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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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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Christmas Wines: Elegant wines from Chile and Argentina

Initially Chile and Argentina profiled themselves as suppliers of powerful, easy drinking wines with a certain lack of elegance and sophistication. And it was a style that was very successful. But a lot has happened in recent years, at least when it comes to the more ambitious producers. I recently tasted some wines from these […]

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Fighting esca and eutypiose, the “phylloxera” of our time

Some of the worst problems in the vineyards right now are esca and eutypiose, fungal diseases that affect the wood of the vine. There are no pesticides available since toxic sodium arsenite was banned some 15 years ago. But the company Bayer now believes that their product Esquive may be of a certain help to […]

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A selection of Italian and Spanish wines from Zonum Fine Taste

We have tasted a handful of nice wines from the range of Zonum Fine Taste, a new wine and food importer (to Sweden). From Spain we tasted wines from the family producer Cellers Capanons-Osso that has vineyards both in DO Montsant and in DOQ (DOCa) Priorat, both in Catalonia in northern Spain. From Italy we […]

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Young people drinking wine in a wine bar

Young Wine Drinkers in New York and London, what they drink | Britt on Forbes

It is sometimes said that the young people of today do not drink wine. It may be true or not, but whatever the case it is very different from one country to another. A recent market report shows surprisingly positive numbers from New York and London. An overwhelming majority of the young people in these […]

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Parisian café or Japanese sushi? | New Brief out, #159 | The Wine Newsletter

Parisian café or Japanese sushi? How is the traditional Parisian café doing? Everywhere you look in the French capital, you see a sushi restaurant or a sushi takeaway where there used to be a café. As soon as a café disappears, the Japanese are there. We now have four sushi places 5-10 minutes’ walk from […]

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Organic wine producers employ more people

The organic wine producers are hiring more people, according to a French study published in October. The organic growers often say they need more people in the vineyard and in the cellar, and now it has been “proven”. On average, the organic producers create 1.5 times more jobs than the conventional producers. 34.6% of the […]

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Cinsault to have a break-through in South Africa?

We have always been fond of the southern French grape Cinsault. It has never belonged to the prestigious grapes and it has led quite an anonymous existence. It has either been used for rosé wines or brought elegance to Languedoc blends of Grenache and Syrah.  A few producers have however shown us how good Cinsault […]

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Bordeaux is now in Nouvelle Aquitaine

The “new” and very big region in the south-west of France that was created on January 1, 2016 by merging the regions of Aquitaine, Limousin and Poitou-Charentes, has finally received its name: Nouvelle Aquitaine, New Aquitaine. It is in some ways quite a good name, even if it feels a bit like it belongs on […]

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Penfolds want natural cork in quality wine and sees issues with screw caps

What is the best, screw tops or natural cork? Yes, this is a debate that I am sure will continue for some time yet. One of the major proponents of the screw cap, Australian Penfolds, has recently made some new contributions to the debate. Peter Gago, their wine makers, does not think that the screw […]

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Congratulations on the 40th anniversary to Crémant d’Alsace

This year the appellation Crémant d’Alsace celebrates its 40 years. Created officially 1976. Congratulations! This sparkling wine has had great success in recent years. Sales have increased from 1 million bottles sold in 1979 to today’s 35 million. Crémant d’Alsace is today the second sparkling wine in France after Champagne. The second best-selling crémant is […]

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The world’s biggest wine producing countries in 2016, in short

The ranking of the world’s biggest wine countries is a bit different if you look at wine production compared to the top list for vineyard acreage. Here are the preliminary figures for 2016 (in million hectoliters) for the biggest wine producers according to OIV statistics: Italy, 48.8 Mhl France, 41.9 Mhl Spain, 37.8 Mhl USA, […]

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Meursault 1998, Domaine Vincent Prunier

Uncorked: Good wines we have tasted recently, November 2016

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 countries with the world’s biggest vineyard acreage in 2015, in short

OIV, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (Organisation Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin), recently presented statistics for 2015 and 2016 on wine production and wine growing in the world. In 2015 the world grape surface increased to 7.5 million hectares. Spain still leads with just over one million hectares. China is in […]

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Domaine du Moulin nouvelle cuvee (echantillon de fut)

Red wine without malo from Gaillac – a challenging taste

We tasted an unusual wine the other day. It came from the Domaine du Moulin in Gaillac, it was from 2015 and it was a completely new cuvee, still ageing in oak barrels. (A very interesting producer by the way.) The grapes were 60 % Tannat, 30% Syrah and 10% of the local grape Braucol. […]

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Happy wine growers in the southern Rhone Valley: 2016 will be excellent

The harvest is in full swing, at the time of writing, in the southern Rhone Valley – it will be over by the time you read this – and the growers are very happy. “I have rarely seen so fine and healthy grapes,” says Bernard Duseigneur at Domaine Duseigneur, a domain with vineyards on both […]

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New rules in Tokaj: puttonyos no more

An era is gone in the Hungarian wine region of Tokaj. Many of you probably remember Tokaj Aszú with its different number of puttonyos. It could be 3, 4, 5 or even 6. The more puttonyos, the higher the sugar content in the wine. Now Tokaj has simplified the classification of its wines and has, […]

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New ideas in Beaujolais: villages on the label

The Beaujolais producers are keen to prove that they do not only make Beaujolais Nouveau wines. One way to do this, they believe, is to give consumers a more accurate geographical indication on the labels. Therefore, from 2016 a number of Beaujolais-Villages wines will be able to put their village name on the label, in […]

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Bayer buys Monsanto?

To combat pests, diseases, and to remove weeds belong to the everyday tasks of a farmer and a wine grower. There is a lot of money – and controversy – in pesticides so therefore the announcement that the German company Bayer is probably buying the American company Monsanto has caused a lot of speculations. Bayer […]

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High or low alcohol? | New Brief out, #158 | The Wine Newsletter

High or low alcohol Are you one of those consumers who think that the alcohol level in wines is getting higher and higher? Actually, this is an undisputed fact. Wine has more alcohol now than it had in the past. Some consumers do not care, while others look at the label and are horror-struck if […]

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Grapes just in from harvest at Quinta do Noval, Douro

Top wines from Axa Millesimes in France, Portugal, Hungary | Britt on Forbes

It takes a lot of capital to assemble a collection of several world leading properties in just a few decades. Insurance companies have a lot of capital but usually they do not invest in wine. An insurer who has done that is AXA Millesimes in France. In just three decades they have acquired a handful […]

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Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2010, Product of England | Britt’s Wine of the Month

It’s always fun to find wines that challenge more established wine regions. Like for example Champagne. I tried this English sparkling wine blind at my sister’s and brother in law’s house. Obviously they wanted to set me up. And so they did. My thoughts went directly to Champagne, although I also considered whether it could […]

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Pic Saint Loup is now a proper appellation

Pic Saint Loup Languedoc obtained its own appellation, AOP Pic Saint Loup, on the 7th of September. Not a day too early, according to many people. Pic Saint Loup, located about 20 kilometres north of Montpellier, was until now a sub-district of AOP Languedoc. For a long time it has been a dynamic district with […]

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