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Wine bottle necks with label 100% Natural

How’s it going for “natural wines”?

Very strange things – even completely incorrect – are sometimes written and said about “natural wines”, the wine category that a few years ago became one of the hottest subjects among wine geeks (and that still is largely limited to the wine geek crowd), and one that no one can really agree on what it […]

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Bottles in a wine shop marked organic wine (ekologiskt)

Some organic favourites worth trying

Here’s a handful of organic wines that we have encountered recently that we certainly recommend trying: Anima, Avondale, Chenin Blanc, 2013, South Africa, ~15 €. Nice honey tone, a little pineapple and citrus, elegant and subtle oak. The wine is full-bodied without being heavy. Vacqueyras Garrigues, Domaine Montirius, Vacqueyras, France, ~16 €. Clean and nice […]

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Big tractor equipped for spraying

Lower copper limit for organic wine producers. Maybe.

Being an organic winegrower means that you are obliged to spray with copper to prevent certain fungal diseases rather than using synthetic pesticides. Copper is effective primarily against mildiou. As with all other pesticides the authorisation to use copper is renewed every ten years. This year the EU will evaluate copper and decide whether to […]

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At the wine trade fair

Montpellier has, again, two large wine fairs: Millésime Bio and Vinisud

The move to Marseille was short-lived. For the 2018 edition Millésime Bio returns to Montpellier. The dates for  Millésime Bio will be January 29 to 31. There will be no cooperation with the other major Montpellier wine fair, Vinisud, something that Vinisud seems to have wanted but not Millésime Bio. Vinisud 2018 will take place […]

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Cow horn and herbs used in biodynamic wine making

Austrian Respekt-Biodyn certifies biodynamic winemakers

Demeter is a large, global organization that certifies biodynamic wine growers and other farmers. But Demeter is not alone in doing this. In France, Biodyvin certifies around 100 members. And now there is also a third group, with headquarters in Austria, called Respekt-Biodyn. This group is working, just like Biodyvin, only the wineproducers. Respekt-Biodyn’s members […]

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Organic wine in a Systembolaget shop

When the Amazon book recommendations make you happy

If you shop at Amazon you are no doubt familiar with their recurring marketing mails. Depending on what you have previously bought and looked at they send you recommendations for other things “that might interest you”. The other day I had one of those mail after having browsed for some technical wine books. At the […]

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Sparkling wine bottles in a cooling bath

The new sparkling Clàssic Penedès, the world’s first 100% organic appellation

Clàssic Penedès is a sparkling wine from Catalonia in northern Spain. Sparkling wine has been made under the appellation DO Penedès for quite some time. But in 2014 the rules for Clàssic Penedès were revised and it was launched as a new appellation under its new name. One of the new requirements is that the […]

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Biodynamic Wine by Monty Waldin – cover

Biodynamic Wine by Monty Waldin | book review

For those of you who really want to know how a biodynamic wine producer work in the vineyard, and also in the cellar, this book is indispensable. Monty Waldin is a specialist. He believes in biodynamic agriculture and although you, as a reader, may doubt some of the things he write, there is no denying […]

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Bordeaux will become more and more environmentally friendly

All French wine regions today have some sort of environmental plan. In Bordeaux 45 % of the surface of vine has a label of some sort for sustainable viticulture. The aim is to quickly reach 100 %. The main goals are to reduce the use of pesticides, reduce waste and increase recycling, reduce energy consumption, […]

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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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EcoSostenibleWine 2016: Miguel Torres fights for the environment

Miguel Torres is Spain’s most famous wine producer and a long time fighter for an environmentally friendly viticulture. According to him, the wine world is facing several major challenges. The two biggest are how to reduce the use of copper in organic farming and how to tackle global warming. And it was precisely these two […]

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Organic wine producers employ more people

The organic wine producers are hiring more people, according to a French study published in October. The organic growers often say they need more people in the vineyard and in the cellar, and now it has been “proven”. On average, the organic producers create 1.5 times more jobs than the conventional producers. 34.6% of the […]

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Amazon wine book recommendations

Organic and biodynamic wine book on Amazon

Books from BKWine and two wine university professors If you are an Amazon customer you know that they regularly come with suggestions of new purchases . Sometimes they are surprising and sometimes they are spot on. We often buy wine books of course. We have quite a few, probably a bigger wine library than most. […]

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Spraying vines with a vineyard tractor

Can organic wine production continue to grow? | Britt on Forbes

Organic viticulture has seen some astonishing growth. Today almost 10% of world wine production is estimated to be organic. A year like 2016 with very difficult weather conditions in many parts of Europe, that still accounts for the majority of the world’s wine, the growth in organics will no doubt be dampened. Bad weather is […]

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Château de la Dauphine in Fronsac is now certified organic

One of our favourite chateaux in Bordeaux, the beautiful Château de la Dauphine in Fronsac, will be certified organic from vintage 2015, now resting in the chateau cellar. We have visited the chateau on a regular basis since a few years back and we have understood that, among other things, the fact that the chateau […]

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What people say about our book on organic wines

We have been pleased to see a few reviews recently of the English language edition of our book on organic wines: Organic, Biodynamic, and Natural Winemaking. Here’s what they say: ”A very interesting book.  It discusses and describes organic, biodynamic, and natural wine making, and viticulture in terms that anyone, not just a wine producer […]

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More expensive to produce organic wines?

Do organic wines cost more than conventionally produced wines? This has never been an easy question to answer because it is difficult to compare the prices of wines. It is easier with tomatoes and eggs. If you look at production costs however, it turns out that it is more expensive to produce an organic wine. […]

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Time for Millésime Bio 2016, the organic wine fair

The world’s biggest wine fair for organic wine will take place on January 25-27, 2016 in Montpellier, Millésime Bio, or if you prefer the World Organic Wine Fair. This is certainly a very important wine fair to visit for anyone interested in organic wines (and biodynamic). But it is also a very interesting wine show […]

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Leafy Christmas gift…

A wine book is an excellent Christmas gift, especially for a wine lover… We have written four wine books, some of which have won both national and international prizes, most recently “the Nobel prize” of wine books (as they OIV jokingly called it). Unfortunately only one of them has so far been translated to English […]

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What do consumers think about organic wine?

A major market research conducted on behalf of Sudvinbio, a French producer association for organic wines, shows how consumers in four countries – France, Germany, the UK and Sweden – perceive organic wines. A large proportion of the respondents in the different countries drink organic wine from time to time. If they are hesitant to […]

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Book Awards #2, almost…: Gourmand Awards nominations for two of our books

We almost won an award (or two!) in the international Gourmand Awards (Gourmand International World Cookbook Awards) but not quite. We are still very proud to have been nominated to the international finals with two of our books. A bit like being nominated to the Academy Awards (Oscars) for film stars… (No other parallels between […]

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Jonas Larsson on our book on organic wines: “an eminent book”

I happened to click on a link in a wine marketing newsletter and found a “Sunday Chronicle” written by wine writer and editor Jonas Larsson. It was about organic (and similar) wines and begins like this: Organic, my dear Watson! I have repeatedly sighed, at least in secret, when listening to the enthusiastic proponents of […]

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Champagne Fleury Blanc de Noirs Brut | Britt’s Wine of the Month

Champagne Fleury is one of the organic and biodynamic pioneers in Champagne. The family Fleury is found in the southernmost part of Champagne, in the Côte de Bar, famous for its high quality Pinot Noir grapes. This blanc de noirs is made only from these Pinot Noir grapes. It is dry champagne that has a […]

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Biodynamic, Organic and Natural Winemaking; Sustainable Viticulture and Viniculture, “Best Drinks Health Book”

Beautiful Gourmand Awards for our book on organic wine

A little while back I could announce that our new book Biodynamic, Organic and Natural Winemaking; Sustainable Viticulture and Viniculture had won two Swedish awards in the Gourmand International Cook Book Awards: “Best Wine Book for Professionals” “Best Drinks Health Book” It has also been nominated to the short-list of the international competition so it […]

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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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Rosemary George

“At the end, I understood rather more”, Rosemary George, MW, on our book on organic wines

Rosemary George is a Master of Wine wine writer spending a big part of the year in the Languedoc. Languedoc is the region with the highest proportion of organic wine producers in France. So it was natural for us to include quite a lot of winery recommendations from the Languedoc in our book on organic […]

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“A uniquely thorough and clear book”, WijnWijs on our book on organic, biodynamic and natural wines

The Netherlands, just like Sweden, is a country that is keen on organic things. Food as well as wine. So it is perhaps not too surprising that a review of our book on organic wines (and similar things) pops up in The Low Countries. It is of course in Dutch, but since we lived in […]

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Organic viticulture: How do you use less copper?

It does not matter if you are organic or not. All vineyards can suffer from various diseases. Against certain fungal diseases, downy mildew for example, you can spray with copper, usually in the form of copper sulphate. Both organic and conventional growers use copper but the conventional ones can also, or instead, use synthetic chemical […]

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“Best Wine Book for Professionals” and “Best Drinks Health Book” Gourmand Awards for our Organic Wine Book

We are very proud to let you know that we have been awarded not just one but TWO awards for our book Biodynamic, Organic and Natural Winemaking; Sustainable Viticulture and Viniculture: “Best Wine Book for Professionals” “Best Drinks Health Book” Both awards were given in the Swedish qualifying round for the international World Gourmand Awards […]

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Organic wine book in Brazil

Our organic wine book spotted in Brazil! In a restaurant to go to

It is very exciting to find one’s book somewhere on a book shelf, in a book shop, or in someone’s hands. A little while back someone came up to me and wanted me to sign a copy of the book. Fantastic. It is not quite as if you are Oprah Winfrey, but it still makes […]

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