Spraying vines with a vineyard tractor

Can organic wine production continue to grow? | Britt on Forbes

Organic viticulture has seen some astonishing growth. Today almost 10% of world wine production is estimated to be organic. A year like 2016 with very difficult weather conditions in many parts of Europe, that still accounts for the majority of the world’s wine, the growth in organics will no doubt be dampened. Bad weather is […]

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Wine terminology, as group dynamics, is not easy. Septic, what is it?

Everyone who tastes wine tend to develop personal references. Descriptions are often also specific to different groups. In Sweden and England Bordeaux wines are sometimes characterised with “stables”, but if you say that to a Bordeaux producer he will be offended. We had a question a while back about a term that sometimes occur in […]

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Caviar d’Aquitaine with Sauternes wine

Caviar. It is not for every day eating, but it is delicious. Not least the caviar from Bordeaux. In the past, there were wild sturgeons in the Gironde. But today the Bordeaux caviar, the caviar d’aquitaine, comes from farmed sturgeon. It takes about ten years from the birth of the fish until the valuable caviar […]

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The world’s biggest rosé producing countries

It is summer time and people drink tons of rosé wines. In 2014 the world produced a total of 24.3 million hectolitres of rosé (sparkling rosé not included). This was a rise by 16% from 2002. But those of you who do not particularly like rosé, don’t despair. This is still only 9.6% of the […]

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Palmer Champagne, magnums

A study in elegance: Palmer Blanc de Blancs Champagne, 2011 back to 1985

On May 30 the champagne house Palmer & Co. (and Oenoforos) launched Palmer Blanc de Blancs 2011. This was done in conjunction with a vernissage and tasting, which they called “The Art of Elegance”. They had invited a number of artists to make a small art installation around their Blanc de Blancs 2011, which was […]

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Dramatically shrinking vineyards in Italy: down 50%

I came across some interesting statistics about Italy a while ago. It shows how the Italian vine acreage has decreased over the past 40 years. The decrease is dramatic. In 1970 there were 1.3 million hectares of vineyards in Italy. In 2010 the figure had dropped to 663,000, a reduction of over 600,000 hectares, ie […]

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The big round pebbles, galets roules, in Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Top wines from the Rhone Valley: Chateauneuf-du-Pape | Britt on Forbes

The Rhone Valley in southern France is a fantastic source of good wines. Most of the wines are full-bodied and spicy. On a warm summer day you should drink them slightly chilled (16C) to underline the freshness and in winter they make a perfect companion to more hearty food. There are many different appellations here […]

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Vineyards on hills in Barolo, Piedmont

Slow Wine from Piedmont: Cantalupo, Icardi, Mossio

Cantalupo, Icardi, Mossio, three producers that were presented when Slow Wine, the wine part of the Slow Food movement, came to Sweden. Slow Wine wants to bring forward some of Italy’s best wine producers and help them to spread the fame of Italian wines worldwide. BKWine’s reporter Tobias Karlsson reports. Earlier this year a number […]

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No California Champagne in Napa Valley

Despite persistent attempts by France to bring about a ban, it is still permissible for Californian winemakers, under certain circumstances, to call their sparkling wine “California Champagne” (but not within the EU of course!). At the French Trade Minister’s visit to Napa Valley earlier in June, however, the wine growers there made it clear to […]

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Black-rot in southern France

Black-rot is a difficult fungal disease that affects the vines when rainfall is plentiful. And it has been plentiful, so say the least, in France this spring and early summer. Black-rot (as it is called also in French, perhaps because the disease was the “imported” from North America in the late 1800s) attacks both leaves […]

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We never get enough of Grenache, prepare for Grenache day on September 19

Frequent readers of the Brief know that we are very fond of Grenache. It is one of the world’s most widely planted grapes but it is very much a grape that works behind the scenes. The name is rarely seen on the labels and is used mainly in blends with other grapes. It often works […]

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The respect for a fine wine | New Brief out, #154 | The Wine Newsletter

The respect for a fine wine Wine drinking has been democratized in the last 50 years. There are today wines in all price ranges, for all budgets, for all kinds of consumers. Screwcaps and bag in boxes have eliminated the ceremonial opening and serving of a wine. But one thing remains. The respect for the […]

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BKWine Brief nr 154, June 2016

The respect for a fine wine Wine drinking has been democratized in the last 50 years. There are today wines in all price ranges, for all budgets, for all kinds of consumers. Screwcaps and bag in boxes have eliminated the ceremonial opening and serving of a wine. But one thing remains. The respect for the […]

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Domaine Turner Pageot le Blanc

Le Blanc 2013, L’Existence des Choix, Domaine Turner Pageot, Languedoc | Britt’s Wine of the Month

Domaine Turner Pageot is a small winery in the village of Gabian. It is run by the very enthusiastic Emmanuel Pageot and his wife Karen Turner, who is also winemaker at the well-known Prieuré Saint-Jean-de-Bébian. At their family estate, Domaine Turner Pageot, they make wines that are far from the streamlined and boring. Their wines […]

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Maja Berthas, head of WOSA Sweden

An insider’s view on why South Africa is one of the most exciting wine countries

There’s a lot going on in the South African vineyards, isn’t that so Maja? When the South African wine fair took place in Stockholm your envoy took the opportunity to talk to the country manager of The Wines of South Africa (WOSA), the wine expert Maja Berthas. South Africa was, until 1990, for the most […]

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A glass of Moscatel de Setubal

Periquita, Hexagon, Moscatel and more from JM da Fonseca | Britt on Forbes

Portugal has a treasure trove of outstanding wines but few – far too few – find their way outside of Portugal. One of the few that is known all over the world is Periquita from the José Maria da Fonseca company, one of the most successful Portuguese wine producers. What is perhaps less known is […]

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Nine excellent “grower champagnes” to put on the list

Champagne – this noble bubbly that makes the girls’ eyes twinkle and is almost synonymous with celebration and happy faces. I am not myself a big champagne enthusiast, but I do appreciate a really good bubbly when the opportunity arises (which happens quite often, after all). To be invited to a mini-fair of this kind […]

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Axel Schweinhardt of Burgermeister-Schweinhardt

A selection from the range of one of the largest importers, Oenoforos / Carovin: Bordeaux and Nahe

Oenoforos is one of the largest importers in Sweden. They also have a subsidiary called Carovin. The roles are divided so that Carovin handles the smaller niche producers and Oenoforos the major brands (although this is not always true). The group also includes the impressive Swedish wine production facility Nordic Sea Winery in Simrishamn. So […]

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Happy 80th anniversary to 75 French appellations

In 1936 the first appellations (AOC, appellation d’origine contrôlée) were awarded to 75 wine regions in France. The very first appellations were confirmed on 15 May 1936. It was Arbois, Cassis, Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Tavel and Monbazillac. Then during the year a further 70 regions were confirmed. It is an interesting list that shows which districts were […]

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Picking grapes on goblet vines in Beaujolais

Is manual harvest really better than mechanical harvest? No!

Facts and myths about hand and machine picking Let’s start with clearing up one of the basic misconceptions. It is not true that manual harvest is better than mechanical harvest. However, manual harvest can sometimes be better than mechanical harvest. But the opposite is also true: Mechanical harvest can be better than manual harvest. Sometimes. […]

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Cava Palago brut nature

The countries that drink (and produce) most sparkling wine in the world

Germans love bubbles. They drink more sparkling wine than any other nationality in the world, 2.9 million hectolitres, which is 4.7 bottles per person. In second place is Russia with 2.4 Mhl and in third place the US with 1.9 million hectolitres. France comes only in fourth place with 1.8 million hectolitres but fare better […]

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Rhône Wine festival in Denmark

Dansk Vincenter (Danish Wine Center) in Advedøre outside Copenhagen is once again this year organising a Rhône Wine festival in September, more specifically, on Saturday 17 September. It is a festival for “those who love Rhone wines”. And who does not? There are few wine regions that offer such a complete wine experience as the […]

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Trending: English wine, mainly sparkling

There is a lot of talk about English wine at the moment. Not least of the sparkling wine that makes headlines every other day. Either it is champagne houses that invest in English vineyards or it is English bubble that wins over champagne in blind tastings. Production figures for 2015 have recently been published and […]

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The official rating for Rioja 2015 is “Very Good”

Last year’s harvest was the earliest anyone had ever experienced in Rioja. And the fastest. The harvest in Rioja usually takes two months. In 2015 it took the four weeks. Moreover, it was a very good harvest, both for quality and quantity. Riojas control board, Consejo Regulador DOCa Rioja, has recently given the vintage 2015 […]

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Wine in Italian schools?

Is that appropriate? No, it’s not about drinking wine, it is more about learning about wine. A senator in the Italian parliament has proposed a law that makes it mandatory to teach schoolchildren of the history and the civilisation of wine in Italy. He believes that the people of the world’s largest wine country should […]

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New wine hierarchy in Languedoc

The Languedoc growers have long been planning a structuring of the different appellations in a hierarchy. Earlier they planned to have a top appellation category called “grand cru”. However, they were rapped on the knuckles by the INAO. Grand cru, they may not use. When I was recently in the Languedoc for their annual primeur […]

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The first vintage of Mas de Daumas Gassac

Languedoc quality pioneer Aimé Guibert at Mas de Daumas Gassac passes away

Aimé Guibert, quality pioneer in Languedoc, has died at 91 years of age. He founded his property Mas de Daumas Gassac outside Aniane in Languedoc in the 1970s. 1978 was the first vintage. Guibert focused on quality, he wanted to make a wine of top quality. And not just with any grapes, he wanted to […]

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How do you make rosé? Facts and fails.

This is rosé season. Or should be. We’re having a rather cold spring in Paris. Rosé has in recent years become incredibly popular. Incredibly is the right word. So let’s take a look at how rosé is made. This seems to be needed; it seems to be a very misunderstood area… There are three ways […]

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Rickety Bridge Foundation Stone White, South African favourite | Britt’s wine of the month

One of our favourites in South Africa is Rickety Bridge in Franschhoek, a winery that we always have on the itinerary for our SA wine tours. Their Foundation Stone White is made primarily from Chenin Blanc which gives it an interesting complexity, body, ripe fruit with a touch of honey (and it has just managed […]

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A narrow street in Montalcino in Tuscany

Brunello celebrates its 50th birthday

Brunello di Montalcino in Tuscany has celebrated its fiftieth birthday as a DOC. It was in 1966 that the wine, as one of the first in Italy, received its denomination of origin. Brunello currently has great success in the export market. 70% of the production is exported. The US is the largest market, Canada and […]

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