New Brief out, #139: Excellent champagne, sugar in the wine, California vs France etc | The Wine Newsletter

March has been filled with some interesting trips for us. We have been in Hungary and tried a variety of Hungarian wines that impressed us a lot. We went there to see the very interesting wine fair VinCE in Budapest. You will soon see more reports on Hungarian wines and winemakers on BKWine Magazine. We […]

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BKWine Brief nr 139, March 2015

March has been filled with some interesting trips for us. We have been in Hungary and tried a variety of Hungarian wines that impressed us a lot. We went there to see the very interesting wine fair VinCE in Budapest. You will soon see more reports on Hungarian wines and winemakers on BKWine Magazine. We […]

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Red wines from Philippe Pacalet

Delicious Burgundy wines from Philippe Pacalet

Philippe Pacalet is known as one of the first natural wine producers in France. He currently has a comparatively large production where he rents land from various land owners and produces about 30 different wines in Burgundy. The number of different wines is not uncommon for a Burgundy producer but that all is natural wines […]

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BKWine’s wine tours featured in M Magazine, with Piedmont

M Magazine may need a presentation for the non-Swedish reader. It is one of Sweden’s most successful lifestyle magazines for women. Or as they present themselves, “a magazine for mature, independent women”. In the latest issue they had a story on a wine tour in Germany and in connection with it they gave some other […]

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Cabernet sauvignon at Boekenhoutskloof

Cabestrel, a new grape variety, crossing of two. Guess which!

There is much talk right now in the world of wine of the need for new grape varieties. There are actually two reasons for this. One is the fear that the expected climate change requires grape with other characteristics. And these qualities can maybe be obtained by crossing different vitis vinifera grapes. The second reason […]

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Chateau d'Esclans, Les Clans and Garrus, the Esclans range

The world’s most expensive rosé wine | Britt on Forbes

Really. How great can a rosé be? Well, there are people who produce rosé wine that have great ambition. And who know how to charge for it. Chateau d’Esclan in Provence is one of those, perhaps even the leader of the pack in the current flood of rosé wine. In the second of two articles […]

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New on the Travel Blog: Stories on Tuscany, three classics, Veneto and Bordeaux

We have recently published some short stories on some of our wine tours. The idea is to give you some inspiration and to tell you what to expect when you come wine touring with us. I think I can promise you that it is an experience like no other wine tours. Here are the four […]

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“At the end, I understood rather more”, Rosemary George, MW, on our book on organic wines

Rosemary George is a Master of Wine wine writer spending a big part of the year in the Languedoc. Languedoc is the region with the highest proportion of organic wine producers in France. So it was natural for us to include quite a lot of winery recommendations from the Languedoc in our book on organic […]

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Spraying of vineyards: 26 active substances should be replaced, says EU commission

The European Commission has recently published a list of 26 active substances used in viticulture that should eventually be replaced, because of their danger to people or the environment. On the list are copper sulphate, copper hydroxide, copper oxide chloride and copper oxide. All of these are used for spraying against fungal diseases, especially downy […]

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Andrea Farinetti of Borgogno, Barolo

Borgogno, a Piedmont wine producer with a reboot

Borgogno is a wine producer Barolo in Piedmont with a long history. It changed hands in 2008. Following the change of ownership, the quality of the wines has continued to rise. When the winemaker Andrea Farinetti came to Sweden to present his wines he met with BKWine Magazine’s Ola Öhlund. “I tasted all the vintages […]

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“A uniquely thorough and clear book”, WijnWijs on our book on organic, biodynamic and natural wines

The Netherlands, just like Sweden, is a country that is keen on organic things. Food as well as wine. So it is perhaps not too surprising that a review of our book on organic wines (and similar things) pops up in The Low Countries. It is of course in Dutch, but since we lived in […]

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Rosé is normally made from red grapes, like these in Provence

Pink is the new colour. Everyone drinks rosé wines | Britt on Forbes

It seems the conquest of the world for rosé wines is unstoppable. From having been a little appreciated cheap (and often nasty) wine rosé is now – literally – on everyone’s lips. Even the most serious of wine writers assures us that rose is, or can be, great. In the first of two articles on […]

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Special shop for Bag-in-Box

In France, there is now a retail chain that sells only bag-in-box wines. It is called Bibovino and the first one opened in Paris a year ago. The range is expanding all the time and more and more AOP wines are launched. Most recently it was a Crozes-Hermitage. Bibovino specializes in organic and biodynamic wines. […]

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Barolo vineyards and a hilltop village

Tenuta Vitivinicola Cavallotto, Barolo Bricco Boschis | Åsa’s wine of the Month

“This wine is one of my favourites”, said the professor at Slow Food’s oeno-gastronomic university in Piedmont (*) and pulled out a bottle that said Cavallotto on the label. We had just sat down at the table for lunch in the university’s own restaurant, il ristorante l´Agenzia. I had ordered the only vegetarian course on […]

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A new wine tour to Chile and Argentina, a spectacular experience

We can already today give you the details, although it will not be officially launched yet for some time: the new wine tour to Chile and Argentina early 2016. Two wine countries on each side of the Andes mountain range. Both with grandiose scenery. And some of the very best wines in the New World. […]

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Bag-in-box wines in a Systembolaget shop

Bag-in-Box now has its own competition

It is popular with wine competitions. These can be general, for a particular grape variety, for a particular region, etc. And now even the bag-in-box wines have their own competition.   on the 20th of March. In France, sales of BIB increase every year, especially in supermarkets. Also, many restaurants buy 10 litre BIB for their […]

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Mendoza is the most popular destination in Argentina

Mendoza is by far the most popular travel destination for those who want to explore the wine regions in Argentina, according to a study published on WineSur. Considering that Mendoza is also by far the biggest wine producing region in the country this is perhaps not a big surprise. The second most popular region is […]

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The Chinese invest in Languedoc

Chinese wine drinkers are interested not only in luxury wines from the great chateaux of Bordeaux or from the top producers in Burgundy. Chinese BHC International Wine Assets imports every year 2 million bottles to China. 50% comes from the Languedoc. Here they find reasonably priced wines. When the company recently wanted to invest in […]

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More information on Italian wine labels

Unfathomable is the Italian bureaucracy. We have just read that from January 1, 2015 it is apparently no longer illegal to mention Piedmont on a bottle of Barolo. Of course, the name Barolo DOCG is the most important information on such a bottle but if the producer in addition wanted to inform the consumer that […]

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The screw cap is gaining ground

Some countries have gladly embraced the screw cap while the increase in other countries is slower. Wine consumer’s preferences are very different when it comes to choosing between natural cork and screw cap. The screw cap is, however, gaining ground everywhere even if the major wine countries France, Spain and Italy still prefer natural cork. […]

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A short note on the coming season’s wine tours: Bordeaux and Douro Valley

We have two great classics on the coming autumn’s wine tour program. First the Bordeaux wine tour; if you have never been to Bordeaux then it is a very special experience to see this the world’s most famous wine region. On the other hand, if you have already been there, I can promise you that […]

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Linda Stensen on Languedoc in Svenska Dagbladet

Our book on the wines of Languedoc in the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet

The first book we did was “Languedoc, meetings with wines and wine-growers in the French South” (currently only available in Swedish). The book was mentioned very nicely and prominently in the latest weekend special of the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, one of the two big national morning papers. Linda Stensen wrote about Languedoc wines and […]

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Domaine Weinbach Sainte Catherine Riesling

Cuvée Sainte Catherine 1994, Domaine Weinbach, Riesling Schlossberg | Britt’s Wine of the Month

When you have a really good Riesling in your glass there is nothing else to wish for. And a much better Riesling than this Cuvée Sainte Catherine 1994 from Domaine Weinbach could hardly be found. A good Riesling has an extreme ageing ability and here it was really worth it to be patient and wait. […]

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Will the Champagne growers (CIVC) force a great supporter, Champagne Jayne, into bankruptcy with their bullying?

The despicable behaviour of the CIVC Champagne marketing organisation against a great champagne supporter “Champagne Jayne” is the name that Jayne Powell uses for her wine tasting and wine promotion activity in Australia. Or at least it has been until recently. The Champagne growers and makers association CIVC is suing her for using the name […]

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A fermentation tank, Chateau Tournefeuille

Three great buys from Bordeaux in classic style

You can actually find a great many chateaux in Bordeaux in the middle price range, quite affordable. Some of them have joined together in joint marketing effort called le Grand Cercle des vins de Bordeaux. BKWine Magazine’s Wilhelm Arnör was at their presentation and found three chateaux that were particularly to his liking: Chateau Dalem, […]

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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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