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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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A glass of Tintilla de Rota de Finca Moncloa Gonzales Byass

Exclusively sweet, port wine and more

We often talk about port wine as if it were one single type of wine. But there is world of difference between, for example, an aged tawny and a vintage port. No news perhaps but it is worth pointing out again. A tawny is aged for a long time in oak barrels and becomes “oxidized”, […]

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Restaurant Kryp In, delicious find in Stockholm | BKWine Pick

A chilly evening in late November, it felt welcoming to step into the restaurant Kryp In, in the Old Town of Stockholm. (Kryp In is Swedish, approximately pronounced creep-in, but do not worry, it means “a small and cosy place”.) This was during my last visit to Stockholm and I had been recommended to go […]

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Uncorked: Good wines we have tasted recently, December 2013

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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Vineyards and mountains in Franschhoek, South Africa

Travelling in the South African wine regions can be full of surprises

“It looked very curious. The clouds were pouring over the edge of the mountain tops in the Franschhoek Valley. It looked almost like a waterfall that was falling down on us. Luckily the “waterfall” evaporated before it reached the middle of the valley where we were standing in the vineyards.” “We were in a block […]

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Contrasts in Mendoza: wine, landscape, climate…

“There are two ways to get to the Mendoza wine region. Either you fly in, from Buenos Aires or Santiago (or from somewhere else). Or you come by road. The “easiest” road to take is over the Andes from Chile. Not that there is anything particularly easy about driving across the Andes. I have done […]

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Mandatory spraying in the vineyard

It can be costly to refuse to spray against the grasshopper that spread the disease flavescence corée. Flavescence dorée is a bacterial disease that weakens the vine. The only thing you can do to prevent the disease from spreading is to remove the infected vines and to use insecticide against the grasshopper that spread the […]

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Which vine rootstock do you choose for your vineyard plantings?

Almost all vines planted today are grafted onto an American rootstock. This is because the wine louse, the phylloxera, is still present in the soil. The American vine is immune to phylloxera, but not the European one. The wine grower can choose from different rootstocks, depending on the soil type and grape. But in fact, […]

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The root cause? Expensive French rootstocks

France has many nurseries that provide winegrowers with new vines. These nurseries are now worried that the French vines have become too expensive compared to other European countries. They keep losing market shares. Exports have declined over the past five years. France exported last year 14 million vines. At the same time 12 million were […]

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Corked wine? Not only cork defects

When you talk about faulty wines, the cork is often the scapegoat. However, there are other types of defects. A tasting in the region of Touraine in the Loire Valley shows that the cork defect is not the biggest problem. The tasting was conducted by the Inter Loire in September when a large number of […]

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Moët & Chandon to launch Indian bubbles

Champagne house Moët & Chandon has launched two Indian sparkling wines, Chandon Brut and Chandon Brut Rosé. They are made in Dindori which is located in Nashik, one of India’s most promising wine growing regions. Nashik is located about three hours’ drive from Mumbai. Here we also find the well-known Sula Vineyards along with 40 […]

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Sugar or grape must in the wine? Yes? No? Maybe?

The discussion concerning who is allowed to chaptalise and who instead must use concentrated grape must to enrich their wine has been going on in France all year. Two ways to do enrichment. To chaptalize means adding regular sugar to the must. But whether adding sugar or concentrated grape must, the result is the same. […]

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