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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New wine region in Argentina: Chapadmalal

The wine world is growing. One of the newest wine regions is Chapadmalal located on the coast a few kilometres south of Buenos Aires. We are more accustomed to Argentine wines from hot and dry Mendoza. Here on the Atlantic coast, it is much cooler and wetter. The vines don’t need irrigation; the nights are […]

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A back label showing sweet-dry scale, Alsace

New rule will make it easier to buy Alsace wines

It can be a bit of a gamble to buy Alsatian wine. Will the wine be completely dry or will it have some residual sugar? But all this uncertainty will soon end. As of vintage 2016 it will be mandatory for white Alsatian wines that have less than 4 grams of residual sugar per litre […]

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A country road in Provence

Chateau de Palayson, an American-Swedish winery in Provence | Britt on Forbes

Château de Palayson is a beautiful wine estate not far away from the coast on the French Riviera in Provence. The owners, the American couple Alan and Christine Rudd, went against the stream when they bought Château de Palayson. They wanted to make high quality red wine. In Britt’s latest article on Forbes she gives […]

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Tasting Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Classic Bordeaux, an introduction to the Medoc

What do you most associate with Bordeaux, if not the grape cabernet sauvignon and the chateaux of the Médoc? Cabernet Sauvignon Among red grapes there is hardly any grape that is so well-known as cabernet sauvignon. Every single wine country all over the world with some self-esteem has some cabernet sauvignon vineyards. Its style and […]

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Too much alcohol in the wine? Change the yeast!

People sometimes complain that there is too much alcohol in wine. In a warm climate, however, it is not always easy to produce wines with lower alcohol content. When ripe grapes, rich in sugar, ferment to a totally dry wine, the alcohol level often reaches 14 or 14.5%. But now research has come one step […]

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Tasting olive oil in Istria, Croatia

The Secrets of Olive Oil

Like the grapevine the expansion of the Roman Empire spread the olive tree across Europe. But not quite as far north as the vine since the olive tree has greater demands warm weather. The olive tree thrives best in areas where the summers are long, hot and dry and winters are short but cold enough […]

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A budding vine in a vineyard in Le Marche

First “natural” herbicide launched

The first “natural” herbicide is now available on the market. The name is Beloukha and the company that manufactures the product is called Jade. Beloukha is a fatty acid derived from rapeseed oil. Spraying with the product gives the vineyard protection against weeds around three weeks depending on weather conditions. For best results spraying should […]

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Combine great wine, good food and charming villages and you have Alsace | Britt on Forbes

Alsace is at the eastern edge of France, just on the border to Germany. With the new high-speed train it takes only three hours from Paris and it is a trip well worth doing. Although it is quite high up north it is one of France’s sunniest districts, sheltered as it is by the Vosges […]

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Maria Rosa Wine Estate Sarosa Sirakuzan, Malta

Maltese wines from Maria Rosa

It is not surprising that they make wine in Malta. But you rarely see wines from there. They probably drink most of what they produce themselves on the island. And to be honest, the production is quite small. However, efforts are being made to revitalize the local wine industry. Malta is located just south of […]

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Chaptalization or addition of concentrated grape must – a political fight

The biggest IGP appellation in France, the IGP Pays d’Oc, has allied itself with the two largest European manufacturers of concentrated grape must. Together they will fight against chaptalization and the unbalanced competition the they believe exist between the wine producers that are allowed to chaptalize (adding sugar) and the wine regions that instead add […]

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Champagne Fleury Blanc de Noirs Brut | Britt’s Wine of the Month

Champagne Fleury is one of the organic and biodynamic pioneers in Champagne. The family Fleury is found in the southernmost part of Champagne, in the Côte de Bar, famous for its high quality Pinot Noir grapes. This blanc de noirs is made only from these Pinot Noir grapes. It is dry champagne that has a […]

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Poulprix, a "natural" wine from the Jura region

Trending in Paris: “natural” wine bars and restaurants | Britt on Forbes

Since a few years back it seems the craze on the Paris wine bar and bistro scene is restaurants focusing on “natural” wines, and similar low-intervention wines (sometimes also called “primitive” wines). This is a curious trend in some ways since these wines are sometimes hard to understand and not immediately appreciable by many wine […]

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Fire in Constantia, South Africa, vineyards threatened

In South Africa, a huge fire raged in early March that struck the vineyards of Constantia, among others. Fortunately, many had already harvested some of their grapes. It seems that the damage in the vineyards, after all, is rather limited after great efforts by both fire-fighters and volunteers. Constantia is situated on the Cape Peninsula, […]

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Jakeli Khashmi Saperavi 2011, Georgia

Wines for the curious consumer from Meadowdale Wines on Isle of Wight: Slovenia, Georgia, Lipari

Meadowdale Wines on the Isle of Wight is a fairly new English wine importer started by Swede Jan Lindfeldt. He specializes in wines produced with as little additives as possible. He says that he does not know what he should call his wines: “natural, raw, real, naked or pure … “. Instead he just calls […]

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Champagne Maxime Toubart Rose

Rosé Champagne in different guises, Maxime Toubart and Thevenet Delouvin

Rosé Champagne can be made in two ways. The most used method is the rosé d’assemblage. That means adding a little red wine to the white wine before bottling. The red wine is of course also made from grapes grown in the Champagne appellation The second method is called saignée in French and it means […]

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Is the increase in grape sales to Champagne houses a reason to worry?

We have in recent years seen more and more champagnes made by small producers who own their own vineyards. But this trend seems to have been a little bit interrupted lately. Between 2008 and 2014 sales of grapes to the big Champagne houses increased with the equivalent of 2644 hectares. The association for young growers […]

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Stricter rules in Austria for spraying with copper

Organic producers are criticized for their use of copper in the vineyards. The EU allows 6 kilograms of copper per hectare and per year for organic producers, as we mentioned recently (Organic viticulture: How do you use less copper?). But one of our readers, Gottfried Lamprecht, an organic wine producers in southern Austria, has pointed […]

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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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