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Harvesting cork bark in Alentejo

The CEO of Amorim on corked wines, technical innovation and the world market | Per on Forbes

Just a few years ago, or perhaps mainly in the mid 90s and early 00s, corked wines were a big discussion subject. Some people reported 4-5% cork defects in wine, sometimes even 10%. We started to see serious “alternative closures”, mainly plastic corks and screw caps. Today that debate has mostly disappeared (although not quite […]

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Alain Senderens

Chef Alain Senderens, a French restaurant legend | an interview | Per on Forbes

It is not often you meet someone who has voluntarily given up on having three Michelin stars, even if recently we have seen a handful of great chefs do it, or claim they did it. But even in this case Alain Senderens was a precursor. He “handed in” his three stars in 2005, after 28 […]

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Franz Kunstler 1994 Riesling Beerenauslese

The reinvention of German wines | Britt on Forbes

Over the last couple of decades German wines have changed dramatically. Here are some of the NEW keywords: The semi-dry / semi-sweet whites are on the retreat. (Thankfully!) Bone-dry whites with plenty of elegance and style have come in force. Red wines have moved to being marginal to being a serious player in Germany. But […]

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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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Harvested syrah with the three associates

A Swedish winery? Making Tuscan wine? Yes, indeed! | Per on Forbes

There are crazy wine projects. Actually, a lot of projects in the wine industry are more or less crazy. It is a business that it is very hard to survive in and it is even harder to make good money. Then there are really, really, really crazy wine projects. Harvesting grapes in Tuscany, putting them […]

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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 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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Maria Luz Marin, of Vina Casa Marin, Chile

Casa Marin, a cool climate pioneer in Chile | Britt on Forbes

Most people think of powerful, intense red wines when thinking of wines from Chile. Think again! Today Chile also makes outstanding white wines that are elegant, fresh, mineral and aromatic, and even very good pinot noir. Vina Casa Marin is one of the pioneers in this kind of wines in Chile. Casa Marin was created […]

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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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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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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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Grapes just in from harvest at Quinta do Noval, Douro

Top wines from Axa Millesimes in France, Portugal, Hungary | Britt on Forbes

It takes a lot of capital to assemble a collection of several world leading properties in just a few decades. Insurance companies have a lot of capital but usually they do not invest in wine. An insurer who has done that is AXA Millesimes in France. In just three decades they have acquired a handful […]

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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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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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Likya Merlot Syrah Okuzgozu, Turkey

Status of world wine: vineyard surface, wine production & consumption, import-export | Per on Forbes

2015 is a year that did not present any great surprises in the overall picture of the global wine production and trade. Vineyard area is stable, production is stable, consumption is stable, and world trade in wine continues to grow. Decidedly un-sexy and headline un-friendly. A few things can be worth pointing out. The USA […]

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Domaine du Moulin Blanc Sec Vieilles Vignes from Gaillac

Unusual grape varieties, for the adventurous wine-lover | Britt on Forbes

There is a certain comfort and feel-good aspect to drinking wines that are familiar. On the other hand, there is excitement and the joys of discovery in finding new things. And for us, discovering new things, wines, regions, people, is one of the key elements of the joys of wine and food (and travel). 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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A range of Champagne Fleury

What’s up in Champagne? | Britt on Forbes

I hope your appetite for champagne has not waned now that New Year has passed. Champagne is much more than just bubbly for celebrations. It is a very interesting wine. It is also a wine region that is undergoing quite a lot of changes even though that is perhaps not so obvious for the casual […]

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Thirsty Dragon by Suzanne Mustacich

The business of Bordeaux and China | Per on Forbes

A few years back China became Bordeaux’s biggest export market. Over a few years the Chinese market grew from almost nothing to become the market that Bordeaux could not live without. How this happened is the subject of a new book, Thirsty Dragon, China’s Lust for Bordeaux and the Threat to the World’s Best Wines, […]

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Muscadet Jubilation le Pallet

Cooperatives gaining ground in quality wines | Per on Forbes

Co-operatives sometimes suffer from a less than great reputation in wine. Sometimes it is well-deserved, for cooperatives that focus more on quantity and volume production than on quality. Sometimes is it unfair. There is an important trend today in the cooperative sector in the wine industry to improve both quality and market orientation. This is […]

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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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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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Rickety Bridge Pinotage, Franschhoek, South Africa

Celebrate Pinotage Day with a glass from this unusual grape | Per on Forbes

There are a few grape varieties that are more or less unique to a country or that has for some reason become emblematic. Chile has its Carmenere, Argentina has Malbec, and Uruguay has Tannat. Portugal has masses of unique grapes that exist (almost) nowhere else, as does Italy, and Greece and many other countries. South […]

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La Vinocave wine shop in Reims

Where to buy champagne in Reims and Epernay | Per on Forbes

We travel to Champagne quite often for our wine tours. Usually we spend most of the time out in the vineyards and at the wineries visiting wine producers. But last time I was there I took the time to explore the wine shops that you can find in Reims. There are not really an awful […]

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Strada del Vino de Montefalco del Sagrantino

Sagrantino di Montefalco, a challenger to Barolo | Britt on Forbes

There are many more exciting high-quality wine districts than the handfull of world famous names. One wine to discover is certainly Sagrantino di Montefalco. Montefalco is in Umbria, just south of Tuscany. In some ways it is similar to Tuscany, for example it is just as beautiful, and there’s also a lot of Sangiovese here. […]

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Veronica Gal from the Tibor Gal Winery

Egri Bikaver, new generation Bull’s Blood from Hungary | Britt on Forbes

It was some ten years ago since we were in Hungary. And then we went back recently. There has been a revolution in wine production in the mean time. We were thoroughly impressed by almost all of the wines we tasted in Budapest earlier this year. Eger is, after Tokaj, the most famous wine region […]

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The price of vineyard land in France | Per on Forbes

Wine growing and wine making is agriculture. But if you look at the price of land for vineyards it does not have much in common with other types of agriculture, at least not in most wine regions. The average price for “appellation” (AOP) land in France was 136,000 euro per hectare according to statistics for […]

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Ntsiki Biyela, winemaker at Stellekaya in Stellenbosch

South African wines: well on their way to international top quality | Britt on Forbes

They make great wines in South Africa. It is generally considered as a New World wine country but they have been making wine there for more than 350 years. Unfortunately South Africa is best known for their affordable and reliable every-day wines. However, today South Africa is also a source for some outstanding world-class wines, […]

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