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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Zest: a synthetic cork for sparkling wines

Nomacorc, manufacturer of synthetic wine corks, has launched a synthetic cork for sparkling wines. The cork will start selling in Italy beginning of 2016. The visual aspect of the cork has been important for Nomacorc and Zest looks indeed very much like a champagne cork made of natural cork. If champagne producers would be willing […]

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Wine tours with BKWine autumn 2016 (and spring)

We will soon have all details on www.bkwinetours.com. But we already have the dates. More information will soon be available on the travel site. Champagne, 14-18 September Bordeaux, 28 Sept – 2 Oct Douro, 12-16 October And keep an eye on our website bkwinetours.com, there may be more tours coming! And if you want to […]

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Sauternes wine and foie gras, a winning combination

What a great combination. A company that sells foie gras buys a Sauternes château. The château is famous Château Rayne Vigneau. The buyer is Trésor du Patrimoine, a company that sells foie gras as well as wine on line. The seller is the French bank Crédit Agricole but they will retain a small share. A […]

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Champagne GH Mumm in Reims

The ten most popular Champagnes in France

Most French buy their wines in supermarkets, GMS as the category is called here. So which brands are the most popular at the moment? We have the list where we find, not surprisingly, big houses and at the top a cooperative. 1: Nicolas Feuillatte (Centre Vinicole – Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte) 2: Alfred Rothschild (Lanson) 3: […]

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Some recommendations for what remains of the holidays (or after)

If your cellar isn’t already filled up, here are some suggestions from a few of our favourite producers. White Château Lestrille Capmartin 2013, Bordeaux blanc, approx 8 euro Vouvray Sec, Domaine Vincent Carême, Loire Valley, approx 17 euro QM Vinhas Velhas Alvarinho, Vinho Verde Quintas de Melgaço, Portugal, 19 euro Red Château Carsin, Cuvée Noire […]

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Serve your wine at the right temperature

Sometimes you need to cool or warm your wine to obtain the right serving temperature. Which way is the best and how do you know how long it will take? An interesting little booklet was published in the 1960s in Sweden by a man called Haqvin Carlheim-Gyllensköld, known for his scientific approach to cooking. The […]

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Wine Christmas gift tips

Maybe you want to find a good wine to offer as a Christmas gift. Or you just want a good wine with your Christmas meal. Here are some suggestions that we recently tasted. Barolo Albe, G.D. Vajra ,Piemonte, Italy, approx 20 euro. Brilliant Barolo with a good balance, aromas of red berries and plums and […]

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Ageing wine in the closet?

On average, the French store 67.7 bottles with a value of 1020 euros in their homes. The average price per bottle is 15 euros. 63% of the French have a “wine cellar”, small or large, at home. 15% of all bottles purchased in France, is purchased to be aged. But there are gaps in the […]

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Carignan on the move in Chile; now challenging Carmenere?

Carignan is a grape loved by many producers in the Languedoc who think that Carignan gives the most typical Languedoc wines. Also in other places you find growers that are fond of the Carignan. In the region of Maule in Chile, there is an association that calls itself VIGNO. It is a group of producers […]

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