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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Terroir, desirable or despicable? | New Brief out, #156 | The Wine Newsletter

Terroir, desirable or despicable? It is interesting to see how a word can be reassessed. Take the word terroir. A word that every wine lover uses about ten times a day. And always in a very positive spirit. A wine that tastes of its terroir is a successful wine, a wine that stands out, a […]

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Veneto, wine champion in Italy

Vineyards are everywhere in Italy. The vineyard surface is as large as France – around 800 000 hectares – but the country is very much smaller. In contrast to France, Italy have vineyards in all its regions. Since quite some time now, the largest wine production region is Veneto in the northeast part of the […]

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Serralunga in Barolo, Piedmont

Prestige “Barbaresco” will be Barbaresco once more

Angelo Gaja’s children obviously do not agree with their father’s decision to sell the estate’s three single vineyard Barbaresco – Costa Russi, Sori Tildin and Sori San Lorenzo – as DOC Langhe instead of DOCG Barbaresco. Angelo Gaja starting doing this in 1996, possibly because he wanted to include some Barbera in the wines. Something […]

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The favourite grape in Napa is Cabernet Sauvignon

In Napa Valley they like Cabernet Sauvignon. The grape accounts for 40% of the Napa grape surface and 60% of the value of its wines. Now, says Chris Carpenter, cabernet specialist and winemaker, this dependence on Cabernet Sauvignon can be dangerous. Napa would be hit hard if a disease or a virus that affects that […]

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Oldenburg Vineyards Syrah 2013, Stellenbosch | Britt’s Wine of the Month 1

South Africa has a number of exciting and delicious wines. We go there once a year and we have our favourite wine estates that we return to every year. But we always make new discoveries as well. One discovery from this year’s trip in February was the Oldenburg Vineyards. The visit was very memorable. This […]

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Who sells wine in Denmark?

It is not only in Sweden that the Italian wines are popular. Also in Denmark, Italy is the largest wine country with a market share of 21.5%. Chile is in second place with 13.3%, closely followed by Spain, France and South Africa. In sixth place is Australia with 6.8%. In Denmark, the supermarket chains have […]

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Is the world heading for a wine shortage?

So far there has never been any shortage of wine in the world. Rather the opposite. For a long time there was a large surplus but since some years back this surplus is gone. Now the world makes about as much wine as it drinks. But this year the issue has become topical. The start […]

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Vineyards at Casa Valduga in Brazil

The best wine producers in Brazil are in Vale dos Vinhedos | Britt on Forbes

While the world’s top athletes are fighting it out in the Brazilian metropoles the best wines are made in the very southernmost remote parts of the country, in the Vale dos Vinhedos on the border to Uruguay. Brazilian wines have not yet made a great impression on the world of wine but that is perhaps […]

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Celebrate with a glass of wine from Brazil | Britt on Forbes

Brazil is on the front page of every media these days. The Olympic Games does give a lot of attention. But it is rare that Brazilian wines are given much coverage. That is a pity. Brazilian wine has come a long way since the first plantings were done in the Vale dos Vinhedos (The Valley […]

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True or not true on wine? | New Brief out, #155 | The Wine Newsletter

True or not true? You can find tons of information about wine on the Internet. Who look things up in books nowadays? (Actually, as we write wine books, we hope that many do!) It is practical to be able to find everything quickly and smoothly in your computer or phone, but it is also dangerous. […]

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A vine leaf affected by mildiou

Less pesticides? New, environmentally friendly treatment of mildiou

Whether you are organic or not, you have to spray against fungal diseases like downy mildew and powdery mildew. The organic growers use copper and sulphur and the conventional growers use synthetic chemical pesticides. To reduce the use of all these products would be a blessing for both the vineyards and the people that are […]

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Spraying vines with a vineyard tractor

Can organic wine production continue to grow? | Britt on Forbes

Organic viticulture has seen some astonishing growth. Today almost 10% of world wine production is estimated to be organic. A year like 2016 with very difficult weather conditions in many parts of Europe, that still accounts for the majority of the world’s wine, the growth in organics will no doubt be dampened. Bad weather is […]

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Caviar d’Aquitaine with Sauternes wine

Caviar. It is not for every day eating, but it is delicious. Not least the caviar from Bordeaux. In the past, there were wild sturgeons in the Gironde. But today the Bordeaux caviar, the caviar d’aquitaine, comes from farmed sturgeon. It takes about ten years from the birth of the fish until the valuable caviar […]

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The world’s biggest rosé producing countries

It is summer time and people drink tons of rosé wines. In 2014 the world produced a total of 24.3 million hectolitres of rosé (sparkling rosé not included). This was a rise by 16% from 2002. But those of you who do not particularly like rosé, don’t despair. This is still only 9.6% of the […]

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Dramatically shrinking vineyards in Italy: down 50%

I came across some interesting statistics about Italy a while ago. It shows how the Italian vine acreage has decreased over the past 40 years. The decrease is dramatic. In 1970 there were 1.3 million hectares of vineyards in Italy. In 2010 the figure had dropped to 663,000, a reduction of over 600,000 hectares, ie […]

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The big round pebbles, galets roules, in Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Top wines from the Rhone Valley: Chateauneuf-du-Pape | Britt on Forbes

The Rhone Valley in southern France is a fantastic source of good wines. Most of the wines are full-bodied and spicy. On a warm summer day you should drink them slightly chilled (16C) to underline the freshness and in winter they make a perfect companion to more hearty food. There are many different appellations here […]

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No California Champagne in Napa Valley

Despite persistent attempts by France to bring about a ban, it is still permissible for Californian winemakers, under certain circumstances, to call their sparkling wine “California Champagne” (but not within the EU of course!). At the French Trade Minister’s visit to Napa Valley earlier in June, however, the wine growers there made it clear to […]

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Black-rot in southern France

Black-rot is a difficult fungal disease that affects the vines when rainfall is plentiful. And it has been plentiful, so say the least, in France this spring and early summer. Black-rot (as it is called also in French, perhaps because the disease was the “imported” from North America in the late 1800s) attacks both leaves […]

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We never get enough of Grenache, prepare for Grenache day on September 19

Frequent readers of the Brief know that we are very fond of Grenache. It is one of the world’s most widely planted grapes but it is very much a grape that works behind the scenes. The name is rarely seen on the labels and is used mainly in blends with other grapes. It often works […]

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The respect for a fine wine | New Brief out, #154 | The Wine Newsletter

The respect for a fine wine Wine drinking has been democratized in the last 50 years. There are today wines in all price ranges, for all budgets, for all kinds of consumers. Screwcaps and bag in boxes have eliminated the ceremonial opening and serving of a wine. But one thing remains. The respect for the […]

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Domaine Turner Pageot le Blanc

Le Blanc 2013, L’Existence des Choix, Domaine Turner Pageot, Languedoc | Britt’s Wine of the Month

Domaine Turner Pageot is a small winery in the village of Gabian. It is run by the very enthusiastic Emmanuel Pageot and his wife Karen Turner, who is also winemaker at the well-known Prieuré Saint-Jean-de-Bébian. At their family estate, Domaine Turner Pageot, they make wines that are far from the streamlined and boring. Their wines […]

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A glass of Moscatel de Setubal

Periquita, Hexagon, Moscatel and more from JM da Fonseca | Britt on Forbes

Portugal has a treasure trove of outstanding wines but few – far too few – find their way outside of Portugal. One of the few that is known all over the world is Periquita from the José Maria da Fonseca company, one of the most successful Portuguese wine producers. What is perhaps less known is […]

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Happy 80th anniversary to 75 French appellations

In 1936 the first appellations (AOC, appellation d’origine contrôlée) were awarded to 75 wine regions in France. The very first appellations were confirmed on 15 May 1936. It was Arbois, Cassis, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Tavel and Monbazillac. Then during the year a further 70 regions were confirmed. It is an interesting list that shows which districts were […]

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Cava Palago brut nature

The countries that drink (and produce) most sparkling wine in the world

Germans love bubbles. They drink more sparkling wine than any other nationality in the world, 2.9 million hectolitres, which is 4.7 bottles per person. In second place is Russia with 2.4 Mhl and in third place the US with 1.9 million hectolitres. France comes only in fourth place with 1.8 million hectolitres but fare better […]

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Rhône Wine festival in Denmark

Dansk Vincenter (Danish Wine Center) in Advedøre outside Copenhagen is once again this year organising a Rhône Wine festival in September, more specifically, on Saturday 17 September. It is a festival for “those who love Rhone wines”. And who does not? There are few wine regions that offer such a complete wine experience as the […]

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Trending: English wine, mainly sparkling

There is a lot of talk about English wine at the moment. Not least of the sparkling wine that makes headlines every other day. Either it is champagne houses that invest in English vineyards or it is English bubble that wins over champagne in blind tastings. Production figures for 2015 have recently been published and […]

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The official rating for Rioja 2015 is “Very Good”

Last year’s harvest was the earliest anyone had ever experienced in Rioja. And the fastest. The harvest in Rioja usually takes two months. In 2015 it took the four weeks. Moreover, it was a very good harvest, both for quality and quantity. Riojas control board, Consejo Regulador DOCa Rioja, has recently given the vintage 2015 […]

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Wine in Italian schools?

Is that appropriate? No, it’s not about drinking wine, it is more about learning about wine. A senator in the Italian parliament has proposed a law that makes it mandatory to teach schoolchildren of the history and the civilisation of wine in Italy. He believes that the people of the world’s largest wine country should […]

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The first vintage of Mas de Daumas Gassac

Languedoc quality pioneer Aimé Guibert at Mas de Daumas Gassac passes away

Aimé Guibert, quality pioneer in Languedoc, has died at 91 years of age. He founded his property Mas de Daumas Gassac outside Aniane in Languedoc in the 1970s. 1978 was the first vintage. Guibert focused on quality, he wanted to make a wine of top quality. And not just with any grapes, he wanted to […]

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Rickety Bridge Foundation Stone White, South African favourite | Britt’s wine of the month

One of our favourites in South Africa is Rickety Bridge in Franschhoek, a winery that we always have on the itinerary for our SA wine tours. Their Foundation Stone White is made primarily from Chenin Blanc which gives it an interesting complexity, body, ripe fruit with a touch of honey (and it has just managed […]

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