BKWine Brief nr 137, January 2015

We have just made official the wine tour program for the coming autumn. Take a look at the info below in the Brief. We will also soon be publishing the dates for our two upcoming long distance tours, Chile and Argentina, and South Africa. They will take place in early 2016. Watch this space. In […]

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Pernand Vergelesses 2012 Premier Cru Iles des Vergelesses, Domaine Luc et Lise Pavelot | Britt’s Wine of the Month

Pernand-Vergelesses has long been one of my favourite villages in the Côte d’Or. From many producers here I find that wonderful pinot fruit and elegance that I look for in a red burgundy. And in this wine from the excellent Domaine Pavelot, which is run by Luc and Lise Pavelot, I find just that. It […]

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Les Bonnes Mares Chambolle Musigny, Burgundy

Burgundy at its best, two top producers under the loupe

Top quality Burgundy from Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé & Domaine Bonneau du Martray Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé and Domaine Bonneau du Martray are two top producers in Burgundy, whose wines rarely come cheap. In the fall, there have been some exclusive launches from these two Burgundy producers on the Swedish market. BKWine Magazine […]

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Carmenère, French grape adopted by Chile

Did you drink a wine made from the Carmenère grape on November 24? Probably not. And maybe you were not even aware of the fact that this day was “World Carmenère Day”. But now you know for next year. The promoter is of course Chile. With a World Carmenère day the Chilean wine producers want […]

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JancisRobinson.com on our Organic Wine Book: “sound overview of the arguments for and against”

JancisRobinson.com has recently published a review of our new book Biodynamic, Organic and Natural Winemaking, sustainable viticulture and viniculture. We are indeed very happy for it to be one of the featured books on Jancis Robinson’s site, written by Dublin-based journalist and broadcaster Paul O’Doherty. Here are some excerpts from the review: From the start […]

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Angela Biagiotti from Ciacci Piccolomini

Ciacci Piccolomini Brunello with Angela Biagiotti

I met Angela Biagiotti from Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona at the Italian restaurant Mancini in Stockholm just a few hundred yards from the spot where Prime Minister Olof Palme drew his last breath in February 1986. Angela Biagiotti apologised for the length of the firm’s name but that is what you get when Italian noble families […]

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Stainless steel tanks and oak barrels, Mas del Perié, Cahors

Cahors and the young generation: Fabien Jouves at Mas del Perié

The shape of the bottle is significant. You see a bottle with straight shoulders, like bottles in Bordeaux, and immediately you think you already know a bit about how the wine will taste. In Cahors, like in any other wine region in the Southwest of France, the Bordeaux bottle is used for red wines. But […]

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Chateau Valcombe Epicure Blanc

Château Valcombe, Ventoux | Britt’s Wine of the Month

My wine of the month is this month two wines, a red and a white from the same producer, Château Valcombe in beautiful appellation of Ventoux. The château is just at the foot of Mont Ventoux, the highest mountain in Provence, almost 2000 meters high. This is Provence at its very best: pine trees, fields […]

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The Wine Economist book review

The Wine Economist on our organic wine book: “a fine book, worth your attention”

I just saw a beautiful review by The Wine Economist of our book Biodynamic, Organic and Natural Winemaking: Sustainable Viticulture and Viniculture. Mike Veseth, The Wine Economist, is professor emeritus of international political economy at the University of Puget Sound. He is also the author of two books, Wine Wars and Extreme Wine. Today I […]

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Vines, a cultural heritage. On Pantelleria

Vines pruned with the traditional alberello method and half-buried in the sand on the volcanic island of Pantelleria south of Sicily, is since a little while back on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This traditional pruning system, called gobelet in French and bush vine in English, is used in a very particular way on the […]

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Wijnkronieken on Biodynamic, Organic, and Natural Winemaking

Wijnkronieken on our book on Organic (etc) Wine: “gives an excellent insight”

Wijnkronieken, written by Mariella Beukers, is an authoritative Dutch wine site (or blog if you prefer). It has a wealth of wine information, mainly in Dutch but sometimes also in English. Recently Mariella did a review of our new book Biodynamic, Organic and Natural Winemaking: Sustainable Viticulture and Viniculture. Here are a few selected excerpts […]

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Chateau Croix Mouton Bordeaux

Château Croix Mouton, a Bordeaux Supérieur challenges the big ones

Château Croix Mouton, with the modest appellation Bordeaux Supérieur (and a modest price as well), has received medals, high points and numerous awards. It is always a pleasure when a chateau that is not located in one of the prestigious Bordeaux appellations makes the headlines. And the awards are well deserved. The wine made here […]

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Mjödhamnens produktbeskrivning med cirkeldiagram

Monopoly on pie charts? You must be kidding!

No, I am not kidding. The very small company called Mjödhamnen is threatened with a law suit by the very big monopoly retailer Systembolaget in Sweden. Mjödhamnen means “the port of mead” and is a small, tiny, producer and importer of mead. What has Mjödhamnen done? Well, they have used pie charts, circular diagrams, to […]

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Chateau Phelan Segur in the Medoc, Bordeaux

Do you want to buy a vineyard?

Searching for a vineyard to buy? Are you longing for a life among vines and steel tanks, tractors, regulations and bureaucracy? Then we know exactly where you should start looking. At least if you see yourself making wine in Provence, the Rhone Valley or Languedoc. The newly created company WINE Objectives offer vineyards for sale […]

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Swedish Top Gold Medal at the Fourth PIWI Wine Awards 2014

The Swedish winery Gute Vingård, situated on the island of Gotland in the Baltic sea, recently won a Top Gold Medal in the Fourth International PIWI Wine Awards in Germany. This is a wine competition for wines made from fungus-resistant grapes (PIWI stands for the pilzwiderstandsfähige rebsorten). The aim of competition is to make consumers […]

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Spain, biggest in the world. For vineyards

Wine countries outside of Europe are steadily increasing their surface under vines but it is still a European country that can boast the largest vineyard area in the world. It has long been Spain and it is still Spain with 950,541 hectares. That is 13.6% of the total global vineyard area. The largest region is […]

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Pantelleria. A drop in the Mediterranean

“Are we in Iraq?”, asks a fellow traveller, looking out the car window. “I think it looks like Tunisia,” says another. “Are we in the right place?”, asks number three. Yes, we are in the right place. We are on the island of Pantelleria. A drop of soil of sixteen times eight kilometres and we […]

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Carl Edmund on our Organic Wine book: “I am very impressed”

We know Carl Edmund as someone who is passionate about wine and about food. He is particularly passionate about wine and food from Champagne, perhaps since that is where he lives. He recently wrote a comment on our new book Biodynamic, Organic, and Natural Winemaking, Sustainable Viticulture and Viniculture that I just can’t help but […]

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New organic pesticide against rot (bytritis)

UK research company Eden Research has developed an organic pesticide, called 3AEY. The product has now been approved for sale in the EU. 3AEY is made of tea tree oil and lemon juice and is said to be effective against rot. The product has so far been found to have the same protection as conventional […]

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Another appellation for Bourgogne, Cote d’Or?

Will Burgundy obtain yet another appellation? The Burgundians already have about 100 appellations, more than any other wine region in France. But this does not deter them. The new appellation now being discussed (again, for it discussed already four years ago) is Bourgogne Côte-d’Or. So far, it is the negociants that are the driving force […]

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Welcome to BKWine Magazine! *

BKWine Magazine is for everyone who likes wine, travel and food. We have short news items as well as longer feature articles. Wine producer profile, wine regions explained, wine travel tips, restaurant recommendations, wine book reviews and much, much more. BKWine Magazine is produced and written by Britt and Per Karlsson with contributions from many […]

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World sparkling wine consumption

The world drinks more and more sparkling wine | Global market for sparkling wine

The world production and consumption of sparkling wine has increased significantly in recent years, according to a recent report by the OIV (International Organisation of Vine and Wine). 17.6 million hectolitres of sparkling wine was produced in 2013. Over ten years the production has increased with 40%. The consumption is also changing: today we drink […]

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Suzukii fly in the vineyard

A brand new insect has made its debut in the French vineyards. This we were told at one of our visits to Champagne a few weeks ago. This insect is called drosophila suzukii and is a fly coming from Japan. It was first seen in Switzerland and in the Rhone Valley, where it lays its […]

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New Brief out, #136: 5 wine trends 2015, the bubble war Bordeaux vs. Champagne and much more | The Wine Newsletter

A new wine year is about to begin. We will see new trends, new issues will be discussed and decided, new legislation will be made. Here are some of the things that we think will be on the agenda for 2015. 1. Organic wine I The EU intends to review, and possibly renegotiate, some of […]

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BKWine Brief nr 136, December 2014

A new wine year is about to begin. We will see new trends, new issues will be discussed and decided, new legislation will be made. Here are some of the things that we think will be on the agenda for 2015. 1. Organic wine I The EU intends to review, and possibly renegotiate, some of […]

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Uncorked: Good wines we have tasted recently, December 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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BKWine is finalist in the Great Wine Capitals Guest Blogger Competition; Ken Baldwin is the winner

This year’s edition of the Great Wine Capitals Guest Blogger Competition selected Ken Baldwin as the winner for an article about Rioja. A big congratulations to Ken for an article that talks about a wine region that is today very exciting. BKWine’s Per Karlsson was in the final heat of the competition with an article […]

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Wine-searcher on Biodynamic, Organic, and Natural Winemaking: “perfect book for people who want to learn about organic and biodynamic wines”

Wine-searcher.com has, since they branched out from being a pure wine price search engine to also be a wine news site, rapidly become one of the most read wine sites in the world. So we were very glad to see that they had decided to review our new book Biodynamic, Organic, and Natural Winemaking; Sustainable […]

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We meet Gaja: a quality pioneer in Barbaresco and Piedmont

Expensive top wines from northern Italy with Gaia Gaja A little while ago the always equally charming Gaia Gaja made her annual visit to Stockholm to present her and her family’s wines on the Swedish market. BKWine Magazine’s reporter Roland Eriksson met the daughter of the legendary Angelo, who now runs the winery together with […]

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Tom Cannavan, Wine-Pages, on Biodynamic, Organic and Natural Winemaking: “well-argued, heavyweight tome, absorbing detail”

Tom Cannavan at Wine-Pages.com has just published a review of our new book Biodynamic, Organic and Natural Winemaking. Tom has plenty of blush-worthy nice things to say: A fairly heavyweight tome, dense with information, and yet full of quite absorbing detail that made it interesting for me to dip in and out of as chapters […]

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