Domaine Eden and Wilde Farm

California challenges France. A duel of giants

Roberson Wine, an English wine company that also has an online store that even sells to Sweden, presented the challenge: France against California. Inspired by the legendary tasting in Paris in 1976, or perhaps taking it mainly as a pretext, they presented a number of top wines from these two wine countries, both red and […]

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New Brief out, #138: Bib, sprays, cabestrel, rosé champagne and much more | The Wine Newsletter

Spring is in the air? Spring is (maybe) in the air although the vineyards around Europe still stand naked, waiting for their first green leaves. Some wine producers are doing the pruning of their vines, an important activity. You have to know what you are doing. The vine must be cut and shaped in a […]

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BKWine Brief nr 138, February 2015

Spring is in the air? Spring is (maybe) in the air although the vineyards around Europe still stand naked, waiting for their first green leaves. Some wine producers are doing the pruning of their vines, an important activity. You have to know what you are doing. The vine must be cut and shaped in a […]

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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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Bonavita Faro DOC

Faro DOC 2010, Azienda Agricola Bonavita | Åsa’s Wine of the Month

“I’m glad you like it,” said Giovanni Scarfone from Azienda Agrigola Bonavita. Giovanni has six hectares of Nerello mascalese, Nerello Cappuccio and Nocera in the tiny appellation Faro DOC in Sicily. In total, the appellation has fifteen producers. . The road leading there is less beautiful and our bus driver stops before we arrive. He […]

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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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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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Champagne Larmandier-Bernier

Do you want sugar in your champagne or not? | Britt on Forbes.com

Almost all champagne is made with some added sugar. Some is added to increase the alcohol level and then some more is added for the second fermentation in bottle. But there is also a third addition: some sugar is added at bottling to give the champagne a slightly softer edge, without really becoming sweet. Probably […]

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Lumiere Petillant & Aruga Branca Brilhante, Japanese sparkling wine

Unique wines from Japan

Yes, it sounds strange. For me it was completely unknown until I saw an invitation to the tasting of Japanese wines. But it’s no stranger than wine grown in Sweden. Japan has mostly a better climate than northern Europe for viticulture. BKWine Magazine’s reporter Peter Cronström had the opportunity to try some very unusual wines. […]

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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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“Best Wine Book for Professionals” and “Best Drinks Health Book” Gourmand Awards for our Organic Wine Book

We are very proud to let you know that we have been awarded not just one but TWO awards for our book Biodynamic, Organic and Natural Winemaking; Sustainable Viticulture and Viniculture: “Best Wine Book for Professionals” “Best Drinks Health Book” Both awards were given in the Swedish qualifying round for the international World Gourmand Awards […]

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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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Organic wine book in Brazil

Our organic wine book spotted in Brazil! In a restaurant to go to

It is very exciting to find one’s book somewhere on a book shelf, in a book shop, or in someone’s hands. A little while back someone came up to me and wanted me to sign a copy of the book. Fantastic. It is not quite as if you are Oprah Winfrey, but it still makes […]

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Marc Kreydenweiss and one of his sons, Alsace and Rhone

Languedoc: an excellent source for delicious wines and good value

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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Christian Bottegal, Ruffino

Ruffino 90 years (in Sweden), an anniversary tasting

Ruffino was early to export wines from Chianti. In 1924 Ruffino exported wines to Sweden. At the time, the price of a bottle of Chianti Valle d’Oro was less than a dollar. To celebrate 90 years on the Swedish market the Swedish importer Philipson Soderberg invited to a tasting with Ruffino’s export manager Christian Bottegal. […]

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WinesWorld on our Organic Wine Book: “a very valuable book for every wine enthusiast”

Our book on organic wines has been reviewed in WinesWorld. “WinesWorld’s Wine, Food & Travel Magazine”, as is the full name, is an online ezine on wine. They have just published a review of our Biodynamic, Organic and Natural Winemaking; Sustainable Viticulture and Viniculture. Here are a few excerpts from the review: This well illustrated […]

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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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Fleur du Rhone 2012, Valais / Wallis | Birgitta’s wine of the month

The grape variety Heida (also called paien) is the basis for this Swiss wine to 100%. You can find it in most grocery shops in the Basel region. It is an unusual grape variety in Switzerland where it is grown at altitudes up to 1150 metres. It originates from the French Jura region where it […]

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Masi Costasera amarone and Mezzanella Amandorlato Recioto

Masi’s Valpolicella and Amarone Age with Grace

A pioneer of amarone in Sweden unexpectedly change importer Masi’s amarone and valpolicella were pioneers to make this type of wine popular in Sweden. A big tasting shows that they also age well, even the simpler wines. Although it may be worthwhile to add on a few euros extra. The producer has long been represented […]

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Chateau Guiraud, Sauternes, Bordeaux

Top selection of affordable classed growths in Bordeaux (on Forbes)

We are now contributors to Forbes and our first article for Forbes deals with an appropriately business-oriented subject: Bordeaux classed growths. But we have put a slightly different slant on it than usual. Rating the famous names as the best (which one tends to do when one tastes them looking at the label) is not […]

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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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Grappa Cecchini Antica Macelleria

Beef and wine from Tuscany: the Fonterutoli winery and the butcher Dario Cecchini performs at the Restaurant AG

The chef, the butcher and the winemaker Red wine with meat, sure it still works even if one should avoid being too conventional in wine and food pairing. When Francesco Mazzei from the Castello di Fonterutoli and the Marchesi Mazzei winery in Tuscany came to Stockholm he brought with him the legendary butcher Dario Cecchini. […]

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New wine tours to the world’s exciting wine regions

We have just launched the program for our autumn wine tours. It is a small selection of two top quality destinations where you can enjoy some of the best wine and food experiences: Bordeaux, the most classic of wine regions with world famous chateaux. This tour will take you to both some of the “famous […]

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