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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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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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A glass of Italian bubbly wine being poured

Spanish Freixenet makes Italian Prosecco

The Cava house Freixenet has for some time been looking east towards the Italian Prosecco competitors. And now we see the result. Freixenet is launching its on Prosecco DOC and Prosecco DOCG. The two wines were presented at ProWein, the big wine fair that recently took place in Dusseldorf. The wines are made by the […]

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To Montevertine

Monteraponi and Montevertine, two stars in Radda in Chianti

A lot is happening in one of Europe’s oldest wine regions right now. Chianti Classico wants to take a step forward, and producers Monteraponi and Montevertine are not afraid to take the lead. BKWine Magazine’s Åsa Johansson reports. Monteraponi and Montevertine are two wineries that show how far you can reach quality wise in Chianti […]

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Movia Sivi Ambra Pinot Grigio 2011, Brda, Slovenia

Pinot Grigio, still trendy

Pinot Grigio in Italy does not have many similarities with Pinot Gris in Alsace. It is not only the name that is different, but also the style and, not least, the popularity. Pinot Grigio has increased enormously its acreage in Italy since 2010. Right now there are about 25 000 hectares (the whole of France […]

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Hill slope and village, Etna, Sicily

Sicilian gastronomy: Giuseppe Raciti wins the prestigious contest

Giuseppe Raciti, a thirty year ‘old Sicilian chef recently won the contest for chefs under thirty in southern Italy. The contest took place at Hotel Palace in Mondello, a holiday village just outside Palermo and was organized by the on line magazine Cronache di Gusto. BKWine Magazine’s Asa Johansson caught Giuseppe for a short interview. […]

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Come si mangia l'olio olive oil recipes

Come si mangia l’olio! How to eat olive oil! – A new book

Come si mangia l’olio is the title of a new book published recently in Italy. The book contains recipes from six chefs: Gaetano Simonato (Tano Passami l’Olio, Milan), Vito Mollica (Il Palagio, Firenze), Lino Scarallo (Palazzo Petrucci, Naples), Guido Havercock (La Tavola di Guido, Castellina in Chianti) Oliver Glowig (Ristorante Oliver Glowig, Rome), Pietro Leemann […]

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Air-plane at the airport in Dubrovnik

Have a glass of bubbly while waiting for your flight

It varies pretty much how fun it is to spend a few hours at an airport. Now it has become a bit more pleasant at Fiumicino Rome and Milan Malpensa, at least for those who like sparkling wines. The family Lunelli, who runs the company Ferrari, has recently opened a wine bar, Ferrari Spazio Bollicine, […]

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Pietracolce Archineri, Etna, Sicily

A pioneer on the Etna volcano, Pietradolce in six vintages

One of Etna’s top producers, Pietradolce, had its first ever vertical tasting of the estate’s flagship wine, the Archineri, at the food and wine fair Taormina Gourmet in Sicily. BKWine Magazine’s Asa Johansson was there. In the last few years Etna wines has become the talk of the town and wines from the volcano are […]

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The view over the river and vineyards from Quinta do Tedo in the Douro Valley

The autumn / fall wine tours 2017 – dates and destinations

In a week or two we will have the full wine tour programs ready. We will publish them as soon as we can on the wine travel site. But we can already give you the destinations and the dates: Bordeaux, September 27 – October 1 The Douro Valley, Portugal, October 18-22 Piedmont, wine & truffles […]

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Our new book series “Guide to the World of Wine” wins first prize in Gastronomic Academy Book Awards, “of international class”

We are very happy and proud to have received first prize in the Swedish Gastronomic Academy Book Awards. Many thanks to the jury and to the publisher. And above all, thank you to you who reads the book! Gastronomic Academy Book Awards is the annual event for all food and beverage books published during the […]

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Fondue with poached egg, truffles, Pidieri Dolcetto and Castello Verduno

Truffles Fontina Fondue with a Poached Egg in Piedmont

Fondue is French and means melted. In cooking fondue usually means a pot of melted cheese that you can dip pieces of bread, or something else in. In Italy they also use it to mean a creamy sauce – or simply a cream – of melted cheese that you can serve with something. An excellent […]

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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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Closing the fermentation vat

Making wine in Sweden from Italian grapes, another curious project from Oenofors

Nordic Sea Winery is located in the beautiful small coastal town of Simrishamn on the Swedish south coast. A big portion of wine sold in Sweden gets its final touch here, the “winery” is owned by one of Sweden’s largest wine importers, Oenoforos. Now a new era begins at NSW. Previously wines that have been […]

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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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Masi oseleta wines

The oseleta grape – the spice that boosts the Valpolicella from Masi

Oseleta is an ancient grape that was rediscovered in the 80s by Sandro Boscaini, Masi’s owner. After having experimented with making wine on a small scale, he planted 18 hectares with oseleta. In 1990 he started to use the grape blended into Masi’s traditional wines and in 2000 came the first vintage of a pure […]

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Alessandra Piubello

A wine revolution in Italy: Alessandra Piubello, the first woman in the wine guide l’Espresso

In many countries the annual wine guides wield a huge influence over consumers. In France, for example, you have Guide Hachette and Italy you have l’Espresso’s annual wine guide. But this year, there has been a revolution in the Italian guide. The editorial team has been completely replaced, the focus is changed and the first […]

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Serralunga in Barolo, Piedmont

Prestige “Barbaresco” will be Barbaresco once more

Angelo Gaja’s children obviously do not agree with their father’s decision to sell the estate’s three single vineyard Barbaresco – Costa Russi, Sori Tildin and Sori San Lorenzo – as DOC Langhe instead of DOCG Barbaresco. Angelo Gaja starting doing this in 1996, possibly because he wanted to include some Barbera in the wines. Something […]

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Dramatically shrinking vineyards in Italy: down 50%

I came across some interesting statistics about Italy a while ago. It shows how the Italian vine acreage has decreased over the past 40 years. The decrease is dramatic. In 1970 there were 1.3 million hectares of vineyards in Italy. In 2010 the figure had dropped to 663,000, a reduction of over 600,000 hectares, ie […]

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Vineyards on hills in Barolo, Piedmont

Slow Wine from Piedmont: Cantalupo, Icardi, Mossio

Cantalupo, Icardi, Mossio, three producers that were presented when Slow Wine, the wine part of the Slow Food movement, came to Sweden. Slow Wine wants to bring forward some of Italy’s best wine producers and help them to spread the fame of Italian wines worldwide. BKWine’s reporter Tobias Karlsson reports. Earlier this year a number […]

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Wine in Italian schools?

Is that appropriate? No, it’s not about drinking wine, it is more about learning about wine. A senator in the Italian parliament has proposed a law that makes it mandatory to teach schoolchildren of the history and the civilisation of wine in Italy. He believes that the people of the world’s largest wine country should […]

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A narrow street in Montalcino in Tuscany

Brunello celebrates its 50th birthday

Brunello di Montalcino in Tuscany has celebrated its fiftieth birthday as a DOC. It was in 1966 that the wine, as one of the first in Italy, received its denomination of origin. Brunello currently has great success in the export market. 70% of the production is exported. The US is the largest market, Canada and […]

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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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Two New Books from BKWine: on Bordeaux and on Tuscany, in new wine book series

Guide to the World of Wine is a new book series that we have just launched. The first two titles in the series are about Bordeaux and Tuscany. The books contain easy-to-read but fact-filled information about wine regions and are richly illustrated. They are published by Tukan förlag. More information about the series Guide to […]

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Gambero Rossi tasting

In the company of the Red Shrimp at the edge of Europe – selected Italian wines

Gambero Rosso – the red shrimp – is the name of the inn where Pinocchio once ate supper together with the Fox and the Cat. The inn in the fairy-tale world has given its name to Italy’s most famous wine guide and one of the world’s largest annual wine tastings. Sixty tasters go through approximately […]

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The wine cellar at Grattamacco in Bolgheri

Pearls from Piedmont, Veneto and Tuscany. The Italian Wine Day

Italy is on top when it comes to Swedes’ favourite wine countries. More than 26% of all wine sold in Sweden in the last quarter of 2015 came from Italy and almost 40% of all red wines sold had Italian origin. Italy is known for its very long tradition of winemaking. Despite the long tradition […]

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La Frosca from Azienda Agricola Gini

La Froscà Soave, Gini 2013 | Birgitta’s Wine of the Month

Make the summer stay a bit longer with a golden yellow glass of soave classico, La Froscà Soave, Gini 2013! The wine has a nose reminiscent of yellow plums, white flowers, peach and almonds. The taste is round, almost fat, filled with yellow fruit, hints of mineral and a touch of barrel. There is enough […]

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Castello Brolio Vin Santo from Barone Ricasoli

Barone Ricasoli, inventor and re-inventor of Chianti

“I want to make wines that should be drunk in good company, not only tasted” says Francesco, the 32nd Baron Ricasoli with a liberating simplicity founded on a long family tradition. Francesco is the great grandson of the 28th Baron Bettino Ricasoli who in 1872 wrote the Chianti formula in a letter to Prof. Cesare […]

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Allegrini La Poja

La Poja, a vertical tasting with Marilisa Allegrini

Allegrini has recently been nominated for “Best Winery” in Italy by Gambero Rosso. Of course there is an element of luck in this. Is it the luck that a talented and hardworking winemaking family deserves? Marilisa Allegrini and her brother Franco is the sixth generation, but it is their father Giovanni who laid the foundation […]

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