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Yes please, more white wines in the Rhone Valley

The demand for white wines is increasing. Not least in the Rhone Valley, a region most known for its red
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Yes please, more white wines in the Rhone Valley

Inspiration for your wine business at Must, Fermenting Ideas | Per on Forbes

People go to conferences for two main reasons. To get inspiration or learn things about their business. And to meet
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Inspiration for your wine business at Must, Fermenting Ideas | Per on Forbes

Sauvignon Blanc wines change with the terroir | Britt on Forbes

Some grapes are easier to recognize than others. Sauvignon Blanc is easy but not the easiest. That distinction goes to
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Sauvignon Blanc wines change with the terroir | Britt on Forbes

Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2015 and 2016, a selection of the best wines

Every year in the spring, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano presents its latest vintages at the "anteprima". This year they presented
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Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2015 and 2016, a selection of the best wines

Resistant grape varieties spark debate

The vine is in many ways a robust plant that can withstand difficult conditions and drought. But it has weaknesses.
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Resistant grape varieties spark debate

Can a tarpaulin over the vines protect against frost?

The spring frost has struck again in several places in France. Warm spring weather led to an early budding but
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Can a tarpaulin over the vines protect against frost?

How best to irrigate a vineyard

If drought is a recurring feature of the weather, then the wine growers become experts in handling it. This is
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How best to irrigate a vineyard

International Sauvignon Blanc Day On May 3

Many grapes have their own specific day. So, we were not surprised when we heard that this is also the
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International Sauvignon Blanc Day On May 3

 

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Chateau Grillet, Rhone Valley

Yes please, more white wines in the Rhone Valley

The demand for white wines is increasing. Not least in the Rhone Valley, a region most known for its red wine. But it is a region that also produces magnificent whites with grapes like roussanne, marsanne, viognier, clairette, bourboulenc and grenache blanc. Today, about 80% of the production is red and only 6% is white. […]

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Grapes in a vineyard in Veneto ready for harvest

Resistant grape varieties spark debate

The vine is in many ways a robust plant that can withstand difficult conditions and drought. But it has weaknesses. One is that it is prone to fungal diseases. No vineyard can survive without spraying. Have you heard the opposite? Don’t believe those who tell you that some wine is made without the use of […]

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Frost bitten vines in springtime

Can a tarpaulin over the vines protect against frost?

The spring frost has struck again in several places in France. Warm spring weather led to an early budding but then the weather changed again, as it usually does. In the Loire Valley, they are now experimenting with a new way of protecting their vines from spring frost, which can potentially cause major damage. The […]

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Drip irrigation in a vineyard in Chile

How best to irrigate a vineyard

If drought is a recurring feature of the weather, then the wine growers become experts in handling it. This is the case, for example, in South Africa. Here they have learned how to optimize irrigation so that the vines get exactly what they need and not one drop more. Heinrich Schloms is a soil scientist […]

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Just harvested Sauvignon Blanc

International Sauvignon Blanc Day On May 3

Many grapes have their own specific day. So, we were not surprised when we heard that this is also the case with Sauvignon Blanc. The International Sauvignon Blanc Day takes place on the first Friday of May, which this year is May 3. Celebrations starts in New Zealand, of course, and then continues in London, […]

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Britt Karlsson & Per Karlsson, BKWine

BKWine Brief nr 188, April 2019

The unpredictable weather and the importance of water The weather is unpredictable and even more so right now it seems. Admittedly, it is said that farmers (and wine growers are just that) always complain about the weather. But I am beginning to think that they have every right to it. Long periods of drought, abnormal […]

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Bottles in pupitres in the cellars of Champagne Paul Dethune

Delicious growers and small-house champagnes from a specialist importer

“The promotional mailing you do not want to miss”, producer visits from Champagne. There are around 3000 small champagne producers, growers and similar, but only about 300 so-called “houses”. The “houses” are the big, well-known brands but it is mainly among the others, the small producers that you today find the most exciting champagnes. BKWine […]

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A vine suffering from Phylloxera vastatrix

Phylloxera strikes in Australia

When we talk about countries with non-grafted vines, most people think of Chile, the only country in the world that is completely free from phylloxera, the small wine louse that infects the wine roots and kills the vines. But also in Australia a significant proportion of the vineyards are planted with non-grafted vines. However, the […]

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Pau Roca, director general, OIV

OIV welcomes Pau Roca, the new general director

OIV, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine, welcomed a new director general in January. BKWine was present, as one of two invited media, at his inauguration and we took the chance to say hello to the new general. Pau Roca is Spanish and has been representing Spain at the OIV since 1992. He was, […]

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Champagne bottles that are organic, "bio"

New rules for additives in organic wine

New rules came into force for vinification of organic wines on January 1st, 2019. Six new additives are allowed. Autolysate of yeast: Nourishes the yeast during the alcoholic and malolactic fermentation. Inactivated yeast: Nourishes the yeast during alcoholic and malolactic fermentation. Potato protein: Vegetable protein used as a fining agent. Provides a faster and often […]

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Martino Manetti and Michele Braganti of Monteraponi and Montevertine

Contrasting vintages, 2017, 2016, 2015, from Monteraponi and Montevertine in Tuscany

Monteraponi and Montevertine celebrates with festive elegance Every year, when the two wine estates Montevertine and Monteraponi in Radda in Chianti present their new vintages, it is a celebration. A Sangiovese celebration. For if there’s something they’re good at, Martino Manetti and Michele Braganti with their other halves Liviana Midollini and Alessandra Deiana, it is […]

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Britt Karlsson & Per Karlsson, BKWine

BKWine Brief nr 187, March 2019

The dangers of becoming a super-celebrity The biggest problem with making wine is probably not to make sure the wine is good but rather to sell it. Then it can be very helpful to be known, that one in some way has a strong “brand”. An example, that is close at hand, as we have […]

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Wines on shelves at Systembolaget

Six new Master of Wine, including from Sweden and Denmark

Six very fresh Masters of Wine has just received their diplomas from the venerable English institution. So now there are 384 MW in total. The happy new masters are Edouard Baijot, Nicholas Jackson, Brendan Jansen, Jonas Röjerman, Harriet Tindal and Jonas Tofterup. Congratulations to all of them. Extra special congratulations to Jonas and Jonas. Jonas […]

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Toasting oak barrels with fire at a cooperage

French coopers honours California

The French Coopers’ Association (Fédération des Tonneliers de France) recently held its annual meeting in Napa Valley, California. It was the first time they gathered outside France. That the meeting took place in Napa is not a coincidence. It was the Californian wine industry that gave new life to the French cooperage (barrel making) industry […]

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Grapes in a vineyard in Veneto ready for harvest

Is Prosecco a grape or an origin?

A Prosecco debate rages in both Australia and New Zealand. The big question is whether Prosecco should be considered as being a grape variety or a geographical origin. Up until 2009, Prosecco was the name of the grape with which the sparkling wine Prosecco was produced in north-eastern Italy. But then the Italians changed the […]

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