Prices are stable for vineyard land in France, according to SAFER

131.600 euro/ha in AOP, 12.100 euro/ha outside At the SAFER press conference in late May, it was announced that the average price in France of vineyard land with AOP status in 2013 was 131.600 euros per hectare. This was virtually the same as in 2012. However, it has become almost 11% more expensive to buy […]

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Ambitious cooperatives in the Rhône Valley merge

Two ambitious cooperative in the southern Rhone Valley have merged. It is the Caves des Vignerons de Caractère in Vacqueyras and Balma Venitia in Beaumes de Venise. There are both quite small cooperatives that work well and are investing heavily in sustainable wine growing. Together, they will account for 8 million bottles of wine from […]

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Maury Sec, a new appellation

New appellations are created now and then in France. In 2011, a new wine with its own appellation appeared, Maury Sec. Maury is a small village down in Roussillon, in southern France. The village has long been known for its sweet Vin Doux Naturel wines. But now producers also can make a dry red wine […]

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Sugar or concentrated grape must? What to put in the wine? Why?

The question of chaptalisation versus enrichment with concentrated grape must continue to stir up emotions in southern France. At the Vins IGP congress recently the producers lamented the fact that the state subsidies for enrichment with concentrated grape must has been removed. Chaptalization, meaning enrichment with regular sugar, is much cheaper, but prohibited in the […]

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New Brief out, #132: Our new book, chenin blanc, a champagne legend | The Wine Newsletter

The first thing I have to say is that we are very excited. Very excited to soon see our first book in English, on organic and biodynamic and natural wines, on the shelves in book shops. (We have done four in Swedish.) Rumour has it that it should be in shops around September 18! Read […]

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BKWine Brief nr 132, August 2014

The first thing I have to say is that we are very excited. Very excited to soon see our first book in English, on organic and biodynamic and natural wines, on the shelves in book shops. (We have done four in Swedish.) Rumour has it that it should be in shops around September 18! Read […]

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Bottle of Ricard pastis on a zinc bar in a cafe in Paris

Aperitif time, the best time of the day?

L’heure d’apéritif, the best moment of the day? Yes, at least those days when you are allowed an aperitif (which is not every day). Aperitif time is a quiet moment before dinner or mingling with guests before sitting down to dinner. But how do you choose your aperitif? You can, of course, simply have a […]

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Cork on Château du Domaine de l’Eglise 1982

Uncorked: Good wines we have tasted recently, August 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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“The Best Wine Books” includes Biodynamic, Organic and Natural Winemaking

We were very excited when we happened to discovered that Sofia Ander had written about our book “Biodynamic, Organic, and Natural Winemaking, Sustainable Viticulture and Viniculture” in her article on the best wine books to read over the summer! To be precise, she wrote about the Swedish edition called Vinet och miljön. Sophia Ander is […]

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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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Two smart-phone tripods / stands

Everyone has a camcorder on the phone today. Improve your videos dramatically

Not much about wine this time, but still, if you are interested in photography and video… If you have started experimenting with making video with your smart-phone then there is an easy thing you can do to improve the video quality. The technical quality of smart phone videos is today very good, excellent. But a […]

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Puy l'Eveque along the Lot river in Cahors

The French Malbec strikes back. Cahors, a wine region making a come-back

“The French Malbec” has become a slogan for the Cahors wines in the southwest of France. The French do not usually use English words. But sometimes strong measures are required. In the United States wine consumers think that the Malbec grape originates from Argentina. Which is not so surprising. In Argentina there are 34 000 […]

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Barolo and Barbaresco – new UNESCO World Heritage Site

Italian regions of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato, which includes the well-known wine regions of Barolo and Barbaresco, were on June 22 appointed UNESCO World Heritage Site. Congratulations to all the producers we know in the region! And we agree with UNESCO when they say that the region of Langhe Roero and Monferrato is one of the […]

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Harvesting and sorting white grapes at Boekenhoutskloof

Amongst porcupines, wolves and leopards in the vineyards at Boekenhoutskloof in South Africa

Porcupines, baboons, wolf traps and not so long ago they actually saw traces of a leopard. There is evidently a lot of animals roaming around Boekenhoutskloof. But maybe the label with the seven chairs is better known to some of you? Boekenhoutskloof’s wine labels are easy to remember. Maybe it is a bit more difficult […]

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Where do all the pressed grapes go?

On August 1, it will cease to be mandatory for winemakers in France to deliver their pressed skins to a distillery. This means that growers now have several options for what to do with the skins after pressing. They can either continue to send them to a distillery or they can use them as nutrients […]

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BKWine’s photography on Rioja in the Australian Wine Companion

It is a particular pleasure when a feature article is fully illustrated with your pictures. It is different from having the odd image used as an illustration. (BKWine Photography provides a lot of wine, food and travel related photography to publications all over the world.) This is what happened recently when James Halliday’s Wine Companion […]

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Domaine Bousquet, Mendoza, Argentina

The Frenchman who emigrated to Argentina and became leader in organic wines

Jean Bousquet comes from the Languedoc in southern France. He emigrated to Argentina in the 90s and settled in Mendoza. Today he is one of Argentina’s biggest producers of organic wines. Very good wines. When you see the view from his vineyards you can understand why he settled here. We visited him on our wine […]

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Are wine bloggers becoming just a megaphone for marketing budgets?

Wine blogging, as well as on-line (and off-line in print) wine journalism is changing. Are more and more blog articles just promotional pieces published just because the blogger / journalist has been invited to a tasting or been treated to a trip to a wine region? It all started with a report that I happened […]

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Sales record for Rioja

227 million litres of wine (2.8 M hl) was sold in 2013, up 4% on 2012. This is an all time high for rioja. Never has so much Rioja been sold. A few years back Rioja was struggling. Decreasing sales. But now Rioja is apparently back, breaking records. Here are more numbers: 90% of sales […]

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The orangerie at Moet & Chandon in Epernay

Why does champagne cost so much?

A champagne lunch for, maybe, 1500–2000 euro Champagne always carries a not insignificant price tag. As with everything, “expensive” is a question of each one’s personal assessment. One thing is certain: there are no other wines that are marketed with so much money. It is in many ways a meaningless question if a wine is […]

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We drink more prosecco than ever

Well, not us personally, but all of us together. Prosecco, the Italian sparkling wine, has record sales. Prosecco is just one of many wines that are made in Veneto, the northern Italian region around Verona and Venice. It is one of Italy’s most productive wine regions. All in all they produce 7.5 million hectolitres of […]

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Castello di Semivicoli, Abbruzzo Pecorino DOC, 2013 | Åsa’s wine of the month

I bought this wine from my butcher. Italian butchers often have an excellent selection of wines. Our butcher, Sergio, was so happy that I chose a pecorino wine from Abbruzzo, my wine of the month, so that he gave me a discount. As mentioned, the wine is made from the grape called pecorino and comes […]

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The Pope's Palace in Avignon

Rhône Festival in Denmark on September 20

Inter Rhône and The Wine Company in Denmark invites you to the eleventh edition of “Rhônevinfestivalen” (the Rhône Festival) on Saturday, September 20. The festival takes place at Dansk Vincenter in Avedøre just outside of Copenhagen between 11 am and 4 pm. There will be more than 30 exhibitors and you will be able to […]

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Our book on organic wine has arrived!

It is finally here. Our new book on organic, biodynamic and natural wines, and on all other aspects of wine and the environment and resource management in wine growing and winemaking. We just received the first copy in the mail yesterday. It is an advance print copy and the main print run should arrive – […]

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Fermentation in reverse order

Danish chemical company Chr. Hansen launches something very new just in time for the harvest 2014. This brand new something is called Viniflora NoVA and is a new generation of lactic bacteria isolated from fermenting must. The research has been done in collaboration with Professor Maret du Toit at the University of Stellenbosch in South […]

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Mercato Centrale in Florence

A must-visit in Florence: the new food market with restaurant, wine bar and pizza

A new top destination in the centre of Florence has just opened, Mercato Centrale. In the first half of 2014 something exciting happened on the food heaven in Florence. A new very good bistro, several restaurants and a food shopping market opened in Florence. The range of interesting places for us foodies is getting better […]

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Press release on the winter wine tours: South America and South Africa

We have now – some time ago – officially launched the winter wine tour program. We start with a wine tour to the two neighbouring countries Argentina and Chile in South America. Later in March there will be a wine tour to South Africa. Read the full press release with all the details on BKWine’s […]

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Domaine Saladin wines

Per Èl 2010, Domaine Saladin & Filles, Côtes du Rhône Villages Blanc | Britt’s Wine of the Month

This is a white wine from the southern Rhone Valley. It is delicious, rich and flavourful with intensity and concentration. I have a weakness for white Rhône wines, and this one did not disappoint me. The grape varieties are Clairette rose, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, Viognier and Bourboulenc. The grapes are harvested early in the morning […]

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New name for prestigious chateau in Pauillac

Perhaps it is only the tour guides in Bordeaux that are thrilled by this change of names. Because Château Pichon Longueville Baron is situated opposite the Château Pichon Longueville Comtesse de Lalande. Not easy to have time to say all this in the few seconds that it takes the bus to go past the chateaux. […]

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New yeast gives lower alcohol content

The chemical company Lallemand Oenologie, in collaboration with the French Institute for Agricultural Research INRA, has through research obtained a Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast that enables you to produce a wine with lower alcohol than normal without affecting wine quality. It should be noted that the yeast is not genetically modified. Research on yeast that produces […]

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