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 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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A refrigerator with bottles cooling

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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Two vintages Chateau Angelus, Saint Emilion

Château Angélus shoots to fame in Saint Emilion | Britt on Forbes

It is not enough to be talented in making wine to succeed in wine. You also have to be a good business person. Hubert de Boüard at Chateau Angélus is certainly both. He is a sought after consultant that works with many wine producers around Bordeaux and elsewhere. His own Chateau Angelus was one of […]

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Less spraying with resistant grape varieties

For more than a decade there has been research going on in France in order to obtain grape varieties that are resistant to the fungal diseases oidium and mildiou. The research organization INRA believe that these varieties will be able to come on the market in 2017. 36 different resistance crossings are already out in […]

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What do consumers think about organic wine?

A major market research conducted on behalf of Sudvinbio, a French producer association for organic wines, shows how consumers in four countries – France, Germany, the UK and Sweden – perceive organic wines. A large proportion of the respondents in the different countries drink organic wine from time to time. If they are hesitant to […]

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Chenin Blanc plantings decrease in Anjou

Anjou in the Loire Valley is an important region for the white grape Chenin Blanc. In Anjou you find for example Savennières where they produce great dry Chenin wines and Coteaux du Layon where they make some fabulous sweet Chenin wines. Today there are 5000 hectares of Chenin Blanc in Anjou. The black grapes have […]

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Tasting a few wines of various vintages at the chateau

Bordeaux: Médoc and Graves, an introduction

Médoc is the perfect location for viticulture with the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Gironde bay on the other. The vineyards are located along the Gironde and the pine forest along the Atlantic coast protects vineyards from rain and sea breezes. In total Médoc consists of 11 000 hectares, ie about one tenth […]

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Harvest workers picking grapes

The harvest 2015 in France

Overall it has been a very good year in France. We have seen many happy faces in the vineyards. But nothing is perfect and some regions have had problems. Burgundy: Very high quality. Early flowering, very hot and dry summer and the rain that came in August were much needed. No diseases and the producers […]

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Champagne Roederer has its own nursery

Champagne Louis Roederer has, as one of the few wine producers in France, been approved as a “pepiniériste privé”, ie as a private nursery for vines. Roederer will now grow their own American root stocks. On these they will graft cuttings taken from their own vineyards. It is very unusual for wine producers to do […]

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The barrel ageing cellar at Bodegas Baigorri

Time for a comeback in Rioja with Bodegas Baigorri | Britt on Forbes

Anyone else has the feeling that Rioja has been lingering in the background for quite a few years? But that today it is time for a renaissance? That is at least the feeling we have had when we have travelled in this northern Spanish wine regions recently. We have seen a lot of new thinking […]

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Delas buys Jaboulet house and winery

The big northern Rhône Valley wine merchant Delas, now owned by Champagne Deutz, recently bought the family Jaboulet’s beautiful estate in the centre of Tain l’Hermitage. The houses are to be renovated and the winery will be demolished and rebuilt again, in a more modern style. Jaboulet was run by the Jaboulet family from 1834 […]

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Successful harvest for Chile

2015 has so far been a good year for the Chilean wines. The harvest was a record-high 12.86 million hectolitres. It’s a good recovery from last year’s very low figure. It is even a bit higher than the previous record year, 2012. Chilean export of wines in bottle is also doing well, with growth both […]

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Barefoot, the bestseller in US

Which wine is the bestseller in the US? Looking at the top-ten list recently published by The Wine Economist, it is a wine called Barefoot, which is made by the large wine company Gallo. The average price for this wine is $ 5.64 and Barefoot made $ 622 million between June 15 2014 and June […]

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Female journalists’ favourites in Languedoc (wines, of course…)

Agricultural cooperatives in France are numerous and influential. Not least in the wine business. In Languedoc almost 2/3 of the surface planted with vines are owned by wine growers belonging to a cooperative. This means 150,000 hectares and 15,000 cooperative wine growers. Every year the cooperatives compete with their wines in a prestigious competition held […]

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Roses in the garden

Rosé gets brighter and brighter

Rosé wines are not only getting more and more popular. They are also getting lighter and lighter in colour. In eleven years, the intensity of the colour has fallen by half. Today you can have rosé wines so light in colour that they can easily be mistaken for white wines. But despite consumer preference for […]

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Vineyards protected with a net against hail, Zuccardi, Mendoza, Argentina

Nets to protect from hail, how do they affect the wine?

We hope that hail nets reduce the damage to grapes and vines if it hails, but how do the nets affect the ripening of the grapes, the development of the vines and the finished wine? Soon they will know in Burgundy. Hail nets are being tested here during a three-year period to see what happens […]

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South Africa is “dynamic and exciting”. Tim Atkin’s top wines

Tim Atkin, Master of Wine, says South Africa is the most dynamic and exciting wine country in the New World. He has recently published his third annual report on the South African wines. In the report he also makes a classification of the, according to him, best estates. He was inspired by the Bordeaux classification […]

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The vineyards at Champagne Heucq

Champagne Heucq Cuvée Antique 2005 | Britt’s Wine of the Month

As soon as you put your nose in the glass you realize that this is not just any Champagne. The nose is delightfully complex. There are hints of toasted bread and ripe apples. The flavour is rich, deep and dense with ripe fruit and a certain softness. But the acidity and the freshness are there […]

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