About Ulf Bengtsson

Ulf Bengtsson skriver om vin under pseudonymen Red Scream på sin blogg Red scream and riesling, http://redscreamandriesling.blogspot.se/, en blogg som blandar vin, mat, fotografi och andra livsviktiga ämnen som deckare, Stockholmspromenader och sporadisk sport. Han finns även på Facebook. - - - - - Ulf Bengtsson writes about wine under the pseudonym Red Scream on his blog Red Scream and Riesling, on wine, food, photography and other things that are important in life. Like detective novels, taking long walks in Stockholm and the occasional burst of exercise. He is also on Facebook.
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Black Stallion Estate Winery Bucephalus

A leisurely afternoon with Californian Black Stallion Estate Winery and the winemaker Ralf Holdenried

Once again I get an opportunity to explore more interesting Californian wines, a that state I think is getting more and more interesting. At least from a wine perspective. I am about to taste some wines from the Black Stallion Estate Winery, together with the winemaker Ralf Holdenried, a relatively new brand on the US […]

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Copain wines

Go West! The pick of the best from the American Wine Day 2015

American Wine Day 2015. The slimmed down version of the catalogue still extends over seven pages and lists more than 80 importers and far more producers and vineyards. It feels as if the West Coast just gets more and more interesting from a vinous perspective! How to attack such a trade show? I choose to […]

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Domaine Pontifical, Chateauneuf-du-Pape

A papal evening with Domaine Pontifical from Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Wines from the South can warm nicely in the winter in the cold North. And can also cheer up a gloomy evening. Domaine Pontifical is a winery in Chateauneuf-du-Pape that makes excellent wines with a dominance of trendy grape Grenache. It also makes a prestige cuvée a rare white chateauneuf. BKWine Magazine’s Ulf Bengtsson went […]

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Crozes Hermitage Tardieu-Laurent

Crozes-Hermitage Tardieu-Laurent Vieilles Vignes 2011 | Ulf’s Wine of the Month

Somehow, I cannot but smile at the story behind the Tardieu-Laurent wines. The young Michel Tardieu – a state employee chauffeur who spent his days driving the local dignitaries around in the south of France – discovered that he had a great passion and nose for wine. The thing being a private driver for local […]

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Weingut von Winning, Win Win, riesling

Do you need a reminder that German wines are delicious? Try von Winning.

Pfalz (Palatinate) is the second largest of Germany’s wine regions. Weingut von Winning is one of the better-known quality producers in Palatinate. Von Winning has a wide range of wines with everything from very affordable ones to exclusive rarities. When Andreas Hütwohl, winemaker at von Winning, came to Sweden he met with BKWine’s reporter Ulf […]

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The bottle cellar at Bodegas Roda in Rioja

From wood to fruit: Bodegas Roda show the New Rioja and contrasts with Ribera del Duero

Rioja is, perhaps with some competition, by far the quietest area of the blogosphere. Virtually nothing is written about Rioja, and not so much about Spanish wine, for that matter either. For a long time Rioja was the most un-trendy wine that you could drink. The wines were considered ladened down with stock conservative traditions […]

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Polizianon Vigna Asinone, Montepulciano

Poliziano, a local from Montepulciano in Tuscany, with Federico Carletti

BKWine meets one of Tuscany’s leading producers over a wine tasting and lunch When Federico Carletti’s father said “here, take the keys to the vineyard”, he did not hesitate for a second. He took over the Poliziano vineyards and winery. It had lived a sleepy Italian village life until then. Federico, on the other hand, […]

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Ponzi Vineyards wines

Oregon emerging, a lunch tasting with Maria Ponzi of Ponzi Vineyards

Forty years ago Oregon had very little winemaking. The land was cultivated with other crops, such as apples and walnuts. Few grew grapes and even less made wine. Then five families moved up and started growing grapes and making wine. For a long time, there was nothing extraordinary about it. But slowly and steadily, the […]

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Lunch with Shafer

Shafer Vineyards (5/5): Californian port, stolen grapes and terroir

Being Relentless – Shafer Vineyards’ Doug Shafer Shares his Views on Wine, Sideways, Hydrogen Sulphide, and How to Steal 300 Gallons of Excellent Cab to Make a Port #5 of 5. John Shafer started Shafer Vineyards in 1974. In 1984 he was joined by his son Doug Shafer, who now runs the winery. BKWine’s Ulf […]

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Doug Shafer, Shafer Vineyards

Shafer Vineyards (4/5): Opening 9000 cases of merlot and cabernet

Being Relentless – Shafer Vineyards’ Doug Shafer Shares his Views on Wine, Sideways, Hydrogen Sulphide, and How to Steal 300 Gallons of Excellent Cab to Make a Port #4 of 5. John Shafer started Shafer Vineyards in 1974. In 1984 he was joined by his son Doug Shafer, who now runs the winery. BKWine’s Ulf […]

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Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select, Stags Leap, Napa

Shafer Vineyards (3/5): The quest for perfection and a talented winemaker

Being Relentless – Shafer Vineyards’ Doug Shafer Shares his Views on Wine, Sideways, Hydrogen Sulphide, and How to Steal 300 Gallons of Excellent Cab to Make a Port #3 of 5. John Shafer started Shafer Vineyards in 1974. In 1984 he was joined by his son Doug Shafer, who now runs the winery. BKWine’s Ulf […]

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Shafer Vineyards Merlot

Shafer Vineyards (2/5): A catastrophic vintage and the mysterious Stags Leap, and 2011 One Point Five

Being Relentless – Shafer Vineyards’ Doug Shafer Shares his Views on Wine, Sideways, Hydrogen Sulphide, and How to Steal 300 Gallons of Excellent Cab to Make a Port #2 of 5. John Shafer started Shafer Vineyards in 1974. In 1984 he was joined by his son Doug Shafer, who now runs the winery. BKWine’s Ulf […]

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Shafer Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Shafer Vineyards (1/5): Becoming a winemaker, and Chardonnay 2012

Being Relentless – Shafer Vineyards’ Doug Shafer Shares his Views on Wine, Sideways, Hydrogen Sulphide, and How to Steal 300 Gallons of Excellent Cab to Make a Port #1 of 5. John Shafer started Shafer Vineyards in 1974. In 1984 he was joined by his son Doug Shafer, who now runs the winery. BKWine’s Ulf […]

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Shoes and feet

10 champagne houses you should not miss

Among many champagnes we find gems that flash (ahem, ahem) To taste a hundred champagnes is a challenge. Even if you cut down the number to half or less, it is hard work. Especially when there is the all and sundry: from top quality cuvées to, well, pretty simple blends. We sent a scout to […]

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Two pinot noirs, copyright U Bengtsson

A Pinot Noir Shootout | Ulf’s Wine(s) of the Month

Two pinots, both alike in dignity, in fair new world, where we lay our scene… A few months ago I accidentally stumbled upon a wine blog pointing to New Zealandian 2011 Schubert Marion’s Vineyard Pinot Noir as wine of the year. Almost simultaneously I got a newsletter from a wine site I normally do not […]

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Taylors 20 and 40 year old tawny port

Taylor’s, a pioneer and a traditionalist in Port wine

Young port vs. old port? What about the tawnies? And why are most port wine houses named after ancient Englishmen? Jorge Ramos straightens it all out with a little bit of help from Taylor’s range of port wines. BKWine’s Ulf Bengtsson reports. When I think of port wine, I find the questions just stack up. […]

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2006 Lenoble Premier Cru Blanc de Noirs Brut, Champagne | Ulf’s Wine of the Month

Summer is champagne season! In the park, at 8.30 PM. It is a wonderful summer evening. With me I have what remains of yesterday’s champagne, a 2006 Lenoble Premier Cru Blanc de Noirs Brut. How nice it is with champagne in the summer! Often it is rosé that people tout as the ultimate summer drink, […]

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Rodney Strong vineyard on the label

Bottled Californian Sunshine: A Tasting of Wines from Rodney Strong and Foppiano

Rodney Strong started a career in winemaking in California after having retired from dancing at the Lido in Paris. The Foppiano family came to California during the gold rush but did not find any gold. Instead they bought some land and planted vines. Both are today successful Californian wineries. BKWine’s Ulf Bengtsson reports from a […]

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Jean-Hervé Chiquet, Champagne Jacquesson

Making the best blend every year: Jacquesson Champagnes

Jean-Hervé Chiquet talks about Jacquesson’s journey of liberating yourself from the non-vintage straight jacket in Champagne. Recently I was invited to a tasting with champagnes from Jacquesson Champagne. The tasting was organized by their Swedish importer Vinovum AB, and was held at Brasseri Bobonne, a modern French restaurant in Stockholm. Jean-Hervé Chiquet, co-owner and co-wine […]

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Stag’s Leap tasting: Karia, Artemis, Fay, SLV and Cask 23

100% Cabernet Sauvignon, plus some chardonnay and sauvignon blanc Stag’s Leap is a legendary wine producer in California. One of the first in California to make world class wines. Do they still? BKWine’s Ulf Bengtsson recently had the opportunity to verify if this is the case. It’s Tuesday and Stag’s Leap is visiting Stockholm. We […]

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Gunter Kunstler of Weingut Kunstler

Gunter Künstler of Weingut Künstler shares his thoughts on wine

A German-Italian-Austrian winemaker in the Rheingau Weingut Künstler is a family wine estate dating back to 1648. With roots in the Czech Republic and Hungary they are today located in Hochheim in Rheingau in Germany. Gunter Künstler was recently in Stockholm for a magnificent tasting and review of their wines. Ulf Bengtsson reports for BKWine. […]

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Champagne is fun with Bruno Paillard

A series of champagnes from Bruno Paillard

Bruno Paillard was recently in Stockholm for a tasting of his champagnes, organised by the wine importer Tryffelsvinet. Exciting wines, some unusual ones, and some absolutely delicious. BKWine’s Ulf Bengtsson reports on the champagnes. The wine importer Tryffelsvinet (The Truffles Pig) invited us to a tasting of a range of champagnes from Bruno Paillard, led […]

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