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Australia’s most popular grape varieties

Nowhere else is the dominance of a few grape varieties as big as in Australia. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay
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Australia’s most popular grape varieties

Sibling conflicts in Burgundy

It is not as bad as it sounds… We wrote some time ago about the role of wine in French
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Sibling conflicts in Burgundy

Alain Senderens: the people around him

Conversations with Alain Senderens, one of France’s greatest chefs In this episode: the people around him This is a video series in
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Alain Senderens: the people around him

In Spain, what to do with tipping, restaurant etiquette, transport, shopping etc

Handy tips on tipping customs, shopping hours, restaurant etiquette, taxi and transport, and more. One should perhaps not take too
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In Spain, what to do with tipping, restaurant etiquette, transport, shopping etc

Wines to keep an eye on: Domaine de Marcoux

Chateauneuf-du-Pape and other Rhone wines from a famous family winery Domaine de Marcoux is not one of the biggest producers in
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Wines to keep an eye on: Domaine de Marcoux

Alain Senderens: gastronomy and restaurants

Conversations with Alain Senderens, one of France’s greatest chefs In this episode: gastronomy and restaurants This is a video series in six
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Alain Senderens: gastronomy and restaurants

Choose MCC for high-quality bubbly from South Africa

Method Cap Classique (MCC) is the name given to South African sparkling wine produced according to the traditional method, ie
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Choose MCC for high-quality bubbly from South Africa

Six secret wines show the importance of the winemaker

The wine maker needs a strategy, knowledge and experience, as demonstrated Oenoforo's experiment About two years ago I was in Tuscany
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Six secret wines show the importance of the winemaker

 

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Syrah grape bunch in Tuscany

Australia’s most popular grape varieties

Nowhere else is the dominance of a few grape varieties as big as in Australia. Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay account for almost 60% of the total vineyard area of 149,000 hectares. Syrah alone accounts for 28% of the planted vines. But perhaps a diversification is in sight. Both Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc are […]

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Ce qui nous lie - Back to Burgundy

Sibling conflicts in Burgundy

It is not as bad as it sounds… We wrote some time ago about the role of wine in French films. We asked our readers for recommendations of “wine movies” and one of our readers took us up on that. She recommends a film she watched a few months ago called “Ce qui nous lie”. […]

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Alain Senderens

Alain Senderens: the people around him

Conversations with Alain Senderens, one of France’s greatest chefs In this episode: the people around him This is a video series in six parts: Senderens and wine Paring wine and food A long career in gastronomy Gastronomy, and the restaurant business People around Alain Senderens Inspirations and other countries The series is based on short […]

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Restaurant Alain Senderens at Place de la Madeleine

Alain Senderens: gastronomy and restaurants

Conversations with Alain Senderens, one of France’s greatest chefs In this episode: gastronomy and restaurants This is a video series in six parts: Senderens and wine Paring wine and food A long career in gastronomy Gastronomy, and the restaurant business People around Alain Senderens Inspirations and other countries The series is based on short videos […]

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A glass of sparkling wine

Choose MCC for high-quality bubbly from South Africa

Method Cap Classique (MCC) is the name given to South African sparkling wine produced according to the traditional method, ie with a second fermentation in the bottle. The Cap Classique Producers Association (CCPA) was founded in 1992. The idea was to find a suitable name that would facilitate the marketing of the wines. To call […]

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Alain Senderens on Place de la Madeleine

Alain Senderens: Alain Senderens, a long career

Conversations with Alain Senderens, one of France’s greatest chefs In this episode: Alain Senderens, a long career This is a video series in six parts: Senderens and wine Paring wine and food A long career in gastronomy Gastronomy, and the restaurant business People around Alain Senderens Inspirations and other countries The series is based on […]

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Britt & Per Karlsson, BKWine

BKWine Brief nr 180, August 2018

The importance of origin New appellations are added to the wine world continuously. And not only in France and Italy. The New World has also realized the advantages of designations of origin. It is no longer just the grapes that are mentioned on the label, but also where these grapes have grown. And that’s a […]

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Table setting at Restaurant Alain Senderens

Alain Senderens: Pairing food and wine

Conversations with Alain Senderens, one of France’s greatest chefs In this episode: Pairing food and wine This is a video series in six parts: Senderens and wine Paring wine and food A long career in gastronomy Gastronomy, and the restaurant business People around Alain Senderens Inspirations and other countries The series is based on short […]

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Alain Senderens

Alain Senderens: Senderens and wine

Conversations with Alain Senderens, one of France’s greatest chefs In this episode: Senderens and wine This is a video series in six parts: Senderens and wine Paring wine and food A long career in gastronomy Gastronomy, and the restaurant business People around Alain Senderens Inspirations and other countries The series is based on short videos […]

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The Big Zin Zinfandel-Primitivo, Puglia, Italy

Italians do not want Nero d’Avola from Australia

Some wine regions and even individual wine producers are incredibly keen, sometimes excessively so, to protect their names and brands. Champagne is the undisputed world champion in this sport. The most recent discussion in this topic is between Italy and Australia. The conflict is about whether the Australians should be able or not to put […]

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Chateau Pech-Redon, La Clape, Languedoc

Greek and Italian grapes in Languedoc

It gets warmer and drier in Languedoc, says Christophe Bousquet at Domaine Pech Redon in La Clape. This cannot completely be compensated for by irrigation. That’s why Christophe this summer is going to plant grape varieties that are used to an even warmer climate. He has chosen Nero d’Avola (!) from Sicily and the amazing […]

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Cork oak tree in Portugal harvest a year with 5

New techniques for cork oaks in Portugal

Portugal’s (and the world’s) largest producer of cork products, Amorim, is slowly changing the cork industry. Since 2013, a project has been in progress concerning the possibility to start harvesting the cork from the cork oaks earlier than at the age of 25, as is the case today. The solution seems to be an improved […]

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Roses are pretty at Christmas too

Provence, a pink success story

The world drinks more rosé wine than ever before. Rosé consumption in the world has risen by 31% since 2003. The very light coloured style of rosé, such as they are made in Provence, is the highest fashion. The rosé trend has made Provence an extremely successful wine region. 89% of the wines in Provence […]

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A rainy day in Lisbon

Finally, it rains in South Africa

It’s winter in South Africa and it’s raining, at last. A relief, but more rain is needed, says DP Burger, winemaker at Glenwood in Franschhoek, and others we have heard from. The draught in Western Cape, where the wine regions are, have long been a serious problem, but the situation is now improving. The water […]

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Nets to protect vines from hail in Chablis, Burgundy

Hail nets are now permitted in France

Wine producers in France are now allowed to use vertical hail nets. After three years of experiments in Burgundy, the INAO has decided that the nets do not affect the maturity or quality of the grapes. The background is that in recent year hail has caused extensive damage and lost harvests in several wine regions. […]

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Gravelly soil, old vines, Chateau Belgrave, Medoc

Vineyard prices in France on the rise

Buying a vineyard in France is not getting any cheaper. On the contrary. All categories of vineyards are becoming more and more expensive. This is evident from numbers recently published by Safer, a governmental organization overseeing property transactions. The average price per hectare of AOP vineyards is 143,900 euros, an increase from last year of […]

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Two "fruity" gin and tonics

A quick 101 on making gin-and-tonic

I imagine hardly anyone needs an instruction on how to make a Gin-and-Tonic, or G-and-T. Could it be the world’s most popular drink? But there are different ways to do it. For example, in this video, they use a blood grapefruit. Personally, I prefer a slice of lemon or lime. Some use cucumbers, blueberries and […]

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Ackerman, Saumur in the Loire Valley

Popular bubbles from the Loire Valley

The various sparkling crémant wines produced around France are becoming more and more popular. Not least the Crémant de Loire, which has seen a huge boost for its exports. 2017 saw an increase in exports to the US by 9%. The wines are made mainly in the Saumur area but can also be made in […]

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Britt & Per Karlsson, BKWine

No, organic-biodynamic-natural is not like “in the old days” | New Brief out, #179 | The Wine Newsletter

No, organic-biodynamic-natural is not at all like “in the old days” We often hear people say that organic (biodynamic, “natural”) wine growers work the way farmers did in the past. And that’s true in some ways. Synthetic pesticides – banned for the organic growers – have not always existed. However, crops have always been in […]

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