Bordeaux is so much more than just expensive chateaux, new marketing campaign

A new marketing campaign for Bordeaux wines is being launched in late October in France and the six major export countries, Belgium, Germany, UK, USA, Japan and China. This new campaign highlights Bordeaux diversity and variation rather than luxury and fine chateaux. “The more you look, the more you discover” is the new slogan that […]

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The Clos des Goisses vineyard at Champagnes Philipponnat

Champagne with character for the New Year

Now that the New Year is approaching it is interesting to note that the market for sparkling wine in the world has grown a lot in recent years. In 10 years, production has increased by more than 40% and consumption by more than 30%. The world wants to drink bubbles and no longer only on […]

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Biodynamic, organic and natural winemaking. Sustainable viticulture and viniculture.

Press release: A New Book on Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wines Gives the Reader the Facts

press release Paris, 2014-12-17 A New Book on Organic, Biodynamic and Natural Wines Gives the Reader the Facts “Biodynamic, Organic and Natural Winemaking; Sustainable Viticulture and Viniculture” by Britt Karlsson (text) and Per Karlsson (photography), of BKWine, has recently been published by Floris Publishing. As environmental issues and sustainability becomes increasingly a concern for the […]

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Understanding Wine Technology by David Bird

Understanding Wine Technology, by David Bird | Book Review

The making of a wine is much about chemistry. Without knowledge of chemistry it becomes difficult to really understand what is going on inside the winery. It is hard to find good literature about wine chemistry written by people who really know their subject. If you have poor knowledge of chemistry yourself, the books or […]

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Taylor's Single Harvest Port 1863

Port Wine for Christmas, and for laying down. From vintage 2011 back to 1863!

Taylor’s, a port house with a history and with plenty of good bottles We are many who uncork a bottle of port wine for Christmas. But port is a wine that is really nice the rest of the year too. Taylor’s is one of the most famous port wine houses, with a long history and […]

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A Christmas gift recommendation: a good wine book

No Christmas is complete without a good book coming from Santa Claus. With environmental issues becoming more and more important perhaps a good book about wine and the environment should be on the wish list? Then we have just the thing for your. Earlier this autumn we had the pleasure of seeing a first of […]

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Flor in a wine barrel

13 delicious sherries and an introduction to the district with Gonzalez Byass’ head winemaker

A broad selection of sherry with some gorgeous and affordable wines We say it again: sherry is a fantastic wine. There is a big span, from bone dry almost salty finos, to super-sweet blockbuster wines from the Pedro Ximenes grape. It is a wine that is often drunk as an aperitif, with tapas, but that […]

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The Finest Wines of Rioja and Northwest Spain | Book

The Finest Wines of Rioja and Northwest Spain | Book Review

The Finest Wines of Rioja and Northwest Spain is written by three Spanish authors Jesus Barquin, Luis Guitierrez and Victor de la Serna. This is possibly the most thorough and up-to-date book on the wines of the Rioja and the neighbouring wine regions. For anyone who wants to know more about Rioja it is absolutely […]

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Crozes Hermitage Tardieu-Laurent

Crozes-Hermitage Tardieu-Laurent Vieilles Vignes 2011 | Ulf’s Wine of the Month

Somehow, I cannot but smile at the story behind the Tardieu-Laurent wines. The young Michel Tardieu – a state employee chauffeur who spent his days driving the local dignitaries around in the south of France – discovered that he had a great passion and nose for wine. The thing being a private driver for local […]

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Esca, a big problem in the French vineyards

The French wine harvest 2014 has largely given the wine producers adequate quantity and a good quality. But all is not rosy in the vineyard. There is a disease that wreaks havoc in the vineyards and it is believed that this disease now affects 12% of the French total vineyard surface. And it is growing. […]

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James Halliday's Wine Atlas of Australia

James Halliday’s Wine Atlas of Australia | Book Review

James Halliday’s Wine Atlas of Australia has recently been published in a new edition. This is a substantial book on all the wine regions of Australia. It is a must for anyone who plans to travel around the Australian wine regions but also a valuable reference for anyone who wants to know about Australian wines. […]

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Pictures and videos from wine regions, wineries and vineyards

In autumn it is peak season for wine tours. This past autumn was no different. Many think it is the perfect time to go visiting vineyards. It is! (But travelling in wine regions in spring time is just as lovely, but different.) But not everyone has the time or the possibility to do it. If […]

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The world’s best sparkling wine in 2014 is…

Every wine, or wine type, has its “best in the world” competition these days, it seems. Sparkling wine too of course. And since we are getting closer to the peak sparkling wine season of the year the news of the results of The World’s Best Sparkling Wine competition (or Effervescents du Monde) is timely. This […]

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Loire wine fair in February, a must for the Loire specialist

Winter is wine fair season. Winter is when winemakers have the time to participate in wine shows and that is when many wine shows take place, for example the Salon des Vins de Loire, the Loire Valley wine show. For anyone who is working with Loire wines or who has a special interest in Loire […]

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New Brief out, #135: Christmas & New Year tips, buy a vineyard, Burgundy, Rioja, Swedish wine and much more | The Wine Newsletter

This month we give you a double dose of reading in the BKWine Brief. It’s been two meagre months, in terms of reading the Brief, since we have had so many wine tours to deal with in September and October. But now we are catching up. Lots of articles, lots of news items and recommendations. […]

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BKWine Brief nr 135, November 2014

This month we give you a double dose of reading in the BKWine Brief. It’s been two meagre months, in terms of reading the Brief, since we have had so many wine tours to deal with in September and October. But now we are catching up. Lots of articles, lots of news items and recommendations. […]

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Champagne Jacquesson Ay Vauzelle Terme

Jacquesson, a champagne house that goes against the current

Jacquesson is a champagne house that is different. They don’t do like most others. Instead of making a “house style” with a consistent character year after year and a “cuvée prestige” they make champagnes that underline the vintage variations and special bottlings from small vineyard plots. The house is run by the Chiquet brothers, Jean-Hervé […]

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Weingut von Winning, Win Win, riesling

Do you need a reminder that German wines are delicious? Try von Winning.

Pfalz (Palatinate) is the second largest of Germany’s wine regions. Weingut von Winning is one of the better-known quality producers in Palatinate. Von Winning has a wide range of wines with everything from very affordable ones to exclusive rarities. When Andreas Hütwohl, winemaker at von Winning, came to Sweden he met with BKWine’s reporter Ulf […]

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Good year for Swedish wine growers

The beautiful summer in Sweden this year has given the Swedish wine growers a long-awaited perfect harvest. Lauri Pappinen at Gutevin announces that he has picked around 7000 kilos of grapes from his vineyards around Näsudden in the south west part of the island of Gotland. This is the best harvest ever experienced at Näsudden. […]

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Bunches of ripe merlot grapes

Five wineries and 25 recommended wines from New Zealand

New Zealand, the country that is as far away from Sweden (and the rest of Europe) as you can get on this earth – what can they offer in terms of wine? A visit by some 20 New Zealand producers in Sweden gave an opportunity to find the answer. BKWine’s reporter Carl-Erik Kanne was there […]

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Pingus, Chateau la Nerthe, beer, Bollinger and Maya Samuelsson

When Arvid (Nordquist) invites you to its annual brand tasting day it’s not just wine that is on the table. (Arvid Nordquist is a big wine and food import company in Sweden.) Wine is shoulder-to-shoulder with Tabasco bottles, coffee machines, Riesen candy and gluten-free bread, all presented by specialists in each area. What is the […]

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Alcohol sales to be allowed in grocery stores from April 1, 2015

No, it’s no April Fool’s joke. From 1 April 2015, it will be allowed for grocery stores to sell alcohol, wine and liquor, according to a recent decision by the government. In order to sell alcohol, food stores must meet certain requirements. The sales may not be too dominated by alcohol. At least 75% of […]

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The bottle cellar at Bodegas Roda in Rioja

From wood to fruit: Bodegas Roda show the New Rioja and contrasts with Ribera del Duero

Rioja is, perhaps with some competition, by far the quietest area of the blogosphere. Virtually nothing is written about Rioja, and not so much about Spanish wine, for that matter either. For a long time Rioja was the most un-trendy wine that you could drink. The wines were considered ladened down with stock conservative traditions […]

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To Kalon Robert Mondavi

To Kalon, a California study in quality, climate and soil in the vineyard

Three nearly identical wines from Robert Mondavi show large differences How is it that the prices of different wines can vary considerably although the wines are produced with grapes from virtually the same vineyard? What creates the quality differences within the same vineyard? When Dana Andrus from the Robert Mondavi Winery came to Stockholm recently, […]

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Tenuta Col d’Orcia, a leading producer of Brunello in Montalcino

Horizontal and vertical of Brunello di Montalcino with Count Cinzano Tenuta Col d’Orcia is one of the best known producers of brunello di Montalcino in Tuscany. They make several different wines, mainly red wines from the brunello clone of the sangiovese grape. Francesco Marone Cinzano is at the helm of the Col d’Orica winery. When […]

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Systembolaget’s profit Q1-Q3 = SEK 297 million

For the first three quarters of 2014 Systembolaget (the Swedish alcohol retail monopoly) made a profit (operating result) of 297 million kronor (32 million euro), a substantial increase over last year, according to a press release from the company. Systembolaget’s revenues (turnover) was for the first nine months in 2014 SEK 19.2 billion (2 bn […]

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Elegant fruity wines in Austria 2014 in spite of too much cool and wet weather

Difficult year saved somewhat by nice autumn weather to give good quality but low quantity It has been a difficult 2014 in Austria, as in many other parts of Europe. A poor summer, with sometimes very awful weather, has made life difficult for wine growers in Austria (as well as elsewhere in Europe). But also […]

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State of the World wine production and grape growing 2014: France back on top for wine

The 2014 statistics on global wine production, wine consumption, vineyard surface area, world grape production, and world trade in wine France will be the world’s biggest wine producer in 2014. World vineyard surface is decreasing but grape production is going up. Europe’s production is in decline. World wine consumption is shifting from “old” countries to […]

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Janny van Baars-Patteri at Cantina Giuseppe Sedilesu

Ballu Tundu Riserva 2010 Cannonau di Sardegna | Birgitta’s Wine of the Month

Cantina Giuseppe Sedilesu is in Mamoiada right in cannonau-country in central Sardinia. The vineyard which has been in existence for over 30 years, is family owned and has in the past ten years gone from producing bulk wine to become a biodynamic producer of quality wines. Some ten wines are now in the portfolio; a […]

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Spring wine tour to Bordeaux 2015

For the winter and spring season we have already had the wine tours to South America and to South Africa open for bookings for quite some time. One more tour is now on the schedule: Bordeaux. With that the spring program will be: Chile & Argentina in South America, January 31 – February 15, booking […]

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