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Tips and advice for when you travel in France, Spain, Italy, Chile, South Africa, Argentina

We continue to fill up with more info in the section we call “resources” on our travel site, BKWineTours.com.  Here
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Tips and advice for when you travel in France, Spain, Italy, Chile, South Africa, Argentina

The harvest 2018: Good, but not easy everywhere

It has been a hot summer in France, but the growing conditions have not been easy everywhere. Alban Rabasa, assistant
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The harvest 2018: Good, but not easy everywhere

Alain Senderens: Inspirations and other countries

Conversations with Alain Senderens, one of France’s greatest chefs In this episode: Inspirations and other countries This is a video series in
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Alain Senderens: Inspirations and other countries

Generations of work in Burgundy impresses, Domaine Goisot

White wines from northern Burgundy in the Caviste online shop A business run by the family for generations sounds almost everyday
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Generations of work in Burgundy impresses, Domaine Goisot

More diversity with exciting wines from Chile

People often say wines nowadays tend to taste the same. But isn’t it exactly the opposite? Take the New World.
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More diversity with exciting wines from Chile

Lambrusco festival in Copenhagen

On September 29, Scandinavia’s first Lambrusco festival will take place. It is Carlo Merolli in Denmark who wants to promote
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Lambrusco festival in Copenhagen

Sweet dry wine and the taste police | New Brief out, #181 | The Wine Newsletter

Sweet dry wine and the taste police A dry wine should be dry and a sweet wine sweet. That sounds
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Sweet dry wine and the taste police | New Brief out, #181 | The Wine Newsletter

BKWine Brief nr 181, September 2018

Sweet dry wine and the taste police A dry wine should be dry and a sweet wine sweet. That sounds
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BKWine Brief nr 181, September 2018

 

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Chateau Phelan Segur in the Medoc, Bordeaux

The harvest 2018: Good, but not easy everywhere

It has been a hot summer in France, but the growing conditions have not been easy everywhere. Alban Rabasa, assistant winemaker at Château Vaudieu in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, says that 2018 is une année du vigneron, which means that the wine maker’s skill may determine the quality of the wine. “With a lot of rain in the […]

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Gambas a la Senderens

Alain Senderens: Inspirations and other countries

Conversations with Alain Senderens, one of France’s greatest chefs In this episode: Inspirations and other countries 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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Earthenware wine tinajas-amphora at de Martino in Chile

More diversity with exciting wines from Chile

People often say wines nowadays tend to taste the same. But isn’t it exactly the opposite? Take the New World. A few years ago, one might have talked about sameness. A few grape varieties dominated and the taste of the wines seemed to follow a certain template. But today it is completely different. New varieties, […]

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When the "blind" part is over at the VinNatur workshop

Lambrusco festival in Copenhagen

On September 29, Scandinavia’s first Lambrusco festival will take place. It is Carlo Merolli in Denmark who wants to promote this bubbly, easy drinking wine from Emilia-Romagna. Carlo comes from Rome but has lived in Denmark for a long time. Through his wine shops, he has taught the Danes to drink good Italian wines. The […]

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Britt & Per Karlsson, BKWine

BKWine Brief nr 181, September 2018

Sweet dry wine and the taste police A dry wine should be dry and a sweet wine sweet. That sounds obvious. But considering the amounts of not-so-dry red wines sold in the world today, one begins to wonder. In the past, people enjoyed drinking sweet wines more: sherry, madeira, banyuls, maury, port, sauternes… Yes, they […]

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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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