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BKWine Brief nr 127, March 2014

One of the joys of travelling to different wine regions is that you actually also get a bit of an insight into the culture, history, tradition and society of the regions or countries your visit. A very striking example of this is the wine regions we have visited recently on our latest tours: Argentina, Chile […]

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BKWine Brief nr 126, February 2014

A few years back I read a detective novel that taught me a new expression (new for me) in Swedish. Not quite easy to translate but it goes something like this “oh, it’s a lot to deal with right now”. It indicated that you are getting a little bit too stressed out by circumstances. It […]

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BKWine Brief nr 125, January 2014

What is the best qualification to have when drinking wine? Well, curiosity. Not a good nose or amazing taste buds. It is worth much more to be curious at what other producers are doing, in other regions and in other countries. Wine can taste so incredibly different and it is a shame to always drink […]

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BKWine Brief nr 124, December 2013

2013 is almost over. Thank you dear reader! You who read the BKWine Brief and BKWine Magazine! It is thanks to you that we continue to write. It is thanks to you that BKWine Magazine has become a wine site with a wealth of information on all sorts of vinous subjects. And also one of […]

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BKWine Brief nr 123, November 2013

As easy as 1-2-3 is not what it is to produce a new issue of the Brief (hint: look at what issue it is). We are still recovering – catching up – from a rather hectic travel season, so I will keep this brief. (That is what it is supposed to be, remember?) This month […]

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BKWine Brief nr 122, October 2013

Christmas comes just after August. That is at least what we sometimes think. September and October is our most busy travel season so at the end of August we can look forward to a busy period. Next time we sit down and relax is around Christmas time. Over the last two months we have been […]

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BKWine Brief nr 121, September 2013

This is shaping up to be an interesting and challenging year in the vineyards. An ice-cold spring until the end of June. Then one of the best summers in a long time, until the end of August. At the start of September it was as if a switch was turned off. Suddenly it was chilly, […]

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BKWine Brief nr 120, August 2013

Welcome back, in case you have been on holidays. There is in many situations a turning point when you know if things go in the right direction or not or from which point things are particularly important. It is around this time in the summer that this happens in the vineyards. Now we go into […]

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BKWine Brief nr 119, July 2013

One would be tempted to think that in summer time with vacation going on that the Brief would be short, that sun and other more important thing would take precedence. But not so. Here is what is probably an unusually long Brief. Not that we intended it that way. Each month we try and keep […]

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BKWine Brief nr 118, June 2013

Time for some summer reading, even if the summer has not really wanted to show its face yet here in France. Today was the first time we had lunch on the balcony here in Paris… We have during the month taken a close look at some exciting statistics on wine. Satistics, exciting? Impossible! Some may […]

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BKWine Brief nr 117, May 2013

Ten years ago, in 2003, Malta, Slovenia, Hungary, Lithuania, Slovakia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Estonia and Latvia decided to join the European Union. John Maxwell Coetzee won the literature prize in the Nobel awards. Talking on a handheld mobile phone in a car was outlawed in the UK. The Concorde made its last flight. And […]

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BKWine Brief nr 116, April 2013

It is time for les primeurs, whether you like tender asparagus or Bordeaux wines. So there has been much focus lately on the vintage 2012. A vintage that is still resting in the chateaux cellars. But during a few days in April it was tasted by wine merchants and wine writers from all over the […]

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BKWine Brief nr 115, March 2013

Spring has not yet quite dared to make an entry on the scene here in northern France. On Thursday we may even get some snow. This is the coldest spring we have ever experienced in Paris. Next we will go to Chablis and to Champagne. It will be interesting to see how worried the wine […]

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BKWine Brief nr 114, February 2013

The other day we had a very nice wine for dinner. I had to taste it blind, of course. It was immediately obvious that it had quite a few years in the cellar. The colour was brick-red-brown. The fruit was very ripe with hints of raisins. Tobacco and cedar wood was definitely there. The finish […]

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BKWine Brief nr 113, January 2013

50 wine producers from Cahors, each with three wines. It was a tough morning today… To taste a large number of wines in a short period of time can be straining. Is straining. Some people say that you can not taste more than a handful of wines at the time to do them justice. They […]

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BKWine Brief nr 112, December 2012

A new year is beginning and also, probably, new discussions and new debates in the world of wine. What will be the main topics during 2013? Planting rights and the declining influence of Robert Parker? Whatever it will be, the happy news is that the wine consumption in the world is again increasing. It does […]

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BKWine Brief nr 111, November 2012

The first thing we just have to tell you is that our new book won the prize as Best Wine Book for Professionals in Sweden by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards! We just received the information a few days ago. We are so happy! In addition the book has also been nominated for to the […]

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BKWine Brief nr 110, October 2012

This year’s most hectic wine travel season has come to an end. The very last of our autumn wine tours, to a Sicily with nice summer-ish weather, finished on Sunday. The only remaining travel on our schedule is a wine tasting tour to half a dozen places (in Sweden) for Britt and a trip to […]

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BKWine Brief nr 109, September 2012

This is a very hectic period, both for wine producers and for us at BKWine. The harvest will be late in many wine districts this year. In some places they have started but many are still waiting. It has been a year with big variations. Up north (relatively speaking) it has been exceptionally cool. (But […]

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BKWine Brief nr 108, August 2012

We are getting more and more excited. It is a certain nervousness or anxiety that is building up. Next week we will launch our new book! What will people say?! The book’s title is Wine and the Environment, Organic, Biodynamic, and Natural. And that is a pretty good summary of what it is about. Unfortunately […]

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BKWine Brief nr 107, July 2012

BKWine Brief nr 107, July 2012 Five hectares is not much. But apparently that is the total planted acreage of the folle noire grape in France. The relative folle blanche is much more common. It is widely planted in the Cognac region. It is also grown in the Loire Valley under the name gros plant. […]

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BKWine Brief nr 106, June 2012

In this brief we write about several wine competitions. One is very special, almost a curiosity: A competition to nominate the wine with the most successful (or best) malolactic fermentation. I wonder how you judge that. Is there something in a well made and balanced wine that indicates a particularly successful malolactic fermentation? Maybe. We […]

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BKWine Brief nr 105, May 2012

Selling wine is not easy. Some (regions/producers) think it will be easier if they get their own appellation, as we mentioned in the last Brief: two new appellations in the Loire Valley that no one knows and that hardly will be significantly different from the existing appellations in the region. Others believe in different kinds […]

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BKWine Brief nr 104, April 2012

The weather in April in France has been quite cold and rainy and the small buds that started growing during the warm days in March have been suffering night time frost in some parts on France, notably in Champagne, Burgundy and in the Loire valley. How big the damage will be is uncertain but according […]

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BKWine Brief nr 103, March 2012

It seems that the wine world have been caught up a new insane craze or hysteria. This thing with “natural wines” Every wine magazine, wine journalist, wine blogger etc is writing about “natural wines”, either praising it as the only true wine or ridiculing it as a sham. Much that is written is interesting and […]

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BKWine Brief nr 102, February 2012

Rebuilding a web site is exciting. There is always something new and unexpected that happens. Many of you have had some troubles accessing our site recently and we apologise for that. That is one of the adventures that we have had when we have redesigned our site. Or more accurately, completely changed our web presence. […]

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BKWine Brief nr 101, January 2012

If last month was special because it was BKWine Brief issue number 100 this month’s Brief is special for another reason. We have discovered that there are some issues with the delivery of the Brief to some subscribers’ email addresses. This concerns primarily Yahoo and Hotmail addresses that seem to totally block the delivery of […]

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BKWine Brief nr 100, December 2011

We are probably at least as surprised as anyone else. That we have reached number 100 of the BKWine Brief! It all started in May 2003. Well, it really started long before that if we talk about us and wine. Further down you will find a short look back on how it started and what […]

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BKWine Brief nr 99.5, November 2011

Ninety nine and a half – November was quite simply not a good month to make issue one hundred. You will have to wait until December! We have just arrived home after 5 days in Apulia in southern Italy. We took part in an event called Apulia Wine Identity, initiated by 21 producers in the […]

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BKWine Brief nr 99, October 2011

There are a lot of different things we would like to write about: why vintages no longer matter that much (or matter differently), why the classification systems are uninteresting, why the system with planting rights is only protectionist silliness, which our top new discoveries are in the Languedoc region, which are our favourites among the […]

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