal diseases. But the […]

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Champagne Leclerc Briant

New owner for biodynamic Champagne Leclerc Briant

Champagne Leclerc Briant in Epernay is one of the few biodynamic champagnes that exist. The house was owned by the family Leclerc Briant until recently. In 2012 it was sold to Frédéric Zeimett, originally from Champagne. He has worked for Champagne Moët & Chandon for 23 years, but he also has a worked in the […]

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Domaine de l'Hortus blanc 2000

Domaine de l’Hortus Grande Cuvée Blanc 2000, Vin de Pays de Val de Monferrand | Britt’s Wine of the Month

This is a terrific wine that makes you glad that you sometimes keep your wines in the cellar for some time. Maybe we had not planned to keep this wine for 12 years. Because it is not obvious that a white Languedoc wine survive this long. But it was a winner and a pleasure to […]

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A budding Batard-Montrachet vine

Chardonnay remains a popular grape

In the U.S., people drink more and more wine. In 20 years, from 1993 to 2013, the volume of wine that Americans are buying doubled. The average American spends USD 8.06 per bottle of wine. The domestic wines dominate. Wines from California has a 57% market share in terms of volume and 64% by value. […]

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Vino Business by Isabelle Saporta

Vino Business: Political manoeuvring among classified growths | Book Review

There is a vicious power game going on behind the beautiful chateaux façades of Bordeaux. At least according to Isabelle Saporta, a French journalist who has written an intriguing book about this particular subject. Among the most famous and prestigious chateaux, vino business is deadly serious and, just as in love and war, all methods […]

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Chateau Mouton Rothschild 1924, 1925, 1926, from Pauillac

Domaine Mouton and Château Mouton-Rothschild: David and Goliath all over again

I regret I can’t afford Chateau Mouton Rothschild wines any longer. If I could, then I could have boycotted them. At first we thought it was an April fool’s joke. But it was not published on the first of April, and it was not just one magazine that wrote about it, but several. So we […]

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Chateau Pech-Latt, Corbieres, Languedoc

Organic wines, a somewhat random selection of recommended bottles

Organic wines are getting more and more sought after. Journalists write more and more about them and hopefully, finally, people are realizing that there are some very delicious organic wines out there. Here are some recommended examples of what we have tasted recently. Domaine Duseigneur Lirac Odyssée 2012 Lirac is opposite Châteauneuf-du-Pape, on the other […]

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Uncorked: Good wines we have tasted recently, May 2014

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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Grand Cru sold in Burgundy. World’s most expensive vineyard land ever?

So much money has probably never been paid for a vineyard, at least not in Burgundy. The company LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) recently bought Domaine du Clos des Lambrays in Morey-Saint-Denis for, according to Bourgogne Aujourd’hui, 101 million euros. Clos des Lambrays is an estate of over 10 hectares primarily consisting of 8.70 hectares […]

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A gamay bunch of grapes

Régnié 2010, Vignes de 1918, Domaine Jean Michel Dupré | Britt’s Wine of the Month

Jean-Michel Dupré calls himself Artisan Vigneron, and by that he probably means that his wines are handcrafted as opposed to made in an industrial way. He has really old vines, which makes a big difference to the character of the wine, he says. This Régnié is made with gamay-vines that were planted in 1918. This […]

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Sculpture on the facade of Systembolaget head office, the Thule House

Systembolaget’s Code of Ethical Conduct

We recently wrote about the Swedish State monopoly Systembolaget’s Code of Conduct for “ethical” wines. We were, however, not totally correct when we said that “Systembolaget […] adopted a few years back a so-called code of conduct. This means that they demand that wines purchased from risk countries come from producers who comply with certain […]

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harvest at night at Vina Vik, Chile

Viña Vik vineyards, splendour and magnificence in Chile

Vina Vik is a spectacular winery project at the end of a far-away valley in Chile. It was created by the Norwegian entrepreneur Alexander Vik and is managed and run by Patrick Valette and Gonzague de Lambert. They have the humble goal to make the best wine in South America at Vina Vik. BKWine’s Britt […]

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Are old vines always better?

At what age is a vine at its best? When visiting wineries in New World countries you are sometimes surprised. The wine producers there talk about replanting a vineyard after only 20 years. It is considered old. While in France and elsewhere in Europe wine growers speak proudly of their 80-year-old plants and would not […]

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Spraying with helicopter

Copper, less dangerous than we think? Or not?

At the end of May, the EU Commission will decide whether to keep the present levels of copper permitted for organic growers or if the levels should be reduced. Currently, organic growers are allowed to use a maximum of six kilograms of copper per year and per hectare. Or more precisely, it is counted as […]

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Save the old (unknown?) grape varieties

There are several hundred grape varieties that can be used by winemakers in different countries. But the major well known varieties are very dominant. 30 varieties account for about 70% of world wine production. The many lesser known grapes have to be content with sometimes only a few hectares. Is a wine more exciting and […]

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Sales of organic wines (in Sweden)

The sales of organic products at the Swedish state alcohol monopoly are targeted to be 10% of total sales by 2020. That is the target set by the Swedish state (i.e. the owner). Organic wine best-sellers today are, not surprisingly, four bag in boxes: Gosa Monastrell from Spain with 1,5 million sold litres (“gosa” is […]

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