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New New Zealand research gives lower alcohol sauvignon blanc wines

Is the new trend low-alcohol wines? This is what many producers believe in New Zealand. And a great deal of...
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New New Zealand research gives lower alcohol sauvignon blanc wines

Top-class Piedmont wines from Parusso, welcome to Piedmont’s nobility

"With knowledge and modern technology you can get an elephant to dance ballet". The evening's tasting offered a lot of...
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Top-class Piedmont wines from Parusso, welcome to Piedmont’s nobility

One wine, aged in nine different tanks, a tasting by Domaine Gayda | Per on Forbes

Sometimes people at wine tastings try and impress with opinions like "this wine tastes as if it has been in...
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One wine, aged in nine different tanks, a tasting by Domaine Gayda | Per on Forbes

USA is the biggest importer of French oak barrels but the Chinese imports are growing fast

Only 2% of the world’s wines are aged in oak barrels. (Ed.: Only?) But for these 2% quite a few...
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USA is the biggest importer of French oak barrels but the Chinese imports are growing fast

The life of a wine region in Jon Wyand’s Four Seasons in Cote Chalonnaise | Per on Forbes

The Cote Chalonnaise is what you could call a "low-key" wine region. There are no famous names. No exorbitantly priced...
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The life of a wine region in Jon Wyand’s Four Seasons in Cote Chalonnaise | Per on Forbes

Burgundy grand cru: small volume, high prices

The wine world is really not a stronghold of equality. The average export price of a grand cru (red &...
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Burgundy grand cru: small volume, high prices

Eight top grower’s champagne producers for the holidays | Britt on Forbes

If you want a champagne that is something special and with extra character it is a good idea to leave...
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Eight top grower’s champagne producers for the holidays | Britt on Forbes

A pioneer in northern Greece, the Gerovassiliou Winery

One of the largest collections of corkscrews in the world can be found at a must-visit winery in northern Greece....
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A pioneer in northern Greece, the Gerovassiliou Winery

Swedish wine, can it be anything more than a hobby?

The wine festival for wine “made in Sweden” in Skepparp My wife and I usually go down to Skåne, Scanie,...
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Swedish wine, can it be anything more than a hobby?

Cru Bourgeois will be reintroduced in Médoc

The designation Cru Bourgeois for chateaux has existed in Médoc for many years. Various attempts to rank them, roughly in...
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Cru Bourgeois will be reintroduced in Médoc

 

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Marco Parusso and his daughter Giulia

Top-class Piedmont wines from Parusso, welcome to Piedmont’s nobility

“With knowledge and modern technology you can get an elephant to dance ballet”. The evening’s tasting offered a lot of new insights, nuances and wonderful metaphors. Among other things, the link between bananas and wine. A trip from two to 30 hectares over five generations in Monforte d’Alba. The last two generations sat at our […]

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Oak barrels with Burgundy wine ageing in the cellars of Chanson, Beaune

Burgundy grand cru: small volume, high prices

The wine world is really not a stronghold of equality. The average export price of a grand cru (red & white) from Burgundy in 2018 was 87 euros per bottle. The red ones are more prestigious and averaged 101 euros per bottle. The whites were “only” at 56 euros. These are prices that most other […]

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Glass of Chateau Potensac, Medoc, Bordeaux, Cru Bourgeois

Cru Bourgeois will be reintroduced in Médoc

The designation Cru Bourgeois for chateaux has existed in Médoc for many years. Various attempts to rank them, roughly in the style of the 1855 classification, have been made since the 1930s. More or less successful. It was previously a (semi-official) classification but is currently a private label. But from 2020, a serious attempt will […]

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Vin på hyllorna i Sveriges mest välsorterade Systembolagsbutik

Life as a small wine importer

A true story Systembolaget, the Swedish wine and spirits monopoly, usually boasts its wide range of products, but as is well known, the majority of all their listed products, especially quality wines, are the result of the work of private importers. Of the approximately 18,000 items the company offers, only about 2,500 are in the […]

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Britt Karlsson & Per Karlsson, BKWine

BKWine Brief nr 194, October 2019

Should we lament that the taste of wines have changed? That the wines we are accustomed to drinking will eventually change is probably inevitable in the wake of climate change. Some regions may need to change the grape variety, the heat may cause the acidity to drop, etc. This is especially a problem for the […]

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Champagne bottles that are organic, "bio"

French consumers buy more and more organic wine

Organic wines are becoming more and more popular with French wine consumers. 48% of them would like to see a larger range of organic wines in the stores where they normally buy wine. The fact that the wine is organic is a buying argument for 50% of the young and 38% of the older consumers. […]

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A vine suffering from Phylloxera vastatrix

Phylloxera discovered in Washington State

Walla Walla, a well-known wine region in Washington State, was believed to be exempt from the vine louse (phylloxera vastatrix). Therefore, the recent discovery of the louse that is so dangerous to the vines dealt a heavy a blow to the wine producers. All of Washington, and especially Walla Walla, has the kind of sandy […]

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Spraying in the vineyards

Wine producers’ difficult choices among the wealth of pesticides

Wine producers are facing difficult choices today. Not least in what way they should manage the vineyard. Conventional, sustainable, organic or biodynamic? They have a variety of pesticides to choose from. More if they grow conventionally, less if they are organic. However, there are very different opinions about how dangerous these products are (e.g. glyphosate) […]

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Yeast fermenting the must

The right kind of yeast helps to reduce sulphur in wine

A wine’s sulphur content is increasingly scrutinized. Sulphur dioxide is added to the wine as an antioxidant and stabiliser. But its use has diminished, rather drastically I think, in recent decades, in part thanks to better winemaking technology and knowledge. Sometimes you see “no added sulphur” on a label. But you rarely see a wine […]

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Vineyards on the Corton hill, Aloxe-Corton, Burgundy

Dry year but good quality in Burgundy

Burgundy winemakers have been fighting the elements this year. Spring frosts, hail, millerandage during flowering and – perhaps most damaging – lack of water. But when the harvest started on August 31 for the crémant wines, the spirits were high. In prestigious Côte d’Or, picking started around 13 September and continued for 10 days in […]

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Alberto Tasca d'Almerita, Tenuta Tascante

Tasca d´Almeritas Tenuta Tascante in Sicily makes wines with elegance and style on Etna

The historic estate Tasca d ‘Almerita’s new project at Etna, Tenuta Tascante (read it backwards), is a tribute to finesse and elegance. This new project is on the slopes of Etna. Come with us and discover one of Sicily’s most active wine producers and their new project on the Sicilian volcano. “The challenge is to […]

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Grapes dried on the vine due to heat, Champagne

Good quality harvest in Champagne after record-breaking summer

The harvest in Champagne was in full swing when we kicked off our autumn wine tour season with Champagne on September 11. And we mostly saw happy faces. Alexandre Penet at Champagne Penet-Chardonnet in Verzy looked very pleased when he talked about his healthy-looking grapes. Charles Philipponnat at the eponymous small prestige house in Mareuil-sur-Aÿ […]

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