A few good wines we would have liked to have shared with you…

This month, under the heading “Uncorked”, we focus on some gems that we found in the wine cellar. A mixed bag of: Bordeaux (Domaine de Chevalier…) Penedes (Mas La Plana) Chateauneuf-du-Pape California (Ridge) Côte Rôtie Burgundy… Some inspiration for more wine discoveries! As well as a perspective on what to expect from older wines. Read […]

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Save the old (unknown?) grape varieties

There are several hundred grape varieties that can be used by winemakers in different countries. But the major well known varieties are very dominant. 30 varieties account for about 70% of world wine production. The many lesser known grapes have to be content with sometimes only a few hectares. Is a wine more exciting and […]

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Marques de Borba, J Portugal Ramos Vinhos

Exclusive finds in the Portuguese wine cellar and Swedish gastronomy

Is it time to re-evaluate Portuguese wines? One can find many rarities in Portugal that can be proudly served at the best tables. Some of the best wines from Portugal combined with some of the best Stockholm has to offer of gastronomy was recently on “the menu” at Frantzén in the Old Town. BKWine’s Anette […]

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Vineyard with tool shed in Burgundy

“New Burgundy” answers to the challenges from New World wines. Good or not?

Many things have changed in Burgundy over the last few decades. For example, today you can find wines where the grape variety is mentioned on the label, pinot noir or chardonnay. But with all the challenges from the New World wine producers in Burgundy have had to review not only marketing and packaging but also […]

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Douro river, vineyards, Alves de Sousa sign, Douro

New discoveries in the Portuguese vineyards

Portugal is a relatively unknown wine country, apart from port wine. But in recent decades, the Portuguese “table wine” production has made significant steps forward. Today you can find wines from Portugal, both in the category “medium-priced and very affordable” wines as well as true top-quality ones. The Portuguese wine day gave an opportunity to […]

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Shrimps and oysters

The best wines from the new vintage from Entre deux Mers

Elegant and refreshing white wines with a touch of perfume from Bordeaux Each spring the wine growers of Entre deux Mers presents their wines to a jury of wine professionals soon after their release. This year five wines were selected as most representative for the appellation. BKWine’s Per Karlsson was part of the jury. He […]

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Grapes drying for amarone in Valpolicella

New wines and old wines from Allegrini; La Poja, amarone, Bolgheri etc

A meeting and a tasting with Marilisa Allegrini Marilisa Allegrini is part of the family Allegrini that runs the well-known wine producer Allegrini in Veneto. They are perhaps best known for their amarone, but they also make a wide range of other wines. BKWine met Marilisa when she recently was on brief visit to Stockholm. […]

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Elegant fish dish at Operakallaren in Stockholm

Ferrari, an Italian producer of high quality sparkling wines

Sparkling wines are growing in popularity. Champagne is the most prestigious of bubbly, but how does an ambitious wine grower making quality wines in Italy compare with the French product? We decided to verify: a tasting of a series of wines from the quality winemaker Ferrari, from non-vintage brut, over rosé, to the prestige cuvée […]

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Sales of organic wines (in Sweden)

The sales of organic products at the Swedish state alcohol monopoly are targeted to be 10% of total sales by 2020. That is the target set by the Swedish state (i.e. the owner). Organic wine best-sellers today are, not surprisingly, four bag in boxes: Gosa Monastrell from Spain with 1,5 million sold litres (“gosa” is […]

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Domaine duPas de l'Escalette

Terrasses du Larzac wine producers (3): Domaine du Pas de l’Escalette, Domaine de la Sauvageonne, Vignes Oubliées

A selection of Terrasses du Larzac growers (3/3) David Furer continues his article on the Languedoc region called Terrasses du Larzac with some of his favourite producers. The Terrasses du Larzac is a sub-region in the northern part of the Languedoc where you can find many high quality producers. Here is the third and last […]

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Corvina veronese grapes ready for harvest in Valpolicella (amarone)

A new source for independent info on amarone and Valpolicella wines

Amarone in particular and Valpolicella wines more broadly has seen a tremendous success in recent decades. Talking about a renaissance is understating it. The powerful, intense amarones and the elegant and stylish Valpolicella wines have joined the ranks of the world’s most famous wines. A new web site, Terroir Amarone, is dedicated to this wine […]

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Sign indicating the start of the vineyard Chassagne-Montrachet

Matching Burgundy wines with food – Burgundy Master Class

Combining food and wine may not be as complicated as we sometimes have a tendency to think, but it is always interesting to think a little extra on what is particularly delicious. In addition, a focus on wines from the classic region of Burgundy in France is extra exciting. BKWine’s Carl-Erik Kanne met with Michel […]

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Clotilde Davenne's vineyards in Chablis

Are women better than men at making wine?

Are there any differences in wines made by female winemakers and male winemaker? Do women make different wines? Maybe that was the hypothesis, or maybe it was just a (good) excuse to invite a number of talented female winemaker to a work-shop on the International Women’s Day. BKWine’s Anette Zellen Soderstrom investigates and reports on […]

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Francois Lurton, a successful winemaker all over the world but with roots in Bordeaux

The Lurtons is a great wine family in Bordeaux. François is from the younger generation and started his career in Bordeaux but has since achieved great success worldwide. He has achieved fame with some great value volume wines e.g. Les Fumées Blanches (one of the most popular wines in Sweden). But François makes a whole […]

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Saved by the bell? (Or by the copper in the vineyard?)

No, more likely by copper. Many organic growers survive thanks to the permission they have to spray with copper against the severe fungal disease mildiou. This applies not least to the organic growers in Burgundy where the weather can be both cool and rainy. Currently, organic producers in Europe are allowed to use a maximum […]

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Olivier Jullien Domaine Mas Jullien

Terrasses du Larzac wine producers (2): Château de Jonquières, Mas de l’Écriture, Mas Cal Demoura, Mas Jullien

A selection of Terrasses du Larzac growers (2/3) David Furer continues his article on the Languedoc region called Terrasses du Larzac with some of his favourite producers. The Terrasses du Larzac is a sub-region in the northern part of the Languedoc where you can find many high quality producers. Here is the second instalment of […]

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Vineyards in the Terrasses du Larzac

Terrasses du Larzac wine producers (1): Mas des Chimères, Mas Conscience, La Pèira en Damaisèla, Le Clos du Serres

A selection of Terrasses du Larzac growers (1/3) David Furer continues his article on the Languedoc region called Terrasses du Larzac with some of his favourite producers. The Terrasses du Larzac is a sub-region in the northern part of the Languedoc where you can find many high quality producers. Here is the first instalment of […]

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Chateau Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande

Bordeaux chateaux for sale. Want to become a chatelain?

There are about 7000 chateaux in Bordeaux. It is estimated that between 300 and 400 of these are for sale. In addition, it is believed that even more chateaux will appear on the market in a few years because many producers reach retirement age without any obvious successor. According to mon-viti.com it will become harder […]

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Montpeyroux, Terrasses du Larzac

Terrasses du Larzac in the heart of the Languedoc wine region

Terrasses du Larzac is a relatively young sub-region in the Languedoc area in the south of France. It was only in 2004 that it was separated out of the Coteaux du Languedoc appellation (now simply AOP Languedoc). It has a number of high quality wine producers, making delicious wines, many having settled here in recent […]

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Slowdown for number of organic producers in Burgundy

The number of organic winemakers in France continues to increase although the increase has been somewhat slower after 2012, at least in Burgundy. The reason is perhaps the last years’ severe weather. But just as likely an explanation is that the conversion rate has now entered a more normal pace. In Burgundy there are today, […]

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What’s on at BKWine Tours. Wine tours on the program (March 2014)

Wine tours currently on the scheduled program for BKWine Tours. Douro Valley, Portugal, 14-18 May 2014 Bordeaux, September 17-21 Douro Valley in Portugal, October 22-26 And soon to come South America with Argentina and Chile, February 2015 South Africa, March 2015 For more information please contact us on email or on phone (we’re on French […]

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Vineyard in winter time

Mild winter may cause problems in the vineyards

The exceptionally mild winter in the Languedoc area can cause problems for the wine producers. A mild winter brings early budding, increasing the risk of damage if frost strikes later in the spring. Right now the vines have about 20 days advance compared to a normal year. It has also been dry. Unlike the vineyards […]

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New BKWine Brief out, #127: Bordeaux, Austria, Italy, Champagne, organic & ethical and more| The wine newsletter

One of the joys of travelling to different wine regions is that you actually also get a bit of an insight into the culture, history, tradition and society of the regions or countries your visit. A very striking example of this is the wine regions we have visited recently on our latest tours: Argentina, Chile […]

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BKWine Brief nr 127, March 2014

One of the joys of travelling to different wine regions is that you actually also get a bit of an insight into the culture, history, tradition and society of the regions or countries your visit. A very striking example of this is the wine regions we have visited recently on our latest tours: Argentina, Chile […]

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Uncorked: Good wines we have tasted recently, March 2014

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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Michel Laroche is back with Domaine d’Henri

Michel Laroche is a legendary wine producer in Chablis. He built up his wine business from scratch to a major wine producer with vineyards and wineries on three continents. In 2009 his company merged with Jeanjean and Michel had the choice to more or less retire. But that was not for him and now he […]

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New Wine Fair in Copenhagen on May 23 & 24

We have been informed that a new Wine Fair will take place at Dansk Vincenter outside of Copenhagen in Denmark on Friday May 23rd and Saturday May 24th. Wine producers are invited to participate. The first day is for professionals where the producers will meet wine importers, distributors, HoReCa and wine journalists. The second day […]

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How many grapes do you need to make one glass of wine?

I am sure that you have often wondered how many grapes that are needed to fill a glass of wine? As a benchmark, we often say that one vine produces one a bottle of wine. However, in the case of Sauternes and other high-quality sweet wines, one vine produces only a glass of wine. But, […]

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Bollinger Special Cuvee

Bollinger RD 2002, a champagne special cuvée turns 50. Part 2: more on the wine

The 2002 vintage of Bollinger RD marks the 50th anniversary of the first RD release, which was of the vintage 1952. This new, 12 years old RD was unveiled at a launch event in Stockholm. BKWine’s Tomas Ericsson reports in this second article on the event. Bollinger R. D. is basically the same wine as […]

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Bollinger RD 2002

Bollinger RD 2002, with 11 years on the lees. Part 1: a bit of history

Bollinger RD 2002 has just been launched. The first vintage from the 2000s of Bollinger RD. A champagne that has been resting on its lees in the bottle for 11 Years! It also marks the 50th anniversary of the RD series, from 1952 to 2002. Bollinger’s export manager (who is also a trained winemaker) Karl-Frédéric […]

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