Pingus and Chateu Rocheyron

Pingus, Chateau la Nerthe, beer, Bollinger and Maya Samuelsson

When Arvid (Nordquist) invites you to its annual brand tasting day it’s not just wine that is on the table. (Arvid Nordquist is a big wine and food import company in Sweden.) Wine is shoulder-to-shoulder with Tabasco bottles, coffee machines, Riesen candy and gluten-free bread, all presented by specialists in each area. What is the […]

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Alcohol sales to be allowed in grocery stores from April 1, 2015

No, it’s no April Fool’s joke. From 1 April 2015, it will be allowed for grocery stores to sell alcohol, wine and liquor, according to a recent decision by the government. In order to sell alcohol, food stores must meet certain requirements. The sales may not be too dominated by alcohol. At least 75% of […]

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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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To Kalon Robert Mondavi

To Kalon, a California study in quality, climate and soil in the vineyard

Three nearly identical wines from Robert Mondavi show large differences How is it that the prices of different wines can vary considerably although the wines are produced with grapes from virtually the same vineyard? What creates the quality differences within the same vineyard? When Dana Andrus from the Robert Mondavi Winery came to Stockholm recently, […]

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Kommande nyheter: Webblansering på Systembolaget 27 november och 4 december 2014

Förhandsinformation om webblanseringen 27/11 och 4/12 Här får du lite förhandsinformation om den kommande “webblanseringen” på Systembolaget. Jag kan inte låta bli att undra lite över hur resonemanget går, och vilken logiken är I urvalet till dessa webblanseringar. Om man till exempel tittar på dessa två lanseringar, hur har man resonerat? ”I november finns det […]

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Tenuta Col d’Orcia, a leading producer of Brunello in Montalcino

Horizontal and vertical of Brunello di Montalcino with Count Cinzano Tenuta Col d’Orcia is one of the best known producers of brunello di Montalcino in Tuscany. They make several different wines, mainly red wines from the brunello clone of the sangiovese grape. Francesco Marone Cinzano is at the helm of the Col d’Orica winery. When […]

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Systembolaget’s profit Q1-Q3 = SEK 297 million

For the first three quarters of 2014 Systembolaget (the Swedish alcohol retail monopoly) made a profit (operating result) of 297 million kronor (32 million euro), a substantial increase over last year, according to a press release from the company. Systembolaget’s revenues (turnover) was for the first nine months in 2014 SEK 19.2 billion (2 bn […]

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Elegant fruity wines in Austria 2014 in spite of too much cool and wet weather

Difficult year saved somewhat by nice autumn weather to give good quality but low quantity It has been a difficult 2014 in Austria, as in many other parts of Europe. A poor summer, with sometimes very awful weather, has made life difficult for wine growers in Austria (as well as elsewhere in Europe). But also […]

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State of the World wine production and grape growing 2014: France back on top for wine

The 2014 statistics on global wine production, wine consumption, vineyard surface area, world grape production, and world trade in wine France will be the world’s biggest wine producer in 2014. World vineyard surface is decreasing but grape production is going up. Europe’s production is in decline. World wine consumption is shifting from “old” countries to […]

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Janny van Baars-Patteri at Cantina Giuseppe Sedilesu

Ballu Tundu Riserva 2010 Cannonau di Sardegna | Birgitta’s Wine of the Month

Cantina Giuseppe Sedilesu is in Mamoiada right in cannonau-country in central Sardinia. The vineyard which has been in existence for over 30 years, is family owned and has in the past ten years gone from producing bulk wine to become a biodynamic producer of quality wines. Some ten wines are now in the portfolio; a […]

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Spring wine tour to Bordeaux 2015

For the winter and spring season we have already had the wine tours to South America and to South Africa open for bookings for quite some time. One more tour is now on the schedule: Bordeaux. With that the spring program will be: Chile & Argentina in South America, January 31 – February 15, booking […]

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New rules in France for hiring harvesting workers

The harvesting machine today replaces hand harvesting in many places around the world. And harvesting machines are not only for simple wines. Small, efficient and gentle machines are also seen in densely planted vineyards where the grapes end up in prestigious wines. More and more grapes are harvested with machine. Today it is around 60%. […]

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Louis Roederer Brut Nature 2006

Champagne Roederer launches Brut Nature

Champagne Roederer has launched a new champagne, the first since Cristal Rosé was launched in 1974. This new Roederer is a vintage (2006) without dosage, that is, with no added sugar, no “dosage”, and no malolactic fermentation. In other words, we can expect a crisp champagne with a fresh acidity. This is the first time […]

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Natural cork, alive and well

Those who believe that natural cork is about to die out should probably think again. Not only do the major wine countries such as France and Italy, in most cases, prefer natural cork, now more and more winemakers in the United States are also convinced of the benefits of the natural cork. There is no […]

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Pictures, thousands of pictures!

We have many thousands of pictures in our archive at BKWine Photography. In fact, we have well over 100,000 photos. Today, many, both professionals and non-professional “amateurs” amass significant amounts of photos, not least with the ever-ready smart phone camera. But how can you keep track of them? Know where to find what?If you want […]

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New Brief out, #134: Good harvest 2014, pests threaten Europe’s vineyards, and much more | The Wine Newsletter

One of the things you discover when you travel around wine regions is that there are many, many more wine producers than those that are well-known and internationally distributed. He who is content to just try the large, big-name, well-known producers misses many exciting wineries. In Sweden, that I come from (bot don’t live in […]

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BKWine Brief nr 134, October 2014

One of the things you discover when you travel around wine regions is that there are many, many more wine producers than those that are well-known and internationally distributed. He who is content to just try the large, big-name, well-known producers misses many exciting wineries. In Sweden, that I come from (bot don’t live in […]

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France, the most popular country to visit. And a wine travel conference

France keeps the pole position as the world’s most popular tourism country. 84.7 million foreign tourists visited France in 2013. This makes France the world’s most visited country. In second and third place come the United States (69.8 million) and Spain (60.7 million). Read more on France as a travel destination and on which are […]

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A selection of BKWine Tours press mentions

Our wine tours in the press, on the travel blog

On BKWine’s Travel Blog we have recently published some press mentions that our wine tours have had. We are quite proud of all the positive words. Read more: USA Today: “Critically acclaimed and highly professional international wine tourism company” Huffington Post: “How to visit a vineyard” Travel Gluttons: “An exciting journey for wine lovers“ Wonderful […]

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Dazzlingly beautiful videos from the Douro Valley vineyards

The Douro Valley makes some outstanding wines but it is also a spectacularly beautiful landscape. The river meanders through a landscape where wine growing has put its mark almost everywhere. Whichever way you look there are steep hills, incredibly steep hills, with narrow terraces. The terraces are sometimes no more than one row of vines […]

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French wine exports 2013: stable

The French wine exports brought in 7.81 billion euro in 2013, roughly the same figure as in 2012. Thus the large increases in value we saw between 2009 and 2012 (+12% per year) are over, at least for the moment. The exported volume in 2013 was 14.54 million hectolitres. Figures for French wine export and […]

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A new Barrique Restaurant in Gothenburg

We have enjoyed Barrique Restaurant & Wine Bar at their different locations in Gothenburg. Recently a new Barrique Restaurant opened on Berzelii street. We had dinner there just a few weeks after the opening and we were not disappointed. Not this time either. We have never been disappointed with Barrique. The concept here at Berzeliigatan […]

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South African wine exports: UK leads, France makes a surprising appearance

Great Britain is still the biggest importer of South African wine. The country takes almost a quarter of the South African exports. Germany, however, has increased its exports of South African wine and is now not far behind the UK. Exports of bulk wine from South Africa are increasing and in 2013 it accounted for […]

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BKWine Brief nr 133, September 2014

Right now there are two important things going on. No it’s not the Middle East. Nor Ukraine. Not even the new Swedish government or Scottish secession vote. It is the wine harvest and the wine travel season. Let’s start with a few brief glimpses of what we’ve seen of the harvest in 2014 so far: […]

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Nicolas Feuillatte dies, 88 years old

Sometimes you wonder who the person behind the name is, or if there is a person at all. In the case of Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte there really was a person named Nicolas Feuillatte. He was an enterprising man who created his own champagne brand before he teamed up with what would later become Champagne’s biggest […]

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California Champagne and bullying Gallo

The best-selling sparkling wine in the United States, excluding champagne, is nevertheless a champagne. The brand André, owned by the giant E & J Gallo, is a California Champagne which also is clearly stated on the label. Since a few years ago, it is forbidden for wine producers in the United States to call their […]

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Generation Riesling, an initiative to increase the quality of German wines

BKWine met Generation Riesling, a group of young, forward-thinking German winemakers. There were many good Riesling wines, and others, in the presentation. BKWine’s Peter Cronström reports. The German Wine Institute recently invited us to an event to make us acquainted with modern German wines. They wanted to show that the new generation of winemakers in […]

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Spring wine tours

For the winter and spring season we have already had the wine tours to South America and to South Africa open for bookings for quite some time. One more tour is now on the schedule: Bordeaux. With that the spring program will be: Chile & Argentina in South America, January 31 – February 15, booking […]

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Chateau Carsin 2003, Bordeaux

Château Carsin 2003, Premières Côtes de Bordeaux | Britt’s Wine of the Month

It was a delight to drink this red wine from Premières Côtes de Bordeaux. It did not cost much but it turned out to have a very good ageing potential. We picked it from our cellar recently and it turned out to be a fantastic wine with a clear Bordeaux style. It was mature yet […]

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Wine videos and other videos with your smart-phone and tablet computer

If ever you have recorded video with your smart phone perhaps you have hit your head on the same question as I. What “app” should I use to edit videos on your tablet computer? Early this year I started to use my smart-phone to shoot video. I also thought it would be convenient to use […]

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