Congratulations Arvid Rosengren, Swedish world champion sommelier

Sweden has once again a world champion sommelier. The last time it was Andreas Larsson, who won in 2007. Now it was Arvid Rosengren who triumphed in Mendoza, Argentina, on 19th of April. Another Swede, Robert Andersson, was a semi-finalist. The sommelier competition is organized every three years by the Association de la Sommellerie Internationale. […]

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All-important April? | New Brief out, #152 | The Wine Newsletter

A lot happens in April. Some things that are supposed to happen, like the tasting of young Bordeaux wines from vintage 2015. Other things that shouldn’t happen but do happen nevertheless, like devastating frost nights. The entire northern France, as well as other countries, have been hit and the southern regions have not been spared […]

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BKWine Brief nr 152, April 2016

A lot happens in April. Some things that are supposed to happen, like the tasting of young Bordeaux wines from vintage 2015. Other things that shouldn’t happen but do happen nevertheless, like devastating frost nights. The entire northern France, as well as other countries, have been hit and the southern regions have not been spared […]

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Pinot Meunier

Learn how to identify a grape variety by the leaf and grape bunch

So you want to be (like) a pro ampelographer? That’s what they call someone who is a botanic specialist focussed on the grape vine. Or maybe you don’t? Maybe you just want to know how to tell one grape variety from another. Or as they would say in South Africa, one cultivar from another (bear […]

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A modern grape sorting machine

Precision viticulture with the VineRobot

The wine grower has to take many decisions concerning the work in the vineyard. All decisions may affect the quality of the wine. So it is important that he makes the right decisions. Soon, the grower can get the help of VineRobot. This is a little robot that goes around the vineyard unmanned and equipped […]

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Yalumba, Jansz, Pewsy Vale, Dalrymple

Yalumba, Australian wines from “all the land around”

Yalumba is Australia’s oldest family-owned winery with its 165 years. The company is managed today by the fifth generation Smith, Robert Hill-Smith. The name means “all the land around” in Aboriginal language. Yalumba is also one of the twelve members of Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW), an association of family-owned wineries. The background to […]

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Chardonnay vines in the spring in vineyards in Chablis

La Chablisienne, 280 winegrowers and one winemaker in Chablis!

Hervé Tucki is in town. He is the traveling world ambassador for one of the world’s best wine cooperatives, La Chablisienne in, of course, Chablis, France. The place is well chosen by the importer, The WineAgency. We are at les chambres séparées at the Wedholms Fisk restaurant in Stockholm. The guest list is a who’s […]

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Which country drinks the most Champagne?

The Champagne trade association Comité Champagne (CIVC) has recently published the 2015 export figures for champagne. Britain is still the country that imports the greatest volume of champagne while the United States is the number one country for value. (Sweden is curiously on an honourable 10th position.) Champagne sold 312 million bottles last year, an […]

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Oregon: 4 wines that illustrate the style (2/3)

Part two in a series of three articles about Oregon wines. Read part one here, pinot noir wines that challenge Burgundy?, and part three here, a wide range of pinot noir wines (coming soon) . So let’s get to the four wines and winemakers that Carrie Kalscheuer (Rex Hill Vineyards) and Maria Ponzi (Ponzi Vineyards) […]

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The Amalfi Coast in Campania

Campania what? An exciting wine region on the Amalfi Coast!

Campania, what’s that? That’s a question that is not unusual when I mention one of Italy’s most interesting – and most underrated – wine regions. I can agree that it is not so easy to keep track of all the Italian regions, wines and grapes. Italy’s big names, Tuscany, Piedmont, Sicily and Veneto take up […]

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Château de la Dauphine in Fronsac is now certified organic

One of our favourite chateaux in Bordeaux, the beautiful Château de la Dauphine in Fronsac, will be certified organic from vintage 2015, now resting in the chateau cellar. We have visited the chateau on a regular basis since a few years back and we have understood that, among other things, the fact that the chateau […]

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Oregon, Pinot Noir wines that challenge Burgundy? (1/3)

Part one in a series of three articles on Oregon wines. Read part two here, four wines that illustrate the style, and part three here (coming soon), a wide range of pinot noir wines. If anyone 30 years ago would have said that in Oregon makes just as good wines from pinot noir as they […]

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The first review of Tuscany, wines, regions, producers

We have already received a review of one of our new books, Tuscany, wines, regions, producers. It is by Per Björgell writing in the BTJ newsletters. Here are some excerpts: “The book is a very nice cicerone for all who want to visit Tuscany, written by two experienced wine tasters and writers.” “The book goes […]

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Emiliana Novas Gran Reserva

2013 Novas Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo, Chile | Birgitta’s Wine of the Month

I must admit that there have been fewer and fewer wines from the New World on my table in recent years. It has happened to Chilean Cabernets have been dismissed as blackcurrant juice. But this dense, garnet red cabernet sauvignon has balance and a pleasant oak character. It has been aged in both French and […]

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Vinlandet Frankrike in the OIV library

Discovery in the OIV library

The other day I was at the OIV, the International Organisation for Vine and Wine, to attend their press conference on the status of the wine economy in the world (follow the link for the article I wrote about it). It was an interesting presentation, as always, and always interesting to see what people conclude […]

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Vineyard landscape with fog

Saint Helena, Napa Valley’s Holy Grail

No other wine region on the planet draws as much attention or visitors as Napa Valley. It is visited by some five million people every year, making it the second most visited tourist destination in California (Disneyland is number 1). Perfect for a day or weekend trip from San Francisco, Napa Valley awards one with […]

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Spanish wine selling in France

France imports more wine than you might think. Last year the country imported a record amount of wine and most of it was cheap bulk wine from Spain. In total France imported 7.2 million hectolitres last year, an increase of 11 % from 2014. 81 % of this was bulk wine and 75 % came […]

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Likya Merlot Syrah Okuzgozu, Turkey

Status of world wine: vineyard surface, wine production & consumption, import-export | Per on Forbes

2015 is a year that did not present any great surprises in the overall picture of the global wine production and trade. Vineyard area is stable, production is stable, consumption is stable, and world trade in wine continues to grow. Decidedly un-sexy and headline un-friendly. A few things can be worth pointing out. The USA […]

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OIV press conference video: the state of wine in the world

This is the full press conference of the OIV, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine, Jean-Marie Aurand, director presents the latest world wine business data on a press conference. The press conference took place at the OIV offices in Paris on April 18, 2016. The conference is in French and is about one hour […]

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Lots of pictures and videos from the wine regions – on Facebook

Most wine regions are beautiful, have charming landscapes. Actually, I should say “all” and not “most”. Pictures and videos can be an inspiration and can give you a better feeling for different regions. We publish quite a lot of photos and clips on our different Facebook pages. That can also be an inspiration and information […]

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Grenache, rusty sign

Even better Grenache thanks to Rhône research

Grenache is one of the world’s most widely grown grape varieties. And one of our favourite grapes.It is found mainly in southern France and in Spain (Garnacha), but also in several other countries such as South Africa, Chile, and the United States. Everywhere there is a growing interest in the grape. It even has its […]

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Guide till vinets värld på Killbergs

Our two new wine books in shops: Wine guide to Bordeaux and to Tuscany

“Guide to the World of Wine” is a new book series that we have just launched. The first two titles in the series are about Bordeaux and Tuscany. The books contain easy-to-read but fact-filled information about wine regions and are richly illustrated. They are published by Tukan förlag. More information about the series Guide to […]

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New Zealand wine book, Aotearoa Nouveau

A new book about New Zealand’s wines with crowdfunding

It has become popular with crowdfunding for wine books (Jura, Champagne, aromas and what not). Is it because the publishers are hard to persuade, or that wine writers do not like to work with structured and commercial publishing? Now a new book about New Zealand wines is in the works. It is called Aotearoa Nouveaux: […]

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How to describe a wine = gobbledygook?

In last brief we wrote about how to describe a wine in a way that makes people understand what you mean. We have received some comments from readers that we would like to share with you. A reader from Sweden tells us about an English wine writer who many years ago came to Sweden and […]

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New on the wine travel program

We have some news for the autumn travel program, a new destination, as well as some classics. The new destination (i.e. new on the English language program; we’ve done it for many years for Scandinavians) this year is: Champagne, September 14-18, 2016, a fantastic occasion to discover this both exclusive and trendy district for bubbly […]

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A distillation machine (still) in stainless steel and copper

Lower the copper doses or not in the vineyard?

The copper doses are a constant headache for organic growers. The French authority ANSES (a food and health authority) and the European Commission want to reduce the permitted level from 6 kilogram per hectare and year to 4 kilo The organic growers say that they are not able to cope with such a reduction. On […]

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What’s in the colour? | New Brief out, #151 | The Wine Newsletter

White, red or rosé? Colour is not just about that! What is the importance of the colour of the? Quite a lot actually. Many people like dark, dense wines, they promise body, power and lots of fruit. But lightly coloured wines, like wines made from Pinot Noir or Nebbiolo can have as intense, even more […]

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BKWine Brief nr 151, March 2016

White, red or rosé? Colour is not just about that! What is the importance of the colour of the? Quite a lot actually. Many people like dark, dense wines, they promise body, power and lots of fruit. But lightly coloured wines, like wines made from Pinot Noir or Nebbiolo can have as intense, even more […]

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Les Fumees Blanches Sauvignon Blanc bag-in-box Francois Lurton nEW design

Les Fumées Blanches and François Lurton – “I am the General!”

Les Fumées Blanches – that is the topic of the tasting. François Lurton, the man behind the wine, is our cicerone. Les Fumées Blanches is the best-selling sauvignon blanc wine at Systembolaget (the Swedish monopoly): in 2015 1.9 million litres were sold. So a really big hitter. Moreover, it is with a good margin the […]

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Nyetimber demi-sec

Does Nyetimber make England’s best sparkling wine?

“Britagne” (*) is British bubble and not a French province misspelled There has been much media noise about the new sparkling wines from north of the Channel, grown on the English limestone and chalk soils that are similar to those found in Champagne. Is England a (or the) future producer of sparkling wines in the […]

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