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French coopers honours California

The French Coopers’ Association (Fédération des Tonneliers de France) recently held its annual meeting in Napa Valley, California. It was
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French coopers honours California

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
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Is Prosecco a grape or an origin?

Wine Paris, finally Paris has a major wine fair

Paris’ first major professional wine fair, Wine Paris, took place on 11-13 February. Many consider it about time that the
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Wine Paris, finally Paris has a major wine fair

Is it worth while ageing wine? | New Brief out, #186 | The Wine Newsletter

Is it worth ageing wine? “With age comes complexity but wines get more similar with time. You find more nuances
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Is it worth while ageing wine? | New Brief out, #186 | The Wine Newsletter

BKWine Brief nr 186, February 2019

Is it worth ageing wine? “With age comes complexity but wines get more similar with time. You find more nuances
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BKWine Brief nr 186, February 2019

A wine tour to Champagne like no other!

We will of course have a wine tour to Champagne this fall. If you are a champagne enthusiast then you
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A wine tour to Champagne like no other!

Foglia tonda, who dares to bet on the unknown Tuscan grape with the round leaves?

A wine does not have to have strong colour to be good, just look at pinot noir and nebbiolo. But
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Foglia tonda, who dares to bet on the unknown Tuscan grape with the round leaves?

Sauvignon blanc, loved and maligned, but who makes the best? | Britt on Forbes

Sauvignon Blanc is one of the most popular grape varieties in the world. With 123,000 hectares it is in fact
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Sauvignon blanc, loved and maligned, but who makes the best? | Britt on Forbes

 

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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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Wine Paris, finally Paris has a major wine fair

Paris’ first major professional wine fair, Wine Paris, took place on 11-13 February. Many consider it about time that the French capital hosts a large wine fair. Wine Paris is a merger of Wine Vision and Vinisud. Wine Vision is a fair that made its debut in Paris in February 2018 with exhibitors from France’s […]

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Britt Karlsson & Per Karlsson, BKWine

BKWine Brief nr 186, February 2019

Is it worth ageing wine? “With age comes complexity but wines get more similar with time. You find more nuances in young wines. They are purer and wilder and you can taste the place where they came from and the earth in which the grapes are grown.” This quote comes from a Portuguese winemaker and […]

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Bottles "sur lattes" in a cellar in Champagne

A wine tour to Champagne like no other!

We will of course have a wine tour to Champagne this fall. If you are a champagne enthusiast then you want to go there sooner or later. There are many ways to do that. Travel on your own. Go with some tour operator, BKWine or someone else. And other options. Everything will be different, you […]

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Vineyards in Piedmont

Piedmont’s treasure of lesser-known native grape varieties

Piedmont has a wealth of little-known traditional varieties. Time to discover them! The wine region Piedmont in north-western Italy is best known for its powerful Nebbiolo wines Barolo and Barbaresco, its fruity Barbera and sweet Moscato wines. But the region has much more to offer. Piedmont hosts an impressive range of indigenous (autochthonous) grape varieties […]

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Rålund blueberry wine producer Li Holmberg

A big surprise: Rålund, wine made from blueberries

“The wine world’s outsider, literally” Imagine starting a journey in Jerez down in the sherry triangle and finishing it up among the riesling vineyards in Piesport, Germany. You will then have travelled almost two thousand three hundred kilometres and covered most of Europe’s vineyards. That’s what you might have thought anyway. If you continue the […]

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Vineyards, a winery and mountains in Franschhoek, South Africa

The giant Distell in South Africa is investing in premium wines

Distell is South Africa’s largest wine producer. With brands such as Alto, Nederburg, Durbanville Hills, Plaisir de Merle, Pongrácz, Fleur du Cap, Allesverloren, Zonnebloem, Two Oceans, Drostdy-Hof and others, the company accounts for a not insignificant part of the entire South African wine production. Now all the premium wines of Distell will be managed separately. […]

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Street art, graffiti, in Valparaiso in Chile

Street art to promote Chilean wine in Valparaiso

The mythical Chilean port city of Valparaiso is a fascinating city in many ways, not least thanks to the artistic street art that gives the colourful city even more colour. Now the wine is also represented. In November, a group of talented street artist were asked by some Chilean wine producers to create large murals […]

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

Burgundy shows off its best figures

For the lover of statistics and/or the lover of Burgundy wines, we have found a handy and updated summary of all relevant figures concerning the wines of Burgundy, from Chablis to Mâconnais (Beaujolais not included). Burgundy has 84 appellations, which is 23% of all France’s wine appellations. Grapes are grown on almost 30,000 hectares. 50% […]

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Bottles ageing at Champagne Fleury

Champagne inspires German quality sekt

VDP stands for Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweinguter and is a highly respected association of around 200 German top producers with their own set of rules for wine growing and wine making. VDP recently launched a new category of German high-quality Sekt. This new category, VDP Sekt, can, like the still VDP wines, be made in four […]

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"Water", a sign in an old-style grape press in Champagne

California wine: from the time of prohibition until now

For 100 years, the magazine Wines and Vines (formerly called California Grape Grower) has written about Californian wine news. To launch a wine magazine in the United States in 1919, just a few months before the prohibition started in January 1920, may not seem as the smartest of ideas. On the other hand, nobody thought […]

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A snifter glass with brandy

XXO, new category of cognac now official

Cognac has a new category: XXO. In 2017 Hennessy launched a prestigious Cognac which they named XXO. But the authorities were not happy about it as this category of Cognac didn’t exist. Thus, the sale of this particular Cognac was suspended. But Hennessy did not give up and with the help of luxury conglomerate LVMH, […]

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Britt & Per Karlsson, BKWine

9 myths and 9 truths about organic, biodynamic, “natural” | New Brief out, #185 | The Wine Newsletter

9 myths and 9 truths about organic, biodynamic, “natural” Organic wine continues to increase, it seems. Commercial success is well established in several countries already. We recently wrote about sales in France that have increased by 17% per year since 2012 and the forecast is that it will continue. Therefore we see more and more […]

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Britt & Per Karlsson, BKWine

BKWine Brief nr 185, January 2019

9 myths and 9 truths about organic, biodynamic, “natural” Organic wine continues to increase, it seems. Commercial success is well established in several countries already. We recently wrote about sales in France that have increased by 17% per year since 2012 and the forecast is that it will continue. Therefore we see more and more […]

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Vineyards in Lessona and the Alps

Lessona, a pioneer in Piedmont

Nebbiolo is more than Barolo and Barbaresco! There is much more to discover in Piedmont than just the well-known classics of Barolo and Barbaresco. Today the region is bubbling with a new generation of winemakers, almost like the Far West, and small wine regions that are in the process of rebuilding their wine production. Much, […]

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A barrel that has been treated with sulphur

Tea instead of sulphur to protect the wine

A few years ago, we wrote in the Brief about the South African wine producer KWV who had made a wine called Earth’s Essence without added sulphur. Instead, they had used the rooibos plant, known for its antioxidant properties. Continued research in South Africa has now shown that the South African tea plant honeybush also […]

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A vine leaf attacked by mildiou (downy mildew)

Three white fungus resistant hybrid grape varieties approved in Austria

Four new white grape varieties have just been approved for use in Austrian Qualitätswein (quality wine) Three of these are so-called PIWIs, which is fungal resistant crossings. PIWI is a German abbreviation for Pilzwiderstandsfähig (literally fungus resistant). The fourth grape is Goldmuskateller, a regular Vitis vinifera that also has a good resistance to rot. The […]

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