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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News on the travel blog: customer feedback and press clippings

We have some news on the travel blog, comments from people who have travelled with us in South America and a mention of our wine tours in the gastronomic press. Read more here: “You feel really very privileged”, wine tour to Chile and Argentina Portugal and Bordeaux wine tours in Milsabores

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The southern Rhône Valley: spices from Provence and spicy wines, Papal Palace and quality revolution | A Travel Story

There are many things to discover in the southern Rhône Valley. It is a region that has the irresistible Provencal charm, but also many other things that makes it worth a trip. For instance the wines! Today it is not only Châteauneuf-du-Pape that makes wines at the top of the quality pyramid. You can find […]

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More sparkling wine from Burgundy, a popular bubbly

Sparkling wine is doing well at the moment. More and more consumers want to treat themselves to bubbles and not only when there is a party. In addition to Champagne, many French wine regions make quality sparkling wine. Burgundy is one and the other day, on 26th of May, one of the top producers of […]

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The barrel cellar at Rickety Bridge winery

An even better wine tour to South Africa in March 2015

The definitive program for the wine tour to South Africa is now published. We have changed some of the planning and hope that this will be even more tempting for you. In this edition of the wine and food tour to South Africa we include Hermanus and Walker Bay. This is two regions on the […]

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New Brief out, #131: New organic wine book, penalty on over-weight, wine a cultural heritage | The Wine Newsletter

It’s 7 PM. Time for an aperitif. A “drink” before dinner. What’s your favourite kind of aperitif? We actually have a fairly limited repertoire of aperitifs. We rarely take a have “regular” wine. Well it happens. White in this case. It is rarely red. We almost only have red with food. We like red wines […]

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BKWine Brief nr 131, July 2014

It’s 7 PM. Time for an aperitif. A “drink” before dinner. What’s your favourite kind of aperitif? We actually have a fairly limited repertoire of aperitifs. We rarely take a have “regular” wine. Well it happens. White in this case. It is rarely red. We almost only have red with food. We like red wines […]

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New grand cru vineyards in Burgundy?

Will the Côte d’Or in Burgundy have a few more Grand Cru vineyards in a few years? Some people hope so while others are less enthusiastic. Applications from three premier cru vineyards in Pommard have been submitted to the INAO, the Institut National de l’ Origine et de la Qualité. They are Pommard Les Rugiens, […]

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Welcome to Blaxta Winery in Sweden

We received some news from one of the Swedish vineyards the other day. Blaxsta Winery in Sörmland, south of Stockholm, is probably the most rewarded of the Swedish vineyards. Göran Amnegård, owner and winemaker, says that three of Blaxtas Vidal Ice Wine has received over 97 points by Robert Parker and a gold medal in […]

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Cahors Cathedral, sound and light

“Intronisation” in the Cahors Brotherhood, Cahors Malbec Days 2014

The grandiose and solemn Chapitre Exceptionnel of the Confrérie du Vin de Cahors where 11 American sommeliers were dubbed knights Almost every wine region in France has its own “wine brotherhood”, confrérie de vin. Cahors, in the South-West is no different. The Confreries is mainly a fun thing that is used as an excuse to […]

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Champagne Leclerc Brian rose brut

Uncorked: Good wines we have tasted recently, July 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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Adventures in South America: new wine tour to Chile and Argentina

A wine tour to Argentina and Chile is very much about passion and enthusiasm. It is spectacular and remote wine regions. A wonderful gastronomy. Welcoming people. But it is also an opportunity to explore the cities: Buenos Aires, Santiago, and Valparaiso. BKWine’s new wine tour and gourmet tour to Chile and Argentina in February 2015 […]

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Lunch with Shafer

Shafer Vineyards (5/5): Californian port, stolen grapes and terroir

Being Relentless – Shafer Vineyards’ Doug Shafer Shares his Views on Wine, Sideways, Hydrogen Sulphide, and How to Steal 300 Gallons of Excellent Cab to Make a Port #5 of 5. John Shafer started Shafer Vineyards in 1974. In 1984 he was joined by his son Doug Shafer, who now runs the winery. BKWine’s Ulf […]

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Our first book in English: Biodynamic, Organic, and Natural Winemaking

We are very happy to announce that our first book in English is soon to be published. The book is called “Biodynamic, organic and natural winemaking. Sustainable viticulture and viniculture.” It is published by Floris Books. Here is a short introduction to the book. We will give you more details once it is on the […]

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The USA becomes the world’s largest wine market

Jean-Marie Aurand is the new general director of the OIV (International Organisation of Vine and Wine), an organization based in Paris. In May, he presented figures and trends for the wine countries in the world. As expected, the United States is now the world’s largest wine market with a consumption of 29.1 million hectolitres of […]

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Spraying by helicopter, forbidden but not quite

Should spraying by helicopter or air-plane be banned? Yes, says Segolène Royale, the French Minister for ecology, sustainability and energy (as well as ex-presidential candidate and ex-partner of the current president). There is actually already an EU ban on helicopter spraying but winemakers and some other farmers in France (banana growers in Guadeloupe, for example) […]

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Doug Shafer, Shafer Vineyards

Shafer Vineyards (4/5): Opening 9000 cases of merlot and cabernet

Being Relentless – Shafer Vineyards’ Doug Shafer Shares his Views on Wine, Sideways, Hydrogen Sulphide, and How to Steal 300 Gallons of Excellent Cab to Make a Port #4 of 5. John Shafer started Shafer Vineyards in 1974. In 1984 he was joined by his son Doug Shafer, who now runs the winery. BKWine’s Ulf […]

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Big tractor equipped for spraying

Pure and healthy country air?

Well, not always. In the district of Blaye in the Bordeaux region recently an entire school class was taken to hospital after having exhibited symptoms of poisoning, which apparently were due to a wine producer spraying his vineyard nearby. The wine producer used a common and permitted product to spray against fungal diseases. But the […]

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Shafer Vineyards Hillside Select, Stags Leap, Napa

Shafer Vineyards (3/5): The quest for perfection and a talented winemaker

Being Relentless – Shafer Vineyards’ Doug Shafer Shares his Views on Wine, Sideways, Hydrogen Sulphide, and How to Steal 300 Gallons of Excellent Cab to Make a Port #3 of 5. John Shafer started Shafer Vineyards in 1974. In 1984 he was joined by his son Doug Shafer, who now runs the winery. BKWine’s Ulf […]

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Three Gonzalez Byass sherries

Some delicious sherries that you should not miss, from wallet-friendly to exclusive

BKWine at exclusive sherry tasting, streamed online over the internet, with Gonzalez Byass’ Master Blender Antonio Flores Sherry is a really delicious wine that more people should try. Sherry can range from bone dry to extremely sweet. There are “regular” sherries of different types. And there are speciality sherries. Everything from the little-known “fresh produce” […]

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A wine cellar in Rioja

Autumn and winter wine tours on the program

Now is a good time to decide on a wine tour for the autumn of the winter. We have two tours on the schedule for the autumn and two for the winter. Two classic tours in the fall: Bordeaux, September 17-21 Douro Valley, Portugal, October 22-26 And two “long haul” trips for the winter, that […]

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Shafer Vineyards Merlot

Shafer Vineyards (2/5): A catastrophic vintage and the mysterious Stags Leap, and 2011 One Point Five

Being Relentless – Shafer Vineyards’ Doug Shafer Shares his Views on Wine, Sideways, Hydrogen Sulphide, and How to Steal 300 Gallons of Excellent Cab to Make a Port #2 of 5. John Shafer started Shafer Vineyards in 1974. In 1984 he was joined by his son Doug Shafer, who now runs the winery. BKWine’s Ulf […]

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Shafer Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Shafer Vineyards (1/5): Becoming a winemaker, and Chardonnay 2012

Being Relentless – Shafer Vineyards’ Doug Shafer Shares his Views on Wine, Sideways, Hydrogen Sulphide, and How to Steal 300 Gallons of Excellent Cab to Make a Port #1 of 5. John Shafer started Shafer Vineyards in 1974. In 1984 he was joined by his son Doug Shafer, who now runs the winery. BKWine’s Ulf […]

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“Terrasses du Larzac” in Languedoc becomes its own appellation

A few weeks back France gained a new appellation: AOC / AOP Terrasses du Larzac. It used to be a separate sub-designation within the greater Languedoc appellation: “Languedoc Terrasses du Larzac”. The INAO gave its approval on June 26, 2014 for it to become its own appellation, without any mention Languedoc. But was it a […]

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Burgundy wine and food, a match made in heaven or not?

Matching food and wine may not be as complicated as we sometimes think. But certain combinations are better than others and sometimes it is worthwhile to think a little extra on what goes well together. And if the wines are from the classic region of Burgundy it is even more exciting. Burgundy is not only […]

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Why do the wine importers hide behind multiple names?

In a recent article here on BKWine Magazine on the largest wine importers (in Sweden) I speculated about why many of the largest wine importers have several subsidiaries. In some it become a maze of companies, each headed (fully or partially) by the same people but under different company names. The four most thorny wine […]

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