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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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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Saved by the bell? (Or by the copper in the vineyard?)

No, more likely by copper. Many organic growers survive thanks to the permission they have to spray with copper against the severe fungal disease mildiou. This applies not least to the organic growers in Burgundy where the weather can be both cool and rainy. Currently, organic producers in Europe are allowed to use a maximum […]

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Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Bordeaux chateaux for sale. Want to become a chatelain?

There are about 7000 chateaux in Bordeaux. It is estimated that between 300 and 400 of these are for sale. In addition, it is believed that even more chateaux will appear on the market in a few years because many producers reach retirement age without any obvious successor. According to mon-viti.com it will become harder […]

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Slowdown for number of organic producers in Burgundy

The number of organic winemakers in France continues to increase although the increase has been somewhat slower after 2012, at least in Burgundy. The reason is perhaps the last years’ severe weather. But just as likely an explanation is that the conversion rate has now entered a more normal pace. In Burgundy there are today, […]

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Vineyard in winter time

Mild winter may cause problems in the vineyards

The exceptionally mild winter in the Languedoc area can cause problems for the wine producers. A mild winter brings early budding, increasing the risk of damage if frost strikes later in the spring. Right now the vines have about 20 days advance compared to a normal year. It has also been dry. Unlike the vineyards […]

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Uncorked: Good wines we have tasted recently, March 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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New Wine Fair in Copenhagen on May 23 & 24

We have been informed that a new Wine Fair will take place at Dansk Vincenter outside of Copenhagen in Denmark on Friday May 23rd and Saturday May 24th. Wine producers are invited to participate. The first day is for professionals where the producers will meet wine importers, distributors, HoReCa and wine journalists. The second day […]

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How many grapes do you need to make one glass of wine?

I am sure that you have often wondered how many grapes that are needed to fill a glass of wine? As a benchmark, we often say that one vine produces one a bottle of wine. However, in the case of Sauternes and other high-quality sweet wines, one vine produces only a glass of wine. But, […]

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Harvest workers in the vineyard

Ethically labelled wines at the Swedish Systembolaget

Systembolaget, the Swedish state monopoly for wine and other alcoholic beverages, 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 rules regarding conditions for people working in the vineyard. Risk countries are South Africa, Chile and […]

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Man fishing in the Loire river

Jacob’s Creek designs wine for Japanese market

Is a wine that has been created for a particular market or for a certain taste a lesser wine than a so-called terroir wine that comes from a specific, well-defined vineyard? No, not necessarily. But probably it is a little less interesting for a wine enthusiast. Many wines are blended together to acquire a certain […]

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Machine Harvest in Champagne, soon a reality?

In Champagne everything is harvested by hand in order not to risk that the must is coloured by the blue (red) grapes. But last year discuss begun about the possibility of introducing machine harvest in the region. The reason was that the government greatly increased employer contributions for seasonal workers. But the problem is that […]

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