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.
Author Archive | Britt Karlsson

Frost in northern France

It has been a cold spring in northern France. For growers in Chablis and the Côte d’Or this turned into something really bad during the night between April 26 and 27. It was a frosty night that affected virtually all vineyards in the two regions. How big the damage will be is still uncertain, but […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Glyphosate, a herbicide to be allowed, or not?

The debate around glyphosate continues. The product is used as an herbicide, in for instance Roundup. It has been, since a while back, on EU’s list of unsafe products that maybe should be phased out. It is now time to renew the permit for its use (which is done every ten years for pesticides). This […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Hail in Burgundy, again

Hailstorms have again, a little while back, destroyed a part of the future harvest 2016 for growers in Beaujolais and Mâconnais. It was on the 13th and 14th of April that some villages, including Solutré-Pouilly in Macon and Juliénas and Saint-Amour in Beaujolais, saw their still very tiny buds getting injured by violent and large […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Congratulations Arvid Rosengren, Swedish world champion sommelier

Sweden has once again a world champion sommelier. The last time it was Andreas Larsson, who won in 2007. Now it was Arvid Rosengren who triumphed in Mendoza, Argentina, on 19th of April. Another Swede, Robert Andersson, was a semi-finalist. The sommelier competition is organized every three years by the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale. […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
A modern grape sorting machine

Precision viticulture with the VineRobot

The wine grower has to take many decisions concerning the work in the vineyard. All decisions may affect the quality of the wine. So it is important that he makes the right decisions. Soon, the grower can get the help of VineRobot. This is a little robot that goes around the vineyard unmanned and equipped […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Which country drinks the most Champagne?

The Champagne trade association Comité Champagne (CIVC) has recently published the 2015 export figures for champagne. Britain is still the country that imports the greatest volume of champagne while the United States is the number one country for value. (Sweden is curiously on an honourable 10th position.) Champagne sold 312 million bottles last year, an […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Château de la Dauphine in Fronsac is now certified organic

One of our favourite chateaux in Bordeaux, the beautiful Château de la Dauphine in Fronsac, will be certified organic from vintage 2015, now resting in the chateau cellar. We have visited the chateau on a regular basis since a few years back and we have understood that, among other things, the fact that the chateau […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Spanish wine selling in France

France imports more wine than you might think. Last year the country imported a record amount of wine and most of it was cheap bulk wine from Spain. In total France imported 7.2 million hectolitres last year, an increase of 11 % from 2014. 81 % of this was bulk wine and 75 % came […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Grenache, rusty sign

Even better Grenache thanks to Rhône research

Grenache is one of the world’s most widely grown grape varieties. And one of our favourite grapes.It is found mainly in southern France and in Spain (Garnacha), but also in several other countries such as South Africa, Chile, and the United States. Everywhere there is a growing interest in the grape. It even has its […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

How to describe a wine = gobbledygook?

In last brief we wrote about how to describe a wine in a way that makes people understand what you mean. We have received some comments from readers that we would like to share with you. A reader from Sweden tells us about an English wine writer who many years ago came to Sweden and […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
A distillation machine (still) in stainless steel and copper

Lower the copper doses or not in the vineyard?

The copper doses are a constant headache for organic growers. The French authority ANSES (a food and health authority) and the European Commission want to reduce the permitted level from 6 kilogram per hectare and year to 4 kilo The organic growers say that they are not able to cope with such a reduction. On […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

A changing Rioja is making a comeback with terroir and vineyards

Rioja is slowly but surely making a comeback on the world market. However, for the comeback to be a success certain producers think that things must change. But the mills grind slowly in Rioja. Producers had to wait a long time for permission to lighten up their white Rioja with Sauvignon blanc, Chardonnay or Verdejo. […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Domaine du Moulin Blanc Sec Vieilles Vignes from Gaillac

Unusual grape varieties, for the adventurous wine-lover | Britt on Forbes

There is a certain comfort and feel-good aspect to drinking wines that are familiar. On the other hand, there is excitement and the joys of discovery in finding new things. And for us, discovering new things, wines, regions, people, is one of the key elements of the joys of wine and food (and travel). It […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Cairanne finally upgraded to AOP

Cairanne has finally been upgraded and has now its own appellation. This means that the producers can now put only Cairanne the label instead of the Cotes du Rhone Village Cairanne. Cairanne has long been one of the best villages in the Cotes du Rhone appellation, with growers like Marcel Richaud, Domaine Alary, Domaine Aeria, […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

More expensive to produce organic wines?

Do organic wines cost more than conventionally produced wines? This has never been an easy question to answer because it is difficult to compare the prices of wines. It is easier with tomatoes and eggs. If you look at production costs however, it turns out that it is more expensive to produce an organic wine. […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Food is important for travellers

According to the UN agency UNWTO 88% of all travellers consider that the gastronomy plays a major role on the trip. It comes as no surprise. We know that many participants on our wine tours are as interested in the local gastronomy as they are in wine. More and more people are looking for unique […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Fewer regions in France

France makes serious (?) attempts to cut down its large state and municipal administration. One step has been to merge a number of regions. This merger took effect on January 1st, 2016. France had previously 22 regions. These have now, after many heated discussions, merged into 13. And now the merged regions are supposed to […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

No more Mumm Champagne at Formula 1

There is much you can do with a bottle of champagne if you don’t want to drink it. You can baptise a ship, you can pour it down the sink (apparently a habit of young Swedes but we don’t know if it is actually true) or you can spray it on whoever happens to be […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Zucchini flower on a vegetable market

Vegetarian food and natural wine at Restaurant Folk in Gothenburg

Folk is a vegetarian restaurant in Gothenburg situated inside the theatre with the same name at Olof Palme Square. The wine list is full of interesting natural wines. Not a bad combination, vegetarian food and natural wine. But you have to be a little adventurous. Some of the wines are different and it is important […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Cultured yeast from Danish Chr. Hansen

Danish company Chr. Hansen, with headquarters on the outskirts of Copenhagen, is one of the major suppliers to the wine industry. The vast majority of wines ferment with cultured yeast (or “selected”) and often this yeast comes from Chr. Hansen. The company continually experiments to offer different types of yeast to wine producers. 2009 it […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

The mother vine, the beginning of everything

Where do all the vines come from? In most cases they are purchased from nurseries. Some wine growers take cuttings from their own vineyard, but it is unusual. In France, nurseries have a total of 3564 hectares of mother plants or mother vines (vignes-mères), divided into 2002 hectares with rootstocks (porte-greffes) and 1562 hectares with […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Saint Emilion classification of 2012 (2006?): Are the problems over?

The saga of the 2012 (2006?) classification in Saint Emilion continues. Maybe. Three chateaux, Croque-Michotte, La Tour du Pin Figeac and Corbin Michotte, disputed the classification because they felt they had been treated unfairly and believe that the evaluation of their chateaux left a lot to be desired. Corbin Michotte lost in 2012 its classification […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
Mani from Jean-Louis Tribouley in Roussillon

Delicious natural wines from Jean-Louis Tribouley | Britt on Forbes

Natural wines are still a hot subject of debate. Some like them some loath them. In fact, natural wines can be both good or bad, just like any other wine. But it is true that they tend to have a certain style that can take some getting used to. Quite high volatile acidity for instance. […]

Read full story Comments { 1 }

What style wine tasting notes? | New Brief out, #149 | The Wine Newsletter

Wine descriptions… How should a wine writer describe a wine so that everyone understands what he/she means? “Excellent” is of course a good word in this context which cannot easily be misunderstood. Possibly it is a bit short although sometimes it can actually be enough. Some writers choose to write entire novels about each wine […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

French vine acreage increases with 8,000 hectares in 2016

The figure has to be approved by the Minister of Agriculture at the end of December but everything indicates that France’s vineyards will increase with 8,057 hectares next year. This represents 1 % of the country’s total vineyard area which is the maximum growth per year under the new rules in the EU that came […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

A new IGP called Terre du Midi

A new IGP (Indication Géographique Protégée, the category that has replaced vin de pays) will soon be launched in the south of France. It will be an IGP that brings together the departments of Aude, Hérault and Gard, all three of them in Languedoc. After several rounds of discussions it has now been decided that […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Vegan friendly champagnes from Duval-Leroy and vegan friendly wines from Domaine Montirius

All champagnes from Champagne Duval Leroy will shortly be vegan friendly. This means that the champagne house will not use fining agents such as milk protein, gelatine or egg whites. Instead their wines are clarified through a natural sedimentation over several months in tanks or barrels. You don’t always find traces of these fining agents […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

Do we want wines with lower alcohol?

We often hear comments from people that the alcohol content of today’s wines is much higher than it used to be. Today, there are techniques that can reduce the alcohol content of a wine or remove the alcohol all together. This means that a wine with a natural alcohol of 14.5 or 15% could have […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }

275.7 million hectolitres of wine in 2015

The International Organisation of Vine and Wine, OIV, has published figures for this year’s wine production in the world. In total, the world produced 275.7 million hectolitres of wine in 2015. It is 2% more than in 2014. Italy is at the top with 48.9 million hectolitres, closely followed by France with 47.3. Spain is […]

Read full story Comments { 0 }
A range of Champagne Fleury

What’s up in Champagne? | Britt on Forbes

I hope your appetite for champagne has not waned now that New Year has passed. Champagne is much more than just bubbly for celebrations. It is a very interesting wine. It is also a wine region that is undergoing quite a lot of changes even though that is perhaps not so obvious for the casual […]

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Read full story Comments { 0 }