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Articles on wine regions and wine countries across the world. Many of the worlds wine regions are a joy to visit. If you cannot go there in person, in this category you will find many inspiring texts.

Silwervis Chenin Blanc 2014 Swartland

Five “natural” wines from South Africa that are really good! | Britt on Forbes

There is a wine revolution quietly going on in South Africa. Or more correctly, a second revolution. The first one was when apartheid ended and the KVW iron grip on the wine sector also came to an end. That led to the birth of the modern wine industry in South Africa, where today you can […]

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Cape Town in South Africa

South Africa’s wine rebellion | Per on Forbes

There is a lot going on in South Africa on the wine scene. Although they have been making wine for more than 350 years here the wine industry was under-developed during the apartheid era. A new chapter began in the 1990s that took South Africa on to the international market, but to a large extent […]

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The volcanic lake, Astroni

Campi Flegrei, vineyards and volcanoes outside of Naples

“Be careful, you can burn yourself,” says Gerardo Vernazzaro. I stand on a crater overlooking the sea. From the ground, sulfur smoke rises into the air. The name Campi Flegrei means just burning fields. But I did not think the name was literally true. I quickly move out on the road where a scooter swipes […]

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The sea outside Marsala

Grillo jumps higher in Sicily!

In this case, grillo is neither an Italian politician nor a grasshopper, but a grape from Sicily. From being one of the ingredients in Marsala producers are moving towards a new style of grillo. Come along to the western part of Sicily, where grillo tries to jump higher on its own. BKWine Magazine’s Åsa Johansson […]

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The castle ruin in Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Stony soil and lots of sun = rare Chateauneuf-du-Pape blanc | Britt on Forbes

Chateauneuf-du-Pape is one of France’s most exclusive appellations. It covers only 3200 hectares (less than e.g. Chablis in Burgundy). It is famous for its rich and powerful red wines. Only 7% of the production is white, so the white Chateauneufs can almost be considered a rarity. but if they are hard to find it is […]

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The La Chablisienne co-operative winery

Chablis 2016, a challenging vintage. Wines from La Chablisienne

For many winemakers in Chablis the vintage 2016 will be remembered as the worst year in terms of harvest since the 1950s. That said, was it a bad vintage? On the contrary, it may eventually be positive for many. However, it could turn out challenging for us consumers. BKWine Magazine’s Wilhelm Arnör explains why. In […]

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Just harvested Sangiovese at Barone Ricasoli

“Chianti Classico Collection” preview of new vintages

Anteprima of the new vintages of Chianti Classico 2014 and 2015 – but not only – Everyone just wants to talk about Trump it is horrible! Says my American colleague when we meet in Florence. I was just about to ask about Trump but decide to keep quiet. Instead, I focus on the large selection […]

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Chateau Chalon les Parelles

Big wines in small Jura!

Jura is the smallest wine region in France. Although the region is small, there is plenty to choose from. The region’s wines are of high quality and there are many different wines to discover. BKWine Magazine’s Henrik Stadler was in place at a Master Class of Jura in Stockholm. Jura is the smallest wine region […]

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Pinot gris grapes in the vineyard

Okanagan Valley, Wines of British Columbia

Wine production, quality, and tourism are booming in the Okanagan Valley, Canada’s predominant wine district of the five contained within British Columbia; the other officially­ designated viticultural areas being Similkameen Valley, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, and Gulf Islands. The boom enjoyed by its more than 240 wineries has been generated in great part by its […]

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What is new in Alsace? 24 producers and a blind tasting

Twenty-four producers in Alsace presented their new vintages in Stockholm. BKWine Magazine’s Carl-Erik Kanne reports. Once a year in Sweden the communication firm Sopexa organizes a tasting of wines from Alsace. This year, it was held at the Opera Terrace where 24 producers were present with their new vintages. There was also a Master Class […]

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Grenache, rusty sign

Meet the wine producers in Garnacha de Gredos!

Despite being 60-90 minutes by car or rail from Madrid, compared to most of Spain’s known quality wine regions the ‘Garnacha de Gredos’ area remains unknown to the US wine pro. Its establishment as a modern wine-producing region dating only to the 1990s, the recent economic difficulties beginning in 2008 which crippled nascent efforts, the […]

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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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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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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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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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Wine cellar with barrels in Piedmont

Piedmont’s white wines; to be discovered!

35% of the wine in Piedmont is white We are now on the third part of our little series about Piedmont. I have in previous articles on Piedmont talked about the red wines with a focus on the wines made from the Nebbiolo grape. This is undoubtedly the most important grape in Piedmont. We also […]

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Argentina’s success and challenges, an interview with Madeleine Stenwreth MW

If you do not have your ear to the (wine) ground, it can be easy to miss the rapid development that Argentina’s wine industry has undergone in recent decades. From having appeared on the world wine scene in the early 90’s as a supplier of decent entry-level wines it has today become a full-fledged producer […]

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Barolo vineyards and landscape

An introduction to Piedmont with three recommended producers

Earlier this year I wrote about a tasting of wines organized by the Italian Slow Food Movement. The focus there was on the wines of Piedmont and now that autumn is approaching, I think it is well worth continuing to explore the wines from Piedmont. For people with a strong interest in wine Piedmont is […]

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Vineyards at Casa Valduga in Brazil

The best wine producers in Brazil are in Vale dos Vinhedos | Britt on Forbes

While the world’s top athletes are fighting it out in the Brazilian metropoles the best wines are made in the very southernmost remote parts of the country, in the Vale dos Vinhedos on the border to Uruguay. Brazilian wines have not yet made a great impression on the world of wine but that is perhaps […]

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Celebrate with a glass of wine from Brazil | Britt on Forbes

Brazil is on the front page of every media these days. The Olympic Games does give a lot of attention. But it is rare that Brazilian wines are given much coverage. That is a pity. Brazilian wine has come a long way since the first plantings were done in the Vale dos Vinhedos (The Valley […]

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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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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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Eric Rodez of Champagne Eric Rodez

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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Pinot noir plants in a nursery

Oregon: a wide range of pinot noir wines (3/3)

Part three of three articles on wines from Oregon. Read part one here, pinot noir wines that challenge Burgundy?, and part two here, four wines that illustrate the style. After these preludes it was time for the exhibition hall and it felt appropriate to begin by tasting other wines from producers previously mentioned (see previous […]

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Pinot noir ready to be harvested

Oregon: 4 wines that illustrate the style (2/3)

Part two in a series of three articles about Oregon wines. Read part one here, pinot noir wines that challenge Burgundy?, and part three here, a wide range of pinot noir wines. So let’s get to the four wines and winemakers that Carrie Kalscheuer (Rex Hill Vineyards) and Maria Ponzi (Ponzi Vineyards) introduced us to […]

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The Amalfi Coast in Campania

Campania what? An exciting wine region on the Amalfi Coast!

Campania, what’s that? That’s a question that is not unusual when I mention one of Italy’s most interesting – and most underrated – wine regions. I can agree that it is not so easy to keep track of all the Italian regions, wines and grapes. Italy’s big names, Tuscany, Piedmont, Sicily and Veneto take up […]

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Oregon, Pinot Noir wines that challenge Burgundy? (1/3)

Part one in a series of three articles on Oregon wines. Read part two here, four wines that illustrate the style, and part three here, a wide range of pinot noir wines. If anyone 30 years ago would have said that in Oregon makes just as good wines from pinot noir as they do in […]

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Vineyard landscape with fog

Saint Helena, Napa Valley’s Holy Grail

No other wine region on the planet draws as much attention or visitors as Napa Valley. It is visited by some five million people every year, making it the second most visited tourist destination in California (Disneyland is number 1). Perfect for a day or weekend trip from San Francisco, Napa Valley awards one with […]

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Gewurztraminer grapes in the vineyard

Favourites and trends in Alsace

Something new happening in Alsace? Yes, is my answer to that question after my visit to the annual wine fair in Stockholm arranged by Vins d’Alsace in cooperation with Sopexa. 28 exhibitors / producers, both old and new for Sweden, left many impressions which I would summarize in: Very varied wine styles Broadening of the […]

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