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Georg Breuer wines

Excellent Riesling from Rheingau – but not only!

Rheingau producer Georg Breuer has been an established name for the Swedish wine market since a long time, and a very reliable source for dry German riesling in the top class. Theresa Breuer, that runs the company since many years, visited Sweden once more on the invitation of importer Vinunic to present a new vintage. […]

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Schloss Johannisberg 2015 capsules

Vintage 2015 from Schloss Johannisberg

Schloss Johannisberg in the Rheingau wine region is one of the most historic wine producers in Germany. They were the first German wine estate entirely planted with riesling, in 1720. It was also here that the German spätlese wine was produced for the first time, in 1775. At that time it was a mistake, because […]

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Axel Schweinhardt of Burgermeister-Schweinhardt

A selection from the range of one of the largest importers, Oenoforos / Carovin: Bordeaux and Nahe

Oenoforos is one of the largest importers in Sweden. They also have a subsidiary called Carovin. The roles are divided so that Carovin handles the smaller niche producers and Oenoforos the major brands (although this is not always true). The group also includes the impressive Swedish wine production facility Nordic Sea Winery in Simrishamn. So […]

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Chateau Saint Cosme, Gigondas

Cherry-picking in the Domaine range

Domaine Wines is a leading Swedish wine importer. They recently presented their range to the specialised press. BKWine Magazine’s reporter Tobias Karlsson reports on the best finds. If you have not been tasting and drinking wine in for quite a while then a tasting of a wine importer’s range is maybe something that does not […]

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Dr Loosen Beerenauslese

The Doctor cures an ailing reputation – top Rieslings from Dr. Loosen in the Mosel

The German producer Dr. Loosen has been at the forefront of the qualitative renaissance of Riesling wines from the Mosel. Under the leadership of the dynamic owner Ernst Loosen the winery has since the late eighties upped the quality of the wines it produces. At the beginning of the 1900s wines from the Mosel had […]

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Do organic wines taste better? German wine producers answer

Organic, biodynamic and natural wines have a more concentrated flavour than traditionally produced wines, some of the producers claimed at a seminar on German organic wines that I recently attended. The international wine world seems to be increasingly aware of how important it is that wine be produced in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way. […]

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A glass of sparkling wine

2012 Stefan Winter Riesling Brut | Birgitta’s Wine of the Month

This Deutscher Sekt from Pfalz (Palatinate) is made with the traditional method with the second fermentation in bottle. It was recently launched on the Swedish market and is probably available elsewhere too. A fresh and fruity nose with some flowers. On the palate there is peach and citrus fruit. A long, lingering flavour. Even if […]

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Weingut von Winning, Win Win, riesling

Do you need a reminder that German wines are delicious? Try von Winning.

Pfalz (Palatinate) is the second largest of Germany’s wine regions. Weingut von Winning is one of the better-known quality producers in Palatinate. Von Winning has a wide range of wines with everything from very affordable ones to exclusive rarities. When Andreas Hütwohl, winemaker at von Winning, came to Sweden he met with BKWine’s reporter Ulf […]

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Generation Riesling logo

Generation Riesling, an initiative to increase the quality of German wines

BKWine met Generation Riesling, a group of young, forward-thinking German winemakers. There were many good Riesling wines, and others, in the presentation. BKWine’s Peter Cronström reports. The German Wine Institute recently invited us to an event to make us acquainted with modern German wines. They wanted to show that the new generation of winemakers in […]

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Asparagus with hollandaise

2013 and the summits of Rheingau with Theresa Breuer from Georg Breuer

German wines with food? Of course! German wines are not only “garden wines”. Especially if you reach the quality levels where you can find for example Georg Breuer, one of the best wine producers in the Rheingau. When Theresa Breuer came to town to present the new vintage of GB Sauvage Riesling and her five […]

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German harvest of the vintage 2013: Good quality, quantity slightly below average

In the last issue of The Brief we wrote about our own impressions of this year’s harvest around Europe. We have the privilege to actually be on site in many of the wine regions and see for ourselves what is happening. But it’s also interesting to hear the “official line” from different regions. Germany has […]

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Ernst Loosen presents some delicious wines from Dr Loosen in Germany

Winemaker lunch with Ernst Loosen: Ernst Loosen has during his time at the helm of the Dr. Loosen vineyards and winery managed to create a series of very good wines. He has also had great success in marketing wines internationally. When Ernst Loosen was in Sweden to present a selection of his wines on a […]

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Some delicious German wines: Kloster Eberbach, a winery dating back to 1136

Kloster Eberbach is a German wine producer with a very long tradition. They own vineyards, and produce wines, in the Rheingau and in Hessische Bergstrasse, from, in a German perspective, very extensive vineyards. Their range of wines is broad, including dry whites, sweet whites and reds. In recent years they have much improved the quality […]

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Try a different German wine: delicious wines from unusual grapes

Yes, riesling is delicious but there are many other exciting wines in Germany too. If you venture a little bit off the beaten tracks of the well-known grapes you can find many other excellent wines at great prices. Silvaner, weissburgunder (pinot blanc), grauburgunder (pinot gris) and spätburgunder (pinot noir) are just a few examples. We […]

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Harvesting gamay in a Beaujolais vineyard

The wine harvest around Europe in 2013

We are fortunate to have the opportunity to travel around to many of the European wine regions at harvest time, thanks to our many wine tours. It gives us a unique opportunity to get a feeling for how the harvest is and plenty of opportunities to discuss with the wine growers. Here is a short […]

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This year’s harvest in Germany (2013): good quality but small quantity, says official sources

In the last issue of The Brief (did you get it?), we wrote about our impressions of this year’s harvest around Europe. We have the privilege to actually be on site in many of the wine regions and see for ourselves what is happening. But it’s also interesting to hear the “official line” from different […]

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Onions at Gastrologik

Dr. Loosen’s good regimen: exquisite Riesling wines from the Mosel Valley

Winemaker lunch with Ernst Loosen Ernst Loosen has during his time at the helm of the Dr. Loosen vineyards and winery managed to create a series of very good wines. He has also had great success in marketing wines internationally. When Ernst Loosen was in Sweden to present a selection of his wines on a […]

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Kloster Eberbach Riesling Kabinett

Kloster Eberbach, a German wine producer that is getting better and better

Kloster Eberbach is a German wine producer with a very long tradition. They own vineyards, and produce wines, in the Rheingau and in Hessische Bergstrasse, from, in a German perspective, very extensive vineyards. Their range of wines is broad, including dry whites, sweet whites and reds. In recent years they have much improved the quality […]

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The other Germany: great wines from unusual German grapes

It is a bit of a trend in the world of wine today to look for more unusual grapes. We had the opportunity to try a variety of wines made from “uncommon” grape varieties, silvaner, weissburgunder (pinot blanc), grauburgunder (pinot gris) and spätburgunder (pinot noir), in a tasting organized by the German Wine Institute. Carl-Erik […]

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Wines from all around the world from the wine importer Vinovativa

Vinovativa’s 10th anniversary and grand tasting: Austria, Barolo, Bordeaux, Cahors, Douro Valley, New Zealand, Piedmont, Priorat, Saint Emilion, sherry, Tuscany, Germany, and more! Wine importer Vinovativa has over ten years positioned itself as one with a wide range of wines with wines from the world represented. At the same time, they focus mainly on smaller […]

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German riesling, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and perhaps zinfandel (?) from Weingut Kunstler

Weingut Kunstler in the Rheingau in Germany is a winery with roots back to the 17th century. But it is also a wine producer that is ferociously modern. Gunter Kunstler, the current head, makes outstanding rieslings and also exciting wines from chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and pinot noir. At a recent tasting that BKWine reporter Ulf […]

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Gunter Kunstler of Weingut Kunstler

Gunter Künstler of Weingut Künstler shares his thoughts on wine

A German-Italian-Austrian winemaker in the Rheingau Weingut Künstler is a family wine estate dating back to 1648. With roots in the Czech Republic and Hungary they are today located in Hochheim in Rheingau in Germany. Gunter Künstler was recently in Stockholm for a magnificent tasting and review of their wines. Ulf Bengtsson reports for BKWine. […]

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Rue du riesling

Dr Loosen: delicious wines from the Mosel Valley

There are six things that make the wines from the Mosel Valley so extraordinary. The first is the grape variety, riesling that makes the wines from here so special, together with the local soils and climate. The other five factors are explained by Peter Modin, guest writer on BKWine Magazine, in his article on an […]

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A glass of sparkling wine

The Germans like their Sekt

7% of all wine produced in the world is sparkling, according to Vitisphere. This is an increase of 2% since 2002. 65% of the sparkling wines come from France, followed by Italy, Germany, Spain and Chile. As for the consumption of sparkling wine Germany tops the list closely followed by France. The Germans drink up […]

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A good bottle of Mosel – A tasting with Ernst Loosen

There is no denying it: I really do love a good bottle of Mosel. As far as wine preferences are concerned, most of mine tend to fluctuate over time, but not Mosel – it remains a constant bright star on my heaven of wines. Hence, if superlatives abound in this article, perhaps Dr. Loosen cannot […]

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Meininger's Wine Business International

The “wine media power list” of Swedish and international wine communicators

BKWine among WBI’s Major Wine Media Players WBI looks at Scandinavia, China, Russia, Germany, UK, US and Brazil Meininger’s Wine Business International (WBI) is an eminently readable magazine about … the business of wine. In their June issue they looked at wine media across the globe and attempted to identify which are the major players […]

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Grand cru vineyards in Alsace

Sweet wines from Alsace

On sweet and semi-sweet wines from Alsace During Christmas and New Year there are often many opportunities to drink a sweet or semi-sweet wine. They go, for instance, extraordinarily well with foie gras and blue cheeses like the English Stilton or the French Roquefort. A Sauternes with a foie gras de canard (duck liver) is […]

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Germany’s most grown grapes

In our last Brief we wrote about the most popular grape varieties grown in Germany. The figures came from a print magazine but after looking at them a little more closely we thought they looked a bit peculiar (as did some of our readers!). So we checked instead the statistics from Deutsche Weininstitut: These figures […]

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Germany’s most popular white grapes

Here is the list of the most popular white wine grape varieties in Germany, counted in volume: – Muller thurgau, 14% – Riesling, 13% – Gruner veltliner, 7% – Chardonnay, 5% – Pinot gris (rulander), 4% – Silvaner, 4% – Other, 53% White wine still dominates production but merlot is actually the second most used […]

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Germany harvests ice wine

On November 18-19 weather was cold enough in Germany to harvest the famed ice wine, Eiswein. 1500 l Riesling and 1200 l Pinot Noir (!) were harvested in freezing weather in Baden. Rheingau, Nahe, and Franken also made some ice wine, as well as small quantities in Mosel. This years abundant German harvest made more […]

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