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BKWine Brief nr 143, July 2015

Cheap wines are sometimes criticised for being “blended.” Strangely enough, this is seen as something negative. But in fact most wines, almost all, are blended. More expensive wines are also blended. In Champagne they blend wines from an area as big as 30,000 hectares. In Bordeaux they blend 3-4 different grape varieties. A red Burgundy […]

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BKWine Brief nr 142, June 2015

We received an email from Philippe Bernard the other day, one of our favourite wine producers, in Fixin in Côte de Nuits. He was very busy, not only in the vineyards but also in the cellar where the reds 2014 are doing their malolactic fermentation at the moment. And it looks very promising, he says. […]

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BKWine Brief nr 141, May 2015

Wine drinking doesn’t really have any seasons. With one big exception. Rosé wines. I have decided never to recommend a rosé to anyone. Sounds hard? Maybe even narrow-minded? Many years ago, I was totally against rosé wines and considered it more or less as an unnecessary wine. Then I discovered that actually quite a lot […]

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BKWine Brief nr 140, April 2015

Our travel in April has taken us both to Sancerre, to Chablis, to Bordeaux and to Champagne. The vines had reached different stages of evolution in the various districts. But everywhere we saw a nascent green colour and beginning leaf canopy. From now on things will develop fast! The vines grow so that you can […]

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BKWine Brief nr 139, March 2015

March has been filled with some interesting trips for us. We have been in Hungary and tried a variety of Hungarian wines that impressed us a lot. We went there to see the very interesting wine fair VinCE in Budapest. You will soon see more reports on Hungarian wines and winemakers on BKWine Magazine. We […]

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BKWine Brief nr 138, February 2015

Spring is in the air? Spring is (maybe) in the air although the vineyards around Europe still stand naked, waiting for their first green leaves. Some wine producers are doing the pruning of their vines, an important activity. You have to know what you are doing. The vine must be cut and shaped in a […]

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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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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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BKWine Brief nr 135, November 2014

This month we give you a double dose of reading in the BKWine Brief. It’s been two meagre months, in terms of reading the Brief, since we have had so many wine tours to deal with in September and October. But now we are catching up. Lots of articles, lots of news items and recommendations. […]

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BKWine Brief nr 134, October 2014

One of the things you discover when you travel around wine regions is that there are many, many more wine producers than those that are well-known and internationally distributed. He who is content to just try the large, big-name, well-known producers misses many exciting wineries. In Sweden, that I come from (bot don’t live in […]

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BKWine Brief nr 133, September 2014

Right now there are two important things going on. No it’s not the Middle East. Nor Ukraine. Not even the new Swedish government or Scottish secession vote. It is the wine harvest and the wine travel season. Let’s start with a few brief glimpses of what we’ve seen of the harvest in 2014 so far: […]

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BKWine Brief nr 132, August 2014

The first thing I have to say is that we are very excited. Very excited to soon see our first book in English, on organic and biodynamic and natural wines, on the shelves in book shops. (We have done four in Swedish.) Rumour has it that it should be in shops around September 18! Read […]

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BKWine Brief nr 131, July 2014

It’s 7 PM. Time for an aperitif. A “drink” before dinner. What’s your favourite kind of aperitif? We actually have a fairly limited repertoire of aperitifs. We rarely take a have “regular” wine. Well it happens. White in this case. It is rarely red. We almost only have red with food. We like red wines […]

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BKWine Brief nr 130, June 2014

It’s summertime and you long for white wines, right? There are so many white wines suitable for summer food. You can find a white wine to go with everything you eat, except perhaps lamb and beef. But if you need too, you could probably find some powerful whites that could take on these two kinds […]

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BKWine Brief nr 129, May 2014

The Drink Business had a fat headline the other day: “Natural wines can be aged for 50 years.” Said by Isabelle Legeron, a French wine expert and a big advocate for this type of wines. 50 years, that’s fantastic. Most “normal” wines cannot be aged that long. So if you want to make wine for […]

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BKWine Brief nr 128, April 2014

Winemakers in different countries face different problems. When we were in South Africa in March harvest was in full swing. Several times we had discussions on how to keep the baboons away from the vineyard. It can be fun to see baboons while sitting safely in a bus or in a car. Not as fun […]

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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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