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Sugar levels in champagne and other sparkling wines: brut etc

Can we once and for all establish what is true and correct about brut, sec-dry, demi-sec etc? Some myths or mistakes
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Sugar levels in champagne and other sparkling wines: brut etc

World wine production in 2018 is very big, despite problems in southern Europe

It has been a difficult year for many wine producers. The difficult fungal disease downy mildew has been widely present
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World wine production in 2018 is very big, despite problems in southern Europe

Riesling as we want it, from Mosel and from Sybille Kuntz

"Mosel is perfect for riesling, why should I grow something else?" Sybille Kuntz is the latest generation in a long line
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Riesling as we want it, from Mosel and from Sybille Kuntz

De Buris, a luxury amarone from Tommasi, is born at 18 | Britt on Forbes

Amarone della Valpolicella is the dry version of the sweet Recioto della Valpolicella. Both are made in the Veneto region
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De Buris, a luxury amarone from Tommasi, is born at 18 | Britt on Forbes

A joke or false marketing?

Wine producers should not deceive consumers when they promote their wines. This story is about Château de Reignac in Entre-deux-Mers.
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A joke or false marketing?

Typical. Guessing right again…? | New Brief out, #183 | The Wine Newsletter

Typical. Guessing right again…? They are easily counted, the times I have called a wine “typical” during the past year. But
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Typical. Guessing right again…? | New Brief out, #183 | The Wine Newsletter

BKWine Brief nr 183, November 2018

Typical. Guessing right again…? They are easily counted, the times I have called a wine “typical” during the past year. But
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BKWine Brief nr 183, November 2018

No more spraying with herbicides in Anjou and Saumur

A tour of France’s vineyards today shows that more and more wine producers prefer to let the grass and the
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No more spraying with herbicides in Anjou and Saumur

 

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Chateau Latour tower and vineyard, Bordeaux

A joke or false marketing?

Wine producers should not deceive consumers when they promote their wines. This story is about Château de Reignac in Entre-deux-Mers. This chateau was bought in the 1990s by Yves Vatelot. His ambition from the very beginning was to make a high-quality Bordeaux. The natural conditions are there. In fact, he thinks that his soil is […]

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Britt & Per Karlsson, BKWine

BKWine Brief nr 183, November 2018

Typical. Guessing right again…? They are easily counted, the times I have called a wine “typical” during the past year. But what is typical? Everyone who has attended a wine course has learned typical aromas for some of the most popular grape varieties: cedar and black currants for Cabernet Sauvignon, tar and charcuterie for Syrah, […]

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Vineyard workers pruning, Vinedos y Bodega Filgueira, Montevideo, Uruguay

No more spraying with herbicides in Anjou and Saumur

A tour of France’s vineyards today shows that more and more wine producers prefer to let the grass and the weed remain in the vineyard instead of removing it. Today, many refrain from chemical weed control, also those who are not organic. The region of Anjou-Saumur in the Loire Valley has gone one step further. […]

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Chateau l'Hospitalet in La Clape, Languedoc

Gérard Bertrand buys neighbouring Mas du Soleilla in La Clape in Languedoc

Gérard Bertrand’s empire in Languedoc is growing. He recently bought Mas du Soleilla, a 22-hectare vineyard adjacent to Bertrand’s headquarters Château l’Hospitalet in the appellation of La Clape. Mas du Soleilla was founded by Peter Wildbolz and Christa Derungs, both Swiss. 2002 was their first vintage. Mas de Soleilla is, like the Château l’Hospitalet, certified […]

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Melanie Pfister, Domaine Pfister, Alsace

Alsace Pinot Gris is finally dry

Alsace wines are becoming drier and drier. At least that was the impression we had on our recent Alsace tour. And that is very positive. In addition, it is easier to know if the wines are dry or not because producers are now more and more putting “vin sec” on the label if the wine […]

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Child's feet in water

Disastrous floods in Languedoc

Heavy rain and floods of a rare violence in the department of Aude In Languedoc in mid-October caused major damage to vineyards and wineries, in particular in the Minervois and Cabardes appellations and, to a lesser extent, in Saint Chinian. 14 people died. Several wine cellars were flooded, pumps and presses have been destroyed and […]

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Flowers in the vineyards in Limoux

Grass in the vineyard, yes, but which grass?

It is amazing how different vineyards look today compared to 30 years ago. Then, there was not one single straw of grass in the rows between the vines. Today vineyards are often vibrant and colourful with different plants and flowers to keep the vines company. But they also compete with the vines for water and […]

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Vineyards protected with a net against hail, Zuccardi, Mendoza, Argentina

Shading gives wines with lower alcohol

Many consumers perceive wines nowadays as more alcoholic than they used to be. This is actually quite true. This has to do with a lot of things (and not only global warming): grapes are harvested riper, wineries use better clones, consumers drink more wines from warmer climates, such as southern Italy, the New World, etc, […]

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Vittorio Dalle Ore, owner-winemaker at Villa di Maser

Ambitious prosecco and curious whites and reds from Villa di Maser | Britt on Forbes

Prosecco is producing more and more bottles. This year they will pass 500 million. People can’t seem to get enough. The yields for the simplest Proseccos are sky high, making the resulting wine sometimes a bit thin and tasteless. What can you expect with excessive yields?But there are different proseccos. There are excellent proseccos, if […]

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Vineyards and hills in Barbaresco, Piedmont

Meet the Queen of Wines, Barbaresco

Two of Italy´s most prestigious wines are the Piedmontese stars Barolo and Barbaresco. Both made from 100% of the autochthonous Piedmont grape variety Nebbiolo. It is easily recognized by its light colour, high tannins and perfumed aromas, but the two wines have some notable differences. The main differences between the two wines come from geological […]

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Britt & Per Karlsson, BKWine

BKWine Brief nr 182, October 2018

The most important factor for making great wines! We can’t control the weather. The weather determines the size of the harvest and, to some extent, also the character of the wine. The overall climate (the longer term weather profile) always affects the wine, regardless of the weather. Weather and climate must surely be the most […]

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OIV book prize awards 2018, Britt Karlsson and Regina Vanderlinde

Our book “Champagne, the wine and the growers” winning awards by OIV and by Gourmand International

In the past year, our latest book “Champagne, The Wine And The Growers” (“Champagne, vinet och odlarna” in the original language) has been acclaimed and won prizes in two prestigious contexts, by the OIV, the International Organization of Vine and Wine in Paris, and by Gourmand International in China. “Champagne, The Wine And The Growers” […]

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Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Burgundy wines

Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé Musigny Vieilles Vignes and some other luxurious Burgundies from 2016 and 2009

One of the nicest events of the annual series of importer tastings is when Tryffelsvinet (a Swedish importer) presents the wines of Comte Georges de Vogüé with Jean-Luc Pepin. Comte Georges de Vogüé is a highly regarded Burgundy producer in the village of Chambolle-Musigny with 12.5 ha vineyards, of which 9.9 hectares are located in […]

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Cave cooperative Embres et Castelmaure co-operative, Les Corbieres, Languedoc

A cooperative is the leader in organic wines in France

The cooperatives are many and significant players in the Languedoc. They account for a large proportion of the production here. But to survive in today’s competition, they, like everyone else, have to invest in what consumers want. For example, in organic wines. That’s what Cave Héraclès in the Gard in the eastern part of Languedoc […]

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