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Harvest at Troon Vineyards, Applegate Valley, Oregon

Wine pioneers in Oregon, Craig Camp and Steve Hall at Troon Vineyard

I first met Craig Camp at a wine conference a few years ago. We follow each other on social media, but he really got my attention this past April with his post: ‘Leaving Forward.’ Craig Camp, late of Cornerstone Cellars in Sonoma, was ‘running towards’ Troon Vineyard in Southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley AVA. Intrigued, I […]

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Trapiche Gran Medalla and El Esteco Altimus

Impressive depth and breadth in a range of wines from Trapiche in Argentina

Is Argentina the next great wine-trend? Trapiche’s wines poses the question to a head. Grupo Peñaflor is one of Argentina’s biggest wine producers. The group includes the very famous name Trapiche, with a long history on the international market. One of the advantages of being big, as Peñaflor, is that you can experiment with grapes […]

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Kanonkop winemaker Abrie Beeslaar (L) with CE Kanne (R), copyright CE Kanne

Wines with a bang from Stellenbosch in South Africa

Kanonkop is one of the most famous wine producers in South Africa. When the winery’s head winemaker Abrie Beeslaar came to Sweden he met BKWine Magazine’s reporter Carl-Erik Kanne and presented a selection of his wines. Abrie Beeslaar is a very well-known figure on South Africa’s wine scene and is focused on getting as high […]

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Cuvee L'Etonnan Monsieur Victor, Champagne Pierre Peters

Pierre Péters’ champagnes, with several new releases

Pierre Peters is one of the leading small growers in Champagne and can be found in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, one of the grand cru villages of the Côte des Blancs. In this village the grape variety Chardonnay rules almost alone, and Le Mesnil-sur-Oger is one of the best villages of blanc de blancs Champagnes. Pierre Péters […]

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Masi oseleta wines

The oseleta grape – the spice that boosts the Valpolicella from Masi

Oseleta is an ancient grape that was rediscovered in the 80s by Sandro Boscaini, Masi’s owner. After having experimented with making wine on a small scale, he planted 18 hectares with oseleta. In 1990 he started to use the grape blended into Masi’s traditional wines and in 2000 came the first vintage of a pure […]

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Basalt on the Schug Estate

Schug Winery, a heritage carried forward with Axel Schug and Michael Cox

When “the Judgement of Paris” crowned Cabernet king in Napa in the late 1970’s, it proved a back-handed boon for Walter Schug, though he didn’t know it at the time. Schug would emerge a leader in the Valley’s wine community, and instrumental in helping form Carneros AVA, Sonoma’s first official wine growing region geared towards […]

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Indigenous World Winery in Okanagan Valley

Focus on quality wines and tourism at a new Okanagan winery, Indigenous World Winery

Indigenous World Winery opened its doors earlier this year. It is located on the west shore of the Okanaga Lake in the Okanaga Valley, a good three hour’s drive east of Vancouver. It is only the second aboriginal owned winery in the Okanagan. Although the winery was only recently opened for visits they have been […]

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Wrath Fermata Chardonnay

Delightful wines from Wrath Vineyards

These Wrath Wine tasting notes developed from samples derived from my recent interview with wine maker Sabrine Rodems at their state-of-the-art tasting room tucked into the foothills of Monterey AVA. Read the entire interview with Sabrine Rodems på Wrath Wines here. Wrath Wines boasts a prodigious assortment of wines, wines borne of an epic knack […]

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Wrath SIP certified vineyard

Love in the wine at Wrath Wines in Monterey

What happens when world-renowned archaeologist Michael Thomas and phenom winemaker Sabrine Rodems join forces in the foothills of Monterey AVA in California? Artisan, bespoke Wrath Wines is what happens. BKWine Magazine guest writer LM Archer sits down for a talk with the winemaker. Named in part for the wrath of the gods that set Aeneas […]

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Small Vines Wines Baranoff Vineyard Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

A Tasting of Small Vines Wines, Sonoma, California

Paul and Kathryn Sloan craft exquisite, small lot, grand-cru inspired artisan wines sourced from their sustainably-farmed estate vineyard in Sebastopol, as well as from a few select Sonoma Coast producers. The label on their bottles – a rendering of their vine’s roots and shoots, which mirror one another in height and depth – symbolize Small […]

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Peter Logan wines, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Tempranillo

Logan Wines in Orange shows a new side of Australia

Peter Logan’s father Malcolm began planting vines in Orange 22 years ago and was then one of only five wineries in the area. 2016 marks the family’s twentieth vintage and Peter is the second-generation winemaker. Today there are about 50 wineries in Orange, which the attentive reader notices is ten times more than twenty years […]

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Meeting Paul Sloan, winemaker at Small Vines Wines in Sonoma

Small Vines Wines is a fairly recent winery in Sonoma, California. A few years back Paul Sloan stood at a cross-roads in his career, should he move to Burgundy to make wine or not? He decided instead to stay in California and make wines inspired by the wines of Burgundy. That was the beginning of […]

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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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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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Yalumba, Jansz, Pewsy Vale, Dalrymple

Yalumba, Australian wines from “all the land around”

Yalumba is Australia’s oldest family-owned winery with its 165 years. The company is managed today by the fifth generation Smith, Robert Hill-Smith. The name means “all the land around” in Aboriginal language. Yalumba is also one of the twelve members of Australia’s First Families of Wine (AFFW), an association of family-owned wineries. The background to […]

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Chardonnay vines in the spring in vineyards in Chablis

La Chablisienne, 280 winegrowers and one winemaker in Chablis!

Hervé Tucki is in town. He is the traveling world ambassador for one of the world’s best wine cooperatives, La Chablisienne in, of course, Chablis, France. The place is well chosen by the importer, The WineAgency. We are at les chambres séparées at the Wedholms Fisk restaurant in Stockholm. The guest list is a who’s […]

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Les Fumees Blanches Sauvignon Blanc bag-in-box Francois Lurton nEW design

Les Fumées Blanches and François Lurton – “I am the General!”

Les Fumées Blanches – that is the topic of the tasting. François Lurton, the man behind the wine, is our cicerone. Les Fumées Blanches is the best-selling sauvignon blanc wine at Systembolaget (the Swedish monopoly): in 2015 1.9 million litres were sold. So a really big hitter. Moreover, it is with a good margin the […]

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Nyetimber demi-sec

Does Nyetimber make England’s best sparkling wine?

“Britagne” (*) is British bubble and not a French province misspelled There has been much media noise about the new sparkling wines from north of the Channel, grown on the English limestone and chalk soils that are similar to those found in Champagne. Is England a (or the) future producer of sparkling wines in the […]

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Jasmine Hirsch from Hirsch Vineyards, Sonoma, California

Hirsch Vineyards, Sonoma Coast, California

David Hirsch was one of the first to plant wine in the coastal area of Sonoma County in the wine region known today as the Sonoma Coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The farm has nearly 30 hectares (68 acres) of cultivated land with pinot noir and chardonnay. It is a rolling landscape and although it […]

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Mani from Jean-Louis Tribouley in Roussillon

Delicious natural wines from Jean-Louis Tribouley | Britt on Forbes

Natural wines are still a hot subject of debate. Some like them some loath them. In fact, natural wines can be both good or bad, just like any other wine. But it is true that they tend to have a certain style that can take some getting used to. Quite high volatile acidity for instance. […]

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Two vintages Chateau Angelus, Saint Emilion

Château Angélus shoots to fame in Saint Emilion | Britt on Forbes

It is not enough to be talented in making wine to succeed in wine. You also have to be a good business person. Hubert de Boüard at Chateau Angélus is certainly both. He is a sought after consultant that works with many wine producers around Bordeaux and elsewhere. His own Chateau Angelus was one of […]

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Tasting wines by Louis Jadot

Louis Jadot’s new American adventure

Oregon and Burgundy with Jacques Lardière, Louis Jadot’s winemaker Jacques Lardière is the retired winemaker at Louis Jadot who could not keep away from making wine. He was recently in Stockholm to present Jadot’s new wine from Oregon in the United States and met with BKWine Magazine’s Peter Cronström. The tasting also came to include […]

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Top class Burgundy: Corton-Charlemagne from Bonneau du Martray

Domaine Bonneau du Martray is a Burgundy Domain in Pernand-Vergelesses with very concentrated vineyard holdings: 11 hectares on the Corton Hill, of which 9.5 ha of chardonnay and 1.5 ha of pinot noir, and no other vineyards. It is said to be the only domain in Burgundy which has only Grand Cru vineyards. From this […]

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Kevin Arnold

Rust en Vrede Estate, one of the world’s best wines?

Rust en Vrede is not only South Africa’s first specialist in red wines only, but also one of the very best. A vertical tasting of ten vintages of the Estate wine 1995-2013 provides a great opportunity to take a close look. It is also an illustration of the differences between the work of all of […]

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The barrel ageing cellar at Bodegas Baigorri

Time for a comeback in Rioja with Bodegas Baigorri | Britt on Forbes

Anyone else has the feeling that Rioja has been lingering in the background for quite a few years? But that today it is time for a renaissance? That is at least the feeling we have had when we have travelled in this northern Spanish wine regions recently. We have seen a lot of new thinking […]

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Castello Brolio Vin Santo from Barone Ricasoli

Barone Ricasoli, inventor and re-inventor of Chianti

“I want to make wines that should be drunk in good company, not only tasted” says Francesco, the 32nd Baron Ricasoli with a liberating simplicity founded on a long family tradition. Francesco is the great grandson of the 28th Baron Bettino Ricasoli who in 1872 wrote the Chianti formula in a letter to Prof. Cesare […]

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Allegrini La Poja

La Poja, a vertical tasting with Marilisa Allegrini

Allegrini has recently been nominated for “Best Winery” in Italy by Gambero Rosso. Of course there is an element of luck in this. Is it the luck that a talented and hardworking winemaking family deserves? Marilisa Allegrini and her brother Franco is the sixth generation, but it is their father Giovanni who laid the foundation […]

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Chateau Belgrave, Haut Medoc, Bordeaux

Chateau Belgrave; can you tell how close it is to Saint-Julien?

Chateau Belgrave is located very close to Saint-Julien and has no clear terroir limit that can be detect even by an attentive wine traveller. However, the limit was already fixed in 1855 and the property has since been classified as a fifth cru in the Médoc, not in St. Julien. The current owner, Dourthe, bought […]

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Fonseca vintage ports

Old and new among Fonseca’s Port Wine

This year it is 200 years since Fonseca was founded in 1815. In different ways a magical year 1815, the year when Napoleon’s army was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo by the English, Scottish and Prussian troops. To the English port have always meant a lot, and so it still does. Of course it […]

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Tasting Moulin Touchais vintages, copyright Roland Eriksson

Sweet, white and classic from the Loire: Moulin Touchais Anjou

Loire wines from 2001, 2000, 1999, 1997, 1993, 1985, 1983, 1981, 1975, 1964, 1959, 1953, 1949 and approximately 1875 Moulin Touchais was founded in 1787. The appellation is Coteaux du Layon, Anjou-Saumur. The vineyard is still owned by the same family. In the early 1800s they began producing sweet wines from the Chenin Blanc grape […]

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