About Per Karlsson

Per grundade BKWine tillsammans med Britt. Ryktet gör gällande att hans vinintresse startade redan när han var 11 år. Vinresorna och vinskrivandet tar även honom till runt 200 vinegendomar varje år. Per skriver om vin framför allt på internet för BKWine Magazine och BKWine Brief. Per är också professionell fotograf, specialiserad på vin och resor. Gå in på BKWine Photography för mer information om denna aktivitet. Sedan några år tillbaka har han breddat fotoverksamheten till att även omfatta videoproduktion. Han har bidragit till samtliga bilder, och viss text, till BKWines vinböcker. - - - - - Per is co-founder together with his wife Britt of BKWine. Rumour has it that his interest in wine started already when he was 11. Just like Britt he visits some 200 wineries each year on wine tours and for journalistic research. He writes about wine primarily online on BKWine Magazine and in the BKWine Brief. Per is also a professional photographer, specialising in wine and travel photography. See BKWine Photography for more on this. Since a few years back he has also branched out into video production on the same subject. He has contributed all images, and some text, to BKWine’s wine books. - - - - - Google profile: https://plus.google.com/117121939618015660274/
Author Archive | Per Karlsson
Gin: Ungava Canadian Premium

The Renaissance of Gin, 3: The revival of Gin over the past 30 years

Gin’s revival in popularity has been driven by many of the same factors that were important in gin’s earlier history – the role of marketing/brands, the impact of legislation, developments in flavours and the link to cocktails and fashionability. Four events have been particularly important. Marketing innovations by IDV led the way. In 1988, IDV […]

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Champagne, vinet och odlarna, omslag

Time for our next book: Champagne

On March 22 we will be launching our next book (in Stockholm). It is a different kind of champagne book. We do of course go into the details of how champagne is made, the grapes, the history etc, but in addition to that we give you a lot of insider information that is rarely talked […]

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Vineyards with an oak tree in Alentejo, Portugal

What’s on at BKWine Tours (as of March 2017)

Spring 2017 (with places left) Bordeaux, May 3-7, 2017 Autumn / fall 2017 Bordeaux, September 27 – October 1 Piedmont, wine and truffles, October 18-22 Douro Valley, Portugal, October 18-22 Alentejo and Setubal, October 25-29 For more information please contact us on email or on phone (we’re on French time), or go to our wine […]

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Britt & Per Karlsson, BKWine

Time to scrap “New World Wine”? | New Brief out, #162 | The Wine Newsletter

Is it time to scrap “New World Wine”? Not the wines of course but the generalising description of a group of wines using those words. “This feels like a New World wine” is something we sometimes hear when people taste blind. We sometimes use that description ourselves. It usually means that the wine is full-bodied, […]

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BKWine Brief nr 162, February 2017

Is it time to scrap “New World Wine”? Not the wines of course but the generalising description of a group of wines using those words. “This feels like a New World wine” is something we sometimes hear when people taste blind. We sometimes use that description ourselves. It usually means that the wine is full-bodied, […]

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Gin: Hendricks, Tanqueray

The Renaissance of Gin, 2: Production of Gin, how process variations result in different flavours

EU law defines three categories of gin:[1] “Gin” is the basic category. Flavourings, either natural or artificial, are mixed (cold compounded) with the base spirit and other approved colourings and sweeteners are added. A molasses-based spirit may be used (often cheaper), giving a softer feel. “Distilled Gin” is made by redistilling the mixture of diluted […]

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Chateau Latour barrel cellar, Bordeaux

BKWine wine tours in media

Everyone needs some encouragement once in a while. We too. We get a big kick every time we see someone mentioning our wine tours (or our books, see other news flash). This month two articles have popped up on our tours (read more on the links): Flavorful World: These excursions will take travelers inside two […]

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London Dry Gin

The Renaissance of Gin, 1: Introduction and the History of Gin from the Middle Ages to 1985

The essay in four parts explores the history of gin up until 1985, its production, the revival in consumption over the past 30 years, and looks forward to how the market might develop over the next 10 years. This essay focuses primarily on the UK market although reference is made to other markets where relevant, […]

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Bag-in-box wines in a Systembolaget shop

The Swedish alcohol monopoly increases profits by 21% to 23 million euro

Systembolaget, the Swedish alcohol monopoly, has published its financial statements. It had a turnover in 2016 of 28.5 billion SEK (3 bn euro), an increase of 3%. The profit (operating profit) amounted to SEK 217 million (23 million euro), an increase of 21% from 2015, a not entirely insignificant profit from a company who likes […]

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A vineyard in Sancerre

A new and exciting wine travel autumn is ready for you

We have finalised all the planning for the coming autumn / fall wine tours. You can read more on the program further down in the section on wine travel. We have two new destinations to offer you this year. Piedmont in northern Italy with wine and truffles, including a cooking workshop. And also Alentejo, the […]

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Britt & Per Karlsson, BKWine

Streamlined or personal wines? | New Brief out, #161 | The Wine Newsletter

Streamlined or personal? What is it that makes a wine feel personal, as if it has a special character? It really has nothing to do with the price. Sometimes I get the impression that some winemakers have magic fingers. Or is it simply a question of good soil and micro climate, and clement weather? Having […]

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BKWine Brief nr 161, January 2017

Streamlined or personal? What is it that makes a wine feel personal, as if it has a special character? It really has nothing to do with the price. Sometimes I get the impression that some winemakers have magic fingers. Or is it simply a question of good soil and micro climate, and clement weather? Having […]

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Bourgogne, vinerna, distrikten, producenterna

What the press says about our new books on Piedmont and Burgundy

Last autumn we had two new books published in the series Guide to the World of Wine: Piedmont Burgundy With the two previous books, on Bordeaux and Tuscany, the series now has four books. We have had several press mentions and book reviews of the series. Although the books are (for the moment) only published […]

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Sparkling wine bottles in a cooling bath

Disgorging sparkling wine – how to get the yeast out of the bottle

A video explanation on how sparkling wine is made Many better sparkling wines have a second fermentation in the bottle. It is this second fermentation in the bottle that makes the wine bubbly. This is the method known as “the traditional method” methode traditionnelle. In the past it was called “champagne method” but the champagne […]

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Swartland landscape in South Africa

A researcher studies wine and food tourism

We were contacted a little while back by a PhD student at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia. She is working on a research project concerning “foodies” and other people who travel for pleasure for food and wine. For example, what is important when one is travelling, what kind of destinations you prefer etc. She […]

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BKWine Brief nr 160, December 2016

Sparkling trends It is popular to talk about upcoming trends at this time of year. An ongoing trend that certainly will continue in 2017 is the world’s unquenchable thirst for bubbles. In 2016 Prosecco and Cava had an enormous success. Champagne has been doing well although the domestic market is a bit slow at the […]

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Our new book series “Guide to the World of Wine” wins first prize in Gastronomic Academy Book Awards, “of international class”

We are very happy and proud to have received first prize in the Swedish Gastronomic Academy Book Awards. Many thanks to the jury and to the publisher. And above all, thank you to you who reads the book! Gastronomic Academy Book Awards is the annual event for all food and beverage books published during the […]

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Capon at a market in Paris

Festive food: Paris shops and eats at Christmas and New Year | Per on Forbes

What is your typical Christmas and New Year food specialities? Many countries have something special for this season. Sweden has the Julskinka and Julbord. The United States have the turkey. In Britain they feast on Christmas Pudding and Mince Pies. In Italy, or at least in Veneto, Christmas is not without a Pandoro, or a […]

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BKWine celebrates 20 years of wine on the internet, since 1996

Sweden’s first website on wine? 20 years ago we started writing about wine online. “Wine on the internet since 1996”, as it says on our banner. We were – probably – Sweden’s first “home page” of wine. It was not called BKWine Magazine at the time, and a lot has happened since then. So this […]

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Fondue with poached egg, truffles, Pidieri Dolcetto and Castello Verduno

Truffles Fontina Fondue with a Poached Egg in Piedmont

Fondue is French and means melted. In cooking fondue usually means a pot of melted cheese that you can dip pieces of bread, or something else in. In Italy they also use it to mean a creamy sauce – or simply a cream – of melted cheese that you can serve with something. An excellent […]

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BKWine Brief nr 159, November 2016

Parisian café or Japanese sushi? How is the traditional Parisian café doing? Everywhere you look in the French capital, you see a sushi restaurant or a sushi takeaway where there used to be a café. As soon as a café disappears, the Japanese are there. We now have four sushi places 5-10 minutes’ walk from […]

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Guest of Argentina’s ambassador and minister of tourism

It is not every day one gets invited over to the embassy of Argentina, or any other country (although I was at the Portuguese ambassador’s residence in Prague earlier this year). Of course, one goes come rain come shine. In addition to pleasant company one can count on great wines and delicious food. Well, it […]

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BKWine Brief nr 158, October 2016

High or low alcohol Are you one of those consumers who think that the alcohol level in wines is getting higher and higher? Actually, this is an undisputed fact. Wine has more alcohol now than it had in the past. Some consumers do not care, while others look at the label and are horror-struck if […]

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Spring Bordeaux wine tour adds on to the long-distance winter tours

The just published wine tour to Bordeaux completes the winter and spring season wine tour program. The Bordeaux tour is a magnificent blend (a Bordeaux blend?) of luxury, gastronomy, and human scale family vineyards. For many wine lovers Bordeaux is the first port of call when venturing into wine country and this is an excellent […]

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The La Spinetta wine cellar in Piedmont

“It can’t get any better!” says a customer

We love hearing from our guest, the travellers, on our tours. This past autumn we had a wine tour to the Piedmont (or Piemonte if we stick to Italian). It had of course plenty of winery visits, vineyards, and tastings but it also included a visit to the famous truffles market in Alba with the […]

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Two tales from the wine regions in Chile and Argentina

Kathy Merchant, an American wine writer, travelled with us on our latest South America wine tour. She has written two travel stories on what she experienced in Chile and in Argentina, stories that are now published on our travel blog. The world should catch up with wines from Chile!  – one can only agree – […]

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BKWine Brief nr 157, September 2016

Aromatized wine? Flavoured yeast? Luxury wines without oak? On our trip to the southern Rhone Valley last week we tasted the unfermented grape juice from freshly harvested Grenache. It was delicious and sweet. But it didn’t taste like a wine, of course. A wine’s flavour is developed during the fermentation. Aromas that are already present […]

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Indigenous World Winery in Okanagan Valley

Focus on quality wines and tourism at a new Okanagan winery, Indigenous World Winery

Indigenous World Winery opened its doors earlier this year. It is located on the west shore of the Okanaga Lake in the Okanaga Valley, a good three hour’s drive east of Vancouver. It is only the second aboriginal owned winery in the Okanagan. Although the winery was only recently opened for visits they have been […]

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An update on our wine tours (September 2017)

What’s on at BKWine Tours Champagne, September 14-18 Bordeaux, September 28 – October 2 Douro Valley, October 12-16 Chile and Argentina in South America, January 28 – February 12, 2017 South Africa, February 24 – March 7, 2017, with Safari add-on and Golf add-on Champagne, April 19-23, 2017 Bordeaux, May 3-7, 2017 For more information […]

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BKWine Brief nr 156, August 2016

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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