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Chateau Pichon Baron, Pauillac, Bordeaux

Bordeaux 2015, and a few older wines, presented by Winefinder

One of last year’s most interesting tastings was organized by the Danish on line wine shop WineFinder in collaboration with the Swede Fredrik Rudebeck, owner of the oldest négociant firm, Maison Beyerman, which dates back to 1620! Fifty Bordeaux chateaux were present. From the late 1960s, almost all of the chateaux take care of their […]

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Gin: Blue, Lark's, Monkey 42

The Renaissance of Gin, 4: Conclusions and Commentary, how the category and market may develop over the next 10 years

Although there has been a clear revival in the popularity of gin, and an explosion of new brands, we have seen that the impact has been limited to the premium-plus categories. New and existing customers have traded up, leaving the lower-value categories to continue to decline. There is little evidence to suggest that the renaissance […]

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Gin: Ungava Canadian Premium

The Renaissance of Gin, 3: The revival of Gin over the past 30 years

Gin’s revival in popularity has been driven by many of the same factors that were important in gin’s earlier history – the role of marketing/brands, the impact of legislation, developments in flavours and the link to cocktails and fashionability. Four events have been particularly important. Marketing innovations by IDV led the way. In 1988, IDV […]

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Gin: Hendricks, Tanqueray

The Renaissance of Gin, 2: Production of Gin, how process variations result in different flavours

EU law defines three categories of gin:[1] “Gin” is the basic category. Flavourings, either natural or artificial, are mixed (cold compounded) with the base spirit and other approved colourings and sweeteners are added. A molasses-based spirit may be used (often cheaper), giving a softer feel. “Distilled Gin” is made by redistilling the mixture of diluted […]

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Vidon Vineyards, Oregon

Artisan Winemaker Don Hagge of Vidon Vineyard, Oregon

Ever hear that phrase, “Who do you think you are? A rocket scientist?” Well, today’s guest IS a rocket scientist. One part humble Midwestern farm boy, one part retired NASA astrophysicist-turned-winemaker, Don Hagge of Vidon Vineyard (vee-dohn) talks softly and drives a big tractor. And at age 85, instead of slowing down, Don shoots for […]

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Hill slope and village, Etna, Sicily

Sicilian gastronomy: Giuseppe Raciti wins the prestigious contest

Giuseppe Raciti, a thirty year ‘old Sicilian chef recently won the contest for chefs under thirty in southern Italy. The contest took place at Hotel Palace in Mondello, a holiday village just outside Palermo and was organized by the on line magazine Cronache di Gusto. BKWine Magazine’s Asa Johansson caught Giuseppe for a short interview. […]

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Vineyards in a foggy valley in Piedmont

Favourite wines from the Primewine importer range

BKWine Magazine’s reporter Tobias Karlsson recommends some favourite wines from the importer Primewine Group. Several of them are widely available in other countries too. BKWine has often informed the reader that Systembolaget’s monopoly range unfortunately, is considerably less than what one normally thinks. In total there are around 2000 wines sold by the Swedish monopoly. […]

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London Dry Gin

The Renaissance of Gin, 1: Introduction and the History of Gin from the Middle Ages to 1985

The essay in four parts explores the history of gin up until 1985, its production, the revival in consumption over the past 30 years, and looks forward to how the market might develop over the next 10 years. This essay focuses primarily on the UK market although reference is made to other markets where relevant, […]

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Come si mangia l'olio olive oil recipes

Come si mangia l’olio! How to eat olive oil! – A new book

Come si mangia l’olio is the title of a new book published recently in Italy. The book contains recipes from six chefs: Gaetano Simonato (Tano Passami l’Olio, Milan), Vito Mollica (Il Palagio, Firenze), Lino Scarallo (Palazzo Petrucci, Naples), Guido Havercock (La Tavola di Guido, Castellina in Chianti) Oliver Glowig (Ristorante Oliver Glowig, Rome), Pietro Leemann […]

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Sandy soil in a vineyard in Castile and Leon in Spain

Garnachas de Gredos, a wine region not far from Madrid

Gredos. It’s not a misspelling of ‘credos’ or clever mispronunciation of ’Speedos’, rather a breathtakingly scenic mountainous area 1.5 hours drive west of Madrid called Sierra de Gredos. This recently emerged trend is based on old vine Garnacha and the local white Albillo Real fashioned, mostly by a younger crowd taking over from pensioners, often […]

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Chardonnay vines in the spring in vineyards in Chablis

A few notes on Domaine Alexandre in Chablis

We recently had the opportunity to taste the range of wines from Domaine Alexandre in Chablis (they have just been launched by one of the Swedish internet wine merchants), and we quite liked them. The property is in the small village of La Chapelle-Vaupelteigne just north of Chablis itself. It is Olivier Alexandre and his […]

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Tasting Roserock Drouhin Oregon Wines, Eola-Amity Hills

Tasting wines by Véronique Drouhin Boss resembles attending a piano concerto – each pour an elegant opus reverberating with its own inner core of subdued structure and grace. This is a follow up to the earlier article Tasting Domaine Drouhin Oregon wines, Dundee Hills.  Recently, I was lucky enough to interview the wine maker about […]

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Domaine du Moulin, Gaillac Cuvée Speciale 2015 – now with malolactic fermentation

In November we tasted new wines from Domaine du Moulin in Gaillac. It was a barrel sample taken before the malolactic fermentation (read our comments here). We have now tasted the same wine, still a barrel sample, but with the malolactic fermentation in barrel completed. Was there a difference? Absolutely. The acidity was still quite […]

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Sparkling wine bottles in a cooling bath

Disgorging sparkling wine – how to get the yeast out of the bottle

A video explanation on how sparkling wine is made Many better sparkling wines have a second fermentation in the bottle. It is this second fermentation in the bottle that makes the wine bubbly. This is the method known as “the traditional method” methode traditionnelle. In the past it was called “champagne method” but the champagne […]

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Experimental Commandaria from the Ministry of Agriculture

The legendary crusaders’ wine from Cyprus | Britt on Forbes

Few wines can truly be called legendary. But if the history goes back to 1191 with King Richard Lionheart on crusade then it must be in one of the better positions to claim that title. Commandaria from Cyprus is a sweet wine made from two local grape varieties mavro and  xynisteri. It is a lusciously […]

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The competitors at the prize ceremony with the French ambassador

Combining wine and food, starting from the wine. Is it possible? A Rhône experiment

When combining food and wine the starting point is most of the times the food. In this case, a cooking competition arranged around Rhône wines, the situation was the contrary. The wine was chosen first and then four young Swedish chefs prepared a dish they thought would fit. BKWine Magzine’s reporter Henrik Stadler reports. Four […]

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Chambolle-Musigny vineyards in Burgundy

More exclusive Burgundies from Comte Georges de Vogüé, with an odd white

Comte Georges de Vogüé is a very renowned Burgundy producer in the village of Chambolle-Musigny with 12.5 ha of vineyards, of which 9.9 ha is located in the grand cru vineyards Musigny and Bonnes-Mares. With 7.2 hectares de Vogüé is by far the largest vineyard owner in Musigny, the AOP that usually give rise to […]

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Pietracolce Archineri, Etna, Sicily

A pioneer on the Etna volcano, Pietradolce in six vintages

One of Etna’s top producers, Pietradolce, had its first ever vertical tasting of the estate’s flagship wine, the Archineri, at the food and wine fair Taormina Gourmet in Sicily. BKWine Magazine’s Asa Johansson was there. In the last few years Etna wines has become the talk of the town and wines from the volcano are […]

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Corton Charlemagne Bonneau du Martray 2014 2006 2001

Corton-Charlemagne 2014, 2006, 2001, from Bonneau du Martray

The largest grand cru vineyard in Burgundy’s is the Corton hill. One of the largest vineyard owner on the Corton hill, Domaine Bonneau du Martray, is located in the village of Pernand-Vergelesses. They own 11 hectares, of which 9.5 ha of Chardonnay is used to produce the Corton-Charlemagne and 1.5 hectares of pinot noir is […]

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Roserock Drouhin Oregon vineyards, Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley

Tasting Domaine Drouhin Oregon wines, Dundee Hills

Véronique Drouhin-Boss’s wines unfold on the palate with a lithesome charm, offering attractive pairing options. These tasting notes are a follow up to the earlier article on The French woman of Oregon, Véronique Drouhin Boss of Roserock Drouhin Oregon. Amazingly, these wines run between $35-$45, tremendous finds for any Grand Cru or premier Willamette Valley […]

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Tahbilk Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon

Unusual and delicious wines from the Australian Tahbilk Estate

A Rhône-inspired producer in Victoria Tahbilk Estate was founded in 1860 in the Nagambie Region in central Victoria in Australia, and has almost always impressed me, delivering very affordable white wines from the Rhone grape Marsanne. For around ten euros it is wines that can be aged for several decades! I have also been impressed […]

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Capon at a market in Paris

Festive food: Paris shops and eats at Christmas and New Year | Per on Forbes

What is your typical Christmas and New Year food specialities? Many countries have something special for this season. Sweden has the Julskinka and Julbord. The United States have the turkey. In Britain they feast on Christmas Pudding and Mince Pies. In Italy, or at least in Veneto, Christmas is not without a Pandoro, or a […]

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BKWine celebrates 20 years of wine on the internet, since 1996

Sweden’s first website on wine? 20 years ago we started writing about wine online. “Wine on the internet since 1996”, as it says on our banner. We were – probably – Sweden’s first “home page” of wine. It was not called BKWine Magazine at the time, and a lot has happened since then. So this […]

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Fondue with poached egg, truffles, Pidieri Dolcetto and Castello Verduno

Truffles Fontina Fondue with a Poached Egg in Piedmont

Fondue is French and means melted. In cooking fondue usually means a pot of melted cheese that you can dip pieces of bread, or something else in. In Italy they also use it to mean a creamy sauce – or simply a cream – of melted cheese that you can serve with something. An excellent […]

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Roserock Drouhin Oregon vineyards, Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley

The French woman of Oregon, Véronique Drouhin Boss of Roserock Drouhin Oregon

In 2013, Domaine Drouhin Oregon purchased 279 acre (113 ha) Roserock Vineyard in Willamette Valley’s Eola-Amity Hills. This acquisition adds to the 225 acre (90 ha) estate in Dundee Hills they established in 1987, and allows for a focused expression of terroir reflective of their Burgundy domaine, Maison Joseph Drouhin. Véronique Drouhin-Boss, Robert Drouhin’s daughter, […]

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Chateau Latour tower and vineyard, Bordeaux

Luxury organic, Chateau Latour converts | Britt on Forbes

Bordeaux is perhaps the most traditional and aristocratic of all wine regions. But it is not immune to trends and to concerns about the environment. The latest big-name chateau to convert to organic wine growing and wine making is Château Latour, one of the premier grand cru classes of 1855 (yes, it IS a long […]

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Taylor's Tawny 40 years, 30, 20, and 10

Seven Port wines from Taylor’s to brighten up your holidays

A tasting of a selection of Taylor’s port wines illustrated the wide variety of port wines that exist, ranging from young ruby to vintage ports to lay down in the cellar to old and mellow tawny. When Taylor’s export manager Jorge Ramos came to Sweden he met with BKWine Magazine’s Mats Lindelöw. We tasted Taylor’s […]

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Domaine de Chevalier, Pessac-Leognan, Graves

Top wines from Bordeaux, primeurs and aged

The annual primeur tasting of Bordeaux in Stockholm took place earlier this fall . For the sixth year running Winefinder, a wine merchant, organised the tasting and I had the opportunity to sit down with their (then) CEO Ole Nielsen for an interview. The interview will be published here soon. But first it’s time for […]

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Brunello di Montalcino, Il Poggione, Cupano, di Sesta, Uccelliera

Seven Brunello di Montalcinos in one evening

Montalcino is an area at around 500 meters altitude in Tuscany. It is home not only to the DOCG Brunello di Montalcino wine but also to the lighter red DOC wine Rosso di Montalcino and to the white DOC Moscadello di Montalcino that is made from muscat grapes. The Brunello received its DOCG as the […]

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Cecchi wines

Cecchi in Chianti, Montalcino, and Maremma

The Cecchi family has for 120 years been one of the premier producers in the Chianti region. Through acquisitions and partnerships they have started making wine in other areas in Tuscany. This tasting with Andrea Cecchi offered a mix of wines from their regular range and also one unique wine. BKWine Magazine’s reporter Peter Cronström […]

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