New wine drinkers in China

When China began to drink wine it was red, expensive Bordeaux that was sought after and most preferably Château Lafite-Rothschild. And the bottles were given away as gifts. This was some years ago now, and the Chinese market has evolved a lot. Now there is a new generation of wine drinkers in China. These are […]

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Dramatically reduced vineyard surface in Beaujolais

The Beaujolais appellation has lost an average of 500 hectares per year over the last 10 years. The surface has gone from 9 676 hectares in 2005 to 5 190 hectares in 2014. For the Beaujolais Villages appellation it is the same thing. 2 200 hectares have been torn up in ten years, more than […]

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The forgotten Catalonian grapes found by Torres

The large wine company Torres of Catalonia in Northern Spain continues its work with so-called forgotten grape varieties. Torres has been working on this project in Catalonia for 30 years now. One reason for the project is that they hope that some of these grapes will prove to be well suited for the future when […]

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Royal Riebeek Hotel in Swartland

You will get a royal welcome in South Africa in March

On the next wine tour to South Africa, scheduled for March, we will give you some special treats. For example, The Royal Riebeek Hotel in Swartland, where you (if you join us on the tour) will get a Royal welcome. The hotel is famous for, among other things, South Africa’s longest porch! (Perfect for a […]

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New Brief out, #142: Wine Region of the Year, cava, how much a vineyard | The Newsletter on Wine

We received an email from Philippe Bernard the other day, one of our favourite wine producers, in Fixin in Côte de Nuits. He was very busy, not only in the vineyards but also in the cellar where the reds 2014 are doing their malolactic fermentation at the moment. And it looks very promising, he says. […]

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BKWine Brief nr 142, June 2015

We received an email from Philippe Bernard the other day, one of our favourite wine producers, in Fixin in Côte de Nuits. He was very busy, not only in the vineyards but also in the cellar where the reds 2014 are doing their malolactic fermentation at the moment. And it looks very promising, he says. […]

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Entre-deux-Mers, biggest and beautiful

Entre-deux-Mers is a huge piece of land that spreads out like a triangle between the rivers Garonne and Dordogne. For many, the area becomes only a transport route to get from Médoc to Saint-Emilion. This is a shame. Entre-deux-Mers deserves that you stop, not only for the sake of the green and rolling landscape that […]

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Far-away wine tours with BKWine: South Africa and Chile-Argentina

We recently launched the winter wine tour program. Two long-distance wine and food tours that are perfect to make the cold and dark winter more bearable: Chile and Argentina in February: A magnificent experience both for the wines and the food, but also the countries, the people, the cultures, the Andes, plenty of asados, Valparaiso […]

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New environmental certification in Champagne: VDC

Sustainable viticulture is much talked about in Champagne today. A year ago the producer unions starting making great efforts to get the growers to think more about the environment and to work towards sustainably (durable in French). Now, this work has yielded results and a certification that has been approved by the Ministry of Agriculture. […]

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Chateau Lynch Moussas 1991, Pauillac, Bordeaux

Uncorked: Good wines we have tasted recently, June 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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Tasting at the Drop Shop wine bar in Budapest

Wine tours making waves in Hungary on Vinoport.hu

Hungary seems to be the flavour of the month, or rather of the year. And I hope that it will not stop at that. We have had the occasion to taste quite a few Hungarian wines recently (more about that later) and many of them are excellent! (Read for example “Uncorked, June” to be published […]

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Anselmo Mendes Curtimenta

A small selection of wines from Portugal from the Portuguese Wine Day, and Anselmo Mendes

Is it possible to describe a wine country with over 300 indigenous grape varieties? Yes, but it takes a while. Is it possible to try 300 wines in three hours? Yes, if you do not talk to any of all 36 producers present at the Portuguese wine day. Then you would not know that the […]

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Domaine J Laurens Cremant de Limoux

Crémant de Limoux, Domaine J. Laurens | Britt’s WineS of the Month

Limoux is a small wine region in Languedoc, just south of the famous city of Carcassonne. It’s a little cooler here than in the rest of the Languedoc and the focus is on the white and sparkling wines. Domaine J. Laurens is totally concentrated on sparkling and I was very impressed with their Crémant de […]

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Tempranillo (Aragones) in a vineyard in Alentejo, Portugal

Time for some wine from Portugal! | Per on Forbes

Portugal is not a big wine country but they make some excellent wines. But they are not always easy to understand since the wine regions are little know and the grape varieties are even more obscure. But the fact that they mostly stick to their traditional grape varieties makes the wines even more interesting to […]

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Which are the highlights in classic French gastronomy? Famous chefs answer

The French gastronomy is world famous. Countless are the French dishes that are enjoyed every day all over the world. Not easy to choose a favourite dish. The French newspaper Le Figaro recently asked some well-known foreign chefs what they think is the best of French cuisine. Among the chefs were Italian Massimo Bottura at […]

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Grand noir experimental cuvee from JM da Fonseca

Jose Maria da Fonseca is not only Periquita!

Domingos Soares Franco, who is Jose Maria da Fonseca’s chief winemaker, was recently in Stockholm for the Portuguese wine day and had a separate tasting of his wines. Jose Maria da Fonseca is one of Portugal’s most renowned wine producers and has been producing wines since the mid-1800s. Most famous are the Perquita and Moscatel […]

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Book your autumn wine tour now: Bordeaux or Douro Valley

A short note on that it is high time to book your autumn tour, the wine tour that you really want to go on when days are getting shorter. We have two exciting tours on this autumn’s scheduled English language program: Bordeaux, classic of the classics Douro Valley, maybe the world’s most spectacular wine landscape […]

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The Rioja region newsletter interviews BKWine

The Rioja wine region publishes a regular newsletter on what is happening in the region and with recommendations on wines and what to do. Recently they did an interview with Per at BKWine. They had heard of our wine tour in Rioja this past autumn and wanted to know what we thought. “In short, Rioja […]

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South African rooibos plant used instead of sulphur

Rooibos is a South African plant that we have so far only been in contact with in the form of tea. Rooibos has a strong antioxidant capacity, preservative, like sulphur. Wine producers now realise that maybe this quality can be used for winemaking. The big producer KWV has recently launched a wine called Earth’s Essence […]

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Umathum Sankt Laurent Reserve

Weingut Umathum: red and white quality wines from Austria, and a rosé

The Umathum family has been grape grower and farmer for many generations in Burgenland in eastern Austria. Joseph Umathum has been at the helm of the company since 1985. Since the early 90s Umathum is recognized as one of the top wine producers in Austria. The vineyards are situated on the eastern, northern and western […]

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Black llicorella soil, Priorato, Catalonia, Spain

Priorat named Wine Region of the Year

Priorat, just south of Barcelona, has been named Wine Region of the Year 2016 by the Swedish wine tasting association Munskänkarna (with more than 20,000 members), according to confirmed unofficial sources. Wine Region of the Year is an award that Munskänkarna gives to a wine region that they think deserves more attention, that makes outstanding […]

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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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Maius Barranc de la Bruixa Priorat

Maius M Barranc de la Bruixa 2011, Priorat | Per’s Wine of the Month

There has been ups and downs for the Priorat wine region. It soared to international fame some fifteen years ago with a few producers almost achieving cult status. And cult prices. Then suddenly one heard less of them. Today many new producers have started and the style has developed to focus more on fruit and […]

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BKWine now writes for Forbes

If you have read the Brief the last few months then you have probably already seen it. We (both Britt and Per) now since some time back write for Forbes.com. We write for Forbes almost once a week on a wide range of wine related subjects. Recently we have for instance covered luxury rosés and […]

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Alessandro Veglio Barbera d´Alba 2011 | Birgitta’s Wine of the Month

The Barbera grape gives wines with high acidity and soft tannins. This wine from the Piedmont has a dense deep red colour and is a very good illustration. The nose has plenty of dark fruit, some autumn leaves and spices. On the palate I find blue-berries and other dark berries. It is quite full-bodied with […]

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New Brief out, #141: Southern hemisphere harvest, forgotten grapes, California etc | The Wine Newsletter

Wine drinking doesn’t really have any seasons. With one big exception. Rosé wines. I have decided never to recommend a rosé to anyone. Sounds hard? Maybe even narrow-minded? Many years ago, I was totally against rosé wines and considered it more or less as an unnecessary wine. Then I discovered that actually quite a lot […]

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BKWine Brief nr 141, May 2015

Wine drinking doesn’t really have any seasons. With one big exception. Rosé wines. I have decided never to recommend a rosé to anyone. Sounds hard? Maybe even narrow-minded? Many years ago, I was totally against rosé wines and considered it more or less as an unnecessary wine. Then I discovered that actually quite a lot […]

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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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