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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Cabernet sauvignon at Boekenhoutskloof

Cabestrel, a new grape variety, crossing of two. Guess which!

There is much talk right now in the world of wine of the need for new grape varieties. There are actually two reasons for this. One is the fear that the expected climate change requires grape with other characteristics. And these qualities can maybe be obtained by crossing different vitis vinifera grapes. The second reason […]

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Tractor equipped for spraying

Spraying of vineyards: 26 active substances should be replaced, says EU commission

The European Commission has recently published a list of 26 active substances used in viticulture that should eventually be replaced, because of their danger to people or the environment. On the list are copper sulphate, copper hydroxide, copper oxide chloride and copper oxide. All of these are used for spraying against fungal diseases, especially downy […]

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Special shop for Bag-in-Box

In France, there is now a retail chain that sells only bag-in-box wines. It is called Bibovino and the first one opened in Paris a year ago. The range is expanding all the time and more and more AOP wines are launched. Most recently it was a Crozes-Hermitage. Bibovino specializes in organic and biodynamic wines. […]

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Bag-in-box wines in a Systembolaget shop

Bag-in-Box now has its own competition

It is popular with wine competitions. These can be general, for a particular grape variety, for a particular region, etc. And now even the bag-in-box wines have their own competition.   on the 20th of March. In France, sales of BIB increase every year, especially in supermarkets. Also, many restaurants buy 10 litre BIB for their […]

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The Chinese invest in Languedoc

Chinese wine drinkers are interested not only in luxury wines from the great chateaux of Bordeaux or from the top producers in Burgundy. Chinese BHC International Wine Assets imports every year 2 million bottles to China. 50% comes from the Languedoc. Here they find reasonably priced wines. When the company recently wanted to invest in […]

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More information on Italian wine labels

Unfathomable is the Italian bureaucracy. We have just read that from January 1, 2015 it is apparently no longer illegal to mention Piedmont on a bottle of Barolo. Of course, the name Barolo DOCG is the most important information on such a bottle but if the producer in addition wanted to inform the consumer that […]

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The screw cap is gaining ground

Some countries have gladly embraced the screw cap while the increase in other countries is slower. Wine consumer’s preferences are very different when it comes to choosing between natural cork and screw cap. The screw cap is, however, gaining ground everywhere even if the major wine countries France, Spain and Italy still prefer natural cork. […]

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Domaine Weinbach Sainte Catherine Riesling

Cuvée Sainte Catherine 1994, Domaine Weinbach, Riesling Schlossberg | Britt’s Wine of the Month

When you have a really good Riesling in your glass there is nothing else to wish for. And a much better Riesling than this Cuvée Sainte Catherine 1994 from Domaine Weinbach could hardly be found. A good Riesling has an extreme ageing ability and here it was really worth it to be patient and wait. […]

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Regaleali Rosso 1998 Tasca d'Almerita

Uncorked: Good wines we have tasted recently, February 2015

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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Chateau Chateau de France, Bordeaux

Great Graves: white and red from Château de France, Pessac-Léognan, Bordeaux

There are some 8000 “chateaux” in Bordeaux. Of these 8000 it is less than 1% that have reached international fame, and often astronomical prices, and few that really have palatial buildings. Among the remaining 99% you can find plenty of exciting wines, often at very favourable prices considering the quality they offer. Not least in […]

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Sherry by Julian Jeffs, the contents

Sherry by Julian Jeffs | book review

. It is now in its 6th edition (first published 1961!), so just imagine how many wine enthusiasts and wine professions that have learned about the Spanish wine through this book. And probably enjoyed learning too. This book is thorough. No stones are left unturned, all aspects are covered: history, terroir, the land, production, the […]

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Organic viticulture: How do you use less copper?

It does not matter if you are organic or not. All vineyards can suffer from various diseases. Against certain fungal diseases, downy mildew for example, you can spray with copper, usually in the form of copper sulphate. Both organic and conventional growers use copper but the conventional ones can also, or instead, use synthetic chemical […]

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Congratulations INAO, 80 years this year!

This year we congratulate the INAO which was founded in 1935, 80 years ago. Then it was called Institut national des appellations d’origine. Nowadays the name has changed to the Institut national de l’origine et de la qualité. But fortunately they kept the handy abbreviation. INAO is a public body working under the French Ministry […]

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Powerful French Wine Cooperatives

Some of the French wine cooperatives are big players in the French wine world. Which is not surprising. Nearly half of all French wine comes from cooperatives. The biggest is Val d’Orbieu in the Languedoc with 2500 members and a production of one million hectolitres annually. Here is an updated list of France’s largest cooperatives. […]

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Cru Bourgeois in Médoc in new clothes. And now 5-yearly?

The Cru Bourgeois classification in Médoc has a stormy past. It was first created in the 1930s and disappeared shortly after the 2003 update of the classification was cancelled. The reason for cancelling the reviewed listing was dissatisfaction protests from some chateaux that were not included. This update listed 247 chateaux. Cru Bourgeois resurfaced a […]

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Marc Kreydenweiss and one of his sons, Alsace and Rhone

Languedoc: an excellent source for delicious wines and good value | Britt on Forbes

The Languedoc has gone through a virtual revolution over the past few decades. It is probably the French wine region that has seen the most revolutionary changes in recent times. From having been a huge source for cheap bulk wine it has become something of a hotbed for exiting wines and good value for money. […]

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Fermentation tanks. In concrete and with special oval shape

Design and fashion, or technical progress for fermentation tanks?

Fermentation tanks exist in many different models. And there will be more. At the Vinitech Show in early December some original things were presented. Among other things this vinification tank from oak barrel maker Radoux. This hourglass-shaped tank has several advantages, it is claimed. One of them is that you can remove nothing but the […]

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Algae, hormones, bacillus and plant extracts: new organic pesticides

In 2015 we will see new pesticides in the vineyard, developed for organic wine growers. And of course for others who want to limit their use of synthetic products. Vacciplant, from the company Goëmar, is based on laminarin (brown algae), and has been approved for use as a plant stimulator against powdery mildew. Pheromones are […]

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Millesime Bio wine show

Millésime Bio, organic wine fair with a record number of visitors

The world’s largest wine fair for organic wines closed its doors recently, on January 28th, after three successful days. The fair is held every year in Montpellier and does not stop growing. This year the fair had room for over 800 exhibitors and over a hundred producers were on the waiting list. Next year it […]

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Champagne or Crémant de Bordeaux ? A political drama

If by any chance you thought it was easy to be a politician, I can tell you that it is not. Alain Juppé, mayor for many years in Bordeaux and also a presumptive presidential nominee in 2017, angered feelings in Champagne when he promised Bordeaux producers to serve Crémant de Bordeaux at official events. The […]

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Swedish vineyard receives medal at the International Wine Challenge in London

One of the wine world’s most important competitions, the International Wine Challenge in London, was held in early December. The Swedish winery Vingården i Klagshamn (“The Vineyard in Klagshamn” in Southern Sweden) won bronze medals for two of it wines. One wine was Phantasmagoria 2013. This wine is made from late harvested Solaris grapes, fermented […]

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Vinexpo in June 2015 in Bordeaux

Vinexpo in Bordeaux is probably the world’s largest wine fair. Next edition, the eighteenth, will be on June 14-18, 2015. There are many wine fairs in the world today and for each of them it is important to know how to attract visitors. Vinexpo is launching several new ideas and events for the 2015 edition. […]

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Pernand Vergelesses 2012 Premier Cru Iles des Vergelesses, Domaine Luc et Lise Pavelot | Britt’s Wine of the Month

Pernand-Vergelesses has long been one of my favourite villages in the Côte d’Or. From many producers here I find that wonderful pinot fruit and elegance that I look for in a red burgundy. And in this wine from the excellent Domaine Pavelot, which is run by Luc and Lise Pavelot, I find just that. It […]

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Carmenère, French grape adopted by Chile

Did you drink a wine made from the Carmenère grape on November 24? Probably not. And maybe you were not even aware of the fact that this day was “World Carmenère Day”. But now you know for next year. The promoter is of course Chile. With a World Carmenère day the Chilean wine producers want […]

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Stainless steel tanks and oak barrels, Mas del Perié, Cahors

Cahors and the young generation: Fabien Jouves at Mas del Perié

The shape of the bottle is significant. You see a bottle with straight shoulders, like bottles in Bordeaux, and immediately you think you already know a bit about how the wine will taste. In Cahors, like in any other wine region in the Southwest of France, the Bordeaux bottle is used for red wines. But […]

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Chateau Valcombe Epicure Blanc

Château Valcombe, Ventoux | Britt’s Wine of the Month

My wine of the month is this month two wines, a red and a white from the same producer, Château Valcombe in beautiful appellation of Ventoux. The château is just at the foot of Mont Ventoux, the highest mountain in Provence, almost 2000 meters high. This is Provence at its very best: pine trees, fields […]

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An old vine in sandy soil

Vines, a cultural heritage. On Pantelleria

Vines pruned with the traditional alberello method and half-buried in the sand on the volcanic island of Pantelleria south of Sicily, is since a little while back on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This traditional pruning system, called gobelet in French and bush vine in English, is used in a very particular way on the […]

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Chateau Croix Mouton Bordeaux

Château Croix Mouton, a Bordeaux Supérieur challenges the big ones

Château Croix Mouton, with the modest appellation Bordeaux Supérieur (and a modest price as well), has received medals, high points and numerous awards. It is always a pleasure when a chateau that is not located in one of the prestigious Bordeaux appellations makes the headlines. And the awards are well deserved. The wine made here […]

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Chateau Phelan Segur in the Medoc, Bordeaux

Do you want to buy a vineyard?

Searching for a vineyard to buy? Are you longing for a life among vines and steel tanks, tractors, regulations and bureaucracy? Then we know exactly where you should start looking. At least if you see yourself making wine in Provence, the Rhone Valley or Languedoc. The newly created company WINE Objectives offer vineyards for sale […]

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Swedish Top Gold Medal at the Fourth PIWI Wine Awards 2014

The Swedish winery Gute Vingård, situated on the island of Gotland in the Baltic sea, recently won a Top Gold Medal in the Fourth International PIWI Wine Awards in Germany. This is a wine competition for wines made from fungus-resistant grapes (PIWI stands for the pilzwiderstandsfähige rebsorten). The aim of competition is to make consumers […]

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