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8 Barolos from 1970

The Barolo 1970 vintage came at a period of transition. Chemical treatments in the vineyards were still a novelty. The
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8 Barolos from 1970

Ningxia Winemakers Challenge

Ningxia started an original project in 2015, the Ningxia Winemakers Challenge (NWC). 48 different wine makers from all over the
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Ningxia Winemakers Challenge

Organic and high-tech wines in Saint Emilion: Chateau Bernateau | Britt on Forbes

Some of the most exciting wines in Bordeaux are made by the smaller chateaux, not so well-known internationally. It can
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Organic and high-tech wines in Saint Emilion: Chateau Bernateau | Britt on Forbes

Horrible forest fires in Portugal and Spain

Portugal and Spain have also been hit hard by forest fires, just like the fires in California. A dry and
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Horrible forest fires in Portugal and Spain

Some of next year’s BKWine wine tours open for booking

We have not yet planned all the wine tours on the schedule for next year but you can already book
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Some of next year’s BKWine wine tours open for booking

Buy chenin blanc to drink or to age

We were recently doing wine tour with wine lovers in the Loire Valley we tasted some really delicious chenin blanc
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Buy chenin blanc to drink or to age

On travelling in Burgundy, what customers say: “some amazing days”

We have published some more comments on our travel blog on what customers, travellers, have had to say about our
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On travelling in Burgundy, what customers say: “some amazing days”

Violent wildfires in California’s wine regions

Around 40 people died in very extensive fires north of San Francisco in mid-October. Wine regions like Napa, Sonoma and
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Violent wildfires in California’s wine regions

 

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Barolo 1970

8 Barolos from 1970

The Barolo 1970 vintage came at a period of transition. Chemical treatments in the vineyards were still a novelty. The Nebbiolo wines had traditionally been built for a long future, with months of maceration and years of patient ageing in the botti (large oak barrels). At the same time, new ideas began to emerge in […]

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Britt Karlsson, BKWine, tasting wine in Ningxia in China

Ningxia Winemakers Challenge

Ningxia started an original project in 2015, the Ningxia Winemakers Challenge (NWC). 48 different wine makers from all over the world were invited to Ningxia for the harvest that year. Each winemaker was paired with a local winery and received three hectares of vines each to dispose of. That year, 2015, the 48 winemakers made […]

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Forest fire damage in Stellenbosch, South Africa

Horrible forest fires in Portugal and Spain

Portugal and Spain have also been hit hard by forest fires, just like the fires in California. A dry and hot October made it easy for fires to start. When the hurricane Ophelia came, the result became catastrophic. 45 people are believed to have died and the material damage is high. It was mainly northern […]

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Chenin Blanc

Buy chenin blanc to drink or to age

We were recently doing wine tour with wine lovers in the Loire Valley we tasted some really delicious chenin blanc wines, many of them. Chenin blanc has never really caught on as a trendy grape, not at all like riesling, with which it shares several characteristics. We have never understood why since it is a […]

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Forest fire damage in Stellenbosch, South Africa

Violent wildfires in California’s wine regions

Around 40 people died in very extensive fires north of San Francisco in mid-October. Wine regions like Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino were affected and the fires caused damage to a large number of wine estates. It was mainly buildings that were either completely destroyed or damaged. Estimates say that around 85% of the grapes had […]

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The vineyard at the Great Wall (Hua Xia) Winery, vines covered with soil in winter

Chinese wines from Ningxia

I (Britt) visited Ningxia, one of China’s new wine regions, at the end of August. Ningxia is about a two hours’ flight west of Beijing, on the border to the Gobi Desert and Mongolia. There are now around 40,000 hectares, mostly planted in the last 10 years. Ambitions are high. Already they are starting to […]

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Penfolds RWT Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia

The Penfolds Collection 2017, seven wines from Australia

The Australian wine producer Penfolds has since 3 years launched the “wines of the year”, the year’s new launches, at one and the same time, coordinated all over the world. This year, 2017, this happened on Thursday, October 19th. When Penfolds’ representatives presented a number of this year’s wines in Stockholm, BKWine’s reporter Wilhelm Arnör […]

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Jean-Marie Aurand, director general of the OIV

World wine production 2017 drastically reduced

OIV, International Organisation Of Vine And Wine, presented recently preliminary figures for the world’s wine production in 2017. “As expected,” said director general Jean-Marie Aurand, “the production has been affected by the extreme heat and the drought in France, Spain and Italy”. Italy has produced the biggest volume with 39.3 million hectolitres. A normal harvest […]

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Britt & Per Karlsson, BKWine

BKWine Brief nr 170, October 2017

Will there be a shortage of wine? The harvest this year will be the smallest one in a long time. It is the smallest production, counting the entire world’s volume, in around fifty years. Read more on that in the Brief. This is due mainly to bad weather: frost in the spring, hail, rot, and […]

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Selected yeasts "XR grand rouge"

Protect the must with yeast instead of sulphur

Natural wines are fashionable at the moment and there is a lot of talk about the difficulty of making wine without adding sulphur. But what if it’s not that hard? Since a few years’ back there is something called bio protection. It means that by adding special yeasts for the fermentation the wine makers can […]

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An old farm house, where Linnaeus was born

A crazy idea? Selling wine at the cellar door?

This may sound absurd but it is true. The wine producers are not allowed to sell their wines at the cellar door. It is strictly forbidden. This is not in any normal wine country but in Sweden. There are actually a few vineyards in Sweden, perhaps 20, maybe even more, but with of course very […]

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Equestrian statue

Swedish winery gets a medal at the AWC Vienna

Sweden is definitely a cool climate wine country. We have a few brave wine producers, most of them very small and most of them in the southernmost part of Sweden. Fredholms Wine Estate in Tyringe in Skåne is one and recently this estate received a medal, a “seal of approval” in AWC Vienna for its […]

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Mountain view and vineyards in the Piedmont

Three Piedmont wines from Ferdinando Principiano

On October 26 Caviste launches three wines from Ferdinando Principiano on the Swedish market. The wines can certainly be interesting for wine drinkers also in other countries. It is question of three different grape varieties: dolcetto, barbera and nebbiolo. Ferdinando Principiano tries to work as naturally as possible but is not so interested in certifications. […]

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World champions in blind tasting

Swedish team wins Blind Tasting World Championship

With 115 points the Swedish team won the “Blind Tasting World Championship” with an 8 points margin to the silver medallist United Kingdom with 107 points and the number three, Luxembourg with 100. The competition is a team competition with teams of four, organized by the French magazine La Revue du Vin de France. 24 […]

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Chateau Latour barrel cellar, Bordeaux

“An amazing wine tour to Bordeaux”

We like collecting comments from people who have travelled with us. It’s not always easy to explain what experiences you will get on one of our wine tours. Then perhaps some feedback from previous customers who have travelled with us can be helpful. A few more: “It is so good that we can hardly imagine […]

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The sea, the mountains and the sun in Sicily

New Zealand has defined 18 protected wine regions

Every wine lover is familiar with some of the well-established wine regions in New Zealand, but they may not always have been so well-defined and protected from abuse. From July 27 new rules govern 18 “geographical indications”. It is far from the complex systems of rules found in the Old World (Italy, France, Spain and […]

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Mont Tauch Cave Cooperative co-operative, Fitou, Languedoc

The world’s 10 biggest wine producers

The wine world is not only small picturesque vineyards in a rural setting with a horse pulling a plough between the vines. There are also large groups with international businesses. Euromonitor has listed the top ten wine producers in the world for 2016: E & J Gallo, 2.7% of world production, USA Constellation Brands, 1.7%, […]

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Pieter Ferreira of Graham Beck, South Africa

Tasting two Graham Beck sparkling wines from South Africa

A key figure behind establishing South Africa’s Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) sparkling wine is Pieter “Bubbles” Ferreira, cellar master at Graham Beck Wines in Robertson. Champagne-trained, South African inspired, Ferreira favors an elegant, crisp ‘house style’ that compliments the region’s diverse cuisine. Read the interview with Pieter Ferreira of Graham Beck here on BKWine Magazine. […]

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Pieter Ferreira of Graham Beck, South Africa

A bubbly ride in South Africa – meet Pieter Ferreira at Graham Beck

South Africa’s magnificent sparkling wine, Methode Cap Classique If Champagne has a sibling, it may be méthode cap classique. Specific to South Africa, cap classique employs the same “traditional method” used to make champagne, whereby the second fermentation occurs in bottle. And if South Africa’s méthode cap classique sparkling wine has a ‘godfather’, it’s Pieter […]

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