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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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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Hens pecking in the vineyards of Bourgueil

All things are permitted if you want to be eco-friendly, right? A producer in Bourgueil in the Loire Valley allows 220 hens to stroll around in the vineyard. This way he hopes to avoid using both herbicides and insecticides. But when the grapes begin to ripen, they will have to leave. The risk is that […]

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Mangiacane Riserva Chianti Classico 2009 | Britt’s Wine of the Month

I fell for this Chianti Classico instantly. It has typical flavours of the Sangiovese grape, like cherry fruit and some tobacco. The fruit is rich and the tannins are present but well balanced. The grapes are 95 % Sangiovese and the rest is the colourful grape colorino. Villa Mangiacane is a magnificent Renaissance villa surrounded […]

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Apples and oranges for sale

Champagne Veuve Clicquot fights for its orange colour

Admittedly, they have said that they are not going to sue but still, the whole affair is exaggerated, to say the least. It is about champagne house Veuve Clicquot and their zealous eagerness to defend their orange colour. A tiny producer of sparkling wine in Campania in southern Italy has a label that is orange. […]

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Red wine successful in China

The Chinese have overtaken both the French and Italians in terms of consumption of red wine. This shows a report made by Vinexpo, the world leading wine fair which will have its Hong Kong edition in May this year. The Chinese (including Hong Kong) drank 136 % more red wine in 2013 than they did […]

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Delicious wines from Michele Chiarlo in Piedmont

In Piedmont, there are always new things to discover. It could be new grape varieties, new gastronomic specialities or, not least, new winemakers. In late November I had the opportunity to try a number of wines from the excellent producer Michele Chiarlo. It is a relatively new estate that was founded in 1956. They made […]

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Burning pruned branches in winter

The golden secateurs to Lynch-Bages’ pruner

Now in winter time, maybe the wine produce can slow down a little and recuperate? Hardly. Now begins the season for la taille, the winter pruning. An extremely important task that requires special skill so you do not put a pair of secateurs in anybody’s hand. But you probably would put it in Diamentino Rato […]

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Selling wine in supermarkets, something to be ashamed of?

Often we hear wine producers in France saying, not without a certain pride in their voice that their wine is certainly not sold in supermarkets (grande surfaces). I wonder why this would be so terrible. Today’s supermarkets often have as a minimum a very decent selection of wines and sometimes an extremely good one. So […]

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A restaurant in a town square

Aix-en-Provence without “Coteaux”?

Côte and Coteaux, we see these words everywhere: Côtes du Rhône, Coteaux du Languedoc, Côte des Blancs, Côte de Beaune, etc. It is an old French tradition to call wine regions located along rivers or slopes like this. Often the prefixes indicate a larger wine area (though not always, Côte Rôtie is a good example). […]

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Vineyards in Condrieu, Rhone

Domaine Louis Chèze: Delicious wines with vitality from the northern Rhône Valley

Maison Louis Chèze is a young wine producer in the northern Rhône Valley who makes excellent wines with a lot of varietal character. Drinking his wines when they are young is not a sacrilege or weak point. On the contrary. They are delicious. BKWine’s Britt reports from a meeting with Alexandre Poinard. Often everyone is […]

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Rickety Bridge wins double gold for South African bubbly

South Africa makes very good sparkling wine. Since a few years back they call their sparkling wines made from the traditional method that is with a second fermentation in the bottle, MCC, Methode Cap Classique. In the MCC Challenge which recently took place in South Africa, 100 wines were tasted and judged and one of […]

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Bodegas LAN barrel cellar, Rioja

LAN D-12 Quarta Edicion Rioja 2010, Bodegas LAN | Britt’s Wine of the Month

It has been awhile since I drank a Rioja. This wine I was served blind and I did not guess that it was a Rioja (I will not humiliate myself by telling you my guesses). But I thought it was delicious. Elegant and smooth was the first words I used and I added lovely cherry […]

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Chablis, Fourchaume premier cru vineyard

Michel Laroche returns with Domaine d’Henri in Chablis

Michel Laroche is a legendary wine producer in Chablis. He built up his wine business from scratch to a major wine producer with vineyards and wineries on three continents. And then he sold it all. Now he is back in the wine business. Laroche has started a new winery in Chablis called Domaine d’Henri. BKWine’s […]

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Poison in your glass? Big headlines, thin on news in television program on wine

Kalla Fakta (Cold Facts) is a Swedish investigative news program at TV4. A program that is always watched by a lot of people. The November edition of the program was called “Poison in your glass” and the big news was that the wine industry uses additives in the cellar for the winemaking and chemical products […]

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